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

Monday, June 15, 2015

Slab & Gab Briefs



27-28CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Culver City Rock and Mineral Show, Veterans Memorial Auditorium; 4117 Overland Blvd.,; Sat. 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Admission is Free.


7 - 9: NIPOMO Orcutt Mineral Society, Santa Maria, Nipomo High School, 525 North Thompson Avenue Hours: Fri & Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 – 4.

29-30CONCORD, CALIFORNIA: Show and sale; Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society, Centre Concord; 5298 Clayton Rd., near Ygnacio Valley Rd; Daily 10 am-5 pm; Adults $6.00, Children are Free.


12-13HANFORD, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Diggin's productions , Hanford Civic Center; 400 N. Douty St; Sat. 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-6:00 pm; Adults $2.00, Children are Free.

SJVLS Summer Fieldtrip: Hooney trip August 2-30, Bernie Bentsen leader, contact him at bentsenbab@gmail.com, or 661-496-7393 for more information.


SVLS General Meeting of May 16 minutes.

The meeting was called to order at 9:41am. Minutes from March meeting were approved.

Officer Reports: President; deposited Garden Fest money of $769.00,there is still money owed to club, Vice President; no report;  Secretary, absent; Treasurer: Account balance of $3978, one $50 transaction.

Committee Reports: Field Trip; Bernie Bentsen reported on trip to Lonely butte and Gem Hill. He stated there was a trip planned to the Rose Quartz Claim above Greenhorn the next weekend but at the time of the meeting, the club has not received the OK from the owner. He asked if the club would be interested in going to Clear Creek instead. August 28-30 there is a trip to Hooney. Club may also go to Lavender Road at that time. Reminder that Trona  is in October. Garden Fest: Barbara Louden reported it went very well and may need more workers next year, next year may get two spaces, they sold many big rocks, and many of the small $1 items.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business: Sally asked for a case committee for the Fair. Laurie Cruse, Barbara and Robin Bunn volunteered. We will have two competitive cases and a third case as a memorial to Don Reading .Gene Stirm volunteered to head a safety committee for the shop, Char Neabeck volunteered to be on the committee. Ideas include: Inventory what we have, get everything working, get a regular soldering table, and create safety manuals for each piece of equipment. Everyone will have to go through an orientation and sign a release of liability. Char and Bernie will help with that.

There was a Board meeting held April 20. A motion was passed to not have general meetings or shop meetings during July and August. Last meeting before summer will be June 20.  First meeting back will be September 12. Marvin and Char have volunteered to host this meeting at their home.

 The club has an old grinder that Sally thinks we should sell. Gene motioned we sell through the silent auction with a minimum bid of $80. Bernie seconded. Motion Passed. Sally has a trim saw for sale. Barbara made a motion the club should buy the trim saw from sally for $100 and give the one on loan back to its owner. Susan seconded. Motion passed.

There will be a Photo workshop on June 6th, members are asked to bring items made with, by or bought from Don Reading, Gene will have a photography set up to take pictures.

Sally introduced Don’s sister, Anna. After the meeting, the club will hold a memorial service for Don Reading in the back yard. Will Frantz moved to close the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 10:14am. Respectfully Submitted by Tim Findley, vice president 



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