New Year Meetings Information

🎆Happy New Year to all!🎉 May 2021 be an extraordinarily good one (in health and happiness). We hope that everyone continues to grow in knowledge and come together as community in good faith.

As everyone knows, we will continue our meetings on zoom with our normal meeting times on the second Thursday until further notice. Members may wish to share the zoom link with friends also interested in rocks, fossils etc.. Also, share your favorite 2020 rock finds, stories, purchases and gifts at any of our meetings.

Join us on January 14th – For this meeting, you might also consider any fossil amber with insects or pictures of them to share. Our first meeting topic of the new year starts off with Author Dr. William Orr (who wrote “Oregon Fossils & Oregon Geology to name a few) with a presentation on Fossil Insects.

Fun fossil facts – Oldest known fossil of an insect dates back to 400 million years. One of the insects with the largest wingspan was the Meganeura (actually classified as a Griffinflies) with a wingspan of over 27 inches from about 300 million years ago that looked like a dragonfly. Discovered in France and England.

Very tiny mystery insect – Photo By C. Yablok

Other upcoming meeting topics include:

February 11th – Global Glacial change, given by Andrew Fountain

March 11th – Hunt for Iceberg Erratics, given by Rick Thompson

Virtual meeting for December 10th at 7:30pm

Our meeting topics include installation of officers for the new year of 2021 and A presentation given by Matthew Gould.

Matthew is an accomplished sphere maker, A wonderfully enthusiastic individual who has built very strong connections in the rock community other than just the fact that he has fascinating tips for the lapidary work.

So bring a drink and some snacks (or even a dinner) to the zoom meeting as you meet our new officers of the board or bring questions for Matthew Gould and learn about his work.

Virtual online zoom November 12th meeting

The presentation for this Thursday, November 12, 2020. Will be done by Bob O’Black. He has a great presentation on fluorescents in rocks and minerals.

We will also be having our election of officers just following. Here are the current candidates:
President – Casey Truman, Vice President – Richelle Borlaug, Treasurer – Linda Harvey, Secretary – Bill Harvey, Board Member – Casey Sessions, Board Member (Alternate) – Brett Cooper.

Bob Oblack is a retired electrical engineer from Tektronix. He has attended Dr. Bill Orr’s geology classes at Chemeketa Community College…to better understand the science that underlies our rockhounding hobby.
Bob has been a Rockhound ever since he was able to walk on the beach looking for agates. It’s “The Thrill of the Hunt” that drives his passion for Rockhounding. He joined the NARG fossil club and the Fluorescent Mineral Society to add breadth and depth to “The Thrill of the Hunt”.
Bob lives near the Molalla River and with support from the Molalla Culture and Art Committee created two videos about the Columbia River Basalt (CRB) flows and geologic points of interest within the Wild and Scenic Molalla River Corridor and traced the CRB flows from the Molalla River Corridor to the pacific ocean. These videos can be viewed on the Welcome Molalla YouTube channel.
Here are the links:
https://youtu.be/MzxqWmtgKPY
https://youtu.be/uC84I15Qnxk
Bob volunteers his time to help the Clackamette club promote their annual rock show. He shares his knowledge of Molalla Are Geology and Fluorescent Minerals with others via Home-Schooled-Children Field Trips and presentations like this.

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Virtual Meeting Presentations for October

The following meetings for October will be held virtually through Zoom.com on your computer.

One way to do this is 1) go to zoom.com on your computer. 2) On the opening page click at the top “join a meeting” (You do not need a zoom account or to register to join the meeting! But, have your meeting ID and the password ready to be entered which is sent to you through the membership email before the meeting).

The easier wayFrom the email sent to you from the club under “Join Zoom Meeting” click the underlined link. (this already has the meeting id and password embedded in the link).

Now zoom will prompt you with an “open link” click this.

After you click “open link”, next click “join with video” and then click “join with audio”.

You may also join the meeting on an apple device or on your mobile device by the downloaded zoom app just enter the meeting id and password. Or after you have the app loaded on your phone go to the email that was sent to you and click the underlined link under the words “Join zoom Meeting“.

October 8th, at 7:30 pm

Topic is “Dynamic Geologic History of the National Parks of the Pacific Northwest” presented by Scott Burns.

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Mt. Hood, Photo by C. Yablok

For more on geology, fossils and minerals check out our membership Sharing page

Virtual Meeting Updates

Future Speaker Presentations

for June and July

The following meetings for June and July will be held virtually through Zoom.com. So on your computer google zoom.com, then click on zoom.com once your on the opening page click this link on the top right click “join a meeting” and have your meeting ID and the password ready to be entered (which will be sent to you through the membership email before the meeting). If you haven’t tried it, it is pretty easy. You can create an account but it is not necessary.

After you type in the meeting id and password click “open link” as prompted.

After you click “open link”, click join with video and then join with audio.

You might want to join a little early and you will be waiting until the host starts the meeting. Also before the meeting starts you can test you laptop or pc audio and video.

You may also join the meeting on an apple device or on your mobile device by the downloaded zoom app just enter the meeting id and password.

June 11th – 7:30 pm

Via Zoom video conference meeting “Geological Day Trips from the Portland Area” By Garret Romaine. 

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July 9th, 2020 at 7:30pm

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Please return to this post as more updates and or changes may occur.

Also, in the light of suspension of physical meetings this site has created a Membership sharing page

If you would like to contribute (as a member), what you have been working on with pictures or any cool hobby related links, or books you have been reading in this time where we have not been able to join with each other in person. Please share your your information through the contact page on this site. Also tell the website helper in the contact form, whether you want your name posted with your share. blue-lace-agate-tumble-stone-30-40mm

Non profit Annual gem and mineral show preparations for March 2020

Tualatin Valley Gem Club, wishes everyone a very healthy, safe and happy holidays.

When we come back for our first meeting in the new year it will also be time to start thinking of our annual show. This show helps our non profit club to pay for things such as meeting space, programs and more. Last year, people enjoyed the displays, vendors and kids corner. It’s not too early to start thinking about our new displays and games for kids corner.

Below is our new flyer for the show and please contact me through the website if you would like some additional paper flyers to post at places, or if you would like a jpeg file of the flyer, as this is for official press release.

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Members and friends

A most memorable time was had by all at our annual Holiday Dinner. This Dinner was the last meeting until we start again with our next meeting on January 10th.

We had the best tasting food (loved that Turkey)! A wonderful Violin musician filled the air with her beautiful music. We adored the detail that went into the beautiful decorations. We enjoyed seeing our dear friends receive their awards! Our friends also had the most incredible luck winning raffle prizes and more raffle prizes, after more raffle prizes (how did they manage that?)

Congratulations went out as awards went to Bill and Linda Harvey, as well as Glen Woodward and Chris Weaver. They are all wonderful volunteers!

Congratulations to newly elected board members for 2019

President – Casey Truman

Vice President – Mathew Porter

Secretary – Rey Agustin

Treasurer – Linda Harvey

Board member – Bill Harvey