President's Report November and December 2019

Hello everybody.

Well what beautiful weather we have been experiencing in the Cairns region. We have only just started using the air conditioning units, due to the mild temperatures this year. Welcome to our new members. It’s great to see you using the facilities and having fun learning the skills.

Our Christmas Party Feast is on December 7th after the general meeting which will start one hour earlier at 11:00am. All members and friends are welcome. Could everybody attending please fill in the list on the notice board. Thank you! It will assist Betty in purchasing the right quantity of ham and chicken for our merry Christmas gathering.

John Heenan has been appointed as an additional Webpage Administrator. Thank you so much, John, for volunteering for this technical position. John has been busy working behind the scenes developing a new Webpage. John is encouraging all members to get involved, register and participate in adding to and developing the new Webpage. John advises that the easiest way to get to the club webpage is to google “cairns lapidary” and choose the link in large letters that says “Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club”.

Thank you to Jean McGuigan and family who have kindly donated rock specimens that have enhanced the club’s display. Jean also donated a lapidary work station and some rocks which are available for members to purchase. This donation was much appreciated.

The club has also purchased a second-hand flat lap machine . Please check with instructors before using the flat lap.

Thank you to all our instructors who have been busy sharing their knowledge. I’m sure it is much appreciated.

Betty has agreed to monitor the kitchen again and to purchase supplies. Thank you Betty for volunteering for this position. A big thank you to the Management Committee who work as a great team volunteering their time and knowledge to assist in the efficient operation of the club. Remember there are many mem-bers working in the background, ordering stock, purchasing equipment, purchasing equipment, maintain-ing machinery, making homemade cakes to share at smoko, Webpage. Facebook page, compiling , emp-tying bins, vacuum cleaning etc etc. The more members who volunteer, will add up to making our club a stronger organisation. Thank you everybody, especially Jeanne the editor of “No Stone Unturned” without you we would not be reading this article.

Just a reminder, your club membership expires on 31th December and due to insurance conditions, you will not be permitted to use the workrooms if your membership has expired.

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and very happy New Year.

Michael