Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society

2019 Calendar Photo Contest

The BCLS publishes a calendar each year, featuring 13 photographs of rocks and minerals from British Columbia and the dates of rock shows across the province. The photographs included are determined by way of contest; we’re now happy to announce the opening of the 2019 BCLS Calendar Photo Contest!

The contest is open to all BCLS members.  Enter for a chance to win one of 13 spots on our 2019 calendar. The prize for each photo chosen is a copy of the calendar and a lapidary item valued at not less than $20.  Contest closes Canada Day July 1st 2018.  See full contest rules below or on our website.  Remember, our calendar lists all the BCLS club shows.  Help make our calendar great!

Here is the cover page of the 2018 BCLS calendar… this could be your photo in 2019!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me by responding to this email.


Denise Cullen
BCLS Calendar Coordinator,

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.

2018 Gemboree – Preview

UPDATE: Here’s a sneak peak at what’s being organized for our Gemboree

2018 Vancouver Island Gemboree poster and sign up form

If you are a club member and are interested in helping with this event, please email Allana Shillito at

Our club is responsible for hosting the 2018 Gemboree.   To give you an idea of what the Gemboree is about, I am reposting this article on the 2017 Gemboree with the kind permission of Gordon Burkholder of the Ripple Rock Gem and Mineral Club. Put your thinking caps on and brainstorm ideas (use the forum or the mailing list) – can we do as well this year?

Vancouver Island Zone Gemboree

The 2017 Gemboree for the Vancouver Island Zone was held on the North Island at Cluxewe Resort from July 20 until the 23rd. There were 101 registered Rockhounds representing clubs from all 6 Island groups, 2 lower mainland clubs and a Kootenay club plus members from 3 American clubs (all from Arizona) and a couple from Europe to round things off. The participants ranged in age from 8 to 80.
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Annual General Meeting 2018

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

Elected Positions
Vanessa Steffens
Allana ShillitoVice President
Allana Shillito
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
Brian MacmillanMember at Large
Brian McMillan
Member at Large
Will Wilson
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.