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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Hot Water in the Workshop
Thanks very much to Jean-Guy Bradette who has connected hot water to the workshop. The hot/cold water mix is controlled by a valve. No longer do people need to worry about stones falling off dop sticks and chilly fingers. Thanks, Jean-Guy.
Christmas Party Raffle Tickets
Raffle tickets for door prizes at the annual OLMC Christmas party are now available at the workshop. The fantastic prizes are on display in the hallway. The draws will be held at the party. All proceeds go to the OLMC, so please buy a ticket to support the club, as well as to have a chance to win.
The OLMC mourns the passing of Hiro Furyua on Friday, October 25. Hiro and his wife Grace were long-time members of the club. Hiro also volunteered as Treasurer for some time.
Club Member Survey - We want to hear from you!
The club would love to hear what you think of the club, what you like about it, and what could be improved. If you are a club member, please take a copy of the survey and fill it out. Then drop it off at the workshop, or mail it in, or scan it and e-mail it to the Membership Chair.
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OLMC Christmas Party Dec. 14
The Christmas Party is booked for Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at the
Westboro Masonic Hall's Banquet Room. The address is 430 Churchill
Avenue. It is immediately South of the intersection of Byron Avenue and
Churchill Avenue on the west side of Churchill Ave. The event is a Pot Luck as usual. Starts at 5:00 Dinner 6:00 - 6:30.
Auction and door prizes and raffle after Dinner. Raffle tickets available at the Club workshop.
Opal, Gem & Jewelry Show
The American Opal Society hosted by the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California, will hold their 46th Annual Opal, Gem & Jewelry Show. Opal, Gem and Jewelry Dealers from the USA and Australia will
sell Jewelry, opals, other gemstones, rough, supplies. There will be a large raffle with many prizes, free seminars on gemstone and jewelry topics, and demonstrations on jewelry making, gemstone cutting.
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Field Trip to Craigmont Mine Oct. 19
Frank is going to Craigmont on Saturday, Oct 19, and would be pleased if anyone else would like to come along. I hope to get out with you on this trip too.
We will meet at 8 A.M. at the Lutheran church at the intersection of Pinecrest Road and the Queensway.
Since it is deer hunting season (bows only) it would be wise to wear colourful clothing. Also, bring a lunch, a small rake and/or hammer and a pail or sturdy bag for specimens.
If you miss us at the church, we will make a short stop at Tim Hortons in Renfrew on O'Brien Road and you could possibly catch up with us there.
If you plan to attend would you please let me know at email@example.com
Walker Club Mineralogical Auction
The WMC will have their annual auction on Saturday October 26 at Knox United Church (Sheppard and Midland) in the Christian Education Centre Auditorium, the same location as the last two years. Viewing will begin at noon and the auction will start at 1 PM. There is plenty of free parking and the location is easily accessible by TTC. There will be a great variety of items in the auction, including books, a microscope and light source, mineral carvings, a curved glass display case, an onyx chess set and numerous mineral specimens. Photos of some of these items may be viewed on the Walker Club website
. There will also be some give-away books.
Field Trip to St. Mary's Quarry Oct. 20
The Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies is hosting a collecting trip at St. Mary's Quarry on Sunday, October 20. The trip is open to all members of CCFMS. No fee is charged, however, a CCFMS affiliated club membership card needs to be produced prior to entry. Pre-registration with the trip leader is required so we have a good idea of the number of participants.
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Photos from the 2013 Gem Show
There are lots more pictures on the Facebook site (link in right-hand sidebar).
Thank You for the 2013 Gem Show
Great thanks to all of the volunteers who supported the 2013 Gem Show. Year after year, the volunteers come through to make the show a wonderful success. Hope to see you next year!
2013 Gem Show - Labeling Part
One of the important actions to increase attendance at the Gem Show is the show cards. The OLMC requests volunteers to help stick mailing labels on the cards. If you would like to help, please attend the sticker party at the workshop on August 29, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
2013 Gem Show - Calling Volunteers!
The sign-up meeting for Show Volunteers will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. This is the regular club meeting night.
All sub-committee people should come prepared with a sign-up sheet to take names o people who will help with their tasks. It is usual to have two-hour shifts, except for the first shifts when volunteers are expected to be present at 9:30 a.m.
All names of volunteers should be sent to Kat Schroeder at least a week before the show (Sept. 16) so that she can make up the name tags.
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Excursion to the Craigmont Mine
A group of club members made the drive to the old
just north of Boulter, in search of corundum crystals. It was a hot, windless day, with clouds of mosquitos and deer flies harassing the rockhounds. Yet, a number of people left with small buckets of material to sort through.
Bancroft Gem Shows July 28, August 1-4
The Bancroft Mineral and Gem Club Show
will be held on July 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entry is $2 for adults, and free entrance for students and children.
Just a few days later is the 50th Annual Rockhound Gemboree
in Bancroft on August 1-4 (all day) at the Bancroft Curling Club. A vendor from Nova Scotia promises to have a choice selection of orange quartz, gypsum rosettes, and other minteral specimens.
Recreational Geology in the Highlands
Michael Bainbridge of the Highlands Tourism Organisation invites rockhounds to some recently opened collection sites. The Desmont, and Schickler occurrences
have flourite, calcite, diopside, and molybdenite, and more. The area is in the Haliburton County
, just west of Bancroft.
New Workshop Location - 1000 Brookfield Road
The workshop has found a new location at 1000 Brookfield Road
in Ottawa. While the move is in progress, the workshop will be unavailable. On Saturday, June 29, a committee will be designing the layout of the new workshop. Hopefully, the workshop will be back up and running soon.
The Workshop is Moving
The OLMC has been asked to vacate their existing location at 217 Bell Street North in July. Although the rental lease does not expire until next year, the building landlord is trying to motivate the club to move earlier. Part of the reason is that building renovations will result in intermittent losses of water and electricity, especially late in the summer.
Club members have been spending quite a bit of time to locate new premises that meet the requirements of space, power, central location in the city, near a major bus route, and handicap-accessible, good parking, within the club's limited budget. Several candidate sites have been located. Anyone with good tips, feel free to pass them on to the workshop supervisors and club executive.
OLMC Auction Thursday, June 13
Our second annual auction will be held at the workshop on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. There should be lots of good material for everyone, plus there are free cookies. So please come out and join in the bidding.
New OLMC Chairs
Please welcome the club's new membership chair Nathalie Bourget, and new newsletter editor Vema Ho. Stephane Jette remains as workshop chair, Kerry Day continues as program chair, and Karen Lochhead stays on a gem show chair.
Tristram Estate Auction May 4
The estate of John Tristram will be auctione on Saturday, May 4, at 4005 Hwy 29 N, Brockville, Ont. K6V 5T4. Mr. Tristram is famous for his enormous stock of beautiful stone, art and crafts.
Gem Identification Course Started
A Gem Identification class conducted by Karl Schutt is planned to start the evening of Sunday, April 7. The course wil run 10 weeks at the OLMC workshop. The cost is $ 280.
May 9 Rock Swap
The next general meeting will be a rock swap for club members. Bring stones and other material that you would like to trade or do not want, and exchange with others.
Results of the Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held on April 11
. All of the incumbent Executive Committee chairs were acclaimed.
- President: Russell Black
- Vice-President: Karen Lochhead
- Treasurer: Rita Hudec
- Secretary: Eric Clara
- Past President: vacant
April Presentation - Glass blower Eric Covington
Each piece takes 20 minutes to an hour to make, and each piece has its own story. A piece of jade embedded in a blue glass demi-sphere was passed around. Once a piece is started, the work must go on without interruption until it is finished.
Eric showed the main tool of the glass blower, a mandrel that has a small hole drilled through it. He quickly went through the other basic terms used in the art, and the basic actions required to start. Often, teams of people work on a piece. There might be a main gaffer, but there is always a partner to help with handling.
There are not many glassblowers, but all have their individual tastes and styles. It is possible to tell who made a particular piece just be looking at it.
Mr. Covington has a profile at The Glass Blowing Place
2013 OLMC Annual General Meeting April 11
Nominations are still open.
Please feel free to put your name forward if you are interested in a position. If you know a club member who might be interested, please forward the name to Karen Lochhead, OLMC Vice-President and Chair of the 2013 Nominating Committee, or a workshop supervisor can pass on the information for you. Ask any of the committee members
what a job entails and the kinds of skills that would be helpful. This is an opportunity to contribute to the continuing operation of the club by being involved in decisions.
In addition to Executive Committee Elections, there will also be annual reports from the various members of the executive committee and club chairs. And, of course, free food for members.
Welcome to the new fiscal year for the OLMC. For all of the members that have paid your membership thank-you. For the members that have not paid please try to renew your membership as soon as you can. Due to insurance liabilities the supervisors will not be allowed to let people use the shop without a current paid up membership. On the other side we have some of our members coming forward and paying again because of my reminder. Thank-you for paying again, Rita will be refunding your payments.
We are still looking for people that can contribute to the newsletter, if you have something please send it to me.
This month we will continue our talk on the Smithsonian gem collection, I hope to see you there with your date for Valentine's.
James Dick Quarry Rockhounding, April 13, 2013
The Kitchener - Waterloo Club kindly invites other CCFMS members to a trip to the James Dick Quarry, Gamebridge, Ontario, on the eastern side of Lake Simcoe. Attendees must be equipped with a hard hat, safetyboots, safety goggles and a safety vest, and be prepared to sign a liability waiver. There are two types of collecting at the Gamebridge quarry: the crush piles, for which small containersor baggies would be most appropriate; and a blast area where there are larger slabs and hash plates, forwhich a pail, hammer, etc., might be useful. For both areas gloves will come in handy. The quarrycontains trilobites, crinoids, brachiopods and other treasures from the upper Ordovician (Verulam formation).
There are two types of collecting at the Gamebridge quarry: the crush piles, for which small containersor baggies would be most appropriate; and a blast area where there are larger slabs and hash plates, forwhich a pail, hammer, etc., might be useful. For both areas gloves will come in handy. The quarrycontains trilobites, crinoids, brachiopods and other treasures from the upper Ordovician (Verulam formation).
All must register with Beth Kümmling before April 10th at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-835-9331. Places are limited, so sign up early, if you can.
Peterborough Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show
Organized by the Kawartha Rock & Fossil Club
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 am to 5.00 pm
Sunday, March 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
911 Monaghan Road, Peterborough, Ontario
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For your reading interest
Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
is an American federation of mineralogical societies. There is quite a lot of information of interest to anyone rockhounding in certain parts of the United States.
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OLMC Auction January 10
Happy New Year!
The next General Meeting will be the first of two annual auctions held at the club. All members are welcome to bid on various stones, minerals and equipment. Even if you do not bid, you still have a chance to see the display of colourful items. There will also be cookies.
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