General Meeting Minutes on February 21, 2022

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 January 17, 2021, General Meeting.    There is a flyer for members to take for the Mt. Baker Rock and Gem Club Show on March 26th-27th, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5, at Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.

Treasurer:  The treasurer provided a report.  Club’s store at the mall now has tumbling books available for purchase.  Raffle tickets are now available for $1 each, drawing will be done at the March show.  Prizes are $100 cash, rock tools, a gift certificate to the club’s store at the mall, and other treasures!

Treasurer asked for a volunteer for audit committee to audit the books.  Robin Hitz volunteered.

Membership:    Wes: We had approximately 165 families at the end of the year as members.  This is a record number for the club.

Federation:  Michael reported that the Federation Show will be Sept 30-Oct 2 in Hillsborough, OR.  Wes says the Federation Show schedule is also posted at the club’s mall store.

Washington State Mineral Council (WSMC):  Michael said field trip at Grandy Creek is this coming Saturday, by Baker Lake.  Jade and serpentine can be found there.  March 19th, Saddle Mountain in Eastern WA (close to Yakima)- fossilized wood.

Wagonmaster:  No report.

Lapidary:  The room is open from 6-9 Thursday night, cost is $10.00.  If this is your first time, please let us know.  There is a fee for cuts after the first cut.  If there is a rock that needs to be cut, you can leave it at the mall and someone can cut it for you.  Maximum size for a cut is about 7 inches. 

There is a list for the “Orientation” class for the use of the lapidary room.  As soon as Glen returns at end of the month, he and Candi will review the list and see how soon everyone on the list can get trained.

You can stop by and get a short tour anytime the room is open.  Our store is near the JC Penny wing of Bellis Fair Mall.  Store is open every day except Monday.  Rocks, shells, jewelry, fossils, gifts, and treasures are available. 

Show 2022:  The next show is March 26-27, 2022, Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale.  Sign-up sheet was passed around for volunteers to work during the show as well as to volunteer to load up the display cases from Candi and Gordy’s home to the show site starting 9 am on Friday, March 25th, and moving all the display cases back to Candi and Gordy’s starting 5 pm on Sunday March 27th

There are 30 display cases that Wes says the members can display their collections, or things that they have made.  Sign-up for use of the display cases was also passed around.

Need about 350 pounds of polished rocks to use for the Rock Show

Old Business:  No report.

New Business:

 Gem Class:  Candi will be having her two-part Gem class at her store/home in Ferndale Feb 23rd and March 2nd from 6:30-9 pm.  Cost $40.00.  There are still a couple of spots open if anyone wants to sign up.

Rockhound Rendezvous:  June 11th at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.  Everyone has their own table to sell items to other members or the public.  $20 per 8-10 ft space.  If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet.  It will be at the Ferndale Pavilion and Sharon Gelenyse is in charge of this.  You have to bring your own tables.  More information is coming.


Show and Tell:  Members brought their favorite conglomerate. 

Next General Meeting:  March 21, 7:00 pm, at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center, 2007 Cherry St, Ferndale

MARCH Show and Tell:   Green Rocks

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm

Respectfully submitted by Robin Hitz