Next Meeting: Sept 14, 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: September 15, 2021
Mohave County Gemstoners- Minutes of General Meeting Aug 10, 2021
Call to Order @ 6:45PM
Pledge of Allegiance: Paul absent, Ed Huskinson, President
Officiating at this meeting Ed Huskinson, President, John Paster, Vice-President, Bob Bouley, Treasurer, Brenda Blahut, Secretary, Board
Members: Jack Benedict. Absent were Paul Woodard, Jack Norton.
Membership consisted of Lauri B, Bob P, Jeff B, Daina S, Mary G, Gary G, Barrie B, Gary B, Lois B, Sue B, Tom B, Doug T, Deleen K.
GUESTS: Harmony Huskinson, Jack Barnett, April Gibson, Tim Gibson, Ron Roberts, S. Pane, Bob Pane, Chris Wertenberger, Karla Wertenberger, & Tracy Wertenberger.
Treasurers Report: Given by B. Bouley
Membership Report: 30 paid members, Farmers Market Update by Daina
Show Report: by Daina Sandhop, Volunteers needed, Committee sign up
At 4:00PM, Address: 2094 Delaware Dr. Off Hualapai Mtn Rd. See Website.
Field Trip Report: Barrie Berry: Completed Claim Dig on July 25th, pictures taken, 7 members were there to help. Scheduled 3 new digs on calendar. See Website.
Kitchen Report: September volunteers for Refreshments are Gary Bolles & Jack Benedict
GUEST SPEAKER : Ed Huskinson, President Ed spoke on Sulfites altered into Oxides. Ed had samples of hematite’s, which were passed around to the group.
OLD BUSINESS: Facebook Page Startup – John Paster & Lauri Bouley will co-chair The work. John hopes to have page up and running by next meeting. John asked For mission statement, and asked questions about layout of page.
NEW BUSINESS: Club invited to participate in Old Miner’s Day in Chloride Az on October 16th, 2021, 9am to 3pm. Jeanne/chairman (702) 373-8673
DISPLAYS: Samples of Honey Onyx from our claim were brought to meeting. Members took some pieces to Enjoy or work.
DOOR PRIZES: There were many door prizes given, see website for WINNERS.
SILENT AUCTION: There was a great number of items in silent auction.
GOOD OF THE ORDER: Next meeting is Sept 14, 2021
Adjournment @ 8:15pm, 1st Gary Bolles, 2nd Bob Bouley
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.
Alpaca Farm Days is coming up: the first weekend in October. October 2 & 3, from 9AM to 4PM both days. Friday will be setup. They have given us an extra two spaces to sell this year. Everyone who has sold at this event has done well. Ron & Anna are gracious hosts, the Alpacas are adorable, the other vendors are a hoot, and we always have a great time.
If you would like to sell or do demos, please contact Brenda @ 1-209-256-3781. We need a head count by the Sept. 14th Meeting. Deadline for participation is Sept 27.
Door Prize Winners: Doug T, Harmony, Lauri B, Tom B, Lois 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.