Board Meeting Minutes, May 2, 2022, Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club

The meeting was called to order by Candi at 6 pm, at Portal Creek Park Clubhouse.  Attending – Candi, Gordy, Wes, Ralph, Bonnie, and Linda.

Secretary’s Report:  The April 4, 2022, minutes were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  On behalf of Deb, Wes reported on bills and income.

Membership:  There are three new members.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Please check the WSMC website for more information and about field trips and where/when to meet.  The website is: 2022 Trips.pub – Microsoft Publisher (wordpress.com)

Lapidary Report:  There were two members that worked in the Lap room.

 Show 2023:  No report.

Old Business: 

  • Rockhound Recycling Rendezvous (RRR): The RRR is on June 11, 2022, Saturday.  Small flyers will be made to handout at the store in the mall.  A reminder will be emailed to members who have signed up for a table to come into the mall store and pay.

New Business: 

  • The secretary position will need to be filled. Also, needed is a Lapidary Chairman.  There will be a club email sent with information about the positions.
  • Ideas on where to advertise club events was discussed.

Meeting adjourned at 6:30 pm

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

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Other Club Information: 

Club Web Address:  www.mtbakerrockclub.org

Visit us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mtbakerrockclub

For Questions, Club Email:  admin@mtbakerrockclub.org

 

Club Retail Store, Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424 (JC Penny’s Wing) Hours:

Closed Mondays, Tuesday-Saturday 11 am to 7, Sunday Noon to 6 pm

 

 

General Meeting Minutes, April 18, 2022

President Candi Gerard called the meeting to order at 7 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Candi welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Drawings for prizes for all members and for new members.

Secretary:  The minutes are approved from the March 21, 2022, General Meeting.   

 Treasurer:  The treasurer, Deb Gannaway, provided a report. 

Membership:  Wes:  Ten new members from the rock show in March and 2 new members from today’s meeting.

 Federation: 

  • Michael reported that the Federation Show will be held September 30-October 2, 2022, in Hillsborough, Oregon. Wes says the Federation Show schedule is also posted at the club’s mall store.
  • NW Federation Show is August 3-6, 2023, in Billings, Montana.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Michael:  May 21, Marble Mount- small fee for Talc and Listwanite.  Please check the WSMC website for more information about other field trips and where/when to meet.   The website is:  2022 Trips.pub – Microsoft Publisher (wordpress.com)

Wagonmaster:  No report.

Lapidary: 

  • We will be needing more help in the Lapidary room. Glenn is not going to be available soon, as he will be moving.
  • The room is open from 6-9 pm, Thursday nights, cost is $10 for members. If this is your first time, please let us know.  There is a fee for cuts after the first cut.  If there is a rock that needs to be cut, you can leave it at the mall and someone can cut it for you.  Maximum size for a cut is about 7 inches. 
  • To use the Lapidary room, you must have taken the orientation class. The class is $30 and is from 6-9 pm on Tuesday nights.  Please sign up at the mall and well in advance, as only 4 people can be in the Lapidary room at a time due to space constraints and the mall requires a 3-day notice for staying later than the mall regular hours.  Next orientation class is on March 29, Tuesday.
  • Please be sure to clean up after yourself in the Lapidary room. Take an extra 15 minutes or so to clean up so the volunteers do not have to do all the cleanup.
  • You can stop by and get a short tour anytime the room is open. Near the JC Penny wing of Bellis Fair Mall is our store.  Store is open every day except Monday.  Has rocks, shells, jewelry, fossils, gifts, and treasures.  

Show 2022:  Wes said it was a great success.  We were able to do 2 scholarships at $1000 each.  We plan on doing the show again next year.  Thank you to everyone who helped!

Old Business:  No report.

New Business:  Rockhound Rendezvous is Saturday, June 11, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.  Rock club members can have their own table to sell rock related items to other members or the public.  $20 per space 10ft space.  10 am-5 pm.  Setup is at 8 am.  If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet during the meeting or you can contact Michael or Sharon.  You can also sign up at the club store at Bellis Fair.  You have to bring your own tables.  Event is open to the public and there is no entry fee.

 Next General Meeting:  May 16, Monday, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.

Show and Tell:  Fluorite

 Break

April Presentation:   Wes had a slide show about the different types of crystals in different types of Calcite.  Members brought Calcite for Wes to talk about, along with the samples Wes brought.

Interesting facts from presentation:  Calcite makes up 2% of the earth.  Can come in different colors.  Alabaster and Onyx marble are also Calcite.  Many are luminescent with the appropriate light in the dark.  Roman’s used Calcite in their cement.

 We will be doing presentations at future meetings, so if you are interested in doing a presentation, please contact Bonnie Keel.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm

Respectfully submitted by Robin Hitz

 

 

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Board Meeting Minutes, April 4, 2022

Meeting called to order by Candi at 6 pm.  Attending – Candi, Gordy, Wes, Deb, Glenn, Ralph, Bonnie, and Michael.

Secretary’s Report:  The March 7, 2022, minutes were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb reported on bills and income.

 Membership:  Ten new members were added at the show and one at the mall this past month.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  On April 16, 2022, there is a field trip to Racehorse Creek.  Please check the WSMC website for more information and about other field trips and where/when to meet. The website is:  2022 Trips.pub – Microsoft Publisher (wordpress.com)

 Lapidary Report:  

  • A volunteer to help in the Lapidary room will be needed in the future due to Glenn is moving to Hawaii. Candi is going to learn from Glenn how the Intro class runs.
  • Tracy is going to start the Lapidary class in the near future.
  • Remember, if you use the equipment, it is up to you to make sure the water is filled in saws and grinders. Also, you need to clean up after yourselves when using the equipment.  The person in charge is there for information and safety.  They are not there to clean up the machines after use.

Show 2022: 

  •  Deb reviewed the totals for the show. We had positive feedback from the vendors. 
  • Wes discussed the cost of the table rentals and feels we should purchase tables for the club.  There was an issue with the rental company not delivering the tables at the time stated which would have put the vendors and club far behind in set up.  A motion was made and seconded that we purchase 30 6′ tables for the club. It was approved by 100% vote by the board. 
  • We will have a detailed floor map made up for the next show giving vendors their spot and where the club will set up, etc.  Deb asked that there be signs made for the silent auction table and club sales that are at a height above the tables. Bonnie and Nancy will work on the signs.  It was discussed to sell some display cases.  More information will be forthcoming. 
  • There were enough volunteers to load up the items from storage to the show. Next time more volunteers are needed on Sunday to help take back items to storage.  Food truck:  Candi and Gordy will talk with them to see if they are willing to do the next show.  Everyone was very delighted with the food.

New Business:

  • Mall store – Did well over the weekend.
  • A donation of $50 was made to the club in memory of Rick Barrett.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 pm

Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Keel

Website updates

I added a page to the Current Conditions area for the Maury Mountain Agate site in Oregon.

I added a list of the geology students who have received our annual scholarship to the scholarship page.

General Meeting Minutes on February 21, 2022

President Candi Gerard called the meeting to order at 7 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Candi welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Masks were worn by all.

Secretary:  The minutes are approved from the January 17, 2021, General Meeting.    There is a flyer for members to take for the Mt. Baker Rock and Gem Club Show on March 26th-27th, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5, at Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.

Treasurer:  The treasurer provided a report.  Club’s store at the mall now has tumbling books available for purchase.  Raffle tickets are now available for $1 each, drawing will be done at the March show.  Prizes are $100 cash, rock tools, a gift certificate to the club’s store at the mall, and other treasures!

Treasurer asked for a volunteer for audit committee to audit the books.  Robin Hitz volunteered.

Membership:    Wes: We had approximately 165 families at the end of the year as members.  This is a record number for the club.

Federation:  Michael reported that the Federation Show will be Sept 30-Oct 2 in Hillsborough, OR.  Wes says the Federation Show schedule is also posted at the club’s mall store.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Michael said field trip at Grandy Creek is this coming Saturday, by Baker Lake.  Jade and serpentine can be found there.  March 19th, Saddle Mountain in Eastern WA (close to Yakima)- fossilized wood.

Wagonmaster:  No report.

Lapidary:  The room is open from 6-9 Thursday night, cost is $10.00.  If this is your first time, please let us know.  There is a fee for cuts after the first cut.  If there is a rock that needs to be cut, you can leave it at the mall and someone can cut it for you.  Maximum size for a cut is about 7 inches. 

There is a list for the “Orientation” class for the use of the lapidary room.  As soon as Glen returns at end of the month, he and Candi will review the list and see how soon everyone on the list can get trained.

You can stop by and get a short tour anytime the room is open.  Our store is near the JC Penny wing of Bellis Fair Mall.  Store is open every day except Monday.  Rocks, shells, jewelry, fossils, gifts, and treasures are available. 

Show 2022:  The next show is March 26-27, 2022, Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Sign-up sheet was passed around for volunteers to work during the show as well as to volunteer to load up the display cases from Candi and Gordy’s home to the show site starting 9 am on Friday, March 25th, and moving all the display cases back to Candi and Gordy’s starting 5 pm on Sunday March 27th

There are 30 display cases that Wes says the members can display their collections, or things that they have made.  Sign-up for use of the display cases was also passed around.

Need about 350 pounds of polished rocks to use for the Rock Show

Old Business:  No report.

New Business:

 Gem Class:  Candi will be having her two-part Gem class at her store/home in Ferndale Feb 23rd and March 2nd from 6:30-9 pm.  Cost $40.00.  There are still a couple of spots open if anyone wants to sign up.

Rockhound Rendezvous:  June 11th at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.  Everyone has their own table to sell items to other members or the public.  $20 per 8-10 ft space.  If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet.  It will be at the Ferndale Pavilion and Sharon Gelenyse is in charge of this.  You have to bring your own tables.  More information is coming.

 Break

Show and Tell:  Members brought their favorite conglomerate. 

Next General Meeting:  March 21, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale

MARCH Show and Tell:   Green Rocks

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm

Respectfully submitted by Robin Hitz

 

Board Meeting Minutes, February 7, 2022

Attended by:  Wes, Deb, Candi, Gordy, Sharon, Ralph, Michael, and Bonnie.

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes of the last meeting on January 3, 2022, were approved.  

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb gave a report of income and expenses.  A back flow test is required by the Mall and it was done this week.  Show expenditures were also reported. 

Membership:  Still coming thru the Mall – 17 new or renewed memberships in January.

Federation:  No club has stepped up at this time to host the show.

Mineral Council:  This Saturday, 2/12, to Anderson creek for Jade, Nephrite.  On 2/22, a trip to Grandy Creek.  Check on Mt Baker website.

Lapidary:  Signup by Tuesdays due to need to let the Mall know of people staying after closing.

Show:  Vendors to pay at time of signup; contract to be signed on the Friday of setup.  U-Haul has been reserved for the weekend.  Deb will check if rock critters are needed and if so, will schedule a day to make more critters.  Bonnie and Nancy H. will paint more rocks for the spinning wheel.  Wes will be bringing the sign-up sheets and flyers to the meeting.  Let’s get the word out and let the public know what fun they will have.

Rock Rendezvous:  Date set is June 11th at Pioneer Park building.  Time not discussed.  Sign-up sheet to be at the next meeting for additional people to sign up; need 8 more to cover the cost of the rental.  At this time the Mall shop will remain open that day.

New Business:

Mall changed items on the contract to be signed.  Candi is going to further investigate. 

Discussion regarding the Mt Baker Rock Club’s website and Facebook.  We are a nonprofit and it is fine for members to individually post items for sale, but no business should be doing this.  Will post again the rules about what can be posted.

We are asking that members wear their nametags (and vests) to meetings.  It helps the members to get to know the wonderful people in the group.

Vests:  Bonnie is still checking into costs and would like to know how many people are interested in wearing them. 

Food truck for show:  Candi and Gordy are going to ask if Chihuahua’s is interested in doing this.  Anyone else with an idea, please let us know. 

Meeting adjourned at 6:55pm.  Bonnie Keel

 

General Meeting Minutes on January 17, 2022

President Candi Gerard called the meeting to order at 7 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Candi welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Masks were worn by all.

Secretary:  The minutes are approved from the December 20, 2021, General Meeting.  There is a flyer for members to take for the Everett Rock & Gem Club, May 28 and 29, 2022, at the Monroe Fairgrounds.

Treasurer:  The treasurer provided a report. $2.50 per household for NFMS annual dues will be paid at the end of the month.

Membership:    We have over 180 families.  3 new members last week.  New ones tonight too.

Federation:  No report.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Michael reported for WA mineral counsel going over the 2022 WSMC Sponsored Field Trips (see attached document for more details)  Note:  Club members can join in these field trips.  The link is:                                       2021-rock-activities.pdf (wordpress.com)

Sandy Hess will be doing a Beach fieldtrip in June.  More information will be coming

Wagonmaster:  A volunteer or committee is still needed to start planning field trips next spring.  Contact any board member for more information. 

Lapidary:  The room is open from 6-9 Thursday night, cost is $10.00.  If this is your first time, please let us know.  There is a fee for cuts after the first cut.  If there is a rock that needs to be cut, you can leave it at the mall and someone can cut it for you.  The room will be unavailable from Feb 1st– first couple of weeks in Feb as Gordy and Candi will be gone.

You can stop by and get a short tour anytime the room is open.  Near the JC Penny wing of Bellis Fair Mall is our store.  Store is open every day except Monday.  Has rocks, shells, jewelry, fossils, gifts, and treasures.  December was very busy for the store.  Thank you to all volunteers who helped!

 Show 2022:  The next show is March 26-27, 2022, Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  The room is scheduled.

We need someone to drive the U-Haul truck with all the displays for the show, etc. We will have sign-up sheets for volunteers to fill out at the next meeting.  Display cabinets are at Gordy and Candy’s and needs to be delivered to and from the show.  We need volunteers to load up the display cases and then to unload after the weekend show.  We also need volunteers to work during the show. 

There are 30 display cases that Wes says the members can display their collections, or things that they have made.

Old Business:

Vests for the club members.  We can get vests from a company in Bellingham.  If someone wants to take this on, and organize this to handle orders for vests, making the order with the vendor—please contact Candi.  There are two extra vests (small and medium size) for sale at the mall if someone wants one.

Name tags are one per new member.  The first one is free.  If you lose yours and just want another one, there is a charge.

New Business:

Rockhound Rendezvous- Everyone has their own table to sell items to other members or the public.  $20 per space 8-10ft space.  If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet.  It will be at the Ferndale Pavilion and Sharon Gelenyse is in charge of this.  You have to bring your own tables.  More information is coming.  Maybe 3rd or 4th Sat of June. 

Show and tell:  Red Rocks

Glenn also talked about Rock Tumbling class sign ups.  There will also be a rock tumbling class on January 24th at 6 pm at the Bellis Fair mall store.

 The following information on the rock tumbling classes from last meeting seems to be still valid:

Glenn gave a report on a Rock Tumbling class he will be instructing at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden on January 19, 2022, 6:00-7:30 pm.  You must contact the Jansen Art Center for information and sign up.  There will be a Rock Tumbling class in March also at the Jansen Art Center.  Link:   www.jansenartcenter.org

The Bellis Fair store is now selling grit for rock tumbling.  Thank you, Glenn.

Volunteers are needed to help at the Bellis Mall store.  You would be a helper to an experienced volunteer at the mall store to greet customers, sell items, and watch for theft.  You will learn a lot about rocks!

Bulletin board for a 3 x 5 card to post items for sale that are rock related.  Also memos for classes are posted at the store.

There will be a Wire Wrapping class in January. Feb 7th.  There are many training sessions to sign up for at the store.  Gem ID class is at Candi’s gallery.  For more information, please go to the Bellis Fair store for more information and sign up.

 Break

Sold “milk cartons of plaster” with rock treasures embedded for $3, sold them all.

Silent auction for some cut rocks.

Scholarship applications need to come in by the middle of next month for those interested.  You have to be a student at Western majoring in Geology.

Show and Tell:  Members brought their favorite red rock. 

Next General Meeting:  Feb 21, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale

Feb Show and Tell: Conglomerates “more than one rock put together”

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm

Respectfully submitted by Robin Hitz

 

Board Meeting Minutes, January 3, 2022

Attendance:  Candi, Gordy, Bonnie, Ralph, Michael, Glen, Deb and Wes.  Called to order at 6:05pm.

Treasures Report:  Income and expenses were reported.

Membership: Continuing to add members thru the mall shop.

Federation and Mineral Council: Nothing at this time.

Show: Bonnie will reserve a U-Haul and will pick up Friday morning and keep till Sunday in order to make sure it is available. Has been a problem in the past when getting the correct size U-Haul on Sunday. Vendor space is full. Food Truck still needed and any suggestions appreciated. Wes and Bonnie will meet on Fridays as needed. Posters and flyers to be hopefully ready in time for next meeting, February at the latest.

Walt contacted Rock and Gem magazine.  A reporter contacted and interviewed Candi and Walt about the Mall space. Pictures sent and discussed the success. This article may help other clubs during this difficult time giving them ideas on how they may prosper.

Rock Rendezvous: Sharon and Michael need to know who is wanting to sell. $20 per 10ft space-must bring own table. Need 20 people to participate. Michael will be given a list of prior participants and notify them of the possibility of this going forward. 

Lap Room: 3 people signed up for this Thursday. Need volunteers to volunteer on Thursday nights in case Glen or Gordy not available. First Thursday in February, the Lap Room will be closed due to no member available to open room.

Silent Auction: Discussed and will start back with Silent auction at meetings. Bring something to donate. 

Mall Shop:  The mall store did well in sales prior to Christmas. Bulletin Board to be added for Club information. 

Meeting ended at 7:05pm. 

 

General Meeting Minutes on December 20, 2021

President Candi Gerard called the meeting to order at 7 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Candi welcomed everyone to the meeting.  Masks were worn by all.

Secretary:  The minutes are approved from the October 18, 2021, General Meeting.  The November 15, 2021, meeting was cancelled due to flooding.  There is a flyer for members to take for the Everett Rock & Gem Club, May 28 and 29, 2022, at the Monroe Fairgrounds.

Treasurer:  The treasurer provided a report.

Membership:  There are approximately 180 families signed up.

Federation:  Michael reported that next year’s date for the show and meeting has not been reported yet.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Next year’s field trips should begin in April.  Note:  Club members can join in these field trips.  The link is: 

2021-rock-activities.pdf (wordpress.com)

Wagonmaster:  A volunteer or committee is still needed to start planning field trips next spring.  Contact any board member for more information. 

Lapidary:  The Lapidary Room is closed the rest of December.  It will be open again in January 2022 on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm.  

 Show 2022:  The next show is March 26-27, 2022, Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  The room is scheduled.  The ads are coming out in the different rock publications.  Ads for our local area will be out soon.  If anyone knows of a food truck, please let Wes or Bonnie know.

Old Business:

Election:  The election should have taken place during the November meeting, but this meeting was cancelled due to flooding.  The members were asked for nominations from the floor.  No one responded.  A motion was made to retain the current board members.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.  Next year, members must step up to volunteer for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Federation, Wagonmaster, and Directors at Large.

New Business: 

Todd Folsom has volunteered to be the Librarian.  Todd reported that there are books available on cutting cabs, general geology, and other related topics.  Members can check out books during the meeting.  The books are to be returned during the next meeting.

Candi gave Deb Gannaway a big “Thank You” for being the Treasurer.  She has done the job for many years.  We need a volunteer to step up.  Also, the Lapidary Room would not have happened and be maintained if it were not for Rick Barrett and Glenn Ishihara.  Thank you, Rick and Glenn. 

Glenn gave a report on a Rock Tumbling class he will be instructing at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden on January 19, 2022, 6:00-7:30 pm.  You must contact the Jansen Art Center for information and sign up.  There will be a Rock Tumbling class in March also at the Jansen Art Center.  Link:   www.jansenartcenter.org 

The Bellis Fair store is now selling grit for rock tumbling.  Thank you, Glenn.

Volunteers are needed to help at the Bellis Mall store.  You would be a helper to an experienced volunteer at the mall store to greet customers, sell items, and watch for theft.  You will learn a lot about rocks!

There will be a Wire Wrapping class in January.  For more information and sign up, please go to the Bellis Fair store.

Two Lifetime Memberships were announced for their service to the club: (1) Rick Barrett and (2) Dick and Kay Carr.  Certificates will be presented at a future date.  Lifetime memberships are given to members 70 years of age or more, a member for 10 years, and has substantially served the club.

There is a basket of goodies at the front desk for all to come get one.  Happy Holidays. 

Break

We had the holiday gift exchange for those members that participated. 

Show and Tell:  Members brought one of their favorite rocks. 

Next General Meeting:  January 21, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale

January Show and Tell: “Red” rocks and minerals

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell