Next Meeting: Oct 12, 2021
Meeting Time: General Meeting: 6:30 PM
Board Meeting: 5:30 PM
Meeting Place: Senior Center on Airway.
Mohave County Gemstoners
P.O. Box 3992
Kingman, AZ 86402
This page was last updated: October 9, 2021
Mohave County Gemstoners- Minutes of General Meeting Sept 14, 2021
Call to Order: 6:30 PM
GUEST SPEAKER: Ron Nyberg -Alpaca Farm Days Oct 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Announcements: Rock & Gem Shows-Other Clubs, Refreshment table
Welcome to all new guests.
Treasurer’s Report: Bob Bouley
Field Trip: Barrie Berry
Show Report: Daina
Break for Refreshments
KITCHEN: Thank you to Gary Bowles & Jack Benedict for bringing
Facebook Page Startup – John Paster
Old Miner’s Day – Chloride Az, Oct 16th @ 9:00am – 3pm. Membership
Craft Fair & Bazaar at the First Southern Baptist Church, Hualapai Mtn Road, November 6th 10am to 4pm, Sellers $10.00/Table
Club Member Meeting Suggestions/Comments
Good of the Order: Next Meeting Oct 12th,2021
Adjourned: 7:45 PM
Submitted by Brenda Blahut, Secretary
September Birthday Buddies:
Here's to you and wishing you the best!!
14" Gravity Chop Saw, used blade. Very good condition. $400 / OBO Contact Jack Benedict: 541-973-8975
600 grit for 3rd step/ pre-polish tumbling stones. This is really cheap-$3 per pound. Contact Gary: 757-8121.
Rock & Gem Show: After having to cancel the Show for two years, it looks like this one is a go. The venue at the KAOL high school is available. Our first Show Meeting is Sept 22.
Go to 'Events' page for location & time. And, plan to be there. Thanks.
Door Prize Winners: Jeanette D, Glenda C, June V, Bob S, Lauri B.
Welcome to new Members Sharon and Mimi!
Once upon a time….
Ever wonder how old the Gemstoners Club is? How long we have been putting on an annual Rock & Gem Show? Where we used to hold our Meetings? I wondered.
I was going through some back issues of the Club newsletters, and came across a piece about a Life Member- Lucille Thompson, written up by Leonard Deutsch. For those who don’t know, Leonard created our Website and was the Club historian in 2009. And, I wasn’t actually looking for Lucille. I was trying to pinpoint the birth year of the Mohave County Gemstoners. But Lucille had a nugget of information. She was born Dec 9, 1916 in South Dakota, and in 1957 she, her husband and kids, were on their way to find fame & fortune in California. They stopped in Kingman to see a friend, and, as luck would have it, he talked them into staying in Kingman. She said that her son was extremely shy and liked kicking around out in the desert finding rocks. When John Wright formed the Mohave County Gemstoners in the early 1960’s, she took her son and joined the Club. So, although this does not pin point a year, evidently, we are about 60 years old.
I did come across the deed to our Honey Onyx Mine. In 1969 we purchased the Claim for $1 from Thomas and Marvel Haynes. I also came across a Show flyer that announced in 1995 it was our 24th Annual Show. I don’t know if we had a show every year since then, and we didn’t have a Show in 2020 or 2021. Which would make our 2022 Show, roughly, the 49th Annual Rock & Gem Show. The 1995 Show was at the Fairgrounds, and according to the recorded Minutes of the Meetings, they were not going to do that again- it was too expensive.
John Wright passed away at the age of 84, on Nov 13, 1999. And, Lucille Thompson passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 98, right here in Kingman. She still has great grandkids and great-great-grandkids that live in Kingman today.
Well, our Club has endured for over half a century.