Vol. XXXVII, No. 6 --- June 2000
Those of us who serve CFMS often hear questions about what CFMS does for their member clubs. Only on the rarest of occasions does one hear a club ask how it can help CFMS. A recent e-mail response to a column I wrote on CFMS services piqued my interest. The writer of the e-mail inquired as to why CFMS doesn't do anything in the northern California area. It appeared to the writer that all the activities seem to happen in the southern half of the state, or at least not in the part of northern California where the writer's club is.
Actually, CFMS has sponsored activities in most parts of the state (and Nevada) in recent years. If a show, workshop or other activity hasn't been hosted in your part of California (or Nevada), it is because your club or another club in your area hasn't stepped up and said, "We want to host a !" Any time a club volunteers to host a workshop OR a show, our CFMS volunteers check it out. CFMS depends upon its member clubs to step forward and offer to be a host. Perhaps that club in Northern California would like to host a workshop of some kind. Bob Stultz, the 1st VP-President elect, sets up the workshop schedule and would like to hear from you. To date he has not been overwhelmed with requests.
CFMS is an organization made up of unpaid and often unappreciated volunteers, just like its member clubs. Its officers and committee persons receive no pay for their services. Many have no specialized training; others possess special talents and skills that would merit a handsome salary in the business world. Where else could you find this army of people quite willing to work on your behalf for nothing other than an occasional verbal or written "thank you".
Our programs, except for the Earth Science Studies, are funded by dues and income from the Endowment Fund. There is not enough available for renting facilities and doing the ground work for workshops on our own. We must depend on the clubs to handle this matter for us. We will provide the speakers and the ideas ...all we ask is that a club provide the place. If it sometimes seems that everything is happening in one part of the state, it is probably because clubs in that area were the only ones which volunteered to play host!
By the way ..we are always interested in hearing from clubs interested in hosting the annual Convention and Show! Let us hear from you.
Field Trips - North
Field trips are an integral part of rockhounding. When asked why did you join a gem and mineral club, one the most common response is " to go on field trips". Rock collecting is fun and rewarding, not only for the rocks, minerals and fossils collected but also for the time spent out in nature and with other rockhounds. Being a field trip leader is also fun and rewarding, and adds many responsibilities. When you accept the duties of a field trip leader you accept the responsibility to provide a safe, enjoyable and productive rock collecting experience.
The main tasks of a field trip leader are to organize and to lead. However, you can still be a good and effective field trip leader even if you don't know the collecting site. In this case you need a good guide; somebody who is very knowledgeable and familiar with the site. Not all good field trip leaders are guides and not all good guides are good field trip leaders. To be successful takes planning, preparation, care and dedication to do a good job, and an interest in field trips and collecting. There is no one way to be a field trip leader. Good field trip leaders come to it from many and varied backgrounds. Experience seems to be the best teacher and learning from one's mistakes the second best. A third is to observe how other field trip leaders do their job. A key for most field trip leaders is that they love to go on field trips, they love to collect and they enjoy other rockhounds.
There are a number of sources for potential field trips. They include the various professionally written/published field trip guides, CFMS Map Book (old and out of print), word of mouth from other field trip leaders and experienced field trip articles in magazine, and the like. Too often much of the information is lacking in detail and/or out of date. Once a potential site has been selected, then the real work begins - researching the site, planning, advertising, and finally, and most important, conducting the field trip.
Research. After a trip/collecting site is selected, try to find out as much as possible about the site. This may include a prospecting trip to the site prior to planning and advertising. You need to find out as much as possible about the site - is the site on public or private land, material to be collected, tools required, road conditions, pertinent mileage, camping facilities, potential hazards, etc.
Planning. Planning is a continuous process that starts when the site is selected and ends when the trip is completed. Planning should cover all aspects of the trip down to the smallest detail. It should start far enough in advance so that there can be good, effective, and timely advertising.
Advertising. One of the most important steps to a successful field trip is effective advertising. Effective advertising is the field trip information prepared, presented and distributed in such a way that other rockhounds not only want to come to your trip but do come to your trip. Fliers and notices should be prepared and distributed a minimum of two months in advance of the trip.
Conducting the trip. There are two basic types of field trips - a one-day trip and a multi-day trip. The one-day trip is typically to one site, a minimal driving distance (close to home), and generally focused on just collecting or visiting a museum or mine. In addition to collecting at several sites, a multi-day trip generally involves other rockhound activities - camping, potluck dinners, happy hours, campfires, and extended travel. By it's nature, a multi-day trip involves more planning and attention by the leader, but both require the same steps to conduct. The key to having a successful field trip is for all involved to have a clear, complete understanding of what is going on and when. That is, make sure that all participants know what is going to happen, what is expected of them, and when and where will things happen. You don't want anyone left out or for them to feel confused or left out. Start each trip, each day with a meeting. This meeting should include all details on the collecting (material, tools needed, distance, etc.), the other activities of the day, general and special safety considerations, caravaning, etc. Whenever possible, have examples of material to be collected for everyone to see. Have examples of the material as it will be found in it's natural state so people know what they are looking for.
Responsibilities of the Field Trip Leader. The responsibility of the field trip leader is to conduct a safe and enjoyable trip that provides the participants with the opportunity to collect good quality rocks, minerals and/or fossils. The leader should be familiar with (and have copies) and practice the AFMS Code of Ethics. The leader must see that all participants conduct himself or herself in a safe, responsible manner. And all participants must respect the authority of the field trip leader.
The committee members ofthe Gold & Gem 2000 Show are counting the months until show time at the Riverside Convention Center August 4, 5, and 6 in Riverside, CA.
Interesting programs in the air-conditioned center have been chosen to accommodate your various interests in the field of geology.
Saturday 10:30 AM. Don Brown of the Valley Prospectors will speak and give a demonstration using a metal detector.
Saturday 12 Noon. Bob Jones, author and collector, has chosen to speak on The History of Gold Mining in America.
Saturday 1:30 PM. Bob Reynolds, well known for his wide variety of programs, has not advised me as to the one he has selected.
Saturday 3:00 PM. Tim Thomas, one of our dealers, will be speaking on the nomenclature of opal, the cutting of opal, and the purchasing of this beautiful gem.
Sunday 10:30 am. Kathleen Springer, paleontologist with the San Bernardino County Museum, has chosen as her program Valley of the Mastodons, Fossils from the Diamond Lake Project.
Sunday 12 Noon. Sugar White from Redlands will talk on The Copper Deposits of San Bernardino County.
Sunday 1:30 PM. Francis Lau, who spoke at our 1996 show, will repeat the interesting and educational program on understanding the gemologist's grading system in the quality of diamonds.
Debbie Bunn, who at one time was our CFMS Junior Advisor, is planning junior programs. The times and days will be announced later.
These various programs should pretty well take care of your Saturday and Sunday at the show.
Come early on Friday, so that you may enjoy the numerous displays, the various demonstrations, and our innumerable dealers. Hopefully, you will find some enchanting bauble to take home, as a delightful momento of our fantastic show, Gold & Gem 1000.
Beverly Berg, Program Chairman
via LA Rocks
It's 11:15 p.m. and I'm dead tired after a two-day excursion to Stone Canyon for Jasper in Central California. Having been privileged to work with the CFMS field trip leaders for 1999 and 2000 arranging this trip. I feel I must comment on the events of the day. There were over 163 vehicles that were ferried into the very private area of Stone Canyon. The road is not much more than a cow trail of approximately 5.5 miles once you leave the pavement. As a little background, this area has been closed for about 25 years since the death of Mrs. Bagby and was only recently opened through the efforts of an industrious CFMS South Field Trip Leader. The Ranch Manager was very hesitant and demanded strict control of the access to the property. His biggest fear is that once the location is known then people will try to sneak back in to grab some more of that beautiful rock and in the process due damage to his cattle and facilities.
Getting back to the story I arrived late (about 8:30 a.m. due to my partner oversleeping) to help the trip leader organize and get up the hill at 9 a.m. Upon looking at the line of vehicles lined up to go in, panic swept through my body like a fever. I just knew the Ranch Manger was going to cancel. I just knew he would not risk such a large caravan across his property. After some discussion and spur of the moment planning, He decided to go forward. We signed the hold harmless forms and patiently followed many timid rockhounds over the gorgeous pastureland and hills, arriving about 11:30 a.m. at the digging area. My first thought was "What a Zoo"! People where elbow to elbow, digging like crazy, all with very big smiles on their faces. You would think they were digging pure gold! Well, as the day progressed and the rockhounds filled their buckets and began checking out, the Ranch Manager was still smiling as we left the area at 5 p.m. The day had gone extremely well. The people were courteous, pleasant, friendly and they all personally thanked the Ranch Manager for allowing them access. No major problems were encountered at all and the day made an extremely good impression on a previously concerned and worried landowner. I want to thank every rockhound that went to Stone Canyon today for that. The good behavior and courtesy exercised today will reap many rewards in the future. There is more than a good chance of future trips into the canyon. I really thank you all! The only thing that will can it for sure is for some nut to try to trespass on this ranch to get Brecciated Jasper! It only takes one! Cheers!
We are pleased to report that we did receive three entries, but are a little disappointed that only three made the effort. The three are:
All are in the "small club" category, and all entries will be sent on for national judging after we complete the regional evaluation. Regional results will be announced at the CFMS banquet in Riverside August 5, but national results will not be available until the AFMS convention in Moab, Utah on October 14.
We would like to thank those clubs who did make the effort to enter, and wish them well in the judging.
Corrections/Additions to P L.A.C. Report CFMS Newsletter May 2000 Items 1, 2, and 7 of the list of agreed policies did not print. As these are important to all of us, I will print the missing section below:
CFMS has agreed to encourage its members and friends to comply with the AFMS code of Ethics while using all Public Lands. We will schedule periodic clean-ups as we do in other areas to eliminate the trash that others carelessly leave. As on other public lands we will use the land with care and respect.
The list of agreed policies that did not print is:
See May Issue of CFMS Web Site Newletter for a complete list of agreed policies!
We were saddened to learn of the February death of Francis J. Nash at the age of 87. His wife Annelies was President of CFMS in 1989. Together they worked tirelessly on behalf of CFMS and will belong remembered for their contributions to our organization. Up until a few years ago, they took responsibility for securing the facilities at the Holiday Inn in Visalia for our annual business meeting and are still fondly remembered by older staff members. He will be greatly missed by Annelies, their sons and other family members.
We also learned of the recent death of long time Director Curtis Miller of the Culver City Club. Although he never served as a CFMS officer or committee chair, he was a staunch supporter of CFMS activities and by his own statement had missed only two CFMS shows since 1982. He is survived by his 90 plus-year-old mother.
It's that time of year again. Please send your reports for the packets so that I receive them by July 15. If you like, you can send them via e-mail. If possible, send them as an attachment.
Your reports are important to all of us - so please mark your calendar now.
Program Aids Chair
What is a program chairman to do when a live speaker just can't be located? The answer brings us to the third most popular source of programs reported by CFMS clubs: videotapes on a variety of topics. All one needs is a dark room, a VCR, a video projector and a screen or a monitor, a stadium cushion for the longer tapes - and voila! - the program is underway. (Popcorn is optional.)
Where can one find good videotapes? First and most important, check with your members. More than likely they have succumbed once again to their basic packrat instincts and have purchased videos when visiting museums, mines, foreign lands, other states, national parks, and other locales. These types of videos generally do not receive wide distribution and can be quite novel programs packed with lots of detailed information that may not be well-known even fifty miles away from the original source. May you be lucky enough to find great programs on Burmese Jade, Digging the Panama Canal, a Guided Tour of the Comstock Lode, Gemstones of Idaho, and the like.
OK, so your members don't travel. What now? Perhaps your stay-at-home members are deeply interested in silversrnithing or carving, and have paid the big bucks for an exceptional instructional video. Ask nicely to borrow the tape for one night, and they may just come along to answer questions afterwards, bring samples of similar work that they've done, or show off the tools needed to get good results. Anything, to make sure they get their videotape back!
What do you do when you've shown all your members' videotapes? Well, you might find several new ones to borrow from the members of neighboring clubs or from your local public library, but another good source is the CFMS Slide and Video Library. Richard Fuller, the CFMS Librarian, has put together a catalog which lists all the videos by number and subject. If your club hasn't yet seen Russian Gem Treasures, Collecting Earth's Treasures, Hand-woven Chains, Gemstones of America, The Stewart Tourmaline Story, or the Treasures of the Earth series (Gold, Diamonds, Pearls & Amber), your club has missed the great classics. Please remember to order well in advance of your meeting date, since another club may have already reserved the video you want. Always remember to return the video on time, too, 'e another club may be waiting. The $6 rental fee plus; the cost of mailing the video back is cheaper than having the club purchase the video.
Tip #1: If you see an exceptional video, find out the cost and order info, then tell the CFMS Librarian about it. If the kitty isn't empty, he may be able buy it to add to the collection. And your club will then be able to rent it.
Tip #2: More excellent videos: National Geographic's Splendid Stones, and from Majestic Press, Beautiful Opals: The Queen of Gems. These make wonderful programs.
A note for the future: Every two years, Podium People is scheduled for a facelift. This means that I will be mailing out questionnaires to all the speakers listed in that manual over the summer months and will assemble an updated Podium People for 2000 based on the replies that I receive back in the mail. The master copy will go to Executive Secretary/Treasurer Renata Beaver for copying and release.
You can help with this process. If you know of any likely candidates for inclusion in Podium People, please write, call, or e-mail me their address so that I may k send them a questionnaire.
Thanks and a tip of the hat to:
-D.R. Willette, Program Chair
The March mailbag brought me an excellent listing of ,_ your club's activities. Never let it be said that Henderson, Nevada, rockhounds don't know how to have fun! Enjoy your topaz.
Education Thru Sharing has been a part of the CFMS family for many years and I am happy to present to the California clubs the recognition deserved by our members who do the work of sharing their interests within their communities. Please add your club to the list for this special Millennium year 2000 for CFMS.
The Peninsula Gem & Geology Society, presents Jerry Newcomer. Jerry joined the club in 1951, the second year of the club. He has been very active during these years as Field Trip Chair, Secretary, President, and Vice President the last five years. He always is there helping with the show, helping sort rocks for the club, entering mineral displays, created a granite display board, and assisting new officers. Jerry most important memories are finding his wife in the club and attending a field trip in the 1950's to a gold mine where they traveled into the mine via ore carts, and ore buckets and bought a sample rock using specific gravity in water to determine the quantity of gold in each piece. He has been a great asset to our club these many years.
Submitted by Erma Bandel, Federation Director
Why do you run red lights? Today I saw the results of just such an action. The whole front end of one car was messed up as was the passenger side of the other one.
I see it every time I go down town and almost every time the traffic light changes. The light turns yellow and the approaching vehicle immediately speeds up. You can see it. If you happen to be standing there, you can hear the engine rev up. The car may not enter on the red but so long after the yellow came on that for all practical purposes, the red light is on. And the impatient cross traffic steps on the gas and zooms out into the intersection.
In the case I saw today, I don't know who was in the wrong. It doesn't really matter except maybe to the insurance company or to the police if they should care to issue a traffic ticket.
The MAIN result was that neither car would drive away under its own power. Both parties will probably be without transportation for days, maybe weeks. How about injuries. If the car had stopped for the light, at most, 60 seconds would have been the delay; normal lights run from 15 to 45 seconds. Is that worth your life? If not your life, how about 100% disabled? Or perhaps only a badly bruised side or face which was smashed against the windshield.
How many times have you seen a car careen through an intersection racing the red light while you obediently stop, to come up to the next light and the other car is sitting there waiting. You didn't risk your life. HE DID! Think about that the next time you are tempted to push the yellow.
I need your help. Yes, you've heard this before, and probably will again, but it's true. I'm looking for CFMS and AFMS pictures of state and national shows. Will you take it upon yourself to ask your older members if they took pictures of any CFMS or AFMS events, and would they be willing to donate them.
If you have pictures, I'll need the names of those in the pictures, the event, the date and anything else that might tell the story.
Recently I received three pictures of six beautiful trophies that Sharr Choate made for the 1972 CFMS/AFMS show in Anaheim. Does anyone know where any of those trophies are now? Would the person who has them be willing to exhibit them in a future CFMS show? Let me know. Three of them were for CFMS Editors, "Limited" and "Unlimited" and the middle trophy is unreadable -- it might have been for an article, I just don't know. The pictures will be shown, wouldn't it be fun to have the trophies there with the pictures.
There is a gentleman in the San Diego area who is looking for people who crafted "INTARSIAS" Among those we are looking for is: Henry Hasbach, and Robert Taylor of the San Fernando area.
George McPhetters, E.L. Newkirk, Randy Howland, Dee Parsons, Sam Sklarew and Bill Hobbs were the ones who made the intarsia of the "Golden Bear with the states the CFMS represents" in the 1950s. I didn't know until researching this that this intarsia is in the posession of the CFMS. We want to know about the people above, and if they have passed on, is there family we can contact.
I am also looking for Mytl and Harold Hodsen of the Compton Club. Dr. Charles & Ardis Irvin of the Orange Belt Mineralogical Society, who lived in Yucaipa. Thomas McMahon of Santa Barbara, Samuel Payson of E1 Centro, and W.F. Sligh of Oildale. Does anyone know the whereabouts of John and Mae Burton who exhibited often at the Red Carpet show with their boxes.
We want pictures of the individuals, pictures of any additional intarsias each might have made and a bio of each. This is a very worthy project and I hope you can help.
Please contact me if you have any information:
FROM YOUR HISTORIAN
The list of bulletins needed is getting shorter all the time. Won't you help. Your bulletin will be put in a clear sleeve and shown in a big binder.
We still need:
I want everyone to have a representative bulletin in the historical files. Don't YOU?
SEPTEMBER 10 - 17, 2000
Ray Meishenheimer (805) 642-3155
The CFMS Earth Science Seminar will be held at Camp Paradise September 10 to 17. It is a week long learning opportunity to learn or improve on your lapidary skills. The instructors are all professionals in their field.
Workshops include; wire wrap, faceting, casting, stone carving, cabling, petrified wood identification, bead stringing and perhaps others. If you plan to take petrified wood identification, you must have a hand-held 20-power microscope or a high-powered monocular microscope.
Camp Paradise is a rustic church owned camp situated among stately pines at about 3500 feet elevation. It is located about 42 miles north east of Marysville, California on state highway E21. About one mile beyond Clipper Mills. It is well marked. (It is not at the city of paradise.)
Rooms have double beds and/or cots with bathrooms and showers inside the building. There is ample room for RVs and vans with bathroom facilities nearby.
Three home cooked meals a day are provided. Food and-beverage is sent out on field trips. You may bring snacks or sodas if you wish.
Field trips include trips for collecting, sight seeing (museums etc.), and gold panning.
During the evenings there are programs, speakers, and "fun night" when we all entertain each other.
The fee for this weeklong learning experience is $200.00 per person. A small charge may be required for using material in the workshops.
Anyone wishing to arrive in camp a day or two early will be responsible for their own lodging fee for those days.
This is a church owned camp and there are a few rules and restrictions. For health reasons, you must provide a sheet or cover to place between the mattress and your bedding. There is to be no alcohol and no pets unless you have specific permission from the camp manager.
For a registration form click here.
If you have any questions, please call Cal Clason - 661-589-4169 or Ray Meisenheimer - 805-642-3155.
Editors: Please copy this article and print it in your club bulletin.
CFMS 1st Vice President
Laura Grayson, our Insurance Contact Person, has resigned due to family commitments that have made it very difficult to keep up with the insurance needs. Thanks Laura for stepping in and taking this Chairmanship when there were no guidelines prepared to help you do the job.
Our new Insurance Chairman is Fred Ott. Fred is President of the El Dorado Gem & Mineral Society in Placerville and has had 25 years experience in the insurance industry. His contact address is:
3420 Coach Lane, Suite 4
Cameron Park, CA 95682
Office phone: (530) 677-5211
Please destroy all forms that have Laura Grayson or Bob Stultz named as Contact Person. THEY ARE NOT USEABLE. Use the new ones that are printed in this Newsletter. When you are requesting an Additional Insured Certificate, be sure you have the complete and proper name of the facility or person requesting this certificate and the name of a contact person at the facility, their telephone number and a fax number if they have one. If the certificate is required at an earlier date than the date of the event, please attach a note stating when the certificate is needed. Allow at least a three-week lead time before your certificate is needed so it can be processed easily.
Please be sure your Treasurer, your Field Trip Chairman and your Show Chairman receive this information. If you have any questions regarding your insurance needs, contact Fred Ott. DO NOT CALL McDANIELS INSURANCE OFFICE with questions about filling out the proper forms.