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WAMS Meeting Minutes, November 1, 2022

A meeting of Washington Agate and Mineral Society (WAMS) was held at First Baptist Church of Lacey on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 8:10 PM

Call to order: President Bryan Tallman called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM

Attendees:  17 in attendance

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

Announcements:

The election of new board members is postponed until January. We will need to elect a President as well as Vice President. If anyone is interested in one of these positions please volunteer.

Last show of the year as far as I know

Fall Festival of Gems – 11/19/2022

  • Start Date: 11/19/2022
  • End Date: 11/20/2022
  • Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
  • Address: 1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Kitsap County Fairgrounds – The President’s Hall, Bremerton, WA 98311
  • Website: https://www.kmgsrockclub.com/
  • Types: Rock & Mineral Shows

Christmas party:  

  • When:    6:00 PM, December 6, 2022          
  • Where:  First Baptist Church of Lacey              
  • What to bring:  potluck (finger foods, side dishes-potato salad, “snacks and such”, deserts, cookies, fudge, banana bread…along with crackers, cheese, salami.) drinks
  • What else to bring:  The Christmas spirit and rocks for show and tell
  • Gifts for exchange: can be rocks, can be something purchased,

Old business: No old business

New business: The club now has an Instagram account: @wamsolympia is the handle or name. Please visit and if you want to make a post you must contact Audrey for the password. We encourage you to post photos of your favorite rocks or anything rock related.

Daniel has volunteered to start us a Facebook group page and post meetings as events.

Gretchen mentioned there is a lapidary instructor in Tacoma/Spanaway that gives classes on faceting and asked would anyone care to join her in attending? There is a fee for the classes ($20-$30?), and he also offers to facet your gems at a reasonable price.

Show and Tell:

  • Casandra- rocks that looked and felt like basalt, from a trip to the Midwest, Duluth Minnesota, and Lake Superior
  • Bryan- Actinolite from Blueth Pass, WA, small rhodonite and pyrite specimens in tiny little jars, and a large jasper for the yard.
  • Jerry- samples of rhodochrosite form Argentina
  • Wendi- polished beach finds from the upper North West Olympic peninsula
  • Kathleen- two very nice clam fossils that self admittedly were bought and not found
  • Mark- pocket rocks, agates and whatnot
  • Bob- favorite agate and petrified wood specimens with polished windows to the insides of them
  • Christina- cut thunder egg from a collection of world travelers, wanted to know specifically what it was
  • Sandy (new member)- lots of green rocks from the beach trying to get an identification of what they are. It’s hard to precisely ID green rocks.

Raffle:  there were 10 drawings and ten prizes to give away; please bring items for raffle prizes

BREAK and Silent auction: the silent auction made $14; bring items for silent auction

Program: Bryan gave a short lecture on the basics of rock tumbling. He explained the different grits and polishes which are the crucial component to shaping and getting the rocks to shine. There were a lot of questions: how long should I stay in each stage? What should I do with the rock slurry after they’re done tumbling?; DO NOT POUR DOWN DRAIN! Why are there different types of polishes? What are the differences between a rotary tumbler and a vibratory tumbler? There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in tumbling.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM

Approval of minutes: The Secretary, Doug Shank approved the minutes

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WAMS Meeting Minutes, October 4, 2022

A meeting of Washington Agate and Mineral Society (WAMS) was held at First Baptist
Church of Lacey on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Call to order: Bryan Tallman called the meeting to order at 7:05 PM
Attendees: 24 in attendance
Agenda:
Announcements, Old business, new business, show and tell, break, program
Announcements:
The silent auction during the meetings is back!
Fall Festival of Gems – 11/19/2022
Start Date: 11/19/2022
End Date: 11/20/2022
Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
Address:
1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd
Kitsap County Fairgrounds – The President’s Hall
Bremerton, WA 98311
Website: https://www.kmgsrockclub.com/
Types: Rock & Mineral Shows
The suggestion for creating an InstaGram and/or Facebook account solely for WAMS members was
introduced.
Unfinished business:
New business:
Show and Tell:
1) Bryan- fake animal skull with teeth.
2) Jim P. – explains how to identify fake fossils, dino bone specimens, Ginko limb
cast, and Falcon’s-eye (blue tiger’s-eye).
3) Bob- maps you can get from the town hall in Prineville, OR; collection of small
thundereggs.
4) John Dickinson- Mastodon tooth

5) Gretchen- slab of poppy jasper from OR; handmade earrings made with tiny
stones.
6) Jerry- real opal from Africa, and lab created opal; rhodonite
7) Christina- several Oregon jaspers
8) Daniel- photos of his booth display of fossils from the recent Lacey Fun Festival
9) Kathleen- pendants
10) Lisa- Biggs jasper, Beers mountain jasper, peanut agate, from the Rufus
mine digs in Oregon and China Hollow mine. Mine owner has a store opening in
the spring.
11) Ariann (sp?)- snail shell found at Dana Point, California
12) Becky- self collected large concretion.
13) Emery and Brittany (mom) – fossil in quartz rock.
14) Wendi- jewelry made with orbicular (poppy) jasper found on beach #4 in
Washington
15) Tamra- very nicely shaped picture jasper
16) Cherry and Pedria- green jasper and a common stone (gray river rock, dull
jasper or,?)
Break: 7:50-8:15 silent auction

Raffle drawing: note: bring more items for prizes

Report: none

Program: Bryan brought in examples of local rocks found in the Pacific Northwest:
snowflake and mahogany obsidian from Glass Butte, OR; Holey Blue agate from Sweet
Home, OR; noble serpentine from the Wild Turkey mine, WA; Ellensburg Blue (need I
say more); Oregon sunstones; Saddle mountain petrified wood; graveyard point plume
agate from eastern OR; Biggs jasper from OR; thundereggs from Buchannan OR; perlite;
common opal from the diatomaceous earth mine in eastern WA; bloodstone from the
Olympics, WA.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM

Approval of minutes: Douglas Shank, Secretary

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
Agenda:
Announcements, Old business, new business, show and tell, break, program
Announcements:
Fall Festival of Gems – 11/19/2022
Start Date: 11/19/2022
End Date: 11/20/2022
Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
Address:
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
samples.
9) Becky- epidote self collected from the Hamma Hamma River, WA made into
cabochons.
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.

Report:

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