President's Annual Report from AGM, September 2021

60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago on this very day, 4 September 1961, a meeting was held to form a club for hobbyists who wish to collect, identify and cut minerals and gemstones in the Cairns District.

Members, we owe it to past members who formed this club, to keep this club thriving.

Retiring From Presidency

After four years of presidency, I have decided to take a break. I would like to reassure members that I’m not abandoning the club, though I will not be able to attend the club as often as I would like, due to work and leisure commitments.

I leave the club in a financially secure position. It’s time for another member to take up the reins and direct the club for the next twelve months. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as president and found it a great experience. I’m willing to assist the next president whenever I’m available.


Web page builder and administrator John Heenan who has promoted the club from Cairns to the world has also decided to step down from his position. I’m relieved to know that Sokar Phillpot has volunteered to manage the club’s website.

I thank the management committee, our instructors and members for your assistance throughout the year, especially Jan Hannam who devoted 110% of her time and has been relentless since becoming the club secretary.

Also, many thanks go to the ladies in the office of the Federal Member Warren Entsch MP for the printing of The Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc Monthly News and club brochures.

Donor Thanks

Thank you to all the people who have donated prizes, lapidary material and equipment to the Cairns Mineral Lapidary Club Inc. Your donations are much appreciated and assist in promoting the Art of Lapidary and Jewelry Making.

Club Magazine

Jeanne Mora published the last edition of No Stone Unturned in December 2020. Thank you, Jeanne, for all those years of great articles and devoted service. The new magazine Cairns Mineral & Lapidary Club Inc News commenced in February 2021, is edited by Jan and Trevor Hannam and Leigh Twine.

Christmas Party

Last year’s Christmas Party, with Covid Restrictions certainly was different. Marit and Remco, previous members, arrived with their catering food van with a variety of tasty food treats to tempt the taste buds as well as delicious desserts.

Gem Festival

This year’s Gem Festival was fantastic. We also celebrated the club being sixty years old. Michael Healy MP Member for Cairns opened the festival and cut the celebration birthday cake. All the different stalls were loaded with brilliant displays of merchandise, crystal clusters, opals, sapphires, zebra stones, mineral specimens, a variety of slabs, cabochons, handmade jewellery, lapidary tools, materials and equipment and an excellent BBQ. What an amazing weekend, truly a lapidarians’ paradise. Thank you to everybody who attended, worked hard, and contributed to the most successful festival to date.

Facilities Improvements

In the past twelve months we have updated some safety issues: the installation of new fire extinguishers tested and tagged, also all electrical appliances have been tested and tagged, a new industrial first aid kit for the club, a key to the defibrillator is hanging above the first aid kit at the front door. The defibrillator is located outside on the wall next door. Also, we have a new first aid kit to take on fossicking field trips.


The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provided funds to purchase a vacuum casting machine, a wax injector, silicon mould kits and three little gas oxy torches that have been installed in flame proof bays in the jewellery room. A slab saw was purchased, and the shipping container has been patched and painted.

Michael Hardcastle
President Cairns Mineral and Lapidary Club Inc.