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