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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
At this time we still do not have access to the workshop at Silver Threads
At this time (due to both Covid and weather) we are not running field trips.
The 2021 calendar can be previewed here. I have two unsold copies, available for $25 each, please email email@example.com 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.
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.
Please note that some club activities are suspended until further notice. This means specifically
- The workshop is closed
- The monthly Members’ meetings are suspended
- The March Rock and Gem show at the Da Vinci centre is postponed
- The April trip to the BCLS show in Abbotsford is cancelled
However, field trips are running (see below and the calendar) and the mailing list is still active!