February 25 Meeting: Fluorescent Minerals – presented by Bob Oblack

Fluorescent mineral exhibit at the Rice NW MuseumBob Oblack, member of the Fluorescent Mineral Society, will be bringing his Ultra Violet light set-up and a large collection of UV reactive minerals to our meeting on Thursday, February 25th. The meeting starts at 7:30 and is guaranteed to be informative, interesting and very different from our standard programs. You won’t want to miss it

Did you know that some minerals light up like neon signs when a UV light is applied? Come out and see the exciting word that UV lights can show you. And if you have something you think might be Fluorescent, bring it with you.

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”

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”

Bylaws and Operating procedures Committee update

August, 2015

The committee tasked with updating the Bylaws and Operating Procedures is nearing final draft stage. The Board will review and then give a recommendation to the general membership for passage. We will publish the changes in the newsletter and then have a general membership vote in November when we have our club officer elections. Members are encouraged to read and comment on the updates.

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.

Meeting: John Marshall Presents Lake Superior Agates

Lake Superior Agate - Tube - Photography by John D Marshall
Photography by John D. Marshall
At our September 13th, 2012, Thursday meeting at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (Map) in Forest Grove, Oregon, John Marshall will be covering the topic of Lake Superior Agates in Michigan.

He is the author of the book, The Other Lake Superior Agates by John D. Marshall. Please note that the book is now out of print but maybe found in some online used bookstores.

John’s photography and research into agates and the rocks and minerals of Lake Superior is legendary in our industry and we are honored to have him speak to us.