Rendezvous 2022

Rendezvous 2022 was held in Coombs at the fairground from June 2nd through June 6th, 2022. It was well-attended with both tent and RV campers. Despite changeable weather and rain, the field trips were full and the workshops and demonstrations also filled up. For a taste of what was on offer see the photo albums below (there was more on offer, but these are the events I have photos for).

Field Trips on offer:

Horne Lake Caves

At the guide centre we were provided with helmets and headlamps. Our guide, Ryan, took us on a 20 minute walk uphill to the cave entrance. The walk is dotted with interpretive signs of the landscape. The entrance to Big Bend Cave is gated and locked. The floor of the cave is in its natural state as a river bed and requires some nimbleness to navigate.

Our guide
Walking along the original river bed
Squeezing up through a narrow passage towards the exit

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Mt Arrowsmith

The trip to Mt Arrowsmith afforded the chance to see Dallasite in its original form as part of basalt pillow lava as well as red, green, blue(ish) and purple jaspers. Thanks go to Jim Jeffs (Parksville club) for leading the trip, providing insightful explanations and organizing the gates to be unlocked for access.

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Formation of basalt pillows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCFOy26jFg

Argonaut Mine

The Argonaut mine is an idle open pit iron mine. Active from 1951 until 1957 its minerals were used in the steel manufacturing industry. Minerals to be found are magnetite, garnet skarn, epidote skarn, calcite, marble, pyrite, limestone, diorite and actinolite. The trip was led by Jim McKinnon (Parksville club) who provided good interpretation of what was available and how to find it.

Introduction by Jim McKinnon

Argonaut Mine introduction

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Carving rock bowls – demonstration

Gary Veitch from the Duncan club demonstrated how he carves rock bowls. He uses a Makita Wet Stone polisher that he has modified to keep the powdered rock out of the workings. Gary shapes and sands the outside before starting on the inside. It takes a couple of days to produce a finished bowl from a rock.

Videos of the process (playlist with 5 short videos)

Exposing and cleaning fossils – demonstration

Russ Ball from the Courtney club explained how he uses an air scribe to clean out the matrix surrounding fossils to better expose the structure.

Workshop: Tree of Life Pendant

Allison Gallant and Cari Taylor (Victoria Club) stepped in at short notice to give a great workshop on making a Tree of Life pendant.

Showcases in the Arrowsmith Hall

Here are some of the showcases set up in the Arrowsmith Hall

Island Area Rocks and Minerals: there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Rocks of the USA by Grant and Angela Bailey. there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Unusual fossils from the Vancouver Island Cretaceous: there is a lot of information in each picture, so I’ve left the picture size large – click on a picture to see it bigger, or download it to enlarge it even more.

Vancouver Island Rocks

Auction

Our auctioneer in action

General Photos

Field trip: Meade Creek, Shaw Creek, Cowichan, May 29th ’22

Field trip to Meade Creek and Shaw Creek north of Cowichan lake. We have two locations for this months field trip, that are relatively close to each other.

One: Meade Creek; Rhodonite, Potential gold, Laurel Stone

Two: Shaw Creek; Rhodonite (More then at Meade), Jasper (bright red and black kind), Potential Gold, Laurel Stone.

Same as Meade, just more of it and better….

Suggested things to bring:

  • Gold panning pans
  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer
  • safety glasses (eye protection)
  • gloves
  • hiking boots or good treaded running shoes
  • food (optional)

Meeting location: Juan de Fuca center parking lot at 9:00 am, see red circle on attached map.

Juan de Fuca Rec Centre meeting place

2022 Board of Directors

Elected Positions
Yvan GagnonPresident 
Yvan Gagnon
president@vlms.ca
Allana ShillitoPast President 
Allana Shillito
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David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
treasurer@vlms.ca
Position openVice President
Leni Gagnon
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Becci SimmonsMembership 
Becci Simmons
membership@vlms.ca
Position openSecretary
Position Vacant
secretary@vlms.ca
Sarah HamiltonMember at Large
Sarah Hamilton
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Position openMember at Large
Arlene Modderman
arlene.modderman@vlms.ca
Position openMember at Large
Craig McMorland
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Position openMember at Large
Mary Marshall
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Appointed Positions
Position openLaphound News Editor 
Julia Henshall
laphoundnews@vlms.ca
Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
librarian@vlms.ca
Sean MaierField Trips
Sean Maier
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Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Arlene Modderman
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Karol JorgensenProgram Coordinator
Karol Jorgensen
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Sarah HamiltonShow Chair
Sarah Hamilton
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Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
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Doug McLeodWorkshop 
Position Vacant
lapidaryworkshop@vlms.ca
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
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Karol JorgensenJunior Island Zone Representative
Karol Jorgensen
Allana ShillitoIntermediate Island Zone Representative
Allana Shillito
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Becci SimmonsWebmaster
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Volunteers for the Rock and Gem show – members only

Hello everyone,
Our Rock and Gem show is coming up in just a week (Fri, March 17th – Sun, March 20th).The Rock and Gem show is a really fun event to attend, and is also the financial foundation for many of the other fun things we do during the year.
We need member-volunteers to make the show a success.  Below is a link to the volunteer sheet for you to look at.  If you can spare a couple of hours (or more) to sign up for a slot, please let me know what day and time by replying to this email and I will put your name in the sheet (showchair@vlms.ca).

Rock and Gem Show Volunteer Sign Up Sheet