Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1 --- January 2001

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

The View from Here .................................................. Bob Stultz
Renata Bever Retires from CFMS .............................. Beverly Moreau
Golden Bear Awards Attention !!! ............................... Grant & Tony Ewere
AFMS News ............................................................ Isabella Burns
Junior Activities Report ............................................. Jim Brace-Thompson
Flood Jim's Mailbox !!! Calling All Editors .................... Shirley Leeson
Endowment Fund ..................................................... Ray & Florence Meisenheimer
Notes from the Executive Secretary/Treasurer ............ Pat La Rue
Clarifying Federation Liability Insurance ..................... Fred Ott
Publicity/Public Relations Committee at Work ........... Jo Anna Ritchey
All American Awards Program .................................. Dot & Bob Beachler
Education Thru Sharing ............................................ Colleen McGann
Pacific Micromoun tConference.................................. Beverly Moreau
Fron the Ledger - Closing the Book............................ Teresa Masters
Why Compete?........................................................ Norvie Enns
Greetings!................................................................ Bill Gissler
Calling all Clubs and Societies.................................. Marty Hart
My New Phone Number............................................ Editor
Registration/Renewal Fee Report
Registry of Charitable Trusts
..................................... Mike Kokinos
Where Did Our Money Go?....................................... Shirley Leeson
CFMS Earth Science Studies 2001 .......................... Cal and Dee Clason
Ray and Florence Meisenheimer
Smithsonian to Display Ramaura Cultured Ruby ........ Reprint NGG&MC
The Old Planet's Approval......................................... Eon Zolder
Did You Know ........................................................ Bea and Sherm Griselle
Believe It or Not....................................................... NE Newsletter Reprint

The View from Here

By Bob Stultz, CFMS President
CFMS President Bob Stultz

    2001 the New Millenium! Are we up to the challenge? Yes, I think we are. Two of the things I tried to stress at our meeting in Visalia were working together as a team and getting out into our communities to gain recognition for our Clubs and Societies.

    A good example of working together is our Field Trip Co-ops, where several clubs cooperate to put on a successful field trip for their members. Could this idea of working together be used in hosting a show or doing other activities as a group?

    One of the ways we can reach out into our local communities is through our schools, by letting the teachers and school boards know that we are willing to come and share our knowledge of earth science with the students. Another way is to participate in community activities such as craft shows, library exhibits, or Club days at shopping malls.

    Our newly formed ad hoc committee for Publicity/Public Relations is already working on ideas to help the clubs reach out in their communities. (See the article.) If you want to keep up with their plans and ideas, contact Committee Secretary, Teresa Masters, and give her an e-mail address for someone in your club who will receive this information and pass it on to your club members.

    We need a host society, or several cooperating societies, to host the 2002 and 2003 shows right now! 2003 will be a combined CFMS and AFMS Show. There were no bids at Visalia last November for any Show.

    The last thing I want to do is to appoint a committee for the Federation to host one or both of these Shows. I hope by the time you read this, someone has already stepped up to take on this challenge. But don't worry. If these shows are already spoken for, you can always bid on 2004 or 2005!

Renata Bever Retires from CFMS

By Beverly Moreau
Renata Bever

    In a display of appreciation for her twelve years of service as Executive Secretary/Treasurer of CFMS, Renata Bever was honored at the November Directors' Meeting in Visalia. She was presented with a lovely brass clock engraved "for your many years of dedicated service to CFMS". Throughout her years of service, Renata has proved to be a gem to work with (no pun intended). Her easy going manner and "can do" attitude have been so much appreciated by those coordinating their responsibilities through her. There was never any trepidation involved on the part of members when having to request some special consideration, like extending a deadline, when they were under extreme pressure. Whenever possible, she was flexible and amenable to slight changes when needed. Her kindness and good humor equal her efficiency and capabilities. We will miss her and wish her the best in her retirement.

    Renata came to us following a busy career in publishing, first with Gems and Minerals magazine, then Lapidary Journal. While at Gems and Minerals, she created the Tucson Show Guide and was its editor. After G&M closed its doors in 1986, Lapidary Journal began publishing the Show Guide and kept Renata on as editor for some time, and placed her in charge of Special Projects. She was also Executive Secretary for the American Gem & Mineral Suppliers Association for four years.

    Renata recently expressed how lucky she considers herself to have been able to spend her working life in the gem and mineral hobby.

    Pat LaRue will be taking over Renata's position as of January 1, 2001. We know she will do a fine job for CFMS and wish her well in making the transition from CFMS President 2000 to becoming our new Executive Secretary/Treasurer. (Please see her article about how to contract her.)


By Toni & Grant Ewers

    Golden Bear Committee, Executive Committee, Federation Directors, and CFMS Committee Chairmen - it's time to nominate your choice for the Golden Bear Award.

    This award was established November 11, 1961 in appreciation for long and outstanding service to CFMS. Nominees are not to be aware of nomination.

    Send all nominations, with supporting qualifications, to:

Toni & Grant Ewers,
12 Hillcrest Lane,
Boulder City, NV 89005-1607.

Closing date is May 10, 1001.

Toni & Grant


By Isabella Burns, AFMS President

    Once again I must request that each club update the records as to whom you wish to receive the three AFMS Newsletters that are mailed to your club. It is necessary that each club update this information annually.

    Someone suggests that the Executive Office should do this. Actually, that would delay the changes about six months. Our dues and new officers report is not late unless received after March 1 of the next year, and you receive your new roster at the Show and Convention each year.

    So, again, I am requesting you to send to the AFMS Central Office the names and addresses of those whom your society wishes to receive on a regular basis the free AFMS Newsletter. Send the information to:

Dan McLennan
P.O. Box 26523
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0523

    In addition to this, to gain some recognition for your club:

  • Send the name of a club member (or couple) for outstanding recognition to Colleen McGann.
  • Send your club's All American Award sub-mission to Bob and Dot Beachler.
  • Encourage members to study the Uniform Rules and plan an exhibit for next year's competition.
  • Write articles for the club newsletter for next year's Club Publication recognition.
  • Plan to create a slide or video program for AFMS Program Competition.
  • Plan to attend local shows, the CFMS Show in Paso Robles, California, and the AFMS Show in Arlington, Texas.
  • Check out the AFMS Website, CFMS Website and other Federation Websites.

Recognizing Service to Juniors:
A Second Call for Names

By Jim Brace-Thompson,
Junior Activities Chair

    The great strength of belonging to an organization such as the CFMS is in the numbers. The CFMS represents the combined experience, interests, creativity-and wisdom-of many separate clubs made up of innumerable individuals, each with something unique to offer the group as a whole. In that light, I'd like to begin the New Year by reiterating the call for names that I made in my November column.

    As you'll recall, I noted then that I'd like to begin recognizing individuals and their accomplishments in educating youth. I have yet to receive a single name. Surely, there must be someone in your club who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving youth, either during your club meetings and shows, or through community outreach to local schools, Boy and Girl Scout groups, and elsewhere to teach our kids abut the earth sciences and lapidary arts.

    Please send me their names, a brief description of their activities, and their phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses so that I can contact them myself. Please call, write, or e-mail me with their details:

Jim Brace-Thompson,
7319 Eisenhower Street,
Ventura, CA 93003,
Phone (805) 659-3577,
e-mail jbraceth@juno.com.

    I'd like to begin acknowledging such individuals within the pages of this column to provide them with recognition and thanks and to spread the wealth by sharing their ideas and activities. Along the way, I'm sure we'll all learn a lot and-as always-have fun!


By Shirley Leeson,
Regional Vice President
Who: SCRIBE (Special Congress Representing Involved Bulletin Editors
What: A Symposium
Where: Senior Citizens Community Center, Moon Mountain Rd., Quartzsite, Arizona
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2001
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Arizona Time

    The International organization of SCRIBE will hold their annual meeting at the SENIOR CITIZENS Community Center, Moon Mountain Road at 9 a.m. Arizona time on Saturday, January 27, 2001. There is a small registration fee of $2.50 to cover expenses and refreshments. You can reach the Center off of Main Street between Highway 95 and the overpass near Main Event.

    All current, past and prospective editors should make an effort to attend this meeting. We will share information on the editor contests, and problems that editors may have. Those of you who have solved all your problems, please come an tell us how you did it!

    For the past several years, Kitty Starbuck, AFMS Publications Chairman and several of the Regional Bulletin Aids Chairmen have attended and have given important input into the regional and national bulletin contests Be there to offer your ideas.


By Ray and Florence Meisenheimer,
Co-Chairs CFMS Endowment Fund

    A moderately large amount of faceting material has been donated to CFMS Endowment Fund. This includes rutilated quartz, tourmaline crystals, citrine, peridot, sunstone, cab ruby, aquamarine, kyanite chips, garnet, Mexican topaz, amethyst, turquoise chips, turquoise nuggets, and Mexican opal nuggets. It is all for sale. Interested parties please call:

Ray Meisenheimer (805) 642-3155


By Pat La Rue

    It's that time of year again! We must begin the task of updating the roster and our contact information. Please fill out your club's Officer Change form and return it to this office as quickly as possible. Don't forget to indicate the names and addresses of the three persons designated to receive the CFMS Newsletter. Lost the form? (It was included in your Director's packet at Visalia.) Let me know and a duplicate will be furnished.

    If you need to speak with me personally regarding a Federation matter, the best time to reach me is after 6 p.m. since I work during the day. Otherwise, you can leave a message on the machine. Calls on the weekend are okay. E-mail messages are always welcome and are preferred. I do respond to e-mail within 48 hours unless the service is down or your question requires additional research. I plan to have a Fax machine shortly after January 1. The number will be published as soon as available.

    As with any new task, learning to perform all the duties of this office will take some time. I thank you in advance for your patience.

P.S. Please direct all insurance questions to
Fred Ott, our Insurance Chair.


By Fred Ott

    I have received a couple of inquiries from member clubs as to the possibility of "opting-out" of the Federation's insurance policy. While I addressed this matter to those in attendance at the meeting in Visalia, I wanted to provide every member with my findings.

    The Federation's insurance policy 1) provides $1 million of liability coverage for each member of a club, regardless of the "status" of the member (e.g., active, junior, honorary, lifetime, etc.). There is no way to "exclude" anyone who is a member-then 2) charges the Federation each year approximately $3.00 per member for the coverage. The premium charge is calculated by adding up the membership "count" of each club, then multiplying by $3.00. If a club wanted to exclude a specific member, the Federation would nonetheless be charged for the coveragte that is being provided (remember, there are no excluded embers under the Federation policy).

    Clearly, there are situations (as with honorary membership) when a club may not receive any money from the member in dues payments, and other situations (such as family memberships) when clubs receive less in membership dues than the cost of the family membership. Nonetheless, the Federation is charged by the insuranc ecarrier for each member of each club, and the Federation must then charge each club $3.00 for each member.

    In January of each year, each member club is supposed to provide the Federation with a lilst of their members (as of December 31st) and then forwards a payment to the Federation in an amount equal to $4.50 times the number of members. If memory serves me, there is no "double-checking" of the membershiplist-it is assumed to be an accurate reflection of the club's membership as of December 31. If a check for $450.00 is mailed to the Federation, it would indicate a total membership of 100 members ($450.00 divided by $4.50 = 100 members).

    Additional liability coverage should be purchased by any club that has exclsive use of a facility (such as the exclusive use of a workshop area or lapidary room in a building owned by the club or someone else). "Premises liability is not included in the basic Federation policy; clubs that have exclusive use of any premises can be sued (and not covered unless they have prurchased the optional additional "premises liability insurance").

    Finally, clubs that want insurance coverage for buildings, office equipment, computer, supplies, lapidary equipment, etc., must purchase separate coverage for these items. Coverage may be obtained through the same carrier as provides the Federation's liability policy at very competitive rates by contacting me directly.

CFMS Insurance Contact:
Fred Ott, Chair, Insurance Committee
    3420 Coach Lane, Suite #4
    Cameron Park, CA 95682
    Home (530-677-8440
    Work (530) 677-5211

    Please contact Fred with all insurance issues including claims. Supply details of the accident so he can interface with the insurance company.


By Jo Anna Ritchey, Chair

    Last November in Visalia, President Bob Stultz announced the formation of an ad hoc Committee on Publicity, formed to help member clubs publicize their activities and attract new membership. In an initial meeting, the Committee developed a mission statement, set goals for the year, and developed a tentative list of project ideas for further discussion.

    The concept of a publicity/public relations effort in the CFMS is not new. In 1992, Judith Gustafson from Ojai headed such an effort and wrote a monthly column on media publicity. This was an excellent series of articles, and discussion continues on how the information can best be distributed for interested clubs to use.

    Media publicity is one aspect of a club's overall "public relations" agenda-public relations being how we present our club and hobby to the larger outside community. It's not about "creating an image"! Whether we will carry forward as a vital American educational and recreational force into the future depends upon the clarity of our vision and the perseverance and sincerity with which we reach out into the community.

    We urge each club to begin 2001 with an honest appraisal of its strengths and weaknesses with respect to how your club interacts with the public at large.

  • How does your club publicize its regular meetings?
  • Do you provide incentives or recognition for members who bring guests to meetings?
  • Who has the responsibility to do the publicity for your club?
  • Have you ever written an article for your local newspaper reporting on a club activity?
  • Do members ever invite friends or guests along on field trips?
  • Does your club bulletin include recognition for members' contributions and achievements?
  • Does your club's hospitality committee introduce visitors who come to your programs?

    A commitment to improving your public relations activities energizes your membership, helps to attract new members from the community, and contributes to a healthy, vibrant club. The CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Committee was established to help you do this. Our initial activities include developing a handbook to assist clubs with this activity, and discussions on how to organize a workshop for interested club representatives. Subsequent columns in this newsletter will deal with planning a year-long publicity campaign, writing effective press releases, using the internet, and with some unusual and non-media sources for free publicity.

    We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact our Committee as follows:

Teresa Masters, Secretary
CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Committee
1644 Corte Verano
Oceanside, CA 92056-2038


By Dot and Bob Beachler, CFMS Co-Chairs

    It's time to begin preparations to enter this All American awards program, based upon your club's year 2000 activities. We decided to include the rules and forms in this issue so that you can see how easy it is. There are no changes from last year. Since all three clubs who entered last year received both regional and national awards, we encourage all clubs to make the effort to enter this year. Entries must reach us no later than February 28.

    Last year the South Central Federation had five entries, while we had only three. Our goal is to show our new AFMS president, Isabella Burns, that the CFMS clubs more strongly support this program which recognizes and rewards individual clubs for their achievements.

    Please enter! You can copy the entry forms from this newsletter, or contact us if you wish a set mailed to you. Our e-mail address is on the form and in the Newsletter. In addition, the forms are on the CMS web site: www.cfmsinc.org


By Colleen McGann

    I am excited to report on the CFMS clubs who sent in their honorees to receive the EDUCATION THRU SHARING - MEMBER RECOGNITION awards. The year 2001 is starting off to a great beginning, which I know will continue through this year. I received quite a few letters during the November CFMS meeting in Visalia and will spread them out in the January and February issues. Being recognized is a wonderful way to get your club involved in CFMS activities. Federation Directors, remember to bring this award to the attention of your club, so they can vote on your recipient for this year.

    Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society presents Bob and Inez Berg, honored for their many contributions to the club as well as to other clubs and associations for many years. "Bob has served multiple years as our Field trip Chairman and represents us in the Co-Op Field Trip Association, always enthusiastically sharing his experiences and specimens in rough and polished form with samples for Club members and guests. He has also served as 1-3 year voting Director at Club business meetings. Inez is currently Club Historian and is working on Public Lands Access. She has served on other Club standing committees, including Hospitality, Sun-shine, and Refreshments. Both work admirably to make our Club shows successful. S.B.G.& M. greatly appreciates their contributions to our club and the rockhound avocation."
Submitted by Pete Howell, Federation Director.

    Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral Club presents John Ounderkirk. "John has been a member for many years, serving as an officer and Board Member, and has been and still is the Showcase Chair. He collects fossils and minerals. He displays fossils in local schools and libraries and arranges for other members to display lapidary work also. In addition, he works with the Orange County Paleontology experts in collecting and classifying our rich county fossil beds. John is the kind of member that every club needs to make a better club and to educate the public about minerals and fossils."
Submitted by Wilbur Wright, President

    Southern California Paleontological Society presents C. R. "Bob" King. "Bob first joined the CFMS in 1970 with the formation of the Redondo Gem & Mineral Society and was elected their Federation Director. In 1972, he became Federation Director for the Southern California Paleontological Society and has held the position ever since. He was appointed to the CFMS Museum Committee in 1973, a position he still enjoys. Also, in 1973, Marion Godshaw asked him to become a Fossil Judge, and he has judged every year since. He has also judged Minerals, Education, Petrified Wood, and Lapidary. In 1977, he helped investigate and remove the "Golden Bear" gold specimen from the Ferry Building in San Francisco, not a secure location, and transferred it, along with the Benitoite specimens, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, where they are on display in a case he designed. In 1981 he wrote a comprehensive physical layout for the CFMS Show for the Federation and for several more Shows. Bob has been presented with the CFMS Golden Bear Award and been the CFMS Scholarship Honoree. He visits many schools to make presentations and give samples of fossils and minerals to students. He has held many offices in the societies he has belonged to, including President, Vice President, Society and CFMS Director. He was Chair for the Santa Monica Red Carpet Show. He has won many ribbons for his displays and has received the AFMS and CFMS trophies for fossils and minerals. As a retired college professor, he delights in helping young and old discover the earth."
Submitted by Ernie Oestrich, President.

Pacific Micromount Conference

By Beverly Moreau

Pacific Micromount Conference
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, CA
    Fri.-January 26, 3:00 - 9:00
    Sat., January 27, 9:00 - 9:00
    Field Trip Sun., January 28

    The Southern California Micro-Mineralogists welcome you. Theme: New California Minerals. Bring your microscope. Register at 3:00 p.m. on Friday or contact:

Beverly Moreau

Closing the Book

By Teresa Masters,
Scholarship Chair 2000

    The Scholarship Committee is a three-year commitment. Duties are defined by the year of service, from first through second, and on to the position of Chair in the third year. My time just ended, with Bural La Rue now taking over as 2001 Chair, Beverly Moreau as Second Year, and the addition of Gail Matthews as First Year.

    It works this way: Donations are received and invested. Each year the interest from these funds is calculated and a number of $2,000 scholarships are offered to Earth Science undergraduate students who are carrying excellent grades and are in need of financial help.

    These students are selected by an Honoree nomi-nated by individual clubs and submitted to the Committee for consideration. The Honoree selects a College or University from a list of schools that have Earth Science programs. The Dean or Head of the Department there suggests a student. The Honoree follows through with the student, and presentations to both the Honoree and the Student are made at the CFMS Convention Show Banquet. I have attended several of these and enjoyed every one of them. From my first year I realized and commented that, primarily, this is a sad job. Most contributions are in memory of a deceased CFMS member, many who had become dear friends.

    I had hoped there could be some commemorations for happy events-anniversaries, for example. I haven not yet seen this idea take off.

    Some clubs do have an event whose proceeds are designated for the Scholarship Fund, and I hope this can become a more frequent happening. Perhaps include in a Silent Auction donated items whose proceeds are specifically designated for the Scholarship Fund. See what your club can do to both increase donations to the Scholarship Fund, and also give the Committee Member acknowledging donations a happier reason to be writing a note of thanks.

    Not everything goes as smoothly as we would like. There has been a bit of a rough time in the past year when thank you notes may not have been sent out in a timely manner. I do want to apologize to any club that may have been disappointed. I ask you all to let us know if this happened. I do know of at least one sizable check that went astray. I know this only because it was from the San Diego area. If you did not hear from the Scholarship Committee with a thank you note or a receipt, please let Bural know and all efforts will be made to trace the problem.

    If you were upset enough to write us off, please, for the potentials students' sake, give us another chance. Scholarship is in good hands and amends will be made.

Support CFMS. / Support Scholarship /
You are CFMS, we are you.
Thank you,


By Norvie Enns,
Chairman, Rules Committee

    Competition can be very rewarding, and it can be very frustrating at the same time. Of course, the trophy is your goal. Remember that practice makes the goal more attainable.

    Since educating the public in our hobby is also one of our goals, we need to exhibit the best possible displays. By following the AFMS rules, even if you are not competing, your exhibit will improve and increase the quality of our shows. The rules are a good guideline when deciding what and how to display your Treasures.

    The Reno Gem & Mineral Society has open competition as a part of our annual show in May. We invite all persons wanting to get started in competition to send in an application to compete at the club level. Getting the trophy can be a real ego boost, but even if you don't get the trophy, the judges' comments can help you improve the display for the next time.

    On March 17 there will be a seminar on Showmanship, Judging, and Clerking in Reno at the RGM Clubhouse. Registration forms and a map are included in this newsletter. Deadline for registration is March 1. Lunch will be included in the fee. On Sunday, March 18, there will be a field trip for fossils to Fossil Canyon east of Lovelack, Nevada. Hope to see you in March!


By Bill Gissler
CFMS Treasurer

    For 2001 I will do my best to perform as CFMS Treasurer. I was nominated from the floor and elected by the Federation Directors at the Visalia meeting. No one was more surprised than I was how this could happen. But now I need your help-first, to do my job properly as Treasurer, and second, to keep focused on the long range goals and vitality of CFMS and you, its affiliate member clubs.

    Like the representatives at the Visalia meeting, you are entitled to know something about my background and interests.

  • A member of the Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society (SCFG&MS), currently serving as treasurer and publlicity coordinator.
  • Enjoy field trips, collecting, visiting natural history and mineral museums, and reading about rocks, minerals, geology and historical sites.
  • Am 64 years of age, married for over 40 years to Sharon, a retired general elementary and junior high school teacher and also a member of SCVG&MS. We have five children and seven grandchildren.
  • Am a retired California registered civil engineer who designed and administered the construction of streets, utilities and flood control projects throughout California in private practice and in public works employment.
  • Contributed to my community as an elected and appointed official, most notably as Mayor of Santa Clara, as a Director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and as a Director of the American Public Power Association.
  • Served as an officer in several professional and community organizations, but currently focused on SCVG&MS and CFMS, traveling, and enjoying life.

    I look forward to the challenges of serving as CFMS Treasurer and, with your help, guiding CFMS and its affiliate clubs to make a contribution to the betterment of life.

Bill Gissler
1075 Blossom Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 241-0477


By Marty Hart,
AFMS Webmaster
From AFMS Newsletter, December 2000

    In an effort to assist all clubs that have web sites, and to also assist those clubs wishing to develop a web site, we have added an E-mail Discussion List for web masters. This gives us a forum for discussions along with questions and answers for items relating to the club web sites. If you are the webmaster for your club, please join the list. If you would like to help your club start a web site, please join the list. As we discover common questions for the webmasters, we will add FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to the resources for the webmasters.

    It appears that only about 15 percent of the clubs currently have a web site or Home Page. So there should be a lot of clubs needing to start a web site. Your club can easily have a free web dsite that reaches people all across the world. Where else can you get a better value.

    You can subscribe to the list by sending an e-mail message to: afms_webmasters-subscribe@egroups.com

    You can also find more information on the follow-ing page: http://www.amfed.org/web/webmasters_ email.htm

    This is a new endeavor. Suggestions and comments are encouraged and welcomed. You can contact me at .


By Editor

    Dan McLennan in the AFMS Central Officer has given us a new phone number there. It is: (405) 682-2938

    He apologizes to those of you who attempted to reach him using the old number. He hadn't realized there were problems with the old line and doesn't know how many call were lost because of it.


By Mike Kokinos
Tax Advisor


    If your Society is exempt from California income tax under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701d or 23701f, you are required to file Form RRF-1 annually. Failure to file the form can result in substantial penalties and revocation of exempt status.

    Will wonders never cease? I wrote a letter to Attorney General Lockyer recommending they change the filing date of the RRF-1 Form to coincide with the filing of federal form 990 and California form 199. I also recommended they mail the RRF-1 form to all the corporations on their database.

    Saturday I received the RRF-1 package for one of our Societies. It has all the pertinent information regarding filing requirements. If you have any questions, I will be pleased to answer your questions.


By Shirley Leeson
CFMS Historian

    I have written often lately about the AFMS and CFMS Scholarships and those chosen as Honorees, and finally, the students who receive the money....

    Who were they and where did they go??????

    Here is a success story you'll all be proud of:

     In 1983Captain John Sinkankas was honored by the CFMS to receive the AFMS Scholarship Award. He chose San Diego State Universidy. The two students who were selected were RONALD J. KOFRON, a graduate of San Clemente High School who received his BS in Geology from San Diego State University where he was pursuing his MS in Geology with the goal of being an Exploration Geologist. His thesis research was focused on the origin of mineralization in the Julian-Banner District, where he mapped the vein structure. His objective was to determine the age of the hydrothermal vein system, using K-Ar methods.

     The other student was KARL J. MUELLER who received his BS in Geology with distinction at San Diego State University, where he also worked on his MS degree. Karl hoped to work at a challenging position in the petroleum industry. He spent the summer of 1981 as a field assistant on Annette Island, Alaska and in 1982 as an assistant geologist with Tenneco Oil Company. Karl had assisted with several publications on the geology of Southwestern Arizona.

    Here is the rest of the story....

    With the help of our 1995 AFMS recipient, Dr. Michael Walawender, who is still teaching at SDSU, I was able to contact Karl J. Mueller.

    I asked Karl if he had an extra copy of his thesis, as I was trying to collect them for our "Historical Reference Library". He wrote back that the thesis was too long (400 pages) to copy, but he enclosed a copy of his list of papers published, and they amounted to four single-spaced pages of works. After his MS at SDSU, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Wyoming. The resume he sent me consisted of 12 pages of achievements. His achievements in plate tectonics configurations have earned him national recognition. He is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.

    Karl is indeed a success story, and you can all be proud that this AFMS Scholarship helped him on his way.

    Now if I could only find Ronald Kofron.

    If you have any information on former CFMS and/or AFMS scholars, please contact me.

March 25 - April 1

By Cal and Dee Clason
Ray and Florence Meisenheimer
The Earth Science Committee

    Arrangements for the Spring Earth Science Seminar at Soda Springs (ZZYZX) have been finalized. ZZYZX is located 8 miles west of Baker, California, on Highway I-15 to ZZYZX Road. Turn right on ZZYZX Road, go about four miles to the facility.

    The facilities are rustic, with dorm style rooms and rooms with double beds or cots. Restrooms and showers are in a separate building nearby.

    There is ample room for RVs, and you may be more comfortable using yours if you own one.

    Workshops include Bead stringing, Silversmithing, Sculpting, Wire-wrap, Cabochons, and perhaps others. Also, there will be field trips and speakers and programs to round out a busy day. When you register, you will receive a list of what to bring and other instructions.

    Three wholesome meals a day are served by professionals in preparing food. As this is a Desert Preserve dedicated to desert studies, no pets are allowed.

    Registration of attendees is limited to 60. We suggest you send your registration form in early to be included in this seminar. A form is in this newsletter.

    The fee for this entire week is $220.00 per person, which includes workshops, lodging, meals and field trips.

For more information call:
Cal at (661) 589 4189 or
Ray at (805) 642-3155


Reprinted from the Northrop Grumman Gem and Mineral Club's Rockatier, December 2000: Editor's Note: While visiting with Virginia Carter at the J.O.Crystal booth at the recent Santa Monica International Jewelry Show, she mentioned the following news release and gave me a copy for the Rockatier:

    The J. O. Crystal Co., Inc. has donated a selection of unique Ramaura•   Cultured Ruby crystals to the Gem and Mineral Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Jeffrey Post, curator of the collection, had asked for the donation after first seeing Ramaura crystals at the JCK Show in Las Vegas last June. Judith Osmer, CEO of the J. O. Crystal Co., and creator of the Ramaura Cultured Ruby, states that "The crystal specimens donated today represent the finest and most unusual examples of ruby growth to have come out of my laboratory in the 18 years of my company's existence."

    Because the Ramaura Cultured Ruby is self nucleating (no seeds are used to trigger or force growth), the Ramaura is free to grow many interesting shapes and patterns that, until now, have only been seen in a few rare natural ruby specimens.

    Coming at the end of a long career as a crystal grower, Ms. Osmer expressed her pleasure at having her Ramaura Cultured Ruby represent the first synthesized gemstones to enter the exalted company of gems in the Smithsonian collection. "Nothing has given me more satisfaction than to have my Ramaura Ruby displayed in the same mineral collection with the Hope diamond!"

    Ms. Osmer has recently placed her company, J. O.Crystal Co., Inc., the producer of the Ramaura Cultured Ruby, on sale. With time ahead to train the, as yet to be identified new owners, in the delicate and secret art of growing the Ramaura, "It is time now to lay plans for retirement" she stated. "What better time to pass the torch than with the Ramaura joining the world famous gems of the Smithsonian." J


By Eon Zolderbr
Reprinted from the Rockatier, September 2000

    Psst, hey, you. Yeah, you with the dust covered britches and the muck crusted boots-it's me again, Eon Zolder, aka The Old Planet. Been awhile since I had much ta say ta a rock hound, but I got sumthin' I wanna spit out.

    I been showin' up now and agin at some a yer gem and mineral shows-mebbe ya saw me cruisin' around at Riverside in August. I like ta kinda keep my fingers on the pulse of the goin's on in yer world, 'cuz yer world affects mine, ya see, what with yer diggin' and pickin' at my hide all the time. Well, sir, I know I mostly jus' gets on yer case when I talk atcha, but this time it's a little bit different.

    See, while I been roamin' around lookin' at the rocks and stuff ya been tryin' ta peddle, I notice that they's an awful lot of purty lookin' jewelry being made outta stuff that never came outta me, or at least not in the form yer usin', anyways. At first the very notion of growin' diamonds, rubies, emeralds and the like had me steamed, but now I kinda like the idee. I figger that if you can make yer own home-grown stones, why, ya'll just leave mine alone! Aw, ya got opals with more fire than I can give 'em, an' with them CZ's, ya can get 'em in just about any color ya want. Even colors I never meant to use.....if ya want it, ya can get it by growin' the stones yer selfs. Even amber -- yer not only growin' yer own, yer puttin' in yer own bugs to make it look like mine. Tricky.

    Anyways, like I said, I been prowlin' around at yer shows for some time now, and I'm gettin' a real bang outta some new stuff called sumthin' like Die-Crow-Ick glass. I seen it in all kinds o' colors an'shapes, spit an' polish shiny and ready to dangle from yer necks or ears. And then I learned about jewelry being made from the same stuff yer phone and computer cables 'er made of-fiber-optics, they tell me. Any color, any shape, and they end up with a kinda star-like thing in 'em that sure outshines any o' my natural star sapphires, I'll give ya that.

    I'm also mighty impressed with the stuff ya call picture rock. Yeah, I looked at some o' them pieces and seen the land like it was when I was a young un. Purty rollin' hills, dusty plains, 'n such. Who'd a thunk them rock slabs would be snapped up by so many people? Gotta hand it to ya, yer gettin' all-fired clever-hope ya don't outsmart yerselfs. Not too soon, anyways.

    And don't think I didn't notice that bunch o' folks ya call the AFMS and the CFMS passin' out some o' them scholarship thangs what help young folks stay in school ta learn more about me, The Old Planet. Kinda makes my eyes water some, but mebbe it's just dust a-blowin'.

    Well, I come ta the end o' my reason fer talkin' to ya, so I guess I'll jist shut up. Hey, if ya recognize me at one a yer shows, fer Pete's sake don't blow my cover!

    OK, now, be good ta each other an' I'll let ya know when I got more ta say. EZ

    (Editor's Note: Eon Zolder is not a member of any gem and mineral club, but because of a close personal relationship with the Editor of the Rockatier, allows his copyrighted work to be published, with credit, in Club newsletters.)


By Bea andSherm Griselle
Santa Lucia rockhounds

    During the Upper Pliocene Epoch, 5 to 7 million years ago, the Los Angeles Basin was mostly under water. Some islands protruded above the shallow bay, such as areas that we now know as the Palos Verdes Hills, Beverly Ills, Baldwin Ills, and Signal Kill. Bay waters supported a varied marine life, including many mollusks. Shells of these early mollusks can still be found throughout the Basin, if you know where to look.

    As the bay receded, millions of years ago, shells along the water's edge were covered with soil and gravel debris carried down mountains by rainstorms and landslides caused by earthquakes. This material of shells and debris was cemented together through a limestone process, over millions of years, into beds of rock filled with fossil shells. You need to know where to look for exposed remnants of these ancient fossil beds in the Los Angeles Basin.

    Major fossil beds have been discovered in downtown Los Angeles in excavations as deep as 80 feet below street level during foundation diggings for high-rise buildings. One such bed was unearthed in 1969 during construction of multi-story buildings at Sixth and Flower Streets. A paleontologist retrieved tons of "fossil stone" from the excavation site. Much of the material was turned into highly polished table tops, bookends, and other objects. Very little rough material remained.

    A specimen of rough material from this site will be on display during the 2001 CFMS Show in Paso Robles, June 22-24. Attend the Show and view this remnant of an ancient marine environment. It is a part of California's natural history you won't want to miss.

    (Editor's Note: The Santa Lucia Rockhounds are hosting the CFMS 2001 Show and invite all societies' Bulletin Editors to carry this article in their newsletters.)


Reprinted from Northwest Newsletter, December 2000

It may be hard to believe that a scant 100 years ago:

  • The average life expectancy was forty-seven.
  • Only 14% of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
  • With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st state in the union.
  • The average wage in the U. S. was 22 cents per hour.
  • More than 95% of all births in the U. S. took place at home.
  • Sugar cost 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, coffee cost 15 cents per pound.
  • The population of Las Vegas was 30.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the corner drugstore.
  • Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
  • There were about 230 murders in the U. S. annually.

Excerpted from an internet file via Rock Chipper, 4/00, and Yakima Gem & Mineral News, 9/00