About Us

The San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society is located in Bakersfield, California. We are a group of rock hounds dedicated to the sharing of knowledge about the lapidary arts. We meet weekly for workshops in lapidary, silversmith, and wire wrapping/beading. We were founded in 2005, and are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3. Part of our focus is education, and offer a program for area elementary school 4th and 6th graders that supplements their geology studies.

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Slab & Gab Briefs May '15

In Loving Memory of Don Reading

Teacher, Friend, and our Rock
July 7th 1944 – April 25, 2015
    Words aren’t enough to express the thoughts, feelings and sadness felt at the loss of Don Reading. I was on my way home from Texas the morning of April 25. I was feeling satisfied that my Texas family situation was improving, and looking forward to being home.
     That evening my daughter told me of Don’s death, as she cried. I thought this can’t be, and later kept thinking that maybe somehow, we could go back and undo the morning, and everything will be alright. Sadly, there is no rewriting of the script for that day. We will carry with us the many and varied memories we have of Don, and in his memory the club will continue, each of us carrying with us a bit of Don. He shared freely his knowledge, and his treasures. His enthusiasm for the craft and hobby that we all follow will not be forgotten.
     Our meeting on May 16th will include a Native American ceremony conducted by Gene Stirm in honor of Don. We will have a brief business meeting starting at 9:30 am, followed by the ceremony with refreshments afterward, and a chance to visit. We will continue to meet on Saturdays for workshops thru June 13th. The June meeting will be a special day, and we will then break for the summer for both shop and general meetings. We will meet again on Sept. 12th.  
     My heartfelt thanks to all of you for everything you do to make our group warm, inviting, dynamic and special. Sally Larsen, president 2015
MAY 23—NIPOMO, CA ; Orcutt Mineral Society 3rd Annual Tailgate; Nipomo, 636 Cherokee Place, next to Von Achen’s Barn; Hours: 10am-3pm   
JUNE 12-14LODI, CA: Annual show; California Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show, Lodi Grape Festival & Harvest Fair; 413 East Lockeford St.; Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Adults $6.00, Children under 12 Free with adult; We will have Dealers with rough & polished Rocks, Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Beads, Craft Tools, Lapidary Equipment, Fine Jewelry, & more. Showcases, & Competitions Cases, Silent Auction, Raffles, Door Prizes, 5 Different Speakers, Kids Educational Activities, Lapidary Demonstrations, & Snack Bar. On Display will be the Golden Bear, Benitoite, Meteorite from Sutter Mill, the Raw Silver Collection and the Sabor Tooth Tiger Smilodon. Submitted by Vivien Roberts E-Mail mvroberts1@comcast.net; contact Margaret Kolaczyk, CA, (209) 296-5597; e-mail: markolaczyk@gmail.com; Web site: www.cfmsinc.org
SJVLS Minutes: There was no general meeting held in April. The SJVLS Board met on April 30, ’15. Board Actions taken: A motion was made to go dark for weekly workshops during July and August. Motion made by Susan Casterline, seconded by Lynne Helfrich, motion carried. A motion was made to table a discussion to hold bi-weekly workshops rather than weekly. Motion made by Tim Findley, seconded by Sally Larsen, motion carried.
Respectfully submitted by secretary Donna Rodriguez

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