“Doc” McCoy really is a “Doc”. He retired from a career as an orthopedic surgeon, enrolled at App State to get a geology degree and opened Doc’s Gem Mine to pursue a passion he has had since he was a kid. His sister died from breast cancer just months after opening in 2007, so he raises funds for cancer research each year. It’s a family business; both his wife and his son work there. They use regional mines and do not “seed” buckets with gems. He offers educational field trips for schools and has a real fossil collection, too. A big success story: a 15 year old boy from Raleigh found a large ruby when mining his bucket. That “rock”, once cut, turned into a 10 1/2 carat ruby that was valued at $113,000!
What would we do without these two guys?? Club Secretary Greg Davis (at left) does a great job keeping our records up-to-date and Treasurer Bill Leahey does a great job of keeping track of the finances of both the club account and the club’s foundation account. Thanks for your work, guys!
Horse Show Chair Jim Clabough (at right) presented club President Basil Kuzyszyn with a check from the Blowing Rock Horse Show Foundation for our share of the Horse Show program ads. This check, combined with a $10,000 advance our club foundation got to finance the Rotary gazebo, totaled $22,461.71. Clabough thanked all members who helped make it all possible.