General Meeting Minutes on September 20, 2021

President Candi Gerard called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Candi welcomed everyone to the meeting.  She thanked all of the volunteers that helped during the recent show on September 11 and 12.  Masks were worn by all.
Secretary:  The minutes are approved from the August 23, 2021, general meeting.  If anyone is not receiving their emails, please let me know.
Treasurer:  The treasurer provided a report. 
Membership:  There were 11-12 new family memberships received during the show.  Since November 2020, there have been a total of 80 family memberships received.
Federation:  The meeting was in Walla Walla on September 11 by Zoom.  Due to our show being the same day, Michael could not attend the Zoom.
Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  A field trip is scheduled October 16 to Money Creek for picture jasper.  (For more information, contact Ed Lehman at or (425) 334-6282 or (425) 760-2786.)
Wagonmaster:  The field trip to Racehorse Creek on September 18 was cancelled due to weather. 
Lapidary:  The lapidary room is open on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm.  Members must sign up in advance and prepay $10.  If no one signs up and prepays, the room will be closed.  In late fall, we hope to have a beginning lapidary class scheduled.  The club can cut rocks for you up to 7″ diameter.  The cost to cut the rock for you depends on the size of the rock.
Old Business:
Show Chair – Wes:  Thank you to all of the volunteers.  The show was a success.  The vendors were happy.  The attendance was probably 50 percent less of the normal attendance at Bloedel, but considering all of the issues and having the show in September and in a new location, the show was successful.  The next show on March 26-27, 2022, will be even better. 
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 current board member for the duties involved.  You can nominate yourself.
New Business: 
Increase in Insurance:  Bellis Fair Mall has increased the liability amount for the club’s retail store.  There will be an increase in the amount the club pays for insurance.  The mall contract renewal is on the first of November, so we have until that time to determine if we stay with the current company or can get a better rate somewhere else.  Volunteers are welcome to check into this further.
Show and Tell:  Members had show and tell of the fossils they brought. 
Next General Meeting:  The next general meeting will be October 18, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale, for the White Elephant Auction.  The doors will open at 6:00 pm to allow for bidder registration and a 6:30 pm start of the meeting.  There will be no “show and tell.”  Rocks and rock-related donations are needed for the auction.  This is a fund raiser for the club.  You do not need to be a member to donate or bid on items.  Bring cash money for your winning bids!
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm
Respectfully submitted by Linda Mitchell