Thursday, October 26, 2023

November 2023 Del Air Calendar of Events

Thursday November 2: General Meeting - 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at Northridge United Methodist Church

Sunday November 5: Daylight Savings Time Ends - Set those clocks back one hour

Saturday November 11: Veteran's Day - Time to honor our Veterans

Thursday November 16: Board Meeting - 7:30 pm at Bernadette Friedman's house

Saturday November 18: Shop Day - See article

Thursday November 23: Thanksgiving Day - Everybody give thanks and eat turkey!


Nov. 2023 Meeting Program: Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift & Plant Distribution Through Time  Presented by Walt Wright

Who is Walt Wright? Walt is an expert Botanist, Ecologist, Geologist, and Paleobotanist from Brea, California. He has professional experience in these fields, including working as a Naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Angeles Forest, education and research at the University of California, Riverside, and as consultant to federal government agencies on endangered species restoration and resource mitigation. Come join us as Walt discusses Plate Tectonics, Continental Drift & Plant Distribution through time illustrated with fossil specimens.


The Rockhound Dennis Miller Show:

Dennis will fill us in on November's birthstones, Citrine & Topaz. Dennis also asks all members to bring in something for show & tell to share with our members and guests.


Del Air Shop Day - Saturday November 18, 2023:

Hello Members! It's that time again. Announcing our final Shop Day for 2023! Saturday November 18, 2023 10 am to 4 pm at Jeff Dengrove's house. In addition to the usual Genie's, Barranca Contour Polisher, Slab Saws, Grinders and Trim Saws, we will be introducing a new Drill Press and a new Pearl Drilling Machine as well. These two new machines will drill softer material such as pearls, shells, wood beads, nuts, seeds and the like. Genuine pearls will be provided. Please keep in mind these machines will not drill harder materials such as quartz, agate, jade etc. As with past Shop Days, I will announce this at our November general meeting on Thursday November 2. We have room for 10 people only. (must be club members) I will advise all members to contact me via email ( or via text (818-439-0217) anytime after 10 am on Friday November 3. The first 10 to contact me accordingly, will be the ones to attend the shop day. This allows all members a fair chance at a spot. I will respond to all that reply to me for a spot and advise if you are attending or not.



The Del Air Rockhounds had another great night visiting Vintage Magnet School during their NASA NIGHT. Our booth was manned by Chris Ward, Bob Knox, Jeff Dengrove, Aileen Beckers, Pam Abbott, Bernadette Friedman and Maxine & Bob Dearborn. We had a very busy 2 hours talking about our Ice Age Display, touch & feel rocks, playing our free educational game, spinning the wheel and selling our goodies. We had a packed room of kids and their parents and it was a fun time. Our Education Outreach Program was a success again! Remember, we can always use your help at these functions. Let us know when you can help.


Our current proposed 2024 slate of officers is as follows:

President: Jeff Dengrove                                                                                                       Vice President: Open                                                                                                                                  2nd Vice President: Open                                                                                                         Secretary: Bob Dearborn                                                                                                                Treasurer: Shellie Van Winkle                                                                                                                        Fed. Director: Bob Knox                                     

We will be taking additional nominations from the floor during our December meeting for all positions. Both the VP and 2nd VP positions are currently open. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions so we may move forward with a full slate for 2024. It involves only a couple hours of your time on the third Thursday of each month. It's fun! It's rewarding! It's EASY!


Del Air Rockhounds 2024 Holiday Party

Dec 7, 2023 @ 6:30 pm (1 hour earlier than usual)

SiO2 - Silicon Dioxide - More Commonly Known as Quartz:

Our program theme this year is Quartz in all its forms and colors. We are asking all members to bring in something from the quartz family to add to the centerpiece of the table you will be sitting at. Our dinner will be member-provided potluck dishes reflecting your cultural background. Either a main dish, side dish or dessert. A blast email to all members will go out mid November asking you to provide the name and type of dish you will be bringing. Please, please, please pay attention to your emails and respond promptly. The email will be updated periodically with the menu items and resent out to the membership. Your dish should provide for approximately 8 people. Hot dishes should be prepared and cooked at home. We have ovens and warming drawers at the church to keep your dish warm until meal time. We already have a designated kitchen staff to oversee the hot dishes. Coffee, holiday punch, water and all dinnerware will be provided. We are greatly looking forward to yet another successful Del Air potluck!