60th anniversary year of club
Celebrating with a super GemFest in July
Updated 19 April: Link to recent club news. April club newsletter.
Members, we need you to become instructors. Mentorship provided.
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Independent projects by skilled members is encouraged at the club, Water capable adjustable sieve stand with Damian (two images at end).
The formation of the club for “hobbyists who wish to collect, identify and cut minerals and gems in the Cairns District” was the first discussed at a meeting on September 4, 1961. Just one month later, on October 2, 1961 the group of hobbyists officially voted to name the new club “The Mineral and Lapidary Club of Cairns.”
According to the clubs constitution back in 1961, the clubs aims and objective included:
Throughout early 1962, regular field trips to areas including Wolfram Camp, Mt Molloy, Herbert and Mt Garnet enabled the club to have enough specimens to host its first display at the cairns show.
The club also now holds an annual Gem Festival where club members are able to show and sell their specimens and creations.
The club continues to conduct field trips to places surrounding Cairns including:
The interest and values that were put forward in those first meeting back in the early 1960s still thrives in the Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club today.
The club moved into the purpose-built W. J. Fulton Memorial Building at 129 Mulgrave Rd in 1975 (image at top). Former Cairns mayor and federal MP, W J (Bill) Fulton, survived a land mine explosion as a Rat of Tobruk
President’s Report Notes on renovations, terminology and gas torches Other Reports Gem Festival Preparation Report Treasurer’s Report Website Report Summary Members New members Course Certificates and Presentations Courses, Classes Dates and News General Business President’s Report There is not much to report I have been working in the jewellery room getting a few things ready for the little oxy propane gas torches and I still haven’t completed that yet.
President’s Report Other Reports Gem Festival Committee Report Treasurer’s Report Fire and Safety Officer’s Report Website Report Summary Members New members Certificate Presentations Courses, Classes Dates and News General Business President’s Report We have many new members joining our club. We would like to reintroduce the 10 O’clock Stop work morning tea bell. This is a great social activity and a chance to introduce and get to know our new members.
President’s Report I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Party which I was extremely disappointed that I missed. My apologies for not being present but I did have a bad cold and I had no other choice but to adhere to the rules and not attend. I believe you all had a good time and congratulations to everyone who won prizes in the raffle. To those members who turned up on the 19th December for the end of year spring clean thankyou so much you really cleaned up.
Well this year has certainly been different. The club was closed for nearly four months between March and July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in the cancellation of many activities including our major fundraiser, the Annual Gem Festival. What a disappointment for members, stallholders and the public whom I received many enquiries from. Membership I can understand why some members have been a little hesitant to re attend the club following reopening on 18 July.
COVID-19 Safety Rules and Plan Summary Entrance is through back of building on right near shipping container Exit is through front COVID-19 safety plan requires registration and acceptance of entry conditions Where reasonably practical, ensure you maintain at least 1.5 meters physical distancing from others, including at meal breaks Bring own cup Bring wipes if using electrical machines Formal Rules Conditions of Entry COVID-19 Safety Plan Floor Plan Notice As per notice issued through the secretary on 14 July 2020:
Acceptance from New President, Michael Hardcastle, 2017 First and foremost I’d like to thank the outgoing President Bill Reece for his contribution of time and dedicated work effort over the past 20 years to make the club what it is today. Thank-you Bill. I am pleased to know that Bill is not leaving but stepping back to Vice-President. I became a member of our club about 7 years ago because of my interest in fossicking.
Celelebrating 50 Years 1961-2011