Vol. XXXVIII, No. 5 --- May 2002
I have just made my motel reservations for the CFMS Show in Placerville on July 12-14, 2002. I know that many people have already made their reservations. Have you made your plans yet?? Camping spaces are available. A different local club puts on the CFMS Show each year, but really it is a show for and by all of us. We need to do what we can to participate in the Show.
A number of things will be happening that weekend. This will be a time to show what we can do (lapidary, spheres, jewelry, carving, etc.) and to see what others have done. We might even get ideas for future projects. This is also a time to see demonstrators, watch them work, and get great ideas for future projects. My favorite part of the hobby is Field Trips. I like to go to new locations. I know that the local club has made arrangements in this area, but have you considered that this is an excellent time to talk (face to face) with other club members who are also interested in field trips? I have exchanged maps with members from Northern California in the past. I have also talked with people from other clubs and made arrangements to go on a field trip in their area at a later time. One of the advantages of belonging to the CFMS is getting to know people from all parts of the state (and other states). It is so much easier for me to talk to other members at the Board of Directors Meeting as I have found it difficult to pick up the phone and talk to people I don't know. I know that they would be helpful, but I am shy on occasion.
Have you considered being a Clerk on the Rules Committee? I was one last year and found it to be both fascinating and educational. I have been informed that I simply will not have time this year-but next year is a definite possibility.
Bulletin Editors don't feel left out. The Bulletin Editor's Contest winners along with the other contest winners will be announced at the banquet. Have you considered going to the Award's Banquet? Really the people who have put in the work to participate appreciate having an audience. This is also part of your participation.
Please have someone come to the meeting on Saturday, July 14, 2002. Your input in running the club at the state level is important. You are needed to take information back to your local club (and let the Officers know what is going on in your area, both in formal and informal settings). Your Directors are very important. If the Director cannot come to the meeting please appoint an Alternate Director.
Committee Chairmen need to send in their reports so Pat La Rue can print them. Pat will put a notice in the bulletin later when they are due. I am mentioning this now, as I want the meeting to move along, as it will if all the reports are printed in the packages. Also I want the CFMS Historian to be happy (and she is happier when all the reports are in writing). If the meeting moves along then we all have more time to spend at the Show.
I plan to have a good time at the Show and hope to be surrounded by a lot of people from all parts of the state.
Jon Spunaugle, President
Steve Weinberger, Vice President & AFMS President
Arlene Burkhalter, Treasurer
Ruth Bailey, Secretary.
The AFMS Scholarship Foundation has discovered an apparent significant shortage in the Foundations funds. In order to establish irrefutable evidence of the financial status of the fund, an outside CPA will be engaged to review the past records of the organization and confirm the findings of an internal audit conducted by the audit committee.
This action is considered necessary to bring current the foundations records to the date of November 1, 2001, the beginning of the current fiscal year. This will establish a benchmark of responsibility for the new incoming officers, and if the shortage is confirmed, to fix responsibility of the apparent shortage. This confirmation of the current status would also provide additional options for future action by the Board of Directors including any necessary By-law revisions, which are currently under consideration by a committee.
This committee of current and past AFMS Officers and Foundation Officers and Directors met in Tucson, Arizona in February to examine the internal audit and to provide guidance to the Foundation's current Officers and Directors as they proceed, The Officers and Directors of the AFMS Scholarship Foundation wish to assure the Regional Federations and their members that a complete report on the findings will be presented as soon as possible.
In the meantime be assured that remedial actions are being taken to keep the Foundation and its goals and aspirations ongoing and viable and to protect the Foundations' assets.
Members having any questions or concerns should contact one of the Officers of the Foundation
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society wishes to honor Greg Davis as Club Rockhound of the Year. Greg is currently president for the second time and has held several positions including field trip chair for several years. He is one of the instructors in lapidary classes which includes pebble pups. He has won honors and recognition for his own beautiful creations. Greg is a strong supporter in the gem and mineral department at the county fair as well as the club shows. He is one of the quarterly meetings where the three gem and mineral clubs in Ventura County meet to discuss problems, membership, shows, field trips, safety, etc. We feel Greg is very deserving for special recognition. Submitted by Florence Meisenheimer, Federation Director, Ventura Gem & Mineral Society.
The Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society is pleased to nominate Preston Bingham as their club's Rockhound of the Year. Preston has been part of the Sequoia Gem and Mineral Society since it started. He has served as president and past president, and has held numerous other titles. He has been an inspiration and mentor to members, and currently teaches our lapidary workshops. He has been an excellent representative and liaison to dealers and other clubs, encouraging teamwork and cooperation. We hold him dear to our hearts and appreciate all his hard work and friendship. Carol Corden submitted this nomination.
Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club has selected Al and Fran Jones as their Rockhounds of the Year. They have served well as federation directors for the club for a number of years, despite several serious health issues. Although they have retired from the position this year, they will serve as alternates when called upon. Al makes beautiful carvings from howlite and ulexite and willingly displays them at every opportunity. This nomination was submitted by Gail Becker, club secretary.
Any CFMS member club can nominate a member of their club (single or couple) as Rockhound of the
year. The CFMS form is available on Line at the CFMS Website (wwwcfmsinc.org) or from your Federation Director.
"Treasures of The Sierra Nevada" is the theme of this year's California Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show and Convention. This statewide Rock and Gem Show will be held in Placerville, CA, July 12, 13 & 14, and will be hosted by the El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society. All activities will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California (exit Highway 50 at Forni Road/Placerville Drive).
You will find over 50 dealers and hundreds of exhibits featuring gems, minerals, jewelry, beads, fossils, lapidary material, equipment, and geodes (the rock with a surprise within). You can enjoy gold panning, watch artisans give demonstrations, and attend some lectures at your leisure. There will be special activities for children throughout the show. Great food and beverages will be available.
In conjunction with the CFMS Show and Convention, the Placerville Arts Association will hold a competitive art exhibit at the Fairgrounds, with the same theme as the show.
Take in the splendid Gold Rush countryside while you visit. Just a few minutes' drive from the show, you'll find historical sites including mines, recreational areas, and beautiful scenery along back roads leading to orchards and vineyards. You will be at the gateway of the Sierra Nevada and its treasures - past and present.
Show Hours: Friday & Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4.
The Nominating Committee needs candidates for Federation Officers for the year 2003. Member Societies may send the name and qualifications of any candidates they wish to propose for any Federation Office, to any member of the Nominating Committee. Please be sure to confirm with the nominee his or her willingness to accept the nomination if selected.]
Candidates for Federation Office shall be selected by the Nominating Committee.
We have extended the deadline for nominations to June 10, 2002
CFMS Field Trip Chairman North.
Over the years I have seen a need for some kind of easily recognizable way for rockhounds to identify themselves to other rockhounds and to the general public, especially on field trips or on some backcountry road. It would also be very useful in campgrounds and other gatherings. In the summer of 2000 I discussed my idea with friends for some sort of sticker that a rockhound could put on his vehicle, much like the scuba diver's red and white sticker. It would say to the world "there's a rockhound in this vehicle".
I designed a prototype sticker and presented the idea to the CFMS Public Relations Committee in June of 2001. The concept was enthusiastically accepted, and for the past several months we have developed and are refining the artwork on several alternative designs. The Public Relations Committee and the Executive Board of CFMS sees the need and supports the concept of a rockhound sticker/symbol, but would like to know what other Federations and societies of the AFMS think about the idea.
A Rockhound Sticker would be an easy way to identify yourself to others as a rockhound. It provides an easy way to recognize other rockhounds. The sticker not only promotes and publicizes rockhounding, it is a service to rockhounds to facilitate meeting one another. The sticker is a universal identifier for club members as well as unaffiliated rockhounds. It lets everyone know you are interested in collecting rocks, minerals, or fossils and you are willing to discuss collecting, to share rockhounding experiences and to help other rockhounds. It's an invitation to others to ask questions and seek your help. It tells others that you are a rockhound friend. While working on this project I discovered that a "Universal Rockhound Emblem" had been promoted in the past. In the early 1970's a Universal Rockhound Emblem pin and sticker was developed and distributed widely in Australia. It was also offered in the United States but for some reason did not gain acceptance. I have seen a few pins but have never seen a sticker on a vehicle.
The rationale and need for such a symbol to help identify rockhounds to others still exists. I am ready and anxious to help make it a reality. I would like to hear what other federations and societies think about this idea. It is our plan and hope to finalize artwork this spring and present the concept at the AFMS meeting in July.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 4310 Kingsly Dr., Pittsburg, CA 94565.
All correspondence to the AFMS Central Office or Secretary should go to:
These changes have occurred due to the resignation of Dan McLennon. .Please update your records to reflect these changes.
The CFMS sponsored Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise are scheduled for September 8 to 14 and September 15 to 21, 2002.
The seminars will be for two week long periods, limited to about 60 persons each session. The fee will be the same - $220.00 per person for a week's attendance, or $440.00 per person if you wish to take in the full two weeks. Workshops and instructors will be the same each week.
Be sure to fill out the correct dated application that you wish to attend. If you wish to attend both sessions please fill out both applications. At the bottom of the page PLEASE MARK if you are using your RV. It is impossible to make room assignments if we do not know your needs.
Workshops include wire wrap, faceting, casting, stone carving, cabbing, silversmithing, bead stringing, glass beads/glass fusing and perhaps others.
When we receive your application you will receive directions on what to bring and a map to the area. (Camp Paradise is not at Paradise, California).
Camp Paradise is a rustic church owned camp in the mountains 40 miles north east of Marysville, California. The rooms are adequate and there is plenty of space available for RVs, camped among the tall pines.
Meals are provided from a modern kitchen, and the dining/meeting room is very nice.
Along with workshops, there will be field trips for collecting and for sightseeing, with food and beverage provided. Interesting speakers programs and entertainment will fill the evenings.
Attending workshops are not compulsory-you select the ones you wish to attend and if you wish to take an afternoon or day off just relaxing, that is all right too.
Because this is a church camp it is requested that there be absolutely no alcohol. For health reasons bring an extra sheet or pad to put between your bedding and the mattress.
For more information or questions contact:
Cal Clason (661) 589-4169 or
6155 Haas St. La Mesa, CA 91942-4312
As CFMS Historian, I'd like to have bios of all the LIVING Past Presidents. Please let me know your profession, when you were introduced to the hobby. What your particular interests are or have been. And what offices/chairmanships you have held.
For those Past Presidents who have passed on, help me find the obits for them. I've searched many CFMS Newsletters, but have had trouble with the early ones. Perhaps your club historians can help. Think of this as a treasure hunt. Involve your club members.
And for those living past presidents, if you don't write it• ..I wlll.
All of Shirley's hard work on Past Presidents has been placed on the CFMS web site. To find our what photos and bios Shirley needs can be found by viewing the Past Presidents page.
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