Vol. XXXVII, No. 11 --- December 2000

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

President's Message .................................................................... Pat LaRue
Food for Thought ......................................................................... Pat LaRue
What is Your Definition of "IZ"? .............................................. Joan Abramson
CFMS Workshops ....................................................................... Jo Anna Ritchey
In Memory of Beverly Hafeli ..................................................... Staff
Palygorskite to be Displayed at CFMS 2001 Show ................. Bea and Sherm Griselle
Great Programs ........................................................................... Anne Schafer
It Is Never Too Early To Plan a Field Trip .............................. Richard Pankey
Education Thru Sharing ............................................................. Coleen McGann
CFMS Earth Science Studies at Soda Springs (Zzyzx) .......... The Committee


By Pat LaRue, CFMS President
CFMS President

    As the first year of the new millennium draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the year nearly concluded. While we rejoice in the successes, we must learn from the failures. Our most resounding success was the annual show held last August in Riverside. The revenue from that show exceeded that of the past few years and will help our Federation continue to provide the services in the coming year that you have come to expect. The most resounding failure has been our inability to convince a club to host a show after 2001. The Executive Committees of the future as well as those of us who have served in the past, must come up with ideas which make hosting a show more attractive to the clubs.

    The Federation website is another success. While the majority of the people who log on are probably not new visitors to the site, many of the individuals were interested in a club in their local area or had a specific question about our activities. It allows editors the ability to copy and paste CFMS (and AFMS) newsletter stuff directly to their own newsletters. The use of e-mail has saved the expense of long-distance phone calls and allowed faster communication between members of committees. The downside is our failure in not realizing that many don•  t take advantage of the new technologies either because they don•  t have the necessary toys or because they simply aren•  t interested. As Federation leaders we must never lose track of the fact that when necessary, we can still continue to communicate the old fashioned way•  by telephone and traditional mail. (By the way, in order to help us serve you more effectively, we need to know how to reach you. Be sure to provide current contact information.)

    Our insurance program continues to be a success. Our insurance chair is a professional who is willing to take the time to serve as the intermediary between you and the current insurance broker. He is more than willing to answer your questions and translate •  insurancese•   into language you can understand. That official looking paper you recently received in the mail from McDaniel Insurance is your club•  s certificate of insurance. Don•  t lose it; if your club has a safe deposit box, I recommend you store this document there. Make a copy or two to give to people in the club who may need it.

    Next year•  s team of officers and committee personnel is looking forward to leading the CFMS in 2001. Just remember that your CFMS team members, with one exception, are volunteers. We serve because we want to. Thanks go to everyone who served on Team 2000 for helping make this year a smooth one. I look forward to working with you well into the future as I assume my new responsibilities as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer of CFMS.


By Pat LaRue

Note: This was intended to be my message for November. Although club elections are mostly over by now, you can still hang onto the thoughts for next time around. Unfortunately the problem portrayed probably won•  t go away any time soon.

    It•  s that time of year again. Club elections are looming right around the corner and nominating committee chairmen everywhere are beating the bushes for those persons willing to serve their club as officers and board members for the coming year. Unless the previous officers wish to continue, replacements (gasp!!! you mean someone doesn•  t want to go one more year?) must be found who are willing to step in to fill the vacancies.

    Once in a great while a club gets lucky...everyone says they•  ll do it one more year. Unfortunately this is generally not the case. Increasingly more clubs are finding it difficult to twist enough arms to fill the openings on the board. It is not at all unusual to see one or more vacancies on a published list of board members and appointed committees. It is not unusual to see a person•  s name listed more than once. Is it because that person feels that he/she is the only one who can do the job(s) or because no one else wants to do it? 99.9% of the time it•  s the latter. An exception is made for those committees which are assigned to certain officers under their club•  s operating regulations.

    One of the reasons clubs experience problems is because too few members are willing to serve and the ones who have been serving for years are tired and burned out. One would think that the members who stand around and complain about how the club is •  run•   would jump at the opportunity to serve. Yet when nominating time rolls around, they decline for reasons known only to them. Usually they mumble something about not having enough time, etc. and may even nominate another person. Guess it•  s easier to gripe than it is to take the time to serve and perhaps see some of your ideas put to work improving the club.

    What does it take to be an officer or board member? Only two of the officers need some level of specialized skill. It does help if the person who serves as treasurer can keep track of the club financial records; financial records can still be kept the old fashioned way with paper and pencil. The club secretary needs to know how to prepare the meeting minutes for the club records. Computer skills, while nice to have, are not necessary to perform either job. The most important thing a prospective officer or board member needs to have is a willingness to set aside some time twice a month to attend a meeting and help guide the business of the club. Having an open mind and a willingness to compromise on sensitive issues helps.

    All members living within a reasonable driving distance of the club meeting place(s) need to consider taking a turn at doing more than just coming to the meeting, eating the cookies and drinking the coffee. It is your club and you must concern yourself with its health and well being. It•  s not fair to burden so many of the same people year after tiring year with the responsibilities of making sure things run smoothly.


By Joan Abramson

    The following poem was read by Bob Jones at the Banquet in Moab when he installed Izzy Burns as AFMS President for 2001, and he plans to publish it in the ROCK & GEM Magazine in the near future.

As an organizer she is really a whiz,
Tasks that would humble poor Tom, Dick, & Harry
No matter how awesome, our Izzy can carry.
Presiding at meetings she's always a tease,
And even the B.L.M. folks try to please.
She's wrestled with them and often succeeded,
For good rockhound causes she's labored and pleaded.
With her skills at designing she's surely no hick,
Her gemstones don't quiver from that old dopstick.
Her lapping and grinding leave others behind,
Her polish superb, the best you can find.
With creative talent she surely abounds,
The ever promoter of fellow rockhounds.
Whatever the problem she's there to assist,
Accomplishments far too many to list.
Does something need doing, well, just call on Izzy
With energy plus, she's never too busy.
No more just Federation prexy-elect,
But full time the AFMS best select.
If we ponder a new definition of "Iz"
Why, she breezes through troubles like taking a quiz.
Whatever "Iz" is, she's a wonderful gal,
Truly a gemstone, a number 10 pal!

CFMS Workshops

By Jo Anna ritchey

    We are looking for clubs around the state who would be wiling to host a workshop. Any club or group of clubs can sponsor a workshop. CFMS Officers and Chairmen are willing to assist you in holding this event--all you need to do is to ask!

    Please coordinate with the 1st VP of the CFMS so there is no conflict in dates and subject matter. Several workshops on the same subject can be held during the year if the locations of similar workshops are in different parts of the state. The sponsoring club would arrange for the site, send out announcements, publicity, handle meeting logistics, etc. The cost of the workshop is usually borne by those attending the workshop. The hours of the workshop are flexible, but think in terms of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Sometimes the location of the workshop is a claim or rockhounding site where there is adequate space and has any need facilities and is appropriate to the subject matter (e.g.. this might be a good location of a Safety or Field Trip Seminar).

    Below is a partial list of possible workshops:

  • Bulletin Editors
  • Field Trip
  • Internet (possibly including how to set of a club web site, content for a web site, administering a web site, etc.)
  • Program Aids
  • Rules:
    • Exhibitor and Showmanship
    • Clerks and Judging
  • Safety
  • Society Aids
  • Other subjects of interest (you are limited to the above!)

    Flash: Exhibitor and Showmanship Workshop will be held in Reno on 3/17/2000 with a field trip on Sunday, 3/18/2000. Read the complete announcement next month.


By Staff

    Mrs. Beverley May Hafeli, 69, of Napa, Calif., died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at the Kaiser Medical Center in Vallejo following a lengthy battle with cancer.

    Beverley was born July 18, 1931, in Napa, Calif., the daughter of the late William Franklin and Grace James Herniman. She graduated from Napa High School in 1949 and on January 7, 1950 was married to Joseph Edward Hafeli. Mrs. Hafeli was a homemaker and active member of the PTA while her children attended local schools. She had been instrumental in developing the "Model U.N" program, and had aided many of the other programs of the organization. A devoted mother, when her daughter Diana was active in the Camp Fire Girls, she served as a troop leader. She was a member and past president of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, member and three time president of the Napa Valley Rock and Gem Club, member of the Calaveras Rock and Gem Club, and president elect of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. She enjoyed "rock hounding" and used her talents to instruct others in the art of crafting wire trees at Camp Paradise.

    Mrs. Hafeli was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Edward Hafeli, Jr. in 1991. She is survived by her beloved husband of fifty years, Joseph Edward Hafeli; daughter, Diana McKeown, and her husband, Michael, all of Napa; and a number of nieces and nephews.

    At her request, there will be no funeral service. Private entombment will be in Tulocay Cemetery's Garden Mausoleum.

    Memorials may be made in her memory to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are being cared for by Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel.


By Bea and Sherm Griselle
Santa Lucia Rockhounds

    Yes, Palygorskite is a mineral, but you have to see it to believe it. Mountain Leather is the common name given to Palygorskite and it looks like fluffed-up newspaper papier-mache. It is described, along with its chemical formula, as hydrous basic silicate of calcium and aluminum in Minerals of California.*

    Palygorskite is a rare actinolite formation which develops in white to gray leather-like open clumps or in matted masses. Mountain Leather is composed of flexible interlaced fibers. This structure is rare as actinolite usually forms as solid masses of inter-growing crystals, such as nephrite jade.

    Mountain Leather is metamorphic in origin and generally results from alteration of siliceous dolomites. It is often found in contact zones of metamorphic rocks. The specimen to be displayed is the uncommon fibrous form prized by collectors.

    The specimen of Mountain Leather to be displayed was found at the Mammoth Mine, Metaline Falls, Washington. It is an excellent example of actinolite formed in open fibrous sheets and clumpy masses. It is difficult to realize that Palygorskite is really a mineral as its appearance is unlike the solid rocks and minerals rockhounds are accustomed to seeing. It's an incredible natural wonder and you can see it at the CFMS 2001 Show in Paso Robles, June 22-24.

    Editors Note: The Santa Lucia Rockhounds are hosting the CFMS 2001 Show and invites all society bulletin editors to carry this article in their newsletter.

*California Division of Mines and Geology, Minerals of California: Centennial Volume (1866-1966), Bulletin 189, Ferry Building, San Francisco, California, 1966,p.67.


By Anne Schafer
Program Aids Chair

    This month, I am happy to announce that Patrick McCarthy of the Pasadena Lapidary Society has been added to the list of speakers in Podium People - Southern Section. A very nice color flyer about Patrick, his program, and his artwork was given out to all the CFMS representatives who attended the CFMS business meeting in Visalia in November. In case your club missed this opportunity, the information hasbeen reprinted below. Please clip it out or copy it for addition to your club's Podium People.

    December is an appropriate time to reflect on your club's accomplishments during the past year, including the programs you enjoyed. Please copy the Annual Program Report and Questionnaire Form for 1999, located in this newsletter, and give it to your club's Program Chairman. The first thirty clubs who complete the Annual Program Report and mail it back to me will receive a randomly selected mineral, fossil, gemstone, or other item suitable for use as a door prize. Happy holidays to all, and may you all do great things in the New Year.

(626) 797-6750
2089 Mar Vista
Altadena, CA 91001

Fee: $75 plus mileage for long trips.
Equip. needed: None.
Length of program: 30 to 45 min.
Area traveled: Southern California
(L.A. and San Diego areas)
Advance notice needed: Six weeks.


    INTARSIA DEMONSTRATION - Patrick will demonstrate the art of Geometric Intarsia using simple equipment which he will bring. with him. He will discuss considerations that go into the selection of materials and the layout of the piece. He will then describe the preparation of the stock from bulk rough and demonstrate the edge grinding and cementing of component pieces. A number of approaches are available for smoothing and polishing the assembled piece, and he will review the pros and cons of various methods. Patrick will bring his own flat lap machine (a Hi-Tech All-U-Need) which he has modified for intarsia work, as well as a number of completed pieces, including some that have been inlaid into art boxes made of exotic woods. He will also compare and contrast the challenges of working in wood and stone.

    IN HIS OWN WORDS - "I am a professional astronomer by training and I work at the Carnegie Institution (formerly Mt. Wilson Observatory) in Pasadena. I frequently travel to the Chilean Andes. I am entirely self-taught as a lapidary. I am a member of the Pasadena Lapidary Society and I have exhibited in their club show and the shows of the Whittier and Culver City clubs."


By Richard Pankey,
Field Trips •   North

    It is never too early to plan and announce a field trip. Now is the time to check out your calendar and plan your schedule for next year•  s field trip season. One of the biggest advantages of planning and announcing your field trip early is that you have first choice of dates so others will have to plan around your trip for a change. Another advantage is that others can start planning their travel schedule early and your trip will be first on their calendar. I have always been one who likes to plan ahead. I find I can get more done that way. Since I retired over three years ago I seem busier than ever •   more demands on my time, but mostly with fun stuff. While on the CFMS field trip to Wiley Well District last February I had already scheduled in my mind the trip I wanted to lead in 2001. (More about that trip in next month•  s Newsletter.)

    Planning early allows you to make sure you cover all the important details and gives you time to do a good and thorough job of advertising your trip. There is nothing more disappointing than putting in a lot of time and work planning a trip to a great collecting site then having a poor turnout because people didn•  t hear about the trip in time to make plans to attend. The longer the trip and/or the farther away that it is, the earlier it should be announced. Planning and announcing early also has another benefit •   it stimulates others to plan and lead field trips thereby increasing the collecting opportunities for everyone.

    When you have scheduled your field trip please consider sharing it with others outside your club •   others in the Federation. The easiest way to announce and share your trip is to have it posted on the CFMS Web Page. Steve Ivie, Field Trips-South, and I will be coordinating the submission for our respective parts of the state. I am not sure exactly where the dividing line is, so if you are unsure, you may send your field trip information to me. (Our addresses are in the back of the CFMS Newsletter.) The best and fastest way to submit the field trip information is by email. If email is not available, then mail us the field trip announcement. The field trip announcement must include the date of the trip, location, material to be collected, and field trip contact. I strongly suggest an email contact, whether it is the leader or some other person who will help out.

    Because of space restrictions, we will not be posting the field trip announcement fliers on the web page, just pertinent information and the name, telephone number and email address of the person to contact for more information and to sign up for the trip.

    Now we need field trips to post on our new Field Trip web page. As you are planning field trips for this coming year, consider sharing them with other rockhounds if the locale is appropriate. Your club does not have to share all of your field trips, but it would be great to share some.

    If you see a trip you would like to attend, contact the leader for details and to let them know you will attend. Never just show up.

    I am very pleased and excited that we have this new way to announce and share field trips. It will provide us with the opportunity for more trips, to learn about new and different collecting sites and have a greater variety of locations. It is also a great way to make new rockhound friends around the state.

Support and practice the AFMS Code of Ethics


By Coleen McGann,

    Education Thru Sharing thanks all the clubs who participated this year by sharing with us their movers and shakers for Year 2000. I am including a form in this bulletin to make sending me your information easier, and you will be able to find the form on our CFMS website soon, thanks to Don Ogdon.

    The Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral Society presents DOYL & GENA SARTAIN as their "Rockhounds of the Year". Members since 1978, this couple have worked steadily on club activities. Doyl was Field Trip Chair for many years, and more recently Hospitaility chair. Gena has held many offices, including bulletin editor for the past ten years. Our thanks to these two!
Submitted by Robert Beachler, President

    The Sacramento Mineral Society presents BARBARA & JIM FOSKETT, long time club members. Barbara gives unstintingly of her time tracking our memberships and creating small ceremonies to warmly welcome in new members. She has created hundreds, if not thousands, of items for fair giveaways and shares her knowledge with all who ask - in wire wrapping, stone painting, critter making, and much more. She also travels long distances to make sure the Club is represented at Federation meetings, driving 8 hours to the Riverside meeting this summer. Jim, is another stalwart mamber, who Saturday after Saturday, shows up to teach cabochon and jewelry making to our members, proper use of the saw, and polishing techniques. He oversees the Club equipment to keep it all running and in good shape. He can always be counted on to lend a hand in every Club activity. He always creates beautiful display of his work, including his spheres and famous "rock" post-office banks. We could not function smoothly without the help these two people give to our SMS Club.
Submitted by Paul Wood, Pres. and Jill Stockinger, Editor

    The Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society, presents MARLOW "HAWKEYE" & OPHELIA HICKS. The Hicks have served our clubs in many positions for over 25 years. Marlow has been Librarian for many years. Ophelia has been Historian, Secretary and a demostrator in carving and beading at many shows. Ophelia has written numerous articles and has had two published in Rock and Gem Magazine. Together, they have given a number of slide programs, done various duties at our annual show, and active in field trips. Marlow recently had bypass heart surgery but still expended a lot of energy setting up our last show. Ophelia is also Editor and Marlow publisher of the Chiasto Hi Lites, which is the publication of Ye Old Timers Mineral Club. We are very fortunate to have this active and informative couple involved in our club and thank them both for their great humor, teaching abilities and support to better our club.
Submitted by Sharon Neuhauser, Sec.

    The Sutter Butte Gem & Mineral Society, presents BOB & INEZ FOWLER.


By The Committee
Cal & Dee Clason
Ray & Florence Meisenheimer

    Now that the Earth Science Studies committee has made closure on the very successful week at Camp Paradise we are looking forward to, and preparing for ZZYZX. Ninety-six were in attendance at Paradise, however we are limited to 60 persons at ZZYZX so it is important to register early, to assure a spot, ZZYZX is located 8 miles west of Baker, CA on highway 15 to ZZYZX Road. The facilities are rustic, with dorm style rooms and rooms with double beds or cots. Rest rooms and showers are in a separate building nearby.

    Workshops include bead stringing, silver smithing, sculpting, wire wrap, cabochons and perhaps others. Also there will be field trips and speakers and programs to round out a busy day. If you register you will receive a list of what to bring and other instructions.

  • Professionals in preparing meals serve three wholesome meals a day.
  • There is ample room for RVs and you may be more comfortable if you own one to use it.
  • As this is a Desert Preserve dedicated to desert studies, no pets are allowed.
  • The fee for this entire week is $220.00 per person, which includes workshops, lodging, meals and field trips.

    Don't forget-it is important to register early. A form is in this newsletter. For more information, call

Cal - 661-589-4189 or
Ray - 805-642-3155.