November Friends Meeting

The Friends Members meeting was held on November 18th at the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. Fifty-six attendees enjoyed a stimulating presentation by Steve Rowlands, professor emeritus of geology at UNLV and manager of the paleontology lab at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Steve’s discussion was “The Amazing Geology and Paleontology of Frenchman Mountain and Rainbow Gardens.”

Steve’s passion and knowledge for the Frenchman Mountain area was evident in his presentation. The audience was caught up in the discussion and thoroughly enjoyed the session. Everyone went away with quite a bit more knowledge about Frenchman Mountain and the Rainbow Gardens.

The Friends would like to sincerely thank Steve for sharing his knowledge and time and welcome him back anytime. Thanks, Steve!

The highlights of the business meeting were::

  1. Review and approval of the October minutes
  2. an update on museum activities to redo the main exhibition hall by Sarah Hulme. Sarah also gave a fitting tribute to Mary Gafford, a founding
    member of the Friends and a long time supporter of the Museum. Mary passed away recently.
  3. Kathi Thomason indicated that the Friends total cash on hand was $22,658. She also mentioned that $8,044 of that amount was reserved to
    purchase new mannequins for the Museum.
  4. The last fundraiser of the year will be at Pinot’s Palette on December 5 The cost is $39/person and plenty of seats are still left for
    the event. Painting starts at 2 PM, with the doors open at 1:30. Join us for some fun painting and wine.
  5. The Members handbook is being edited. Plan is to be complete by December meeting
  6. The Speakers for first 3 months of 2022 were announced
  7. A sincere Thank you went to Barbara and Barney Tabach for the donation of four beautiful Roy Purcell paintings for our spring “Silent Auction.”
  8. The Friends officers will meet with Museum staff on December 10 for a get to know each other breakfast.
  9. Three raffle winners were selected.
  10. The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 pm.

The Friends December meeting will be held on December 16 at the Nevada State Museum at 2:30pm. There will be no guest speaker at this meeting,
but there will be a celebration of 2021 and a look to 2022.