Annual General Meeting

Volunteers are needed for the March Rock and Gem Show at the DaVinci centre.  There is a sign-up sheet in the workshop, and you can also sign up by emailing and indicate what position and time slot you would like to volunteer for. Log in to the members’ area for a link to the sheet and to see which slots need to be filled (updated Jan 13, 2018).  Each spot is a 2 hours long. The next show planning meeting is Jan 16th from 7 to 8:30 at the bowling centre.

At the annual general meeting the new committee for 2018 were elected, and the winners are:

Elected Positions
Vanessa Steffens
Vice President
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Sarah HamiltonSecretary
Sarah Hamilton
Margaret Braithwaite

assisted by Debbie Frank
Program Coordinator
Position vacant
arranges guest speaker for Monday meetings
John AndersonMember at Large
John Anderson

Ivan GagnonMember at Large
Yvan Gagnon
Appointed Positions
Gary BrookLaphound News Editor 
Gary Brooke
Christine Paton
Field Trips
Gilles Lebrun
Patrick LydonSunshine Corner
Patrick Lydon
Allana ShillitoShow Chairman 
Allana Shillito
Barb McKenzieSnacks
Barb McKenzie
Brian MacmillanWorkshop
Brian McMillan
Island Zone Representative 
Vanessa Steffens
Vanessa Steffens
David JacksonIsland Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons
Mike HillIsland Zone Representative
Mike Hill

If you need to contact any of the above, please log into the Members Only area for contact information.

Rough to Ready Show (14th Oct, 2017)

Today was the first day of the Rough to Ready show, now in its second year.  It’s being held at the Da Vinci center (same location as the spring show). Where the Rough to Ready show is different from the spring show is that the sales tables are first and formost for members of the various lapidary and mineral societies.  This means the goods on display and the knowledge behind the tables is local, and of very high quality.

Below is a list of stall holders, and samples of their wares (in no particular order). Continue reading “Rough to Ready Show (14th Oct, 2017)”

History of Island Copper Mine – Brian Welchman (2nd Oct, 2017)

Brian Welchman came from Campbell River to show and make a presentation and show a video on the Island Copper Mine (“The Island Copper Story”), followed by a Q & A session.

Brian was a former mine manager at Island Copper.  The mine was in operation for 25 years.  Brian is experienced in open pit mines and worked for the Australian company BHP for 30 years. Continue reading “History of Island Copper Mine – Brian Welchman (2nd Oct, 2017)”

Gold panning trip to Meades Creek (25th Sept, 2017)


Madeline panning
Madeline panning
Giles digging
Giles digging
laurel stone

As we arrived at the panning place, Gilles had to meet and calm the two Rhodesian ridgeback dogs before we could continue. The campers who belonged to the dogs mentioned that they had had a very interesting night with the transit of two elk and a black bear down the creek bed where we were panning. There was no sign of any wildlife the day we were there, so we were safe as we panned the gravel to find….. smaller gravel. Continue reading “Gold panning trip to Meades Creek (25th Sept, 2017)”

April 30th Field Trip: Pacific Marine Circle

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Meet at the Seniors’ Centre in Colwood (behind pool/library complex) at 9am.  Bring lots of food and water for a whole day excursion.  A full gas tank and a spare tire check wouldn’t hurt either. Bring appropriate gear for rain and sun and wind.  This is an amazing day for beach combing, panning and picture taking.  BCLS members only please.

May 1 VLMS Auction: open to public to buy and sell.

This could be you at our VLMS Auction on May 1 2017.  Sellers, please drop off your “binned” materials and equipment between 5.30pm and 6.00pm May 1 at the Burnside Bowling Club.  No looky-Lou’s!  Doors will be open to sign in, get a paddle and browse the merchandise at 6.45 to 7.30pm.  Auction starts at 7.30.  Cash and cheques are only accepted. Sellers get 85% of top bid proceeds and 15% goes to the club.

May 1, 2017 Famous AUCTION!

Our annual Auction is coming up.  If you have something you want auctioned off, you get 85%, the club gets 15% of proceeds) swing on by the clubhouse at 6 pm to drop off your items and a reserved bid if you’d like.  No previewing allowed until 7 pm  as the Auction volunteers need to organise things –  you have to leave and come back at 7 pm.

All participants (member and nonmembers allowed to buy and auction)  need to sign up with an auction card.  Bring cash and an empty car trunk.  Auction starts at 7:45pm.