Vol. XXXVII, No. 11 --- December 2001

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
The View From Here
Education Through Sharing
Editors Attention
CFMS Dues are Due
CFMS Earth Science Studies
Historians Report
Freds Final Field Trip
Great Programs
Wiley Well District Field Trip
A Bolt Out of the Blue
What are Rockhound
Lewis & Clark Expedition Bicentennial
A Request from the CFMS Internet Committee
Raising Money for AFMS Scholarship Fund
A Few Last Words


By Bob Stultz, CFMS President
CFMS President

    Here it is, December, and we are into the holiday season. We have many things to think about that have happened to all of us this year. I think of what has gone on in our Federation and I feel that we are in good shape at this time.

    We had another successful Directors' Meeting last month, and some new ideas were discussed at a Long Range Planning meeting to help clubs build up their membership. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months.

    Our finances are a little tight, and this is something we will have to watch. I believe we have good insurance coverage, although some clubs think the cost is too high. We have gained a couple of new clubs and our total Federation membership is holding its own at this time.

    By the time you read my last message as CFMS President, our new slate of officers will have already been installed. I hope their year will be as rewarding as mine was, and I know you will support them as you have supported me. I would like to thank all of our chairmen and committee members who have served the Federation this year•  ..a job well done.

    I would like to thank two people in particular. I served one of them last year as First Vice President during her second time as CFMS President, and she has done an excellent job as Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the Federation this year. THANKS, PAT!! The other person I would like to recognize is Mike Kokinos. Mike was always there to advise me when I needed him. Our Federation is so lucky to have an active member like he is.. Thanks for everything you have done, Mike.

    I want to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year. GOD BLESS AMERICA! Bob

Now, more than ever, let our Holiday greetings be:
Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.


By Colleen McGann, Chair

    I want to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs that have participated this year in recommending their club members for the CFMS Education Thru Sharing Award. I find this award a real joy to give out to the special folks that continue to support the Earth Sciences in our Communities. I believe these people inspire the rest of us to greater levels of activity to insure our clubs continue on from year to year.

    The American River Club's award brings the total of clubs this year to 23 with 30 certificates awarded. I encourage all the CFMS clubs to continue to choose members for this program next year. Also, for any nominations I receive by mid-December, I will mail the certificates to your club(s) so the awards can be distributed this year.

    The American River Gem & Mineral Society wishes to honor Bob and Flo Hanson as their Rockhound Couple of the Year. Bob has been President of the club at least five times, as well as holding many other offices. Bob has been show chairman many times, and if not working as chairman, has been involved coordinating the show's dealers, spaghetti dinners, setup, silent auction, etc. Bob was instrumental in establishing the Cooperative Field Trip Chairmen's Association (CO-OP), an organization involving 14 northern California clubs that provides quality field trips throughout the area. He is a permanent director of this group. Bob regularly provides tumbled rock for the Shriner's Hospital, children's crafts section, and puts on classes in clock making for members and interested groups. Flo, in addition to being Bob's ''right hand lady" and full time backup, has served as club Vice President, Sunshine Chairperson and Show Chairperson. Bob is currently our CFMS Federation Director, and Flo serves as meeting coordinator and as the field trip coordinator for the COOP. Thanks, Bob and Flo, for your many years of hard work and devoted service. Submitted by Hugh Brady, Treasurer.

    Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society has chosen Pat Clarke as Member of the Year. Pat has served very ably as Show Chairman, and as unofficial show advisor and implementer, for a number of years. She is a talented jewelry designer and has recently be-come a show dealer. Her enthusiasm and persistence inspires fellow members to sign up for all the jobs in all the time slots at the annual shows. Her take charge approach and her experience in public relations has helped avert unexpected, enormous, last-minute disasters. Pat is also our favorite metro bus driver. Submitted by Marion Fowler, Federation Director, SCM&GS

Annual S.C.R.I.B.E. Meeting
At Quartzsite

Saturday, January 26
9:00 a.m. Mountain time,
(8:00 a.m. for those who are staying in Blythe)

By Shirley Leeson

    This very worthwhile meeting will be held in the Quartzsite Senior Center on Moon Mountain Road - a white building you can see from the main road paralleling the highway. There is a map on the SCRIBE web site: http://scribesite.home.att.net and on the back page of the September SCRIBE Newsletter.

    Two topics of discussion this year will be:

  • Recruiting Judges
  • Building a Better Bulletin

    The price is $2.00 per person (to defray cost of coffee and donuts and use of the room).

    Plan on attending and bring a friend, a prospective editor, or even an old, has-been editor-they still have good ideas.

    See you there! -

CFMS Dues are Due

By Pat LaRue

    Be sure to send in your Club's CFMS dues by March 31, 2002. There was a form in the packet your Director received at the Fall Directors' Meeting in Visalia, asking for the following:

  • new Club Officers for 2002,
  • a roster of your members (for 2001)
  • dues of $1.50 per member, plus $3.00 per person for the CFMS liability insurance.

    Be sure to signify the names of the three persons in your Club to receive the CFMS Newsletter.

    Clubs and Societies whose dues are not received by March 31 will be determined Delinquent.

IN 2002

By the Committee

    The annual CFMS sponsored Earth Science Studies Seminar at ZZYZX will be Sunday, March 24 to Sunday, March 31, 2002.

    This is a wonderful learning opportunity and an opportunity to mingle with many others who have the same interest-to meet new people and make new friends.

    Workshops include bead stringing, silversmithing, sculpting (stone carving), wire wrap, cabochons and perhaps others. All of our instructors have won awards in their field at CFMS and AFMS shows.

    The facilities are somewhat rustic, with dorm style rooms and rooms with double beds or cots. Restrooms and showers are in a separate room nearby. There is ample room for RVs, and if you own one, you might be more comfortable using it.

    Three meals a day will be provided by pro-fessionals, and food and beverage will be sent out on field trips.

    There will be field trips for collecting and some for sightseeing. Interesting programs in the evenings will round out a full day.

    ZZYZX is located 8 miles west of Baker, Cali-fornia on Highway I-15 to ZZYZX Road. It is about 4 miles to the facility.

    You will receive all of this-facilities, instruction, programs and meals, for only $220.00 per person.

    Registration is limited to 60 attendees. We suggest you send your registration form in early to be included in this Seminar. There is a registration form in this newsletter.

    For more information, call Cal Clason - (661) 589-4169 or Ray Meisenheimer - (805) 642-3155.


By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chair
via Fact Sheet Menu | Online Library | OSH Services

    A fire in one's car or other motor vehicle is a frightening situation which can quickly involve great personal danger to vehicle occupants and bystanders.

    Although every vehicle fire incident will have certain unique factors present at the time, the National Safety Council offers the following step-by-step general suggestions on what to do if your car (or other motor vehicle) catches on fire.

    While you are moving on a roadway:

  1. Signal your intentions and move to the right lane.
  2. Get onto the shoulder or breakdown lane.
  3. Stop immediately.
  4. Shut off the engine.
  5. Get yourself and all other persons out of the vehicle.
  6. Get far away from the vehicle and stay away from it. Keep onlookers and others away.
  7. Warn oncoming traffic.
  8. Notify the fire department.
  9. Don't attempt to try to put out the fire yourself. (The unseen danger is the possible ignition of fuel in the vehicle's tank.)

    While the vehicle is stopped in traffic or parked:

  1. Shut off the engine.
  2. Get far away from the vehicle.
  3. Warn pedestrians and other vehicles to stay away.
  4. Notify the fire department.
  5. Don't attempt to try to put out the fire yourself. (The unseen danger is the possible ignition of fuel in the vehicle's tank.)

    In all vehicle fire situations, the first thing to think about is personal safety. Any vehicle can be replaced -- humans cannot. Think and act quickly, in the safest way possible.


By Shirley Leeson

    Many thanks to those of you who searched your files, book shelves and attics, and came up with some awesome historical items.

    You'll be glad to know that Jack Streeter was finally presented with his "Golden Bear Award" at the San Diego Mineral & Gem meeting, October 19th. It took a long time because I have been in and out of town. Jack was very pleased that we "remembered" him and mentioned some of the things he had been responsible for during those years when he was active and the CFMS and AFMS were new.

    Dr. Gary Peterson, the CFMS recipient of the AFMS Scholarship Award, also received his plaque, and he was thrilled. He's going to get us information on the two students selected. He gave that job to an advisory committee because he wa on leave last year. So, he's anxious to meet the students, too.

    Thanks again for all your interest, help and support this past year, and please continue to search out our past.


By Bob Fitzpatrick

    Shadow Mountain Gem and Mineral Club of Palm Springs, California, lost one of its members, Fred Allen Schoellerman, age 61, on September 13th.

    Fred and Linda Schoellerman, Hubert Thompson and John Zedler drove two 4x4 vehicles over to the Arizona side of a large sandy wash, where John's four-wheel drive went out on him and he was stuck in the sand. Fred pulled him out and John left his vehicle there. He and Hubert rode with Fred and Linda for about two miles, where they stopped to look for wood. They didn't find any, so decided to drive closer to the mountain.

    This put them about one-half mile from the river road, where they parked in a partly shaded area at about 10:15 a.m. It was suggested that they hunt for wood for thirty minutes and be back at the vehicle at 10:45 a.m. Each of the fellows took a different wash to hunt for wood, while Linda stayed with the vehicle.

     At the designated time, Hubert and John returned, but Fred did not. They waited until 11:00 a.m., and then honked the horn to call Fred back. At 11:15 they honked the horn again, and John decided to go out and look for him. At 11:30 John found Fred lying on the hillside in the wash, motionless, with no pulse. John returned to the vehicle, and he and Hubert informed Linda of Fred's condition. John made a cell phone call to 911, and to the Arizona State Police.

    Fred's body was taken to Parker, Arizona, where it remained until it was moved to Palm Springs Mortuary. Memorial Services were held on September 17th, at the Methodist Church in Palm Springs/

    We will all miss Fred. He was a great friend to all of us in the Club. Fred passed away doing what he liked to do best-rockhounding.

In loving memory
Fred Allen Schoellerman


by Anne Schafer,
Program Aids Chair

    Sometimes the urge for Great Programs is superseded by the desire for Great Food and Good Fun! This is almost guaranteed to happen around the holidays. As I browsed through the Program Aids files of Christmas Past, I found several ways that our fellow CFMS clubs made merry last year. Maybe you will spot an idea that will make your own club's celebration even more fun, either this year or in years to come.

    At a special holiday dinner held by the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society, singing and other musical entertainment was provided by the members themselves and was enjoyed by all those who attended.

    Christmas dinner was combined with the installation of officers for the New Year by three clubs: the Roseville Rock Rollers, the South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society, and the Palos Verdes Gem and Mineral Society.

    Further north, the "do-it-yourself" approach was taken by the Lassen Gem and Mineral Society. The club furnished the ham for their Christmas Potluck Dinner, while the members willingly supplied the rest. An evening of good food, fun, and friends was topped off by gift exchange and caroling.

    Down south, the North Island Gem and Mineral Society in El Cajon hosted a formal sit-down Christmas Dinner. They sold tickets in advance for this annual event, and guess what! Each ticket included one chance for a door prize. In the spirit of the season, there was one door prize for each person attending, so everyone went home with a gift, courtesy of the society.

    The San Diego Mineral and Gem Society's Mineral Division reveled in Pie Night, which included a silent auction of mineral specimens. Pie Night has a simple premise: everyone brings a pie, everyone eats pie, and everyone goes home with pie!

    Now for a non-edible idea, the Rockhound Christmas Ornament Contest: Each ornament is to be fabricated by the entrant and must have rocks in it somewhere. Entries receive a number and are displayed on a minitree. Everyone votes by secret ballot for their favorite ornament, and the winner receives a prize. The rockhound imagination can soar to new heights: desert roses transformed with a bit of gold wire and paint to become angels; Santa constructed from painted pebbles with a white beard of crinoid stem sections; cast silver stars inset with Jade Cove nephrite•   and that's just the beginning!

    Or, how about that old standby, the "Gift Grab"? Everyone brings a wrapped gift (approximate value to be set by the club in advance) which is either humorous or nice, but has no name tag on it. Each person is assigned a number from a list. The numbers are put in a hat and drawn one at a time. The first person whose number is drawn picks any unopened gift and unwraps it. The second person whose number is drawn can take the first person's gift or unwrap an unopened one. The third person can take either the first or second person's opened gift or unwrap an unopened one. And so it goes until all numbers are drawn. (Of course, whenever an opened gift is "stolen", the person who lost the gift gets another crack at an unopened gift.) Some groups limit the number of "steals" to two, others allow unlimited "steals". What you decide may depend on the general level of rowdiness, ahem, holiday spirit, at your club.

    December also means it will soon be time for your society's Program Director to send in the Annual Program Report. This two-page form can be found elsewhere in this newsletter, or can be printed out from the CFMS website, www.cfmsinc.org, where it can be located under "FORMS" if you look down the list far enough. Please complete it and mail it back to me. Thank you, and Happy Holidays to all.

January 28 - February 1, 2002

By Richard Pankey, Field Trips - North

    The Wiley Well District is located in the Colorado Desert, south of Interstate 10 between Desert Center and Blythe. The district is made up of the Little Chuckawalla Mts., the Mule Mts., the Palo Verde Mts. and the Black Hills. Best known for its many geode beds and the variety of other collecting materials, the Wiley Well District has been popular with rockhound since the 1940's. The area is also rich in history from the gold rush days to General Patton's tank training during WW II. Ancient fossils can be found, as well as artifacts from early Native Americans, pioneers, conquistadors, ranchers, and military training. This is beautiful desert country of mountains, hills and washes. Palo Verde trees in the washes give an impression of water and cool shade. The hills are dotted sparsely with desert plants. In a few of the washes and arroyos iron wood and mesquite may be found. Winter rains coax colorful flowers from the cactus and other vegetation. The Wiley Well District is a beautiful place to spend some time in January and February.

    A great variety of materials are available to collect in the Wiley Well District. There are several productive geode beds including Hauser Beds, Road's End, Potato Patch, Straw Beds and Hidden Saddle Beds. All of these sites are in the Black Hills. Agate, chalcedony, jasper, pastilite, botryoidal psilomelane and crystal filled amygdules are found throughout the hills and washes. Another major rockhound attraction is the Opal Hill fire agate mine. This is a fee dig area located in the Mule Mts. Besides the very fine fire agate found there, quartz crystal "flowers", calcite crystals, chalcedony nodules and other mineral specimens can be found.

    Through the fine effort of Jim Strain and Isabella Burns, the Memorandum of Understanding was developed with the BLM that set aside over 36 square miles of this area as a "Rockhound Educational and Recreational Area". The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and dedication took place Monday evening of our 2000 trip. Jim is making arrangements for some BLM people to join us during our trip again this year. Jim and the BLM people will give us some campfire talks about the plans for the Hauser Beds and other topics affecting the area.

    In the November CFMS Newsletter, I published an announcement flier that can be copied and distributed to club members interested in attending this trip. I count on the bulletin editors and the others from each club that read the CFMS Newsletter to pass this information on to their club members. I am still looking for some new or additional sites for the Thursday and Friday "To be announced" sites. Please contact me if you know of other good collecting sites in this area that are suitable for a group of our size.

    To help me plan and accommodate all who will attend this trip, please call, write or e-mail me with your "reservation" no later than January 8th. Since our insurance situation was resolved, this trip is open to members and guests. Start now to make your plans to join us, whether for a day, a few days, or the whole week, at the Wiley Well District.

Dick Pankey, 4310 Kinglsy Drive, Pitsburgh, CA 94565-6267, (925) 439-7509
e-mail: dickpankey@juno.com


By Mel Albright,
AFMSSafety Chair

    There are thunderstorms around and lots of thunder and lightening. But the storms aren't over you, so relax and carry on. No problem? You'll just duck unto the car when it gets to you.

    Guess what - you may be about to die from lightening. The old phrase "A bolt from the blue" as conveying surprise didn't come from imagination. It came from real lightening strikes.

    But, a bolt from the blue is misleading. Lightening NEVER comes from a clear blue sky. It is ALWAYS caused by thunderstorms. But, the "from the blue" part may be true. Lightening can hit as far as 10 miles from a thunderstorm where the sky may indeed be blue.

    So, take care to protect yourself whenever you can hear thunder. Sound travels about a mile a second. So, thunder from 10 miles away may seem unrelated to any lightening you see - in fact, you may not be able to see the lightening strike. When you can see a flash, start counting "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, --" until you hear the thunder. Divide that number of seconds by 5 and you'll know about how far away the storm is. I've been near two lightening strikes. It isn't fun.

    On one, I was driving a tractor raking an alfalfa patch. Suddenly my hair stood on end and electricity began sparking back and forth between the strands of a barbed wire fence 50 feet away. Guess who was the highest object around. I shut off the tractor and dived for the ground. I didn't reach the ground before lightening hit the fence about 100 feet away. The cloud was NOT overhead.

    Another time, we were playing miniature golf when our hair stood up and sparks started flying around the wire for the lighting system. A huge cottonwood tree was in the middle of the course. We squatted and ducked our heads. Lightening did strike then, but it hit a chimney 2 blocks away and 2 power poles - 3 bolts!. The thunder was deafening!

    So, remember - you can indeed be hit by a bolt from the blue. If your hair starts standing up, you are in trouble and have little time. You have seconds, at most, to protect yourself. Do not be the highest object around Squatting with your head down is considered by many as the safest position. But, stay well away from trees, power poles, chimneys, antenna, or anything that stands tall. If you're in a boat, ball up with only your bottom touching the boat.


By Dorothy Borman
From Mineral Memos 9/01 via AFMS Newsletter 3/00

How do rockhounds come to be?
They're not unusual that I can see.
Rocks, pebbles, and shiny stones
Stir up interest in their bones.
The brilliant sunshine of a new day
Starts true rockhounds on their way.
One pretty crystal will come into view
Before long they've gathered a few.
What more will they find today
To make their hearts feel young and gay?
The sacks they carry are heavy now,
They haven't taken time to eat any chow.
They're out hunting whenever they're able,
Gathering specimens for a gemstone table.
Traveling everywhere is part of the fun,
Hauling their display cases one by one.
The notice in a gemstone paper
Tells where there'll be another caper
. Soon greetings with hugs are like a call
That echoes to friends throughout the hall.
Soon the weekend is almost done,
Dismantling the cases has already begun.
Tired, but happy, they're soon on their way,
Getting prepared to greet another new day.
Crystals and rocks often cover the ground,
In the yards where these great folks are found.
Inside their homes earth's treasure abounds,
And these, my friends, are true rockhounds. /center>


By Brenda Hankins, AFMS Chair
Taken from the AFMS Web Site - www.amfed.org

    On May 14, 2004, the United States will celebrate the bicentennial of an event that changed the course of our history and changed the history of the world. The event to be celebrated is the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

    It all started with Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the greatest American visionary. Eleven days before his inauguration in 1801, he sent a letter to Captain Meriwether Lewis stating that, as President, he needed a personal secretary, "not only to aid in the private concerns of my household, but also to contribute to the mass of information which it is interesting for the administration to acquire. Your knowledge of the western country, of the army and of all its interests and relations has rendered it desirable that you should be engaged in that office."

    In Jefferson's first inaugural address a few days later, he reinforced the motive behind Lewis' appointment as he told America of the importance of the western lands and planted the seed of manifest destiny that awaited this country.

    The 1804 expedition was the ultimate rockhound dream trip! Imagine your delight in being told that you are to take a collecting trip from the mouth of the Missouri River near St. Louis and go all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Basically, your agenda is to search for the Northwest Passage-an all-water route to the Pacific. While you are doing that, generally make note of everything, including "•   the soil and face of the country, its growth and vegetable productions; the animals of the country generally, and especially those not known in the U.S., the remains and accounts of any which may be deemed rare or extinct; the mineral productions of every kind; but more particularly metals, limestone, pit coal and saltpeter; salines and mineral waters, noting the temperature of the last and such circumstances as may indicate their character; volcanic appearances, 01.

    To prepare Lewis for this trip, Jefferson had him tutored by the greatest minds of his day. Jefferson needed to know anything and everything that might promote the success of the expedition. In our hobby we would have a cracker barrel or two with the folks who know what we need to know so that our field trip will be successful.

    For example, we would need to be sure we spent time with the people who know about science and the natural world-like our pals at the Smithsonian and in other great museums across this country. We would need to also spend time learning from the scholars in the hallowed halls of ivy-people like our friend Roger Pabian, and like the Lewis and Clark scholar Gary Moulton-both from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. We had better gather around the cracker barrel with health and safety experts, like our own Mel Albright. They have the kind of information we must have if we really want to get back to St. Louis! As Jefferson told Lewis, we would need to provision ourselves with the latest in technology and the food, equipment, and supplies we will need. We could develop our field trip team by inviting some of our best and smartest and strongest buddies; we should even recruit some strangers for the trip that can help make the journey successful. Take what few maps are available and, well, as we might say, get the lay of the land, poke around a bit, kick over some rocks, turn a spade, sling a pick, and lick a rock or two.

    And, above all else, as you travel through the countryside, demonstrate what is best in the people and values of our country, let the native peoples know we want to be good neighbors; in other words, just follow the rockhound's code of ethics. Except for the names and a few other changes, that was really pretty close to the basic plan for the Lewis and Clark Journey.

    Let's be sure we have the historical perspective here. At the time of the preparation for this great adventure, two out of every three Americans lived within 50 miles of the Atlantic Ocean; it was a time when only four roads crossed the great Allegheny Mountains; and when this country had only 17 states with the territory of the United States ending at the Mississippi River-that is, on the Eastern side of the Mississippi River.

    No steamboats, no railroads, no cars, no radios, no telephones, no televisions, no computers. One other thing to keep in mind, Meriwether Lewis was born in the year 1774-that was the year of the Boston Tea Party, the meeting at Raleigh Tavern, the Committees of Corres-pondence, and the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

    This was a trip of many firsts. Lewis and Clark "•  would become the first United States citizens to experience the great plains, •   to see the daunting peaks of the rocky mountains, the first to struggle over them, and, after encountering cold, hunger, danger, and wonders beyond belief, they would become the first of their nation to reach the Pacific Ocean by Land."

    On this journey of 8000 miles that lasted 2 years, 4 months, and 9 days "•  they would meet more friends than enemies, and only once fire their guns in anger. They would carry the most modern weapons of their time, but in their two moments of greatest need, women would intervene on their behalf. And time and time again they would be saved by the kindness of strangers."

    Dayton Duncan tells us that this Lewis and Clark Expedition "turned the nation and faced it west and that's where the future has always been. That is where hope and possibility have been and, that is what draws [you and me-and literally millions of other Americans to Lewis and Clark] it is about possibilities, about what could be. Sometimes what is and sometimes what isn't, but it is about potential for the future-and hope"

    The bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition will be celebrated from January 2003 through September 2006. This is the first bicentennial event being celebrated on the world wide web-not only are there thousands of up to date web sites for your study and review, but they also have interactive experiences-you can make decisions for Lewis and see what would have happened if he had gone on through the storm. You can also access audio to allow you to hear sounds you have never heard before-like the grunts of a buffalo herd. And live cam shots have been set up in Montana and Idaho that you can sit in front of your computer and simply enjoy. This bicentennial event will probably lure more people into the great American outdoors than any other event ever has.

    So what does this have to do with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, its regional federations, and its local clubs?

    Last summer as I experienced the Lewis and Clark Trail, I was awed and inspired by the contribution and sacrifice of the members of the Corps of Discovery; I was totally amazed that they actually lived to bring their journals home; I was educated about and ashamed by the reality that the plans Lewis and Clark had made for the Native Americans were never honored by those Americans who later moved westward in a villainous quest for land; I marveled at the simplicity and poignancy of the monuments to the expedition and its members; I was overpowered by the extreme diversity and the beauty of the land; and, my friends, I was disappointed that I could find nothing written about the expedition that related to our rocks, minerals, and fossils.

    I had the great Ken Burns film Lewis and Clark and Stephen Ambrose's Undaunted Courage. I had Fanselow's Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail, and I had the excellent national park guide Lewis and Clark Trail. I had a book about the flora and fauna and natural history of the Trail, I had a book full of great pictures from everywhere along the Trail. I had a book about Sacagawea; and I even had a book about Lewis' dog that made the trip. But I have yet to see anything about what was under the feet of the expedition.

    It occurred to me that the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies could compile a book to describe to the modern Lewis and Clark explorer the rocks, minerals, fossils, etc., that may have been along the route at that time. We could develop a tourist guide for the slightly curious, written in lay terms, brief and informative, as well as fun to read-full to the last page of neat-to-know and incredibly interesting information about rocks, minerals, and fossils. It would not be a scholarly review of the geology of the land nor a where-to-collect guide.

    Why should the AFMS take on this project? I believe there are many reasons, including

  1. We could model what AFMS really means when it describes an "All American" club,
  2. We could encourage the public to appreciate, respect, and enjoy the substance of our hobby,
  3. We could even inform the public that, if they were interested in such things as rocks, minerals, fossils and the excellent adornments that could be made from such, they just might want to check out the club nearest them,
  4. We could promote our Code of Ethics nationwide, and,
  5. We could say boldly, "pay attention to the affiliated rockhounds of America-they have an important contribution to make."

    If this sounds like a good idea for the Federation, how could we get the job done? I do not have all the details worked out, but I do have some ideas.

  1. The AFMS organization and each regional federation would sign on as a contributor. AFMS would be the governing body, and all work related to the project would be done on a volunteer basis.
  2. Each regional federation would select at least one individual to direct the work of the project.

    These individuals from each federation will become the "steering committee" to make decisions about what work should be done, how the work should be done, and how the workload should be divided among the regional federations.

    For example, it might be the consensus of the steering committee that the Midwest, Rocky Mountain, and Northwest Federations focus on what the expedition probably saw along the route, while the Eastern Federation is finding what was written in the Lewis and Clark Journals about rocks, minerals, and fossils. The South Central Federation may want to develop the activity section of the book, and the California Federation might want to research "fun to know" facts in general about the types of rocks and minerals along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

    Perhaps the Southeast Federation might choose to provide the graphics for the book. And so on, until all the major responsibilities have been described and then accepted by some regional federation.

  1. Determining how the project would be financed would be the responsibility of the AFMS. My first hope is that a grant or sponsor could be found so that no money has to change hands-truly a "service project" at every angle.
  2. Because the document needs to be available by the summer of 2003, we would back our timelines out from that.
  3. The Internet would be the communication and development tool for all activity pertaining to the project, with Marty Hart being our very capable technology liaison and serving on the steering committee. No formal meetings would be required.

    How much would all this cost the Federation? As planned to this point, I do not see any associated costs to the Federation during the development phase. The actual publishing and production would have to be financed.

    My role? I would accept the challenge of being the editor and assuming all responsibilities for working through the federations to get the job done.

    What's in it for me? A lot! I would get to help create the book I wished I had had when I traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail. I would enjoy knowing that I had made a contribution to such a great project. And, just think of all that I will learn and all the great people I'll have a chance to get to know!

    Well, if something comes of this idea for developing a book about the rocks, minerals, and fossils along the Lewis and Clark Trail, you and I will have a ball learning together and sharing our information with other Americans who may have some interests similar to ours; if nothing comes of this, friends, we'll have a ball doing something else!

    I will leave you with an adaptation of the words written by Lewis when he asked his friend William Clark to serve as co-captain of the expedition. Lewis wrote to Clark, "Thus my friends, you have a summary view of the plan, the means, and the objectives of this project. If, therefore, there is anything under those circumstances, in this enterprise, which would induce you all to participate with me in its fatigues, it's dangers and its honors, believe me, there is no group on earth with whom I should feel equal pleasure in sharing them as with yourself."


By Beverly Moreau

    During the meeting of the Internet Committee in Visalia, the discussion led to how important it is for each club or society to have an e-mail contact. There may be times when we have something important to get out to all the clubs at the earliest opportunity. Without this contact, some clubs will be uninformed.

    Surely there is one person in each club who has an e-mail address that could be used as the club's contact for this purpose.

    Please ask someone in your club to contact Beverly Moreau at bcmoreau@4dnet.com to authorize the use of one specific e-mail address as the contact for your club. Beverly will reply to the e-mail address given, to verify that this is to be the contact for your specific club. Once she receives the verification, she will pass it on to Don Ogden, CFMS Web Master.

    Please note: This is separate from the listing of individual CFMS members' e-mail addresses. Any and all members of any club can be listed on the web site. Simply notify Beverly Moreau at the above e-mail address and let her know that you, personally, want to have your e-mail address listed among the Member E-Mail Addresses. She will forward that name and address to Don Ogden for listing on the web site.

    We're here to help you, and we need your club contact as soon as possible. Can we count on you?


By Izzie Burns,
AFMS Immediate Past President

    Throughout my term as AFMS President this year, I have been raising money for our Scholarship Fund, as there is so much need for funds to help those seeking higher education. We use only the interest on the money donated for the scholarships that we give each year.

    Each year each Federation receives four scholarship grants of $2,000.00 for students who are working toward a Master or Doctorate Degree. The major must be in any of the Earth Sciences; men or women are equally accepted; and need not be in actual want, but should be reasonably in need of assistance, and worthy of it.

    The CFMS Operating Regulations establish a Jury of Awards" The President, Immediate Past President, and Second Vice President (Chairman), whose duty it is to choose an Honoree. This person should have made contributions to the study of geology. Nominees for this award can be made by any member and must be submitted to the Chairman before the Fall meeting. The winner is honored for his or her accomplishments at the annual banquet, and is given the opportunity to choose two students with the above qualifications to receive annual scholarships for two years.

     With the high cost of books, supplies, etc., our Scholarships of $2,000.00 for two years needs to be increased, and the drop in interest rates is not helping us maintain our program. Some books for college classes are $150.00. When I taught Algebra at the Community College, an Algebra book was $12.00. Now a very similar book costs $75.00. Professors at Cal State Fullerton have told me that some graduate students cannot afford to buy gas at $2.00 per gallon to drive to Zzyzx to do research for their doctorate degree.

    Thus, I decided to raise 1 million pennies for the Fund. Bill made a Wishing Well and we have carried it to Roswell, New Mexico, Arlington, Texas, Paso Robles, California, and Syracuse, New York. It Went On to Enumclaw, Washing-ton and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. We had to abandon the wishing well when we were stranded in Kansas City, Missouri on September 11th. We started the project at the conventions and are about one half of the way to the million. If every rockhound gave just 20 cents, I would have $10,000 (one million pennies) How is your club doing? 0 - $25. - $100. - or $500.? How is your Federation doing? I have received a penny, 5 gold dollars, $5 bills, $10 bills, $20 bills, and checks.

    We collected pennies at the CFMS Fall Business Meeting this past weekend, and have an additional $300.00 to add to the Fund.

     Please make your AFMS Scholarship Fund grow. Make yourself a wishing well. Take an empty tuna can, wrap paper around it, paste rocks, pictures of flowers or such to the outside, add a paper handle, and fill it wish pennies. Put spare pennies in your wishing well and make a wish. I hope it comes true.

    When you take the pennies to your December meeting and give them to your Director to send to the CFMS Chair for AFMS Scholarships, you will make some graduate student's wish come true. Convert your pennies to paper, and send a check to:

Keesa Stewart, AFMS Scholarship Chair
153 Scenic Court
Concord, CA 94518-2038


From Your Editor, Beverly Moreau

    It has been a pleasure to serve as your News-letter Editor this past year. Last weekend at Visalia, when I turned over the job to your new Editor, Lois Allmen, I told her that you folks out there have been extremely reliable, and truly generous, in sending your articles in promptly-some actually ahead of the deadline.

    There is one area that I found lacking in the contributed articles, though, and I thought it would be good to mention it so that something might be done to change it for the future.

    The area of concern has to do with the passing of some of our good friends, especially those who have been devoted to serving the Federation over the years.

    Recently, for example, when Kay and Howard Carter passed away, there was nothing written for the Newsletter about them, or about the ways they had been involved with their Club or with CFMS. As a matter of fact, the way I learned about Kay's passing was when someone called to tell me that a check for the Scholarship Fund had been received in memory of Kay Carter.

    I know that Kay served on the Scholarship Committee for three years and was at one time the Chairman. She also was Show Chairman in 1998 when the CFMS Show was at Monterey. Howard will always be remembered by me as the artisan who created those lovely framed picture rock vignettes. I'm sure both Howard and Kay served their club in many ways, and I think it is only fitting that a tribute to folks like these should appear in the CFMS Newsletter, highlighting some of their past achievements. When this happens in the future, ask someone in the club to write an article to be used in the Newsletter, and send it to Lois for inclusion in the next issue.

    Another way to notify friends throughout the Federation about a loss such as this is to post a notice on the CFMS web site Bulletin Board, giving some details of the circumstances sur-rounding the death, services to be held, and where we might send notes of condolence to the family.

    In this case, please send articles for the Bulletin Board to

donogden@aol.com or
Donald Ogden, Chair, Internet Committee
20904 Trigger Lane,
Diamond Bar, CA 91765-3469.

    Once again, I do appreciate all your wonderful support these past twelve months. Please pay attention to Lois's deadline, which will appear in the usual spot at the bottom of page 2. Sometimes the deadline might have to be changed, so be sure to check each month.

    Send articles to:

allmenl@vcss.k12.ca.us or
Lois Allmen, Editor
407 Magnolia Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030-5309

    Thank you again for all your help this year!