Vol. XXXVIII, No. 2 --- February 2001

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
Title Author Title Author
The View from Here Bob Stultz Note to Club Bulletin Editors Beverly Moreau
All American Awards Program Dot and Bob Beachler Plan for a Year Long Publicity Campaign Jo Anna Ritchey
A Call to Action Jjim Brace-Thompson The World's Largest and Oldest Meterorite NW Newsletter
Historian's Request Shirley Leeson Education Thru Sharing Colleen McGann
Uniform Rules Committee Ruth Bailey Showmanship, Judging, and Clerking Seminar Norvie Enns
CFMS Endowment Fund Ray Meisenheimer Great Programs Anna Schafer
Junior Activities Report Jim Brace-Thompson We Are Going To Have An Obsidian Bonanza Dick Pankey
CFMS Earth Science Studies The Committee Field Trip to Davis Creek/Lassen Creek Dick Pankey
Dear Editors Dee Clason Field Trip to Glass Butte Dick Pankey
How Silicon Chips are Made Silicon Valley Stone Canyon Jasper Exhibit Bea and Sherm Griselle


By Bob Stultz, CFMS President
CFMS President

    We have good news! Two bids were received for the 2002 Convention and Show. One from El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society in Placerville and one from Del-Air Rockhounds Club in the San Fernando Valley. Yes, we will have a convention and show in 2002!

    Jack Williams, Bob Stultz and Jeane Stultz had the privilege of touring the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. This is a beautiful facility with enough buildings to put on a fine show. Both show bids were presented to the Executive Committee at their Board Meeting on December 16th and it was decided to accept the El Dorado bid for June of 2002. Due to the critical shortage of time left to start preparations for this show, we couldn't wait for the next Directors' Meeting to approve this bid as the El Dorado Society needs to be ready to start publicizing their show at the Paso Robles Show in June. Thanks to the El Dorado Society members for making this bid. We hope the Del-Air Rockhounds will consider bidding again.

    I would like to thank the Reno Gem & Mineral Society for offering to host a workshop for exhibitors and showmanship in March. There are three other types of workshops that have not been offered recently and would benefit our members, such as Bulletin Editors, Safety, and Society Aids. If anyone is interested in putting on one of these workshops, you can make arrangements and confirm dates through First Vice President JoAnna Ritchey.

    Recently, I was asked if any of the CFMS Officers would be willing to come and talk to club members about the California Federation. Yes! If any club would like to have an officer visit them and speak on the Federation, contact me and I will make the arrangements. If possible, I will come myself.

    I hope there will be many competition entries this year at the CFMS Show in Paso Robles. During the last few years the number of people who have entered competition has shrunk considerably. Competition can be an exciting and rewarding experience and it can help you put together a better and more interesting display if you will listen to the judges' comments.

    The 2001 Show Committee in Paso Robles is working hard to make their show a beautiful and memorable experience, so circle the dates of June 22, 23 & 24 and plan to take in the activities that will be going on at this great event.



By Dot and Bob Beachler, CFMS Co-Chairs

    Last Call! Last Call! Last Call!

    The deadline for submission of entries for the year 2000 activities is February 28, 2001, and you should have already begun assembling the supporting data for your entry. Remember, the judges will be looking for quality, not quantity.

    Entry forms were published in the January Newsletter, and are also available at the CFMS website (www.cfmsinc.org). We hope to have many more entries than the three we received last year. Go for the gold!

Click here for a form.


By Jim Brace-Thompson

    I received a call from Frank Perry of the Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Bay Paleontological Society. Frank noted a serious threat to the famous Capitola-New Brighton Beach fossil locality, and he's writing tovarious people to seek help.

    Two seawall projects are in the planning stages that would cover half the cliffs between Capitola City Beach and New Brighton State Beach. Because fossil collecting is not allowed within the boundary of the State Beach, this could effectively eliminate this area as a rockhounding site. Not only would the two projects cover half the Capitola-New Brighton cliffs, they would also undoubtedly pave the way for future walls that could eventually cover the entire locality where collecting has been allowed.

    The City of Capitola welcomes public input on this project, and Frank Perry urges rockhounds to write to:

Daniel D. Chance
Associate Planner, City of Capitola
420 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
E-mail dchance@ci.capitola.ca.us
Phone: (831) 475-7300, Ext. 250

    Frank suggests that any letters or e-mails echo points made in this alert, including the scientific and educational value of the locality and the importance of doing an Environmental Impact Report before the City contemplates any construction. Frank recom-mends reminding City officials that fossils are protected against development under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and that be-cause of the historical and scientific significance of this fossil locality, an environmental impact report needs to be a requirement (the developer claims that none is needed).

    The California Coastal Act also requires that appropriate mitigation measures be taken where construction projects would have an impact on fossil localities. Frank asks that anyone writing to Daniel Chance please send Frank a duplicate copy of their e-mails or letters so that he can keep track of things:

Frank Perry
Monterey Bay Paleontological Society
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
E-mail perry@cruzio.com
Phone: (831) 462-4916

    Frank hopes that, together, we can make a difference in protecting yet another fossil site that may soon be lost to construction.


By Shirley Leeson,
CFMS Historian
6155 Haas St., La Mesa, CA 91942-4312

    If it's a little too cold to attend a field trip, why not do a treasure trip to your attic, basement or garage and look for pictures and other memorabilia you might have of the EARLY DAYS OF THE CFMS. I have most everything (except pictures-I can never have enough pictures) from about 1994, and many of the things through 1972, but if you have some-thing from the 1940's, 1950's, or 1960's, I'd like to talk to you about it.

    The pictures must have the names of the people n the picture, the event, location and year. And if anyone has a picture of Robert O. Deidrick, our CFMS President 1950-52, I need it desperately! Perhaps someone can contact them to see if a picture exists.


By Ruth Bailey,
Committee Member

    As it is getting near time for our annual CFMS Convention and Show, to be held this year at the Fairgrounds in Paso Robles on June 22-24, we would like to suggest that members consider preparing and entering a competition case. There are categories for almost all of the work we do as mineral and gem collectors and lapidaries.

    We will have a new award available at this Show. A plaque will be presented to the advanced entries that qualify. In the past, only a master entry was eligible for any award other than a ribbon We hope that this will make more of you interested in participating in our competitive displays. If you need a Rules Book, you can obtain one from our Executive Secretary, Pat LaRue, and this will show all of the possible entries. Also, any member of the Rules Committee will be very glad to help you decide under what category your display should be entered.

    If you need help setting up your case, the Reno Gem and Mineral Club is sponsoring a workshop on March 17 which will be a real help to all exhibitors.

    (Bulletin Editors, please copy)


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

    We have had good response for the CFMS Endowment Fund from many individuals and Clubs. We want to thank all of you for your generous gifts to the Fund for memorials and general donations. In the past year, we have received over $4,600.00. We hope to do even better in the coming year, through memorials, honoring special club members, and other donations.

    A moderately large amount of faceting material has been donated to the CFMS Endowment Fund. The material includes much rutilated quartz, citrine, peridot, Oregon sunstone, Kunzite, star sapphire, cab ruby, aquamarine, tourmaline crystals, much garnet, Mexican topaz, much amethyst, turquoise nuggets, and Mexican opal nuggets. It is for sale in pre-priced lots. Dealers are welcomed. If you have any question, give me a call - Ray Meisenheimer, (805) 642-3155. We will be raising funds for CFMS Endowment Fund at the CFMS Show in Paso Robles June 22, 23 and 24, 2001. There will be a sales table, and we will need many, many donations of all types. Due to limited table space, we cannot handle a lot of rough material. Rather, we need finished wood, minerals, lapidary, etc.

Click here for a form.

California Geology's Teacher Feature

By Jim Brace-Thompson,
Junior Activities Chair

    A great resource for Juniors leaders is "California Geology," the magazine published every other month by California's Division of Mines and Geology. For nearly 50 years, this journal has featured articles on all aspects of California geology (from earthquake hazards to mineral resources to California dinosaurs), as well as reviews of new publications, both popular and scientific, and announcements of forthcoming conferences and conventions.

    The articles tend to be non-technical in nature, written for a broad audience including professional geologists, amateurs, and science teachers. But of most interest to your Juniors leader-and a great reason to subscribe-is the "Teacher Feature" column, conveniently placed toward the end of each issue, where it's easy to flip to. This column highlights potential classroom activities, resources, and topics. Past examples include:

  • "Earth Science Teacher Resources" (A listing of departments and institutes that supply publica-tions, videos, field trips, and other educational resources, with addresses and phone numbers); •  
  • "Earthquake Legends" (An explanation of the geological causes of earthquakes along with fanciful folk legends from around the world-such as the Siberian explanation that the earth rests on a sled that occasionally stops and shakes as the sled dogs scratch their fleas. Great stories to share with kids! And to get them to come up with their own stories and legends to explain geologic events.) (Continued next page) JUNIOR ACTIVITIES REPORT (Continued)
  • "Geology Crossword Puzzle" (A nice crossword that you're allowed to copy for educational purposes and hand out to kids at your next gem and mineral show) or
  • "Fireworks and Natural Resources" (A good one to discuss before the 4th of July, to explain how minerals create all those nifty colors exploding in the sky.)

    If your club doesn't already have one, you ought to consider a club subscription (for info on subscriptions, call 916-445-6199). It's a great source of information for everyone in your club, and the "Teacher Feature" makes it especially relevant to locate topics and activities to share with kids, and - as always - have fun!


By The Committee

    The annual spring CFMS Earth Science Studies seminar is scheduled for March 25 to April 1, 2001.

    Workshops include cabochons, soap stone carving, bead stringing, silver smithing, wire wrap, and perhaps others. If you already are doing these artistic projects, you may learn new or improved techniques. The instructors are highly qualified.

    Besides workshops, there are field trips for signt seeing andor collecting, with informative programs in the evenings.

    Meals, which are catered by professionals, are well balanced and appetizing. Food and beverage is sent out on field trips.

    Facilities are somewhat rustic, with showers and bathrooms in a separate building nearby. There is adequate parking for RVs. There are no hook-ups.

    Attendance is limited to 60 plus staff. It is important to send your reservation in early.

    You get all of this-a week long series of workshops, lodging, meals, and entertainment, for only $220.00 per person. There is a reservation form in this newsletter.


By Dee Clason,
Bulletin Aids Chair

    Happy New Year! I hope you all enthusiastic and ready for 2001. Hopefully, many of you will be putting out winning bulletins to enter in the next bulletin contest.

    There is something that I feel some of you may not be aware of regarding the mailing panel on your bulletins. Some of the bulletins we receive show signs of being almost destroyed by the machinery. Some pieces are only the cover in a see-thru envelope.

    The following are excerpts from an article published in the Eastern Federation News, by Jeff Ursillo, who worked in the mailing industry. He is also a member of SCRIBE and is Region VIII Vice President of EFMLS.

     "The following is a brief description of what happens when your mail is placed 'into the system.' This applies to First as well as Third Class. When mail is deposited at the Post Office, it is sorted into two categories. Mail such as hand addressed envelopes must be sent to a system that has an operator read the address, key it into a computer, which then applies a bar code to the front of that letter.

     "Mail that has computer affixed addresses, either by label or directly onto the mailpiece, are sent to an Optical Character Reader (OCR). The OCR sends the mail through a system of belts at 30 MPH, past a camera lens that "reads" the address. The computer then looks up the address, adds the correct Zip+4 code and sprays the bar code on the mailpiece. (In some cases, when the bottom right corner is not clear, the Post Office sends the mail to an additional step before the OCR, which applies a label over any printing in the "barcode clear zone" (the P. O. terminology for the bottom right corner of your mailpiece!).

    "With all that traveling yur mail has to do, it is important that the design of the mailpiece allows it to flow easily through the system. The mail travels from left to right in the OCR and sorting machines. As you look at the mailing panel of your newsletter, this makes the right edge the leading edge, as the mail speeds along. For this reason, it is important that all the folds of the mailpiece be at the BOTTOM and the RIGHT, and the address should be parallel to the longest dimension. The Post Office allows, but discourages, staples on most mailpieces, as using them can cause injury to mailhandlers, not to mention causing jams in the machines! Mail that is stapled closed is NOT eligible for automation rates. Stapled mail cannot be handled on the automated machinery and must be handled on non-automated equipment. It is to your benefit to use paper tabs (wafers) in place of staples to seal the top of your newsletter.

    "If your newsletter is an 11x17 sheet of paper that is folded to 8-1/2 x 11 and then folded to 5-1/2 x 8 for mailing, your mailing panel would be on the top left panel. This would put the folds in the correct places. In the case of those who use 8-1/2 x 11 sheets, then fold to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, the mailing panel would be at the top of the last page. In this instance, it is not necessary to tab the right edge, but if you have more than 5 sheets in your newsletter, it would be better to do so as a precaution, due to the thickness of the piece."

    "Try to keep the bottom 2-3/4inches of it clear of everything except the address. Keeping this area clear gives the Post Office a better chance of putting your mail on their automated equipment."

    "Whenever possible, please print them in all Upper Case letters, and do not use punctuation, such as a comma after the city name or between the street name and apartment number. Replace APT with #." I hope the above information will be helpful as you prepare your bulletins. Please keep sending me your bulletins-it's wonderful to see the variety of styles and formats.

    Have a very productive year!


Courtesy of Gems Galore Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley)
via Mineral Mite 11/95 and
NOC News January 2001

    How does silocon dioxide (beach sand) become an integrated circuit, one of man's most intricate and finely crafted devices?

    Growing silicon crystals from a single seed crystal is the most important part of the process. This takes place in a furnace which is heated to about 1,500 degrees celsius. In the furnace is a container filled with molten silicon and a secondary element such as phosphorus or boron. The seed crystal is dipped into the molten material. It is then withdrawn with a rotating motion, similar to making candies by dipping them into hot wax.

    Solidifying on the seed, the molten material takes on the same atomic structure as the seed. This molecular symmetry distinguishes a single crystal from unstructured or non-symmetrical material Each finished crystal cylinder is approximately six inches in diameter and about four feet long. Using a high speed diamond edged saw, the cooled glass-like cylinder is sliced into wafers. All silicon wafers are not the same; each manufacturer's wafer varies in thickness and surface finish due to their unique specifications.

    It takes about 50 complex steps to convert wafers into integrated circuits. The final stepis cutting the wafer into hundreds of tiny circuit chips.


By Beverly Moreau,
CFMS Newsletter
3113 Topaz Lane #A
Fullerton, CA 92831-2374

     It would be very much appreciated if you were to send me a copy of your Club or Society newsletter. Every once in awhile, there is space in this publication for an article that I might feel would be interesting to members in our other Clubs.

     Credit will be given to your bulletin for articles reproduced in the CFMS Newsletter.


By JoAnna Ritchey,
Chair, Publicity/Public Relations Committee

     Last month we stressed the importance of exam-ining your club's strengths and weaknesses with respect to how your club interacts with the public at large. This month we focus on how you should plan for a year-long publicity campaign. To develop a plan for a clearly focused publicity campaign, you need to be mindful of your club's long-term goals. This "big picture" approach enables you to serve immediate needs, like getting people to your show or next meeting, and long-term goals, like attracting and retaining new members.

    Begin by listing the year's anticipated events, which your club sponsors or participates in-events like meetings, field trips, workshops, picnics, silent auctions, annual show and conferences. Use a large 12-month planning calendar for this, and fill in the exact dates as they become known.

    Long term planning involves deciding at the beginning of the year what publicity actions are necessary to support your club's needs and goals, and then scheduling them. Publicity actions include requesting newspaper coverage or radio public service announcements, notices on the internet, placing paid advertisements, issuing self-written press releases, sending out invitations and other pieces to a select mailing listing, posting signs and fliers, and distributing brochures.

    The most basic action you will take is to send monthly announcements of your meeting program to your local newspaper(s) to be listed under "community events." Contact each newspaper to learn how they want such items submitted, to whom they should be addressed, and the pre-publication deadline for submitting each kind of item.

    Every "press release", from a meeting announce-ment to a special story on some aspect of your club's activities, should follow a professional format. If your club has letterhead or business stationery, use that. Otherwise, type the full name of the club and its mailing address at the top of the page. When writing your press releases, get all the key information in the beginning of the story. Newspapers will edit from the bottom up to meet space limitations. Your first paragraph should have the complete Who-What-Where-When-and Why. Remember that anything the newspaper prints will be in the "voice of the newspaper," so write your story in the third person ("they," not "we"). It is essential to include a person to contact (with a daytime phone number) in case the newspaper wants to verify what you've written, or wants more information.

    Examine the newspaper(s) to see what other departments might carry news items about your club (check each day's issue for columns that run only once a week in a daily newspaper). For example, you can send a press release "story" with a photo after the installation of your new officers to the editor of the "names in the news" section; a "school news" column might include an item about your club's participation in a junior high school science fair. Perhaps there's a "society column" that would print an item that "Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rockhound of Upper Peapack enjoyed a visit from their grand-son Michael, who accompanied them on a fossil-hunting trip to Dinosaur Lake with the Peapack Gem & Mineral Club."

    Please pass this on to your club publicity chair. 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


Northwest Newsletter, Oct. 2000

    The world's largest and oldest meteorite has been discovered in China near the northeast city of Shenyang. The meteorite, locally called Haushita Hill, is estimated to be 4.5 to 4.6 billion years old and fell to earth 1.9 billion years ago. The meteorite mound is 600 feet long, 250 wide and about 300 feet deep. It weighs about 2 million tons and is covered with granite. The meteorite is older than any natural earth rock. The site is planned to be a state protected nature reserve.


By Colleen McGann,
Chair Education Through Sharing Committee

    A special reminder to all CFMS clubs. There are many activities occurring each year for our clubs. Notice who might be putting forth an enthusiastic job and discuss with your Board members to nominate this person or couple as your Rockhound of the Year for 2001. I look forward each month to sharing the nominations of these fine people with the CFMS world. Here are the nominations for this month.

    The Stockton Lapidary and Mineral Club presents CARL COOPER. Three-time President and dedicated Life member, Carl is currently on the Board of Directors. His contributions to our hobby and club have been a textbook example of Education Thru Sharing. It seems like almost from the beginning of time, Carl has been an icon in our club. Currently, and for the past many years, Carl has spearheaded "Earth Science Presentations" wherein he conducts enlightenments about the rocks and minerals that around us abound. These are given to any group requesting schools, boy and girl scout troops, senior citizens groups, and all receive a polished stone. Word-of-mouth praise has kept Carl happily engaged, and thus he averages about 20 talks each year. Carl also fills showcases with rocks, minerals, and lapidary arts in area libraries, banks, and other public buildings. Carl makes lapidary door prizes for our club and handles the yard maintenance. He is always available on shop nights to our members. He has built several pieces of lapidary equipment for the club and maintains them. Show time is another opportunity for Carl, a willing hand, doing whatever is needed smoothly and efficiently. His case is always a welcome part of our show. Unassuming by nature, Carl is always there, a willing hand. His infectious enthusiasm is responsible for many new members joining and being active. Such a "Carl" in any club is an asset of unimaginable value! We in the Stockton Lapidary and Mineral Club are indeed blessed in having Carl as a most sharing member!!!!

Submitted by Stan Wright

    The Roseville Rock Rollers, Inc. present Milton Houston. Milt has been a member of Roseville Rock Rollers since the early 70's when he moved to Roseville. He has held several offices, President, past President, Federation Director, and Hospitality Chairman, but perhaps his biggest contribution has been his service for 10 years as Lapidary Shop Instructor. This shop is a joint venture with the City of Roseville and the RRR Club. This involved being at the Community Center where the classes are held every Monday evening, except holidays and summers for that entire period. This brought a two- fold advantage to the club. Anyone could take the class, and many new members were recruited into the club because of this. He is involved in several other clubs, and brings his experience to us from these, as well as all the offices he has held in these clubs. He is a great representative for the rock-hounding hobby, as he never met a stranger for long, and enjoys talking about and teaching all the many related parts of the hobby, most of which he does, or has done in his years of active membership. He has not been able to participate in Field trips for several years because of repeated knee surgeries, but there are plenty of other hobby related activities that he can still do and enjoy.

Submitted by Iris Geisesr, President.

March 17, 2001, Sparks Nevada

By Norvie Enns

    Feel like you can't enter your display in competition because you don't know enough about the rules and how to set up your case?

    Last month Norvie Enns, Chairman of the Rules Committee, announced a seminar that would be of great benefit to those wanting to learn more about entering competition. The registration form was included in the January issue of this Newsletter, along with a map of the area and location of the seminar. Deadline for registration is March 1.

    You can find a form on the CFMS Web site also, in the new Forms Center: www.cfmsinc.org

Click here for a form.


By Anne Schafer, Program Aids Chair

    January is often the time when a new Program Chairman takes over the task of finding programs and speakers. To help this brave person with their new job, read on, and then pass this column along to them. They may find one or more valuable tips.

    First, learn from those who have gone before. Make sure that the former Program Chairman turns over all information and records to the incoming Program Chairman. This may include a formal "How To" manual or job description, copies of the CFMS-created manuals Podium People and the Slide and Video Catalog, lists of the programs given in the past, lists of past and potential speakers with their topics and phone numbers, copies of thank-you letters written, a subscription to the CFMS Newsletter or the AFMS Newsletter where new programs are mentioned, and the like. (There may even be a hidden stockpile of door prizes stashed away somewhere, or hints about where to obtain extra-good ones.)

    Next, check out the equipment. Make sure the incoming Program Chairman knows where the slide and video projectors are stored, has keys to release them from captivity if they are locked up, and knows how to set up and run each one, backwards and forwards. New Program Chairs, do NOT wait for the night of your first program to learn any of the preceding information! If your club also has audio equipment, including microphones and speakers, learn how to hook them up as well. A microphone can be a real boon to soft-voiced presenters.

    Be prepared! Have spare bulbs, power cords, slide trays, and batteries for remote controls on hand. Murphy is always waiting to pounce. If your club uses a carousel projector, make sure to have both 80 and 140 slide capacity carousels available. (Older slides or slides made in foreign countries may be substantially thicker than current U.S. slides and fail to fit in the skinny slots of the standard 140 slide carousel.) Have a spare laser pointer available for visiting speakers to use, in case they forget their own or would care to use one. Have a pair of long, thin tweezers on hand to grab slides when they get stuck in the projector. (Alternatively, use the tip of a very sharp pocketknife to stab the cardboard frame of a jammed slide and pull it out.)

    Be even more prepared! Always preview slide and video programs prior to showing them, to make sure that slides are in the correct order and that videotapes don't have audio or other problems. (If your presenter is from Australia, he will want to put his slides in upside down and backwards - no joke! -- since some Australian brands of carousel projectors work differently than the Kodak carousels we're used to.) Always have a spare program in your hip pocket! This is necessary in case the scheduled speaker doesn't show up, a tape breaks, the projector fails, or any of the other exciting events which occur solely to keep the Program Chair's heart pounding and blood flowing.

    Remember: It's time to turn in the Annual Program Report and Questionnaire. You may use or copy the forms located in the Dec. 2000 issue of the CFMS Newsletter or print them out from the CFMS website. In a pinch, you may type up your own program report, being sure to include your name, title, address and phone number, your club's name, a list of the programs and speakers your club enjoyed each month, the attendance at each meeting, and a brief estimate of how well the program was received. Please mention if you made use of any speakers from Podium People, if you have recommendations for any additional speakers, if you used any CFMS slide or video programs, and any other special information. Mail them to:

Anne Schafer,
CFMS Program Aids Chair,
8473 Hydra Ln,
San Diego, CA 92126.


Click here for the Questionnaire.


By Richard Pankey,
Field Trips - North

    Two premier obsidian-collecting areas are within a one-day drive of each other and I will lead a field trip to them next July! The first is the Davis Creek/Lassen Creek area in the far northeast corner of California. The other is Glass Butte in south central Oregon. Both areas have an abundance of many types of premium cutting and polishing material. Many colors and types of obsidian can be found - rainbow, silver sheen, royal purple, gold sheen, pink, electric blue, green sheen, and mahogany gold sheen. There is double flow mahogany, red, midnight lace, flame and iris. And to me the most interesting is the needle obsidian. Although obsidian can be found in many areas, the material at these locations is probably the highest quality and the greatest variety to be found anywhere. Two great collecting areas. Two great rockhound weekends. And less than 200 miles apart.

    Davis Creek/Lassen Creek is located in the Warner Mountains, in the Modoc National Forest north of Alturas, CA. This is a beautiful area of pine forests, meadows, small streams and obsidian. There are two established campgrounds convenient to the collecting sites. No facilities are available except pit toilets. This has been a popular area for rock hounds and knappers for many years. We will be camping at the larger, more spacious, Lassen Creek Campground that is surrounded by two small streams and wooded hillsides. It can accommodate a large number of trailers, motorhomes and tenters. My first introduction to the area was in 1989 when returning from a trip to Yellowstone National Park. It was also the place of the first "official" field trip that I attended which was the CFMS trip in 1990 led by Joe Hafeli. My wife and I are enchanted by the beauty of the area and fascinated by the abundance and variety of obsidian. We have returned there many times with organized field trips and just on our own.

    Glass Butte, Oregon lies about 180 miles north of Davis Creek. The material to be collected here is similar to that at Davis Creek/Lassen Creek. However, the material from each area is different and unique. Glass Butte is exactly what its name says, a mountain of glass. There are no established campgrounds at Glass Butte, but there are many good places for dry camping for our group. This is high desert country with sparse vegetation. Many of the collecting sites are within walking distance of camp. The others are only 1 to 3 miles away.

    Like I said in last month's article, it is never to early to start making plans to go on a field trip. Mark your calendar now for the first weekend in July (the 6th through the 8th) for Davis Creek/ Lassen Creek and the second weekend (the 13th through the 15th) at Glass Butte. Join us for just one weekend or join us for both. I know this is a long trip for people from southern California; it is a long trip for us in northern California, but is will be worth it. I am planning other collecting stops during the intervening week as we travel from Davis Creek to Glass Butte. Watch for more details in the coming issues of the CFMS Newsletter. Come join us for this Obsidian Bonanza, July 2001!

Support and practice the AFMS Code of Ethics

    Note to Bulletin Editors and Field Trip Chairmen: In this issue of the CFMS Newsletter are back-to-back fliers for the CFMS field trip to Davis Creek/Lassen Creek and to Glass Butte. Please copy and distribute to everyone interested in field trips. In subsequent Newsletters I will have articles with more details concerning additional collecting sites in the area and other activities that we are planning. I appreciate your help and support to get the word out to your members. Thanks, Richard Pankey

July 6 - 8, 2001

Hosted by CFMS Field Trip Chairman - North

    This is the first stop of our OBSIDIAN BONANZA to Davis Creek/Lassen Creek and to Glass Butte. Davis Creek is the premier California obsidian collecting area with an abundance of a great variety of beautiful obsidian. This area is located on Buck Mt. in the heart of the Modoc National Forest. The altitude ranges from 5000 to 7000 feet. A free permit is required for collecting which will be available at camp.

    Directions: Take your favorite route to Alturas, CA in the far northeast corner of California. From Alturas, go north on US Route 395. Approximately 22 miles from Alturas is the small town of Davis Creek (stop here to visit the Davis Creek Mercantile, a very interesting little store). Continue another 11 miles to South Willow Ranch Rd. where you should see the first orange paper plate with arrows that direct you to camp. Turn right and follow this road and the orange paper plates 5.5 miles. Turn right and cross the small bridge. After you cross the bridge you will see the Lassen Creek Campgrounds on your left, turn left into the campground.

    Facilities: The campground is a large meadow with some large pine trees and two small streams. This is a "dry camping" area with one very nice pit toilet. It can accommodate all sizes of motorhomes and trailers and is also very good for tenters. At Davis Creek there is gas and some groceries, and a great place to get ice cream on a hot afternoon. At Alturas there is gas, food, motels and medical facilities.

    Collecting Trips: The organized collecting trips will start on Friday morning. All trips will leave at 8:30 AM, SHARP, from the campgrounds. Assemble at 8:15 for details and instructions for each day's trip. We will be collecting at 5 major sites: Rainbow, Electric Blue, Pink Lady, Needles, and Mahogany Gold Sheen. You have to dig for the biggest and the best, but there is a lot of good obsidian to be found as float and in the discards from previous diggers. Because of the expected size of the group and limited parking at the collecting sites, we will divide up into small groups, each going to a different site. Everyone will get to go to every site.

Thursday July 5 Arrive at camp
Friday July 6 Daily collecting trips
Saturday July 7 Daily collecting trips
Sunday July 8 Daily collecting trips
Monday July 9 Depart to Lakeview, OR

    Plan on several potluck dinners and daily happy hours. Bring firewood for evening campfires. We plan on having a good time and collecting some great obsidian. Come join us for a great rockhound time of collecting, fun and fellowship.

    Safety Note: Obsidian is Mother Nature's glass and like glass it shatters and is extremely sharp. Goggles or safety glasses, long sleeve shirts and gloves are strongly recommended.

    Please notify me by 7/2/01 if you plan to attend, call if you have questions or need more information:

Dick Pankey Ph. (925) 439-7509
4310 Kingsly Dr. E-mail: dickpankkey@juno.com
Pittsburg, CA 94565  

July 13 - 15, 2001

Hosted by CFMS Field Trip Chairman - North

    This is the second stop of our OBSIDIAN BONANZA field trip. Located in central Oregon Glass Butte is only 200 miles from Davis Creek, our first stop. Glass Butte is Oregon's premier obsidian site. With the exception of the Davis Creek, no other area can match the variety that is available here. Within a small radius you can find gold sheen, silver sheen, mahogany, red, flame, lace, double flow, brown, green and rainbow obsidian.

    Directions: Take US Route 395 north out of Lakeview, OR. 120 miles to US Route 20 at Riley. Turn left on to US 20, west. Go 28 miles and turn left 0.1 miles west of Milepost 77 onto Obsidian Rd. where you should see the first orange paper plate with arrows that direct you to camp. Follow this road and the orange paper plates 3 miles to camp.

    Facilities: There are no established campgrounds at Glass Butte, but there are many good places to "dry camp". There is no problem getting any size rigs and passenger cars to the campsite, which is in walking distance to several collecting sites. Gas is available at Riley and in Hampton about 15 miles west.

    Collecting Trips: The organized collecting trips will start on Friday morning. All trips will leave at 8:30 AM, SHARP, from the campgrounds. Assemble at 8:15 for details and instructions for each day's trip. We will be collecting at 6 major sites: Rainbow, Midnight Lace, Mahogany/Red, Flame, Mahogany Gold Sheen and Green/Silver Sheen. You have to dig for the biggest and the best, but there is a lot of good obsidian to be found as float and in the discards from previous diggers. Collecting sites are all within 3 mile of camp.

Thursday July 12 Arrive at camp
Friday July 13 Daily collecting trips
Saturday July 14 Daily collecting trips
Sunday July 15 Daily collecting trips
Monday July 16 Depart for home

    Plan on several potluck dinners and daily happy hours. Bring firewood for evening campfires. We plan on having a good time and collecting some great obsidian. Come join us for a great rockhound time of collecting, fun and fellowship.

    Safety Note: Obsidian is Mother Nature's glass and like glass it shatters and is extremely sharp. Goggles or safety glasses, long sleeve shirts and gloves are strongly recommended.

Please notify me by 7/2/01 if you plan to attend, call if you have questions or need more information:

Dick Pankey Ph. (925) 439-7509
4310 Kingsly Dr. E-mail: dickpankkey@juno.com
Pittsburg, CA 94565  


By Bea and Sherm Griselle
Santa Lucia Rockhounds

    Members of the Santa Lucia Rockhounds have assembled a display of Stone Canyon Jasper to be exhibited at the CFMS 2001 Show. The jasper was collected during a CFMS Field Trip to Stone Canyon on May 13, 2000. Photographs of the field trip are a part of the exhibit.

    Stone Canyon jasper is brecciated rock consisting of sharp, sharp fragments imbedded in a fine-grained matrix. Mustard or golden yellow are the most prominent colors, but many exceptional pieces contain chalcedony webbing of beautiful blue, purple, green, red and black coloration. This combination of brecciated jasper cemented with colorful chalcedony gives Stone Canyon jasper its rare and distinctive appearance.

    The site is ten miles north of Parkfield, California. In-place deposits of jasper, such as found at the Stone Canyon site, are infrequent. The deposit has been known since 1892 and contains brecciated jasper in a wide vein.

    Steve Ivie, CFMS Field Trip Chair-South, is doing his best to arrange another Stone Canyon field trip during the CFMS Show in June. Stone Canyon jasper is one of California's unique rocks and is a collector's ideal for rockhounds. This is your chance to learn more about this beautiful jasper by attending the CFMS 2001 Show at Paso Robles, June 22-24

    (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.)