Next Meeting on October 18, 2021, White Elephant Auction, Doors Open 6:00 pm for Bidder Registration, 6:30 pm Auction Begins

The October General Meeting is the White Elephant Auction, our annual auction and fundraiser for the club. We need donations of rocks and rock-related items. Members and guests register for an auction number so they can bid on items presented. The money from the auction goes toward the WWU scholarship fund. Time and Location: The doors will open at 6:00 pm to allow for bidder registration and a 6:30 pm start of the meeting. Location is at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale. There will be a brief general meeting and then the auction will commence. Bring: Donations of rocks and rock-related items so we have items to bid on. Bring money for your winning bids! You do not need to be a member to bid or donate. The bids are raised by $1. Masks will be required

Board Meeting Minutes, September 7, 2021

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Candi Gerard at Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424. In attendance: Ralph Sisco, Bonnie Keel, Gordy Gerard, Glenn Ishihara, Michael Langley, Sharon Geleynse, and Linda Mitchell. Masks were worn by all.

Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the last meeting on July 5, 2021, were approved. There was no board meeting in August.

Treasurer’s Report: No report.

Membership: No report.

Federation: Michael reported the Federation show is held on September 11-12 in Walla Walla. They will zoom the meeting.

Wagonmaster Report: There will be a field trip to Racehorse Creek, September 18th. Meet at Nugent’s Corner at 10:00 am. More information will be forthcoming. A field trip is in the planning stages to Anderson Creek, O’Tool Creek, and others in Skagit County in late September or early October.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC): A field trip is scheduled September 18 to Little Naches. On October 16, a field trip is scheduled for Money Creek. (For more information, contact Ed Lehman at or (425) 334-6282 or (425) 760-2786.)

Lapidary Committee: The club may have a beginning Lapidary Class in October. More information will be forthcoming. The lapidary room is open for members on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm. Members must sign up and prepay $10. If no one prepays, it will be closed. You must be a member of the club to sign up for classes and use the lapidary equipment.

Show 2021: The show is on September 11-12, 2021, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, Ferndale WA. Set up for the show is on September 10.

New Business:

Election: It is time for the election of officers. We are asking members for nominations for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Federation, Wagonmaster, and Directors at Large. If you are interested, please contact any board member.

Mall Store: There was discussion regarding renewal of the contract for the mall store. There was a motion to renew the contract at Space 424, Bellis Fair Mall, for one year. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Mall Store Helper Needed: We need volunteers to help at the retail store in the mall at least 4 hours per month. You would be a helper to an experienced volunteer at the mall store to help greet customers and sell items.

Mall Store Chairperson: A volunteer is needed. This is a person separate from the President. They would oversee the club’s mall store.

Wagonmaster Volunteer Needed: The club needs a member to volunteer to be a Wagonmaster to organize fields trips for the members of the club. It may be possible to have a committee of 2 or 3 people to schedule the field trips for the members.

The next Board Meeting is on October 4, 6:00 pm, at Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424.

Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm
Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

October White Elephant Sale

The next meeting on October 18, 2021, will be the White Elephant Auction. Doors open 6:00 pm for bidder registration. At 6:30 P.M. the auction begins. The October general meeting is the white elephant auction which is our annual auction and fundraiser for the club.  We need donations of rocks and rock-related items.  Members and guests register for an auction number so they can bid on items presented.  The money from the auction goes toward the WWU scholarship fund.  
Time and Location:  The doors will open at 6:00 pm to allow for bidder registration and a 6:30 pm start of the meeting.  Location is at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center,
2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  There will be a brief general meeting and then the auction will commence.

Bring:  Donations of rocks and rock-related items so we have items to bid on.  Bring cash money for your winning bids!  You do not need to be a member to bid or donate.  The bids are usually raised by $1.   Masks are required

August General Meeting

The August General Meeting will be August 23, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry, Ferndale.
This meeting is held one week later than the normal third Monday of each month.
Masks Required
The agenda includes the upcoming show and other exciting club information. Guests are welcome to attend.

2021 Rock and Gem Show

The Mount Baker Rock and Gem  Club Show will be held on September 11 and 12 at the Ferndale Community Center located at 2007 Cherry Street in front of Pioneer Park. The hours are: 10 to 6 on Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday. Setup will take place on Friday, the 10th, and will start around 9 AM. We do need a van driver that is under 70 years old to pick up the van as that is the maximum age for anyone renting a truck at Fountain rentals in Bellingham. We may have to wait for the arrival of front tables for the dealers but we can do the back tables and displays.

 Now is the time to start planning for a display at the show and volunteering for the club member positions: spinning wheel, greeting, raffle tickets, silent auction, club sales, fluorescent show, and night watch. Please contact Wes Gannaway with your questions at debnwes at comcast dot net or 360 384 4209.

July, 2021, meeting!

The big news is that we are having a general meeting on the third Monday of July.  This will be the 19th. The location will be outside at the Gerard’s house, 1371 Paradise Rd, Ferndale.  You may wear masks if you wish and social distance.  We have plenty of room.  Be prepared:  bring a lawn chair, a blanket, or whatever you want to sit on.  Maybe even an umbrella.  We have one 10 ft tent and a gazebo, so hope it is sunny.  It starts at 6:00 pm. 

New members: we are excited to introduce you to the rest of us.  We will have a very short introduction, then show and tell time.  Please bring your one favorite rock you found this year to show everyone.  There will also be cookie snacks!

I am excited to get things rolling as a club again!  It will be great to have everyone together.  We will be discussing more field trips and our annual Show!  In September, we will be hosting our Annual Rock & Gem Show.  This will be held at the Community building in Pioneer Park in Ferndale.  It is a 2-day event, September 11 and 12, with set-up on the 10th.  We will need a lot of volunteers.  There will be a report on this at the July meeting, so be sure to attend.

Be sure to bring back the club’s library books for check-in!

Candi Gerard, President

Message from the Club President – May, 2021


I hope everyone is still safe and well.

I want to welcome more new members. We are excited to have you join us. It looks like our winter is over, and it is time to get going on some rock projects.

We are planning on a rock field trip to the beach at Cherry Point Sunday, June 13th, at 11:00. Meet at the beach. Directions: Go West out of Ferndale on Mountain View Rd, when you get to Rainbow Rd, turn Right, then Left on Henry Rd. It will be closed with a gate at the next crossing – Turn Left on Gulf Rd and follow to the beach. Bring a lunch, a bucket or bags, maybe a lawn chair, and dress for whatever the weather permits. Sandee Hess will be there with beach booklets for information on what you will find. These may also be purchased for $8.00.

Other news: Our Lapidary Room will be opening Thursday, June 3rd, from 6-9 pm. There is a sign-up sheet in the mall shop, space 424. The fee for the 3 hours of use is $10.00. This must be prepaid at time of sign up. There will be only 4 people allowed each session, so when you sign up – it is first paid, first date available. There will be a waiting list for prepaid members. If you do not show up for the time you selected, you will forfeit your $10.00. 

When you come the first time, there will be instructions on the use and safety of the machines. Machine use will be for one project at a time and then move onto the next machine. Large cuts on the saws will be done by one of the monitors. The class fee may include one slab cut. Other cuts will be done for a fee when time allows. For insurance purposes, the use of the Lapidary Room is for members only at least 18 years old. Bring your own safety glasses, mask, and hearing protection. There are slabs available at very reasonable prices.

We have been a long time without a Lapidary Room. I know it is small, but with everybody’s help and patience, let’s make it work.

There is more information in the May 3rd Board meeting minutes including a volunteer for the RR, Tumbling class, member display case at the mall, club sales, and our Rock Show in September. Please check it all out.

Before I sign off, I want to THANK those special people who have donated items for our club sales and for our board members who give up their time to take care of details for the club. This is what keeps our club alive!

I hope we can all meet for a meeting soon. We are trying to figure out a way, possibly an outdoor event. We will keep you posted.

Have a great summer.

Candi Gerard, President

Parking Lot Sale at Everett Rock and Gem Club

 DATE  SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021                             
10:00AM Until “SOLD OUT”                           
2624 ROCKEFELLER AVE (Parking Lot)
 + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
 AGATES                                              DINOSAUR “POOP”                           
THUNDER EGGS                                 AGATE NODULES                               
FOSSILS                                              TUMBLING ROCK                             
AGATIZED CORAL                              LAPIDARY EQUIPMENT                     
TURRITELLA AGATE                          AMETHYST                                         
MONTANA AGATE                              COPPER ORE           
PETRIFIED WOOD                             CRYSTAL/MINERAL SPECIMENS       
SHELLS                                                LOTS OF MISC items….
 SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS will be required.                                                                                               
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +   
                             PRICED TO SELL!!!

Wire Wrapping Class

Wire Wrapping a Cabochon
Instructor – Bruce Wickler
Location – Bellis Fair Mall Club, Space 424
Date April 12, may include follow up day class, date to be determined
Time 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Price paid to Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club – $50.00
Also, a payment to instructor for supplies of wire and cabochon

This is a pre-pay class, on a first come, first paid basis. You can pay in the club rock shop.

Masks required.

The limit is 4 students at a time. There will be a waiting list sign up also.

Class on Beading Around a Cabochon

Instructor- Sandee Hess

Date- March 29 th  and April 5 th Time- 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location:  Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424, (JC Penny Wing)

Price of class – $50.00 paid to Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club 
Cash or Check paid to Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club (Do not send cash by mail!)
Price of supplies – 20.00 paid in cash to instructor.  Plus, purchase choice of stone, between $15-$30.00
Sign up and payments may be paid for by mail or in the club’s mall rock shop on March 18 or 25th from 11 o’clock to 7 o’clock.
This is a first come- first paid for class.