Volume 53 - Issue 8 - October 2020

Monongahela Rockhounds

A Pittsburgh Area Mineral, Fossil, & Lapidary Club

The Monongahela Rockhound News is a Monthly Publication of the

Monongahela Rockhounds,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Volume 53, Issue 8,

October 2020

Visit us on the Web at: www.monongahelarockhounds.org

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President’s Message

Hello Everyone,

This summer has provided time for me to sift through boxes of minerals that I had set aside for that proverbial rainy day! I have alternated between excitement of finding a specimen that I had forgotten about, to consternation with myself for packing away a lot of inconsequential “stuff”. I still have a lot more organizing to do but feel like I am finally making some headway. I hope that even though this summer has looked very different for most people, that you have found some hidden treasures yourself. I am so excited to be having meetings again, even if it is virtually. I have missed you all, and am looking forward to seeing you at the meetings! We hope the virtual meetings will allow us to have speakers that we would normally not be able to host in Pittsburgh. I expect we will have a few bumps in the road as we figure out how this will all work, so please have patience with us as we explore this new platform. If you are nervous about the technology, not to worry! Emmalyn has been kind enough to volunteer to post “how to” videos on our website. She has been working very hard on the new site and if you have not stopped by to see it lately, take a couple of minutes to check it out. Please note that October’s meeting date has changed to the 17th to allow us time to organize our switch to online meetings..



Editor's Apology

Sorry for the getting this newsletter out a bit late. I am sitting in a small RV Van a bit west of Thunder Bay, Ontario madly typing away. Carol and I are on a trip to Alberta, Iowa and other places partly to see some relatives, but I am fitting in every bit of Rockhounding I can. In Michigan we did stop at Petoskey and searched the beaches for the famous Petoskey stone with success. Lake Superior Agates in both Michigan and Ontario were a failure, but Amethyst from 2 different mines near Thunder Bay were a success and harvesting quartz plates, clear, white and purple from a road cut was superb. Our required 2 weeks quarantine without people has given us a chance to find some rock treasures. But it has meant this newsletter is a bit late.



Important Notice

POSTPONED: The Monongahela Rockhounds executive has decided to postpone our planned meeting for Saturday, October 3 due to continued concerns with in person meetings with Covid-19 virus risks.

We will try something new this month though where we will have a ZOOM meeting on October 17th at 7 pm instead. Details are included within this newsletter plus Emmalyn will send out further instructions prior to the October 17th meeting. Johanna has tentatively arranged for Colleen Thompson who has written the last article in this month’s newsletter to be our speaker for the October 17th meeting.

CANCELLED: The annual show that was originally rescheduled for November 14-15, 2020 has now been cancelled.

Thank-you to those who have helped throughout the year. We look forward to better conditions for our pending 2021 Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show!

October 2020 Meeting

• Presentation by Colleen Thomson

• "Rock of the Month" will be member’s choice!