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Mordi-Agate News 2021


To access the Mordi-Agate News for 2021 please click on the link below.  Folders for the 2020 and 2019 issues can also be viewed at this site.  

                                                                           

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader Newspaper 1 September 2017

"UNIQUE Mordialloc Club that sparked to life 50 years ago continues to offer jewel enthusiasts a gem of a time". Written by Emma Watson, 1 September 2017.

The Mordialloc Lapidary Club Inc. celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017.  The local Leader newspaper sent out a Reporter and Photographer to do an article on the Club. 

If you would like to read the local newspaper article which went to print, then please click below.

                                                  

GEMFAIR 2021 - cancelled due to COVID lockdown restrictions

The Mordialloc Lapidary Club Committee met via Zoom on 11th September and after careful consideration it was reluctantly agreed that under the current COVID lockdown restrictions that are in force in Melbourne, it is no longer viable to proceed with our Annual GEMFAIR for 2021.   It has therefore been cancelled. 

Although this news will not come as a complete surprise to our Members, it will, nevertheless, be a huge disappointment.   

This is the second year in a row that our GEMFAIR has suffered this fate. All we can do is keep plodding on and maintain a positive attitude and focus on an end to restrictions and a return to normal activities at the Club.  Here's looking forward to a fantastic GEMFAIR 2022.




     
                                                                           

Farewell  to  Tony   

It is with deep sadness that the Mordialloc Lapidary Club informs its Members of the passing of Tony Crowe, a well-respected and much admired Member of our Club.

Tony will be remembered for his generous spirit, his willingness to always lend a helping hand as well as the valuable contributions he made to the Club.

Our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family.   He will be greatly missed.

'vale’  Tony.
                                                                           

WORKING BEE SUNDAY 23rd May 2021
And what a day it was!!!

As usual it was great fun at the Working Bee at the Clubhouse.  The weather was sunny and perfect.   Great turnout - great atmosphere.  What more could you ask for?  Thank you everyone.

The Painters were a-painting.  The Window and Glass Cleaners were making things sparkalarkalarkaling.....  The Machine Repairers and Maintenance Angels were breathing new life into our equipment, making them look and operate like new.  You could hear the little bearings cooing 'thank you' as they were oiled and greased and tightened.  Odds and ends were sorted, bits and pieces were put back into their proper place and graffiti scrubbed away.

Lots of freshly baked buns, salad, cheese, chicken, ham etc was provided for lunch.  There was even enough for seconds !!!  (We have just mentioned the healthy food groups ------ we won't talk about the cakes and vanilla slices etc!!!!).  Appetites were impressive and the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere was wonderful.

Even our canine neighbour, ‘Lola’ couldn’t help herself and had to pay a visit to see what was going on. Couldn't tell if she approved or not as she was too preoccupied with making friends with one of our Members, Claudia.

Thank you to all of our many Members who came in on a Sunday and put in a full day’s work to help the Club.  There are too many to name and at the risk of overlooking someone, we will leave the photographs to speak for themselves.  Apologies to those Members whom the camera did not capture.

Once again, thank you one and all.  



                                                                           


Great News.  We have our new roof !!!

Attached below are the 'before' and 'after' photographs of the Club's new roof.  

You can see where the money has been spent.

We can all be very proud of our fundraising efforts.

Thank you to the Members who donated items that were put up for sale to help raise the necessary funds.

Thank you to the many Members who happily purchased those items.  

The Club appreciates your generous spirit.    Well done and thank you everyone. 




                                                                           

BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE, SUNDAY, 18TH APRIL 2021

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR OFFERING UP YOUR TIME TO COME AND HELP THE CLUB.

WE WERE FIRING ON ALL GASS CYLINDERS !!!!

The day started out a little slow, but before anyone knew it, things started to heat up.  At one stage, orders were coming in so hard and fast that the team had trouble keeping up with the demand.   

At the start we weren't sure whether this COVID thing might have an impact on people wanting their usual Bunnings sausage fix, but this proved not to be the case.  At times the queue of people lining up for a 'MLC Sausage' almost reached back to the Bunnings entrance.

So all in all it was a great day, everyone was pleased with the whole event.

Thanks to all who turned up to work a 'sausage shift' (those pictured and many, many more).


                                                                                                


DON (Donald George) SHEPHERD 18 January 1934 - 30 January 2021 


FAREWELL DON


It is with the greatest of sorrow that the Mordialloc Lapidary Club informs its Members of the passing of Don Shepherd.

Don was a Life Member of the Club and the enormous contributions and efforts he made over the years helped make our Club the great Club that it is today.

We thank him so much for all the energy he put into the Club for the benefit of all of us. 

Don was a passionate supporter of the Club and of the art of lapidary in all its forms.  He had a cheeky and quirky sense of humour, a dry wit and a direct and straightforward manner.

Thank you for the many times that you stopped what you were doing to answer questions from our Members. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, your willingness to share your knowledge and experience and your unwavering loyalty to the Club. 

 

Don was a true character and sadly his passing represents an ‘end of era’ moment for the Club.

                                                                'vale'   Don.


                                                                                  






DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, THERE WAS NO GEMFAIR IN 2020


                                                                           

















GEMFAIR 2019 MAJOR RAFFLE PRIZES (handmade and donated by Club Members)


Note: Amethyst crystal dome donated by Crystal World. 

















Gemfair 2015 was a great success












GEMFAIR 2014

Our thanks to everyone who took part, to all the volunteers who set up and took down the stalls, displays and kitchen equipment; who made items for the Club and General stall and who made cakes and scones.  Personally, driving that big truck was the most fun I have had for a month or two!

 











ENAMELLING



SAW PIERCING CLASS



SAUSAGES EVERYWHERE


NEW SILVERSMITHING CLASSES



AROUND THE CLUBROOMS



WIRE WRAPPING WORKSHOP


CHRISTMAS LUNCH



Rene Maine receives a life membership for her work for the club.

 
 Santa Arrives to hand out gifts


GEMFAIR 2013