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Howard Richter



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  • Please sign up at the meeting or contact Janet Ryan or Kevin Gauthier to sign up for short or long programs, snack break hosts, or door prize donator for each meeting.
  • OUR SEPTEMBER REGULAR MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 6:45 P.M. ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 in the McGuire Room at the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City. The short program will be by Debbie Bull speaking on Mica and the Main program will a great opportunity to see favorite tools used by our rockhounds. Bring your favorite tool and you will be able to show and describe the tool and how you use it. This is always a fun and educational event.
  • The club workroom is in the Carnegie Building (formerly the History Center). Cabochon classes are underway. Sign up for classes or workroom time. See Cindy Wicksall or the information table at a meeting.

    Christmas Cove - Northport - A great spot for Petoskey stones along with rocks brought by the glaciers from Canada.

    Peterson Park - North of Northport - Another good bet for Petoskey stones including some large ones.

    Leland - Both north and south of the marina. If going south, walk to Whaleback Point for a larger concentration of stones of all types. North of the marina there are alternating areas of sand and stone littered beaches. Petoskey stones, various fossils and Leland Blue are some of the treasures found here along with an occasional agate.

    Many beaches from Elk Rapids to Petoskey are good places for Petoskey stones and fossils including: Barnes Park in Eastport, Norwood and Atwood.

    In Petoskey, there are many spots around Little Traverse Bay including the State Park and several City Parks. One place worth checking is behind the Glen's Market at the North end of Petoskey. Take the street just south of the shopping plaza to the small parking lot by the paved walking trail. The rocky shore just down the small hill has yielded many Petoskey stones.

    These are some of the most famous spots but keep your eyes open all around the area. Rocky road cuts through glacial till, construction sites, road sides, inland lakes and parking lots are other areas with less hunting pressure that can surprise, with Petoskeys and fossils, the rare, occasional agate and other rocks from Canada and the U.P. left by glaciers. The many gravel and borrow pits can be lucky spots but make sure you get the owner's permission for these and any other sites on private property.

    If you need a GTARMC name badge, see Kim Olson. For $8.00, you can get a pin type name badge or a magnetic badge. This way everybody will know your name.

    NOTE: The Club Equipment Room is open for supervised open sessions on Monday nights, (except July). See Cindy Wicksall to sign up. Make sure to follow any instructions and special notes posted in the workroom. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND HAVE TAKEN A CABOCHON CLASS TO USE THE WORKROOM !!
    Pierre LaFoille, President
    Janet Ryan and Kevin Gauthier, Dual Vice Presidents
    Lisa Knudsen, Secretary
    Debbie Harrington, Treasurer

    Bonnie Reed, Newsletter Tom Fordyce, Education
    Lauren Vaughn, Club Show
    Cynthia Vaughn, Show Publicity
    Lauren Vaughn, Website
    Maria-Anne D'Hooghe, Photographer

  • Be sure to check the calendar and the GTARMC newsletter for more information!