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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Slab & Gab Briefs

 MINUTES FROM SJVLS GENERAL MEETING 6.20.’15   The meeting was called to order at 10:17am. Three new members were introduced and welcomed. They are Randy Musik, Daniel Skelton, and Cindy Frias. Gene Stirm moved to approve the minutes and Lori Cruz seconded, and the minutes were approved as posted.

Officer reports: President Sally Larsen stated that the PO Box has been set up and the yearly cost will be $60, the club's address is Box 5411, 93388. The two people with keys are Sally and Susan Casterline. There were no Vice- president or Secretary report. Treasurer reported the club bank balance and expenditures for equipment. CFMS Report; the regional meeting contained information on how to attract new members and be profitable. There was a speaker on safety and that information is available to members of the club. Awards were handed out to clubs doing outreach in their communities. Field trip Committee report: Bernie Bensten announced that the trip to the Hooney claim will take place on the Labor Day week-end. The club's claim process for Jasper Hill is moving along, and is now marked off. Donna offered to file the claim with the county. Susan is willing to complete the process in Sacramento.  There was no Safety committee report.

 No old business. New business; Bernie moved to accept the three new members, Donna Rodriguez 2nd the motion, and it passed. Equipment expenditures are up for approval. For Butch's machine to be in full working order requires  $250. Barbara's grinding wheels will cost $45.00 to resurface. Bernie moved to approve the expenditures, Donna 2nd and the motion passed. Bill submitted for reimbursement was for mileage to CFMS meeting for 492 miles. Bernie moved to pay the bills, Randy Musick 2nd and the motion passed.

The Fair Committee will meet over the summer and Lori will be calling those who volunteered to help. Sally asked to approve the payment for the Claim Fee of $186. Juanita Gago moved to approve, Lori 2nd, and the motion passed. Sally gave the date of the next meeting. We will meet at Marvin Neabeck and Char's house at 10am on Sept. 12 2015. Lori motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:49 am.       

Respectfully submitted by secretary Donna Rodriguez
SJVLS Trip: Hooney (Nye Canyon) Labor Day Weekend. Contact Bernie Bensten for details at bentsenbab@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 12-13HANFORD, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Diggin'sproductions , 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.
26-27SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society, Wells Fargo Center; 50 Mark West Springs Road; Sat. 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Adults $6, Children under 12 Free
26-27MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Monterey Fairgrounds; 2004 Fairgrounds Road; Sat. 10 am-6 pm, Sun. 10 am-5 pm; Adults $4.00, Children under 12 are FREE!;
JASPER HILL CLAIM NEWS: The claim document was filed with Kern County Recorders office and I have received our copy. This document along with the filing fee was mailed to the BLM office in Sacramento on August 14. So, thank you to all those who made this happen. Once BLM sends me their official acceptance of the claim we can safely say we have a spot of our own to dig  and explore.



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