We’re Baaacck! (The Rock, Gem & Silver Club)

Pictured are recent projects designed and completed by our members. Have fun, get creative, and learn something new!

“Nita” Metzbower, President

Yes, we are back and very excited to welcome everyone to our “in-person” general meeting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18, in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club. Since April of 2020, we are so happy to be all together again!

Who’s Invited? You are! Whether you are new to Sun Lakes, year-rounders, returning snowbirds, or former members, come join us! Monthly meetings are held on the third Monday, October through April, and are open to all Sun Lakes residents.

What do we do there? Make new friends, learn about the club, and talk with instructors of 21 different Creative Crafts classes. Examples are Lapidary, Silver, Lost Wax, Glass, Gourds, Ming Trees, Wire Wrap, and Beading.

After selecting a class, then what? First you complete the class, and then you are permitted to use the tools and equipment in our “open” shops. Qualified monitors are on duty to help you with your project and assure your safety. We currently have three craft shops located in Oakwood, Cottonwood, and Sun Lakes Country Club.

One year anniversary: It is great news that our three craft shops have been open and fully functioning (within COVID-19 parameters) for over a year, since July of 2020 with no adverse effects to anyone!

Fourth shop expansion: Our fourth and newest craft shop will be located in Cottonwood. In addition to our current shop, this new shop will have 400 square feet dedicated to classes for up to 20 people. It will feature two new kilns for Fused Glass. Other classes to be offered are Stained Glass, Precious Metal Clay, Gourds, Beading, Ming Trees, Dichroic Glass, and Wire Wrap/Woven Bracelets. Stay tuned for the fall opening.

New field trip coordinator: It’s been a very long, dry spell, but the board of directors will vote to approve a new field trip coordinator at the Oct. 4 board meeting. This vital position will bring a wealth of knowledge to lead groups on exciting field trips. Possibilities include touring the Pinal Geology and Mineral Museum in Coolidge, and the annual Flagg Gem & Mineral Show at Mesa Community College. In addition, the club will again offer various “rock-hounding” day trips to the surrounding mountains and desert “river washes.”

Open Houses in Sun Lakes: As one of the largest and oldest clubs in Sun Lakes, we will be hosting information tables at all three neighborhoods as follows (mark your calendars to attend for FREE and get the latest information):

Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Oakwood ballroom from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23, at Sun Lakes Country Club from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Cottonwood from 10:30 a.m. to noon

Can’t wait? Just go online to our website www.slrgs.com, and there you will enjoy reading and seeing everything you ever wanted to know about the Sun Lakes Rock, Gem & Silver Club.