December 2016 Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the Meeting of Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
Meeting date: December 12th, 2016
President Mike Pabst called the meeting to order.
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DUES should be paid as soon as possible for 2017. $10 per family per year.
Paying dues will allow members the priviledge of going on field trips, using the rock shop, and otehr member benefits.
A fun social time was enjoyed by all. The youth/men of the church served us a meal. The gift exchange was fun!
Field Trip Info: Check out information here. Wayne is working on some field trips and info for us. More information was sent to members on 12/21/2016 by the club secretary.
The trip to the JMU mineral museum and lab will be Saturday, January 21st at 9 am.
If you have never attended, Dr. Lance Kearns allows members to take home some sample minerals. We ask that you make a generous donation to the JMU geology department for this.
Dr. Kearns also can try to identify unknown samples you may wish to bring, using his lab equipment. He will be retiring this year.
- PLEASE EMAIL WAYNE BY DEC 31ST if you are planning on going on the overnight field trip to Kentucky in April 2017. He is still making final plans.
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 www.shenandoahvalleyrockclub.org and our Facebook page Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society for updates and information.
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Notes from The Rock Shop - October 2016:
The Rock Shop was open for its monthly session on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.
We had eight members attend to work on various projects.
Charles: Plume agate
Jilly: miscellaneous preforming and polishing
Scott: slabbing local stone
Justin: Polishing bloodstone, lapis, green quartz, aquamarine, and chrysocolla
Calvin: slab and form cabochons from basalt with garnet inclusions
Tom: Gem silica, cut tiger eye, unakite, banded amethyst and red jasper
Jack: cut and polished a zebra quartz cab sample
It’s great to see the variety of materials being worked and having a chance to enjoy the outcomes people are achieving.
Everyone took part in the cleanup and the shop was left in good order for the next session, which will be Saturday, November 19th, 2016.
NOTE: As noted previously, we are going to experiment with having two Rock Shop sessions per month, with Charlie Rhoads leading the second session. The plan would be to continue the current schedule of the Saturday immediately following the club’s monthly meeting, and add a second session two Saturdays after that. Plans are still being finalized, but the tentative initial date for this second session is January 28th, 2017. Please visit the Events At A Glance page for subsequent dates, once established.
SECOND NOTE: As also noted previously, the club is anticipating the purchase of a second Diamond Pacific Titan cab-making machine and doing some storage and power improvements over the course of the next several months. This is possible in large part because of everyone’s excellent efforts at making our gem and mineral show a success this year. With these additions and doubling the number of sessions per month, we hope that this will give everyone adequate access to the tools and space to enjoy the hobby!
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Volunteers for Refreshments, 2017:
February: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
March: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
April: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
May: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
June: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
July: N/A - Club Picnic
August: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
September: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
October: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
November: TBD <<--NEED A VOLUNTEER!!
December: N/A - Club Christmas Dinner
Deborah Grimm, Secretary
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Club Officers and Staff 2016
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: shenandoahvalleyrockclub.org
Club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShenandoahValleyGemMineralSociety
Club email: firstname.lastname@example.org