Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club December Banquet 2015

The proof is in the pictures!

We had a tremendous time at the Annual Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club December Banquet this year.

Here’s to even more fun next year. Think that’s possible?


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”

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.

Field Trip to Clear Creek Saturday, 13 April

Last Saturday we gathered at the FG Senior Center in anticipation of our first field trip of the year. The men told stories of past hunts and mother load finds while the newbies listened raptly and the old timers nodded. Yes… this was going to be a trip to the promised land of treasure hunting. A real adventure.

Our Field Trip Chairman, Brian True, passed around a sign in sheet and explained some of the rules. No digging in the creek bed, sign out before leaving and be out by 4 PM when the gate would be closed and locked again. There were other details, but those were the important ones. Then, at 8 AM sharp, we began our caravan to Clear Creek.

More members were waiting at the entrance when we arrived. The gate was opened, and we all drove in. At the first large clearing, we stopped and had another rules review and sign-in for everyone who wasn’t at the parking lot earlier. Brian did a great job and was clear and thorough about what to do, where to go and when to be out.  He really took charge of things, and with the help of his dad, Dave, the day went great. Poor Dave though… he was often called away from the dig sites to check on the gates. It seems they were being locked by loggers, who were still working in the area.  When they would leave, they would lock the gate behind themselves (like they always did). Dave spent a good portion of his day making sure no one was locked in.  Thanks, Dave. Continue reading “Field Trip to Clear Creek Saturday, 13 April”

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.

Picnic at the Rice Museum August 8, 2012

Picnic of Rice Northwest Museum.We will be having a picnic for club members and families August 8, 2012, at the Rice Northwest Museum in the back lawn and garden area. It is a potluck and begins at 4PM with the meeting then social time.

Please bring lawn chairs and folding tables for food and sitting.

Don’t forget your sun lotion!