WSRC Officers


President: Annette Nelson
Vice President: Scott Ryan
Secretary: Sue Fox
Treasurer: Audrey Vogelpohl
Federation Director: Lyle Vogelpohl
Director at Large: Ken Schmidt
Mineral Council Reps: (open)
Newsletter - Editor: Mike Wall
Current Past President: Brooke Babcock


Show Co-Chairs: Sue Fox, Annette Nelson
Programs: (Vice President)
Refreshments/Hospitality: Sue Fox
Membership: Mary Bentler
Historian: Audrey Vogelpohl
Library Chair: Erin Thompson
Field Trips: Barry Nevin
Webmaster: Annette Nelson
Junior Advisor: Scott Smith

Club History

Purpose of the West Seattle Rock Club, Inc.
To conduct classes and seminars in geology, mineralogy, crystallography and paleantology and workshops in lapidary arts and skills.

To conduct field trips for exploration and collection of minerals, gems, rocks, and fossils.

To promote shows and displays or to join with other clubs, societies or federations in the promotion of displays and shows of minerals, gems, rocks, fossils and lapidary products.

To publish a monthly periodical known as WEST SEATTLE PETROGLYPHS relating to club activities, affairs and subjects relative to the purpose of the club, for distribution to the members.

History of the West Seattle Rock Club, Inc.

The first meeting of the West Seattle Rock Club was held January 21, 1965.
There were 15 charter members. In 1981, there were 84 members.
July 15-16 in 1967, we had our first show with Frank Minert as chairman. It was a big success as were all succeeding shows. Visitors from Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Orient have signed the show guest book. The show is now held in April. We have cases displaying the work and collections of our members; we have dealers, demonstrators, and one of the liveliest, noisiest silent auctions in existence.

Our news bulletin, The West Seattle Petroglyphs, was started in 1966 with Guy Michael as editor. Throughout the years, it has been a prize winner.

In 1968, Fred and Charleen Haggerty, editors, were awarded third place in the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies bulletin contest.
In 1969, Fred and Charleen were No. 1 in the Top 10 of the NFMS contest.
In 1972, Gay and Elsie Maddux, editors, were awarded 1st place in the Top 10.
In 1978, Bob Ross won first prize in the AFMS contest for individual articles with his "The Never Ending Field of Geology".
In 1978, Ella Cox, editor, placed fifth in the small bulletin category.
In 1979, Ella Cox, editor, was awarded a third place plaque and a top ten in all classifications certificate, NFMS contest.

In 1980, Ruby Elliott, editor, was awarded fourth place, New Editors category, in the NFMS contest.
Our members have won awards in other forms of competition, too:
Irene Weaver. In 1967, 2nd place red ribbon in silver work. In 1968, 1st place blue ribbon in silverwork.
Delena Fairley. In 1967, 3rd place in jewelry making. In 1968, 1st place blue ribbon in jewelry making.
Jean Minert. In 1970, Novice, 1st place in jewelry and best in division.
Frank Cozens. In 1971, Novice, 1st place blue ribbon for obsidian ships. In 1974, Advanced, 1st place blue ribbon for obsidian ships.
Frank Cozens received his NFMS and AFMS masters blue ribbons in 1983 at Spokane combined NF/AFMS show.

Toby Cozens was very involved with the club being Federation Director, Treasurer for a number of years and Circulation for the Newsletter and in charge of the Library; among other responsibilities that she gladly accepted.
In 1981, our club was awarded third place for its case at the NFMS show.
There are many sides to our hobby - - making cabochons, faceting, silver work, enamelling, and collecting minerals and fossils. Long time members are always willing to help newcomers in their chosen field.

AFMS Code of Ethics

I WILL respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owned land without permission from the owner.
I WILL Keep informed on all laws, regulations and rules governing collecting on public lands and will observe them.
I WILL, to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
I WILL use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting areas.
I WILL cause no willful damage to property of any kind, such as fences, signs, buildings, etc.
I WILL leave all gates as found.
I WILL build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
I WILL discard no burning materials - matches, cigarettes, etc.
I WILL fill all excavation holes which may be dangerous to livestock.
I WILL not contaminate wells, creeks or other water supplies.
I WILL cause no damage to collecting material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
I WILL support the Rockhound Project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter, Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
I WILL cooperate with Field Trip leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
I WILL report to my Club or Federation Officers, Bureau of Land Management, or other proper authorites, any deposit of petrified wood or other material on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations and for public educational and scientific purposes.
I WILL appreciate and protect our heritage of Natural Resources.
I WILL observe the "Golden Rule", will use Good Outdoor Manners and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.

Excerpts from The West Seattle Rock Club Brags Book, circa 1982