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WAMS Meeting Minutes, November 1, 2022

A meeting of Washington Agate and Mineral Society (WAMS) was held at First Baptist Church of Lacey on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 7:00 PM – 8:10 PM

Call to order: President Bryan Tallman called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM

Attendees:  17 in attendance

Agenda: Announcements, new business, old business, show and tell, break, program


The election of new board members is postponed until January. We will need to elect a President as well as Vice President. If anyone is interested in one of these positions please volunteer.

Last show of the year as far as I know

Fall Festival of Gems – 11/19/2022

  • Start Date: 11/19/2022
  • End Date: 11/20/2022
  • Hours: 10:00 – 5:00
  • Address: 1200 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Kitsap County Fairgrounds – The President’s Hall, Bremerton, WA 98311
  • Website:
  • Types: Rock & Mineral Shows

Christmas party:  

  • When:    6:00 PM, December 6, 2022          
  • Where:  First Baptist Church of Lacey              
  • What to bring:  potluck (finger foods, side dishes-potato salad, “snacks and such”, deserts, cookies, fudge, banana bread…along with crackers, cheese, salami.) drinks
  • What else to bring:  The Christmas spirit and rocks for show and tell
  • Gifts for exchange: can be rocks, can be something purchased,

Old business: No old business

New business: The club now has an Instagram account: @wamsolympia is the handle or name. Please visit and if you want to make a post you must contact Audrey for the password. We encourage you to post photos of your favorite rocks or anything rock related.

Daniel has volunteered to start us a Facebook group page and post meetings as events.

Gretchen mentioned there is a lapidary instructor in Tacoma/Spanaway that gives classes on faceting and asked would anyone care to join her in attending? There is a fee for the classes ($20-$30?), and he also offers to facet your gems at a reasonable price.

Show and Tell:

  • Casandra- rocks that looked and felt like basalt, from a trip to the Midwest, Duluth Minnesota, and Lake Superior
  • Bryan- Actinolite from Blueth Pass, WA, small rhodonite and pyrite specimens in tiny little jars, and a large jasper for the yard.
  • Jerry- samples of rhodochrosite form Argentina
  • Wendi- polished beach finds from the upper North West Olympic peninsula
  • Kathleen- two very nice clam fossils that self admittedly were bought and not found
  • Mark- pocket rocks, agates and whatnot
  • Bob- favorite agate and petrified wood specimens with polished windows to the insides of them
  • Christina- cut thunder egg from a collection of world travelers, wanted to know specifically what it was
  • Sandy (new member)- lots of green rocks from the beach trying to get an identification of what they are. It’s hard to precisely ID green rocks.

Raffle:  there were 10 drawings and ten prizes to give away; please bring items for raffle prizes

BREAK and Silent auction: the silent auction made $14; bring items for silent auction

Program: Bryan gave a short lecture on the basics of rock tumbling. He explained the different grits and polishes which are the crucial component to shaping and getting the rocks to shine. There were a lot of questions: how long should I stay in each stage? What should I do with the rock slurry after they’re done tumbling?; DO NOT POUR DOWN DRAIN! Why are there different types of polishes? What are the differences between a rotary tumbler and a vibratory tumbler? There seemed to be a fair amount of interest in tumbling.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM

Approval of minutes: The Secretary, Doug Shank approved the minutes

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