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, October 1, 2015


By Pat LaRue
     The annual Fall Business Meeting and election of 2016 Officers will be held November 13-15, 2015 at the Wyndham–Visalia (formerly Holiday
Inn), off Hwy 198 in Visalia, CA. For those who have not been to this location in the past, take Hwy 198 exit east from Hwy 99.
Sierra Pelona Rock Club nominated member Shep Koss for CFMS Rockhound of the Year. Shep was a Federation Field Trip leader and Director for many years, a scouting rockhounding mentor, and an advocate for the protection of our collecting sites. He co-authored the book “Rockhounding California,” searched out new collecting areas; he was always been available to anyone in need of help or advice, including his disabled brother.
     Shep donated his fossil find of the sea lion “Allodesmus,” to the Natural History Museum of L.A. for research and education programs. Shep passed away September 1, 2015, but his legacy will surely live on. We are proud to name Shep Koss our Rockhound of the Year 2015.
October 3 & 4: BORON, CA Mojave Mineralogical Society Boron Park 12000 Boron Avenue
Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Daily Steve Breckenridge (760) 559-0872 rock5b@starband.net
October 10: MARIPOSA, CA Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club Mariposa County Fairgrounds
Hours: 10am – 5pm Nikki West (209) 742-4234 mgmc@sti.net
October 10 & 11: TRONA, CA Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society SLG&MS Show Building
13337 Main Street Hours: Sat. 7-5 & Sun 7-4 Jim & Bonnie Fairchild (760) 372-5356
Our Club will be going to Trona Gem-O-Rama for meeting time and ride sharing contact Bernie Bentsen at bentsenbab@gmail.com
7-8—RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA: Annual show; Indian Wells Gem and Mineral Society, Desert Empire Fairgrounds; 520 South Richmond Rd; Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 9 am-5 pm; Admission is Free!; There will be a field trip to the famous Rainbow Ledge agate mining claim on Sunday at 9am. The group will caravan from the fairgrounds to the collecting area. High-clearance vehicles are required, however, limited seating will be available for those without high-clearance vehicles.
SJVLS October 10-11 Trona Gem-O-Rama, contact Bernie Bentsen for details.
SJVLS November 8: Fieldtrip to Clear Creek, contact Bernie Bentsen at bentsenbab@gmail.com for details

     The SJVLS general  meeting was called to order on Sept. 12, 2015 at 10:41am.
Proceedings: Guest Mark Halling was introduced, the  Approval of minutes from the June meeting was called for. Bernie Bentsen moved to approve the minutes, Will Frantz seconded, and the motion passed. 
     Officer Reports: President’s report, Sally Larsen reported that two soft resin diamond wheels have been ordered for the club lapidary machine, and Bernie offered to install them. The cost is $49.95 each, plus shipping. Two wheels on Barbara's machine have been replaced at total cost of  $80.71. The club is entering three cases in the Kern County Fair; Vice-president's report; absent  Secretary's report; A sympathy card was sent to the Sierra Pelona  Club for their loss of member Shep Koss; Treasurer's report; balance on hand, motion called for to pay our bills, Bernie motioned, Anna Winter, seconded, motion passed.
     Directors/Committee Chair Reports: No CFMS report. Field Trip report; Bernie announced that the club's claim is effective as of Sept.4th 2015. It is now posted on the claim.  Oct. 10 and 11th a field trip to the Trona Gem-O-Rama for halite and hanksite among other minerals, will take place. Meet at Harbor Freight at 6.00 a.m. Sat. Another trip to Clear Creek is proposed for Sun.Nov.8th. Gene Stirm announced that the Tehachapi Museum will be showing his jewelry and cabochons from 4p.m.to 7p.m. on Oct.2nd. There was no unfinished business.
     New business; Lori Cruz, Robin Bunn and Donna Rodriguez volunteered to serve as nominating committee, they will report back at the October meeting, election held at November meeting, and nominations from the floor accepted then.   Ideas for the Christmas party include having a silent auction. It was suggested that when donations are submitted, they be named with a starting bid.. Anna made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 am.  
Respectfully submitted , Donna Rodriguez, Secretary 


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