Important notice re: 2021 membership

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.

Members’ meeting March 2020

Victoria, owner of Twisted Fern Designs presented her work and how it is evolving on Monday evening at our monthly members’ meeting.

Victoria started Twisted Fern Designs in 2017 having acquired a crochet addiction the year before. In 2018 she became a member of Sidney Lapidary Club, and quickly fell in love with Metal Smithing and learned to incorporate BC stones. While Silver Lace is the main focus of her creations, she still enjoys creating stone set pieces, using local island beach finds and her favourite handpicked UK stone, Lewisian Gneiss.

Twisted Fern’s Silver Lace Jewelry and Sculpture marries 19th century lacework traditions with the geometrical complexity of the natural world. Crocheted Silver is strong, yet light, and allows great scope for creativity and a wide range of design.

Each piece is hand-crafted from 100% reclaimed Silver, using antique hand tools; a modern and sustainable imagining of a heritage craft. You can check out Victoria’s website at:

Also at the meeting, Bill Needoba had a show table of fossils he collected during Summer Camp 2019 at Galloway (E Kootenays) in BC.

Annual General Meeting 2020

In the January member’s meeting we elect and appoint our board members for the year. This year the following have committed their time, energy and expertise to keeping our club running.

Note: The Island Zone reps do not change in January, but in March.

In other news, the meeting was well attended and lively with wide-ranging discussions of club business.

Elected Positions
Doug McLeodPresident 
Doug McLeod
Allana ShillitoPast President 
Allana Shillito
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Mel FentonVice President
Mel Johnson
Becci SimmonsMembership 
Becci Simmons
Sarah HamiltonSecretary
Sarah Hamilton
John AndersonMember at Large
John Anderson
Rae DeFraneMember at Large
Rae DeFrane
Brian MacmillanMember at Large
Brian McMillan
Debbie FrankMember at Large
Debbie Frank
Appointed Positions
Gary BrookLaphound News Editor 
Gary Brooke

Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
Sean MaierField Trips
Sean Maier
Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Arlene Modderman
Karol JorgensenProgram Coordinator
Karol Jorgensen
Allana ShillitoShow Chairman 
Allana Shillito
Susannah AndersonSocial Committee
Susannah Anderson
Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
Doug McLeodWorkshop 
Doug McLeod
Brian MacmillanWorkshop
Brian McMillan
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Doug McLeodJunior Island Zone Representative
Doug McLeod
Sarah Hamiltonintermediate Island Zone Representative
Sarah Hamilton
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons