Vol. XXXVIII, No. 4 --- April 2002

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
Presidents Message
Let's Share
Notes from Exec. Sec/Treas.
Insurance Reminders
How's Your Heart
All American Award
A Year's Activities for Juniors
Great Programs
Tax Advisors Document
Earth Science Seminars, Paradise
  Paradise Seminar Enrolement Form Sept 8-14, 2002
  Paradise Seminar Enrolement Form Sept 15-21, 2002
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Wiley's Well Field Trip
Tucson Show

Presidents Message

By Jo Anna Ritchey, CFMS President
CFMS President

I have been asked, "How do you become an officer of the CFMS?" The answer is, " The same way you become an officer of your local club or organization." First the member shows interest by attending the meetings and participating in the various club functions. Next you will probably be asked to serve on a committee-bringing refreshments, leading a field trip, assisting with the Club Show, becoming a Director to the CFMS. Participation is important. You get the idea. You will then know the people in your club and how they prefer to do things. This does not mean you can't make changes, but you now know a bit of the history and the participants. The next thing you know you will become an officer.

At the CFMS level, one of the first considerations is the matter of attendance. We need someone who will attend both meetings held every year (the summer meeting is at the CFMS Show and the November meeting is in Visalia). If you are serving on the Board of Directors you have already shown the commitment for attending the meetings. Other people have come to the executives' attention by participating in judging events at the CFMS Shows. Notice that the emphasis is on participation. The next thing that is needed is to indicate you are willing to serve on a committee. This can be done as easily as talking to one of the officer's and simply say you are interested in serving on a committee-you are interested in the scholarship, field trips, PLAC, etc. In other words VOLUNTEER. The next time a junior position comes up you will be considered. All committees need both junior members and more senior members. After you have served on a committee for a couple of years (could be different committees), you may be asked if you would be interested in becoming an officer. The reason for serving on committees and participating in the CFMS at the state level is so you have a better idea of how the CFMS functions, how the CFMS does things, and the other people participating at the state level. People are important no matter at what level of the rockhounding organization you are currently working.

I have found that I get the most out of any organization when I participate and become a part of it. I like people and people are an important part of any club. Besides, Rockhounds are special.

CFMS Officer Nominations due by June 1, 2002
Send NominationsTo:
Toni Ewers,
12 Hillcrest Lane,
Boulder City, NV 89005


By Bural LaRue, CFMS Rules

It's a wonderful feeling to be able to share our work with others who may not have your talent.

While working at Camp Paradise and Zyzxx I have had the pleasure of seeing some beautiful work. I would like to encourage the sharing of some of those treasures at this year's show in July.

Some of us are not into competition and that's OK, but you could put in a case of your work in the non-competitive area. You don't need a lot of pieces for a quality display. Some of the best cases will only have five to ten items displayed. Your support will be appreciated. We have so much talent that hasn't been seen by the general public; it would be a shame not to share.

At previous shows I have stood beside or in back of my display case and listened to the remarks made by visitors. In some cases I have answered questions and explained my work. I have found these moments very rewarding and it leaves one with a true sense of pride and belonging.

Your work is like a beautiful sunset. It's always best when shared.


By Pat LaRue

New Publicity Manual for member organizations. The Publicity Committee spent much time and effort pulling together ideas to help your club or society put its best foot forward in the community and perhaps attract a few new members. Each member organization will receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies are available at a cost of $1.50 to cover publication and mailing.

The Executive Committee considered this manual to be so important they authorized a special mailing of this booklet instead of waiting for it to be included in the Director's packets for the show meeting. I anticipate that the booklets will be in the mail about the time you receive this newsletter. Since not all the clubs provide an updated listing of their Federation directors or officers I will mail it to person last designated to receive Federation mail. Please be sure to pass this information along to the proper person.

Officer Change List. Have you sent your Officer Change form yet? If not, please take a few moments to fill in the requested information, especially the listing of the three persons designated to receive the CFMS newsletter. I plan to begin updating the Society Roster after April 15 and want to include the correct information for your organization in the listing of the three persons designated to receive the CFMS newsletter. Can't find the Officer Change form? You can download a copy from the CFMS website. Click on forms and scroll down to the desired form. No Internet access? You can write or call me requesting that a copy be mailed.


By Fred Ott, Insurance Chairperson.

Thank you for continuing to use the most-current request forms (those with the date of 10-16-01 in the lower, right-hand corner). This allows the Federation's insurance agent/broker to process your requests much more accurately and in a timely fashion. Also, please mail or fax your requests for "certificates of insurance" and/or "additional insured endorsements" at least 3 weeks prior to the event. You may access these forms by going to the Federation's website address: cfmsinc.org.

As reiterated at the Federation Director's meeting in Visalia in November, each individual in your club is automatically insured under the Federation's $1 million liability policy, whether or not that individual is an adult member, junior member, family member, honorary member, or any other designation. Federation dues are $4.50 for every member of your club except honorary members.


By Chuck McKie, Safety Chairman CFMS 2002

Subject: SELF-CPR --

I have taken CPR about 10 times over the last 35 years, but I never got instruction on what to do if I was alone and had a heart attack. Please read this and pass it on. It may save a life.

I didn't know this, did you? Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course) after an usually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the nearest hospital nearest your home, unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE. Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed in order. Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart has began to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many others it could save their lives!

This was forwarded to me from an old Navy buddy (Herman Bell) From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240's newsletter AND THE BEAT GOES ON...(reprint form the Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)


By Dot and Bob Beachler, Co-chairs

The entry period for the 2001 program closed February 28, and we are happy to report a sixty-seven percent increase in the number of entries!

(To put this in proper perspective, we received five entries compared to three in prior years.) Entries were received from:

  • Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society
  • Contra Costa Mineral & GemSociety
  • Fossils for Fun Society
  • Roseville Rock Rollers
  • Sutter Buttes Gem & MineralSociety

We thank all of these clubs for their efforts in preparing good entry books, and wish them well in the judging. CFMS regional results will be announced at our banquet July 13 in Placerville, and national results will come a week later in Port Townsend, WA.


By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

A Sample Year Long Calendar of Youth Activities

In an earlier column, I noted Emma Mayer (Ventura Gem & Mineral Society) had done a superb job planning her club's kids activities for a year. Such advance planning helps in gathering commitments from club members to assist in activities. It also allows you to publish a calendar to publicize your youth group in attempting to attract new members by showing them all the great things they 'll be able to do by joining. I've taken ideas from Emma's calendar to construct a sample calendar for one and all:

Jan 1/23
Monthly meeting: all about dinosaurs/ fossil-casting activity. (leader: Rex Carnozor)
Pups' field trip: Topanga Canyon for fossils. ( leader: Rex Carnozor)
Feb 2/9
Pups' tour of club museum and workshop. (leader: P.T. Barnum)
Monthly meeting: prepare a group display case for club show. (leader: P.T. Barnum)
Mar 3/2-3


Annual club show; pups help with kids activities, recruit new members and group display case.
Club field trip: Faria Beach/Rincon for beach agate, & fossil whale bone. (leader: Opal Cutter)
Monthly meeting: mineral identification / activity with streak plates, color, hardness scale, etc, (leader: Rocky Mann).
Apr 4/6-7
Club field trip: Boron. (leader: Salty Sam)
Monthly meeting: lapidary arts/ cabochon making activity. (leader: Vera Shiny)
May 5/18-19
Conejo annual club show, Thousand Oaks
Monthly meeting: our state rock, mineral, fossil, & gemstone. (leader: Smiley Don)
Pups camping field trip: Jalama Beach for agates, fish fossils. (leader: Rex Carnozor)
Jun 6/8
Pups' field trip: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. (leader: P.T.Barnum)
Monthly meeting: all about crystals / crystal growing activity. (leader: Crystal Klere)
Pups' workshop: County Fair, entering competitive display cases. (leader: P.T. Barnum)
Monthly meeting: lapidary work / wire wrapping activity. (leader: Tina Golden)
Aug 8/28 Monthly meeting: trilobites, with fossil cleaning activity. (leader: Petra Fiede)
Sep 9/21
Pups' field trip: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. (leader: Petra Fiede)
Monthly meeting: petrified wood identification / cutting and polishing activity with petrified wood. (leader: Ringo Carpenter).
Oct 10/12-13
Club field trip: Calico area for petrified palm wood. (leader: Ringo Carpenter).
Monthly meeting: building a collection / identification and labeling exercise. (leader: Dee Baise)
Nov 11/2-3
Oxnard Club show, Oxnard Community Center.
Monthly meeting: gems, with slide show / faceting demonstration. (leader; Pearl Dimond)
Dec 12/11 Club holiday party.

As you can see, organizing a whole year in advance takes a lot of thought, but one thing's for sure: your club's kids are going to benefit and you'll soon see them learning- above all- having fun!


By Anne Schafer, Program Aids Chair

First out, the Annual Program Report for 2001:

  • Rosalie Peschel and Judith Gould - Culver City Rock & Mineral Club
  • Sue McCullough- Boulder (NV) Gem Club
  • Inez Berg- Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Club.

I will share the information from these and other reports with all of you in future columns.

What has your club been up to? If your club would like to report on the programs it had last year, please look for the Annual Program Report Form & Questionnaire in the December 2001 CFMS Newsletter, or go to the CFMS website at cfmsinc.org, click on "Forms", scroll down the list to find it, and print out both pages.

At my club, we just enjoyed our first computer slide show produced by a member, namely, me! Since we are moving deeper into the Computer Age every year, I thought you might like to hear about my experiences. All in all, this turned out to be a fun project, and not nearly as difficult as I had expected.

The support staff. I couldn't have done the job without the assistance of a knowledgeable computer person, Mr. Wayne Moorhead, a computer systems and network administrator who arranged for me to borrow a projector and also located slide show software. If you have not done a slide presentation, I strongly recommend that you locate someone who has, to help you with all the details and to show you how to hook things up.

The "computer slides", or digital images. I looked through American Masters of Stone, a very good CD full of intarsia images in .jpg format, by Mr. Dennis Batt, President of the Artists Guild associated with the San Diego Museum of Art. I originally used Microsoft Photo Editor, a very simple program, to view the images and to decide which ones I probably wanted to use. I copied the .jpg files I wanted to a folder where the slide show program could find them. (Reading images from the CD during a slide show could be very S-L-O-W.) Slide Show To Go. This inexpensive piece of shareware allowed me to bring images into a slide show, then drag and drop them into the proper order. I used it for free under the 30-day trial period, but it only costs $15.95 fromwww.shareware.com. Just go to the website, search for it by name under "All CNET", then look under the "Downloads" section. Other programs will work just as well. It took about 6 hours for me to select images, order them, and view a run-through right on the computer.

Epson PowerLite 703C projector. Since my club doesn't own one, I borrowed this $4,000 beauty and promised not to drop it. It is lightweight, compact, bright (1,000 lumens, and has great resolution XGA, 1024 x768). It can project onto a white wall or a screen. It comes with a cable to connect it to the laptop computer. The laptop computer. Slide Show To Go worked just fine with Windows 98 on its Pentium 233 processor with 64 MB of ram. During the meeting, I sat by the equipment stand and held the laptop's mouse in my hand, using the mouse buttons to "click" my way forwards or backwards through the program as needed. And just why should we be interested in computer slide shows, you ask? They are the wave of the future! In fact, Conrad Grundke is hard at work on a 3-part presentation on Intarsias, complete with music and narration, which he wants to have ready to enter the AFMS Program Competition next year. Stand

Internal Revenue Service

By Michael Kokinos, Tax Advisor

Form 990 or 990EZ needs to be filed by May 15 unless gross receipts for 2001 are less than $25,000.

If your society is a California corporation, I recommend you obtain Form 990EZ and complete it for possible attachment to the Registry of Charitable Trusts Form RRF-1.

If the Internal Revenue Service sends you a form 990 or 990EZ, you must complete it and mail the original to the Service even if gross receipts are less than $25,000.

Franchise Tax Board Form 199 needs to be filed by May 15 unless gross receipts for 2001 are less than $25,000. As long as your gross receipts are less than $25,000 you needn't file even if Form 199 is sent to you.

REGISTRY OF CHARITABLE TRUSTS. The Registry of Charitable Trusts has a substantial workload but a very small staff. Timely and proper reporting will greatly assist them.

  • For societies that use a calendar year for financial records, the Form RRF-1 should be filed by May 15.
  • For societies that use a fiscal year, the Form RRF-1 should be filed not later than four months and fifteen days after the end of the fiscal year.
  • Societies with gross receipts or assets of $100,000 or more, the Form 990 or 990EZ must be attached to the Form RRF-1. A fee of $25.00 must also be sent with the Form RRF-1.
  • Some societies have not been receiving the Form RRF-1 even though it is required. It is recommended that those societies have some one access the Attorney General's website (www.ag.ca.gov/charities) to obtain the necessary instructions and form(s) to apply for registration with the Registry of Charitable Trusts.
  • There is a simplified form for registration of organizations with minor gross receipts and assets. Once the Registry acts on the application for registration, a CT number will be assigned to your organization.

RAFFLES: Ms. Linda Giese, Registry of Charitable Trusts, has informed me that permanent regulations are being prepared. At this time, she does not know the date when public input will be allowed. She also informed me that our concerns regarding the reporting requirements were shared with those preparing the regulations.


By The Earth Science Co-chairmen
Cal and Dee Clason
Ray and Florence Meisenheimer

There will be two separate symposiums at Camp Paradise this year. There are two separate enrollment forms to use. BE VERY SURE you select the correct dates you wish to attend.

The dates are September 8-14, and then September 15-21, 2002. The week-long seminars are consecutive. If you sign up for one week and show up for another week, you may not have a bed. If you wish to attend both sessions, the fee is $440.00 per person. Also, if you wish to attend both weeks, fill out both forms.

Workshops include wire wrap, faceting, casting, stone carving, cabbing, silversmithing, bead stringing, glass beads and glass fusion. Workshops are identical each week, and the instructors are the same. There will be field trips for collecting and sightseeing, and at least one trip for gold panning. There will be entertainment and programs in the evening. Attendance for each week is limited to 60 persons, so that the instructors will have more time to spend with each person.

Camp Paradise is located about 45 miles northeast of Marysville on Highway E-21. ( A map to the area will be provided.) The facilities are a rustic church camp with rooms with double beds and dorms with cots. . Bath facilities are inside the buildings. It is requested that, for health reasons, you bring an extra sheet or blanket to put over the mattress, under your bedding. There is a beautiful area among the pines for motor homes. .

Three wholesome meals a day are served from a modern kitchen. Food and beverage are sent out on field trips. Because this is a church camp, absolutely no alcohol is permitted. Pets must be on a leash, and kept in at night. There may be a coyote or two. It is important to register early to be asured of being included.

If you have any questions, call

Cal 661-589-4169, or
Ray 805-642-3155.

They will be happy to help you.


By Richard Pankey, Field Trips - North

Betty and I arrived at the campsite just off the Wiley Well road at the Riverside/Imperial County late on Saturday morning after a stop in Blythe for last minute groceries, gas, dump our holding tanks and fill up with fresh water. It was a sunny warm day, the nicest we had had in over a week at Quartzsite. We parked our trailer and prepared for the arrival of the over 80 people that had signed up for this trip. And they started to arrive early in the afternoon. By Saturday night we had 11 early birds, but most people came in on Sunday. A total of 110 people camped with us during the 5 days of field trips. And several others stayed at the nearby Coon Hollow campground or in Blythe. Our field trippers were from 38 clubs, mostly from California, and also, Nevada, Arizona, Washington and Idaho.

Although we didn't have as big of a group as we had in 2000 for the dedication of this area as a Rochound Educational and Recreational Area, we still had a good size group: close to 90 people for the Monday and Tuesday collecting trips and close to 60 people for the Wednesday trip to the Straw Beds. We had over 100 people for the first potluck dinner on Monday evening, but we had smaller turnouts for the other dinners. Our "Soup Potluck" on Thursday evening was fun. Every one who participated brought a can of soup, vegetables, beans, stew, chili, tomatoes or broth. Based on the contributions this year we got a cream soup-chowder and a hearty vegetable-meat soup. A BIG THANK YOU to our cooks Mary Mc Broome and Betty Pankey.

I announced this trip last fall as "Wiley Well District Field Trip - Take 2". As it turns out there were similarities and differences. There were a lot of people who were on the 2000 trip, and many who were here for the first time. We collected at the Hauser Beds, Cornfield, Potato Patch, the Big Windy, Straw Beds and psilomelane area. (See report in the April 2000 CFMS Newsletter for details.) And this year we added collecting trips to Indian Pass Road, the Lost Agate Claim, the Hidden Saddle and a new (rediscovered) geode bed. We had great potluck dinners and happy hours each afternoon and campfires at night, except on Wednesday, which was very windy.

Via LA-ROCKS I learned of a gentleman, Delmer Ross, who is very knowledgeable of the Wiley Well District and camps at Coon Hollow campground during the winter months. Delmer posted directions on LA-ROCKS for the Lost Agate Claim. I met Delmer on Saturday afternoon at Coon Hollow. He gave me more information about the Lost Agate Claim and told me about the "new/rediscovered" geode site out near Hidden Saddle. On Sunday morning as we were getting ready to leave on my scouting trip, Katie Taylor and Bob Gritz from San Diego stopped at camp. They had met Delmer and were on the way to the new geode site. They had dug there several times already and had hauled home several large (20 plus inches) geodes. They showed me the site and while we were there they dug out another large geode. We added this site to our Friday collecting trip. Delmer and his wife joined us for happy hour on Friday and he gave us a short history of the Wiley Well District and answered questions.

On the way back from the Straw Bed on Wednesday, Joan Macomber led the group to the Lost Agate Claim that Delmer had told us about. This site is only about 4 miles from camp. It is located southwest of the hills that are south of camp. The road in is a little rough with a couple of deep washes, so high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. The material here is multi-colored, massive agate. The material is plentiful, but most pieces on the surface tend to be fractured. The collecting was easy and most people loaded up quickly and still made it back for happy hour.

On Thursday we headed down to the Indian Pass area that is about 50 miles from camp. We met Jim Strain and several more far "south" rockhounds at Ogilby Rd. and Indian Pass Rd. Jim led us in the last 6 miles to the collecting area for dumortierite, petrified palm, agate, jasper, hematite, kyanite and more. When we arrived Jim set up an old card table where he displayed samples of the material to be found in the rough form, as well as, polished cabs and pieces. He told us a little about the history of the area and about the gold mine that might be developed here. This is a large collecting area of low hills and washes, roughly 10 by 15 miles. Our band of 44 rockhounds didn't cover it all. But we did have a good, productive day of collecting. A special THANKS to Jim Strain for leading us to this area.

By Friday our group had dwindled in size to only 20 people for the trip to the Hidden Saddle geode site. This is an old site with a lot of broken geodes strewn over the hillside below the digs. We weren't expecting much and weren't disappointed either. Some people managed to find a few small geodes. The highlight of our day was at the new site that is less than a third of a mile from the Hidden Saddle parking. We headed back down the road and turned at the first road, more like a track, to the left. Proceed about 200 yards and park at the edge of the wash. You can see an old dig on the hillside to the north, but that isn't the spot. The geode digs are over the hill on the northside and near the top. The group headed off with picks, shovels and great expectations. There were three good size, "active" pits that produced several medium to large geodes and many small ones. One couple picked a "good looking" new spot and dug a 4 foot deep 6 foot diameter hole and were well rewarded for their efforts. They got 12 to 15 football size geodes and a number of smaller one. When they had had enough, they turned their hole over to 2 women who each got 2 nice, football size geodes.

When we weren't collecting rocks, we collected trash. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding that established the Hauser Geode Beds Educational and Recreational Area we agreed to conduct cleanups of the collecting areas, roads and campsites. Each morning I passed out garbage bags and each evening the collected trash was piled up next to our trailer. We ended up with a big pile of full trash bags, sheet metal, old tires, a gas grill, muffler steel barrel, and a bunch of miscellaneous pieces. (See pictures on the CFMS Web Page.) Everyone who brought in trash each day got to put their name on a piece of paper for a nightly prize drawing. Jim Strain donated 20 cabbed and faceted stones for prizes.

A Big Thank You to all who pitched in and helped make this such a great field trip - helping with the potluck dinners, with the campfires, and helping first timers. And a Big Thank You to all the friendly rockhounds who attended and made this such an enjoyable trip.


By Theresa Masters (condensed)

Based on my arrival Monday, February 4th, what was open and opening in Tucson, my first stop was the former Congress Street Tent. Many of the displaced (vendors) over the last two years had moved on to the Tucson Electric park, so what was there was new. Intergem had an entire tent with many different vendors. One useful set of tools I found, was an All In One Mini Drill Set, 63 pieces for $20.00

Later I wandered over to 1-10 Frontage Road and went through as many of the ever changing named hotels as I could, tents and outside areas as well as rooms. It's mind boggling unless done in a specific pattern such as the entire outer perimeter and then the inner, up one aisle and down the next; it's easy to miss an entire section. Some of the hotels no longer had a lobby, tables with dealers occupied every inch of space. Outside occupied the massive rough and fossils along with the delicate. Interspersed were the New Age vendors with their incense burning and charts for specific stones for specific places. From one hotel to the next were encampments of vendors with African carvings, brass tables, walking sticks carved with many interesting heads.

Next morning I wandered in and out of the Executive Inn, Ramada and Inn suites. It was obvious, unfortunately, that traffic was down, little milling around, and prices were very reasonable.

That night there was a meeting of the AFMS Faceters List at the old Pueblo Lapidary Club facility. The gathering was well attended, and the camaraderie and program were enjoyed by all.

The next day, it was on to the Tucson Electric Park. That can easily take most of the day. A large part of it is paved; Diamond Pacific was there, Graves and Crystalite share the tent. Another tent had both Alpha Supply and Kents Tools. Both had excellent prices on anything you could see. The rest of the tent had anything you could imagine. If you couldn't find what you wanted, it was because you flat out overlooked it. Village Originals and Blake Brothers each had a tent packed to the hilt. There were several smaller tents around this very large property. Outstanding wood boxes and displays at rock bottom prices.

Next morning the Holidome opened. If you can imagine tables piled high with hanks of pearls in every imaginable shape and color, triple it, you may then be halfway there of course, there was every bead ever cut from precious through colored stones on through jaspers, malachite and ambers. Amber from places you never knew had trees, in every conceivable shape and shade. My eyes were on overload.

One thing that is noteworthy is the number of fossils and stones becoming utilitarian in the home: ammonite tables and dishes, statuary, decorative table pieces such as bowls, candlesticks, photo frames. The vast quantity amazed me as well as the prices, considerable. Our first impression of foot traffic/buyers was the same. Last day bargains were available the first day. I asked one dealer why the severely lowered prices and he said, "overstock". Makes you wonder who will be back next year.

Friday was the day Rio Grande's Catalog in Motion opened at the Hilton, and the evening for Orchid's diner. My day was planned around each. Orchid, a list for jewelry minded folk, began a no host dinner five years ago. Each year it got larger. This year it was moved to a restaurant out on Broadway and there were close to 150 members in attendance. It was great. Alan Revere gave a presentation there was a silent auction for Orchid, and a limited number raffle for 4 Rolling Mills. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I began the drive home after dinner. I'd had a great time, and would recommend it to anyone wondering whether to make the trip. Space it out. Tucson's shows have gotten so large and so spread out; it is impossible to cover it all.