The March Members’ Meeting will go ahead!

The meeting is on Monday March 7th at 7pm.  The location is the Burnside Lawn Bowling club at 274 Hampton Rd (the usual place). 

The program for the evening is:

  1. To hold our long overdue Annual General Meeting (AGM) and elect or ratify our board members for 2022.  
  2. To communicate the final details of the March show and organize volunteers etc.
  3. To finally get together with our friends again to talk about rocks!

Attendees will have to wear a mask and be double vaccinated and vaccine status will be checked at the door.

See you there!
Becci Simmons

February AGM postponed; March will go ahead

Hello everyone,
We held a virtual board meeting last night and regretfully we again have to cancel the next Monday general members’ meeting which was due to be held on February 7th.

Our next Monday general members meeting will be March 7th. It’s scheduled to take place at the usual place, Burnside Lawn Bowling Club, 274 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1 at 7pm.

If the current covid restrictions are still in place we WILL go ahead with that meeting in person, even if we have to hold it outdoors somewhere. This is the general members’ meeting just before the March show and we have a lot to discuss.   So the format for the meeting will be to elect / ratify the board members for 2022 and then moving on to discuss the show organization and volunteers needed.  We’re hoping for a great turn out.

Becci Simmons

Rendevous 2022 booking

Register for Rendezvous 2022
June 2 – 6, Coombs Fair Grounds, Coombs
Dear members and rock enthusiasts,

We would like to alert you to that the registration form for Rendezvous 2022 scheduled for June 2 – 6, 2022 at the Coombs Fair Grounds in Coombs, BC is now on our web site. Rendezvous is our Society’s annual gathering which has taken place since 1958 (well, until the COVID pandemic). Rendezvous 2022 will feature:Field TripsCamaraderieMini Rock Show and SaleBCLS Annual General MeetingThis year Rendezvous and Gemboree have been combined into a single larger-than-usual event focused on bringing us all back together after 2 years of COVID retreat. Rendezvous 2022 will be hosted by our Vancouver Island clubs including Victory Lapidary and Mineral Society, Cowichan Valley Rockhounds, Parksville & District Rock & Gem, Courtenay Gem and Mineral Club, Alberni Valley Rock & Gem, Ripple Rock Gem & Mineral Club (Vancouver Island Zone).

Visit our web site at the URL below for the registration form and everything Rendezvous. Let’s make a point of getting back together again and rocking BC!


Andrew Danneffel
BCLS President

Rendevous 2022 planning

Hi Everyone,

Our five Vancouver Island Clubs are collaboratively hosting the BCLS “Rendezvous 2022” in conjunction with our Gemboree this year from Thursday June 2nd to Monday June 6th at the Coombs Agricultural Fairgroungs.  We are really looking forward to much needed and overdue commraderie amongst all BCLS rock hounders.   We have a busy fun weekend planned and the blog and registration form are now posted on the  BCLS website.   Registrations are already coming in.

We will be looking for each of our Vancouver Island clubs to contribute to the success of this event.   We will be needing volunteers for setting up, hospitality, registration, workshops, demonstrations, book sales, rock auction, kiddies corner and other activities.   Any time you can volunteer during this event will be greatly appreciated.
Please let your Club Zone reps know if and when you are able to help out.  Thank you!

We are looking forward to a really good turnout and fun active long weekend.
Hope to see you there!

Cynthia Jones, PDRG Zone rep
Committee chair

January 2022 AGM postponed

Hello everyone,

With the latest announcement by Dr. Bonnie Henry it is with regret that we will have to postpone our Annual General Meeting which was due to be held on January 10th, 2022 at the Lawn Bowling club.

Our next scheduled general meeting after January is February 7th, 2022 at the Lawn Bowling club.  Unless we are forced to cancel it, we will move the AGM to this date.

We were very much hoping to nominate some new members to the board. Any member may put themselves forward for election for a board position.  Below is the current state of the board, elected and appointed, and who is occupying each position.  As you will see, many people are wearing 2 hats, and would gladly hand over one of their positions to someone new.  In particular member-at-large and island zone rep are good to get an all-round feel for how things run, but if you have interest or skills in any area, please consider putting yourself forward.
If you would like to know more about a position and how much time / work is involved, please email the current holder directly and ask them.

Elected positions are

President – John Andersen – president@vlms.caVice President – Yvan Gagnon – vicepresident@vlms.caTreasurer – David Jackson – treasurer@vlms.caSecretary – Sarah Hamilton – – who would like to hand the position on to someone else if possibleMembership Secretary – Becci Simmons – membership@vlms.caMember at large (4 positions) – Susannah Andersen –, Debbie Frank –, Leni Gagnon, Brian Macmillan –

The following positions are appointed or ratified by the board once it has been elected
Laphound News Editor – vacantField Trips Coordinator – Sean Maier – fieldtrips@vlms.caProgram Coordinator – Arlene Modderman – and Karol Jorgerson – karol.jorgensen@vlms.caSocial Committee – Barb McKenzie –, and Susannah Andersen susannah.andersen@vlms.caShow Committee – Sarah Hamilton – showcommittee@vlms.caLibrarian – Kathryn Hawkins – librarian@vlms.caWorkshop Manager – position vacant (workshop not able to run until we reach Covid stage 4 opening) Senior Island Zone Representative – David Jackson – treasurer@vlms.caIntermediate Island Zone Representative – Sarah Hamilton – secretary@vlms.caJunior Island Zone Representative – Allana ShillitoWebmaster – Becci Simmons –

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 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