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April 2017
AGM and Rock Swap

April 2017

April is our Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers. Rock Swap. Opal Deposits of Magdalena Mexico, presented on April 17. Field Trips. April Birthstone - Diamond. Get ready for the 51st Gem Show Sept. 16-17.
March 2017
Wealth of Information

March 2017

Show and Tell at the next general meeting. Executive committee positions up for election at AGM in April. Composition of ilmenite from the Catoca kimberlite. Diavik Diamond Mine. Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
February 2017
All About Rockhounding

February 2017

Get ready for the Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee elections in April -- nominations being accepted now. Presentation about the Cabonga Field Trip. Mineral collecting in Myanmar. Rockhounding in Nova Scotia. February birthstone: amethyst. Opal Hunting Trip in Mexico.
January 2017
Auction, Collecting Guides and Obsidian Mines

January 2017

Electrical inspection passed. Auction date set. MIG presentation "Gem Minerals from Diamond to Opal". Mineral Collecting Guide available. Caucasus: Discovery of the first prehistoric obsidian mines. January birthstone garnet.
December 2016
Workshop Status and Christmas Party

December 2016

Electrical inspection means workshop must be re-done. Chrismtas pot luck party December 10, with raffle prizes and mini-auction. Labradorite. Birthstones. Earth's oldest crystals.
November 2016
Flint Knapping and Field Trips

November 2016

Workshop will be re-organized to meet fire regualations. Summary of presentation about Newfoundland by J. Latham. Field trips for 2017 in planning stages. Christmas party December 10. Fossilized dinosaur brain. Geology of Niagara Escarpment.
October 2016
Flint Knapping and Field Trips

October 2016

Flint Knapping demonstration at University of Ottawa. MIG Presentation: Laws of Mineral Collecting. Field trip to Miller property. World's second largest meteorite discovered. Ancient Egyptian fossils.
September 2016
50th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewellery Show & Sale

September 2016

Gem Show Sept.24-24 at Carleton Unviversity Fieldhouse. Mineral Interest Group presentation "Geology of the Himalayas". Cabonga field trip update. Quebec's first diamond mine prepares to start. Public art competition for MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.
June 2016
Auction Time

June 2016

June Auction! Generous donations to the club. MIG Presentation: Basic Geology for Rockhounds, part 2. Subterranean Worlds of Mesoamerica. Upcoming field trips. New workshop code of conduct.
May 2016
Ready for Summer

May 2016

This month's presentations: Show and Tell, Basic Geology for Rockhounds. This summer's field trips.
April 2016
AGM, Rock Swap and Field Trips

April 2016

Annual General Meeting and election of the Executive Committee members. Barter machinery and stone at the workshop. Field trip to Cabonga August 19-21. MacDonald Mine near Bancroft April 23. MIG presents museums in North America. Gem Show needs your help. Thanks to Gina Bielinski for her generous donation. Colin’s Rock Garage Sale April 16, 9am - 2pm. Lapidary liquidation sale April 30 and May 1st.
March 2016
AGM and Other Big Events Coming Up

March 2016

New workshop sales area. Upcoming Gem Show presentation. Speccial guests from CGGA at next MIG meeting. Annual General Meeting in April. Planned field trips.
February 2016
Call of the Cabonga Reservoir

February 2016

New stones available for sale at the workshop. Gem Show update. MIG welcomes micromounters. Upcoming presentation on the Cabonga Reservoir by Kerry Day. Focus on blue calcite and feldspar.
January 2016
Big January Auction

January 2016

Thanks for the Christmas Party! The auction themes will feature cutting rough, mineral specimens and hopefully more contributions from the Silversmith Group, Carvers and faceters. The Precambrian in Canada. Stonehenge.
December 2015
Christmas Party and Auction

December 2015

Christmas Party Dec. 5 at Wabano. Get ready for January auction. MIG presentation Jan. 18 "The Precambrian in Canada". In Memorium Dirk Seelemann.
November 2015
Preparations - Christmas Party and Gem Show 2016

November 2015

Next general meeting will be a show case of club interests. MIG Meeting - Pleasures of Micromounting. Gemshow 2016 needs your help. Field trip summary. Details of the Christmas party.
October 2015
Welcome to the Mineral Interest Group

October 2015

Thank you all for a successful Gem and Mineral Show! The Mineral Interest Group (MIG) is officially part of the OLMC, and holds meetings at the workshop every third Monday at 7:30 pm. Field trips to Quadeville and Blackburn Mine in Cantley. Lapidary stones of Turkey. Hope Spinel auctioned. National Science Week and GeoHeritage Day.
September 2015
49th Gem Show!

September 2015

Volunteers and very much needed and welcome for the clubs 49th Annual Gem and Mineral Show and Sale. Updates on field trips-- there is still time to go. Mineral deposits under the sea. Quebec Interclub is having a party and you're invited.
August 2015
A Special Mid-Summer Newsletter

August 2015

Reduced schedule at the workshop. Gem Show News and a call for volunteers. Field Trips around Ottawa. 20th Anniversary of Club de Mineralogie de Quebec.
June 2015
Auction and More Field Trips

June 2015

June Auction. Mineral Interest Group (MIG) (formed from Ottawa Field Naturalists) are considering joining the OLMC. Call for Volunteers for the 2015 Gem Show. Stone Bracelets by Anna Liesowska.
May 2015
Field Trips, Show & Tell, and More

May 2015

Field trip to Rideau Ferry for Perthite, plus a list of other potential field trips this year. Show & Tell follow up from the photography presentation -- now show what you have done in the workshop or at home. Many changes at the workshop.
April 2015
AGM and Rock Swap

April 2015

Annual General Meeting April 9, to elect the Executive Committee. Newsletter Editor position also open. Ottawa Field Naturalists Mineral Interest Group. OVCC Crafts & Collectibles Show.
March 2015
Destination 2015 Quartzsite

March 2015

Annual General Meeting where the Executive Committee reports to the membership, and the membership elect the new Committee. Russell Black reports from Quartzsite, Arizona. Prep for May meeting Show & Tell.
February 2015
Amazing Auction Planned

February 2015

Membership renewal reminder. Presentataion on fossils found in and around Ottawa by Bob Boisvert. Jean-Guy Bradette describes his experience in Bolivia.
January 2015
Amazing Auction Planned

January 2015

Some donated material from a generous person has been put aside for the auction - grit, slabs, stones. How to drill a hole with a copper tube by Judy Courteau. Copper Patinas by Vicki Vasperse.
November 2014
All About Technique

November 2014

New diamond disks for the flat lap machine and other workshop repairs. Tips for jade and identifying inclusions. Troublesome techniques. Invitation to the Ottawa Valley Craft and Collectible market.
October 2014
You Rock!

October 2014

Many thanks to all of the volunteers, the vendors and the Nepean Sportsplex for another successful Gem Show. Gem Show report. Kelley Cloer presents "Mineral Collecting in Bancroft" and this month's general meeting. Upcoming walking tour of the mineral collection at the Museum of Nature.
September 2014
Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelery Show

September 2014

Call for volunteers sign-up September 11. Silversmithing summer report by Gisele Gobeil. Information on Jewellery Casting courses at the workshop.
June 2014
Rock Auction!

June 2014

Special thanks for a donation of boulders from Quebec locales. The next rock auction is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, at the workshop. Metal clay course Basics and Intermediate. A story of rockhounding for amethyst at Thunder Bay.
May 2014
A Month of Transition

May 2014

New Executive Committee members and other administrative changes. How to prepare for rockhounding trips. Gisèle Gobeil reports on a shell forming demo for metalsmiths performed by Joy McDonell. A variety of new courses are available at the workshop.
April 2014
Annual General Meeting and Rock Swap

April 2014

Two positions are open on the Executive Committee, and the nominating committee is still accepting names for candidiates. All members are welcome to barter during the annual rock swap. An attempt at intarsia.
March 2014
The Butterfly Effect

March 2014

Club members work together to provide services and products to the whole club. A Trip Down South in AZ. Workshop Tips.
February 2014
Thrill of Discovery

February 2014

Glory's quest for "diamonds" in New York, and many other rockhounding adventures. The Annual General Meeting is coming up, and Executive Committee spaces are open. Presentation by Jeffrey de Fourestier. Lithic Workshop and Knapping Demonstration by Bradley Drouin. Metal Clays Basics Course by Lucie Desjardins. Missing Newsletter books.
January 2014
Happy New Year!

January 2014

January auction at the workshop. Committee chair positions looking for nominations (election in March). New membership fees. Photo reports from Kingston and Montreal gem Show.
December 2013
Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

December 2013

Please come to our annual Christmas pot luck party. Water, water, everywhere. Preliminary results from the opinion survey.
November 2013
Membership fee increase announce

November 2013

Preparations have started for the Christmas Party. The club wants to know your opinions, so please take the membership survey. Upcoming slideshow of the BC Gem and Mineral Show by Kerry Day. Joy's metal adventure.
October 2013
Thank you for a successful Gem Show!

October 2013

A big thanks to the volunteers. Karl Schutt will make a short present on gem identification, highlighting how gem material is modified and manufactured. A bit of club history.
September 2013
Gem and Mineral Show Sept. 21-22

September 2013

It takes a lot of work to make the show successful, so volunteers are very welcome. Sign-up night is September 12. New dealers: Genevieve Moisan, Colleen Walker & Robert Hudyma.
August 2013
The workshop is up and running!

August 2013

The big saws still need some work, though. Silversmithing has a dedicated corner and the faceting machines are at hand. Fractured Geometry exhibition. A trip to Craigmont.
June 2013
OLMC workshop is moving

June 2013

Plus the second auction of the year will be held, with lots of new material purchased from the Tristam estate auction.
May 2013
The President's message summarizes the last month

May 2013

New newsletter format, and the annual swap meet on May 9
April 2013
Annual General Meeting in April

April 2013

Eric Covington presents glass blowing. Rock Swap postponed to May.
March 2013
Annual General Meeting in April

March 2013

Nominate club members for the Executive committee and vote! Russell and Ray cook rubies. Upcoming auction.
February 2013
Happy Valentine's Day!

February 2013

Karen Lochhead will be our speaker for February, part two of our talk on the Smithsonian Gem Collection. Unpaid memberships are now overdue. Lockers available for $25.
January 2013
Happy New Year!

January 2013

OLMC Rock Auction! YOU KNOW YOU ARE A ROCKHOUND IF ...
December 2012
POT LUCK CHRISTMAS PARTY

December 2012

With mini-auction and a raffle at new location. Membership dues deadline January 30th.
November 2012
Presentation: Smithsonian: The National Gem Collection part 1

November 2012

New workshop fees.
October 2012
Thank You! Merci!

October 2012

Thank you and congratulations to all the volunteers; you made the show happen! Kerry Day will give a slideshow on precious minerals and gems, Tea, coffee, cookies and lots of rocks!
September 2012
2012 Gem and Mineral Show!

September 2012

Calling Calling all Volunteers! Appel au Volontaires! There are numerous positions to fill at the show as everyone knows. The volunteer positions are in two-hour spots. Also, sell your creations at the show!
June 2012
The OLMC auction!

June 2012

Come out and support your club! The doors will be open at 6PM for viewingall the awesome stuff. June 10th Highway 5 OLMC Field Trip!
May 2012
The creations of the OLMC

May 2012

Kerry Day will present a slideshow of members' work over the last year. Please send him your photos. Election results from the AGM.
April 2012
Annual General Meeting and SWAP MEET!

April 2012

Bring in something you would like to get rid of or trade around. Do you have surplus rough, minerals or equipment that you would like to barter? This is an excellent opportunity to clean out your basement!
March 2012
President Russell Black leads an interactive session

March 2012

How to photograph jewellery and gemstones with demonstrations, examples andtips. Reminder of membership dues -- only members can vote in the election.
February 2012
Russell Black presents...

February 2012

The 2012 Quartzsite gem and mineral Powwow. A list of upcoming Show.
January 2012
A BIG THANK-YOU

January 2012

To St.Michaels and All Angels for providing the space to have our Christmas party! This month's meeting is the meeting is the OLMC Rock Auction!
October 2011
The OLMC would like to thank

October 2011

all of you volunteers who make this gem show and club house a happening place. Feature: My Bang-up Adventure at Arrowmont by Joy McDonell.
September 2011
45th Annual Gem and Mineral Show

September 2011

Our sapphire anniversary. Calling all Volunteers!Appel aux Volontaires! Please help to plan and work at the show. Volunteers get in free, and it is huge fun, and there is always beautiful stone on display and for sale.
June 2011
It's the second annual OLMC auction

June 2011

Thursday, June 9! This time there are some great labradorite, opal doublets, and some fine material donated by club members.
May 2011
General Meeting held at the Museum of Nature.

May 2011

Come out and see what has been a huge transformation of a great museum. The OLMC would like to welcome the 2011 Executive committee.
April 2011
OLMC Swap Night postponed from last month.

April 2011

The OLMC elections are here! Come out and vote for your new Executive! Crystal Therapy by Ascension Healing.
March 2011
OLMC Swap Night!

March 2011

Please bring in anything you would like to get rid of or trade around. A Publishing by our own president! Jade, The Stone of Heaven.
February 2011
Basic Stone Identification

February 2011

Kerry Day will be giving a slideshow on how to identify those rocks we collect onrock hounding trips. The OLMC elections are coming in April.
January 2011
Happy New Year!

January 2011

This month's general meeting is the club auction. All proceeds go back to the workshop so we can keep cutting, grinding and polishing those stones.