February 2016 President’s Message

Hi everyone.

Are you looking forward to our upcoming show? With only a few weeks to go, it’s coming up fast. This year’s show Chair, Rose Jackson, is working diligently to bring things together, but she’s going to need help.

You know, an important part of being a club member is participation. Our Operating Procedures state that two of the duties of members are;

  • To attend club functions and
  • Volunteer your time and expertise.

So in that spirit, I trust you will come forward and give Rose the help she needs. With everyone coming together to help, no one has to work too hard and everyone can enjoy the show, the camaraderie of friends and share in the attention a show like this brings to our club.
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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”

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”

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”