Karen Massing was the guest of Wayne Massing.
Donn Etherington, Chelan County Commissioner, District 1, was the guest of Jim Huffman.
Brian Campbell was also a club guest.
-PJ Jones announced that there will be a BBQ at Tom Utigard's orchard 10 miles North of Wenatchee on Hwy. 97A, on Sunday, Aug. 18th from 1-4 pm. This is to welcome our new inbound exchange student Adele from Switzerland, and her Wenatchee host family. Attendees with names starting from A-L, please bring a salad; those with names M-Z, please bring a side dish.
Lee De La Torre, from The Diamond Foundry, was the guest speaker. Lee is a manufacturing engineer and is the primary person responsible for the construction and installation of The Diamond Foundry in Wenatchee. He came to Wenatchee from the Bay Area of Calif.
Lee described the process of diamond making as "growing diamonds", since each diamond produces starts as a small slice of diamond. That slice gets carbon added to it in a proprietary process to make a grown diamond. They are 100% carbon.
By comparison, mined diamonds are from artisanal mines, mainly in Africa and Russia. About 250 ton of dirt must be moved for each 1 carat diamond unearthed. There are about 1 million miners working for about $1 per day.
Grown diamonds are produced in the USA. Their vertically integrated process has about 14 steps from the manufacturing process to being a piece of jewelry. The Diamond Foundry does many of these steps themselves, but has other help in the processes.
The basic process is described as a diamond seed or slice put into a "reactor", and is heated up to 10,000 degrees. It is bombarded with carbon gas and the carbon atoms attach themselves to the seed. The process to grow one diamond may take weeks, but many are "grown" at once.
Their diamond are serialized and grown to >9+ carats. The costs are typically between about 10-25% of the cost of mined diamond. Each grown diamond can be finished into one of 40 different cuts. Their production should start within 2 to 2 1/2 years. Sixty per cent of their employees are from the Wenatchee area, with many veterans being hired. New workers are trained on site.
Club President Taro Masuda said the club was donating a children's book to the North Central Washington Regional Library in Lee's name.
Meeting was adjourned at 8 am.