Field Trip to Island View Beach – Feb 25th, 2018

The field trip to Island View Beach was very well attended – Gilles counted 18 participants. I think everyone had found some great treasures, and the weather and tides cooperated for us! Very enjoyable field trip. – Rob de Lange

Was a terrific day. Found several flower stones-gave a couple away- and had Bill carry out a thirty pounder or more Dallasite! What a great find! Bill and I stayed for a couple more hours after everone else left. The tide went really low, exposing lots more beach to walk! Can’t wait for the next field trip! – Karen Randall

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Seen in the workshop – January 2018

January was a particularly busy month in the workshop with all equipment going at full tilt.  A number of members dropped by just to say “Hi” and see what’s going on, and the basic lap course students stayed over to meet the regulars and show off their stuff.

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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.