Club News

24 December 2020

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

There is a record of the club Christmas Party on 12 December, with thanks to caterers ‘The Frying Dutchies’ at Past Events.

We understand it is a busy time of the year and please, no pressure on anyone: if anyone has a nice representative set of photos from the Christmas Party can they please email them to the club and ask for them to be included on the website at the above link. Again, no rush. Thanks. Including photos of happy raffle winners, their names, prizes and prize donors would also be nice. Photos are cropped before going on website so no need to edit photos.

There are two new menu items on the website

9 December 2020

Jan emailed the minutes from our general meeting on 5 November.

Please see News and president’s report from December general meeting.

30 November 2020

Information about the club website updated. You can access this page from the menu with Member, Adding Content. There have been substantial changes to website practices since the last main update a year ago, mainly to speed up administration.

22 November 2020

Jan emailed club members with updates and news:

  • Christmas Party 2020 prepayment required by Dec 2: link to updated Christmas Party 2020 details for 12 December. Now indoors with air conditioning, the key point is to prepay $15 cash each at the club for yourself and your guests by Wednesday December 2nd for the party on Saturday 12 December. The reason for cash is that the caterers normally operate a mobile food van. Please see link for the great menu.
  • Donations requested for Christmas Raffle: tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 25 November for $2. Lapidary and other items accepted for raffle prizes.
  • Gift Certificates: on sale from Wednesday 25 November. Can be used for club membership fee, towards a 2021 course fee or to buy products for sale behind counter. The club thanks Tammi for this.
  • Membership Renewals: now being accepted, even though it is not December yet. This way you can renew membership and book/pay for the Christmas party at the same time.

14 November 2020

November/December Club Newsletter

8 November 2020

Jan emailed the minutes from our general meeting on 7 November.

Please see News and president’s report from November general meeting.

7 November 2020

Facebook 1000 likes draw result. Congratulations to Chantelle Gundrum who has won the 1000 likes facebook draw. Allan Rose drew the winner at the club meeting today. The club facebook page reached 1000 likes on 6 November 2020. Congratulations also to facebook admins Tammi and Peggy who helped accelerate likes. Tammi organised and ran the 1000 likes draw and Peggy made good use of website content by posting links from facebook to different pages of the club website. Also many thanks to Trevor who made and donated the sapphire ring prize.

Christmas Party Saturday Dec 12 at 12 noon. Please let us know if you are going. The christmas party is still being planned and the club wants to know who is going. For members, partners and friends. Jan will email updates and you will also be able to find all the latest information from the link at top of home page of club website.

2 November 2020

New section crediting members with work benefitting all members. New website menu ‘Member, Photos, Club Work’ at /member/photosclubwork/ with first entry showing members fixing the club container and preparing it for a repaint by the CYRC. Images show Damian and Tim. Photos taken by Michael. A lot of non obvious work is done by members of the club to keep the club in good condition and running smoothly for members. This enhances facilities and keeps your membership costs exceptionally low for the facilities provided.

Damian with welder fixing container and Tim working with drill

1 November 2020

Upcoming Club Draw: The club facebook page has announced the first 1000 club facebook likes will be entered into a draw for winner’s choice of a sapphire ring or 2021 club membership. Currently the number of facebook likes sits at 984. The draw is also prominently announced on this websites home page. The sapphire ring has been generously made and donated by Trevor Hannam.

Sapphire ring 1000 likes draw facebook prize made by Trevor Hannam

24 October 2020

Articles: New menu (member, articles) and section for member articles. In the first article, about the closure of the Argyle diamond mine, Mike Rashleigh writes on the The Last of the Argyle Diamonds.

Gem Finds: Debbie Bloomfield found this stunning topaz at O’Briens’ Creek a few days ago.

Reminder: Vic Lahtinen and the club provides a gemology service 9am to 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No need to be a member.

15 October 2020

October Club Newsletter

13 October 2020

Two more valuable additions to the equipment gallery from Bill Reece, a willoughby and fossicking stand

12 October 2020

Jan emailed the minutes from our general meeting on 10 October.

Jan has requested member reply to email ASAP with ideas for our Christmas party this year while under COVID-19 rules.

Please see News and president’s report from October general meeting.

Please encourage friends to like the club’s facebook page, nearly at 1000 likes.

7 October 2020

Mt Gibson field trip 2020 reports and pictures

New menu entry on purchasing (Services, Purchasing) and web page from Mike Rashleigh.

4 October 2020

Field test report on tripod stand fabricated by Damian

27 September 2020

As per notices by email to members by Jan

  1. Faceting machine,
  2. Lapidary saw
  3. Gemmasta lapidary/cabochon grinder/polisher with parts as shown
  4. Eight disc cabochon machine, double sided, two motors

24 September 2020

From notice by email to members by Jan on 24 September:

It is with great sadness to let you all know two of our past members, John Evans and Neville Ridley, passed away recently. It is always sad to see our elderly past members go as you know they take with them so much knowledge, wonderful stories and experience that we wish the young members starting out could embrace.

A sympathy card will be sent from our club wishing their families the sincerest of sympathy during this sad time.

20 September 2020

From notice by email to members by Jan on 20 September:

Just thought I had better keep you all up on what is happening at the club. Attached is a special announcement as per 1. below

  1. Make sure you bring some extra cash with you on September 26th as there will be a surprise pop up stall out the back. Please see the event notice
  2. It has been lovely seeing members we haven’t seen since the COVID-19 closing, so welcome back
  3. Jeanne’s No Stone Unturned is now available in hard copy at the sign out point near the front door if you would like one.
  4. Faceting classes have begun again with Vic Lahtinen doing the Wednesday session and Trevor Hannam doing the Saturday one.
  5. Sylvia’s silver course will start October 3rd with five students which is the limit for this session.
  6. Don’t forget to book in if you wish to do any of the next round of courses. Current membership to be paid and prior payment for the course is a requirement to secure your place
  7. Here’s some links to John’s newest additions & pictures on our website

Don’t forget to have your pockets jingling with extra cash this Saturday so you can stock up on some really lovely slabs etc from the pop up stall

19 September 2020

New faceting class commenced with photograph of new class.

Other Website updates:

15 September 2020

Members showed fossicking sieve stands and a willoughby for photographing and measurement as well as for members to examine and ask questions on 12 September 2020. Thanks to Ken Vaughan, Tim Franklin and John Heenan. There is a report with links to updated information.

7 September 2020

The club AGM was on September 5. CMLC Secretary Jan has circulated the 2020 AGM Minutes, the President’s AGM report and the September General Meeting Minutes.

Jan reported 25 people attended the GM and 26 the AGM (as a new member joined up).

Jeanne Mora became the 15th life member at the AGM

Jan included a link to an online survey and requested members use it if they would like slab trader Bruno Simonetto to visit club on Sat 26 Sep.

27 August 2020

From CMLC Secretary Jan

  • AGM NOMINATIONS CLOSE THIS SATURDAY 29th AUGUST: There are still some positions vacant and we would love to see a nomination in these spaces.
  • SILVERSMITHING: The Silver Room will be taken up on Saturday afternoons for the next 3-4 weeks with Trevor completing the last of his classes that were started before COVID-19 hit us. Personal silver work on these Saturdays will need to be done before 1pm.
  • CAIRNS SHOW VISUAL ARTS 1-5 OCT: We received notification this has been cancelled unfortunately due to lack of help from their member groups due to staff shortages and the shortness of time to the exhibition.
  • AGM SEPTEMBER 5TH: Only nine more sleeps

23 August 2020

  • AGM, 5 September 2020, 12 Noon
    • Sausage Sizzle following
    • Appointing Proxy (see link below)
    • Have your say and vote
  • CANCELLED (Please see below): CAIRNS SHOW ASSOCIATION IS PLANNING A VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION 1st—5th OCTOBER AND WOULD LIKE THE MEMBERS OF OUR CLUB TO PARTICIPATE. WE WILL FORWARD ENTRY DETAILS WHEN THEY COME TO HAND
  • OUR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES WITH TREVOR’S COMPLETION OF HIS FINAL THREE SILVER CLASSES TO BE FIRST OFF THE RANK. FACETING BOOKINGS WILL BE NOTIFIED ALONG WITH DETAILS OF SYLVIA’S NEXT LOT OF CLASSES. Of course we must keep in mind, since this MC decision there has been a Brisbane Covid outbreak and covid rules may change at any time.
  • FINGERS CROSSED COVID WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST NEXT JULY AND OUR 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WILL BE CELEBRATED. PLEASE DIG OUT ANY CLUB HISTORY YOU MAY HAVE AND EMAIL JEANNE (address in link below)
  • A potential fossicking trip will be advertised as soon as we have finalised the details with our field trip officers. Please add your name to the form on the noticeboard so it gives us a better idea of how many would like to go.
  • Thank you to everyone adhering to the COVID-19 rules and bringing your own cup etc. We need to work as a team during this time.

Full PDF: CMLC Member News, 23 August 2020

With regard the cancellation of the proposed Visual Arts Exhibition at The Cairns Showground, from 1 to 5 October 2020, to which the club has been invited to participate: the club received a notice after club members were notified of the invitation above that the Visual Arts Association (VAA) were cancelling the exhibition. The cancellation has nothing to do with the Cairns Show Association. The reasons cited by the VAA were a lack of help from VAA member groups due to staff shortages and the shortness of time to the exhibition. The VAA thanked the Cairns Show Association for supporting FNQ visual artists.

1 Aug 2020, Monthly Club Meeting For All Members

The first monthly club meeting for all members following reopening was held on August 1st in the sheltered outdoor back area under new COVID-19 safety rules.

Club Meeting August 1

18 July 2020, Club Reopened

The club reopened following four months closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.

About 14 attended throughout the day.

One person used the silver room, the others were happy to catch up as people came and went.

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