Letter from the Club’s President

Hello; I hope everyone is safe and well. As we continue social distancing without meetings or outings, I have been thinking a lot about our club and missing everyone.

We are working on details for our lapidary space and are hoping to have things set up this fall. There are so many things to work out: contracts, electrical, insurance, and just getting it all put together. Please be patient and then ready to get involved!

On another subject, I have also been thinking about all the people who have been so faithful, working to keep our club together. Over the years that I have been a member, it just seems like things always just got done. Looking deeper, there have been active members who just do whatever needs to be done. If I started listing names, I know I would accidentally leave someone out. So…here is a big “thank you” to all committee chairs, board members, show chairs, kitchen people, floor sweepers, lapidary workers, volunteers, guest speakers, field trip leaders, library book packers, and members who show up at the meetings. You are all appreciated!!! (if I forgot someone — it’s because I am old!) Thank You!!!

One more subject: TREASURES. Again, as we cannot get together, let’s spend some time admiring our “Treasures” that we have. Our beautiful rocks, flowers, sunsets, or whatever you think of as TREASURE. Gordy and I were visiting a friend the other day. I snapped a picture of him with his treasure collection. As I looked at the picture, I realized the real treasure was not so much the beautiful rocks in the background, but the wonderful person in front of them.  Yes, it is Dick Rantz. With a wealth of knowledge, a willingness to teach, and a giving heart, he has been a mentor, not only to us, but to the club ever since I have been a member. So, Thank You Dick for all your help and behind the scenes leadership! You are a real Treasure!

I hope we can all get together in August for a meeting. We will let you know.

Candi Gerard

Dick Rantz and his collection

Update on the Rockhound Rendezvous

The Rockhound Rendezvous (RR) has been scheduled for September 26th at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale.  The club will receive a 30-day notice if the RR must be cancelled.  Updates will be posted by email, Facebook, and on the club website.  Please stay in touch.
The cost for a space is $20 and must be pre-paid in order to reserve your table. The size may be larger at this location. There is no food available for purchase so please bring a lunch.  Tables will be available to club members by contacting Candi Gerard.  More information will be provided at a later date.

Rock Show and Meetings are Canceled

Hello all, as the spring has advanced, the Covid-19 situation hasn’t slacked, and venues are not available through August. Therefore, the 2020 show is cancelled. We will continue to plan for the future and will schedule the 2021 show for next March. Our current plan is that the show will take place in Ferndale at the Pavilion in the last week of March 2021.
The board will discuss the possibility of having the Rockhound Rendezvous at some time in late 2020. This will also depend on the Covid-19 situation.
This closure includes meeting places for the monthly meetings. We hope to resume meetings as soon as permitted.

Rockhound Estates & Downsizing Sale

Feb 1, 2020, 9-4 Pm, Everett United church of christ, 2624 Rockefeller ave, Everett (exit 194 from I-5 to Everett ave); gemstones, jewelry, lapidary, rough, slices… co-sponsored by Everettrockclub.com

2020 January: Board Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes on January 6, 2020

Meeting called to order at 6:30pm.

Those in attendance:  Candi & Gordy Gerard; Wes & Deb Gannaway; Bonnie Keel; Michael Langley

Secretary’s Report:  Minutes of last meeting were in the bulletin – no additions or corrections

Treasurer’s Report:  Deb gave the report on bills paid and income received

Membership:  Wes reported one new member

Federation:  No report

Wagonmaster:  No report

Library:  No report

WSMC:  Dues were paid

Rock Pups:  No report

Parks:  No report

Lap Room Committee:  No report

Education Committee:  No report

Show:  Wes & Hardy Nettles checked out the Events Center and the Ferndale Community Center for future shows.
              Checked into possible table rentals.  Table skirting will be used around the display cases only.
              Discussion regarding flyers for kids.  Wes will check with Eric about the raffle tickets.  We need posters and flyers printed up now. 
              Deb will check into the cost of grab bags if we have enough polished rock.

Old Business:  75 critters were made, and we will have another critter making party before the show–date to be announced

New Business:  It was decided to put a “for sale” page on the web site (for members only).               
              A suggestion was made to have a rock identification station, a gem identification station, and a critter making station at the April meeting in lieu of ‘show & tell’.  Any comments?

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted by Deb Gannaway

Volunteer needed for Critter Making Party

The club needs a volunteer to head up the critter making parties beginning in January. The critters are rocks made with sequins, feathers, eyes, and hot glue. During the show in March, the critters are used at the kid’s spinning wheel. Supplies are provided by the club. All you need to do is provide locations and times for club members to come help make the critters.

Christmas Party, December 16

The Christmas party is scheduled for December 16, 6:30 pm, at the Bloedel-Donovan Park meeting room. The club will provide the turkey and ham. It is a potluck so please bring a dish and your own plates and eating utensils. Set up is at 6:30 pm. Plan to eat at 7:00 pm. 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.

Election of Board Members in November

The November General Meeting will be the election of board members. Members should consider becoming a board member. Board member positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, two Directors-at-Large.

Board meetings are held the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, at the WECU in Ferndale. There is always help available for new board members. It is a good way to get to know what the club is about and get to know people. Please consider being a part of facilitating the club’s operation!

White Elephant Sale at meeting on October 21, 2019

The October General Meeting is the White Elephant Sale, our annual auction. We need members to donate rock-related items. Members and guests register for an auction number so they can bid on items presented. The money from the auction goes towards the club and the WWU scholarship fund.

Bring rock-related items to donate and money (cash or check) to spend! 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 a brief general meeting and then the auction will commence.