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Bulletin 2021-07-29

Workshop Closed
Everything has been put in storage. Many thanks to the generous volunteers who helped..

Rockhounding at Perth, July 17
The owners of the peristerite site in Perth have agreed to have a group of collectors on July 17, and Frank Stoyles is willing to escort whoever wants to go. Contact Frank by Monday, July 12, at fstoyles@gmail.com to confirm your spot. Although this is an outdoor activity, please bring a breathing mask just in case.

President's message

The workshop is being subleased by ARS small appliance repair effective August 01. We have one month to completely empty the workshop and return it to it's original condition.
We will be conducting a small early August auction to dispose of things we don't want to put in storage. Details to be announced.
We will be storing the more delicate equipment in the homes of the executive, supervisors and long term members. This equipment is for storage and is not for personal use. We can always use more volunteers to store things.
We will be shutting down the workshop on July 11. During the following two weeks we will box everything up. Available volunteers can coordinate with me.
We will be renting a 10x25 storage locker with Dymon storage starting July 24. They will provide a truck and driver for the move so we have to have everything boxed by then.
Once the move is complete and the pressure is off we look around at our leisure for a place to create a new workshop.

The OLMC has started a GoFundMe page. Our goal is $35,000, which on top of our current balance will buy us enough rent to get to the 2022 Sportsplex show. Will there be a 2021 show? It doesn't look good!

Library books are available for sale at the workshop: $10 for a hardcover and $5 for a paperback.

History of the Club

The Ottawa Lapsmith Club was founded as a small interest group in 1966. The club incorporated in 1997 and amalgamated with the Ottawa Valley Mineral Association to form the Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club, thus expanding its field of interest to minerology as well as the many facets of lapidary work. Our club also organises an Annual Gem & Mineral Show in September each year, and it is always a big hit with local residents and rockhounds alike. New members are welcome to join at anytime. Any questions? Feel free to contact us with your questions and we will do our best to answer to your fullest satisfaction.

About the Club

Normally, our club maintains a well-equipped workshop in Ottawa. The workshop is used for meetings, courses, and as a place where members can work independently during supervised workshop hours. The machinery available includes saws, flat laps, silicon carbide and diamond wheel grinders, faceting machines, silversmith tools and tumblers. A small Newsletter is free to members. From time to time, there are demonstrations, field trips and other special activities. Collectively, our members have a wealth of talent and knowledge, which they are always willing to share with beginners and advanced users alike. Club members 14 years old or older can use machines. It is recommended that new members take the club course on cabochon making and safety from one of two official instructors, or demonstrate expertise from an equivalent course of study. Meetings are held in the workshop. We welcome everyone with an interest in mineralogy, jewellery or gemstones.