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”

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Meet the Authors Events at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show

This year, the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show will host “Meet the Authors” events throughout the weekend event, October 9-11, 2015, at the Washington County Fairplex.

We are fortunate this year to have Marli Miller speaking about her book “Roadside Geology of Oregon” at the Portland Regional show in Hillsboro, Oregon on Friday and Saturday.

Marli Miller is a senior instructor and researcher in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Oregon, where she’s been since 1997. Most recently, she completed a complete rewrite of the book Road-side Geology of Oregon (Published by Mountain Press in Missoula), which provided the inspiration for her presentation. Her primary interests lie in in the fields of regional and structural geology. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in geology at the University of Washington in 1987 and 1992 respectively and a B.A. in geology at Colorado College in 1982. As a photographer, she concentrates on geological images, and contributes regularly to textbooks, museum exhibits, journals, and teaching collections of other instructors. Her website offers free downloads of more than 2000 images for non-commercial use. Marli is scheduled to speak Friday and Saturday of the show.

Julian Gray will speak about his book “Minerals of Georgia” at the Portland Regional show in Hillsboro, Oregon on Sunday at 3:00 pm. He is the executive director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, in Hillsboro, Oregon and the former curator of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. A Georgia native, Julian studied at Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology. Julian has worked with the United States Geological Survey and a number of commercial laboratories and environmental consulting firms. Continue reading “Meet the Authors Events at Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show”

Club Volunteers Needed for Portland Regional Show Security

Mike Malakowski announced at our last meeting that our club is responsible for providing security volunteers for this year’s Portland Regional Rock and Gem Show. If you would like to volunteer, and it includes free admission, please contact him or contact us and we will forward your message to him.

They are also looking for a coordinator for show publicity as well as publicity material. If you have good photographs or stories about previous events, please let David or Mike know.