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

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:

I hope to see you in Kelowna!


Christine Laurin
President BCLS

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

BCLS Website

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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.
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.


Christine Laurin
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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. 

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  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
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