Thursday, August 11, 2016

Agate Collection Field Trip

From: Trocke, Laurie A. <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 10:40 AM
To: Trocke, Laurie A.
Subject: Saturday Field Trip

Hi Badgers, The field trip for Saturday, August 13 will be to the Bellevue Quarry for agates. Please RSVP to this email so that we know who to expect.  Hope you can join us! Laurie

Bellevue Iowa Sand & Gravel Quarry.   This has been a fun site to visit and no one ever seems to go home from here empty handed.   We hope to find Lake Superior Agates, carnelian, and jasper.  Thomsonite, sagenite agate and even petrified wood has been found here, but is very rare. This has been an excellent producing quarry.  Sorry - there are no bathroom facilities in the quarry.

Field Trip Leader / Contact Person: Dan Trocke, Cell # 608-215-5307 Please call my cell if you are running late or lost.
Meeting Places & Times:

10:00AM   - Meet us at the Bellevue sand & gravel yard near the Bellevue golf course (any time after 10:00 AMuntil sundown).  For those of you who have not been there before, look for a gravel driveway heading east off of 395th Ave, across from the Bellevue Golf course and between 320th Street and 334th Street.  The gravel drive may not be marked other than a chain gate.  If the gate is open you should drive in and park near the gravel piles. 
                     Note: The Badger club was given permission to enter the quarry by the owner.  This trip is open to all Badger Club & MWF Members – please do not contact the owner to set up additional collecting trips or trespass on this property.  
6:00 PM    - Leave the quarry and head home.  We might catch a bite to eat in Dubuque.

What to bring: Sack Lunch, as we will be eating lunch in the quarry.  Small garden tools, buckets, knee pads, gem scoops, sunscreen and plenty of water and liquids! 

See you Saturday!

Dan Trocke
Badger Lapidary and Geological Society

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

MSHA training info & invite

Hello everyone
I am inviting all rock clubs to send out notices to their members for the following FULL MSHA Training. I have finally located a trainer who will give the full 24 hour certification.
It is open to anyone 18 years or older.
Cost will be $95 per person
We are currently looking at having the training at the First National Bank of Monroe courtesy room. Since the trainer will be coming from Indiana, we will need to do approximately 12 hours of training on a Saturday and Sunday, most likely 8am to 8pm for a weekend. If the class moves fairly quickly, the times can be shorter. There will be breaks for you to go grab a bite to eat or you can brown bag it.
This is just a preliminary email to see what the interest would be. In order to make this possible, we must have 30 people interested in the training.
We are tentatively looking at the weekend of August 27th and 28th although that is not written in stone. Again, this is a preliminary email to see how many people would commit to the training.
If you are interested in the MSHA training, please email, or call me with questions, or to put you on the list.
Please include your first and last name, full address (street, city, state, zip) and a phone number.
Thank you
Debbie Wehinger
2016 Badger Lapidary and Geological Society Showchair