Clubs 59th annual show scheduled for March 10-12, 2017.

Tualatin Valley Gem Club will be putting on it’s 59th annual rock and mineral show on March 10, 11 and 12th at the Washington County Fairplex in Hillsboro, OR.

Below is our 2017 show flier (pdf link and jpeg). Please copy, forward and share this and help us spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you all at the show.

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Welcome new officers

Elections were held at our last meeting of November and our new officers for 2017 are:

President     Rose Jackson

Vice President   Carl Weaver

Treasurer    Richelle Borlaug

Secretary    Matthew Porter

Board Director  Cliff Vanderzanden

Board Director  Taylor Hunt

Board Director  Mitch Metcalf

Other changes of note:

Newsletter Editor   Pam Hunt

Show Chairman   Casey Truman

The official ceremony will be at our Holiday Dinner on December 10th at the Senior Center. If you haven’t done so, please RSVP to Mitch if you will be attending.

 

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.

Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Places third in NWFMS Website Competition

The results are in and the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club is proud to announce we’ve won third place in the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies website contest. The contest was open to all Federation member rock clubs within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington, which comprise the NW Region of the American Federation.

“We’ve really come a long way considering only a few years ago we didn’t even have a web presence” Webmaster Mitch Metcalf Said. “So this is a really big deal for us and a huge honor.”

This was TVRGC’s first time entering the Federation’s annual contest. The First Place website was the the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club, which went on to compete at the American Federation Level.   Results were not available as of this posting.

Website Award - NW Federation of Mineralogical Societies - 3rd Place to Tualatin Valley Rock Club 2016

Congrats to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to ensure our site was a contender, bringing it up to date to be compliant with web standards and national and international laws for web accessibility and the ADA, way beyond the scope of the contest rules and requirements. We’re eager to keep you updated on all our activities and news from around the rock and mineral world as we continue to move forward.

Remember, you can subscribe to this site to receive email notifications when it updates by using the subscribe to site option in the sidebar.

AFMS Program Presentation Competition 2016

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies - logo.The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies has announced a Program Competition in their latest newsletter, describing the benefits as:

There are real “rewards and recognition” for winners. Cash prizes defray production costs, an award certificate and pin are presented to the winners, and information about all winners is published in newsletters and magazines. But more important, each winning program is duplicated and distributed to the seven Regional Libraries,making the winning programs available to Clubs across the country — giving their members a chance to enjoy and learn from them for many years.

The group has contributed in the past, and it would be exciting to be recognized for some of our outstanding educators and programs.

The Competition recognizes and rewards authors of presentations about the Earth Sciences. The programs are then shared with other clubs across the country. The programs or presentations may consist of digital presentations (PowerPoint) and materials (PDF) or video, 30-40 minutes in length.

There are four classes for entries:

  1. Educational
  2. Field Collecting
  3. Hot to Do It
  4. Just for Juniors (young people)

The judges are looking for:

  • Accuracy and educational value
  • Quality of photography and visuals
  • Completeness of Story (but not too much)
  • Narration that moves well from one image to the next
  • Explore an area of interest or demonstrate ideas and techniques for use
  • Well-crafted title, credits, and “the end” slides

The awards include $200 cash prize for the highest, $100 for other placements, and winners will be announced at the AFMS Awards Banquet.

If you are interested in entering the contest, let us know. We’d love to help you make it the best. Talk to a board member at the next meeting or contact us. For more information, check your latest AFMS newsletter.

Help Needed with Our Rock and Gem Club Show

We are still looking for volunteers and exhibitors, along with some other stuff for our upcoming Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Show March 11-13. Time is short, so jump on these please. Rose Jackson has given us the following wish list for help. Please contact Rose Jackson or use our contact form to let us know if you are interested.

Exhibitors

There is still room for exhibitors. If you would like to exhibit at the Rock and Gem Show, please fill out the TVRGC DISPLAY Application and send it in as soon as possible.

Donate Prizes

We are looking for Raffle prizes. These are the prizes show attendees buy tickets to win at the end of the show. So far there is only one raffle prize. Please make sure these prizes are items people would want to buy tickets to win. They do not need to be rock and mineral related.

Door prizes are also needed. These are won by show attendees when numbers are called during the show and their tickets match the called numbers. They don’t need to be expensive but something a person would be happy to select and own.

Volunteer Time

For all of you that have already signed up I want to thank you. Your help is much appreciated. There are still places that need to be filled in so during set-up, if you will be able to volunteer additional time during the show, please stop in the lunch room area where the sign-up sheets will be and add your name to a task.

Club Member Sales

If anyone is interested in selling a few items – finished items only, no rough materials – at the members sales table please notify me before show set-up. I will need a count on how many people are selling. Currently I have 3 people signed up for sales. Please don’t come to the show expecting to sell without contacting me in advance. Space is limited!

How club member sales work.

  1. You have to mark all your items with some type of identification, price and include an inventory sheet listing your items for sale.
  2. You will be giving 10% of your sale to the club.
  3. All sales will be written on a receipt>
  4. Pay out is after the show at the next following meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Jackson or use our contact form.

February 2016 President’s Message

Hi everyone.

Are you looking forward to our upcoming show? With only a few weeks to go, it’s coming up fast. This year’s show Chair, Rose Jackson, is working diligently to bring things together, but she’s going to need help.

You know, an important part of being a club member is participation. Our Operating Procedures state that two of the duties of members are;

  • To attend club functions and
  • Volunteer your time and expertise.

So in that spirit, I trust you will come forward and give Rose the help she needs. With everyone coming together to help, no one has to work too hard and everyone can enjoy the show, the camaraderie of friends and share in the attention a show like this brings to our club.
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President’s Message November 2015

I feel like October just swooshed by us. With the weather being so warm and dry, I feel like Fall has been dragging it’s heels and Summer just wants to hang on. No complaints from me on that except some important things that should have happened in October, didn’t.

Elections & Bylaws

November is a very important month for the club. We have only one meeting – on the 12th because our second one falls on Thanksgiving. Elections take place at this meeting, and by this time, we’re supposed to know who’s running for each office. But we don’t. We are still seeking nominations for President, Vice President and Secretary. Now that really concerns me. If there are no candidates… what then? Our nominating committee chairman this year is Walt Butler, so if you have someone to nominate, please submit nominations to him. Continue reading “President’s Message November 2015”