TVRGC Member of the Year Trophy

Tualtin Valley Rock and Gem Club Member of the Year TrophyI’d like to share with you the story behind the making of our new Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Member of the Year Trophy. Many hands went into the process and all need more recognition than this, so please take a moment to thank them at our meetings and club activities for going out of their way on this project.

Conceived, designed and built in 2013, this one-of-a-kind trophy was intended to personify the many aspects of our club and to create a way to acknowledge members that donate significant time and energy. It is anticipated that new and old members alike will view winning this trophy as a goal and be inspired to help the club as much as possible throughout the year, making the club a place to be enjoyed by all.

Winners keep the trophy for one year. Then, at our annual award banquet in December it is brought back for display to be passed on to the new Member of the Year voted on by Club member secret ballot in November. Continue reading “TVRGC Member of the Year Trophy”


October Presidents Message

It’s Showtime again! I love October because it means the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show is here. This is not only the largest show in the Pacific NW, it’s the best darn show this side of Tucson. There’s something for every interest and our collective metro area clubs really show off the Portland talent pool and the fantastic quality of our collections in the display area. I really look forward to seeing the displays, getting a bargain at the silent auction tables and learning new things at the demo tables, presentation areas and from the Dealers.

It has been my pleasure to serve as President of the Portland Regional for the past two years. The show represents a full year planning and preparing and I look at the work and effort we put in for this years show with a great deal of satisfaction. It’s going to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it.

Now don’t forget, the regular meeting of our club (Thursday the 8th) falls on set-up day, so that meeting is cancelled. Instead, members are asked to come out to the Washington County Fairplex and help with set-up.

I hope everyone from the Tualatin Valley Club will make the effort to not only come out for set-up, but also to get involved in the show. There are plenty of opportunities, from working with the crew at the front door, assisting at the silent auction, helping with kid’s corner, or you can take a few shifts as a show monitor (security). Also, our club is in charge of the R&R room (the break room), so members are encouraged to bring cookies, snacks and other treats to help Gayle Butler, this years chairman, keep the room stocked.

The theme for this years Kids Corner is dinosaurs. If you can donate any plastic dinosaurs for the sales table they’d be grateful. They don’t have to be new, but please make sure they are clean. Continue reading “October Presidents Message”

July 2015 Presidents Message

July really drives home that it’s summer. Long hot sunny days make us want to be outside exploring, traveling and enjoying the delights of living in Oregon. And for our July regular meeting, we’re going to do all that plus throw in a picnic too. Yes, it’s time for our annual picnic at the Rice Museum

!Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club at picnic at Rice Northwest Museum in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Date: Thursday, July 9th. This is our regular meeting night, but we will meet at the Rice Museum.

Trailer repair Continue reading “July 2015 Presidents Message”

Presidents Message for June 2015

Taylor Hunt will be giving a presentation on his recent road trips and will be highlighting the geology of North America. Walt Butler will talk about the recent Federation meeting in Ogden, UT.

New appointment to the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show Association.Congratulations to Bill Harvey Jr., who will be replacing Jeff Payne as our second club Advisor to the Portland Regional. Jeff has work conflicts (congrats to Jeff on the new job), and needed to step down. The Advisor position is one of 10 voting positions on the board of the Regional. Continue reading “Presidents Message for June 2015”

Club Picnic 2014

Our annual club picnic is coming up next month. It is scheduled for July 24th, 2014, which is a regularly scheduled club meeting date (4th Thursday of the month) and will be at the Rice Museum.

Plan on setting up at 5 and we’ll eat at 6. The museum will stay open to allow you to tour, so bring the family and a friend or two.

This year, Taylor Hunt will be grillmaster. Be sure to offer him some assistance if you can. The picnic is a potluck, with the club providing a main dish like burgers (I don’t know what he’s planning yet, so it might be chili or chicken), buns, bottled water and coffee. Members are asked to bring a side dish to share and also bring your own plates/bowls, utensils (including ones for your shared dish) and a round table cloth would be a nice touch too.

The museum only has about 70 chairs and around 20 tables, so if you can bring a table and a few chairs, that would be helpful.

Also, we will be holding a silent auction to raise some money to cover costs for the shin-dig. If you can bring some jewelry, slabs or rough along with a written note as to what the material is, along with any info on it’s history and value, that would be appreciated.

I need some volunteers to help set up the auction tables. Please let me know if you can help with that.

June 2014 President’s Message

It’s summer and the rockhounding is on. Come join us at our next meeting where we will discuss upcoming field trips and adventures for the next few months.

Board Vacancy

We will have a vacancy on the Board of Directors when Lara O’Dwyer-Brown leaves for Denmark this month so there will be a special election to replace her. Please come to the regular meeting on June 12th to cast your vote and to say a final farewell to Lara. We wish her well in her new adventure. Continue reading “June 2014 President’s Message”

2012 Annual TVGC Christmas Banquet and Raffle

Please join us for the Annual TVGC Christmas Banquet and Raffle, Saturday, December 1, 2012. We’ll have a turkey and ham buffet at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (Map) in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The ticket price is $10 per person and the money raised from this and the raffle goes to support the Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club educational programs and activities.

Please contact us or buy your ticket at the next meeting to ensure a place at the table.

If you would like to bring anything to donate for the raffle, please let us know or bring it to the banquet that night.

Thanks to Alice Hoskins and Mary White for helping to put this together this year.

Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club 2013 Election

Don’t forget to come to our meeting, Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (Map) in Forest Grove, Oregon. We will be electing officers for the next year.

The slate of officers to be nominated as our leaders are:

  • President: Mitch Metcalf
  • Vice President: Carl Weaver
  • Secretary/Hy-Grader Editor: Linda Kepford
  • Treasurer: Cyndi Stram
  • Board Members: Jack Graham and Brian True

We are still in need of another Board Member, so if you are interested in volunteering for this position, contact Beverly Berkholtz (nominating committee chair) or use our contact form and we’ll forward it to her.