Mordi-Agate News 

To access the Mordi-Agate News for 2022, please click on the link below. 

Folders for earlier publications can also be viewed by clicking on the links below.  

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 12th February 2022 at the Clubrooms.  The proceedings and outcome of the Meeting will be captured in the official MLC Minutes, a copy of which will be available for perusal in due course.  We thank all those Members who attended.

Awards for 2022:

The Mordialloc Lapidary Club President’s Award:  This Award was presented to Pannarai Volpe.

The Mordialloc Lapidary Club’s Life Member Award: The Award this year went to Kerrie Brown.

A big thank you to our outgoing Committee Members:

We would like to pass on our gratitude to the outgoing Members of our Committee. The effort that each individual has made over the past 12 months has really been appreciated and valued.  

Each and every Committee Member has contributed a lot of extra time, above and beyond the call of duty, and this has truly helped to ensure that the Club continues to survive and prosper well into the near future.

Serving as a Member requires dedication and tenacity. Thank you one and all for the contributions that were made, and continue to be made, both on a personal and professional level in working towards securing our Clubrooms and the future of the Club.

Welcome to our newly elected Committee Members:

We thank those Members who have willingly taken on the role of a Committee Member for yet another term.

For those Members who have volunteered their services as a Committee Member for the very first time, we welcome you and offer our appreciation and thanks. Committee Members do such a great job by contributing their talents and skills in a team environment. 

Thank you and congratulations to all.

Committee Members: 

President                                           Llianne Forrer
Vice President                                  To be advised
Secretary                                           Di Silva
Assistant Secretary                          Ray Wright 
Treasurer                                          Pannarai Volpe
Assistant Treasurer                         Sandra Seemann

Ordinary Committee Members

Trina Schoorman
Kimberley Headford
Sue Turner
Margaret Swims
Guy Sherman
Tony White
Alice Silva Timu

VGCA and AFLACA Delegate Representatives are Ray White and Kimberley Headford.

Social and Field Trip Officers are Alice Silva Timu and Lois Romer.  (If anyone has any ideas or suggestions that Alice and Lois might be interested in, please let them know.)

MLC Facebook - Tania Roche

MLC Webpage - Rayner Marsh 

We thank everyone so much for their willingness to offer their time. Our Club really does need the assistance and support of everyone in order to succeed. We feel confident that our Club will be in the best of hands for the upcoming year.


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.


New adventures are around the corner

Dear Members,

With two very difficult years behind us, here’s hoping that the year 2022 will be the year that symbolises a fresh start and a return to normalised and happy experiences.  

I’d like to thank all the Members who have worked so hard over the last couple of years to keep the Club, your Club, afloat.  We have some very generous Members at our Club – Members who have supported the Club with donations of items to sell and/or monetary donations, all of which have been very much appreciated. 

Also, thanks must go to all the Members who have worked steadfastly behind the scenes keeping all of us informed of any changes, any updates relating to COVID restrictions and general works and happenings around the Club. Thanks to all our Members and Duty Officers who have provided support and assistance to the Club during quite difficult times.

A New Year allows us an opportunity to reinvigorate our mind and body and renew our enthusiasm for the things that we love.  We welcome 2022 with renewed hope and high spirit! 

We wish each and every one of you, and your loved ones, all the very best for 2022 and hope to see you at the Club in the New Year.

Best wishes for the year ahead

Llianne Forrer – President


Fire destroys Frankston & Peninsula Lapidary Club Premises

It is with shock and disbelief that we report that the Frankston & Peninsula Lapidary Club premises have been destroyed by fire.  Their Clubrooms will be closed until further notice.  Frankston Lapidary website

Destruction of their Clubrooms has not deterred them, however.  The Club is determined to rebuild and get back to normal activities.  

But as we all know, it takes more than grit and determination to rebuild and recover from such a devastating event.  It takes money. 

In order to help raise some of the necessary funds, the Frankston & Peninsula Lapidary Club has set up a 'Go Fund Me' page.   If you would like to make a financial contribution to help the Club with their rebuilding project, then you can click on the GO FUND ME link below and make a donation.  All and any donations will be appreciated.  

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.

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. 





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 


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.




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


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!









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

 Santa Arrives to hand out gifts