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Minutes of the Meeting of Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
Meeting date: February 12th, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm by our President, Michael Pabst.

There were 56 members present, including 6 new members.

This was one of the best attended meetings we’ve had in the past few years, and a great time was had by all!
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And THANKS to everyone who came early or stayed late to set up and clean up.

Just a reminder – winter is here, so if Waynesboro City Schools are closed or let out early the day of a designated meeting night, we will not have a meeting.

Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

Look for cancellation announcement email messages from the club secretary. Safety first!!

The same protocol generally goes for scheduled rock shop sessions as well - if Waynesboro City Schools are closed/let out early the Friday before a designated rock shop session date, the rock shop session will be cancelled.

Old Business:
There was no old business discussed.

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New Business:
Dues were collected and membership applications were filled out.

Program Report:
The program was composed of three different activities - the logistics to avoid complete pandemonium were planned carefully and proved successful for the most part.

For the first activity, members had fun swapping and selling/buying their personal treasures. THANK YOU to everyone who brought items and donated money to the club.

The second activity was the silent auction. Approximately 50 iItems from our lapidary shop ‘collection’ and items from members’ donations were generously bid on.

As the end time neared, it was “no holds barred” and there was a lot of “friendly competition” going on (especially for the coveted 50+ pound chunk of franklinite that had an eerie green glow under the UV light!!)

THANK YOU to Jack Glenn, Cindy Schoer, and Scott Gregory for all the labels, setting up and collecting money for this. The money will be used to improve our lapidary shop.

The final activity involved a tremendous effort on the part of our field trip coordinator, Wayne Peterson. Wayne traveled to Raphine, VA in December to load over 1000 pounds of rocks onto his sagging pick-up truck.

These rocks/minerals were a generous donation from the Drawbond/Gearhart family. Wayne had to brace his truck in the garage for over 2 months (as our meeting was canceled in January), then box them up for us.

Thanks to all the members who helped him unload. Each family received a box of rocks to take home to sort through - best cold weather “field trip” EVER!!. THANK YOU, Wayne!!

Field Trip Info:
Please refer to “SVGMS Field Trips News” documents you receive from the club secretary for a description of the current status of field trips and details about upcoming trips.

If you are a club member with paid-up dues and you do not receive the “Field Trip News” document when they are emailed, please contact the secretary at or at a monthly meeting to correct this issue.

This will be the principle way information about field trips are distributed to members, so we want to insure everyone is correctly addressed.

Looking ahead:
Charlie Rhodes will give a program on making cabs in March.

If you’d like to present a program, please talk to an officer at a meeting or sign up at this link:

Anyone can sign up to bring snacks for a monthly meeting by clicking this link:

Be sure to keep up with our website and our Facebook page Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society for updates and information.

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Volunteers for Refreshments, 2018:
February: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
July: N/A - Club Picnic
December: N/A - Club Christmas Dinner

Deborah Grimm, Secretary

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Club Officers and Staff 2016-2018
President – Michael Pabst
Vice President – Leo Cloutier
Show Co-Chairs – Dean Hostetter/Scott Gregory
Educational Outreach -- Deborah Grimm
Secretary/Newsletter -- Deborah Grimm
Field Trip Coordinators - Wayne Petersen/Scott Duresky
Treasurer – Scott Gregory
Web Site Coordinator – Jack Glenn

Club web site:
Club Facebook page:
Club email:

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