Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club

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Results of the AGM

On Thursday, April 10, the club membership elected a largely new Executive Committee. Please welcome President Kerry Day, Vice-President Arnold Roos, Treasurer Rita Hudec and Secretary John Skelton. The Executive will soon appoint members for other club functions, so please put your name forward if you are interested in Presentations, Gem Show, Newsletter Editor, Membership or Workshop.
Ovations were given to the resigning committee members: Russ Black (ex-President), Karen Lochhead (ex-Vice President), Eric Clara (ex-Secretary), and also Rita Hudec.

Annual General Meeting and Rock Swap April 10

The next meeting at the workshop is the annual general meeting (AGM) of the OLMC. This is your chance to vote on nominees for positions on the Executive Committee. Also, the current chairs of the various club functions will present reports on activities done over the last year. All club members are encouraged to attend.
After the AGM, there will be a rock swap. Maybe you have some peristerite that you will never use. Maybe someone would trade you some amethyst for it. This is a chance to obtain new material quickly, and also to find a good home for any surplus stone.

OLMC Financial Statements at the Workshop

In preparation for the Annual General Meeting in April, copies of the OLMC financial statements are available at the workshop. Every club member has a right to view the statements. Please feel free to take one.

General Meeting: Presenting Your Work

Show your work! This month's presentation will be a slide show of club members' works. Take a photo, write a short description, and e-mail it to Kerry Day this week. Works in progress are more than welcome, also.

Metal Clays Basics, Feb. 23

Lucie Desjardins will teach the Metal Clays Basics in February-March 2014, with three clays: Hadar Jacobson clays-QuickfireBronze, Quick-fire Copper and Low shrinkage Steel. Club members will pay $105, plus shop fees for the three days. A supply kit of clays is included, but attendees are free to purchase their own.
The course would be taught on Feb 23 and March 2 & 9, from 12pm-4pm, if at least 6 people sign up; otherwise it will be re-scheduled for later in March. If you are interested to sign up, or would like to get more detailed information, please email Lucie at luciemdesjardins at

February Presentation: Jeffrey de Fourestier

Jeffrey de Fourestier, the author of Glossary of Mineral Synonyms will be the guest speaker at the February club meeting. Jeffrey will be talking about his collecting experiences along Highway 5, just across the river.

Lithic Workshop and Knapping Demonstration, February 20

Bradley Drouin is a Senior Archeologist for Golder Associates, Inc. Mr. Drouin has been with the company for close to 8 years, in Ottawa, as well as Edmonton, London, Ontario, and Melbourne, Australia. He acted as Permit holding and Professionally Licensed Archaeologist in Alberta and Ontario as well as Project Archaeologist in Australia. Starting in 2000, he spent a few summers working with Heritage Quest and Past Recovery Archaeology in the Ottawa area.
Mr. Drouin graduated from Memorial University in Newfoundland with a B.A. in archaeology, and from the University of Alberta with a M.A. in mortuary archaeology. He has been flintknapping on and off since about 2002. In the last five years, he has performed a large number of demonstrations for archaeological and lapidary organizations as well as for Scouts and other interested groups.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 5H9
(Parking off Cumberland Ave, just North of St. Patrick)
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OLMC Executive Committee Positions open

Would you like to be more involved in decisions about the club? The Annual General Meeting will happen in a few months, which is a chance to put your name forward for election to the committee. The Executive Committee makes decisions about special club projects, budgets and on-going activities, and is also the source of some lively discussions. They also appoint the club chairs for various club functions, such as the Workshop Chairperson. This is a wonderful opportunity to get more involved with the club and make sure it continues to provide good experiences for its members. Please, do not hesitate to ask any committee member about what kind of work is involved for a particular position.

OLMC January Auction Jan. 9

Come one, come all! It's the annual OLMC January auction. Club members must sign in to obtain a bidding paddle, then try to out-bid each other. There is always something good -- minerals, crystals, slabs, finished stones, and sometimes machinery.
The auction will be held during the general meeting Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m.

A Chance to Explore

Start planning your summer rockhounding now! Some information about digging sites around the Ontario Highlands was provided by the area tourism agency. If you are interested in going rockhounding on your own, or would like to help organize an exporatory trip, please browse through the links for more information. All that is asked by OHTO is that you make a reasonable effort to determine if the site is publicly accessible, how to get to it, and how enjoyable it was.
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