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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 Williams
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 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.
All day food and drinks. Off road parking.
Demonstrations, Dealers Specimens, Crafts, Jewellery, Metal Detecting, Raffles, Kid’s Activities
Phone Michael on 0450 185 250 or email cairnsmlc AT gmail.com
Raffle Prizes for Gemfest 2020 As images of raffle prizes for Gemfest 2020 become available they will be displayed here.
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
Instruction classes with attendance over several sessions Faceting Cabochoning Jewellery Silversmithing 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
Course Notes and Books All of the classes are very much hands on and introduce a lot of new and unfamiliar techniques, tools and terminology. So it is a help to be prepared to do some background reading in your own time.
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.