Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

Field trip: Ralph Mines, Goldstream, April 18th

Limited to 10 participants, prior sign-up essential, use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UNIPKVpu-4anH6PoP-xdAWcvUsXW90epU0RZBVWkOkQ/viewform

Field trip to an old mine site called the Ralph Mines behind the Goldstream Campsite. We’re expecting to find Bornite (peacock ore) there. This entails a fairly rigorous climb up a hillside so you would need to be sufficiently fit for this one.

The meeting place will be at the Ice Cream Mountain ice-cream shop at 10 am. See map link below

January updates

March Show

It is unlikely the March Rock and Gem show at the Da Vinci centre will go ahead in 2021. We may look at re-scheduling it later in the year, but that will depend on many factors – check back here for updates.

Membership

The BCLS has rolled 2020 memberships over into 2021 for no charge and the VLMS will do the same. New VLMS membership cards have been snail-mailed on Jan 6th; if you don’t receive yours within a couple of weeks, please email membership@vlms.ca.

The membership list has been submitted to the BCLS and when those membership cards are received they will also be snail-mailed out to members. Those who have requested and paid for a hard copy of the members’ directory will receive them at the same time.

Workshop

At this time we still do not have access to the workshop at Silver Threads

Field trips

At this time (due to both Covid and weather) we are not running field trips.

Calendar

The 2021 calendar can be previewed here. I have two unsold copies, available for $25 each, please email web@vlms.ca if you would like to purchase them.

AGM, Board of Directors and Appointed Positions

It had been decided to continue with the same Board of Directors and appointed positions as 2020, until we can safely organize an in-person AGM for the club membership to vote on positions.

Important notice re: 2021 membership

The BC lapidary society, our parent body, have been in touch with some good news:

“Due to Covid 19. to help the clubs, the Executive of the BC Lapidary Society has unanimously agreed to waive all dues to the BCLS and the GMFC (Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada) for the 2021 Calendar year. The BCLS will pay the GMFC dues on each club’s behalf, as long as we get the required information to do so”

In a nut-shell, your membership for this year will be rolled over to next year at no extra charge.

You do need to fill in this form by December 31st (do it now!)

Roll-over Membership to 2021 (This form is for existing members of 2020 only.)

For new members please use the new members form: Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society Membership Application

We don’t yet know when we’ll be allowed to start up the workshop or our monthly Monday members’ meetings, but as soon as we know, we will post updates here as well as emailing the members’ mailing list.