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

 

Board Meeting Minutes, November 1, 2021

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

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes of the last meeting on October 4, 2021, were approved. 

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

Membership:  There were two new members this week.

Federation:  No report.

Wagonmaster (Field Trip) Report:  There are no field trips scheduled. 

 Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  On November 13, the field trip is to Blanchard Mt for Stilpnomelane.  Meet at the Gas Mart, I-5 Exit 240 at 9:00 am.  This is in our local area.

 Lapidary Report:  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. 

 Show 2022:  Bonnie Keel will co-chair with Wes Gannaway.  It’s time to start planning the March 26-27, 2022, show.  We will need to arrange for a food truck.  A volunteer is needed under 70 years old to rent/drive the truck to haul the show items from storage to the venue and back to storage.   Todd Folsom is checking with WWU about the scholarship the club gives to a geology student.

 Old 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. 

Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed for Wagonmaster (Field Trips), Librarian, and Mall Store Helpers.  If we do not get any volunteers, we will no longer have these activities/events until someone volunteers.

Annual Dues:  Annual dues are due in the month of October.  Members will be notified by email and on Facebook.

New Business:

Volunteer:  There is a need for a qualified person to help man the lapidary room on open lap night.  They must be experienced in lapidary.

 Rockhound Rendezvous (RR):  Sharon Geleynse has volunteered with Michael Langley helping.  At the November meeting, Sharon will check to see if any members are interested in selling their rocks and rock hobby related items.  If there is interest, the event will be scheduled.

Mall Contract:  The contract is being worked and will be signed soon for the location at Bellis Fair Mall.

November General Meeting Program:  Members can bring one rock of their choosing to share with the membership and/or ask for identification.

December Meeting:  We will not have our annual potluck this year.  There will be a gift exchange for those that would like to participate.  Bring a gift, get a gift.  The limit of the gift is $10.

Rock Tumbling Class:  At the Jansen Art Center, there will be a rock tumbling class in January.  The class instructor will be Glenn Ishihara.  More information will be forthcoming.

 The next Board Meeting is on December 6, 2021, 6:00 pm, at Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

 

 

 

 

Theme for November 15, 2021, General Meeting, Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club

The next General Meeting is on November 15, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry, Ferndale. 

Theme for the general meeting:  Members can bring one rock only to show and tell or to ask for identification.  Note:  Only 1 rock per person to allow time for everyone to participate.

Agenda includes election of board members.  It’s not too late to nominate yourself if you are interested in President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Federation, Wagonmaster, and Directors at Large.

It’s time to renew your annual dues, $20 for family membership.

Masks required. 

 

Blanchard Mt Field Trip, Nov 13, 2021, Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club

The Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC) has a field trip to Blanchard Mt, November 13, for Stilpnomelane.  Meet at the Gas Mart, I-5 Exit 240 at 9:00 am.  This is in our local area.  As club members, we can always attend the field trips planned by the WSMC.

Bring gloves, safety glasses, knee pads, bucket, hammer, chisel, short shovel, etc.  Dress appropriately for the cooler weather and rain.

For more information about this field trip, contact Ed Lehman at wsmced2@outlook.com or (425) 334-6282 or (425) 760-2786.

 

General Meeting Minutes, October 18, 2021

 

White Elephant Auction.  The doors opened at 6:00 pm for members and guests to register for a number and to preview the items to be auctioned off.  The location was at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Masks were worn by all.

The meeting was called to order by President Candi Gerard. 

The minutes are approved from the September 20, 2021, general meeting.

Election.  The November meeting is 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 current board member for the duties involved.  You can nominate yourself.

Auction.  The auction commenced at 6:30 pm.  A big “thank you” to all of the auctioneers, Wes Gannaway, Gordy Gerard, Michael Langley, Ralph Sisco, and Glenn Ishihara.

Donations.  Thank you to all that donated rocks and rock hobby related items.  The auction would not have been as successful without you!

Next Meeting.  The next general meeting will be November 15, 2021, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale, masks required.

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

 

Board Meeting Minutes, October 4, 2021

 

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

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes of the last meeting on September 7, 2021, were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Questions on paperwork at the mall store were answered.  Deb reported on the income and bills.

Membership:  No report.

Federation:  No report.

Wagonmaster (Field Trip) Report:  There are no field trips scheduled.  We need a volunteer to help plan field trips for the club.  The club members can always attend the Washington State Mineral Council field trips.  There is a link on the club’s website for the Mineral Council. 

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  On October 16, a field trip is scheduled for Money Creek for picture jasper.  On November 13, the field trip is to Blanchard Mt for Stilpnomelane.  Meet at the Gas Mart, I-5 Exit 240 at 9:00 am.  This is in our local area.

 Lapidary Report:  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. 

 Old Business:

 White Elephant Auction:  We will set up at 5:30 pm.  Donations of rocks and rock hobby related items should be brought the night of the auction.  We will have a cake for a member that will be turning 100 years old this month, as well as his 74th Wedding Anniversary. 

 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.  As of this date, we have not received any nominations.

Mall Store Chairperson:  Ralph Sisco has volunteered.

 New Business:

 Equipment:  There was discussion on getting a camera to hook up to a projector for show and tell.  We currently have an ELMO overhead projector and laptop but are having problems getting it set up.  If we cannot get ELMO to work, we will look into purchasing a camera and projector.

 

Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed for Wagonmaster (Field Trips), Librarian, Mall Store Helper, and Rockhound Rendezvous (RR) coordinator.  If we do not get any volunteers, we will no longer have these activities/events until someone volunteers.

Vests:  We will check into getting vests that members can purchase.  More information forthcoming.

 Life Membership:  A recommendation for a life membership was considered.  In the club’s by-laws, the life membership will be presented to the membership for a final vote.

Annual Dues:  Annual dues are due in the month of October.  Members will be notified by email and on Facebook.

Scholarship:  Todd Folsom will check with WWU about the scholarship the club gives to a geology student.  The scholarship will be presented on the last day of our show in March 2022.

 The next Board Meeting is on November 1, 2021, 6:00 pm, at Bellis Fair Mall, Space 424. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:05 pm,  Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

 

 

 

 

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