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Meeting Date: Dec 2011

A regular business meeting of The Villages Gem and Mineral Society was held at Sea Breeze Recreation Center on December 1, 2011.  The meeting convened at 6:00 pm. Vice-President, Tom Mitchell, opened the meeting.  

The minutes for the November meeting were read and approved.

Officers Reports:

Treasurer, Richard Goodspeed reported:

Beginning Balance    $ 616.27
Income & deposits        120.50
End of Nov BAL.      $ 736.77
Expenses                    - 205.40
Cash on hand            +422.27
Balance to date          $ 953.64

Vice President, Tom Mitchell explained various printed information laid out on the front table such as catalogs, newsletters, advertisements, etc.

Old Business:


New Business:

Tom began a discussion about the time our business meeting starts on the first Thursday of each month.  He asked if starting the meeting at 6:00 pm would be possible.  There were objections to 6:00 pm.  There were no objections to 6:30 pm.  It was moved that we begin our business meetings at 6:30 pm.  There was a second and the vote passed.

Special Program

We had a special power point presentation from Gene McDevitt.  Gene owns an opal mine in Australia.  He educated us on boulder opal, showed us pictures of his mine and brought specimens to show us and for us to purchase.


The meeting was adjourned after Gene’s presentation for our “Chinese auction” and time with Gene to purchase opal and ask questions.Rhonda West,