I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Party which I was extremely disappointed that I missed.
My apologies for not being present but I did have a bad cold and I had no other choice but to adhere to the rules and not attend. I believe you all had a good time and congratulations to everyone who won prizes in the raffle.
To those members who turned up on the 19th December for the end of year spring clean thankyou so much you really cleaned up.
This year the club will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and we are planning a super Gem Festival to celebrate. This of course will take many volunteers to make it happen.
Jeanne Mora has ceased publishing “No Stone Unturned” and her last edition was printed in December 2020. We still have copies of this issue plus prior issues on the counter. Jeanne, on behalf of the Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc I thank you for your dedicated services and producing the magazine for the past 16 years, truly a marathon effort. We are now seeking expressions of interest for the new publication.
Club member Ken Vaughan is still missing and the case has been referred to the State Coroner to determine what has happened to Ken.
Vic Lahtinen’s honorary membership has been renewed for another year by the management committee.
We are facing a shortage of teachers this year and it seems we have a shortage of members willing to be instructors. I urge members to consider this seriously as, other than memberships it’s the classes and courses that keep the club operating.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy and safe 2021 even though we do still have to abide by COVID rules.
There was no treasurer’s report but there was a statement of accounts.
Trevor passed his St John’s Defibrillation Awareness online exam with 100% and now has his certificate. MC will need to do the same training. The course is for all members to do online. Michael suggested Trevor do a demonstration at one of our General meetings.
It appears as if the web site is either as popular or more popular in December and January as it was in August and September last. Search engine crawling and search engines referrals were down but have risen again to previous levels. This is unexpected and surprising as search engine algorithms give more weight to sites with new and fresh content.
In addition, interest has extended far wider than Australia and the US and the club should consider if it is seen as an unlikely authoritative source of information and may become an influence on tourism.
Google has removed the street view with the bus. This has resolved what was an ongoing issue.
More information is available on request with plenty of hard data.
An exception to the rule that the website never reports on correspondence: Karen from Scotland sought approval to use a design from Trevor’s book.
New members were welcomed into the club. These are Emi Ishimatsu, Robert Westley, Marjorie Beattie, Michael Chapman, Masako Ito, Hiroko Shimada, Rachel Wilson, Cicilia Bruksch, Graham Williams, Tom & Sharen Twaddle and Elios Ibanez-Hara
Cabochon Course: Joshua Chamberlain (presented by Jan), Jannemieke Hanhart, Rigo Van Meer, Masako Ito (all to be presented)
Silver Course: Maggie Schoder (was presented after last meeting by Trevor) - Vanese Leetch to be sent hers now residing in Mt Surprise
Faceting Course: Bill O’Reilly (was presented after last meeting by Trevor)
We are down to one teacher for Faceting, Silversmithing and Cabbing. Michael expressed his concern that we have no members stepping up to teach or be taught to teach. The club will provide mentoring for new instructors
In the club we teach new members to wash their hands and stone before moving on to the next wheel, especially the polishing buff. While using the club’s machines Michael expects all members to continue this practice.
Have respect for the teacher by refraining from offering advice to the students during a class.