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

Field trip to Meade Creek and Shaw Creek north of Cowichan lake. Please contact Sean at if you plan on joining. Please note field trips are only open to members for insurance purposes.

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

Strawberry Social – June 6th ’22

Our next Monday General Members’ meeting is on June 6th and is our Strawberry Social. We will provide strawberries and cream or ice cream as a treat. The meeting will be at 7 pm at the Burnside Lawn Bowling Club, 274 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1. Vaccine passports will not be checked. Masks are welcome but not required.

In addition, Karen Lochhead will be talking about Australian Opals.

In order to buy an appropriate amount of strawberries and ice cream we need to know how many people will be attending, so please fill out this google form if you plan to join for this event.
 Strawberry Social ’22
If you have problems filling in the form, email and Becci will fill it in for you.

2022 Board of Directors

Elected Positions
Yvan GagnonPresident 
Yvan Gagnon
Allana ShillitoPast President 
Allana Shillito
David JacksonTreasurer
David Jackson
Position openVice President
Leni Gagnon
Becci SimmonsMembership 
Becci Simmons
Position openSecretary
Position Vacant
Sarah HamiltonMember at Large
Sarah Hamilton
Position openMember at Large
Arlene Modderman
Position openMember at Large
Craig McMorland
Position openMember at Large
Mary Marshall
Appointed Positions
Position openLaphound News Editor 
Julia Henshall
Kathryn HawkinsLibrarian
Kathryn Hawkins
Sean MaierField Trips
Sean Maier
Position VacantProgram Coordinator
Arlene Modderman
Karol JorgensenProgram Coordinator
Karol Jorgensen
Sarah HamiltonShow Chair
Sarah Hamilton
Barb McKenzieSocial Committee
Barb McKenzie
Doug McLeodWorkshop 
Position Vacant
David JacksonSenior Island Zone Representative 
David Jackson
Karol JorgensenJunior Island Zone Representative
Karol Jorgensen
Allana ShillitoIntermediate Island Zone Representative
Allana Shillito
Becci SimmonsWebmaster
Becci Simmons

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 (

Rock and Gem Show Volunteer Sign Up Sheet

February 2022 Laphound News

Hello everyone:
Please find the February 2022 edition of the Laphound News below. I’m pleased to meet you and honoured to try to fill Gary’s Brookes’ shoes after his good work over the past years. 
I’m new to lapidary and geology and am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from, and to get to know you, beginning at the March members’ meeting. See you there!
Julia Henshall, Laphound News Editor,

Laphound Newsletter Feb 2022 Vol 65 Issue 1