Oct/November Presidents Message

You’ve probably had enough of the election madness of 2016, and you’re probably also thinking “well at least it’s finally over on November 9th”. But it’s not, because on the 10th it’s time for us to vote again. That’s the day we elect the clubs officers for 2017.

My friends, after serving 4 years as your President, it is time for me to pass the gavel. It has been my honor to serve the club, and while it’s been interesting and sometimes fun, it’s also been a time of great change and challenge. As I look back on this past year in particular, the most significant challenges seemed to be finding volunteers and committee chairs. Often, it came down to the same small group of people who ended up taking on multiple roles just so something would get done. And a few committees just never got formed at all. And that’s kind of sad. I was often wondering ‘where’s the enthusiasm’?

Now, to be fair, this is a problem echoed by many other clubs I’ve spoken with as well. We all pretty much agree that since the 50’s, each new generation seemed to have less interest in clubs and community service. As a result, old timers continue to carry the load of doing everything…till one day when they either can’t or won’t. Then our club not only shrinks, it also loses that knowledge and expertise. Our challenge for the future will continue to be how to attract and keep new people. Their energy, curiosity and enthusiasm will be crucial to keep the club going. Let us all resolve to do what we can to encourage new blood to join and participate.

In our bylaws, it says this about the duties of members:

DUTIES OF MEMBERS:

  1. Adhere to the AFMS Code of Ethics.
  1. Attend meetings regularly.
  1. Attend Club sponsored activities
  1. Volunteer for Club sponsored activities such as:
    1. a)   Club Offices
    2. b)   Club committees
    3. c)     Show committees
  1. Keep up-to-date on rock hounding/geological topics by reading the HY GRADER and other publications.
  1. Share their knowledge and expertise with others.
  1. Wear their name badge at all Club functions.

In 2016 some members really stepped up and did all those things. Others, well, not so much. How did you do? Being a member of this club will be far more meaningful if everyone takes these duties seriously and participates with enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm can be contagious. Encourage it when you see it.

And here’s a good way to encourage it. At our November meeting we decide whom to honor with several awards. Last year, Jean Hunt won “Member of the Year” honors, and Beverly Burkholtz won the “Long and Outstanding Service Award”. Please come out and vote for whom you think should be honored this year for their service. If you haven’t been to a lot of meetings, you need only look at the front of this newsletter to see who’s been doing the work. If you think someone’s done an outstanding job, nominate them. Whether they win or not, it’s still going to be a great way to encourage them.

Send nominations direct to me or to any Board Member. If we get them in time, we’ll print some ballots with your nomination on them. If not, they can be written in by voters.

The Holiday Banquet, December 10th, will be at the Forest Grove Senior Center and will begin at 1:30 PM. If you can help with set-up and decorating, that will be at noon. Contact Vivian Howard and let her know you’ll be there. She might also need some decorations so let her know if you can help with that.

By 4:30 we have to begin clean-up because there’s another event at 5pm.

It’s free!

For the first time in years, there will not be a cost to attend this event. This year we’re going to do a nice, simple, Pot-Luck style banquet. The club will provide a main course (tbd), utensils and plates. Members are asked to bring deserts, sides and holiday goodies to share.

Raffle items needed.

As in years past, there will be a raffle of ‘cool stuff’. The proceeds are intended to cover the clubs cost of the room and other expenses, so bring your Dollars to buy tickets. And if you have something to contribute to the raffle, please bring it by prior to 1:30.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this a great time.

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