Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Field Trip

The weather was great, and 8 club members enjoyed the trip to 4 sites up the Stemwinder FSR. Petrified wood was a little scarce, but there were a few finds including jasper and breccia. Our junior members Juliet and Marshall had the most rocks in their buckets.

Garbage from the first stop.


Thanks to Dennis and Donna for preparing the lunch.

So obviously I had the wrong timer setting on the camera - the images were taken before I ran into the picture, and before the others expected the camera to fire.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Proposed Bylaw Change

This issue was raised at the October 3rd meeting, and will be brought to the November meeting for discussion and a vote.

Proposed bylaw change.

Background:
The BCLS approached the member clubs to get their fees in earlier, as delayed submission of money from the clubs was causing a cash crunch for the BCLS in January.

As a result, the Penticton Club changed their membership year to collect dues in September. The unintended result of this change has posed a problem for new members. Someone could join the club in September, and not be covered by BCLS insurance until January.

To address this issue, it has been proposed that the bylaws be amended to put the Penticton Club year back to January 1st to December 31st.

Should the bylaw change be approved at the November meeting, be it resolved that membership dues collected between September and December 2018, cover the period ending December 31st 2019.

Picard Creek - Petrified Wood Trip

Check the day before for an update - we expect to go ahead with the trip, meeting at the Picard Creek forestry site at 10:00am . (unless there is a whole bunch of snow) Elevation at the dig site is about 3000ft.

With the cold temperatures, it now seems unlikely that we will be taking our trailers to camp for the weekend - the few of us who usually take our trailers, are looking to winterize them due to cold temperatures.

Heading east, past Doug's Meats and West Hedley Mall, you will see a Picard Creek sign, then the Picard Creek turn off to your left, a little farther along.
This photo is taken from Doug's Meats - the Picard Creek ahead sign is on the right, the turn off is down approximately where the headlights are in the distance, left turn.

October Meeting

The revised meeting format is working out well - the business portion of the meeting was complete in 15 minutes, and there was lots of time for presentations, sharing and rock talk with 21 members present.

Thank-you to Donna for her presentation on copper, and to Malcolm and Gloria for sharing stories and specimens from 30 years of rock hounding on the Oregon Coast.




I just about dropped this one on my foot - heavy!


Thanks Fred for bringing this specimen.
Malcolm and Gloria's rock:


These petrified wood pieces are large - just one fills your hand.



Friday, September 21, 2018

Late notice cancellation.............

Just received word that the wagonmaster has a funeral to attend, and the Saturday trip is cancelled.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

August Field Trip Cancelled

Due to heat and the fire  situation, the tentative field trip for next weekend has been cancelled.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rendezvous 2019 - Rock Creek

The BCLS AGM was held on Saturday, and following a bylaw change, Rendezvous 2019 is set for 2019 in Rock Creek with our club as host.

June 7 - 10, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gem show, Field Trips, and AGM


Okanagan Gem Show and More!

Attend the show, the BCLS AGM, and special field trips
Dear members,

Please be advised the Okanagan Gem Show, titled, "The Many Faces of Jasper", sponsored by the 1120 Rock Club of Kelowna and the Vernon Lapidary & Mineral Club will be taking place July 13-15 2018 at the Winfield Memorial Hall. Details can be found here:

http://okanagangemshow.rocks/

The BCLS will also be hosting its AGM in Kelowna on the Saturday, and two special field trips have been organized for BCLS members in town for both the show and AGM.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) typically takes place at Rendezvous each year. As Rendezvous 2018 was cancelled due to flooding, we have rescheduled the AGM to take place during the weekend of the Okanagan Gem Show. Here are the specifics:

British Columbia Lapidary Society
Annual General Meeting
Saturday, July 14, 2018
5:30 PM - Refreshments
6:30 PM - Meeting Begins
Choices Market Meeting Room
1937 Harvey Ave.
Kelowna, BC
[Google Map]

At the meeting we shall hear committee and Zone reports, elect our Executive for the next year, and address a number of new business items. There is one change to the constitution to be voted on and two proposed changes to the by-laws. Please visit the links below to see the agenda and the details of these proposals:

http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Annual-General-Mtg-Agenda.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-Constitution.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-Bylaws-auditor-revised.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-paragraph-14-of-by-laws.pdf

Special Field Trips

Two special field trips have been organized for BCLS members in town for the show and AGM, for fluorite and agate/opal respectively.
  • Saturday July 14. A trip to a private fluorite claim east of Vernon. Expect to find green and purple fluorite and some crystals as well. This is hard rock, so bring a shovel, hammer, and chisel. 
  • Sunday July 15. A trip to a private claim near Monte Lake. Expect to find blue & yellow agate, pink agate, white agate with streaks, and possibly pink opal. This is hard rock, so bring a shovel, hammer, and chisel. 
The wagonmaster for both trips is Cindy Aspeslet (250-545-0290). You don't need to sign up, just arrive at the meet site on time. Both trips are meeting at the Walmart in Vernon, west side of the parking lot close to the Taco del Mar restaurant. The address is 2200 58th Avenue in Vernon. Be there by 7:45 am as cars will depart at 8 am sharp. You'll be back from the fluorite trip in plenty of time for the AGM at 5:30 in Kelowna.

I hope to see you there!

Regards,

Christine Laurin
President

Thursday, July 5, 2018

July 15th Field Trip Cancelled

The BCLS AGM has been rescheduled to that weekend in Kelowna, and there is also the Okanagan Gem Show.

Message from Katherine:


Hello all,
Attached please find the draft minutes from our last meeting which will be brought forward at the September meeting for approval.
Note that we had planned a field trip on July 15th but thought there might be a conflict with the Okanagan Gem Show.  Turns out there is, plus that is the weekend of the AGM for BCLS in the same general area, so the field trip is cancelled.  The Winfield event is a good one, see info below.  Hope to see you there and at the AGM since we will find out whether we might have Rendezvous at Rock Creek next June.
Katherine


1120 Rock Club of Kelowna and the Vernon Lapidary & Mineral Club
The Okanagan Gem Show
Dealers Demonstrators, Displays, Silversmiths. Admission by Donation.
When
July 13, 14 & 15, 2018
Friday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where
Winfield Memorial Hall
3270 Berry Road
Winfield, BC

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thank-you post - West Boundary Connect


Unfortunately due to high water and road outages, the BC Lapidary Society had to cancel its “Rock Hounding” event on the May long weekend.
The group has asked that a special “Thank You” be sent out to the West Boundary community, in response to the assistance and kindness shown amidst a crisis.
“We were so well supported in this action by people throughout the Boundary area.
Paul Chaput, Joe Falkowski, Barry Noll, Golden Dawn resources all helped out with sites for the event. McMynns was most supportive and understanding about the food we had ordered. Jodi and the Fair Grounds were so cooperative and understanding of our need to cancel and not bring 200 people into an evacuation zone. Pat Henley was also so supportive in working within her community to keep people up to date on the event.”
“Thank you to all of those who assisted in helping us plan this event. The spirit of the Boundary country is one to be proud of.”
The BC Lapidary Society is the umbrellas society for BC rock-hounding clubs. With events coordinated around the province such as the Abbotsford Gem Show. The society is also responsible for multiple rendezvous, such as the one planned for Rock Creek. They will typically host one in the interior and another in a more remote location of British Columbia.
The Society works with clubs & smaller societies around British Columbia and is a wealth of knowledge and passion.
The organization has been in contact and will be sure to advise the West Boundary community if and when they next return. It will, no doubt, be a much anticipated event.
By Colby Mullis| June 13th, 2018|News

BCLS AGM July 14th



AGM Scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 PM in Kelowna

Dear members,

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) typically takes place at Rendezvous each year. As Rendezvous 2018 was cancelled due to flooding, we have rescheduled the AGM to take place during the weekend of the Okanagan Gem Show. Here are the specifics:

British Columbia Lapidary Society
Annual General Meeting

Saturday, July 14, 2018
5:30 PM - Refreshments
6:30 PM - Meeting Begins
Choices Market Meeting Room
1937 Harvey Ave.
Kelowna, BC
[Google Map]

Make the most of the weekend and attend the Okanagan Gem Show presented by the 1120 Rock Club and the Vernon Lapidary & Mineral Club. Here are the specifics related to this event:

The Okanagan Gem Show - The Many Faces of Jasper
Friday, July 13th, 12:00 Noon - 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 14th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 15th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Winfield Memorial Hall
3270 Berry Road
Winfield, BC
http://okanagangemshow.rocks/

At the meeting we shall hear committee and Zone reports, elect our Executive for the next year, and address a number of new business items. There is one change to the constitution to be voted on and two proposed changes to the by-laws. Please visit the links below to see the agenda and the details of these proposals:

http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Annual-General-Mtg-Agenda.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-Constitution.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-Bylaws-auditor-revised.pdf
http://www.bclapidary.com/agm/2018/Motion-to-amend-paragraph-14-of-by-laws.pdf

I hope to see you in Kelowna!

Sincerely,

Christine Laurin
President BCLS

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BCLS Website

Check it out - new Webmaster - new look

June Meeting and Tailgate

Attendance was down at the meeting tonight, but those who were there had an opportunity to purchase rock at the tailgate sale. Rock Creek hats and shirts were also available.

Business discussed included the possibility of taking on Rendezvous in 2019 if it could be in June.









Sunday, May 27, 2018

Club Tailgate at June Meeting


FYI, the last meeting before the summer break will be exciting because we will have our tailgate rock sale, open to all Club members, as a Club fund raiser.  Jerome, Sandra, Duane and I divided the boxes of donated rock material, (which Jerome and Sandra had been storing in their garage for the Club), into about 25 containers, to be brought to the June meeting.  The smaller “buckets” are plastic tubs about the size of a large coffee container.  The material is rough, colourful, varying in size from small tumbler material to larger specimens, mostly able to be polished or collectable on its own.  For example, there are concretions like small marbles, apache tears, desert roses, agates, jasper, chalcedony, minerals and ore, and the list goes on.  The smaller buckets have a suggested price of $10 and the few larger boxes could be $15 or $20. 

The idea is that every member would have the option of purchasing one of the buckets, at least, including those members who are unable to attend the meeting.  We would need to hear from absent members in order to reserve a bucket.  (Mike, I know that you, for one, were aware this was in the plan, that you would not be at this meeting, and that you wanted one of the lots, so we just need to hear back from you that you have not changed your mind and we will put one aside for you.)  If you will be absent and want a bucket, please reply to this email and we will set one aside for you.  One of the larger samples, which don’t fit that well into the buckets will be distributed with each purchase.  Hopefully purchasers will do some trading back and forth if they don’t get quite what they are most interested in and have materials they are willing to barter with to make things more lively.

With the cancellation of Rendezvous, many of us have extra baked goods that were intended for the Hospitality Table, so the suggestion is that those members who did the baking bring about a dozen of those goodies to the meeting for our evening consumption.  Don’t eat too much at dinner before the meeting so you have room for cookies, muffins, biscotti or whatever we are lucky enough to be offered.  That’s assuming that there are any extras left by June 6th!

Given all the planning that went into field trips around Rock Creek, we are hoping that the Club can make several of the planned field trips in the coming months, weather permitting.  For example, several of us visited a dolomite quarry near Rock Creek with the claim owner just before the long weekend and if a second visit can be arranged, it would be great.  The drive in was beautiful, the view was incredible, several excellent samples were found and the product polishes well.  Duane, please bring your specimen to the next meeting. Donna and Dennis, please bring in your agate samples from the last field trip as well.

Finally, please give some thought to our Club leadership in the next two years.  Elections are scheduled for September 5th and a new executive team is needed to keep up momentum.  The Nominating Committee will be calling in the next months, asking if you will stand for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary for a two year term.  I will continue as Past President on the Executive, although I will not have a vote on Executive decisions.  Please corner existing officers to learn more about their duties and know that existing officers will assist in the transitions.  We live in exciting times and it has been good to be part of the Club executive team planning our path.

See you at the next meeting.
Katherine
President, Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Would have been an awesome field trip.................

Nine club members checked field trip sites on the weekend, and the highlight of our Saturday was a visit to the dolomite mine. We were escorted through private property by the claim holder. The view was spectacular. We all collected some interesting specimens, and Katherine found crystals.





Monday, May 14, 2018

Rendezvous Cancelled



CANCELLED - Rendezvous 2018

Dear members,

Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel Rendezvous at Rock Creek this year due to the serious flooding the region has been experiencing. Jerome Albo and the Penticton Club visited Rock Creek this past weekend to assess the situation. While the river had dropped considerably since Thursday, a bridge was out restricting access, and two of the main RV campgrounds were out of service. A second surge of water is expected to pass through the area again this week.

We appreciate the efforts invested by the Penticton Club and our Society volunteers to organize the event, and all those who had made arrangements to join us. It is a disappointment to say the least, but the safety of our members is paramount.

Information with respect to a new time and place for our Society AGM will be made available in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Christine Laurin
President
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Club Calendar

The tentative field trips for May 5-6 in the Rock Creek area have been cancelled.

Final review of field trip sites will be May 12-13th

May 2nd Meeting - Program

Thanks Mike for the program tonight on crystals.





Monday, April 9, 2018

BC Gem Show

Eight club members attended the BC Gem Show in Abbotsford last weekend. Another great show, and an opportunity for Rendezvous committee members to meet with BCLS contacts.

Some excellent photos available on line.

https://www.facebook.com/BCLapidary/?hc_ref=ARSNwAR5f1PQEgaMcb-9A2m0JJ7GpwBIQE3Rc9DKFl4Sr30qoMB6LasmugHMqs6aVoM 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Carving School


Greetings from the Shuswap School of Carving and Arts.  Attached is the Prospectus describing the 9 classes (8 carving in wood, bark, and stone and 1 watercolour painting) being offered at the 2018 five-day School in Sorrento, BC – from September 24-28th.   

Whether you personally wish to take a class or not, I hope you’ll help us let others know about the School by forwarding this information to anyone you feel might be interested and/or by posting or circulating the front page poster at your Club, carving show, place of business, community events, bulletin boards, etcetera.  Should you encounter a problem opening the attachments and/or printing single pages, all of the pages are also available and printable from our website at www.bccarvingschool.com.  If you would like one or more copies of the Prospectus sent to you by ground mail, please let me know.

The Early Bird Registration draw date is April 15th.  If any class has more than 10 (max. 12 in some cases) registrations on that date, a draw will occur to see who gets confirmed in the class, and who gets put on a wait list.  We therefore recommend registration before April 15th for the best chance of getting into a 1st choice class.

Thank you one and all, and I hope to see you in the Fall.

Kathy Phoenix, Coordinator (250-573-2277)
Shuswap School of Carving and Arts
Visit our website at www.bccarvingschool.com