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.

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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.

TVRGC Annual Picnic: A Non-Member View

by Susan Schmidlin

I want to share a great find that I recently stumbled upon. I received an invitation to learn more about a local club.  I thought to myself, I’m really busy this time of year and I don’t think I have much time to spare. Then I was told that the club was having their annual picnic at the Rice Museum in Hillsboro. Well, I had been there before, and loved it. I could certainly find enough time to investigate this club. A picnic, a beautiful setting and the opportunity to learn something new…how could I refuse? A visit to the Rice Museum alone would make it worth my time so I said yes, I would come.

I have always enjoyed seeing all the displays at the museum, but it has been a couple of years since I have had the opportunity to see the beautiful home that has been turned into a showplace for rocks and minerals from around the world. The Museum has outgrown the huge house and filled a second building as part of the complex. A nature path leading into the woods filled with 100 ft. fir trees adds to the charm of the property and many weddings are held in the picturesque setting. Continue reading “TVRGC Annual Picnic: A Non-Member View”

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!