12/19 General Meeting Minutes

7:00 pm – Ferndale Pioneer Pavilion. Meeting called to order by president Candi Gerard. Approximately 20-25 members in attendance, we enjoyed a successful potluck.

7:42 pm – new board members sworn in

7:55 pm – gift exchange

8:00 pm – meeting adjourned, cleaned up and appreciate the leftovers.

Thank you to all who were able to attend. Looking forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Minutes submitted by Trevor Duncan


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

12/5/22 Board Meeting Minutes

6:13 pm Meeting called to order by President Candi Gerard at Portal Creek Park Clubhouse.  Attending: Candi, Deb, Wes, Dick, Gordy, Ralph, Sharon, Michael, Todd, Bonnie, Trevor

Secretary Report (Trevor): emails to respond to, will forward appropriately. (up to date as of 12/6)

Treasurer Report (Deb): Grit was purchased, price of step 1 and 2 adjusted (+$1) to $4 to compensate for price increase to club. P.O. Box renewal occurs this month.

Membership Report (Wes): 14 new families in November, 3 new this week. ~ 100 non-renewing families in October, will remind members at the 12/19 meeting. Distribution lists will be updated accordingly in 2023.

Federation / Mineral Council Report (Michael): Big show dates confirmed – 8/3-8/6 in Billings, MT.

Lapidary Committee (Gordy): Struggling to find low cost oil, either mineral or bio diesel varieties. ~ $24/ gallon, need 1.5-3 gallons per saw for lap room. Discussed swapping 1000 grit belts for 800 which was discussed; club prefers to have 1000 grit available as they are the same cost as 800. Treasurer approved proceeding with purchase of oil + belts.

Education (Todd): Sent email to WWU admin RE: scholarship/show. Received a link to check weekend availability for a potential rainy day field trip in January. A new page has been added to the club website with store info and pics. (http://mtbakerrockclub.org/?page_id=887)  Small discussion about a separate FB/ email account for the mall store. Trevor is willing to assist with a FB page.

Show Updates (Wes): Table rentals are $10/day or ($30/ table). Discussion about tables and storage. Can move 4’ x 8’ tables from storage to accommodate more 2’ x 8’ tables.  We also need to print many more ¼ page flyers for the show, which will be placed in the store in Jan.

Store Updates (Ralph): Multiple weeks with $2000+ in revenue, every vendor has successfully made a sale in the last month. Gift Certificate sales are up; would be useful to train all vendors on G.C. procedures.

Holiday Meeting 12/19 & Potluck discussion. Reminders: gift exchange requires that each person participating brings a gift. Sharon offers to handle the gift table and “ticket” system. Ralph will bring a cooked Ham. New board will be installed at the meeting.

Old Business: Hold harmless waiver for lap room – Candi presented draft ideas. Each person taking the class would sign the form to be kept on file in the mall. 

Badges; quoted at $1.67/each for 50 with magnet, $.36/each with pin.

New Business: Discussed possibility/ need for a dedicated store phone to field incoming inquiries. Interest in T-shirts, discussed pre-order/ gauge interest before placing order. Trevor will research phone cost/ options.

7:07 pm Meeting Adjourned

11/21/22 General Meeting Minutes

November 21, 2022 Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club general meeting minutes and potluck info/sign-up.

7:04 PM – meeting called to order by club President Candi Gerard.

Secretary Report: Minutes from 11/07 Board Meeting approved

Treasurer Report: Deb went over income and expenses for flyers, rubber stamp, rent, website, books, mileage, tumblers, and Halloween candy.

Membership: 7+ new members. (Welcome Jessica and Edgar who joined at the meeting!)

Mineral Council report: Blanchard Mt. was the last event of the season. Things pick up again in 2023. Upcoming American Federation and Northwest Federation Gem & Mineral Show August 3–6, 2023, Billings, MT. (Dates confirmed via https://billingsgemclub.com/rock-shows/2023-show)

Lapidary Report: things have been steady. 

2023 Show: March 25 & 26. Current focus is advertising; thanks for helping us spread the word!

Vote for 2023 Board – went over volunteers,does the club accept?

President: Candi Gerard

Vice President: Ralph Sisco 

Secretary: Trevor Duncan

Treasurer: Deb Gannaway

Federation Director: Michael Langley

Director-at-large (3): Dick Carr, Sharon Geleynse, Bonnie Keel

Chairs: Kevin & Kathy Mayock (kitchen)

The club unanimously voted yes to the above, and the new board will be installed in December for the 2023 term. 

Our next meeting is Monday, December 19, 2022. This will be our holiday gathering, as a club we voted to have a gift exchange and potluck. Attire: Wear whatever you are comfortable in. If you want to participate in the gift exchange, bring a gift, if not, don’t.

Coffee duties will be taken care of by volunteer Harold while Kathy & Kevin are away. Thanks for stepping in to help Harold!

Friendly reminder: intro classes, wire-wrapping classes, lap room time must be paid for in advance (at the Mall Store) to participate. If unpaid, a spot may be forfeited in the event of too many people signed up. Please provide receipts and make sure to get phone numbers!

Todd installed a new link on the website for DIY field trips. (If you have photos or info to contribute, please forward them to Todd to be included.) http://mtbakerrockclub.org/?page_id=742.  To navigate from the homepage > Field Trips > DIY Field Trips

7:20 PM – break for coffee and treats.

7:32-7:52 PM – Todd’s presentation about the Grand Coulee Dam and Steamboat Rock geology. It has seen been added as a PDF to our website here: http://mtbakerrockclub.org/?page_id=235

Homepage > Learn More > Links and Resources > Instructional/Educational/Suppliers > Geology of Steamboat Rock State Park (PDF Version)

Mall Store hours: 11-7 including Mondays through the holidays, 11-6 Sundays.

A sign-up sheet went around for the potluck at our December meeting. The following people agreed to bring…

Vegetable Platter, Dinner Rolls: Robin

Potato Salad: Michael

Turkey Meatballs: Jackie

Cookies / Dip: Ralph

Chicken Soup: Jessica 

Deviled Eggs: Trevor

Carrot Bars: Harold

8:00 – Meeting adjourned

Distributed by Secretary Trevor Duncan

11/07/22 Board Meeting Minutes

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6:02 pm Meeting called to order by President Candi Gerard at Portal Creek Park Clubhouse. Attending: Michael, Sharon, Ralph, Bonnie, Gordy, Candi, Wes, Deb, Todd, Trevor

Secretary Report: N/A

Treasurer’s Report (Deb): Supplies were purchased; books, lightbulbs, frame for store. Books were recently audited and passed with flying colors. Covered dues, donations, lap room, club sales, rent.

Membership (Wes): 1 new member, lots of renewals in October. Welcome packages for new members were mentioned, what to include – tumbled stones, etc? Inquiry – do we have business cards for the club? No, but we provide brochures. Speaking of which, a new box of 1000 brochures needs folding. Thanks for volunteers!

Mineral Council / Federation (Michael): Last mineral field trip of the year, Blanchard Mt. cancelled due to weather. Olivine dig is also unable to be rescheduled due to weather. Season has ended. Overall lapidary club membership across the US is down due to COVID and lack of funds. Kalispell, MT club cannot find tumblers or parts. Main show for Pac NW in Billings, MT 8/1-8/3 in 2023.

Discussion about the expense of the printed publication most of us received – is there a way to go paperless? Who gets the mailer – all club members, or only board? Will inquire at next general meeting.

Lap Room (Gordy): Walt has been helping out (thanks Walt!) need some grit & belts for the equipment. Thank you everyone for the consistency with collecting payments, documenting names & numbers in corresponding composition books. Oil was discussed – bio oil vs. mineral oil, cost and wear/tear. Oil needs to be changed in saws after the holidays. In favor of bio if it passes the “smell check.”

Discussion about new vendors, scheduling, busy season. Could use help on weekends, and evenings. Flexibility is key.

2023 SHOW (Wes): dates are set, confirmed for March 25 & 26, 2023.

Mall Report (Ralph): Celebrated 2 year anniversary 11/3/22. We are seeing success with new memberships, classes, use of lap room. Canadians are returning to the mall. Anticipating holiday rush. No big news about status of “the mall” in general, but there was recently a security meeting for all tenants.

Deb (Treasurer): mentioned letter from Brookefield RE: proof of insurance. Discussed “key holder” report.

Rock Rendezvous date 2023: October 21, 2023

Todd – WWU scholarship deadline in February. Discussion about a possible weekend field trip. 

UPCOMING: club will take vote at next general meeting for new board members. Facilities: Kevin & Kathy will be gone in AZ, will need assistance with coffee set up, tear down, and storage. 

Vice President Bonnie proposed a sweater theme for the next meeting. 

President Candi brought up a suggestion from Walt about a hold-harmless / liability waiver for use of lap room. Board agrees we should move forward with the form.
New Business: Critters / painted rocks… time to get started for March show. Painted rocks are needed. Volunteers are welcome! (Deb): Need to update names on the WECI bank account. Discussed mileage rate of $.625/ mile. President motioned for a vote, vote passed to reimburse at IRS rate of $.625.

Library (Todd): Books have not been getting checked out, how should we deal with them? Silent auction/ sales discussed. 

6:54 pm – Meeting adjourned

Minutes submitted by Trevor Duncan
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, October 17, 2022, Mt Baker Rock and Gem Club

Rock Club 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.

The meeting was called to order by President Candi Gerard. 

The minutes are approved from the September 19, 2022, general meeting.

Election:  The November meeting is the election of officers. 

Lapidary:  The Intro to Lapidary for October was cancelled.  There is an Intro class in November.  To sign up and information, please go to the Bellis Fair Mall retail store.

Holiday Party:  We are discussing whether to have a potluck, just desserts, or raffle desserts.  More information will be forthcoming.

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

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 21, 2022, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  There will be a presentation, “The Geology of Steamboat Rock State Park in Photos,” by Todd Folsom.  There will be no show and tell.

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

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Club Web Address:  www.mtbakerrockclub.org

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

For Questions, Club Email:  admin@mtbakerrockclub.org

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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

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MT BAKER ROCK & GEM CLUB OFFICERS:

 

PRESIDENT:  Candi Gerard                           

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Bonnie Keel

SECRETARY:  Linda Mitchell                          

TREASURER:  Deb Gannaway

FEDERATION DIRECTOR: Michael Langley   

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE: Need Volunteer

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Gordy Gerard           

DRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Ralph Sisco

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Alt:  Sharon Geleynse 

PAST PRESIDENT:  Wes Gannaway

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

 

LIBRARIAN:  Todd Folsom                             

KITCHEN:  Kathy Mayock

MINERAL COUNCIL:  Michael Langley                      

PUBLICITY:  Wes Gannaway

LAPIDARY:  Gordy Gerard/Fred Gustafson/Walt Kulpa                   

NEW MEMBERSHIP:  Wes Gannaway

2023 SHOW:  Wes Gannaway/Todd Folsom    

WEBMASTER:  Todd Folsom

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Board Meeting Minutes, October 3, 2022, Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club

The meeting was called to order by Candi at 6:15 pm, at Portal Creek Park Clubhouse, Ferndale.  Attending – Candi and Gordy Gerard, Wes and Deb Gannaway, Bonnie Keel, Sharon Geleynse, and Linda Mitchell.

Secretary’s Report:  The June 6, 2022, minutes were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb reported on the expenses. 

Membership:  One new member.  There are 208 family memberships.

Federation:  Michael Langley attended the recent meeting in Hillsboro OR.   

 Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  No report.

Field Trip Committee:  Volunteers needed. 

Lapidary Report: 

To use the lapidary equipment, you must be a member and have attended the “Intro to Lap Room Class.” The October 18 class is full.  The next class will be November 15.  You must sign up and prepay in advance at the club’s retail store.

Open lapidary night is on Thursdays, 6-9 pm for members.  Cost is $10.  You must sign up one week in advance and prepay at the club’s retail store.  If no one signs up and prepays, the lapidary room will be closed.  We do not accept walk-ins.

Show 2023:  The flyers will be updated.  The scholarship information will be reviewed.

Mall Report:  It has been slow.

Old Business: 

The date for the next Rockhound Recycling Rendezvous (RRR) will be scheduled next October 2023.

There was a motion to change the name from the White Elephant Auction to the “Rock Club Auction.”  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

New Business: 

The Christmas party was discussed.  It is planned to have a gift exchange and dessert auction.  This information will be brought to the membership at the October general meeting on October 17.

 Meeting adjourned at 7:35 pm

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

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Club Web Address:  www.mtbakerrockclub.org

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

For Questions, Club Email:  admin@mtbakerrockclub.org

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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

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MT BAKER ROCK & GEM CLUB OFFICERS:

 

PRESIDENT:  Candi Gerard                           

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Bonnie Keel

SECRETARY:  Linda Mitchell                          

TREASURER:  Deb Gannaway

FEDERATION DIRECTOR: Michael Langley   

FIELD TRIP COMMITTEE: Need Volunteer

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Gordy Gerard           

DRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Ralph Sisco

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Alt:  Sharon Geleynse 

PAST PRESIDENT:  Wes Gannaway

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

 

LIBRARIAN:  Todd Folsom                             

KITCHEN:  Kathy Mayock

MINERAL COUNCIL:  Michael Langley                      

PUBLICITY:  Wes Gannaway

LAPIDARY:  Gordy Gerard/Fred Gustafson/Walt Kulpa                   

NEW MEMBERSHIP:  Wes Gannaway

2023 SHOW:  Wes Gannaway/Todd Folsom    

WEBMASTER:  Todd Folsom

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General Meeting Minutes, September 19, 2022, Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club

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

Candi thanked everyone that showed up to help clean up the club sales rocks on August 28, 2022.

Secretary’s Report: The August 15, 2022, minutes were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb reported on the bills. 

Membership:  There have been no new members this past month.  During the meeting tonight, there were 10 new members.

Federation:  The Federation show is September 30-October 2, in Hillsboro OR.  Michael plans on attending.  He will take pictures and post on the club’s Facebook page. 

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  There is a field trip scheduled on October 15 to Money Creek.  November 12 is a field trip to Blanchard Mt for Stilpnomelane.  This field trip is in our local area.

Please see the link for more information about these field trips and where to meet.   https://mineralcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/fieldtrips_2022.pdf

 Lapidary Report:  

Open lapidary night is on Thursdays, 6-9 pm for members.  Cost is $10.  You must sign up one week in advance and prepay at the club’s retail store.  If no one signs up and prepays, the lapidary room will be closed.  We do not accept walk-ins.

To use the lapidary equipment, you must be a member and have attended the “Intro to Lap Room Class.”  The September 20th class is full.  There will be a class scheduled in October.  You must sign up and prepay in advance at the club’s retail store.

The lapidary room is limited to 4 people.

Wagonmaster:  Vacant.  Need volunteer.

Show 2023:  The show is March 25-26, 2023, the last full weekend in March.  Wes Gannaway and Todd Folsom are the Co-Chairs.

New Business: 

 The October meeting will be our White Elephant Auction/Sale.  Doors open at 6 pm for registration and the auction begins at 6:30 pm, Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Members and guests invited.  Donations of rocks and rock hobby related items are needed.  Please bring your donations the night of the meeting.  The money from the auction goes towards a scholarship for a WWU student pursuing an earth science degree. 

The website will be changed from admin@mtbakerrockclub.org so the email will not look like a scam email.  More information will be forthcoming.

Voting for board members is in November.  Nominations are being taken for all board positions now!  We have a good time.  You will learn a lot.  The present board members have been doing this for many years and would like to have someone else take over the positions.  President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, 2 Directors-at-Large.

 The club informs members by email of meeting minutes, field trips, special events, and other information.  Please be sure to read your emails so you can stay informed about the club.  If you are not receiving your club emails, please let us know at admin@mtbakerrockclub.org.  Also, check your spam folder.

If you are looking for Christmas gifts, come to the club’s retail store in Bellis Fair Mall.  We sell jewelry, rocks, gems, and may other rock-related items.  We have gift certificates available as well.  There are showcases 2’x4’ for sale if you are interested.

 Old Business:

There are lists at the front table for members to let us know their interests and what direction the club should focus on. 

 Break. 

 September show and tell was “Sparkly Rocks.”  Members showed their wonderful specimens. 

October meeting will not have show and tell as we are having the White Elephant Auction.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 pm, Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

General Meeting Minutes, August 15, 2022, Mt Baker Rock & Gem Club

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

Secretary’s Report:  The July 18, 2022, minutes were approved. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb gave a report of the bills and income. 

Membership:  There are 4 new members.

Federation:  No report.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  There are two field trips scheduled in September to Red Top and Little Naches.  Please see the link for more information about these field trips.   https://mineralcouncil.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/fieldtrips_2022.pdf

 Lapidary Report:  Maintenance was done.  Open lapidary night is on Thursdays, 6-9 pm for members.  Cost is $10.  You must sign up one week in advance and prepay at the club’s retail store. 

Wagonmaster:  Vacant.  Need volunteer.

 Show 2023:  The show is March 25-26, 2023, the last full weekend in March.

New Business:  Glenn Ishihara recently moved to Hawaii.  Glenn was nominated for a Lifetime membership for his contributions to the club.  A motion was made to approve Glenn for a Lifetime membership, seconded, and passed unanimously.

 Old Business:

 Picnic and Potluck, August 28: Location is at Candi and Gordy Gerard’s, 1371 Paradise Rd, Ferndale.  Directions:  Take exit 262 off I-5.  At the McDonalds turn north on Barrett and follow road to Candi’s Jewelry Gallery on right.  About 1-11/2 miles from McDonalds. 

  • Picnic/potluck starts at 5 pm, and we will eat at 6 pm.
  • Please bring potluck dish and your own eating utensils (plate, fork, spoon, knife). You will also need to bring your own chairs and drinks. 
  • At noon, a work party will begin to cleanup, organize, and sort rocks. Volunteers are needed. 
  • At noon, you can bring your rocks and rock hobby related items to tailgate/sell/trade. You will need to also help out with the work party. 
  • If rain, the picnic will be cancelled.
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  • There are lists at the front table for members to let us know their interests and what direction the club should focus on.
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  • October 2023, the next Rockhound Rendezvous will be scheduled.

Break. 

 August show and tell was fossils.  Members showed their wonderful specimens. 

The next meeting is on September 19.  Show and tell: “Sparkly Stuff”

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm

Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell

 

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Club Web Address:  www.mtbakerrockclub.org

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

For Questions, Club Email:  admin@mtbakerrockclub.org

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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

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MT BAKER ROCK & GEM CLUB OFFICERS:

PRESIDENT:  Candi Gerard                           

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Bonnie Keel

SECRETARY:  Linda Mitchell                          

TREASURER:  Deb Gannaway

FEDERATION DIRECTOR: Michael Langley   

WAGONMASTER: Need Volunteer

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Gordy Gerard           

DRECTOR-AT-LARGE:  Ralph Sisco

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Alt:  Sharon Geleynse 

PAST PRESIDENT:  Wes Gannaway

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COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

LIBRARIAN:  Todd Folsom                             

KITCHEN:  Kathy Mayock

MINERAL COUNCIL:  Michael Langley                      

PUBLICITY:  Wes Gannaway

LAPIDARY:  Gordy Gerard/Fred Gustafson/Walt Kulpa                   

NEW MEMBERSHIP:  Wes Gannaway

2023 SHOW:  Bonnie Keel/Wes Gannaway     

WEBMASTER:  Todd Folsom

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