WAMS Meeting Minutes, Sept. 6, 2022

A meeting of Washington Agate and Mineral Society (WAMS) was held at First Baptist
Church of Lacey on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Call to order: Bryan Tallman called the meeting to order at 7:10 PM
Attendees: 16 in attendance
Announcements, Old business, new business, show and tell, break, program
Fall Festival of Gems – 11/19/2022
Start Date: 11/19/2022
End Date: 11/20/2022
Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd
Kitsap County Fairgrounds – The President’s Hall
Bremerton, WA 98311
Website: https://www.kmgsrockclub.com/
Types: Rock & Mineral Shows
Wendi Meador gave an update on a fossil she collected and submitted to be inspected and researched. It
will be crated and sent to the Burke museum at the University of Washington for further research.
Unfinished business:
New business:
Show and Tell:
1) Bryan- small medicine bottle of Holley blue agate from Sweet Home, Oregon.
2) Jim- Mount Saint Helens poster acquired from DNR; and a rare fossilized conch
shell from Florida.
3) Jerry- an amber specimen with an insect. Lesson on how to determine real amber
from fake. Real amber will float in water mixed with 5 tablespoons of table salt.
4) Bob- fossils collected from Mineral, WA
5) Doug- Apache tears, Montana agate, and local jasper before and after tumbling.
6) Emery and Brittany (mom) – a nice water line or water level thunderegg.

7) Gretchen- gold pan and gold panning book for give away.
8) Lisa- petrified wood slabs for cabbing, and stinking creek petrified oak wood
9) Becky- epidote self collected from the Hamma Hamma River, WA made into
1) Kathleen- polychrome jasper from Madagascar
2) Daniel- fossils: Megalodon tooth, Mammoth bone, etc…
3) Claudia- green stone necklace which could not be identified with certainty.

Raffle: winners chose from rough rock and a brand new spray bottle.


Program: Bryan Tallman gave an introduction to metamorphic rocks. Displayed
examples of Kyanite (dark blue) bladed aggregate, Garnet (almandine), Actinolite found
at Bluet Pass, WA, and Serpentine with its many forms and uses.

Approval of minutes: Douglas Shank, Secretary

August 2, 2022 Meeting/Potluck

At our August meeting, club members and guests had a great time sharing food, exchanging some stones (or some were generously donating to the club!), stories, conversation, and we also voted on our new club logo. Stay tuned for the meeting minutes from our secretary.

Please come to the September meeting which will be held on September 6th, from 7-9 pm at the usual location (see About page for details). Bring your friends and any interesting finds from your summer rockhounding.

WAMS Meeting Minutes – July 5, 2022

Call to order: A meeting of Washington Agate and Mineral Society (WAMS) was held at First Baptist Church of Lacey on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Attendees:  14 people including 2 new members

Agenda: Announcements, Old business, new business, show and tell, break, program

Unfinished business:

Dan Deboer talked about the Tenino, Pioneer Days, event: set-up is on Thursday the 21st of July (8:00- 5:00), WAMS booth will be open from 9:00 – 6:00 Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 – 5:00 on Sunday. Volunteers for set-up and to help run the booth are very much appreciated; the event would not happen without volunteers. There is a pot luck dinner for set-up day to help feed the volunteers and vendors. This year there is no electricity for refrigerators or ovens to cool and heat the food, so plan to bring food that does not need either of those.

The consolidation of club rocks to the farm: rocks still needing to be moved include MJ’S rocks, Charley’s, Dan’s, and Bob and Cathy’s. All rocks will be consolidated at the farm after the Tenino show. All club supplies will be stored at the farm in the new shed.

The club bought a shed will need to be picked up from Home Depot and taken to the farm to be built, that means we need people to help build it. Date and time TBD.

New business:

Gretchen and Becky are continuing to update the new WAMS website. The new domain has been purchased, wamsolympia.com.

We need a club logo. There is a contest for best idea and the winner should be announced by the meeting in September. Email your ideas to Gretchen at gretchennewz@gmail.com.

August meeting will be the annual club picnic held at the Rose garden Gazebo at Squaxin, formerly Priest Point Park, August 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Brings rocks for a rock swap and or buy and sell, and show and tell.

Announcements for upcoming shows:

Shelton tail gate: Start Date: 8/20/2022, End Date: 8/20/2022, Hours: 9:00 – 5:00, Address:

2100 E Johns Prairie Road Mason County Recreation Area Shelton, WA

“Pre-estate sale” : Friday August 5 & Saturday August 6, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM both days

12224 42nd Ave. NE Marysville, WA 98271 (cash only!)

Lewis County Rock and Gem Club will host an exhibit at the Lewis County Fair.

Show and Tell:

Jerry- agates found at Crystal Mountain and how to find them.

Gretchen- Blue Aragonite, Desert Rose Selenite and citrine crystal

Becky- Brought in a sample of a water pipe Calistoga, CA that was clogged with crystals from the minerals in the water showing that crystals can form quickly rather than over thousands of years.

Emery, daughter of Britney (junior rockhound) – geode from lava.

Bryan- small sample of GOLD! Funny display of coprolite in a chocolate box. Large display piece of petrified wood and a complete crinoid’s fossil. Discussed the Diatomaceous earth and where it is mined in Washington. 




Jim Pruske gave an in-depth lecture on fossils from southwestern Washington with many fine examples. He brought in several books and mentioned others specifically written about western Washington fossils. He shared his vast knowledge and personal experiences in collecting and photographing fossils.

                                              MEETING ADJORNED AT 9:05 PM

Approval of minutes:            Douglas Shank, Secretary