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.

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”

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.