Thursday, April 16, 2009

Board Meeting Report

As the new Blog manager, I attended a board meeting at BJ’s house on April 15. Board members and attendees, if I didn’t get anything just right, please let me know. Members, please feel free to post comments about these notes.

Ginger Coombs reported out on the annual cost of tumbling our own stones for our Wheel of Fortune as compared to the cost of purchasing the stones. As a result, the Board decided that from here forward we would purchase most stones needed to operate “the Wheel”. Members are still welcome to donate tumbled stones, but the bulk will be purchased.

The Board also decided to not participate in this year’s 4th of July celebration. The cost of the booth would be $50, and the potential profits from the “Wheel” do not justify the expense.

Treasurer Marcia Fisch reported that our current balance is only $1,341.17, the lowest in a long time. We took on additional show advertising with the promise of $2000. from the Chamber. This money has not yet been reimbursed, contributing to the current low figure in our account. Judy Allen reported that every effort is being made to collect those funds.

Marcia also reported that the club has an opportunity to reduce our insurance costs, due to a new type of group policy available through the RMFMS. (Rocky Mtn. Federation of Mineralogical Societies) Note that I have added a new link for the federation over in the links section of the side-bar.

See the blog sidebar for the calendar of events items discussed.

The Board decided that it was time for a review of our by-laws, largely due to requirements associated with our tax-exempt status. Members who are interested and available to serve on a review team should contact BJ. This will be a short-duration project, not a permanent team. Once the team has prepared its recommendations, any changes must be voted on by the membership.

The Board decided to honor Mary Dowse and Jack Cunningham with life memberships. Congratulations to Mary and Jack!

Charlotte Rice, Co-Chair of our annual show, reported out on the Show Committee’s activities and discussed the show budget with the board. Charlotte and Roger will attend an upcoming meeting of the county commissioners to ensure they understand our interest in using the new conference for future events.

The Board would like to extend their sympathy to the Weaver family for the hardship they are currently experiencing.


  1. Just read it. I got a lot of useful information. Thanks for doing this. Lequita

  2. Wow - I am deeply honored to be given a life membership in the Rolling Stones! Marcia and Alan, thanks for setting up the blog.

    Mary Dowse