Vol. XXXVIII, No. 11 --- November 2001

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
The View From Here
Combined AFMS/RFMS Show
Education Through Sharing
Golden Bear Award for 2002
FRS-FM Radios for Safety and Fun
Holiday Safety
Historian's Report
Junior Activities Report
Wiley Well District Field Trip
All American Club Award Program
Holiday Eating - Part 2
Another Tower Bites the Dust
A Buzz fron the Prez
Petrified Wood Fact
A Few Ideas
AFMS Code of Ethics


By Bob Stultz, CFMS President
CFMS President


    I am writing this message to you in September. Our country has just suffered the most terrible attack since Pearl Harbor, and I can remember that shock, too. I hope none of our members lost family or friends, and our heart goes out to those in other Federations who may have been affected by this tragedy. Let's all pull together in support of our leaders and pray that a disaster like this can never happen in this country again.

    I have just heard that Camp Paradise had a fantastic turnout, and everyone had a great time. If you haven't attended one of the Earth Science Study Seminars, you are missing a great experience. I hope you have all let your club members know about the fun and activities that go on at one of these events. It's time for our business meeting in Visalia, and I urge every club to send their Federation Director to this meeting. This is where you have a voice and a vote on what goes on in the Federation. It would be nice to see more of you take advantage of this opportunity.

    Our 2002 and 2003 Shows are moving right along, but I haven't heard any rumors about any club getting ready to bid for 2004 or beyond. We need to have bids on shows far enough in advance that the Directors could make the choice instead of leaving it up to the Executive Board, as was done for the next two years.

    I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Most of us have much to be thankful for, and we can all be thankful that we live in the U.S.A.


Fall Business Meeting, Saturday, November 10
Holiday Inn, Visalia, California
Registration: 8:00 a.m., Meeting starts 9:00 a.m.

Combined AFMS/RFMS Show

By Carol Brown, Advertising Chair,
Port Townsend Rock Club

     The Port Townsend Rock Club would like to welcome all of you to visit us for the 2002 American Federation and Northwest Federation Mineralogical Societies combined Conference and Show. Dates are July 16-21.

    Let us introduce you to the beautiful Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Washington, located on the upper Olympic peninsula overlooking the Straights of San Juan De Fuca. The town is situated so that there is "uptown" (up the hill) and "down-town" (down the hill). The main shopping area is in downtown, but there are some interesting shops uptown as well. At either location the views over the water are fantastic. The ride just getting here through the tree-lined highways and waterfront roads is very scenic.

    Port Townsend was originally a major international seaport. Today it is a revitalized small town, with no four-lane highways, nestled between the Olympic Mountains and the water. Because the city fathers have chosen to keep the town as authentic and scenic as possible, there are very few motels and hotels for the many summer visitors. The bed count is very low right in town; however there are some larger surrounding towns about 20 miles away. Therefore, it is suggested that you make your hotel accommodations immediately.

    The revitalization of the town has brought in lots of quaint shops. There are several stores with the old Victorian theme. This area is also a Mecca for artists of all crafts, and their items are for sale in the local shops. You will find plenty on-of-a-kind items you will wish to take home with you. The shops for the most part are quite small, but there are lots of them. It has been said that the whole town is like a museum. For you antique buffs, this is a great place to browse.

    During the summer there are guided waterfront walks, whale watching trips, and tours of some of the many Victorian homes. The town boasts of its many summer festivals, like the Blues Festival, Jazz Festival, Wooden Boat Festival, Kinetic Races, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Jefferson County Fair, so plan an extended stay to attend at least one of them. While you are in the area, take a salmon fishing trip or a trip to the west coast for some deep sea fishing.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to get to see this part of the country and get away from the heat. The average July temperature is in the low 70's and the average July monthly rainfall is about 1 inch. It does get warm during the day and cool in the evening.

    The Port Townsend Rock Club is trying to make this the best convention and show ever. To do that we are inviting two or more buildings full of dealers, one building full of demonstrations, plus a building full of displays. There will be competitive and noncompetitive displays, black light, and special master craftsmen displays. A Country Store, Wheel of Fortune, coffee shop and much more are planned for your entertainment on the fairgrounds.

    Make your plans now to attend the 2002 Convention and Show in beautiful Port Townsend, Washington. For more information on the show, motels and local attractions, contact our Show Chairman, Bob Sahli at sahli@olympus.net or call him at (360) 732-4678.

(Ed. Note: Since the show occurs in the middle of the very busy tourist season in and around Port Washington, where rooms are rented as much as a year in advance, making reservations needs to be done now.)

Don't rush off-
Enjoy the scenic areas while you're there.

At Zzyzx March 24-31, 2002

By Cal Clason / Ray Meisenheimer

     Now that a nearly perfect week is over at Camp Paradise in the mountains above Marysville, it is time to be thinking and preparing for the earth Science Studies on the desert at Soda Springs, known as ZZYZX.

    The dates are March 24 to 31, 2002. The facilities are an old resort located about 50 miles northeast of Barstow on ZZYZX Road. Take Highway 15 toward Baker. ZZYZX Road is about four miles before you come to Baker.

    Facilities are rustic, with dorm style rooms and rooms with double beds or cots. Restrooms and showers are in a separate building nearby. As this is a desert preserve dedicated to desert studies, no pets are allowed.

    If you have never heard of the earth Science Studies, it is a week-long seminar sponsored by CFMS where rockhounds can make new friends, study lapidary arts, exchange ideas, go on field trips, socialize and have fun.

    Workshops include Bead Stringing, Silversmithing, Sculpting (carving), Wire Wrap, Cabochons, and perhaps others.

    Attendance this seminar is limited to sixty persons. Register early.

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

     For more information or questions you may have, call:

Cal Clason, (661) 589-4169, or
Ray Meisenheimer, (805) 643-3155.

Click here for a form.


By Colleen McGann,
Committee Chair

     I received NO CFMS Club recommendations during the month of September. Our clubs have many outstanding members. I have met many of these great rock hounding folks while attending our CFMS Earth Science Seminars at Zzyzx and Camp Paradise, or out on field trips, or visiting a County Fair and seeing mineral and lapidary displays. These folks who are participating in our community, talking to school classes and youth or adult groups, teaching lapidary and beading classes or placing displays in libraries are just the candidates for recognition.

     From now until November 1 is the last time this year to send me names for this prestigious award for Year 2001. Articles for the December newsletter is due to the Editor the beginning of November. Check once again whether there is someone (or some couple) in your club you would like to acknowledge at your final General Meeting this year, and send me your write-up by snail mail or by email. I would like to end this year with lots of names.

    Again, I thank all the clubs that did participate this year.

     Please send your nominations (so they reach me by November 1) to:

Colleen McGann
P.O. Box 224
Santa Clara, CA 95052-0224
Phone (831) 476-8689


By Charles Leach
Chairman for the year 2002

     Now is your chance to honor one of our members for their outstanding service to the California Federation - someone whose work has been above and beyond normal. A person who, in your opinion, has helped to make the California Federation the outstanding organization that it is today..

    Please send all nominations, with qualifications, to:

Charles Leach
7013 Jamieson Avenue
Reseda, CA 91335-4817

    The closing date for nominations will be June 12, 2002.


By Richard Pankey,
Field Trips - North

     My wife and I recognized early that we had different rock hunting styles. I am a "wide roamer" that covers a lot of the territory. Betty tends to stay closer to the truck, but occasionally is interested in what is on the other side of the far hill. What we have in common is that we would walk away from our truck with our heads down, intent on our task, generally in opposite directions. Soon we were separated and did not know where the other was. Although this situation has never been a real problem (except when the truck is locked and I have the keys), it has been an inconvenience at times and has the potential to be a real safety issue. We bought a set of CB Walkie-Talkies but they were bulky, heavy, and cumbersome with their long antennae. In short, we never bothered to carry them.

    Then a couple of years ago, we heard about the FRS (Family Radio Service) hand-held communicators. These are small, multi-channel, FM radios that have a range of up to 2 miles. The prices have come down significantly over the last few years. Today you can get a pair with basic features for under $40.00. Although they are generally sold in pairs, they all use the same channels and therefore are compatible and work with all other brands and models. Each radio is small, very light, uses only 2 to 3 AA batteries, and has a short antenna. They can be worn on a strap around the neck, clipped to your belt, or fit in a pocket or pack. They are very easy to carry and use and, therefore, will be carried and used. They work well in wooded areas, in hills and mountains and do not require a direct line of sight. Because they are cheaper and more convenient than CB's, more people are using them.

    To demonstrate their usefulness, here are 3 examples a from Labor Day Weekend collecting trip for petrified wood.

  1. The collecting site is a steep mountainous area with woods and deep ravines just south of Cedarville, CA. About half of our group of 20 people had the FRS radios, including Betty and me. The petrified wood is spread out on the mountainsides, woods and ravines, and soon after we got there our group was also spread out over the mountains. From time to time people would report in on the success or lack, thereof, in finding petrified wood. This sharing of information helped the group to concentrate on certain areas and avoid others, thus contributing to everyone's success.

  2. Late in the morning Betty got turned around while packing out a load of nice specimens. She knew the direction to the road, but was unsure exactly where we had parked. The steep wooded hills with scattered small ravines start to look the same. I was still high up on the mountain on the opposite side of the road with a good view of the area where Betty was. Although I could not see her we could both see the same landmarks. Since we had our radios we were able to talk to each other and I could direct her down by the shortest route.

  3. We counted noses when we were ready to leave in the afternoon and came up one short. We knew who it was and he was last seen over 2 hours ago heading off over the next ridge. He told the last person that saw him that he would be back by departure time. Now he was a half hour late and unfortunately he did not have a radio. After a brief discussion 2 of us, with radios, started up the mountain to try and find our errant rockhound. About a quarter mile up the mountain we heard a noise in the wooded area above us and soon made voice contact. Everything was fine, no problem, time just got away. I took a lot longer to walk out than our "late" rockhound had expected. If he had had a radio he could have informed us that he would be late and not to worry. This kind of radio is nearly a necessity for us "roamers".

    The FRS FM radio is a convenient and inexpensive way to keep in contact on field trips, at shows or at the shopping mall. If you have one, carry and use it. If you don't have one put it on your new toy wish list.

About the Wiley Well Field Trip

    Unfortunately the flier with directions, schedule and details for the 2002 Wiley Well District Field Trip was left out of the October Newsletter. Look for it in this issue. Please see that your bulletin editor and field trip chairman get copies. Also, please publish in your club bulletin or pass out copies to interested members. (I rely on the people who get the CFMS Newsletter to pass this information on to their club members who do not get or are unable to read the CFMS Newsletter.)


By Chuck McKie,
CFMS Safety Chair 2001
Via "Vet Press" Dec 15, 2000 by Senior Airman Michael Duhe

Holiday Eating

     'Tis the season to use your reason. With all of the parties and get-togethers during the holiday season, the temptation to over-indulge in rich foods is a strong one. Add to this more stress and little motivation to exercise, and the end result can be extra pounds by Jan. 1.

     However, those added pounds can be avoided by using a strategic approach to the holidays.

    You're going to eat more than normal during the holiday season. Within a week you can eat so much food high in fat and sugar, your body is on overload.

    Many people travel out of town for the holidays. This doesn't mean abandoning your health program.

    Before you get on the road, check out the fitness center or the YMCA so that you know what you plan to do when you get back. Go to the health center and get a target heart rate chart, get some stretching information, and talk with an instructor. Start doing things at home-don't wait until the third week of January to come to the gym.

     Another strategy involves the road trip itself. Rather than pressing on for hundreds of miles, drinking coffee and eating sweets, try pulling over to a rest area every 100 miles or so and walking for 10-15 minutes. If you are traveling with your children, get out and throw a football, or jump rope with the kids. When stopping at restaurants along the way, look for a "healthy heart" section on the menu.

     Once you reach your destination, conduct a "sitewalk" to determine possible places to run or jog. Get in your car and map out a route, or see if there's a park, high school or college stadium with a running track in the area. Safety should be a main concern-be aware of busy intersections, dark streets, bad roads, and dogs in the area. Other possible areas to walk are shopping malls and downtown areas.

    If you're going out of town, plan to get out from behind the TV. If you're watching a football game, get out and walk at halftime or after the game. Take the kids out for a walk.

    Although bad weather can keep you inside, ask your hosts if they have indoor exercise equipment such as a stationary bicycle. Always stretch before and after exercising. (Continued next page) Holiday Eating (Continued)

    Here is some advice for anyone planning to attend holiday parties. If the get-together includes a buffet table, eat light meals during the day, such as a light breakfast and small salad for lunch. Once at the party, look for low-fat offerings, such as a vegetable tray.

    If you plan on eating at a party, eat healthy and within reason. Alcohol should be consumed in small quantities to not only avoid becoming intoxicated, but also because it slows food digestion.

    And after the holidays, don't wait to resume your exercise program. Review your pre-holiday exercise schedule and get right back on it.


By Shirley Leeson, CFMS Historian

     We now have a picture of Waldo Ford, AFMS Scholarship Awardee, 1979, thanks to Omer Goeden of the South Bay Lapidary Society.

    Now, if you would check the following names and colleges/universities, etc., you might be able to help....

    H. Stanton Hill, 1973, Pasadena City College

    Dr. Vincent P. Gianella, 1975, University of Nevada, Reno

    Dr. George Tunnell, 1977, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Richard C. Erd., 1979, U. S. Geological survey, Menlo Park

    Robert O. Diedrick, 1981 (please check with old timers in the Bay Area who might have a picture with Bob in it.)

    Dr. Bruce Alan Carter, 1985 and 1990, Pasadena City College

    Robert Evan Reynolds, 1991, San Bernardino County Museum

    Richjard W. Thomssen, 1992, Mineralogical Record, Reno, Nevada

    Dr. Peter W. Weigand, 1994, California State Cuniversity, Northridge

    Ruth E. Kirkby, 1995 John Koivula, 1997, Gemological Institute of America

    Dr. George Rossman, 1999, California Institute of Technology

    Your help is desperately needed to finish this project. Please look at the locations and see if you can contact the proper entities for help.

    Thanks in advance.

Shirley Leeson,
CFMS Historian

Engaging Youth at Your Annual Show: Lessons from Donna Mueller

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

     I've just returned from the annual show of the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society in Monterey, and as a part of my continuing effort to acknowledge individuals who exhibit excellence in serving youth, I devote this month's column to Donna Mueller. Here's hoping her activities serve as an inspiration and a source of ideas for your own club!

    While customers create a buzz within the building where dealers and displays are located at each year's show, you'll hear another buzz just outside the back door. The CVGMS divide their kids' activities into two locations. Inside, you'll find the traditional spinning wheel ad grab bags, but outside is where the real action is. Just look for the big laminated sign with colorful letters announcing, "Kid Stuff". On a lush, grassy area shaded by the limbs of an old live oak, picnic tables are arranged like a fleet of ships. Each table serves as a station for one activity in particular.

    Move from table to table, and you'll find kids:

  • coloring with crayons and markers in gem and mineral coloring books, on dinosaur pages, and on blank sheets, as well as directly on the roll of butcher paper that covers the table;
  • making "rock critters" using glue, plastic cards as a base, beach-tumbled pebbles for bodies and heads, seashells and feathers for limbs and decoration, and googly eyes from a craft store;
  • painting on flat gray skipping stones that take on flowers, American flags, turtles, and whatever else pops into a child's creative mind;
  • creating sun catchers by gluing smooth, colorful bits of beach-tumbled glass to the plastic lids of margarine containers and Pringles potato chip caps;
  • shaping fuzzy-looking sculptures with magnets and black magnetic sand in a large square container;
  • treasure hunting in a box brimming with small, tumbled stones that some kids spend hours sifting through to assemble a collection of six prizes from a selection of rose quartz, jasper, marbles, turquoise, amethyst, amber, agates, and more;
  • sand sifting for other treasures, including shark teeth and small semi-precious gemstones; and
  • making fossils by pressing a real fossil or plastic model into clay coated with vegetable oil and pouring plaster into the resulting cavity.

        Kids are given a small cardboard card divided into six squares and a guide to help them identify their finds from treasure-hunting and sand sifting. They glue each prize onto a square and use the identification guide to label them. Many of the activities (like magnet fun and coloring stations) are free; the rest are a mere 50 cents, making them easily in range of a kid's rock show budget. Members donate specimens, and Donna keeps a vigilant eye throughout the year for materials at basement-low prices.

        All in all, when it comes to organizing and running a children's activities area at a gem show, Donna consistently serves up one of the largest, most varied, and all-around best I've seen. There's never an empty table, and the activities draw praise from parents and dealers alike.

        Furthermore, the kids' activity tables are strategically placed next to the demo area, where kids can view a sphere machine in action, take part in cabochon making, a silent auction (with special items set aside just for kids' bids), and other interesting activities all within eyeshot.

        Donna - thanks for all your efforts, and for serving as an example for how all of us can educate and entertain youth while, as always, having fun!

    January 28 - February 1, 2002

    Hosted by CFMS Field Trip Chairman - North

    The Wiley Well District is southwest of Blythe and is one of the most popular collecting areas on the Colorado Desert. Although this has been a productive area for many years, it still offers an amazing variety of material. We will collect at 5 main sites; 1 site each day. This is my fifth field trip to this interesting and productive area. Besides the more noted collecting areas we will be exploring new areas (at least new to me).

    Directions to campgrounds: Exit Interstate 10 at Wiley Well Rd. which is approximately 10 miles west of Blythe and 31 miles east of Desert Center. Follow Wiley Well Rd. south for 12.5 miles to campsite on west side of road at the Riverside/Imperial Co. line. Watch for ORANGE PAPER PLATES to camp. Roads to campgrounds and collecting sites are typical desert roads. OK for motorhomes and trailers to campgrounds. OK for cars to most collecting areas. This is a dry camping area: no services, no hook-ups. This is the Mule Mtn. LTVA.

    Collecting Trips: All trips will leave at 8:00 AM, SHARP, from the campgrounds. Assemble at 7:45 for details and instructions for each day's trip.
    Sunday Jan. 27   Arrive at camp.
    Monday Jan. 28 AM--
    Houser Beds for geodes, sizes of lemons to cantaloupes.
    Digging Tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
    Explore the Corn Field for corn colored, crystal lined amygdules.
    Tuesday Jan. 29 AM--
    Potato Patch for egg-size geodes. Digging Tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
    Explore new site -- The Big Windy for botryoidal psilomelane, geodes and nodules.
    Wednesday Jan.30 AM--
    Straw Bed for geodes, sizes of lemons to cantaloupes . Digging tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
    South of Camp on Milpitas Wash Rd. for psilomelane.
    Thursday Jan. 31   To be announced.
    Friday Feb. 1   To be announced.

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

    Please notify me by 1/8/02 if you plan to attend; call if you have questions or need more information:

    Dick Pankey
    Field Trip Chairman - North
    4310 Kingsly Dr.
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    Ph. 925-439-7509
    Email: dickpankey@juno.com

    General Information

    • This trip will coordinate well with a trip to Quartzsite. The QIA Pow Wow is 1/23 to 27, Desert Garden is 1/1 to 2/28, Main Event is 1/190 to 2/3 and Tyson Wells is 1/5 to 13 and 1/180 to 2730.
    • There is a dump station at the Rest Stop at the Wiley Well exit off of I-10, however, there is no potable water. Blythe has a free dump station and good water 2 blocks south of I-10 at the Lovkin Ave. exit. Blythe is a good place to get food, supplies, ice and gasoline. It is approximately 25 miles from Blythe to the campsite.
    • There are numerous good motels in Blythe with a wide range of rates.
    • The closest town to the campsite is Palo Verde, approximately 16 miles through Coon Hollow and over the Mule Mtns. There is a convenience store (food, etc.), gasoline, a couple of restaurants and a rock shop in Palo Verde. Road OK for trucks but not for cars.
    • We will monitor CB channel 14 at camp for arrivals and other information and CB channel 4 when caravaning to collecting sites.
    • We are planning for nice weather -- warm sunny days; cool, clear, star filled nights. But remember it can rain this time of year so be prepared and plan ahead.
    • Blythe is approximately 650 miles from San Francisco and 137 miles from Los Angeles.
    • Opal Hill fire agate mine is about 3 miles from camp. This is a fee dig area for fire agate and micromount crystals including apatite, barite, calcite, fluorite and gypsum. Tools needed are hammers, gads, regular and star chisels, eye protection, stiff bristle brush, etc.
    • Carry your lunch and water when going to collecting sites. We will not come back to camp during the day.
    • Help with the entertainment at happy hours and campfires: bring along an instrument if you play one; bring a song, a story or joke to share.
    Wiley Well Map


    By Dorothy and Robert Beachler,
    CFMS Co-chairs

         To help you understand the objectives of this program, here is the introduction to the entry form:

        "Established in 1967 by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the seven regional federations, the All American Club Award is meant to:

    • Encourage local club members to share their expertise and enthusiasm for the hobby within their respective regions.

    • Provide a model for organizing an annual historical account for the posterity of each club, and offer an opportunity for national recognition of exceptional clubs.

        Just as the award is focused on quality effort that enables members to grow and clubs to flourish, it is also focus on quality that the All American Club Award judges seek in evaluating applications for regional and national honors. Completeness of the report is important, and quality is valued over quantity. Reports must be received by the club's regional chairperson by February 28, 2002.

        This is not a competition of one club against others. This is an evaluation of quality based on a standard of excellence. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are granted for achievement of points in the appropriate scoring range. Only the top regional and national awards are determined on a high point basis. To allow more equality, separate top awards will be given for large clubs (100 or more members), small clubs (up to 99 members) and organized junior divisions (5 or more members)."

        We hope many clubs will enter the 2001 program. Complete entry forms are available on the CFMS website (www.cfmsinc.org), or you may contact us and we will mail a set to you.

    Click here for a form.


    By Chuck McKie CFMS Safety Chairman
    From the Fairfield, CA NorthBay Wellspring Newsletter, Spring 2000

    Bad Nutrition Can Open The Door To Cancer

         At least 35 percent of all cancers are nutritionally linked, according to the National Cancer Institute. Your diet is second only to smoking as the most important risk factor you can control.

        NorthBay Healthcare Clinical Dietitian Kathleen Shafer suggests a varied diet to reduce your cancer risk. "The recommendation is to eat five servings of fruit or vegetables daily and to lean toward foods that are high in fiber such as whole grains. Vitamins should be considered a supplement to a healthy diet and not a substitution. A pill can't give you all the nutrients that a well balanced diet can."

        Shafer also suggests people limit their intake of cured meats, hot dogs, bacon, and high-fat and fried foods. "You don't need to stay away from red meat, just choose leaner cuts,"

        The American Cancer Society offers these nutritional guidelines:

        Limit intake of high-fat foods, particularly from animal sources. Studies show people who eat a high-fat diet have increased rates of cancers of the colon and rectum, prostate, and endometrium. People who eat a high-fat diet are often heavier and tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables, which also increases the risk of cancer.

        Eat your fruits and vegetables. Many studies show that increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains reduces the risk for cancers of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Plant foods contain beneficial vitamins, minerals, fibers and other cancer protective substances such as carotenoids, flavonoids, terpenes, sterols, indoles and phenols.

        Be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. By controlling your weight, you can reduce the risk of cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate, endometrium, and kidney. Through its effects on hormone levels, physical activity may reduce risk of prostate and breast cancers. Physical activity also stimulates bowel movement, reducing the time that the bowel may be exposed to harmful substances, thereby lowering the risk of colon cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends being physically active for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week.

        Limit consumption of alcohol. Cancer risk increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Your risk may start to rise with as few as two drinks a day. Studies indicate that even a few drinks per week increase the risk for breast cancer. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of 80 proof spirits. •  

         Eat To Protect Your Eyes. Adding antioxidants to your diet may help prevent cataracts. Eat plenty of citrus fruits, tomatoes, orange and yellow-green vegetables, potatoes, cabbage and onions.


    By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chair

         Only twelve people signed up for the safety seminar. Frank Mullaney pulled the plug on it, and I concur. I really think than not many folks would like six hours of Safety. That's a little much, even for me.

        Here is what I think might work: Have a combined seminar; for instance, Safety, Field Trip, displays, Bulletin Editor, or some such combination. Let's talk about it.

        I had plenty of information to fill the whole six hours, but I do think people would have been bored by that much.

        Maybe, one time, have it on Field Trip Safety, then at a different time on Shop Safety, but always in conjunction with other pertinent topics.

        See you all in Visalia, the Good Lord willing.

    Drive safely!


    By Isabella Burns, AFMS President
    Izzie B From AFMS Newsletter, October 2001

         At the beginning of my term, I chose Motivation and Education as my theme and set some goals. It is evbaluation time. I should give each of you a form to fill out, but I will let you make your own.

    1) Gain respect of the public -

        Throughout my years in the hobby, I have been asked many times to describe what a rockhound does. I thilnk we've earned a rating of 4 on this one. About 5,000 flyers, published by Public Relations Chair Bev Moreau and myself are available at shows, fairs, and museums. We have also started to do a project for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration.

    2) Educate our members about our programs and motivate them to participate was the goal not reached.

        There were not as many Exhibit, Editor, or All American entries this years as in the past; however, the ones entered were good. One possible cause for the lower number of entries was the short time between shows for the time and attention needed.

         We had a great example of motivation by the Arlington Club. With the uniqueness of rockhounds, I feel certain that we will continue to be a great organization.

        I have to take my hat off to the advances in information distributed by those astounding Federation Webmasters. Doing some research on the AFMS website, I discovered our Faceters List and learned that it helps many faceters. Perhaps if our AFMS Uniform Rules were on the website, questions like "What are the mineral sizes for mineral competition classes?" would be answered. Watch this area to be of much help to us in the future.

    3) Educate us -

        After visiting the various conventions, meeting new collectors, and reading many newsletters, I have an even greater conviction that rockhounds are the greatest teachers about rocks, minerals, lapidary arts, and fossils. They teach with friendship and love fo the hobby. My file drawer is running over with clippings from newsletters. How about our most quoted chairman, Mel Albright? He reports what members need to know and is often copied.

        While our AFMS Website www.amfed.org is "distant" to some, it does allow us to reach people in all parts of the U.S. (and the entire globe); therefore, communication is of utmost importance. I wish that the few member representatives that we have would pay closer attention to what our website offers, how it can help Regional Federations and individual clubs, and express their ideas. Are some of our programs outdated? This is your organization - speak up.

         I want to wish Steve Weinberger a wonderful year. It's been my pleasure to discuss projects, problems and pleasures with him this year, and you, too, will enjoy working with him.

         As my term comes to an end, let me express my appreciation for the honor and opportunity you have given me. I will treasure every smile, every hug, every gesture of friendship, every meal shared, every e-mail or letter, every service rendered, every gift, every memory, and even every challenge.


    Pegmatite 10/01, via Kiskigen Journal and
    Shop Notes and News 9/01

         Many Pieces of petrified wood, especially from the northwest, have a center that looks like wood, but with a layer of chalcedony or pumice between the center and the outside. This indicates that the tree was green when it was buried in hot ash. The water in the green wood evaporated, making the wood shrink. The outside was made into a cast by the heat, so the areas left between the wood and the cast were filled with chalcedony, making beautiful pieces of petrified wood.


    By Steve Weinberger, AFMS President-elect
      The following is an excerpt from Steve Weinberger's article in the October 2001 AFMS Newsletter. His remarks seem pertinent to our situation, as expressed in President Bob Stultz's message this month:

        I have noticed that some federations are having difficulties in receiving bids for their annual conventions and shows. True, it is impressive to attend a convention where the local club has gone all out in their preparations. The two which we attended this summer (the Arlington, Texas AFMS show and the Syracuse EFMLS show) are prime examples of this. Every detail was thought out and every effort was made to insure that delegates and the public were made to feel welcome.

        Although this is the ideal, it is not necessary to involve great numbers of people and huge sums of money to sponsor a federation show. If you have a successful show which the public has supported over the years, you do not want to change the date or location. This could be the core around which your club builds the federation show by adding just a few amenities. One person could be in charge of securing a hotel with reserved rooms, a meeting hall with room for about 150 people, arranging for the awards dinner and editors' breakfast. There does not have to be any outlay of funds for these, because all the expenses will be paid by the attendees. Some clubs choose to prepare table favors and other sundry additions, but it is their choice.

        Don't be afraid to offer the bid for a convention. There are many people and guides to help you both in the initial phases and throughout the year. Clubs have said that the satisfaction and recognition they received during and after the event were immeasurable.

    AFMS Central Office
    Has a new address:
    P.O. Box 891208
    Oklahoma City, OK 73189-1208


    From October AFMS Newsletter

         Copies of the AFMS Code of Ethics are available for your members on printed cards. If you would like copies for your members, please contact me at the Central Office address (above). Let me know how many copies of the cards you will need.

        Many clubs give these to members, especially new ones, as a reminder of good ethical conduct while on club related activities, especially field trips on public or private lands.


        Not only on November 22nd, but each and every day of your life.We tend to take our blessings for granted. We have done nothing to earn them•  .they are given to us freely, in the expectation that we will use them wisely. Be generous with your friends, and with those who need a friend-you could make a difference in the life of someone whose blessings are not so abundant as yours.