September 2013 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
September 9th, 2013

The meeting was called to order by Club President, Dean Hostetter

32 members and guests were present.


  • Discussed and finalized details for the upcoming (October 5th & 6th) Club show. Club activities such as children’s event, large rock hands–on display, gold panning, etc. are planned.
  • Willis Mountain Kyanite Mine field trip is scheduled for 28 September.

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This was a wonderful slide-show program, along with some samples of Wendy’s unique artwork.

Wendy and Lee lived in Hawaii for four years in the most beautiful area (4000 feet above sea level in a cloud covered forest) near the volcano fields.

Her talk included local history, people, geology and the many aspects of the very dangerous volcano fields.

Be careful where you walk and always be friends with Pele, the volcano gods - these were important factors when living near an active volcano.

Black sand beaches and lava rock with beautiful green peridot were highlighted, as well as treks though underground lava tunnels.

Thanks Wendy for a delightful presentation! And thanks to all the members who brought in Hawaii-related rock samples from their collections to help Wendy illustrate the materials of the area.

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October meeting: Monday, October 14th at 7:30 PM
Waynesboro Church of the Brethren
364 Bridge Road
Lower parking lot—Side Door entrance!

PROGRAM: Show & Tell

We can all relax now that the club show is over.

Short discussion on show activities will be held followed by the always favorite “show and tell”.

Bring a rock(s) or a rock story to share with Club members.

Also, if you have rocks from the Willis Mountain field trip, bring for others to see what they missed.

Refreshments: TBA

Bob Helt, Secretary

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Club Officers and Staff 2013
President – Dean Hostetter
Vice President – Leo Cloutier
Show Co-Chairs – Dean Hostetter and all Club members
Educational Outreach -- Linda Corwin, Bob Helt
Secretary/Newsletter -- Bob Helt (
Field Trip Coordinator - Dean Hostetter (
Treasurer – Scott Gregory
Web Site Coordinator – Jack Glenn

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