Services

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People

Management Committee and Other Personnel Management Committee Members President: Michael Hardcastle Vice-president: Mike Rashleigh Secretary: Jan Hannam Treasurer: Joe Venables Assistant Secretary: Allan Rose Assistant Treasurer: Richie Willaims Extra Members MC: Tammi Saal Other Personnel Purchasing Officers: Jan Saal Specimen Curator: David Croft Specimen Testers: David Croft, Vic Lahtinen, Trevor Hannam Cabochon Advisors: Jodi Sawyer Faceting Instructors: Jim Lidstone, Joe Ferk, Trevor Hannam Silver Instructors: Sylvia Rose, Jan Saal

Gemfest

Gemfest is an annual event with much community interest Gemfest 2020, July 25th and 26th. Gemfest 2021, July 31st and Aug 1st, with the club celebrating 60 years.

Activities

Fossicking For Specimens Government designated fossicking areas Regular Field Trips Many local spots for crystal quartz Fossicking Calendar Past Field Trips Identify Specimens Consult our Specimen Tester or our Gemologist We have a very comprehensive reference library (On site only) Our members in general have a wealth of knowledge and experience Gemologist Process Specimens With our talented volunteer tutors, learn skills of cutting & polishing gemstones en cabochon or faceted and then setting the stone

Courses

Instruction classes with attendance over several sessions Faceting Cabochoning Jewelley/Silverworking To attend the classes please notify interest to the club. When sufficient people have registered interest and an instructor is available you will be notified and requested to confirm attendance Workshops with one session or two sessions Lost Wax Casting Electroforming Wire Wrapped Ring (Lovers Knot) Wire Wrapped Bracelet (some expirence required) Using Club’s High-Definition Microscope Camera Using Club’s Phone App (Maps) Information on some courses Lost Wax Casting There will likely be a course in February 2020.

Field Use Maps

Maps for Field Use This is a service under development to provide useful information in the field to club members. The service is available on a seperate web link and is available to club members upon request. Please ask well before departing on a field trip for the link. Practice is required. Please make sure you access just before departing so as latest updates can be downloaded for offline access on your mobile phone.

Fossicking Calendar

Fossicking Calendar The club organises between three and five fossicking trips each year for members For 2020 five potential fossicking trip dates are being considered, four around long weekends and one for up to a week January Australia Day, Sat 25 Jan to Mon 27 Jan April Easter Week, Sat 4 Apr to Mon 13 Apr or Fri 10 Apr to Mon 13 Apr. Agate Creek or Cloncurry or further.

Gemologist

Gemologist Gemologists identify and verbally evaluate gems. Vic Lahtinen, one of the club’s gemologists, is available on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 10am at the club. You do not need to be a member. Vic has access to suitable equipment to help him identify gems. Vic and his colleagues also identify minerals specimens.