Friday, November 27, 2020

Del Air December 2020 Calendar of Events

Thursday December 03: ‘Zoom’ General Meeting @ 7:30 pm

Meeting invites to be sent out to all members with an email address 2-3 days before the meeting.       

Thursday December 10: Hanukkah Begins @ Sundown                          And continues for Eight Crazy Nights.                                                                                     

Thursday December 17: Board Meeting @ 7:30 pm                                  At the Dearborn’s Home

 Friday December 25: Christmas Day.


President’s Message

It is with a sad heart that I remind you all that we won’t be having our annual Holiday Party this year, as I’m sure you already know. It will be the first time in the sixteen years I have been with the club that this has happened and the first time in the past 10 years that I will not have the honor of planning the holiday festivities for all of our dedicated members. A task that I truly enjoy and will sorely miss this year. Well, this year is almost over and with the Covid vaccine right around the corner, I’m confident 2021 will bring us back to a semblance of normal where we can return to our in-person meetings and resume our Education Outreach activities. Hopefully within the few months! We Del Airs are a very resilient bunch and I have no doubt we will bounce back bigger and better than ever. I wish you all a Happy & Joyous Holiday Season and a Fantastically Happy New Year!

Chris Ward, President; Editor
 General ‘Zoom’ Meeting: 7:30 pm Thurs Dec 3, 2020

Normally our meetings would begin at 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at:

Northridge United Methodist Church - 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

However, due to the Covid19 Pandemic, the church still remains closed as of this writing.    ********************                                                   November’s ‘Zoom’ Program:

The Triumphant Return of the Rockhound Dennis Miller Show

Presented by: Rockhound Dennis Miller

Join us at our December 2020 Zoom Meeting for the…                                                                        Triumphant Return of the Rockhound Dennis Miller Show”                                   Dennis will be here live with a holiday themed presentation that is sure to be a special treat for all to enjoy. As always, Dennis will be informative and entertaining as he presents to you what he has put together for our December meeting. I don’t know exactly what he has up his sleeve but I have no doubt it will be a lot of fun.                                                                                              

Chris Ward – President; Editor

Shop Tricks

Club Secretary Bob Dearborn will be giving an educational presentation on how to clean silver using everyday household ingredients. So be prepared to jot down a few notes so you can then pull out your own silver items and start cleaning away!

(Watch your email for your Zoom invite 2-3 days before the meeting.)

 December’s Birthstones:


This December birthstone adorns the funerary mask of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. It also appears in jewelry belonging to more modern royalty: Wallace Simpson (1896–1986), Duchess of Windsor (the woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up his throne), wore a famous amethyst and turquoise necklace made by Cartier. Turquoise is also the gem of the 11th wedding anniversary.


Tiffany & Co. believed that tanzanite had international appeal and became its main distributor. In 1968, Tiffany launched a major advertising campaign to promote it. With its vivid colors, high clarity and potential for large cut stones, tanzanite quickly became a sensation. Today, it is not only a December birthstone, but it is also the gem for the 24th wedding anniversary.                                                                           


During the Middle Ages, this December birthstone was thought to lull one into a deep sleep and scare off evil spirits. In the Hindu religion, zircon alternates with hessonite garnet as one of the nine gems of the navaratna. When worn together, the nine gems protect the wearer and bring wealth, wisdom and good health. Victorians had a fondness for blue zircon. Fine specimens can be found in English estate jewelry from the 1880s.  Courtesy of


Upcoming Club Shows

Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, all scheduled club shows through the end of 2020 have been cancelled. The first scheduled show of 2021 is the Antioch Lapidary Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show currently set for February 20-21, 2021 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, 1201 West 10th St, Antioch, CA - Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily. This show is subject to change or cancellation depending on State guidelines in place at that time. Show information to be updated again in our December 2020 issue.

Chris Ward – Editor