Vol. XXXIX, No. 9 --- September 2002
I have been thinking communication, and how do we get information out to our members about governmental actions that affect us. The CFMS Bulletin is certainly one way of getting information about Public Lands, but should it be your only source? Perhaps your club should think about additional sources of information. May I suggest that you appoint someone in your club whose duty is to follow what the various departments of the government are doing and to report back to your members? The Bureau of Land Management has a web site (www.blm.gov) that contains a lot of information including the latest news as does other government agencies. So much is happening in the government that we need to know what they are doing on a current basis. When I started to think of this, I was told that one club already had something in place but the clubs I am associated with do not. My personal vision is for this person (committee?) to gather information, give a short report at meetings and short articles for your bulletins. I find that if the information gets to be too long your audience's attention tends to stray. Keep the articles and reports reasonable short and present them often.
In regards to information, our Fall meeting will again be at the Holiday Inn in Visalia. The difference this year is that the date will be the first weekend in November (November 1, 2, 3, 2002). The initial notice was at the end of the Placerville Agenda and there is an official notice in this bulletin. Please set this weekend aside and join me in Visalia.
The national results for the 2001 All American Awards program were announced at the AFMS meeting in Port Townsend, WA on July 20. A total of only fourteen clubs from five Federations had entered, and the CFMS led with five entries. Unfortunately, we did not lead with winners. The results listed are in alphabetical order except for high point winners.
Large Clubs (100 or more)
We congratulate all of you who made the decision to enter - it obviously was worth the effort! You are entitled to use the phrase "An All American Club" on your newsletters and other publications.
With September upon us, it is time to begin planning for this year's entry. At this time, we do not expect any changes in the entry forms, and the tentative CFMS submission date will be February 28, 2003. Pick an All American entry chairman, and start collecting the supporting information and documents you will need for a successful entry. It's not as difficult as it may seem! Last year's entry forms are available on the CFMS website (www.cfmsinc.org), and will be updated before the end of the year. Let's get some more large clubs to enter!
Now that the Editors Breakfast is over I must confess I was a little nervous being a novice Bulletin Aids Chair. I am sure many could tell by all the things and people I skipped, but as a result we were out of the hot room early and able to see more of the wonderful show the El Dorado Club put on for all of us. We had Carolyn Weinberger (AFMS Newsletter Editor) give us many words of wisdom in a most entertaining way. We also heard Shirley Leeson, Isabella Burns and Beverly Moreau.
The thing I really learned from all this is how beneficial it is to compete. I read the newsletters, articles and the judge's comments and really felt like I got a lot out of it.
It was a pleasure to be able to give out a few of the awards in person. I would like to encourage all of you editors and members who contribute to enter the contest next year. The rules and entrance forms will be in the October CFMS Newsletter. It will also be on the web at www.cfmsinc.org for your convenience.
Remember next years show will be in Ventura and we should have relief from the heat of the summer with a few days at the beach. Plan to attend the show and the breakfast. It would be wonderful to see you pick up your award in person. Congratulations to all the entrants you are all winners.
CFMS Gem Show & Convention 2002
The 63rd Annual Gem Show is now history! I am happy to report another very successful show to add to our history books.
The show started out with a bang, so to speak. During the opening ceremonies a few wild mountain men captured a damsel from the customer line to hold as captive in a mock hold-up to steal the gold and gems of the show. But as luck would have it, our sheriffs showed up about then with their posse and a shoot-out followed which saved the day, the show then opened.
The show attendance was 2500+, with nearly 60 dealers from far and near to pick from and a wide mix of items to meet almost everyone's interest.
There were two buildings with exhibits, one competitive and one non-competitive; along with a special petrified wood display, a fluorescent booth, and the original 16 to 1 Mine with its 14+ pound gold nugget which you could hold.
There was also gold panning and demonstrations in over a dozen activities to perk your interest. Along with a silent auction, youth activities, grab bags, geodes with free cutting, fun photo booth, fruit freeze and food booths on the grounds.
The camping was tight but close to everything.
The Awards Banquet and Editors Breakfast went well also. The only negative I can report was the weather, of which we had no control. With most days at 100 plus temperature, it WAS warm.
The El Dorado Mineral & Gem Society is very thankful to all the neighboring clubs who came to our aid with volunteers to help set-up and take-down tables, cases and booths; walk security posts, man & monitor the camping lots, work the "Hot" food booth and all the demonstrators as well.
I am proud of our CFMS family.
We had a total of 37 entries in competition at the CFMS show in Placerville. Two persons were unable to enter their exhibits and had to cancel. Seven of the entries were in the single entry categories. Sixteen very capable and caring persons acted as judges and clerks for a lot of lovely entries.
Following is a list of the trophies awarded:
Plaques were given to the following persons for high scoring entries in Advanced Class.
Winners of the Supplementary Trophy
Congratulations to all of those who entered and to those who won awards. It
is a wonderful addition to our exhibits and helps show our guests some of our
To Texas Springs, NV
The Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies have planned a Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip to Texas Springs, NV, for Memorial Day Weekend 2003. The scheduled collecting trips will be on May 22nd thru 25th. Texas Springs Canyon is located approximately 25 miles southeast of Jackpot in the northeast corner of Nevada. Dean Richardson from the Rocky Mountain Federation has been collecting in this area for over 20 years and will guide us to several of the major collecting sites. The Texas Springs area is well known for spectacular pink agate limb casts, as well as, other agate and petrified wood. Although this area has been popular with rockhounds for many years, the larger, prized material can still be found for those who are willing to dig for it. Many small limb casts and other material can be found as float.
In addition to the collecting trips we will have potluck dinners, happy hours, evening campfires, tailgate displays and a great rockhound get-together. Roads to campgrounds and collecting sites are typical desert roads. OK for motorhomes and trailers to campgrounds. This is a dry camping area: no services, no hook-ups. Motel rooms and full hook-up campgrounds are available in Jackpot.
This will be a great opportunity for rockhounds from all over the west to meet one another to share stories and information about collecting in their home areas. Be sure to bring material from your favorite collecting sites to show and share. Come join us for a great rockhound time of collecting, fun and fellowship. Set aside this weekend and mark your calendar now. Details and a trip flier with directions to campsite will be published in your respective Federation Newsletter later this fall.
Please announce this trip at your meetings and publish it in your newsletters to get the word out early so people can start planning for this special field trip and get together. A field trip announcement flier will be published in your December Federation Newsletter.
The Rockhound Sticker was introduced at the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show in Placerville, CA and at the combined American and Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies Show in Port Townsend, WA in July. The bright yellow sticker is 3 and a half inches in diameter with a diagonal black rock hammer with the word "ROCKHOUND" underneath. The sticker was designed and developed to be an easily recognizable symbol for rockhounds to identify one another. And it is also a great way to promote the rockhound hobby. The Rockhound Sticker will be showing up soon all around the country. In addition to all of the individual stickers that were sold, people from Maryland, Idaho, Washington, California, Texas, Oregon, Nevada and Utah purchased stickers to take home to their club members. Some clubs are getting the stickers to give or sell to their members. Other clubs are buying stickers to sell at their shows or rock swaps.
The concept and development of the Rockhound Sticker was the outcome of a project of the CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Committee. It was designed to be distinctive and readily identifiable by everyone, whether or not they were a rockhound. Because of its simple design and bright yellow color it can be recognized easily and from a distance.
The Rockhound Sticker is an easy way to identify oneself 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 an 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 tells others that you are a rockhound friend.
This sticker is not intended to replace club or federation badges, it compliments them by saying "I am a Rockhound". No other words or mottoes are necessary. In short, everyone, rockhound or not, will recognize it, thus widening your circle of friends and helping you to learn of new locations and ideas.
Use it anywhere and in anyway to attract the attention of other rockhounds. Use it to advertise that a rockhound is present and willing to talk about rocks, minerals, fossils and related subjects. Look for the sticker where rockhounds may be present, such as campgrounds, potential collecting areas, craft shows, etc. p align=justify> The stickers sell for 50 cents each for 1 to 59 stickers (minimum order - 10 stickers) or 30 cents each for quantities of 100 or more; price includes postage and handling. Frank will accept checks or credit cards. When ordering make check payable to: ROCKY FIVE. To order stickers, contact:
5705 Begonia Dr.
San Jose, CA 95124-6535
Promote rockhounding. Proudly display your Rockhound Sticker.
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Insect bites and stings are common, and most are considered minor. It is only when the insect is poisonous or when the patient has an allergic reaction and runs the risk of developing anaphylactic shock that the situation becomes an emergency. Even under those conditions, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment can save lives and prevent permanent tissue damage.
The normal reaction to an insect sting is a sharp, stinging pain followed by an itchy, swollen, painful raised area. The swelling may be there for several days but usually goes away within 24 hours. Local reactions are rarely serious or life-threatening and can be treated with cold compresses.
However, there are some people who have allergic reactions to "normal" insect stings. Approximately 50 people die each year in the United States from insect stings. This is more than all other bites combined including snake bites. Thousands of people are allergic to bee, wasp, and hornet stings. Insect stings can be deadly for those people, on the average, within 10 minutes of the sting but almost always within the first hour.
The stinging insects that most commonly cause allergic reactions belong to a group of the hymenoptera, the insects with membranous wings. These include bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Stings from wasps and bees are the most common.
Black Widow Spider
The black widow is a spider with a shiny black body, thin legs and an hourglass shaped red/white mark on its abdomen. The female is much larger than the male and is one of the largest spiders in the United States. Males generally do not bite. Females bite only when hungry, agitated or protecting the egg sac. The black widow is not aggressive. They are usually found in dry, secluded, dimly lit areas. More than 80 percent of all bite victims are adult men.
Black widow spider bites are the leading cause of death from spider bites in the United States. The venom is 14 times more toxic than rattlesnake venom. It is a neurotoxin that causes little local reaction but does cause pain and spasms in the larger muscle groups of the body within 30 minutes to three hours. Severe bites can cause respiratory failure, coma and death. Those at the highest risk are children under age 16, the elderly, people with chronic illness and people with high blood pressure.
Signs and symptoms of a black widow spider bite:
The symptoms usually last 24 to 48 hours.