2023 Mid-Year Meeting

Midyear meeting will be held in Kennewick, Washington on Saturday, April 29th, at 1:00pm.  The meeting is in conjunction with the Lakeside Gem and Mineral Show, celebrating its 26th annual show, so be sure to plan to attend while you are there.
For those folks who are unable to attend in person, following is a link via zoom. 

The NFMS will hold a Mid-Year meeting in conjunction with the 26th Annual Show of the Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club in Kennewick, WA.
The Mid-Year Meeting will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on Saturday April 29th in Building #3 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak Street.

The Lakeside Show is being held in the adjacent Building #2, not Building #1 where it has been in the past.

Registration will start at 12:30 PM.  There will be a food vendor available for lunch and dinner that day in conjunction with the ongoing Show.
Hours for the Show on Saturday are from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

RV camping is available at the Fairgrounds with electricity and water available for $10/night.
If you plan to use these facilities please send an email to Larry Hulstrom at rockhound132@charter.net prior to April 15 indicating date of arrival and duration of stay so an accurate count can be kept and space can be planned.
Payment will be collected upon arrival at the Fairgrounds.  There are a number of motels throughout the immediate area in Kennewick.  Information about a few of these has been provided below.

The members of the Lakeside Gem and Mineral Club would like extend a warm invitation to join us for the NFMS Mid Year meeting and encourage you to stay over to attend our annual show.
In addition to 16 dealers, we will have about 50 displays, a fluorescent mineral display, a silent auction, a Kid’s Corner, demonstrations, and door prizes.
On Sunday morning from 8 AM to noon there will also be tailgating outside the show building for anyone interested.
Come join your fellow rockhounds for a weekend of fun and fellowship and take in the sites that the area has to offer.


Directions to the Mid Year Meeting in Kennewick, Washington at the
Benton County Fairgrounds on April 29, 2023

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Zoom Meeting Instructions or Download Here!

Coming into the Tri-Cities area from the south on Highway 395 turn right (east) onto 10th Ave (the third stop light coming into town).
Follow this about 3 miles.  The fairgrounds will be visible on the right side just past and behind a park.
Once at the Fairgrounds gate you will see the Show building to the right in Building #2.
RV camping will be available near that building or in an adjacent area.
Walk over to the show to obtain more specific directions for parking.
Ask for the RV Camping Coordinator.
The Mid Year Meeting will be held in Building #3 which is adjacent to Building #2.

From anywhere else coming into Kennewick it would be best to find your way to Highway 395 and take the turn east onto 10th Avenue and then follow it down to the Fairgrounds.




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The following motels are available within 5 miles of the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Visit the Tri-cities webpage at http://www.visittri-cities.com, or call the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau at 509-735-8486 or 800-254-5824 for more information.

Best Western Plus Kennewick
4001 W. 27th Ave
Kennewick, WA 99337
509-586-1332 or 1-800-528-1234

Baymont Inn & Suites
4220 W. 27th Pl
Kennewick, WA 99337

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
2600 S. Quillan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99337

Hampton Inn Kennewick at Southridge
3715 Plaza Way
Kennewick, WA 99338

Comfort Suites
3703 Plaza Way
Kennewick, WA 99338

Kennewick Suites
321 N. Johnson
Kennewick, WA 99337

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Zoom Meeting Instructions

NFMS Mid Year Meeting (In Person and via Zoom) on April 29, 2023
1:00 – 3:00 PM PST
Instructions for Calling in via Zoom

If you need an overview of Zoom there are many links out there on Youtube such as the following link and short video at https://youtu.be/5iap0Ffl5Lg which shows students how to start and use the application.

You will want to first download ZOOM and create a username for the application on your device: i.e., laptop, computer, android, or iphone.  Do this sometime before the meeting.  Then all you need is the URL below (Option 1), and you can connect after logging into Zoom

There are 3 different options to join:

Option 1) click on the direct link provided below to join the meeting via your browser (this is probably the easiest for most folks).  You can begin joining the meeting as early as 10 minutes prior to the start time.


Option 2) log into Zoom and enter the following to join a meeting

Meeting ID: 894 2402 5113

Option 3) join by phone with no video select One tap mobile

+12532158782,,89424025113# US (Tacoma)
+12532050468,,89424025113# US
Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 253 205 0468 US
Meeting ID: 894 2402 5113
Find your local number: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kdVXp4D5nt


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