Minutes

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Meeting Date: November 1, 2017
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre
Members present: (20) Jerome and Sandra Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary and Richard Bennet, Donna
Carpenter, Dennis Dean, John Delong, Sharon Ewin, Mike Fairburn, Duane Hamm, Ken Laidlaw,
Katherine MacNeill, Courtnay MacLellan, Jane Moore, Ruth and Rolf Peetz, Luke Southwell, Mike
Ryan, Fred Wiley.
Call to Order: Katherine MacNeill at 7:03
Agenda was distributed
October 4th, 2017 Minutes -no errors or omissions
Katherine assumed the motion to approve the minutes, there being no objections, and
the minutes were adopted as circulated.
Correspondence:
1. Secretary
Invitation from Vernon Lapidary and Mineral Club to attend their Club sale November
18-19 weekend.
2. Club Contact Jerome
Email inquiry looking for a guide to look for amber in the area.
Old Business
Reminders regarding Club dues and ordering of BCLS 2018 calendars
Reminders from 2017 Club calendar:
1. November 4th Cherry Lane Club Sale and Demo –8:30 – 9 AM set up, specimens for
Touchy-Feely Table to be dropped off.
2. November 12th, Wire wrapping class by Linda Zepik , 10 AM to 2 PM in boardroom, main
floor, Leir House. $35 –wire & tools provided; $30 without wire, tools. 6 signed up.
3. December 2nd, Christmas (buns & butter, pickles, cabbage rolls covered)
4. Club Postcard promo printed by Sam and delivered to Duane for distribution to members
and at Club Sale and Demo on Saturday.
5. Library Display –April 2nd -14th on Habits of Crystals (faces, forms, aggregates and
appearance) Samples with write up for set up 3:30 April 2nd.
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Reports
Treasurer -Sandra Albo reported balance of $2,870.43.
2018 Rendezvous Committee –Jerome held meeting at Rock Creek Fairgrounds, plus he and
Dennis revisited field trip site options. Dennis reported that there are at least 6 good spots.
Committee to meet in November to finalize details for Rendezvous Agenda to release early in
2018.
Wagon Master, Dennis -Field Trip on October 14th, the Similkameen River Club Picnic -Red
Bridge over the Ashnola River, west of Keremeos. Cold and wet so rock looked good. 9
attendees had BBQ hotdogs under the bridge.
Jerome, Field trip on short notice to Rock Creek property where members paid $20 to collect
pieces, then remaining rock was collected for the Club for 50/50 draws, silent auctions, etc.
New Business
Members were asked to sign up for 2018 programs e.g. describe a road trip with show and tell
specimens or an education on a specific rock or mineral.
Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by Mike Ryan, seconded by Mary. Approved
based on no objections.
Program on “favourite rocks” by the following members: Mike Ryan on 3 surprise treasures found in
unlikely looking specimens; Fred on olivine with many different colours and sizes and their collection
sources; Val on a strange lava rock full of holes, collected from a vacation in Oregon; Sharon on
hydrothermal fossilized formations from “black smokers” deep beneath the sea; John Delong on a
slice of amethyst sage dendritic cut from purchases around Madras, Oregon last summer; Courtnay
on a rutilated quartz and hematite specimen from the Crystal Ark in Vancouver; Katherine on
carnelian with a large sample from Hemlock Lake, Washington; Jerome on a mystery rock given to
him by his Dad, found by his uncle, containing dinosaur skin and other fossilized material over 500
million years ago.
50/50 Draw $20 won by John DeLong. Rock specimens won by Dennis, Luke, Mary, Courtnay and
Donna.
Next = Potluck Dinner Dec 2nd 5 PM set up, 6 PM dinner
Silent Auction afterwards. Please bring your donation for the Treasure Table

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Meeting Date: October 4, 2017
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre
Members present: (17) Mary and Richard Bennet, Malcolm and Gloria Bordass, Donna Carpenter, Dennis Dean, John Delong, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm, Katherine MacNeill, Courtnay MacLellan and Luke Southwell, Ken Laidlaw, Judy Jones, Mike Ryan, Fred Wiley, Sandra Smith(Sam).
Guest: Norm Ewin
Call to Order: Katherine MacNeill at 7:00
Agenda was distributed
September 6th, 2017 Minutes -no errors or omissions
Katherine assumed the motion to approve the minutes, there being no objections, and the minutes were adopted as circulated.
Correspondence:
1. Secretary
Email regarding opportunity to purchase table at October 28th event; (Copy forwarded by email to members with details –Psychic Fair at Cherry Lane Mall)
2. Club Contact (Jerome reported prior to the meeting that no correspondence received since last meeting)
Old Business –Reminders regarding the Club Calendar:
1. Field Trip -October 14th – Similkameen River Club Picnic –meet at 10 AM, west end of Red Bridge over the Ashnola River, west of Keremeos.
2. November 4th Cherry Lane Club Sale and Demo –8:30 open doors for set up, sale tables welcome, specimens for Touchy-Feely Table to be dropped off.
3. November 12th, Wire wrapping class by Linda Zepik , 10 AM to 2 PM in boardroom, main floor, Leir House. $35 –wire & tools provided; $30 without wire, tools.
4. December 2nd, Christmas Party. Dinner @ 6:00 pm. Pot luck with assignments of food specifics at Nov. meeting.
5. Update on postcard promo for Club –utilizing 2018 Rendezvous postcard at next public events. Sam will look for sales promo for best pricing and will prepare a mockup prior to May, 2018 Rendezvous.
6. Library Display –moved to April (April 2nd -14th confirmed by Donna after meeting) Theme: Properties of Crystals – contributions welcome
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Reports
Treasurer -Sandra Albo provided a printed statement of the Club’s revenue and expenses over the past year, summarized by Donna. Motion by Sam to adopt as read/circulated by Sandra Smith. Approved.
Membership dues being collected. ($35 for family, $20 single)
2018 Rendezvous Committee –Sam reported that the link to the Rendezvous site had been added to the BCLS website and members reminded of the need to book non-camping accommodation early
Interior Zone Report –Gloria read the highlights of the minutes. Next meeting in April, 2018.
Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by Sam, seconded by Mary. Approved based on no objections.
Program by Duane on Prehnite, with samples and reference material
50/50 Draw $ 18.50 won by Donna. Rock specimens won by Sharon, Dennis, Norm, Judy, Courtnay, Mary and Donna.
Next meeting Nov 4 Goodies Sharon Ewin
Program Club Members to bring one of their favourite specimens and discuss for 2 minutes or longer

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Meeting Date: September 6, 2017
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre
Members present: (18) Jerome and Sandra Albo, Mary and Richard Bennet, Malcolm and Gloria Bordass, Donna Carpenter, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm, Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Judy Jones, Sandra and Mike Fairburne, Mike Ryan, Fred Wiley, Val Atkinson, Sandra Smith(Sam).
Guest: Courtnay MacLellan, Luke Southwell (signed up as members after meeting)
Call to Order: Katherine MacNeill at 7:00
Agenda was distributed
May 3, 2017 Minutes No errors or omissions
Katherine assumed the motion to approve the minutes, there being no objections, and the minutes were adopted as circulated.
Correspondence:
1. Secretary
BCLS Annual Meeting (May 21, 2017) Minutes
Changes in the Constitution and Bylaws were accepted and submitted to the BC Government with the changes
Discussion on catered meals for Rendezvous It was decided that in the future the host club will decide on how many potlucks to have and on what nights or to have the traditional pot luck on Friday and a hamburger/hotdog/salad night on the Sunday
Appointment of new Treasurer will be brought up again at the Oct 1, 2017 meeting
Interior Zone Meeting Minutes (Sept 2, 2017)
More club activities reports would be appreciated.
March 2018 meeting discussion will be the decision on Interior Zone Campout and Interior Zone Questionnaire
Memo from President re June 7 Club Potluck
Printouts from Marysville, Washington and Fraser Valley with regards to rock and gem shows. If interested re dates and places please give Secretary a call.
2. Club Contact (Jerome)
An interest from public re classes on cutting gems and carving
More interest in submissions for the Rockhounder
Old Business
1. Field Trips
September 17 cancelled due to wildfire restrictions on travel
October 7 changed to October 14 -still a go at this time -members to call Wagon Master at 250-493-8431 to confirm on night before trip.
2. Club’s policies and procedures around field trips
President Katherine MacNeill assumed the motion, (based on support of the
membership at prior meetings when a quorum was present and no objections were
made). An amendment was proposed and accepted. The membership was asked to
approve the draft Policy and it was unanimously approved.
3. Seven members were interested in a wire wrapping class by Linda Zepik for this fall.
Katherine will correspond with Linda with regards to date, time, and place and get back to the
members.
Reports
Treasurer Sandra Albo
Balance as of Aug 31, 2017 $3044.80
A year end financial report will be done for next meeting
Membership dues are due by Dec 1
2018 Rendezvous Committee Jerome Albo
Sandra Albo will bring to the next meeting information and cost of T-shirts and
hats
Gloria Bordass will look after the Bucket Raffle for the club
Menu will be Potluck on Friday and Hotdogs/Hamburgers/Salad on Sunday
More discussion with BCLS with regards to this
Club members will supply snacks for Hospitality. Other clubs will be asked for
donations also.
Those interested in helping out with Rendezvous please contact Donna Carpenter
Linda Zepik will be asked to be the Vendor
Monday morning breakfast is a go and will be discussed at the committee
meeting
Field Trip to Haida Gwaii - Duane, Katherine, Donna, Dennis, Jerome and Sandra
Agates were found but not in abundance
A beautiful place to visit
A great time had by all
Summer Camp-Jerome, Sandra, Katherine and Duane
Cancelled due to wildfires
Some members met up with the Burns Lake Club and went out on a few field
trips. They found some nice agates and other material
New Business
Postcard promotion for the club was suggested by Katherine and Sam
Samples were passed around with much interest
Crystals will be the Clubs next Library Display
Donna will find out the display date
Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by Mike seconded by Gloria
50/50 $ 21.00 won by Sandra Albo. Rock specimens won by Sandy, Sharon, Val and Katherine.
Next meeting Oct 4 Goodies Donna Carpenter








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Meeting Date: November 2, 2016

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre

Members present: (13) Jerome and Sandra Albo, Val Atkinson, Donna Carpenter, Dennis Dean, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm, Katherine Macneill, John Delong, Sue May, Ken Laidlaw, Sam Smith, Fred Wiley

Guests: Damaya and Stephan

Call to Order: by Katherine MacNeill at 7:05



Business Portion
 
Agenda was distributed



 Donna moved the minutes of the Oct meeting be adopted as circulated. Seconded by Fred
 
Old Business
 
Jerome will do the May program presentation and John Delong and Sue May will possibly do the June presentation

Nov 12 Club Sale at Cherry Lane is from 9am to 5pm

Dec 3 Christmas Party at 5:30 is potluck and a silent auction

Annual Library Display in May 2017 will be petrified wood

Membership will be looked after by Jerome and Sharon
 
Reports
 
Wagon Master – Dennis

Duane did a report on White Lake Rd field trip as Dennis didn’t make it. 11 members attended and got some nice fossils

Treasurer’s report - Sandra

Balance as of Sept 30, 2016 $2828.67
 
 
Rockhounder will cost $28.00 per subscription

Donna moved that the club pay $3.50 for a directory Seconded by John Delong Carried
 
Rendezvous 2018 – Jerome

BCLS is our acting liason. There are new guidelines to follow for all Rendezvous. There is some pending mine sales in Greenwood that may effect places to go at Rendezvous. There will be a meeting for the original 7 sometime in March
 
 
New Business
 
BC Gem Show is April 7,8,9 Donna received an application form for a display case at the show if we were interested. Club undecided as would have to arrive in Abbotsford a day early.

Jerome (Club contact) received a request for information or articles for the Rockhounder. There are still some 2017 Calendars available at $10.00 each

Executive will put together some ideas for Club policies and procedures around field trips and bring them to the next meeting i.e. staying late, how much is enough, are you coming, when to leave for trip

Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by John Seconded by Sharon
 
Social Program
 
Duane did a presentation on fossils. They cannot be sold or taken out of the province and are the property of the province at all times. Some interesting and lots of areas in BC to hunt for fossils

50/50 draw was won by Damaya $14.00
 
Events

Christmas Party Dec 3 Supper at 5:30 Bring Potluck item, plate and utensils and any silent auction item or items

Next Meeting April 5, 2017
 
 
 
 
 



Meeting Date: October 5, 2016

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre
Members present: (13) Jerome and Sandra Albo, Gloria and Malcolm Bordass. Donna Carpenter, Dennis Dean, John Delong, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm, Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Mike Ryan and Fred Wiley
Guests: Karson Kersch and his mother Ana Aboroa

Business Portion
President Katherine MacNeill called the meeting to order. Katherine thanked all for the good wishes of her appointment as President. She said that this club had made a big difference in her life and decided it was her turn to run as President



 Agenda was distributed
Adoption of agenda by Gloria, seconded by John Delong



 Mike moved the minutes of the September meeting be adopted as circulated. Seconded by John
Old Business
Volunteers needed for program presentations for November, May and June

More on crystals – cleavage or fracture or specific gravity or acid test or optical effects…
 November 12th,Club sale at Cherry Lane;


 Christmas Potluck is December 3, 2016 at The Leir House
Membership dues are due NOW.

We decided on continuing with status quo using existing coffee pot, providing coffee and tea , plus juice boxes for youth (previously donated by Jerome and Sandra)\
Duane volunteered for position of making coffee, etc for our Social time.


 Rockhounder magazine will not be added to the membership dues
 Volunteer positions to fill for:
Publicity, (sending notice of meetings and events to local papers or online sites);

Annual Cherry Lane Sale in November, (info to Publicity position, Website Master, liaison with Mall, insurance coverage, etc. – See Donna for details)
Annual Library Display in May, (info to Publicity position, Website Master, liaison with Penticton Public Library, coordination on theme, composition/contributions, setup and take down)
Christmas Potluck


Reports
Wagon Master - Dennis
Field trip to Westbridge


8 members attended the field trips to Conkle Lake, Big White, Arlington Lake and Tupper Creek
 12 members attended the trip to Rock Creek Fair
Treasurer’s report - Sandra
Balance as of Aug 31, 2016 $2865.05 Petty Cash $53.00




Rendezvous 2018 - Jerome
Trip to Rock Creek Fair for insight into the facility that will be our Rendezvous 2018 headquarters was very successful. A better understanding of the camping facilities and



 Buildings available to us. This information will be discussed and decided on by the Rendezvous committee as a whole. BCLS has signed the papers for Rock Creek Fairgrounds
Interior Zone meeting on September 25 – Gloria
Reports on Campout 2016 (no information on who attending was a complaint),



 GMFC and Summer Camp
 Members voicing concerns re Albertans putting on various rock shows
New Business
Policies and Procedures for Field Trips/ Rockhound code of esthetics,

Insurance coverage for those left behind, notification to attend
Will be discussed at next meeting after everyone has given some thought to this matter


 2017 Calendar of Events
Katherine will make a tentative calendar for next meeting for discussion



 Gloria moved to adjourn the business portion of meeting/seconded by John
Social Program
Duane did a presentation on Peridot- oldest gem, August birthstone, and delicate, green colour from minerals. Thank you



 Silent Auction from material received from Barbara Pomeroy and others $43.80
 Thank you to Jerome and Sandra for providing the goodies
Events
Oct 16 White Lake Road for fossils



 Nov 2 Meeting
 Nov 12 Cherry Lane Club Sale
 Dec 3 Christmas Potluck Dinner , Silent Auction
 Mike will provide goodies for Nov meeting






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Monthly Meeting: September 7, 2016
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre
President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:05PM
Members Present (12) Jerome & Sandra Albo, Dennis Dean, Donna Carpenter, Jane Moore, John Broccolo, Val Atkinson, Malcolm & Gloria Bordass, Sandra(Sam) Smith, Richard & Mary Bennet, (3 Late) Fred Wiley, Ken Laidlaw, Shane Quesnel
Guests: none
The Agenda was distributed
Adoption of agenda by Sam/ seconded by Richard
Business Section:
1. The Minutes of the previous meeting (June) were adopted by Mary and seconded by
Gloria Carried
2. Correspondence:
a. Silver Pick Sale on Sept 10 in North Delta at 10 am
b. Fall BCLS General Meeting on Oct 2 in Abbotsford at 1pm (one vote /club)
c. Calendars 2017 to be ordered at this meeting at $10.00/calender
d. Interior Zone Meeting on Sept 25 in Sorrento (potluck)
3. Old Business:
a. Members were asked to sign up for program presentations at regular meetings
Presentation to be anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes
b. Planned activities: Sept 18 at Rock Creek, Field Trips, Dec 5 Christmas Party
c. Dues Structure: Sharon Ewin volunteered to take on Registration Matters
Motion was made by Jane to have collection of monies for
registration and the Rockhounder be moved to October’s
meeting for this year. Seconded by Richard Carried
d. Equipment Rental Program will be up and running by April. Jerome will head
this program. Discussion of equipment use, maintenance etc
e. Coffee machine discussion tabled til October’s meeting
4. New Business:
a. Notice of intent to vote on rockhound magazine inclusion in dues pricing.
Discussion followed on clarification of this message. The understanding is
that each club will make the decision whether or not to include dues and
magazine together or as separate identities.
b. Phillip Crewe would like information on forestry road conditions
Discussion on forestry roads Check with Forestry and Sawmills
5. Reports.
a. Field Trips Clarke Lake (9 members) some nice finds of jasper, agate
Rock Creek Fair/ Exploration Trip Parking at Albo"s
This is a great time for all to look at site for Rendezvous 2018
Fossils at White Lake in Oct
b. Cherry Lane Sale Nov 12
c. Jerome reflected on his last year as president. Discussed exciting field trips,
membership increase by 16, hosting Rendezvous 2018, meeting presentations,
Prineville. Library Display, Cherry Lane Sale, Christmas Party. "Thanks to
the wagon master and all helpers for making this an exciting year"
d.Treasurer’s Annual Report moved by Donna Seconded by Mary Carried
Bank Balance $2865.05 Petty Cash $41.00
e. Election of Officers Val (Voting Chair)
President Katherine MacNeill
Vice President Dennis Dean
Secretary Donna Carpenter
Treasurer Sandra Albo
All elected by acclamation
Volunteer positions needed for Publicity, Social Events, and Hospitality, Cherry Lane sale, Coffee, Library Display
f. Rock material acquired from Barbara Pomeroy were precious to her but not
useful to the club
g. Club members have an opportunity to purchase rock and bead material from
Dorothy Fairbairn. If anyone interested please contact Jerome
h. Sam thanked Jerome for a job well done. All present agreed.
Gloria moved the meeting be adjourned
Social
Thank you to Donna for bringing the cookies. Sandra Albo will bring the cookies for
October’s meeting. Please sign up for monthly meeting goodies.
50/50 was $12.00 and 3 people got rocks


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Monthly meeting: June 1, 2016
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park Ave, Penticton, BC V2A 2R2
1. Call to Order -President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM


Members present (23): Jerome & Sandy Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary & Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter, John Christie, John Delong & Sue May, Stew English, Deborah Enyinnah, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Patrick & Dylan Kerr, Ken Laidlaw, Sandra (Sam) Smith, Fred Wiley.
Guests: Jake Johnson, sister Tanisha Johnson and Shane Quesnel (Jake and Shane became members after the business session).
The Agenda was distributed.
Business Section:
2. The Minutes of the previous meeting, May 4, 2016 were distributed by email and by post. Gloria moved to approve the Minutes as distributed and seconded. Motion passed.


3. Correspondence (summarized for the meeting)
a. 2 emails -1 inquiry about the Club and 1 notice of other Club event since the last meeting (with response by Club Contact Jerome);
b. Letter from member Gloria Bordass to Executives with suggestions for wording of Bylaws amendments
c. Reminder that photos for the BCLS 2017 calendar need to be sent before June 30th to Denise Cullen –see BCLS website for details


d. Cowichan, Gemboree July 8-10
e. Surrey Rocks, Gems & Treasures Oct 15-16
f. Mission, Rock n’ Gem Show Nov 18-20
g. FYI, BCLS Rockhounder magazine is being put together by a new group and Jerome was contacted by and met with Ruby who was looking for input for the September issue
h. Reminder that 2 BCLS scholarships are still available (–see BCLS website for details)
4. Old Business
a) Constitution and Bylaws- proposed amendments from the previous meeting were voted on as follows:
-notification of amendments –Jerome noted that the Bylaws state that "one month notice of motion is required" and the notice at the May 4th meeting was approved by a motion for a vote at the next meeting which was actually less than a month. The membership voted on a motion to accept the consecutive meeting as equivalent to the 1 month notice. Motion passed. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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-Immediate Past President included in Executive as non-elected officer –discussion on advisory role and rationale for change. Motion passed.
-Nominating Committee change to read that President and"/or" Vice President be part of the Committee. Motion passed.
-Change in meeting starting time to 7 PM from 7:30. Motion passed. Effective September 7th, the meeting start time is 7 PM.


b) Equipment rental issue tabled previously –update by Jerome –the donated tumbler and use of a diamond saw are available but issues of usage, liability, etc. have not been resolved, therefore the matter will pass to the newly elected Executive in September.
c) Volunteer positions to fill as well as election of officers in September. 3 members on the Nominating Committee contacted members and a tentative slate is available for the election at the September meeting. Val has agreed to run the election. (Other roles include membership, hospitality, publicity, equipment, etc.) Proxy forms are available on the Constitution and Bylaws document and must be sent to the Secretary 3 weeks prior to the meeting to designate another member to vote on an absent members behalf.
5. Reports
a) Field trip to Westbridge May 13-15 -Duane– Exploration and discovery included trip north of Midway seeking ocean picture mine, trip to Phoenix mine tailings, drive to Nipple Mountain seeking common opal mine as additional options for 2018 Rendezvous field trips.
b) Library display case –Jerome -9 contributors -"best ever" per Librarian, appreciated and interesting -material packed up and taken to Rendezvous in Hope
c) Club display case at Rendezvous –Jerome –first Club display in years and one of the best per Jerome
d) Report on Rendezvous – see program below
e) Business arising from Rendezvous – Gloria, Interior Zone Rep – report attached
f) 2018 Rendezvous planning committee report –Jerome – (7 member committee and 6 meetings held.) 18 members from Club attended Hope 2016 Rendezvous which indicated high level of interest. –President asked for membership commitment to take on 2018 Rendezvous and listed Club responsibilities and after discussion, the membership voted on the Club hosting 2018 Rendezvous. Motion passed.
The committee had investigated 3 locations including Midway, Rock Creek and Oliver and recommended Rock Creek Fairgrounds as the best option based on price, services available, options available, flexibility and the attractive green and well maintained site. The membership voted on locating 2018 Rendezvous at Rock Creek Fairgrounds. Motion passed.


6. New Business
a) Proxy rights for the election in September – noted above
b) Field trip on June 4th Duane (for Wagon Master Dennis) –from Princeton to Vermillion Bluffs – meet at A&W at 10 AM –bring lunch, water, sun protection, etc. Bicycle and/or wagon may be useful for walking trail or at least 2 KM each way.


c) Rona rock –Jerome was approached by a woman wishing to sell rocks to the Club. She had a few good specimens and they may be coming to the Club for review and sale.
d) Canada rocks is the theme of the GMFC Show at Winfield Jul 6-17
e) Program themes and presenters are needed for meetings in Oct, Nov, May and Jun. Members were asked to come to the September meeting with ideas for the Program sign up list to lead programs of 10 to 20 minutes on topics of mutual interest to the membership.
f) Beverages during social and sharing time –a Keurig machine was borrowed and set up in the meeting room on a test basis with several coffees, tea, hot chocolate and hot cider options in order that the group could PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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stay together rather than have the beverages and goodies in the kitchen upstairs. Members are asked to provide feedback at the September meeting on the proposal that the Club purchase a similar machine and provide optional beverages in the downstairs meeting room.
7. Motion to adjourn the business part of the meeting at 9 PM by Gloria and seconded. Motion carried.
50/50 Draw and Raffle–$23 cash won by Dylan; first, second and third selection of donated rocks won by Shane, Duane and Katherine.
Program by Val & Sharon on their first attendance at a Rendezvous in Hope on May 20-23. Samples from a field trips for soapstone and from a prize at the rock auction (travertine), will both be used for carving. Sharon also brought samples from the Westbridge field trip to the Phoenix mine tailings, including galena and large calcite crystals.


Social and coffee time – goodies by Mary and Richard. Many thanks!
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Other Notes:
Program at the next meeting waived since September 7th, 2016 will include the election of officers and planning for 2017 calendar.
Goodies to be provided by Donna and Dennis.
Reminders and Comments:
Old Business for next meeting:
1. Tabled from November meeting: Equipment rental was discussed with concern expressed about care of equipment, responsibilities for repair and maintenance, possible bulk purchase of grit and supplies (4 interested members). The President, Jerome tabled the topic with the Executive to look deeper into the options and come back to the membership with a plan. Suggested at April meeting that a member become Equipment Coordinator for the Club.
2. Election of officers
3. 2018 Rendezvous Committee update
See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates! Also, send in your pictures of field trips, etc.
(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)


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Monthly meeting: May 4, 2016
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park Ave, Penticton, BC V2A 2R2
1. Call to Order -President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM


Members present (21): Jerome & Sandy Albo, Mary & Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter & Dennis Dean, John Christie, John Delong, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Debbie McCartney, Dayna McMillan, Patrick & Dylan Kerr, Ken Laidlaw, Michael (Mike) Ryan, Fred Wiley.
Guest: Stew English (Note: Stew became a member at the end of the meeting)
The Agenda was distributed and several additions added.
Business Section:
2. The Minutes of the previous meeting, Apr 6, 2016 were distributed by email and by post. Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, and seconded by Michael. Motion passed.


3. Correspondence (summarized for the meeting)
a. 16 emails including inquiries about the Club since the last meeting (with responses by Club Contact Jerome);
b. Apr 10th notification of the winners of the raffles at the BC Gem Show;
c. Apr 27th notification that the BC Rockhounder Editor has resigned and another editor is being sought;
d. May 1st, application form and criteria to apply for the 2 BCLS Undergraduate Scholarships of $1000 each; and


e. Acknowledgements from Castanet and Black Press for Penticton Western News after submitting notice of May Club meeting online. (Notice also posted online on Oliver Daily News.)
Treasurer’s Report –Donna –Balance at end of February, $2,965.27 and petty cash of $41. Donna moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Mary. Motion passed.


4. Old Business
a) Publicity online for the Club meeting was successful for the May meeting and this is one of the roles the Nominating Committee would like to assign to a member in September.
b) BC Rockhounder magazine –the report from the Interior Zone Rep, Gloria is attached.
c) Abbotsford Gem Show report- John DeLong and Sue had a sale table in the ‘tailgate’ side of the show and reported that the trip was worthwhile with mostly rough and slabs sales. Jerome and Sandra also attended and deemed the trip worthwhile with good materials, demos and people. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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d) Nominating Committee report –Jerome reported that all Club members had been called by the 3 committee members, (excluding new members and members active in another Club closer to their residence.) He reminded everyone that the success of the Club depended on members stepping forward to take on Executive and operational responsibilities. Committee goal is to have a slate of officers for the next meeting.
e) Club Calendar 2016 –Vice President Dennis provided the final Calendar with a reminder that the field trip in May is at the Albo property in Westbridge on May 13th-15th and members were welcome to camp over. To accommodate day trips, the exploratory field trips on Saturday and Sunday will start at 10:30 AM. Note: exploration will be directed at sites that could be accessible for the 2018 Rendezvous to be hosted by the BCLS and our Club from proposed locations of Rock Creek and Midway.
f) Amendments to Club constitution and bylaws –Jerome asked the membership if one month’s notice of an amendment would be adequate to bring it to the next Club meeting for vote. Motion by Mike to follow this process, seconded by Donna. Motion carried.


Notice is hereby provided for the following amendments to the By Laws:
Item 4. EXECUTIVE OF THE CLUB
i. section a. -that the Past President position be added as a non-elected position which automatically rolls from the President’s position into a position on the Executive board. Rationale: to provide continuity
ii. section d.-that the nominating committee be revised to include President and/or Vice President rather than both. Rationale: correction
g) Rendezvous 2018 update –Duane reported on the tour of the Rock Creek Fairgrounds which had a community hall with foyer which seemed nicer than the large arena at Midway. The Committee is following up on issues with the 3 proposed sites which include Oliver, Midway and Rock Creek.
h) Proposal from the floor -Duane asked it the Club would consider changing the starting time of the meetings from 7:30 to 7 PM. Rationale: earlier breakup time for younger members in school and others driving from Oliver, Osoyoos, etc. The Executive will determine whether the room is available at the earlier time. Motion by Richard to table the topic until the next meeting, seconded by Duane. Motion carried.
i) Motion to adjourn the business part of the meeting by Gloria, seconded by Sharon. Motion carried.
50/50 Draw –Cash won by John Christie; first, second and third selection of donated rocks won by Duane, Mike and Fred.


Program by Katherine on Crystal Systems.
Social and coffee time – goodies by Gloria and Malcom. Many thanks!
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Other Notes:
Program at the next meeting, June 1st, 2016 to be provided by ………………………………..
Goodies to be provided by Richard and Mary.
Reminders and Comments:
-Library take down ………… PM on May 18th. Note: the material will be collected and displayed by the Club for Rendezvous in Hope (May 20th – 23rd). PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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Old Business for next meeting:
1. Tabled from November meeting: Equipment rental was discussed with concern expressed about care of equipment, responsibilities for repair and maintenance, possible bulk purchase of grit and supplies (4 interested members). The President, Jerome tabled the topic with the Executive to look deeper into the options and come back to the membership with a plan. Suggested at April meeting that a member become Equipment Coordinator for the Club.
2. Tabled from May meeting: Proposed change to 7 PM start time instead of 7:30 PM.
3. Nominating Committee update
4. 2018 Rendezvous Committee update
See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates! Also, send in your pictures of field trips, etc.
(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)


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Monthly meeting: April 6, 2016
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park Ave, Penticton, BC V2A 2R2


President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM
Members present (18): Jerome & Sandy Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary and Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, Donna Carpenter & Dennis Dean, John Delong & Sue May, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Michael Ryan, Sandra Smith, Fred Wiley.
Guests (6): Gordon and Deb Ross, Shane Quesnel, Jake Johnson plus Dayna McMillan and Debbie McCartney; (Note: the latter two signed up as new members at the end of the meeting).
The Agenda was distributed as well as the 2016 tentative Club Calendar.
Business Section:
1) The Minutes of the previous meeting, Nov 4, 2015 were distributed by email and by post. Mary moved to approve the Minutes as distributed, and seconded by Katherine. Motion passed.


2) Correspondence (summarized for the meeting)
a. 5 email inquiries about the Club since the Nov 4th meeting (with responses by Club Contact Jerome).
b. Numerous emails from BCLS about BC Gem Show, (Apr 8th -10th); 2017 Calendar Photo Contest, Rendezvous, (Mar 20th – 23rd); and Summer Camp (Aug 2nd to 6th).
c. Feb 1st email from David Hunter after inquiry about BCLS insurance coverage saying questions can be directed to David by email or phone.
d. Mar 30th email from Shuswap Rock Club regarding Interior Zone Campout, (distributed).
e. Apr 4th email from BCLS with online registration form for 2016 Rendezvous in Hope.
3) Old Business –covered under reports below
4) New Business


a. Rock Sale – Jerome was contacted by an individual wanting to sell their rock collection and negotiated the purchase of a bucket of rocks for $95 including some thunder eggs, agates, jasper and mystery rocks. He offered to share it with 3 others for $25 each, with interested parties to meet after the meeting to draw for portions.
b. Nominating Committee - Under the Club’s By Laws, a Nominating Committee shall be selected at the April meeting, consisting of the President, Vice President plus two other members to contact members and attain their consent to stand for election of Club officers at the September meeting. Duane and Val volunteered
for the Committee. Jerome suggested that there were other roles that members could assist with including membership, equipment coordination and events/demonstrations coordination (publicity thereof).
c. BC Rockhounder magazine –Interior Zone Rep, Gloria reported that the subscription rate printed in the spring magazine was incorrect and provided corrections. BCLS is seeking feedback from the Clubs regarding the new Editor’s recommendation that rates be increased to cover full colour printing and direct mailing to all subscribers versus the current format and bulk mailing to the Club plus some direct mailing to members.


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Discussion ensued. If a motion comes forward at the BCLS Annual General Meeting in May, (Rendezvous in Hope), Gloria needs directions from the Club membership on this issue and the subject will be carried forward to the next meeting.
5) Reports


a. Xmas Party –Sandra A. reported that 25 members attended the potluck and silent auction held upstairs at Leir House and $100 was donated to the Penticton Community Soupateria Society on behalf of the Club.
b. Wire Wrapping Workshop –Katherine reported that 6 members attended the Jan 9th workshop put on by Club member Linda Zepik who drove to the Summerland golf course clubhouse from Vernon. The premises were free of charge as arranged by Club member Patrick Kerr and the $35 fee included supplies with all attendees bring a cabochon and leaving, very satisfied, with a wire wrapped pendant.


c. 2018 Rendezvous Planning Committee– (7 members: Jerome, [Chair],Donna, Duane, Jane, Katherine, Mike and Sandra Smith) –Duane reported that 6 individuals attended a meeting in Midway and explored the facilities available with pricing coming in just prior to this meeting. The Committee will be meeting shortly and exploration will continue.
d. Interior Zone meeting in Vernon on Mar 19th –Gloria reported that 20 attended from 6 very active Interior Zone Clubs and 9 Club reports were read. Next meeting Sept 25th in Sorrento.
6) Club Calendar


Vice President & Wagonmaster Dennis reviewed the distributed "Tentative" 2016 Club Calendar and emphasized that the field trip locations relied on input from the membership. Discussion ensued and suggestions were made and Dennis will provide the finalized Calendar at the next meeting.
7) Events Coordination


It has been suggested that the Club use more free publicity such as free listing of upcoming events in the Penticton Herald, the Western, Castanet, etc., perhaps with a link to the Club’s blogsite. Secretary, Katherine agreed to investigate online free publicity. Webmaster, Sandra S. stated that she was not taking on anymore duties at this time. (See note under Nominating Committee about a member taking on the role of putting the word out…)
8) Meeting Programs and Social "Eats"


Due to time constraints and business, there are no programs at Club meetings in April and September and members take turns providing a program for approximately ½ hour or so on geology/lapidary interests of their choosing. Every meeting has a Sharing and Socializing time where the Club provides coffee and a member provides goodies or snacks. Jerome has the sign up list for both of these and members are encouraged to take their turn over the 2-3 year rotation.
Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at approximately 8:30 PM by motion from Mary and seconded by Gloria. Motion Passed. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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50/50 Draw –$15 and first selection of donated rocks won by Mary, 2nd and 3rd prize was from the selection of rocks.


Social and coffee time – goodies by Sharon. Many thanks!
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Other Notes:
Program at the next meeting, May 4th, 2016 to be provided by Katherine;


Goodies to be provided by Gloria.
Reminders and Comments:
-Library set up 3 PM prior to the next meeting on May 4th, (take down on May 18th with the suggestion that a display case be rented by the Club for Rendezvous in Hope (May 20th – 23rd).
Old Business for next meeting:
1. Tabled from November meeting: Equipment rental was discussed with concern expressed about care of equipment, responsibilities for repair and maintenance, possible bulk purchase of grit and supplies (4 interested members). The President, Jerome tabled the topic with the Executive to look deeper into the options and come back to the membership with a plan. Suggested at April meeting that a member become Equipment Coordinator for the Club.
2. 2018 Rendezvous Planning Committee update to be provided at the next meeting.
3. Club to direct Interior Zone Rep, Gloria on BC Rockhounder magazine issues at the May meeting.
4. Dennis to provide the finalized 2016 Club Calendar at the May meeting.
5. Katherine to report on access to free online publicizing of Club activities.
See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates! Also, send in your pictures of field trips, etc.
(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)


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Monthly meeting: November 4, 2015
Location: Leir House Cultural BC


President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM
Members present (15): Jerome & Sandy Albo, Jane Moore, John Christie, Debora Enyinnah, Sharon Ewin, Emmi Guy, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Ruth & Rolf Peetz, Michael Ryan, Fred Wiley and Linda Zepik.
Guests: None
The Agenda was distributed with the 2016 tentative Club Calendar on the back.
Business Section:
1) The Minutes of the previous meeting, Oct 7, 2015 were distributed by email and by post and members. Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as distributed, and seconded by Duane. Motion passed.


2) Correspondence
a. Oct 8th email from BCSLS advising that the 2016 calendars are ready for purchase at $10 each.
b. Oct 17th email from BCLS advising that Amanda Martinson was resigning as Editor of the BC Rockhounder and seeking a volunteer to replace her.
c. Oct 21st email from Mike Curran from Quartzsite, AZ with a rockshed and equipment for sale.
d. Oct 30th email from Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club announcing Nov 7th Recycling Rendezvous.
e. Nov 2nd email inquiry from Lisa Lauer about the Club meeting.
f. Nov 2nd email from Val Atkinson asking about Taylor Lake in the Oliver area with amethyst and soapstone, if anyone has heard of it. Unable to attend meeting or Club sale, but volunteered for set up at Potluck on Dec 5th.


g. Email on the BCLS sale of the opal specimen up for auction. Per Jerome the latest bid was at $2,500.
3) Old Business
1) Member name tags were recently created and members were encouraged to wear them. Several incentives were suggested such as a fine for not wearing them or a draw for the members wearing their tags.
2) Christmas party on December 5th, Saturday with set up at 4 PM and dinner at 6 PM. Silent auction items to be brought with proceeds to the Club.
3) Cherry Lane Club Sale on November 7th, Saturday. Set up 8:15 to 9:30 AM when the mall opens. Touchy-Feely/Education table and sales tables with 7 members selling their products to be manned until approximately 5 PM. Attending members have traditionally gone for dinner afterwards. (All members welcome, of course.)


4) Planning Committee Report – (7 members: Donna, Duane, Jane, Jerome, Katherine, Mike and Sandra Smith). Five of the Committee members met to discuss the Club hosting of a BCLS event, (Rendezvous or Summer Camp) or the Interior Zone Campout. All were deemed possible with the two BCLS events first priority as our Club’s turn was overdue. Members researched locations as
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follows: Burns Lake for Summer Camp 2017,(with support from the local Club); Greenwood, Midway or Rock Creek for Rendezvous 2018; Princeton as a joint venture with the local Club; and Apex Mountain which does not have the facilities and services for either of the two BCLS events. Midway and Rock Creek are definitely possibilities and the Committee plans to meet again before the Christmas dinner to continue to explore this initiative.
5) 2016 Club Calendar –Linda Zepik corrected the date of the July 16-17 Okanagan Gem Show at Winfield and added that the Gem & Mineral Society of Canada (GMSC) would be there and were looking for members. She reminded members that the GMSC sponsors scholarships for geology students and their AGM was in Regina in September. Jerome requested that members promoting a field trip site take a lead role working with Wagon Master Dennis. Jerome noted that BCLS is currently exploring Quesnel as the site of the 2016 Summer Camp.
6) (Note: Tabled from previous meeting: Equipment rental was discussed with concern expressed about care of equipment, responsibilities for repair and maintenance, possible bulk purchase of grit and supplies (4 interested members). The President, Jerome tabled the topic with the Executive to look deeper into the options and come back to the membership with a plan.)
5) New Business


a. BCLS 2016 Calendars are available for $10 and orders paid tonight will be sent in by the Club.
b. Treasurer, Donna Carpenter is absent. Financial statements for the period January to August 31, 2015 are available by request.
6) Reports
a. Field trip –October 14th – Marron Valley/Mount Laidlaw. (Note: Sam, (Sandra Smith), always asks for pictures from these events for the blogsite.) 12 members, 2 dogs and 1 guest attended. Dennis and Duane found and cleared the old pathway to the site from the visit 10 year prior to allow vehicles to climb the mountain. Found seam agate, agate nodules and petrified wood.
Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at approximately 8 PM by motion from Duane and seconded by Jane. Motion Passed.
Program –Linda Zepik came from Vernon to provide a wire wrapping demonstration which received the full "rapt" attention of attendees. She was well prepared and worked through each step in the process of wrapping a cabochon with numerous specimens in process passed among the group for detailed examination. There were excellent tips about the tools, the wire types, the visual aids for the close work and near the end, an example of the challenging "wire weaving" Linda uses for some of her finished products. At the end of the workshop, Linda donated the wire wrapped cabochon she had created in the demo to the Club to sell at the Cherry Lane Club sale or at the silent auction at the Christmas potluck dinner. NOTE: If there is interest, Linda will lead a workshop for 6-8 members in January or February 2016 for $35 per person. This would include between 3 to 4 hours of instruction with members bringing their own cabochon and any tools they have while Linda provides the wire and instructions.
50/50 Draw –$14 won by Fred Wiley with opalized agate from Agate Mountain near Princeton, (donated by Sharon Ewin), going to Fred and Sandra Albo. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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Social and coffee time – goodies by Katherine. ****************************************************************************************
Other Notes:
Goodies at the next meeting, April 6th, 2016 to be provided by Sharon Ewin.


Reminders and Comments:
-Cherry Lane Club Sale, Saturday, November 7th -Set up 8:15-9:30 AM
-Christmas Party, Saturday, December 5th –Set up 4 PM, dinner at 6 PM

Please bring an item for the Food Bank and something for the Silent Auction, as well as your potluck contribution and plate, cutlery and glass/cup for beverage. BYOB, if applicable.
Sandra Albo (Tel: 250-495-7359) is organizing the potluck so if you haven’t signed up with what you are bringing, please contact her so that she can tell you what is needed.
Possible Wire Wrapping Workshop
Since the meeting, Jerome has been offered a workshop site at no cost at a local golf course in Penticton by a member and if interested members contact Jerome, (Tel: 250-495-7359), he will sign them up on a first come basis up to 8 attendees, (with a waiting list) and will talk to Linda about setting a date for the workshop. (At $35-40 for 3-4 hours, the cost can’t be beat)


See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates! Also, send in your pictures of field trips, etc.
(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)


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Monthly meeting: October 7, 2015
Location: Leir House Cultural BC


President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM
Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Jean Brown & Pauline Grey, Donna Carpenter, John Christie, Sharon Ewin, Steve Forsyth, Lucas Gabriel-Felker, Karen Gabriel & Jon Felker, Emmi Guy, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Patrick and Dylan Kerr, Ken Laidlaw, Ruth & Rolf Peetz, Michael Ryan.
Guests: none
The Agenda was distributed and no additions or changes were requested.
Business Section:
1) The Minutes of the previous meeting, Sept 2, 2015 were distributed by email and by post and members were asked if there were any corrections or omissions. Hearing none, Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, and seconded by Duane. Motion passed.
2) Business was Arising from the Minutes


1. Any errors in the names of guests that became members at the previous meeting are to be corrected at this meeting.
3) Correspondence
a. Letter from Gloria Bordass dated September 22nd to the President brought up items that will be dealt with later in the agenda.
b. Minutes of the Interior Zone meeting held September 20th in Vernon


4) Old Business
1) Clarifications related to the Sept meeting –the Club membership year starts September 1st and ends August 31st versus the BCLS membership which is based on the calendar year. (The BCLS needs to receive club member dues prior to January which was the reason for changing the Club membership year.) At the Club level, the membership year starting in September included the annual general meeting (AGM), the elections every two years (or as needed) and the annual financial statements. Note that new member fees are submitted for the calendar year 2015 to BCLS to ensure that member insurance coverage is in place, therefore any members joining in the period September to December must pay the usual Club membership fees for Sept 1/15 to Aug 31/16, plus the cost of BCLS membership for the 2015 year. Any errors in collecting fees from the members joining at the September meeting will be corrected at this meeting or later, as needed. New members were asked to speak directly to the Treasurer, Donna Carpenter.
Officer terms of two years with the provision for a second two year term were established in the new Bylaws, adopted June 4, 2014 and elections in September, 2014 created the current first term of the existing Executive. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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2) Equipment rental was discussed with concern expressed about care of equipment, responsibilities for repair and maintenance, possible bulk purchase of grit and supplies (4 interested members). The President, Jerome tabled the topic with the Executive to look deeper into the options and come back to the membership with a plan.
3) Cherry Lane sale on November 7th – Treasurer, Donna explained that 4 tables able to take two sales positions each were available. Jerome, Mike and Linda Zepik would have sale tables and a Touchy/Feely table would be set up similar to last year’s demo. Material donated by Judy Jones and any donated tumbler materials will be sold by Jerome on behalf of the Club. Jane and Sharon volunteered to assist during the day.
5) New Business


a. Planning for 2016 is in process and was discussed: – the Club meeting dates, the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford in April, the Penticton Library display in May, Rendezvous in Hope May 20th-23rd, the Zone Campout June 17th-19th, Summer Camp in August, the Tailgate sale in Vernon on August 20th, Club sale at Cherry Lane in November are on the calendar. Field trip suggestions included Republic, WA for fossils, Gill bar on the Fraser River near Mission in late summer, Agate Mountain, Princeton as well as other sites from prior year listings. The newly formed 7 member Events Planning Committee will meet and prepare a response for the next meeting.
b. Christmas party –Saturday, December 5th, setup from 4 PM with potluck dinner at 6 PM. A show of hands voted for the potluck and a list will be made up for the November meeting to provide some framework for the contributions. Contributions for a food hamper for the Food Bank was suggested.
c. Library program for 2016 –setup Wednesday, before the Club meeting May 4th running through to May 18th. Originally the theme was crystal systems but there has been insufficient time to prepare therefore after discussion, the members agreed to "Jaspers and Agate from North America" as the theme. Jerome suggested that the display could be transferred to Rendezvous in Hope for a Club display.


d. A New Membership Information form and package including the Constitution and By Laws was distributed to assist with compiling membership information needed by the Executive and BCLS.
e. A thank you note to Judy Jones who donated material and a tumbler to the Club was prepared by Donna and passed to Sandra Albo for delivery.
6) Reports
a. Treasurer’s Report by Donna stated that the bank balance at July 31, 2015 was $2,607.74. (Any Club members wishing for more details on the financial statements or books of the Club can contact Donna to make an appointment to review them.) Donna moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and seconded by Mike. Motion passed.
b. Field trips –September 15th - Similkameen gravel bars. (Note: Sam, (Sandra Smith), always asks for pictures from these events for the blogsite.) 11 attendees, 2 kids, 2 dogs. Found agate, jasper and petrified wood, plus hausmannite in the Cawston area.
Reminder – next field trip Wednesday, October 14th 10 AM, meeting at Twin Lakes Store for the Marren Valley Exploration event. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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c. Interior Zone meeting – Gloria reported on the September 20th meeting. See attached copy of Minutes. Note that the 2016 Summer Camp is still in question. The 2016 Calender order form is coming out shortly. (See attached).
Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at 8:28 PM by motion from John Broccolo and seconded by Ruth. Motion Passed.
50/50 Draw –won by Lucas with rock prizes to Emmi who transferred them to the two youngest members of the Club.


Sharing Time included materials brought in by members. Rolf donated a box of material to the Club for the 50/50 draw or for the Club sale at Cherry Lane.
Program –Karen brought in her button making equipment and materials and showed members how to make themselves a button as a name tag. Muchly appreciated Karen!!!


Social and coffee time – goodies by Jane Moore. Thanks Jane!
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Other Notes:
Goodies at the next meeting, November 4th to be provided by Katherine MacNeill.


Linda Zepik to provide a wire wrapping demo/workshop as the program for the November meeting.
See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates!
(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)



MINUTES OF THE Sept. 2, 2015 Meeting


PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB

1. Leir House Penticton 7:30 Meeting called to order by the President Jerome Albo

2. Members Present : Jerome and Sandra Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary and Richard Bennet, Gloria and Malcom Bordass, John Broccolo, Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter, Dennis Dean, Emmi Guy, Michael Ryan, Rolf Peetz, Ken Laidlaw, and Sandra Smith.

Guest: Hugh McDonald, Steve Forsyth, Debbie, Enyrial, Dylan and Patrick Kerr, Karen Gabriel, Lucas G. and John.

3. The agenda was distributed and additions requested. Jerome reminded members that the minutes of the previous meeting, June 3, 2015 had been distributed by e-mail or by post and asked if there were errors or omissions. Accepted.

4. Correspondence.

a. Request from the BCLS to begin dues collection now. Final due date is Dec. 31.

b. E-mail inquiries wanting detail on rock sites in our area.

c. Garry Reid, is in charge of rendezvous displays in 2016 and requested commitments early for displays and demos.

d. Letter from Gloria Bordass –re request for reports and business matter at the fall meeting Sept. 20. The item up for discussion was "should the residents of the area locale be allowed to take part in the BCLS on Saturday evening during rendezvous. Only as non-members SHOULD THE AUCTION CONTINUE TO BE FOR MEMBERS ONLY. "

e. Public requests for cutting and Iding minerals.

BUSINESS ARISING

Item d. Gloria informed us that since the request went out, it was discovered that for a number of reasons, this is likely not possible. There would be further investigation at the Zone level. A vote of membership was in favor of the auction being for members only.

Item b. and e. Discussion by the members is that these people should be encouraged to attend a member for discussion and info on their request.

5. Old Business

a. Membership in the club was explained by the President.

b. Planned activities for the rest of this year were reviewed.

c. Reminder for members to sign up for a 15-minute program for program presentation by contacting the President.

d. Jerome explained BCLS and club dues structure.

6. New Business

a. Name tags-Look into cost and necessity as our membership is expanding—Donna showed her Good Sam tag. Old time members have tags already and should be wearing these for the benefit of new members. Karen Gabriel has a button maker and offered to have members use this to make nametags. Decision was to explore doing this at a future meeting.

b. Discussion to sponsor an activity such as Rendezvous, Zone Campout, or summer camp. A committee of at least three needed to look into planning. Suggested to look at holding such an event in Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek or Apex. To be looked into. Past attempt to co-host event with Princeton to be re-explored with their new President, Joe Brant. The following volunteered to be on an exploration committee, The President, Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter, Sandra Smith, Michael Ryan and Katherine MacNeill ?

c. Field trip to Agate Mt. Mentioned. Contact Trevor Christie if interested.

 

d. Executive will meet for 2016 planning. Special requests or interests need to be shared before November.

e. Equipment rental ideas presented by Dennis Dean. Beginners can try cutting and polishing through a lending small fee arrangement. A tumbler has already been donated to the club and the suggested use was for this purpose. Further discussion at the executive level will take place and a detailed proposal will be brought forward at the next meeting.

f. Wire wrapping offer by Linda Zepik was presented. Interest was good. A demo at our November meeting was suggested and Jerome is to contact her and see if this can be arranged.

g. Rolf suggested Emmi Guy do silver smithing lessons. Emmi agreed to this. (9 people showed interest and so Jerome and Emmi agreed to meet in the next week or so and work out details for presentation at our next meeting.

7. Reports

a. Cherry Lane demo and sale in November arranged by Donna Carpenter. 4 tables near Save-On foods can be shared to make 8 events. Tumbled rocks for kids, touchy feely and educational table, jewelry sales, sales and demo of wire wrap, Dylan sale of jewelry, Jerome sales of club and club member materials,

b. School awareness presentations this past year. 4 schools, grades 3 to 12. If any members would be interested in visiting a school, let Jerome know.

c. Blog—Sandra informed us that our spot is putting us on the map. Sandra Smith reroutes questions and links us to photos minutes and activities. Asked that if you have photos etc. contact her.

d. Dennis Dean gave description of fun outings since April. Boston Bar highlighted.

e. Field trip switch from Marron Valley to Similkameen as low water opportunity was great at this time and fire risk high .Going to mouth of the Ashnola on Sunday Sept. 13 at 9:30. Meeting at the Keremeos cutoff to Penticton on the fruit stand row west leaving Keremeos. See blog for further detailed description if you are unsure. Bring a lunch etc.

f. President’s report was circulated with the agenda. Some corrections as to number of participants.

g. Treasurer’s report. Donna reported a balance $2395.83 with outstanding cheques written leaving 2308.58 Moved Donna, seconded Mary for acceptance.

h. Audit report. Confirmed by the audit conducted for 2014. Pointed out that we are spending more than we are taking in. "DO WE WANT TO CONTINUE ON THIS PATH"?

i. Discussion and input were invited and future detail on club directions are needed.

Adjournment moved by Michael Ryan and seconded by Richard Bennet.

PROGRAM Dennis Dean

Dennis gave an overview of rock tumbling and polishing. Space constraints made it difficult to get everyone in the loop. Lots of good suggestions. Thank you Dennis

It was suggested that a rock-carving demo might be of interest to members. To be looked into.

50-50 draw

Won by new member Dylan

SHOW AND TELL

Rolf Peetz brought giant agate he and Ruth dug out this Spring. It had been power blasted to take off scale’ Wants to have it cut so we can look forward to seeing it again.

SOCIAL AND COFFEE TIME

Thanks for the cookies Sam {Sandra Smith}. GOODIES FOR OCTOBER MEETING TO BE PROVIDED BY JANE MOORE.

NOTE; MEETING IN OCTOBER WILL BE AT LEIR HOUSE 7;30 IN THE DOWNSTAIRS ROOM. ENTRANCE ON RIGHT SIDE OF THE BUILDING WHEN FACING THE FRONT DOOR.
SEPT. 13 OUTING IS EXPLORATORY ON THE SIMILKAMEEN BARS. SEE BLOG FOR MORE DETAILS.
 
 


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MINUTES email: pentictongeologyandlapidary@gmail.com
Monthly meeting: June 3, 2015
Location: Members’ home at 173 Porcupine Place, Oliver BC


Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary & Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Jean Brown & Pauline Grey, Donna Carpenter, Dennis Dean, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Michael Ryan, Sandra Smith and Fred Wiley.
Guests: None
President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at approximately 6 PM (after a social and sharing time and a potluck dinner).
The Agenda broke the meeting out into 3 segments: 1) business and 2) program.
1) Business Section:
2) The Minutes of the previous meeting, May 6th, 2015 were distributed by email and post and members were asked if there were any corrections or omissions. Gloria requested a correction from GMFC scholarships to BCLS scholarships. Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, and seconded. Motion passed. (Note: A review of the correspondence showed the email reference was to GMFC scholarships and after discussion with Gloria after the meeting, it was agreed that the motion to approve the Minutes as corrected to BCLS scholarships will be revisited at the next meeting in September.)


3) No business was Arising from the Minutes.
4) Old Business
1) Jerome brought samples from the Riorta material donated to the Club in the previous year for delivery to the daughter and grandchildren of Mr. Riorta and will present them on behalf of the Club next week. The balance of materials will be used at the next rock sale.
2) The Penticton Library display materials were picked up by Duane and Katherine and are to be picked up after the meeting by the contributors.
3) The BCLS is intending to produce a 2016 calendar and members were reminded to contribute pictures of BC rocks.
Secretary’s report of correspondence by Katherine included the following:
1) Memo from Gloria with comments and suggestions which the Executive Officers of the Club will take into consideration.
2) Email from BC Lapidary Society for the Summer Tailgate Sale on August 15th, Saturday, from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Agrifair Arena, in Abbotsford with dealer info and setup time of 7 AM. Jerome reported that the tailgate sale at the BC Gem Show in April had been successful and others were getting on board for this type of event.


(Any Club members wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)
Treasurer’s Report by Donna stated that the bank balance at April 30th, 2015 was $2,415.18. The Club Outing Fund balance was $244.05 and this balance will be moved to the operating account and not reported separately PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359
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in future. (Any Club members wishing for more details on the financial statements or books of the Club can contact Donna to make an appointment to review them.) Donna moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and seconded. Motion passed.


Events Reports:
1) Riverside camping, May 8th to 10th and field trip on May 10th -report by Dennis, Wagon Master.


6 members camped at Margie’s RV Campsite in Riverside, WA, just south of Tonasket and north of Omak off Highway 97. 12 members attended the Sunday field trip at 10 AM and found thulite on a privately owned claim the Club has permission to explore.
Donna reminded members that the revised Club Calendar had meet times and locations added. For example, the Clark Lake field trip on July 8th, (changed from July 7th to accommodate members working weekends) will meet at the Walmart parking lot; Boston Bar Summer Camp information is available online; directions for Westbridge on August 14th-16th are printed on the back of the current meeting agenda; Marren Valley and the Red Bridge field trips have been updated and members were reminded of the Club sale on November 7th at Cherry Lane.
2) Rendezvous in Chase, BC on May 15th-17th


14 members attended and Fred Wiley joined the Club membership at Rendezvous. It was one of the best in recent years according to Jerome; well organized, with good food and excellent directions and descriptions of the field trips on Saturday and Sunday. Field trips included the McGilvery quarry pit for quartz crystals; Squilax/Black Mountain for agates, common opal and jasper; Paxton Valley where Rolf and Ruth chopped a 30 lb agate off the bedrock in wet weather. Several members purchased used equipment as well as other materials at the sales tables.
Jerome reminded the members that the Club has been asked by BCLS to consider hosting Rendezvous in future and he had responded that the Club’s current priority was rebuilding its membership. (The guidebook to hosting Rendezvous is available for review.) However, hosting Rendezvous was a possibility in 2-3 years and something to contemplate this summer. The requirements were catering, camping and rock sites for the field trips. The Okanagan was a popular tourist destination and the May long weekend is a popular time for most campgrounds.
3) Interior Zone Meeting – Report by Jerome
a. It was proposed that only BCLS members may go on Rendezvous field trips and that prospective members may make one visit to a club event and then join or not. No decision was made on this proposal.
b. Robert Brown is the new President and he seems keen.
c. Gloria noted that there was discussion at the Zone meeting about splitting Rendezvous into two weekends with the annual general meeting on one weekend and the field trip and other Rendezvous events on the second weekend. Club input was requested.
Gloria is organizing the event and confirmed the date for the Interior Zone Tailgate on Saturday, August 22nd, at Swan Lake Nurseryland in Vernon. (See attached for details.)
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Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at 6:45 PM by motion from Dennis and seconded. Motion Passed.
Silent Auction – with a closing time of 7:00 PM raised $85 for the Club.
Program by Duane – started with a tour of his cutting and polishing equipment, including a cut sample of thulite from the last Club field trip in Riverside, WA. His tumbler was opened to reveal the latest polished stones and more experienced members provided tips and suggestions to produce better results. (Check the Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for pictures.)


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Other Notes:
Goodies at the next meeting, September 2nd – reminder to be provided to the volunteer member prior to the meeting.
It was suggested that the program in September may be by Dennis on basic tumbling directions.
See Club blogsite maintained by Sandra for the revised Club Calendar, pictures, links, etc. If you don’t have a home computer, use the public library computers so you don’t miss the latest updates!



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MINUTES

Monthly meeting: May 6, 2015

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, Penticton



Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Val Atkinson, Mary & Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Ruth & Rolf Peetz, Michael Ryan and Ken Sobchuk. Guests, Jean Brown and Pauline Grey signed up as our newest members.

President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM and all members introduced themselves.

The Agenda broke the meeting out into 3 segments: 1) business 2) program and 3) sharing and social time.

1) Business Section:
a. The Minutes of the previous meeting, April 1st, 2015 were distributed by email and post and a correction made to include discussion of Rendezvous. Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as corrected, and seconded. Motion passed.



b. Business Arising from the Minutes:
1) Since the Club was not able to utilize the case at the BC Gem Show in April, (due to strict rules and times for loading and unloading of the display cases which was not communicated in time for the Club to implement), it was decided to use the prepared material in the Library display case on May 6th instead.



2) Regarding the BC Gem Show, in answer to questions, Jerome noted that it was well worth attending and the new tailgate event had been well received. 2 interior vendors did well.

3) Sign-up sheets were passed out at the previous meeting for members to provide firstly, the program and secondly, the goodies for future meetings, (to share responsibilities) and the results were sketchy. Members were asked again to make their commitments, which relate to 6 meetings a year and translates to about once every three years for each activity for each member/family.

Secretary’s report of correspondence by Katherine included the following:
1) Notice of Annual General Meeting for May 17th at Rendezvous in Chase from BC Lapidary Society, including financial statements for 2014.



2) Email request from Shona Becker, Earth Science teacher at Summerland Secondary School, looking for someone to talk to the students about rock hunting in the Okanagan or someone willing to assist her to take her class rock hunting in the area. (25 grade 11 & 12 students)

3) Email with GMFC scholarship application forms

4) Email request from Shuswap Rock Club looking for numbers for Rendezvous, (registration: Single $15, Family $20) and meals (Sunday supper @ $23 and Monday breakfast @ $8)

5) Request from Vernon Rock Club looking for numbers attending the Interior Zone Campout June 19-21 in Enderby at Quilakwa Park.

(Anyone wishing for more details on any of the matters above can contact Katherine at 250-498-8845 to be sent the complete package for specific topics or check the Club’s blogsite.)
Treasurer’s Report by Donna stated that the bank balance at March 31st, 2015 was $2,370.08. The Club Outing Fund balance was $210.05. Donna moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report and seconded. Motion passed. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359

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Events Reports:
1) Field trip to Pickard Creek Forestry Campsite near Hedley on April 26th by Donna on behalf of Wagon Master Dennis Dean.



Donna, Dennis, Duane and Katherine camped on the weekend and explored in the area without results other than snow in the high hills and good conversation. The Sunday field trip onto Stemwinder Mountain for petrified wood was well attended and large samples were picked up or dug up despite snow and cool temperatures. $29 was spent on hotdogs, etc. for the lunch, from the Club Outing Fund.
2) Penticton Library display May 6th to 20th

Jerome reported that the display of "Rough and Finished Product from the Interior" has been set up that afternoon and take down would be on May 20th at 4 PM. Materials could be picked up then or at the June meeting in the Oliver area.

3) Riverside camping, May 8th to 10th and field trip on May 10th



Donna provided directions to Margie’s RV Campsite in Riverside, WA, just south of Tonasket and north of Omak off Highway 97. The Sunday field trip at 10 AM will look for thulite on a site the Club has permission to explore.
4) Rendezvous on May 15th to 17th in Chase was discussed. Interior Zone Rep, Gloria was not aware of any new business to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting of the BC Lapidary Society. Jerome asked for a show of hands for the dinner (12) and the breakfast (7-8) and will forward this information to the Shuswap Rock Club. Attending members were asked to provide donations items for the bucket raffle to help support the event.



New Business:

1) Earth Science teacher at Summerland Secondary School’s request –Jerome found out that this request is for the current school year which would be difficult to fulfill with such short notice. He may be able to assist, depending on other commitments.
2) June 3rd Club meeting at Katherine and Duane’s straw bale home –any time after 3:30 PM– (map to be attached to the draft minutes and yellow balloons along the route)



a. Hosts to provide BBQ and burgers, hotdogs and condiments

b. Donna will provide buns

c. Mary will provide a potato salad

d. Members asked to provide other items for potluck dinner

e. Short business section is on the agenda

f. Donations needed for a silent auction for this meeting

3) Rendezvous "How To" Booklet
David Hunter provided a guideline booklet to the Club to host the Rendezvous event in 2017 or 2018, possibly with the assistance of the Princeton Club. This has been done in the past with great success and members were invited to look at the booklet and consider this option. PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359

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4) Member Concerns

Concerns reported to the President were that the business session was too long, that there was too much noise in the room and that members should follow protocol for info in and out, i.e., that the Club contact was Jerome at 250-495-7359 or email: pentictongeologyandlapidary@gmail.com .

5) Camera Buffs were reminded that the BC Lapidary Society wanted to produce a 2016 BC Rockhounder calendar again and was looking for photos of BC rock, (no people pictures), with a photo contest as an incentive. See the Club’s Blogsite link for the BCLS website for details.
6) Club Demo/Sale at Cherry Lane Mall –Donna reported that November 7th had been offered as an alternative date, which was better for vendors. She asked for small polished stone donations from members doing some tumbling so that these could be sold to benefit the Club. It was suggested that the event be advertised on local community bulletin boards, at Leir House, Cherry Lane, Bargain Hunters Penticton, etc.

Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at 8:03 by motion from Mary and seconded. Motion Passed.



Program by Richard – on shaping local rock from an artist’s point of view. He wanders the Similkameen/Princeton area with Mary and comes to the Club to find potential locations and associate with people who share his joy of the hunt. Using simple tools like his rock hammer, an angle grinder from Canadian Tire and a rotary grinder, (like a dremel tool) and a diver’s weighted belt to hold the rock in place as he works it, Richard is driven to let the rock speak for itself. "It’s not about me; it’s about the rock", he said. Mankind has moved/ migrated and used pictographs and simple graphic images which he tries to echo for a rough, natural look. Samples included a river polished stone that may morph into an abstract orca and a spiral image on a rough palm sized red-brown jasper-like rock. Mary gets involved in the final polishing. Two of their finished products are in the Club’s display case at the Penticton Library.

Ticket sales of the Riorta materials brought in $34 with feldspar crystals from Green Mountain Road, Penticton and petrified wood from Vantage, WA. Jane won first choice of the two materials.

Ruth passed around the first rockhounding specimen she ever found, going back many years to a field trip near Winnipeg, where sunlight caught the transparency of a pinkish agate far above her, protruding from the bank. She tossed stones up to bring it down and so it all began: that passion for rock hounding!
Goodies were provided by Mary with oatmeal/raisin cookies and chocolate treats thoroughly enjoyed. Social Time was energetic and a little loud with people reluctant to leave. With 20 people in the room, it was suggested that we may be outgrowing our meeting room… PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB pentictongeologyandlapidary.blogspot.ca/ contact: 250-495-7359

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Revised Club Calendar for 2015
April 10th-12th BC Gem Show, Abbotsford

April 26th Club Outing Pickard Creek Forest Campground



Highway 3, West of Keremeos, south side of Highway

Just past "West Hedley Mall", "Doug’s Meats"

Hot Dogs supplied by the club

Petrified wood, hausmanite
May 6th Club Meeting 7:30 pm Leir House

May 6th-20th Library Display, Crystals

May 8th-10th Club Outing, Margie’s RV Riverside Washington



Thulite, possible other
May 15th-17th Rendezvous, Chase

June 3rd Club Meeting – Duane and Katherine’s Home – off McKinney Road east of Oliver



173 Porcupine Place – come any time after 3:30, Potluck dinner about 5:30
June 19th-21st Zone Campout – Enderby, Riverside RV Park – hosted by Vernon Club

July 7th Club Outing (Tuesday) Clarke Lake Exploration, agate

July 18th, 19th Okanagan Gem Show Winfield

August 2nd-7th Summer Camp – Boston Bar

August 14th-16th Westbridge – Camp at Albo’s , Wallace Mountain, Crystal Peak

August 22nd *Tentative* Tailgate Sale – Swan Lake

September 2nd Club Meeting 7:30 pm Leir House

September 13th Club Outing, Marron Valley area, Mt. Laidlaw

October 7th Club Meeting 7:30 pm Leir House

October 14th Club Outing, Red Bridge, by Ashnola Road

October 24th Club Sale, Cherry Lane

November 4th Club Meeting, 7:30 pm Leir House

Dec 5th Christmas Party



PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB


MINUTES
Monthly meeting: April 1, 2015
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, Penticton


Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Mary & Richard Bennet, Gloria & Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo & Jane Moore, Dennis Dean, John Christie, Sharon Ewin, Duane Hamm & Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Ruth & Rolf Peetz and Sandra Smith.
Guests: Val Atkinson from Oliver
President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM and introduced our guest.
The Agenda broke the meeting out into 3 segments: 1) business 2) program, 3) sharing and social time.
1) Business Section:
a. The Minutes of the previous meeting, November 5th, 2014 were distributed previously. Katherine moved to approve the Minutes as distributed, seconded by Sandy A. Motion passed.


b. Business Arising from the Minutes:
1) BC Gem Show in Abbotsford –Katherine requested specimens for the setup of the Club case at the show on the theme of "Rough Finds and Finished Products from the Interior". Katherine and Duane are providing petrified wood and will set up the case on the Friday with Jerome and Sandy providing ocean picture rock and taking down the display on Sunday.
2) Raffle tickets at BC Gem Show in Abbotsford -Jerome provided the order form which can be sent in by mail or purchased by Katherine and Duane at the show.
3) The draft Club Constitution which had been circulated last fall was read through and adopted by all attending members with no dissenting votes.
4) The draft bylaw for lifetime Club membership which had been circulated last fall was read through and adopted by all attending members with no dissenting votes.
Secretary’s report of correspondence by Katherine included the following:
1) BC Lapidary Society membership cards for distribution
2) Confirmation email from BC Lapidary Society that a case has been reserved for the Club at the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford for a rental fee of $10. (Cheque mailed March 30th)


3) Posters for the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford on April 10-12
4) Email from BC Lapidary Society regarding Rocklovers-Round-Up Tailgate Sale at the BC Gem Show on April 12th –space rental of $25 for wall space and $20 for tables


5) Letter from BC Lapidary Society announcing the approval of 2 undergraduate scholarships of $1000 each to first year students at accredited BC institutions.
6) Donation receipt and note of appreciation from Penticton Community Soupateria Society
Treasurer’s Report by Duane on behalf of Donna Carpenter stated that the bank balance at February 28, 2015 was $2399.98 with 2014 total income of $766.94 and total expenditures of $1,173.21. Duane moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Sandy. Motion passed.


Events Reports:
Sandy A. reported on the December 6th, 2014 potluck dinner in the main parlor at Leir House. Jerome presented the lifetime membership awards to Ken Laidlaw and Ruth & Rolf Peetz and a good time was had by all. The Silent Auction raised most of the $100 donation to the Penticton Community Soupateria Society.
Gloria reported on the Interior Zone Meeting held March 21st in Vernon. See attached copy of report. Gloria has been elected Treasurer of the Interior Zone with Rob Whiskin, previously a member of this Club, as the newly elected President. Gloria provided notices for the Everett Rock & Gem Show May 2nd & 3rd at the Everett Community College and the Okanagan Gem Show July 18th & 19th at Winfield Memorial Hall.


Sandra S. provided the Blog report, noting that site visits are tracked and these have been low with the link to the BC Lapidary Society providing most of the traffic.
Dennis summarized the 2015 Club Calendar which includes planned Club field trips starting April 26th at Picard Creek Forestry campground west of Keremeos and activities every month through to October. See attached with some corrections from the discussion at the meeting.


New Business:
a. Theme for the Penticton library display, setup May 6th with take down May 20th. Crystal Systems was suggested as a learning experience for the membership – seeking and displaying specimens classified according to the maximum symmetry of crystal faces: cubic, tetragonal, hexagonal, trigonal, monoclinic, orthorhombic and triclinic. Specimens must be provided with background information as soon as possible since the setup takes place during the day, before the next meeting. Sandra S. will ensure the summary of the systems is uploaded to the Blog site.


b. Coordination of the programs – Jerome and Sandy substituting for Donna at the April meeting, Richard and Mary to do May meeting. Jerome handed out a sheet for members to sign up for June, September, October and November.
c. Coordination of goodies for meetings –Ruth & Rolf provided the delicious peanut butter cookies for the April meeting. Jerome handed out a sheet for members to sign up for the next meetings. If a member is unable to attend, it is his/her responsibility to ask another member to take over this commitment.
d. Summer Camp at Boston Bar from August 2nd to 7th –a campground has been booked for BC rockhounds which includes showers, flush toilets, good water but no power for $160 for the 6 nights. The sani dump may or may not be completed by this date. Registration fees include entres each night with the exception of the Potluck dinner and Hobo Stew nights. Check the website for details.


e. Rockhounders Calendar –Jerome reported that there was a push to compile a 2016 calendar with a contest set up and photos requested of BC specimens, (no people please). More info is available on the website and BC Rockhounder magazine.
f. The Riorta materials for raffle –Jerome explained that Mr. Riorta, a previous and founding Club member had donated the materials to the Club when he moved out of his residence in town last year. The Club has raffled off materials on 3 occasions now with the $2/ticket revenue going into the Club outing fund. $20 was collected at this meeting. After the next raffle, the plan is to take the smaller pieces, to tumble and polish them for future Club sale events with the revenue going into the Club treasury.
Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting at 8:25 by motion from Ruth, seconded by Sharon.
Program by Jerome –He and Sandy made a recent three week trip into the USA with many stops, some rock purchases and numerous finds. He brought tubs of materials and some highlights included large agates from Rabbit Springs, ID; bubbled fire agate from Kingman, AZ; pastelite from a carnival at Wickensburg, AZ, the road from hell in the Superstition Mountains, AZ, and a fantastic boulder of Indian Blanket agate, among many others.
Our guest, Val joined to Club and based on the sound levels over coffee and cookies, everyone had a great time.


Club Calendar for 2015



April 10th-12th BC Gem Show, Abbotsford
April 26th Club Outing Pickard Creek Forest Campground

Highway 3, West of Keremeos, south side of Highway
just past "West Hedley Mall", "Doug’s Meats"
Hot Dogs supplied by the club
Petrified wood, hausmanite
May 6th Club Meeting 7:30pm Leir House

May 6th-20th Library Display, Crystals
May 8th-10th Club Outing, Margie’s RV Riverside Washington

Thurlite, possible other
May 15th-17th Rendezvous, Chase

June 3rd Club Meeting – Duane and Katherine’s Home – off McKinney Road east of Oliver


173 Porcupine Place – come any time after 3:30, dinner about 5:30
Potluck
June 19th-21st Zone Campout – Enderby, Riverside RV Park – hosted by Vernon Club

July 7th Club Outing (Tuesday) Clarke Lake Exploration, agate
July 18th, 19th Okanagan Gem Show Winfield
August 2nd-7th Summer Camp – Boston Bar
August 14th-16th Westbridge – Camp at Albo’s , Wallace Mountain, Crystal Peak
August 22nd *Tentative* Tailgate Sale – Swan Lake
September 2nd Club Meeting 7:30pm Leir House
September 13th Club Outing, Marron Valley area, Mt. Laidlaw
October 7th Club Meeting 7:30pm Leir House
October 14th Club Outing, Red Bridge, by Ashnola Road
October 24th Club Sale, Cherry Lane
November 4th Club Meeting, 7:30pm Leir House
Dec 5th Christmas Party




PENTICTON GEOLOGY @ LAPIDARY CLUB

Monthly meeting November 5, 2014.



Location Leir House, Manor Park, Penticton, B.C.





Members Present: Jerome and Sandra Albo, Mary and Richard Bennet, Ken Laidlaw, Michael Ryan,



Donna Carpenter, Ken Sobchuk, John Christie, Sharon Ewin.



One guest, Doug Freeborn.



President J. Albo called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m.



Jerome introduced new member Sharon Ewin, and guest Doug Freeborn.



1. Business Section



a. . Motion to adopt the distributed minutes from October meeting. Moved by Ken S. and seconded by



Mike R.



b. Business arising



i. A draft of the mission statement was circulated for consideration. All input and



suggestions are to be forwarded to the President by e-mail or in written mail before the end



of March so that the item can be acted upon at the April meeting.

2. Old business

a. Coordination of programs to start at the April 20 15 meeting. It was adopted at the last meeting that

each person/couple do a presentation once every 2 years or so. It is your choice to get involved or to

arrange a guest for the meeting. Presentation guideline to be approx. 15 minutes.

i. Donna Carpenter volunteered to do April

ii. Richard and Mary B. to do May.

iii. A calendar will be circulated at the April meeting.

b. The Reorda materials were to be raffled later in the meeting, (Marron Valley rock) the rest of the

material will be discussed by the executive and a plan for distribution will be presented in the New

Year.

c. We had mentioned that exploration North (Haida Gwai –Summer Camp) may be a summer excursion

but Jerome phoned Doug Murray, president of the BCLS and he informed us that summer camp would

be at Boston Bar, not in the North.

Jerome described what summer camp was all about for the benefit of new members.

3. New Business

a. Correspondence

i. Request from BCLS to order Rock Hounder magazine, directory and to get dues in

December at the latest. (If you were not at the meeting, call Donna if you want to order

ASAP).

b. Treasurer’s report

i. Donna reported a bank balance of $2778.66 as of Oct. 31. Donna moved acceptance of her

report, seconded by Mary B.

c. Report on Cherry Lane Demo and Sale on Oct. 25 --by Donna

8 Members participated and a high level of public interest. Jerome -demo the cleaning process from

crystals, Duane and Katherine educated thru the touchie feelie table that Ken L.had contributed to. Mike

R.-- Demo some wrapping techniques, Donna, Dennis, and Sandra sold materials. Dinner at Anthony’s

capped off an enjoyable day.

d. Jerome reported on the club outing to the GMFC show in Princeton. (9 of our members attended).

Five members camped out while others came for the Saturday events. We had planned field trips for

Saturday and Sunday so Duane and Katherine led us to Stemwinder where some very nice pieces of

petrified wood were collected. On Sunday, 4 of us went on to the geological reserve at the river and

collected agates, and jasper. We met Sharon Ewin at the show and invited her to join our club. Welcome

Sharon.

d. Several members had suggested we enter a case in the Abbotsford show in April in the Agridome.

At least four members offered to display raw rock and then finished product so it looks like we will

coordinate this and bring materials to the first meeting in April so we can take part.

e. Spring outing and picnic was discussed and the club voted to have a wiener roast and exploration at

Picard Creek forestry camp. Details will be forthcoming at the April meeting.

f. Blog report. Donna sent Princeton Photos to Sandra S.

g. Lifetime membership bylaw was presented for consideration. The executive had discussed this at a

meeting in October and was unanimous in wanting to bestow lifetime memberships on several members.

Discussion ensued and after a lot of useful dialogue, it was decided in a unanimous vote to bestow the

recommended memberships now and to work on the bylaw for April. All input on the bylaw is to be

forwarded to the President before the end of March for consideration at the April meeting.

h. Discussion took part as to sharing time and it was decided that the program take place, and at the

conclusion of the program, a formal time be allotted to members to show what they had brought.

Coffee time will follow this event.

i. Donna C presented Christmas party details. The club decided to go with Sat Dec. 6 at 5-9 pm at Leir

House. The club will purchase Chicken and members were asked to bring potluck items. Sandra Albo

will coordinate dinner so will call members who were not at meeting. There will be a silent auction so

please contribute whatever, (rocks, goods, wine, etc. )for the event. Proceeds to go to the Soupeteria for

Christmas. Attendees are also asked to bring items for the food bank.

j. The executive is putting together a club calendar for 2015 –decided to have 1 event per month(could be

more)—this flexible calendar will be presented at the April 2015 meeting. So people can set aside those

days, If Summer Camp is something you need to book holidays for, August 2-7 are the days of events

and it is at Boston Bar.

Motion to adjourn the business part of the meeting moved Mike R., seconded Mary B.

The Program involved Marron Valley Jasper. Even those not present wanted to be involved so 18 pieces of nice

material were selected.

John Christie showed some interesting material he had.

Coffee and interaction followed. Goodies Sandra A. April meeting should be Michael R.



PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB


CONSTITIUTION


1. The name of the Club shall be the “Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club.”


2. The purposes of the Club are:


i. To promote and encourage the study, collecting, cutting and polishing of gemstones, minerals,


rocks, and other geological materials and lapidary work s a hobby.


ii. To provide teaching of the lapidary arts and to provide the tools and resource materials


necessar4y for such instruction


iii. To create greater public awareness of the hobby by hosting display shows, sales, and


demonstrations


iv. To host educational visits for school children, youths, and adults


3. The aims of the Club shall be carried out by volunteers without the purpose of any gain or profit to any of its


members. Any profit shall be used for furthering its aims.


a. THIS PROVISION IS UNALTERABLE.


4. In the event of dissolution of the PENTICTON GEOLOGY AND LAPIDARY CLUB, any and all assets


remaining after payment of all debts and obligations shall be distributed to a recognized charitable organization


with similar objectives in the Province of British Columbia or elsewhere in Canada.

THIS PROVISION IS UNALTERABLE.



PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB
Monthly meeting: October 1, 2014
Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park, Penticton BC V2A 4L7

Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Mary and Richard Bennet, Gloria and Malcolm Bordass, John Broccolo and Jane Moore, Emmi Guy, Duane Hamm and Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Michael Ryan and Sandra Smith.

Guest: John Christie (signed up as member during the meeting)
I Business Section
President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

A. Motion to adopt the distributed minutes from the September meeting by Katherine, seconded. Passed

B. Business Arising:

i) The amended Bylaws were distributed as approved and members invited to bring any concerns to the next meeting.

ii) The President will distribute a draft mission statement/constitution based on that of the BC Lapidary Society at the next meeting for discussion and input at the following meeting.

C. Old Business:
a) Demo Day and sale at Cherry Lane Mall on October 25th. (Reminders: 4 tables will be available near Save On Foods. Sandy plus Donna & Dennis will be selling and Jerome, Duane, Michael and Katherine will work at the demo or "touchy feely table". Linda will not be attending as this date conflicts with the Vernon Club event. Hours are: setup at 8:30, Mall opening 9:30 to 5:30.)


b) Penticton Museum display – Copper theme –evolution of tools to January.

c) Princeton GMFC Show Oct 4-5 at 148 Old Hedley Road Community Centre. Dinner cost $18 or $20 and Franz at the Princeton Club needs to be advised if anyone is attending. No field trips have been confirmed but rumours and the Abbotsford website suggest trips are planned for noon on both days. Camping available at the Princeton Golf Club with 5 members planning to attend the weekend events. Daily attendees to meet at the Centre to explore field trips options.

D. New Business:

a) Additions to agenda – field trip to Duane and Katherine’s home added

b) None reported. (Secretary, Katherine mailed a thank you card and letter for Mr. Reorda to express the membership’s appreciation for his contribution of materials in September. See copy attached.)

c) Report on the Interior Zone meeting by Gloria Bordass –see attached

d) Blog report by Sandra Smith –link added for Int’l Gem Society library

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e) The suggestion that each member coordinate the program for a meeting was accepted, to start April 1st based on a sign-up list. Members can present the program themselves, invite someone to present or bring in a video, etc.


f) A field trip to Duane and Katherine’s home outside Oliver was discussed and will be scheduled in the spring to demo a start-up workshop and rock collection, in comparison to the mature establishment viewed earlier at Jerome and Sandy’s home on the field trip/meeting to Osoyoos.

Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by Mary and seconded at 8:09 PM. Passed.

2. The Reorda petrified wood materials donated to the Club were set out and $2 tickets purchased by members for the draw with Jane winning the first choice. Next meeting will include another group of Reorda materials for the draw. Absent members may wish to send in their $2 for a ticket on the draw.

3. Sharing and Social Time –Goodies enjoyed by all, provided by Duane and Katherine. Ruth and Rolf Peetz to provide goodies at the November meeting. Show and tell with samples members.

Meeting was breaking up around 9:30 PM




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PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB

Monthly meeting: September 3, 2014

Location: Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park, Penticton BC V2A 4L7


Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Gloria and Malcolm Bordass, Donna Carpenter and Dennis Dean, Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw and Sandra Smith.

Guests: none
I Business Section
 
 
President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

1 Call to order

A. The President asked if anyone had any changes to the distributed agenda and in the absence of any changes, the agenda was adopted.

B. Motion to adopt the distributed minutes from the June meeting as amended, by Sandy, seconded. Passed

C. Business Arising:

i) The amended Bylaws will be distributed at the next meeting.

D. Old Business:
a) Demo Day at Cherry Lane Mall on October 25th. The Treasurer identified that 4 tables would be available near Save On Foods. Sandy plus Donna & Dennis will be selling and Jerome and Katherine will work at the demo or "touchy feely table". Linda will not be attending as this date conflicts with the Vernon Club event. Anyone else wishing to sell needs to contact Katherine at 250-498-6312 before the next meeting to ensure the space is available. Hours are: setup at 8:30, Mall opening 9:30 to 5:30.


E. Correspondence:

a) Gloria wrote a letter to the BC Lapidary Society pointing out the short comings of the last event.

b) Manda Maggs at the Penticton Museum contacted the President regarding their next display from September to January on copper from early man to the Iron Age. Jerome was able to assist with the identification of some rock in the Museum basement and Manda was looking for some large samples to add to their display. Donna will contact Manda as she has some product that might be suitable.

c) Roy Reorda, (age 92 and a founding member of the Club), has donated some materials from his collection to the Club. The President was contacted by his daughter and he visited the house which had been sold and was able to pick up approximately 4 small boxes of material. Jerome has committed to cut and polish a sample of each product for Mr. Reorda’s daughters. After discussion, the consensus of the attending members was to sell tickets at $2 each to the members at the next meeting, allowing them to choose a sample from the donated materials and thereby ensure that every member has the opportunity to receive some of the donated product. This could be spread over several

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meetings. Secretary, Katherine will prepare a thank you card and letter for Mr. Reorda to express the membership’s appreciation for his contribution.
d) On October 4-5 the Princeton Gem Show and GMFC annual general meeting is an opportunity for the membership to attend some field trips and could include camping. A dinner is planned, dry camping is possible and the GMFC AGM is that first evening. Interior Zone Rep, Gloria will look for further information at the September 28th Interior Zone meeting for the October 1st Club meeting


e) The International Gem Society contacted the Club to ensure the membership was aware of the free resources available on their website, including a rock and gem encyclopedia and library. Webmaster, Sandra will add the link to the Club’s blog site.

f) The President printed a copy of the Internal Zone meeting agenda for September 28th in Sorrento from the website. Gloria will be attending and other members are welcome.

F. New Business:

i) Elections for the next term. Vice President, Duane resigned. The other Club officers have all agreed to stand for the next term of 2 years, with each position open to nominations. The President went through each office asking for nominations and Dennis was nominated and elected as the next Vice President.

ii) Sale of materials. The Club was contacted by a person who has been creating butterflies using gemstones with a price range of $45 to $150, who is planning to discontinue his business. Members suggested he attend a meeting so that the product can be viewed.

iii) Prospect North -Haida Gwaii. When Burns Lake was the proposed site for the 2015 Summer Camp, there was interest in an additional field trip to Haida Gwaii but, with the location unknown, this is on hold. Estimated cost was $1000 per person including ferry, vehicle and accommodations for 4 days prepaid with BC Ferries. Several members continue to be interested if the Camp location is convenient. RVs would be stored at the Camp location.

iv) Members were reminded that Club expenses could be submitted to the Treasurer for reimbursements.

v) Programs have previously been planned and executed by the Vice President and it was suggested that the members take turns presenting a program at the meetings, which would work out to a member presenting a program once every three years, based on current membership numbers. Gloria suggested Harley Waterson be asked to present.

G. Reports:
a) President’s Report –distributed to the membership and provided to the Interior Zone Rep for presentation at the meeting on September 28th. Gloria added planned events to the list of past activities.


b) Field Trips –Katherine and Jerome described some of the highlights of trips taken, such as the quarry site for worm-casting-like feldspar near McClure at the Zone campout and the peridot crystals in basalt and marble on the excursion to Westbridge. The Winfield Gem Show auction was disappointing, which is unusual and the Vernon Tailgate Show was varied and interesting, as usual. The next proposed field trip is the October 4-5 visit to Princeton as noted above.

c) Treasurer’s Report -$2,523.845 in the bank and Donna has set up a new journal to record all financial activities.

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d) Blog Report - Sandra thanked Jerome and Sandy for hosting the June Club meeting in their home, which was one of the best meetings in the past few years and for hosting the Westbridge camping trip in August, expressing the appreciation of all the attendees. She noted that if she didn’t attend an event, she didn’t receive pictures for the Blog site for it, therefore the members were asked to forward more pictures. Statistics of visits, (or "hits"), for the Blog site have been increasing.
e) Reminder –the Club’s Xmas party is December 6th and the membership confirmed that the Club would purchase the chicken with the members providing the balance of the pot luck meal.


Motion to adjourn the business portion of the meeting by Sandra and seconded at 8:30 PM. Passed.

2. 50/50 Draw for ½ cash as first prize was won by Sandra, rocks donated by Jerome as second and third prizes.

3. Sharing and Social Time –Goodies enjoyed by all, provided by Dennis and Donna. Duane and Katherine to provide goodies at the October meeting. Show and tell with samples from the summer field trips.

Meeting was breaking up around 9 to 9:30 PM
 

PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB
Monthly meeting: June 4, 2014


Location: 40 Finch Crescent, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0


Members present: Jerome & Sandy Albo, Richard and Mary Bennet, Gloria and Malcolm Bordass, John Broccoio and Jane Moore, Donna Carpenter and Dennis Dean, Duane Hamm and Katherine MacNeill, Michael Ryan, Sandra Smith and Ken Sobchuk.


Guests: Fenella Sobchuk


I Business Section






President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:40 PM after a pot luck dinner.


1 Call to order


A. Business Arising:


i) Draft Bylaws were distributed at the prior meeting after suggested revisions. Revisions were discussed one by one. It was noted that the BC Lapidary Society was having difficulties collecting Club dues by January 1st due to the Clubs using a calendar membership year and suggested by Donna, Treasurer that the Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club convert to a membership year starting September 1st to allow for collection of member dues and remittance to the Society by the beginning of the Society’s year. Section 2 (a) of the draft Bylaws were amended to read: "The membership year shall commence September 1st and end on August 31st. Motion to adopt the revised Bylaws as amended by Donna, Treasurer and seconded. Passed.



B. Reports


a. Reports on Rendezvous in Armstrong on May 18-21 came from several members; 13 members attended from the Club. There was a successful Potluck on Friday night; field trips to Pillar Lake area for agates, Larch Hills for picture rock, another trip our members did not attend and the field trip from hell which included uncertain trails, steep descents and dangerous climbs up and down slippery rain soaked slopes. Zone Rep, Gloria volunteered for the bucket raffle which made $855 while the Silent Auction made $3,133 for the Society. 32 Clubs attended with 154 registered compared to 224 in the prior year. 108 signed up for the Saturday dinner which was not universally acclaimed and 38 for the breakfast on Sunday where pancakes were undercooked and the value was questioned by several attendees. The vendor, Black Mountain Artisans from Kelowna area was attending for the first time and attracted attention.


b. Member, Linda Zepik, asked the Club Officers to reconsider the Club demo and sale in October, traditionally held at Cherry Lane mall which was cancelled earlier due to the expensive insurance requirements. Treasurer, Donna investigated further and negotiated with Cherry Lane administration to accept the Society insurance certificate which costs the Club $29 instead of $100 as originally demanded. The event can be scheduled for Saturday, October 25th, one day only, with three 6’ tables beside the Purdy’s storefront and Lottery



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kiosk, which is good exposure. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM and members can cover the demo activities in shifts. Motion to reinstate the Cherry Lane demo and sale event on Oct 25th by Ken Sobchuk and seconded. Passed.



C. Correspondence – (to be maintained by the Secretary with a copy to the President for information purposes)


a. Secretary, Katherine sent a notice to the Editor of the Rockhounder magazine to change to contact of the Club to President Jerome Albo at 250-495-7359.


b. 3 membership cards received from the Society and distributed to new members.


c. Inquiry about junior membership was responded to with the stipulation that a grade 6 student would have to be accompanied by an adult member.


d. Forms are available for Club members to register as vendors for the Tailgate event in Vernon. (Reminder: the Club is using this event, Aug 23-24 as the member outing for August.)


D. New Business


i) Exploration trip June 8th –Green Mountain Road/ Yellow Lake. 5 members expressed interest. Meet at 10 AM at Supersave Gas Station on Green Mountain Road.



ii) Reminder to register for McLure Campout June 20-22, north of Kamloops, near Barriere.


iii) July trip- Winfield Gem Show on July 19-20.


iv) August trip –Swan Lake, Vernon tailgate and equipment sale on August 23-24


v) August 8-10 weekend camping at Jerome and Sandy’s property at Westbridge or, alternatively, a day trip from Penticton was suggested to explore the slide area on highway 201. Contact Jerome for details about coming up the Carmi Road from Penticton. Members planning to come for Friday and/or Saturday night camping need to call Jerome as they have room for several RVs on their property. (Phone 250-495-7359 in Osoyoos; 250-446-2398 in Westbridge).


vi) Motion to adopt the distributed minutes from the May meeting as distributed by Donna and seconded. Passed.


Members toured Jerome and Sandy’s rock collection in the yard and every corner of the house, including the basement workshop and "walls of slabs" set in stucco within the house.


Meeting was breaking up around 9:30 PM with a spectacular sunset overhead.


NOTE: No meetings in July and August when field trips and explorations are planned. Further planning to be done at June meeting.



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PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB



Monthly meeting:  Nov 6, 2013

Location:  Leir House Cultural Centre, Penticton

Members present:          Jerome & Sandra Albo, Donna Carpenter and Dennis Dean, Duane Hamm and Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Sandra Smith and Ken Sobchuk.

Guest, Mike Ryan from Oliver told the members he had “caught the disease”.

President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

The Agenda broke the meeting out into 3 segments: 1) business 2) program, 3) sharing and social time followed by the adjournment.

The Minutes of the previous meeting, October 3rd were distributed previously and there were no amendments.  Under Business Arising from the Minutes:

1)      The Club sale at Cherry Lane on October 18th and 19th had 5 Club vendors attending with rock slabs and pieces rather than jewelry being the primary sales and may not be the best venue in future.  

2)      Despite slow days at the shopping centre, the Touchy-Feely Table manned by Katherine and Duane attracted regular traffic and over 30 of the Club promo handout were taken away.

3)      Donna and Sandra are organizing the Christmas Potluck on Dec 7th and they confirmed the Club purchase of chicken, paper plates, utensils and one bottle of Sprite after consultation with the members present.  The Silent Auction will be continued this year and Donna moved to donate any funds raised to the Soupateria as in previous years.  Sandra seconded. Motion passed.

4)      The field trip to Cawston in October and suggestions for the use of funds were moved to the Program.

 Ken Sobchuk moved to approve the distributed Minutes. Motion passed.

Correspondence reviewed by Secretary, Katherine included the following:

1)      Interior Zone Meeting Sep 29/13 with the focus on New Business including the proposed dates, locations, themes and locations of events in 2014 –see attached

2)      Memo from Gloria Bordass regarding the spending of the surplus of funds in the Club’s bank account –see attached

Treasurer’s Report by Donna stated that the bank balance at September 30th was $2672.18 with $80 in income and $113.62 in expenditures incurred since that date.  Donna moved to approve the Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Duane. Motion passed.

Under New Business:

1)      President Jerome explained that the Club’s Constitution was badly out of date and the Club Executive would prepare a recommended draft Constitution based on the BC Lapidary Society’s Constitution for circulation at the April 2nd, 2014 Club meeting.

2)      Terms of office for the Club Executive was discussed.  Donna suggested a two year term to provide greater stability.  This will be reviewed by the Executive and if recommended, will be included in the recommended draft Constitution at the April 2nd meeting.

3)      A tentative calendar of events was reviewed for 2014, to be circulated at the next meeting when more information is available.

4)      2014 membership fees are due at the Dec 7th dinner meeting.  An increase in dues was discussed given Gloria’s memo which identified that current dues are not covering expenses.  Donna moved to increase dues for a family from $25 to $35 and the single dues to increase from $15 to $20.  Ken Laidlaw was consulted to test the reasonableness of the increase.  He stated that the dues had not been raised for many years so this seemed fair.  Seconded by Duane. Motion passed.

5)      Several members will be absent at the Dec 7th meeting, including Ken Sobchuk and guest Mike Ryan will be away.  Duane agreed to contact Rolf and Ruth to check that they are attending the meeting and ask what they will be bringing for the Potluck. Mail has been returned from members Jodie and Brandon Rae and Duane agreed to make best efforts to contact them for their new address.

Adjournment of the business portion of the meeting.

Program by Vice President Duane:

a.       The Cawston field trip on Sunday, Oct 20th had 7 members attending plus guest, Judy with hausmanite, petrified wood and agates found.  The weather was exceptional and the gravel bars along the Similkameen River provided hours of rock hounding “moments”.  Samples were brought in to the meeting, including several cut slabs.

b.      Discussion about utilizing the Club surplus funds continued, with the knowledge that lower membership meant the surplus might be needed to cover annual deficits and included making scheduled field trips to member workshops to learn how to tumble, polish and cut specimens. The insurance coverage provided by the Society would likely cover these trips.

c.       Field trip sites such as a large slide area near Lorne Lake past Wolfe Creek, near Princeton and the Similkameen River campsites near Hedley to search for petrified wood on Stemwinder Mountain and continuing with the gravel bars on the creeks.

d.      Program theme was “other altered rock forms in the home” or how to bring your favourite rocks  into your everyday life with the following samples brought in: bookends, flower rock drilled vase, drilled wine bottle cooler,  bowls and soap dish, pencil holder[D1] [D2] , candle holders, decorative objects such as a painted bird on a polished rock slice, polished marble coasters, etc.

e.      Jerome donated several cut samples from the Cawston field trip for a 50/50 draw where first prize was the cash and second prize was the sample chosen.  Winners were Donna and Dennis.

Goodies for the April meeting will be provided by Mary and Richard Bennett, assuming they are attending.

Sharing and Social Time was informal with biscotti and coffee provided by Sandra. People were starting to reluctantly leave the lively discussions after about 9:10 PM.




PENTICTON GEOLOGY & LAPIDARY CLUB




Monthly meeting:  Oct 2, 2013


Location:  Leir House Cultural Centre, Penticton


Members present:          Jerome& Sandra Albo, Mary and Richard Bennett, Gloria and Malcolm Bordass, Donna Carpenter and Dennis Dean, Duane Hamm and Katherine MacNeill, Ken Laidlaw, Rolf and Ruth Peetz, Sandra Smith and Ken Sobchuk.


There were no guests present.


President Jerome Albo called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.


The Agenda broke the meeting out into 3 segments: 1) business 2) program, 3) sharing and social time followed by the adjournment.


The Minutes of the previous meeting, September 4th, were distributed previously and there were no amendments.  Ken Sobchuk moved to approve the distributed Minutes, seconded by Mary Bennett. Passed.


Under Business Arising,


1)      Members were reminded of the Club sale at Cherry Lane on October 18th and 19th.  Webmaster, Sandra Smith asked attendees to forward pictures and stories for the website as she will not be able to attend. Items for the Touchy-Feely Table can be given to Katherine.


2)      Donna Carpenter, Treasurer updated the Treasurer’s Report attached to the September 4th Minutes with $123.48 in expenses leaving a balance of $2,626.07.  She suggested that members consider and bring to the next meeting ideas for Club purchases to benefit the membership and utilize a growing surplus.  Suggestions included walkie-talkies for field trips, a “new” member package or a mobile rock saw.


Under Correspondence, Donna had received an email from the Richmond Gem and Mineral Society regarding their Club show on October 6th and 7th.


Under New Business,


1)      Gloria Bordass reminded members to place and pay for their orders for the 2014 calendars at $10 each with Donna before the end of the evening as the funds were due at the BC Lapidary Society by October 9th.


2)      Wagon Masters Duane Hamm and Dennis Dean suggested locations and dates for future field trips.  The following were discussed:


a.       The Vernon Bypass near Oyama where yellow, white and green columns were visible, but access might be difficult as there were not turnoffs for vehicles;


b.      Stemwinder Mountain across from the Stemwinder Provincial Park where petrified wood had been found on the plateau, but cooling weather means this would be better as a spring trip;


c.       Apex Mountain which would be better planned for late spring or summer due to cooling weather and snow in the higher elevations;


d.      Keremeos River Covered Bridge area was suggested and changed to Cawston and the Similkameen River where hausmanite, petrified wood and jasper can be found.  A field trip is planned for Sunday, October 20th, with members meeting at 10 AM at the flashing light across from the corner store at Cawston on Highway 3 between Osoyoos and Keremeos.  Vehicles will leave by 10:15 AM and head down to the Park on the West end of the road towards the Similkameen River.


3)      Members were reminded that the Christmas potluck dinner party is Saturday, December 7th in the Lounge of Leir House starting at 5 PM and ending at 9 PM. Chicken will be purchased by the Club as in previous years and Donna and Sandy will act as coordinators for the potluck contributions by the membership.


4)      Goodies for the meeting were discussed and Cookie Volunteers requested.  Malcolm Bordass had made coffee, Duane and Katherine had brought cookies, Donna and Dennis had brought Timbits and Sandy and Jerome had brought Turkish Delight, (fresh from their Oct 1st return from a trip to Turkey). Beverages and goodies for each meeting will be provided by members, working through the membership list alphabetically. Sandy volunteered to cover the next meeting on November 6th and the December meeting is a potluck so the next meeting in 2014, will be April 2nd.


5)      Our Club and the Princeton Club have been considering jointly hosting Rendezvous in 2015 and the two Presidents have agreed to explore this at an Executive level which has to await the pending election at the Princeton Club.  When a decision is made, which will also involve the memberships of both Clubs, the BC Lapidary Society will be notified. Field trip sites are needed as well as volunteers to assist with the events.  Gloria reported that more volunteers step forward at Rendezvous looking to help out although they may not volunteer earlier.


The business component of the meeting was adjourned at 8 PM by motion from Donna.


Under Program by Duane:


1)      Rolf Peetz brought in a jewelry box full of his work and recounted starting with agates in Winnipeg in the 1960s, using purchased “findings” (or settings for gems and rocks), and being taught and learning from experience using opal and turquoise, agates and even tropical nuts, ammonite, silversmithing, layering opal between basalt and quartz, producing wonders and marvels.  Ruth Peetz had made chains and wire wrapping and was an inspiration and model for Rolf’s work.


2)      Ken Sobchuk brought in trays of cabochons that he had learned to cut, polish and mount at a course in Arizona last year.  He also shared his samples of rough and slabbed mahogany obsidian, tiger’s eye, a large thunder egg, a huge agate and other finds.


3)      Katherine MacNeill brought in a rough piece of selliminite, also called champagne jade, (also found at Summercamp in Lillooet) and used it as an example of how to do research in the many available gem and mineral books available.  Other samples brought for touching and feeling were purchased samples of tiger’s eye, flower rock or porphyry, quartz crystals and rutile quartz.


Sharing and Social Time was informal and the discussion was energetic! The goodies and beverages were much appreciated and people were drifting out after about 9:10 PM.

























 


 




 












 

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