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,

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.

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

Meeting Minutes – June 7, 2022

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

Attendees:   23 people attended the meeting. Many new faces. Need contact information from everyone to relay important club news.     

Members not in attendance: Vice President, Steve Conjulusa

Agenda: The agenda was not stated as it usually is done, more of a casual start to the meeting. We did show and tell first then business, instead of business first then show and tell.

Unfinished business:

Moving rocks from A.J.’S house to the new location for storage. This could happen before the July show or at the time of the show, TBD.

New business:

  • Gretchen and Becky are working to update the new WAMS website.
  • Suggestions for a club logo will be submitted at next meeting July 5th.
  • Dan Deboer went over the Tenino show dates and asked for volunteers, at least two for each day of the event and more if possible for the setup on Thursday the 21st of July and the tear down on Sunday the 24th. We decided to have the pot luck dinner as usual for Thursday although there will not be a way to refrigerate of heat the food this year.
  • We will need a few volunteers to help build the shed at the new rock storage site after it is purchased.
  • The club will be purchasing a new shed to store equipment and supplies in at the farm. We will also be purchasing new shelters or canopies for our booth at shows.

Show and Tell:

  • Bryan brought beautiful serpentine rough and spheres
  • Cassandra and her daughter brought in amazing spheres and stone bead bracelets
  • Jim had specimens of feldspar from Pikes Peak Colorado
  • Jerry showed crab fossils in concretions from the Lincoln formation
  • Gretchen had small slabs and some flats that she tried polishing but was unsuccessful.
  • Becky showed some geodes from around the Dugway area in western Utah and talked about her exciting impromptu rock hounding adventure.
  • Emery and her Mom talked about crystals they unexpectedly found in a store
  • Doug brought two hearts he made from Biggs jasper
  • Kathleen shared fossilized or agatized coral from Florida
  • Bob found a mysterious rock with golden like agate
  • Brandon shred some petrified wood discovered in the local Deschutes River.
  • Tina or Lisa (did not get the name, but was with Brandon) also shared some Deschutes river finds.

Raffle: many prizes given away

Announcements: Bryan announced a few upcoming shows:

  • The Shelton tailgate, Start Date: 8/20/2022 End Date: 8/20/2022
  • Cascade gem and mineral show, Start Date: 8/20/2022 End Date: 8/21/2022

Program: Bryan discussed the geology the many varieties of feldspar, Feldspar is the name of a large group of rock-forming silicate minerals that make up over 50% of Earth’s crust. They are found in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks in all parts of the world.

Approval of minutes: Doug Shank, Secretary