Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

The benefits of living near a volcano

Marikò Cappello (4th Feb, 2019)

Our February talk, “The benefits of living near a Volcano”, was given by Marikò Cappello of the UVic School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Marikò does research in Earth history and geochronology and has a BSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Bologna. She is currently working on a project that aims to introduce new time constraints on the Ordovician-Silurian boundary.

Marikò has family living near Mt. Etna in Italy. Her presentation included engaging video of what day-to-day life feels like when the sky is continuously dropping ash and volcanic pebbles.

Marikò also brought samples of the different kinds of rock produced by a volcano for hands-on identification. She is an engaging and energetic speaker, and we thank her for her time.

Allana pointed out that our club stone, Dallasite, is a volcanic Breccia, and gave Marikò a piece as a gift.

To see a sample of slides from Marikò’s presentation click below.

Annual General Meeting 2019

At the AGM Brian MacMillan was presented with Dallasite-face wrist watch and Giles LeBrun was presented with a Dallasite-face pocket watch for their years of service to the club.  The watches were made by club member Doug Smith.

Click the pictures below to see them larger as a slideshow.

Also, at the annual general meeting the new committee for 2019 were elected, and our new executive are:

Elected Positions
Allana ShillitoPresident 
Allana Shilito
Past President 
Vanessa Steffens
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Leni GagnonVice President
Leni Gagnon
Margaret Braithwaite

assisted by Debbie Frank
Sarah HamiltonSecretary
Sarah Hamilton
John AndersonMember at Large
John Anderson

Ivan GagnonMember at Large
Yvan Gagnon
Brian MacmillanMember at Large
Brian McMillan
Debbie FrankMember at Large
Debbie Frank
Appointed Positions
Gary BrookLaphound News Editor 
Gary Brooke
Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
Giles LeBrunField Trips
Giles LeBrun
Nick AktarianMeeting Events
Nick Aktarian
Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Position vacant
arranges guest speaker for Monday meetings
Susannah AndersonSocial Committee
Susannah Anderson
Allana ShillitoShow Chairman 
Allana Shillito
Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
Brian MacmillanWorkshop
Brian McMillan
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Doug McLeodWorkshop
Doug McLeod
Sarah HamiltonIntermediate Island Zone Representative 
Sarah Hamilton
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons
Doug McLeodJunior Island Zone Representative
Doug McLeod

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


Brian Robillard (7th Jan, 2019)

Our January talk was on the topic of “Micrometeorites” and was given by Brian Robilliard, a VLMS member.

His talk covered several ingenious methods for collecting micrometeorites at home, how to identify them once collected and how to store them.  As a complementary display, Leni Gagnon brought some of her meteorite specimen collection. 

To see a sample of slides from Brian’s presentation click below.

Annual Club Auction – May 7th, 2018

The Annual Club Auction was held last Monday.  It was, as ever, very well attended.  Any member can put a rock-related item up for sale: rocks, minerals, tools, books related to rocks. 15% of the sale price goes to the club. Check the video and the slide show below to get an idea of what was on offer.

Nick was our auctioneer and Giles curated the lots.


Click on the photos to see bigger images as a slideshow.


Our new web site – Becci Simmons (5th Feb, 2018)

At the monthly meeting Becci Simmons presented this updated website to the membership.  Features include

  • new posts to the front page of the website every month
  • expanded categories of reporting, including Events, Features, Field Trips, the Workshop
  • an expanded Member’s-only area with back issues of the laphound news, minutes of the monthly meetings and other administrational documents
  • a forum for discussions (visible to the general public)
  • the ability to look at archived posts by month
  • a feed from the club facebook group

To participate in the forum each member needs an individual login for the forum.  These have been sent out via email.  Members have been provided with a default password, but are free to change it by going to the Forum page, using the Login button

Then choose “My Profile” and “edit profile” to change your password or other details.


Becci also introduced the members’ only mailing list.  When posting to the list, please sign your posts and if you want a private reply, please include your email. Please be aware that if you hit “Reply” to the mailing list, you are emailing everyone on the list. Members are automatically signed up to the list on joining the club but can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any mailing list email, or by emailing and asking to be removed.