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!
The workshop will be closed for April, due to provincial lockdown and social isolation rules.
Library books are available for sale at the workshop: $10 for a hardcover and $5 for a paperback.
On-Line Auction April 8-15 (link). This will be either 100 or 200 lots of minerals, lapidary stone, home made jewellery, cabochons, freeforms, fossils or other finished or natural items (no tools or supplies please). Fifty of these lots will be club material. The game plan is to fill the rest of the lots with consignment items from club members.
Under club rules the club member sets the minimum bid and keeps 80% of the proceeds. There will be a maximum of 5 lots/club member. You can bunch items together to form one lot. It is important that the workshop receive these lots ASAP so that they can be photographed and described. The cutoff date will be Saturday, March 27. They will be stored in the locked silversmith room.
We will be advertising these lots not only to the membership but to everyone on our 2019 show Email list (some 2000 addresses). This will be our virtual 2021 show (we haven't given up on the possibility of an in person christmas show). Items that would normally be sold at our show under "cub creations" or dealer names can be sold this way.
If this format is a success we can make it an annual event for the club and it's membership. We have to seriously reconsider our income and expense structure for 2022.
OLMC President Kerry Day
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
Our club maintains a well-equipped 1500 sq. ft. workshop at 190-1C Collonade Road 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.