Meeting Archive

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7 p.m.

Pie and Election Night

Your vote counts!

Holiday Party and Installation of Officers, Saturday, December 2, 2019, 5 p.m. (final details to be determined)

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7 p.m.

Searchers Presents: Fluorescents "Rock!"
Our first rockin' All Hallows Day of the Dead-Man's Glow-tastic Fluorescence Mash-up Party!

Get ready for some glowing, spooky fun! Come for prizes, treats, fun, and get your glow on!
Guest Speaker: Dale Harwood is an ore specialist and is known as the "Cylindrite King." He will be educating us on fluorescent minerals and UV lighting. He will be sure to have display specimens on hand for viewing. Dale was noted in a North County Times article for having over twenty-five thousand specimens, a great many he collected himself here in the Southwest. In case you just must have a new treasure to add to your personal collection, Dale will have some for sale as well. Longtime member and Searchers mega-supporter Walt Lombardo will also provide us with the opportunity to buy new items to add to our own collections.


Franklin, New Jersey - Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World
I've ordered this special video from The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies which will give us some interesting information on the more well-known fluorescent mineral locales. What about us, you ask? Well, I've got you covered there, too. I've compiled a list of local spots where you may be able to hunt and collect your own fluorescent minerals. It will be available to at the meeting. Come, meet and mingle, bring your own fluorescent specimens for show and tell and glow, baby, glow on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7 p.m.

Topic:  PAINTINGS & PHOTOGRAPHS HIDDEN IN STONES

A visual presentation by Ken Rogers

Have you ever cut open a mundane stone, and found what looks like an original Ansel Adams photograph or a Claude Monet painting? (landscapes, faces, animals, people, aquatic scenes, etc.) Tonight we will be visiting the “Louvre de roches”.

Photographer, artist, rockhound, & previous “spook”, Ken Rogers is constantly searching for beautiful, or whimsical, art as he cuts chunks of rock, looks at the lapidary work, of others, and, perhaps, just a rock lying on the ground.

Ken came from an artistic family, made up of tailors & floral arrangers, (As a kid, Ken won 1st place in floral arranging, in the local County Fair.)

As a teen, Ken collected stamps, coins, rocks & gemstones, Baseball cards, and MAD Magazines.  Ken won an award in a U.N. Stamp design contest

In junior & senior high school, Ken followed a science and arts program, where, among other things, Ken learned: (cold lead) type setting & printing; creating marbleized paper; set building; stage lighting; woodworking; and silversmithing (created silver jewelry, using gems from his collection).

Following high school (& with the Draft looming), Ken enlisted in the top secret, U.S. Army Security Agency (Intelligence “Spooks”).  While stationed in Japan, Ken made (tumbled stone) jewelry, that he sold to the other guys, to send to their “girl  back home”.  This income allowed him to buy the new Nikon F camera.  
Ken absorbed enough knowledge of photography, that among his other duties, he, also, became the “Base Photographer”.  While in Japan, Ken collected stones, traveled, explored, & photographed, around Japan.

Upon discharge from the Army, Ken returned to L.A., where, to learn more about photography & selling, he took classes and worked in retail. In each job, he quickly worked his way up to management.  This included, Japan's, Seibu Dept. Store, in L.A. (now the Peterson Automotive Museum).  After a few years, Ken left retail, and started working, as a free lance photojournalist, for Time Magazine.  Soon, there after, Ken started working for most of the world's important magazines & corporations.  During this time, Ken, also, headed a few organizations, was a lecturer, publisher, NEA panelist, teacher, and consultant to young photographers, publications, and government agencies.

When photography went digital, and the industry changed, radically, Ken reluctantly retired from photography, and returned to some of his earlier loves, including rocks, and jewelry.  
 

Come to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 7 pm.

Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, August 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Topic: Jack Hobart: Lake Superior Copper Agates

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Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Topic: Thar be GOLD in that thar meetin’!

The Route 66 Gold Miners will be our guests this month, sharing their passion for gold prospecting & treasure hunting. They will inform us about several topics including: prospecting, panning, and metal detecting. 

Much like The Searchers, they care about the right to access public lands and to keep them open to the public for everyone to enjoy. To that end, Route 66 Gold Miners actively support the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) and the American Mining Rights Association (AMRA). 

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Monthly Meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

Topic: Who is Kent Lauer?

Glass Craftsman Magazine says about Kent Lauer, Master Beveler…”Does art seek us out of do we create are? When a university educated geologist delves into stained glass and blossoms into artistic prominence that spans the globe and encompasses works commissioned by an endless list of Who’s Who celebrities and heads of state, this simple question becomes a poignant statement.”

Kent Lauer has been a lapidary, working with glass, for more than 44 years. What started as a fascination with glass soon became a career. Kent learned to bevel early on, and was determined to find out everything he could about pushing the limits of beveled glass. His work has since been seen worldwide, in important homes, and in historic buildings. Living in Southern California has given Kent the opportunity to work on glass for films and commercials. His work is sought after by notables and celebrities. He has been published in glass magazines and is currently working on a book entitled “Introduction to Coldworking.”

He has been teaching beveling and dichroic glass sculpture both at glass shows and privately at his studio for over 30 years. His classes include: Faceted Dichroic Glass Pendants; Curved Faceted Glass Pendants; Custom Hand Beveling; and Faceted Dichroic Sculpture.

Come and learn from this master of lapidary arts on Tuesday the 11th at 7 pm. He has a fantastic presentation, which may open up a new world of lapidary material to you, and you can view his jaw-dropping work up close and in person.

May 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Meeting Topic: Walton Wright, Petrified Wood

March 12, 2019, 7 p.m.

Speaker Description: 

“CSI Mineralogy”
Fakes, Frauds and Fantasies
Investigate. Detect clues. Observe. Puzzle out the truth.

Learn the forensics to be a Mineralogy SCI.


We are not able to collect every stone in our collections personally. When we do purchase, we need to make educated decisions. Getting fooled or spending too much purchasing gems & minerals is a crime. Learn some of the common misnamed gems & minerals. Learn common “enhancements” that should always be disclosed, and learn to identify possible deception. Some misnomers are innocent errors handed down through history, handy nicknames or tools of tricksters. Let’s sort out the facts together.
The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies has provided a presentation by Anthony Kampf, from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Local gemologist, John Eyre will speak on the topic and be on hand for discussion and questions.
After the formal portion of the evening there will be time for discussion. Please feel free to bring any specimens of your own that you have questions about or want to share with the group.

Also, sign up to help with the Show, have a display case, sell at the Searchers table, contribute prizes or raffle items!

February 12, 2019, 7 p.m.

Speaker Description: It will be packed full! We will have three different terrific topics. 
Joy Rogers will be on site to share personal safety tools for your rockhounding excursions, which can also be used in your daily life. 
We will have a short introduction into fundraising, donations, and development that will help us fund our activities and maintain our nonprofit status. 
Last and most exciting.... We have a stellar mashup planned. We will be celebrating Valentine's Day as well as our Veterans at the first ever VA-lentine's Day. What does your support for the Vets at the Long Beach VA Hospital lapidary shop actually accomplish? Where exactly do your rocks, slabs, and donations go? Come and see for yourself. We will have a speaker from the Veterans Administration Hospital, displays of their lapidary shop work, and selections from their awards and events. 
After the formal speaking portion of the evening there will be time to mix and mingle, and to get an up close view of the exhibits on display. To properly celebrate our newly minted Searchers holiday there will be special VA-lentine’s Day refresh- ments and sweets for the sweet. Come hang where the Searchers ROCK! It will be a night of Hearts & Stars. 

January 8, 2019, 7 p.m.
Speaker Description:
Our local expert and "ROCKstar", Walt Lombardo, will be speaking on
the gem, mineral, and rare-element bearing pegmatites of California. This local area
ranks up with the major gem and specimen producing pegmatite regions in the world. Come
join us in learning about the sources of elbaite, morganite, kunzite, and other treasures
found right here in our own backyard.

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