Field trip: Island View Beach, Saanichton, November 28th

Where: Island View Beach, Saanichton
When: 9 am to 12 noon(ish)
Difficulty: Easy

Sean is offering to run a field trip on Sunday, November 28th along Island View beach. Participants should meet at the Island View Park parking lot at the end of Island View road.

Island view is a good beach for general beach combing and to look for fossils. On a previous trip a club member found a huge piece of Dallasite – our club stone. On the 28th high tide is at 11:30 in the morning, so we will be rock hunting with a rising tide, but this should present no problems. This beach is an easy walk, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Numbers are not limited, but please use this form to sign up if you plan to join the field trip so we will know when everyone has arrived. If your plans change and you no longer plan to join, please contact fieldtrips@vlms.ca to let Sean know.

Island View Field Trip sign up form for November 28th 2021

As the field trip is outdoors masks will not be required and vaccine passports won’t be checked.

Suggested things to bring:

  • Water (for drinking)
  • Rock hammer
  • safety glasses (eye protection) if you plan to use a rock hammer
  • gloves if you plan to use a rock hammer
  • hiking boots or good treaded running shoes

VLMS Christmas dinner (pot luck)

We will be hosting a club Christmas dinner on Monday, 6th December. The club will supply the turkey, and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish.

If you would like to join us, please check here to see what other people are planning to bring so we can avoid duplication

Christmas dinner-what people are bringing

then fill in this form to say what you plan to bring (your form answers will be automatically added to the spreadsheet above)

Christmas dinner (pot luck) planning form

Where: Burnside Lawn Bowling Club, 274 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1 (the usual meeting place)
When: 6:00pm to 9:00pm, December 6th

In addition to your pot luck dish, please bring your own cup, plate and utensils.  We will have a gift exchange – no more than $20 value and home made gifts are encouraged.  We will also be taking a collection of foodstuff (non-perishables) for the Mustard Seed food bank.

Dinner organizers:  Barb McKenzie barb.mckenzie@vlms.ca and Susannah Andersen susannah.andersen@vlms.ca

It’s time to renew your membership!

It is a curiosity that membership of the Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society (VLMS) runs from January 1st to December 31st of the year, no matter which date you originally joined the club. As a result of this everyone’s membership is due for renewal.


I would like to send all the membership information to the BCLS in the 1st week of January, so please take the opportunity of renewing as soon as you can.


You can renew your membership by one of the following:


1. filling out this google form 2022 Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society Membership Application


2. filling out a paper form at the Christmas Dinner

3. by printing this pdf 2022-VLMS-membership-Application-form.pdf and mailing it and a cheque to: VLMS Membership Secretary, 4711 Kasani PlaceVictoria, V9C 4C7

If you joined the club this year as a new member and paid fees for this year, those fees will be applied to next year’s membership and you do not need to pay again, however you do need to fill in the form for 2022 to indicate you wish to continue with the membership. This is a one-time special circumstance due to the Covid situation.

Payment can be made by one of the following:

1. e-transfer to treasurer@vlms.ca – use a security question where the answer is “membership” such as “what is this for?”

2. by cheque sent by mail or in person at the Christmas dinner

3. by cash in person at the Christmas dinner

Your membership fee to the Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society (VLMS) includes a membership of the British Columbia Lapidary Society (BCLS), which in turn is a member of the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada (the “GMFC” and the Outdoor Recreation Council (the “ORC”). As a member you are welcome to join their events, shows and field trips which you can find through the link above. Your fees also go to insurance coverage for participation in club meetings, field trips and events.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me, membership@vlms.ca

General Members’ meeting next Monday, November 1st

Hello all,
Please forgive the late notice but we are hoping to go ahead with a general Members’ meeting next Monday!  We have an application in with Saanich for the meeting and are waiting on a reply.  

Important details:

The number of people who can attend the General Members’ meetings at the Lawn Bowling club is limited to 50 participants.

All attendees must be double vaccinated for covid and vaccine passports will be checked at the door.  Masks must be worn for the duration of the meeting.

Please only use the form to indicate you will definitely attend the members’ meeting on Nov 1st,  if you do not plan to attend, please don’t fill out this form.

If more than one person is attending, please fill out the form once for each person.  

This form will be used for both Covid contact tracing and to limit numbers attending the meeting.  If you sign up and are then unable to attend the meeting, please email web@vlms.ca so your place can be offered to someone else.

Rough to Ready Show ’21

good day!

Great News!

Our October show – Rough to Ready Member’s Fair will be proceeding as planned for the weekend of October 16th and 17th.

Your October show committee has determined that this show will be following the current BC Provincial Covid Health Order of requiring  proof of vaccination (the BC Health Vaccine Passport) for all Vendors, volunteers, support and show visitors. 

We are still in need of a few more volunteers for the following positions; if you are available to volunteer your time for a 2 hour time slot, please email showchair@vlms.ca with your name beside your preferred time slot.

Saturday, October, 16th

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 17th

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Also, as we are working on a no-cost advertising budget, we ask you to please help out this club sponsored show, by posting to your media pages the attached show poster(s), and sharing with friends and to your local Community Event News.

We thank you for your support.sincerely,
your VLMS 2021 October Show Committee

Da Vinci BBQ and Member’s Meeting, September 13th, 2021

Because we hadn’t seen each other for over a year (thanks, Covid) we used the September meeting to have a BBQ and social instead of the usual Monday Members’ meeing.  We are rentedc the upstairs room of the Da Vinci Centrefor the evening and bought in Lori, from Lori’s Little Kitchen  to run a BBQ from the parking lot at the club’s expense. 

The plan was to provide a time and space where we could catch up with each other after a long hiatus and share the tall stories of what we’ve been doing to fulfill our rock cravings over the last year and a half when we haven’t been able to meet in person. Members were encouraged to bring rocks/ photos of rocks and indulge your passion (for rocks)

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