Speaker Mike Collins Provides Dramatic Visualizations of Hotspot Evolution

Speaker Mike Collins Provides Dramatic Visualizations of Hotspot Evolution

Synopsis of February Friday night Lecture: Mike Collins, a retired administrator in manufacturing, and an avid mountaineering and geology enthusiast, presented his slide show “Flood Basalts, Hot Spots, and Spreading Centers and the Creation of the Western Landscape,” to a full house last month at the GSOC Friday night lecture. His show was based upon a manuscript he has produced explaining the evolution of the Western landscape in terms that non-technical people can understand. It is lavishly illustrated with scratchboard drawings that he has drawn, which take the reader back to scenes he describes in the book. 

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February Board Meeting Notes

President Bo Nonn called the meeting to order at the home of Rosemary Kenney. We thank Rosemary for having graciously hosting our board meetings since 2000. Board members present constituting quorum were Rik Smoody, Dawn Juliano, Paul Edison-Lahm, Marty Muncie, Larry Purchase, Janet Rasmussen, and Sheila Alfsen. Other members present included Carol Hasenberg, Dave Olcott, Jane Walpole, Peregrine Edison-Lahm, and Doug Rasmussen. The minutes from our December meeting were approved. 

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Holiday Party Wrap-up

Holiday Party Wrap-up

Ho, ho, ho! This party rocks! 

It was 3 weeks before Christmas and all was joyous at the 2016 GSOC Holiday Party. A good selection of entrees and salads, and a vast array of desserts were gobbled up by the participants. Then our fine musicians led a selection of Christmas standards and provided a magical atmosphere. The eating and singing were followed by a slide show of this past year’s field trips.

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Post-Election Turmoil Disrupts GSOC Lecture

Post-Election Turmoil Disrupts GSOC Lecture

GSOC members coming to attend the November Friday night lecture were dismayed that the scheduled speaker, Harish Palani of Sunset High School, was unable to attend due to the nearby riots occurring in downtown Portland as a result of the recent national election. GSOC VP Rik Smoody quickly came up with the idea of holding a science bowl with the audience. That was followed by a discussion by GSOC President Bo Nonn about his September trip to the south Oregon coast. 

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Nominating Committee Results: Next Year's Slate of Officers

The following slate of officers has been selected by this year’s nominating committee:

President ........................................................................... Rik Smoody
Vice President .................................................................. Sheila Alfsen
Secretary ........................................................................... Paul Edison-Lahm
Treasurer .............................................................................Dawn Juliano
Director, 3 years .............................................................. Carol Hasenberg
Director, 2 years ............................................................... Larry Purchase
Director, 1 year .................................................................. Martha Muncie

Nominations will be closed for this year’s slate of officers after the January meeting of the society.  The slate of officers will be voted on and approved at the February monthly meeting. The Nominating Committee members were Bo Nonn, Larry Purchase, and Paul Edison-Lahm.  Our thanks to the selected members and members of the Nominating Committee! 

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Don’t Forget to Re-up Your Membership!

GSOC Dues are Due Soon

GSOC members and prospective members, please remember to renew your memberships for 2017. Your membership benefits include: 

  • Helping serve GSOC’s mission of promoting geology education in the Northwest, including PSU geology scholarships

  • Welcome to join in all GSOC functions, including field trips, Holiday Party, Annual Banquet and Picnic, and more!

  • A printed version of the GSOC newsletter if you choose

  • A great time with all your GSOC friends!
     

Renew online here. PS: If you joined the club after September 1, 2016, your dues are paid through 2017!!! 

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