BGMS Minutes, June 9, 2020
The meeting was called to order by President Ed Kubu at 6:41 p.m., and then he led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no minutes to approve this month. The March and June minutes will be in the next newsletter and approved at the July meeting.
Deb Strickland gave the treasurer’s report for Faith Farley. The current balance in the club account as of June 9, 2020, was $15,162.96. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made by Kathy Meuchel and was seconded by Bill Meuchel. The motion passed.
Deb Strickland checked on information about the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. It would cost the club $5.00 per week and we would have to be there by 7:30 a.m. to get a spot. Are we interested? A suggestion was made to do this event once a month. We can set up flyers and applications for members and possibly take the spinning wheel at some point. We could start setting up our booth sometime in July. This matter is still under discussion.
Deb Strickland is going to check to see if we could put some brochures in the Victor Museum.
Jim Hudspeth said it is difficult to find places for trips this early in the season since the water is still so high. Most of the places he has planned are on or by lakes and streams. A discussion ensued and it was suggested to check in with Don Tibbs to see if he could provide any locations for future trips.
Jim went to Weasel Creek and couldn’t really find anything worth making a trip for. Several locations were suggested by members but will have to be checked into (Hughes Creek, Snowbird Mine, Lolo Pass quartz, Agate Mountain). The Star Garnet area is closed right now but may open in July. Jim will call about the Star Garnet area again next month. Crystal Park is a possibility sometime in late June but it looks like the weather won’t be good. He will send out an email in the next week.
Other suggestions that Jim had for field trips involved a lot more travel time such as the Dugway geode site in northern Utah, and the topaz mine in southern Utah. These locations and the Lincoln area might be possibilities for the fall of the year. Someone brought up their desire to collect fossils. Jim let everyone know that we can only collect invertebrates. It is illegal to collect vertebrates. If anyone has any suggestions for field trips, please let him know.
A request was also made to have a field trip in the middle of the week since some of our members work on the weekend. Jim was agreeable to that suggestion and will try to plan something mid-week.
OTHER NEW BUSINESS….
Our thanks to Jack and Julie Berman for letting us use their garage for our June meeting. Bill and Kathy Meuchels will host the July meeting. It will be Saturday, July 11th and will be a cookout/potluck. We will meet at around 11:00 am to set up. We will eat between 12 and 1 pm or when the food is done. Bring a side to share and items to donate to the auction that will be held after lunch. The Meuchel’s address is 577 Skyway Drive, Hamilton.
President Ed Kubu asked if we should get metal folding chairs for our tables and if so, how many? We discussed this matter and 20 chairs seemed appropriate. A motion was made by Deb Strickland to purchase 20 metal folding chairs and seconded by Kathy Meuchel. The motion passed. President Kubu will check on the chairs and verify costs to go over at the next meeting.
The 50/50 winner for the evening was Kathy Meuchel. The total for the collection was $52, with Kathy winning $26. Our door prize winner was Katelyn Lester.
Deb Strickland made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 p.m. and was seconded by Bill Meuchel.
Refreshments were served after adjournment. There was no presentation, however, President Ed Kubu brought a variety of polished agates and other rocks for members to look at. Thanks, Ed!
Dana Jong, Secretary