July 2020 Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Candi Gerard in her yard at her
home. We did social distance ourselves. In attendance: Wes & Deb Gannaway, Michael
Langley, Ralph Sisco, Bonnie Keel, Gordy Gerard, Rick Barrett, Glenn Ishihara, and Linda
Mitchell.
Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
There were no committee reports.

We have found space for a lapidary room. The lapidary room will be in Bellis Fair Mall.
The location is Space 424 in the mall (the previous tenant was Chocolate Forte). There
are still a few issues to resolve but most of the needs required have been met. We are
also researching the monthly costs of doing business. After discussion, all board members
agreed to go forward to get the lapidary room started up again.
The key to make this work is to have members volunteer to help once the operation is
set up. We will have an area for members to sell their rock-related items and a lapidary
area. If we can get enough volunteers to help, this will work. We will need to
determine the hours and days of the week that we will be open.

The lapidary equipment will be set up in the back. There will be six complete stations.
The small saw will have a time limit and limit on number of pieces. The large saw will only be operated on specific days. All new members will need to take a Lapidary Class.
Members who have previously taken the class will need to take a safety and refresher
class. Sign up for a lapidary station will be done at the meetings and pre-payment made to
reserve your spot. No shows will forfeit pre-payment. We need to have enough help to
clean up the lapidary area when done using the equipment.

In the front portion, members can sell their rock-related items. Members must have a
business license. There will be a donation per square footage per month by the member
of space requested. Sales tax must be included in the price so that you can pay your own
taxes. It will be cash or check accepted only. If you have valuable pieces, you will be
allowed to bring in your own case that can be locked.

If you use the lapidary equipment and/or sell your rock-related items, it will be
mandatory for you to volunteer to help staff this location.

More information will be forthcoming on costs and open-ended issues.
Meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm
Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

Board Meeting Minutes on March 2, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Candi Gerard, and was attended also by Bonnie Keel, Michael Langley, Ralph Sisco, Gordy Gerard, and Glenn Ishihara.

There were no committee reports.

Seren lead a beach field trip.

There are enough critters and painted rock for the spinning wheel. Thank you Bonnie and Nancy.

There was much discussion about the possibility of opening our lap room at Bellis Fair Mall. It was voted on and passed. Now it will go to the membership to see if there is enough interest to go ahead with it.

There was also discussion on how to proceed with members advertising on our website. Items would have to be rock hobby related, OK’d by the board or board member, and fee paid in advance to the treasurer before the information is given to Todd.

The applicants for scholarship were read, discussed, and voted on. Our recipient is Alivia Eng. She is very qualified.

Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Candi Gerard.

Minutes of General Meeting, February, 2020

Acting Recording Secretary, Kay Carr, in the absence of Linda Mitchell

The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Vice President Bonnie Keel. Bonnie welcomed all in attendance.

SECRETARY:  Last month’s minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter, and on the website. If you are not receiving the Club’s emails, please let me know. There are flyers on the front table of upcoming shows and rock sales.

TREASURER’S REPORT; $192.50 bill was paid for LED lights for display cases; $60 for flyers for rock show; $40 membership dues received.

FEDERATION; To be held second weekend of April in Salt Lake City, Utah

2020 SHOW: LED lights purchased for all display cases; Ads will be placed in local papers. Findings made available to members who can use them. There will be a potluck for workers Friday night. Flyers available on the website for download, printing and distribution.

OLD BUSINESS; Thursday Feb. 20, 11 a.m. at Nancy’s home, 711 Liberty (Lynden) for Critter making

NEW BUSINESS Applications for scholarship at WWU expected before the March board meeting.  Offer to use our website for selling rocks and rock related items. Contact Todd (see the website) with your info, phone number, email. $5 charge paid to Rock Cub per listing.

The goal is for Rock Club to move from Bellingham to Ferndale Community Center as of the April 1st meeting.

Our program was fluorescents on display.

Meeting adjourned.
Kay Carr

Minutes of February, 2020, board meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:40pm.  In attendance: Wes & Deb Gannaway; Michael Langley; Ralph Sisco; Bonnie Keel

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.

Treasurer’s Report:  Bills paid for the month of January: dues to NFMS for club members $135; receipt book $5.42; baggies for the spinning wheel $10.87; 1/2 page ad in the Leisure Guide for the show $205.00.  Income received:  dues $100; silent auction $11; show dealer deposit $360; mugs $28; one book $10.

Membership Report:  One new member.

Federation Report:  The annual Federation show will be held in April in Ogden, Utah.

Wagon Master:  No report.

Library:  No report.

WSMC:  There will be a fieldtrip to Beaver Quarry sometime this month – check website for details.

Lap Room Committee:  Wes and Candi are checking out a rumor of a possible location.

Education Committee:  No report.

2020 Show:  Wes has placed ads in a number of publications and will check for more.  Dick will bring the sign-up sheets to the next meeting (please make sure to volunteer for a time period of your choosing).  Show flyers have been sent to all local rock clubs.  We need more items for the hourly door prizes.  Wes will encourage all dealers to donate an item for the raffle prizes.  Wes will purchase LED lights to replace the old lights now being used in the cases.  It was moved and seconded to add a link to Kingsley North, Inc. on our web page because of their generosity in donating items for our show.  Wes will check with Todd about the scholarship applications.

Old Business:  The critter making party was cancelled due to health issues of the host.  New date has not yet been announced.

New Business:  From the Suggestion Box:  a request for seminars on the geology of the local area lasting not more than 15 minutes.  Great idea!

Meeting Adjourned:  8:00p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Deb Gannaway

2020 January: General Meeting minutes

Minutes of General Meeting, January 20, 2020

Recording Secretary, Kay Carr, in the absence of Linda Mitchell

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Vice President Bonnie Keel. Bonnie welcomed all in attendance. The drawing for members was done. There were two guests, both of whom joined the Club.

SECRETARY: Last month’s minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter and on the website. If you are not receiving the Club emails, please let me know. There are flyers on the front table of upcoming shows and rock sales.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Two new members paid club dues; a book and 3 mugs were sold, and National Federation of Minerology Society dues paid.

MEMBERSHIP: Two new members were welcomed.

LIBRARY: None

FEDERATION: None

WAGONMASTER: None

MINERAL COUNCIL (WSMC): Saturday, Jan. 25, South Skagit Park and Ride to Hwy. 20 to Day Creek, looking for Hematite, Jade and Serpentine

LAPIDARY ROOM COMMITTEE: Committee still searching

EDUCATION COMMITTEE: None

2020 SHOW: Wes. The Club received gifts in value of $200 from Kingsley North for our show raffle. Another donation is expected from Lortone. Dick passed a signup sheet for use of display cases/lights. Painting and making critters get together scheduled for January 23 at Nancy’s home.

VICE PRESIDENT: Bonnie Keel
Acting SECRETARY: Kay Carr

Minutes of General Meeting, December 16, 2019

Christmas Party, Set-Up 6:30 pm

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Candi Gerard.  Candi welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for the good food.  The party commenced with a wonderful potluck, turkey, and ham.

Coffee cups with the club’s logo was being sold for $5 each.  The coffee cups were donated by an anonymous donor.  The club thanks the anonymous donor.

The minutes were approved from last month as printed in the newsletter and on the website.

A person has volunteered to be in charge of the critter making party.  She is in Arlington, so Candi suggested carpooling.  We need to have volunteers to attend the making of the critters.  Candi will take suggestions of which is the best day of the week to schedule the event, i.e., Saturday, Sunday, etc.  Please let Candi know which day, so the party can be scheduled.

After eating we had the gift exchange.  If you brought a gift, you got a gift back.

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

Minutes of Board Meeting, December, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Candi Gerard.  In attendance:  Deb and Wes Gannaway, Gordy Gerard, Michael Langley, Ralph Sisco, and Linda Mitchell.  The meeting was held at Deb and Wes’ home in Ferndale.  Candi welcomed Ralph to the meeting.

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes were approved from last month as printed in the newsletter and on the website.

Treasurer’s Report:  Members need to renew their dues by December 31st.  A report of the club members is due to the NFMS by January 1st.  Western Washington University sent a thank you for the $500 donation the club sent to the Geology Department.  The 2020 budget was reviewed and discussed

Membership:  There was one renewal received.

Federation:  No report.

Wagonmaster:  No report.

Library:  No report.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  The last field trip in 2019 was on November 16 to Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham. 

Parks:  No report.

Lapidary Room Committee:  No report.

Education Committee:  No report.

2020 Show:  If anyone has polished rock, it is needed for the show.  There are 3 locations being reviewed by the board for possible venues for the show beginning in 2021.  More information will be forthcoming.  Beginning in January, a volunteer is needed to oversee the critter making party.

Old Business:  The Christmas party is scheduled for December 16, 2019.  We will begin to set up at 6:30 pm and plan to eat at 7:00 pm.  The board discussed the Christmas tree, decorations, and cooking the turkey and ham.   

New Business:  Donated to the club by an anonymous donor were 45 clear coffee cups engraved with the rock club’s insignia.  The board voted on selling the cups for $5 each.

The next Board Meeting will be on January 6, 2020, 6:30 pm, held at the WECU in Ferndale, Exit 262. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:14 pm — Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

General Meeting Minutes on November 18, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by President Candi Gerard. Candi
welcomed everyone to the meeting. The drawing for members was done. There were
no guests.
Secretary: Last month’s minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter and on
the website. If you are not receiving the club emails, please let me know. There are
flyers at the front table of upcoming shows and rock sales.
Treasurer’s Report: Deb gave a report on the bills paid and the income received. IRS
990 filings were paid. A $500 check was sent to the Western Washington University
(WWU) Geology Department.
Membership: There were six membership renewals received.
Library: There are books available to be checked out by members. There is a silent
auction for members and guests. If you won the bid, please pay Deb at the end of the
meeting.
Federation: Michael reported that the 2020 meeting will be held in Ogden, Utah.
Wagonmaster: Seren reported that there are no field trips planned at this time. Seren
brought specimens of past field trips for the members to take.
Mineral Council (WSMC): The last field trip of the year was on November 16th to
Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham for Stilpnomelane. One of the members in
attendance tonight attended the field trip. She said there were about 40 people on the
field trip with Ed Lehman. A specimen found at the site was presented during the show
and tell.
Lapidary Room Committee: No report.
Education Committee: No report.
2020 Show: Wes reported the advertisements for the show have been sent out, i.e., to
the Federation, WSMC, etc. Todd reported that the scholarship form has been updated.
A copy was sent to the Geology Department at WWU for their comments. We hope to
get some applications this time for the $1,000 scholarship that the club awards to a
geology student.
Old Business: Candi provided the names of the 2020 board members. A motion was
made for the members to accept the 2020 board members. The motion was seconded
and passed unanimously by the membership.
President: Candi Gerard
Vice President: Bonnie Keel
Secretary: Linda Mitchell

Treasurer: Deb Gannaway
Director-at-Large: Gordy Gerard
Director-at-Large: Sharon Geleynse and Ralph Sisco
Member of the Board not Elected: Wes Gannaway as Past President

New Business:
The Christmas party is scheduled for December 16, 6:30 pm, at Bloedel-
Donovan Park meeting room in Bellingham. The club will provide the turkey and
ham. It is a potluck so please bring a dish, your own plates and eating utensils,
and beverages. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, limit the wrapped
gift to $10. It does NOT have to be rock-related. If gender specific, please
indicate if for a female or for a male. If you bring a gift, you will get a gift back.
The new board members are invited to the next board meeting on December 2,
6:30 pm, at the home of Deb and Wes.
There was a short break and we had the November show and tell of “red rocks.” Candi
had a microscope set up with a ruby grown in a lab. Candi explained differences
between rubies made in the earth or in a lab.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell
January 2020 Snacks: Amy and Wes
January 2020 Show and Tell: “Fossils”

Board Meeting Minutes, November 4, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Candi Gerard.  In attendance:  Deb and Wes Gannaway, Gordy Gerard, Bonnie Keel, Michael Langley, Todd Folsom, and Linda Mitchell.  The meeting was held at WECU in Ferndale.

Secretary’s Report:  The minutes were approved from last month as printed in the newsletter.

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb gave a report on the bills paid and the income received for the month of September.  IRS filings were paid.

Membership:  There were two renewals and three new members.

Federation:  No report.

Wagonmaster:  No report.

Library:  No report.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  The next field trip is scheduled for November 16 to Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham. 

Parks:  No report.

Lapidary Room Committee:  No report.

Education Committee:  No report.

2020 Show: 
•       The show is scheduled for March 28-29, 2020, at Bloedel Donovan.  Set up for the show will be March 27.  Donations of polished rock is needed for the kids spinning wheel.  Todd Folsom is working on the scholarship application along with Don Phillips. 
•       The 2020 Show will be held at Bloedel Donovan.  For the 2021 show, we are looking at changing the venue to the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale.  The club would be saving a considerable amount of money by changing the location.  The board has received comments about the change in location.  The comments are under review.  More information will be forthcoming.   

Old Business:  The Rockhound Rendezvous (RR) is scheduled for June 13, 2020.  It will be held at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale.  The club is saving a considerable amount of money by changing the location.

New Business: 
•       November is the election of officers. 
•       The Christmas party is scheduled for December 16, 2019.  We will begin to set up at 6:30 pm and plan to eat at 7:00 pm.  Turkey and ham will be provided by the club.  It is a potluck, so please bring a dish and your own plates and eating utensils.  If you would like to participate, the gift exchange is limited to $10 and does not need to be rock related.  If you bring a gift, you will get a gift back.

The next Board Meeting will be on December 2, 2019, 6:30 pm, held at Deb’s house.  The WECU in Ferndale was unavailable to schedule.

Meeting adjourned at 7:44 pm — Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

General Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by President Candi Gerard.  There was a short meeting prior to the White Elephant Auction.

The minutes are approved as printed on the website.

A big thank you to Glenn Ishihara for donating a PA system to the club.

The Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC) is having a field trip on November 16 to Blanchard Mt for Stilpnomelane.

It is time to elect the 2020 Board Members.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Candi.

The Christmas party will be December 16.  More information will be forthcoming.

Happy birthday to Dick Rantz.  He turned 98 years old today.  He is a very knowledgeable and wonderful member of our club. 

The auction commenced.  A big thank you to our auctioneers Wes Gannaway, Hardy Nettles, Gordy Gerard, and Michael Langley.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm         Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

November Show and Tell:  “Red Rocks”

Reminder:  Those bringing snacks for the November meeting:  Bonnie, Todd, and Ralph