President's Annual Report from AGM, September 2019

Let’s not forget the club’s aims: to encourage the lapidary hobby; participate in field trips; collect and identify rocks and minerals; to promote harmony and respect between members and others; assist, advise and instruct members in matters relating to lapidary and jewellery making.

We are a not-for profit organisation that provides tuition, equipment and facilities for people in the community who would like to join a club to learn more about the arts of lapidary and jewellery making.

The State Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund has again contributed financially to the upgrading the club rooms’ air conditioning units, which is much appreciated by our members. I thank the Government for the grant and their support and assistance. Many thanks to our Federal Member Warren Entsch for facilitating the printing of our monthly magazine and the loan of 6 marquees for this year’s 21st Gem Festival.

Many people from the community and the club have made donations to the club. To name a few items: lapidary equipment, rock and mineral specimens, 2 gold nuggets, a sapphire, raffle prizes and money. On behalf of the of CMLC, I thank everyone for your generous donations and support, helping increase the strength of the club.

This year’s membership has increased and at present the club has 121 financial members.

Our Annual Gem Festival, our major fund raiser for the year, did not disappoint, with a record number of people attending and everybody kept extremely busy. The club rooms were continually full of guests. Thank you to the Gem Festival and Management Committees and everyone else who volunteered and participated to make the Gem Festival a successful event.

We amended the Club Constitution and registered it with the Queensland Government Office of Fair Trading.

Jeanne Mora retired from the position of Club Secretary. Thank you for your contribution over many years.

We purchased a smart phone and now have a debit card reader for cashless transactions.

We installed two new 6 wheel Gem Master Cabochon Machines and relocated the old ones outside. We purchased and installed new air conditioner units and also a new camera for the microscope.

We were invited and attended the Cairns Gem Club’s Open Day and invited them to attend our Gem Festival. We also attended Paramatta State School where we displayed agates, crystals and jewellery.

We had several information sessions for members this year including; Lost Wax Steam Casting, Making Silicon Moulds using wax injection, and a presentation on the different jades in the world with carvings in several different colours and a demonstration of practical First Aid for Fossickers.

Members attended four field trips this year including two trips to Mt Gibson and two trips to O’Briens Creek.

The ceilings, walls and floors of the saw room and the Gem and Mineral Identification room were painted.

I thank the Management Committee, Instructors members who purchased goods and everyone who assisted in the harmonious operation of the club over the past twelve months.