Vol. XXXVIII No. 10--- November 2002

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
Club Rockhound of the Year
Attention Long Range Planning Committee
Junior Activities Report
Help for Your Club-Records Retention
Faceters Synposium 2003
Seaside Gemboree
Tri-Fed Rockhound Rendezvous & FT
Historian's Report
A New Fossil Bill in Congress

Presidents Message

By Jo Anna Ritchey, CFMS President
CFMS President

     As I am writing this I am preparing to go to Visalia. By the time you will read this Visalia will have happened. I hope many of you will have found the time to go to the meeting. Meetings, whether local, state wide, or national are a time to share information that is of concern to all of us. It is a time to find out about current concerns in our club, have an opportunity to express our views, and as an added benefit, meet friends-both old and new. If you were not there you did not have the opportunity to vote on any issues that came up. Voting in an important right.

     This is a time of year that rockhounds usually get back into the swing of things. Summer is over and the local desert locations now are cool enough to encourage us to visit. We are also preparing for either Christmas or various shows. I know that many shows are in the spring, but you can•  t wait until that time has arrived to begin work. Look at the CFMS/AFMS Show in Ventura-they started work a couple of years ago.

     It has generally been said that members are attracted to our clubs by our offering of interesting programs during meetings, field trips and workshops. Sometimes the shop aspects are offered through the local Adult Education programs or if we are lucky through our own workshops. Programs do not need to be costly-refer to the writings of our Program Aids Chairman for ideas. Don•  t forget the wealth of knowledge help by your members. Sharing is always fun. I guess that might be the key-meetings should be fun.

     You might consider putting displays in your local library, city hall or other public buildings. This is a way to not only publicize you club but to publicize our hobby. This does require some work in that permission is needed from the library, city hall, etc., and someone needs to have the material, display case and time to put the display in the designated location. Very nice when it happens. You never know, it might inspire someone to come to your meeting, let a politician know that we exist, and in general inform the public about the beauty and educational value of our hobby.

2002 CFMS Club Rockhound Of The Year Nominations

By Barbara Matz

     Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society has chosen FELICE DI GERONIMO, better known as Fel, for Special Member Recognition by the California and American Federations of Mineralogical Societies this year. Fel has been a foreman of the SCM&GS lapidary workshop for many years, helping to keep it open on Saturdays and maintaining the equipment in good condition. He also runs the drawings at monthly meetings and the silent auction at the annual picnic. At our annual holiday dinner, he brings handouts of the words to songs and carols, and he accompanies the singalong with his mandolin. His solo whistling of "Oh, Holy Night" is a beautiful highlight of the program. At our Annual Show every spring, he has a table near the entrance where he welcomes visitors, especially children, giving them a choice of small mineral specimens and back issues of mineral magazines donated by members. Soon after the show, Fel and his wife Lee run in the "Human Race" to raise money for local programs helping less able seniors. Seniors? Fel says he is 86, but he hardly seems like a "senior" yet.
Submitted by Marion Fowler, Federation Director.

     Your club can nominate one adult or couple, and one junior each year for special recognition as Rockhound of the Year. Send nominations to

Attention Long Range Planning Committee

By Bob Stultz, Chairman

     There will be a Long Range Planning Committee meeting following the Cracker Barrel on Friday night, November 1, 2002 before the Fall Business Meeting in Visalia. I hope we have a large turnout of Past Presidents and Executive Committee members. The Executive Board feels that the Long Range Planning Committee is a well of ideas to help the CFMS. Items to be discussed that night are: the financial status of the Federation; our problem having shows lined up for the summer convention; and how can we reach the public about our hobby. I am inviting a gentleman to speak to us that night on the subject of getting displays and sharing our interest and knowledge of the Earth Sciences in public places, such as city halls, government facilities, and even our State Capital. So please come prepared to give some input. It is desperately needed.

Junior Activities Report
An Interesting Resource Book & Publisher

By Jim Brace-Thompson,
Junior Activities Chair

     Earlier this year, I ran across an interesting little book: Thomas Kardos•   75 Easy Earth Science Demonstrations (@1997, paperback, 95 pages). Kardos opens with a few words about his teaching philosophy, which includes giving students hands-on experiences that make them feel like •  participants in the joy of science." Rather than stressing rote memorization, he believes in getting students to •  jump in and get involved."

     Following this introduction, Kardos offers 75 earth science demos appropriate for kids in the classroom, in the home, or at your rock club meeting. Most can be done with items that are easily accessible, for instance, demonstrating drilling and core sampling with a cream filled cupcake and a straw. On the downside from the point of view from my own personal interest is that many of the activities deal with meteorology and astronomy, not just geology and paleontology. Still, there are a lot of activities packed in here for many, many sessions with your junior rockhounds and pebble pups: mineral identification, testing minerals for magnetism, testing mineral for calcite and other carbonates, observing crystal formation and shapes, weathering, making a fossil, and more.

     You can get the book from a variety of sources, at an equal variety of prices. I•  ve found it listed on Amazon.com at $13.95 (the best price I•  ve found), on a Barnes & Noble.com at $17.95, in Ward•  s Geology catalog at $18.95, and-most expensive of all- direct from the publisher at $19.95. In tracking down the book, I explored the publisher•  s website, and found an interesting little story there. J. Weston Walch, Publisher, is a little company in Maine founded in 1927 by school teacher J. Weston Walch with a second hand mimeograph machine and a bunch of notes on how to form a school debate team. Although Mr. Walch passed away in 1988, the company continues, and they now publish a variety of books and resources for middle school, high school, and adult education. In addition to Kardos•   book, they offer several others of interest to us, including:

  • Hands-on Earth Science Set (3 individual books packaged together on weather, astronomy, and rocks and minerals)
  • Mini-Activities for Earth Science Classes (204 problem- solving exercises and vocabulary games)
  • Earth Science ( a teacher book with student activities)
  • Managing Successful Science Fair Projects (guidelines on everything from generating ideas for projects to getting the whole fair up and running)

     If you•  d like to learn more, check out the publisher yourself.

    J. Weston Walch, Publisher,
    321 Valley Street,
    P.O.Box 658,
    Portland, Maine 04104-0658,
    phone 1-800-341-6094,
    web address: http://www.walch.com

     Looks like Mr. Walch was a teacher /publisher who knew not only how to educate- but also have fun!

Help for Your Club-Records Retention

By Mike Kokinos

     These guidelines give consideration to reports required by the Internal Revenue Service, the States, and retention of historical records.

     In the years I have worked with California Federation Societies, the biggest problem is the loss of records. The losses occur from deaths, fire, resignations, relocations, failure to turn over records by outgoing officers and chairpersons, and destruction.

     Keeping records in an officer or member•  s home account for most lost records. It is imperative that a common facility be used that is accessible to all officers and committee chairpersons. Records should be neatly organized and stored in lidded record storage boxes of a uniform size. Permanent records should be stored in a fireproof file cabinet. For non-permanent records, the date of destruction should be noted on the outside of the box. A listing of the contents should be kept both inside the box and a separate listing stored with the association•  s general files.

     Permanent Records: These records must be retained for the life of the organization.

    *Board Minutes

    *Minutes of member meetings if business is transacted.

  • Original Articles of Incorporation including amendments and bylaws.
  • Reports to State organizations that oversee non-profit public benefit corporations.
  • Letters granting exemption by the Internal Revenue Service and State of incorporation.
  • General ledgers, financial statements, non-profit report to the Internal Revenue Service and State of record.
  • Records of purchase of major assets and special payments.
  • Membership Records.
  • Newsletter.
  • Correspondence legal and/ or other important matters.
  • Records to be retained 4-5 years

    *Bank statements, reconciliations, deposit slips / advices/ cancelled checks.

  • Cash receipts.
  • Correspondence - general.
  • Insurance records unless involved in litigation or other problem.

    (AFMS Ed. Note: Mike Kokinos retired from the IRS several years ago and has been the long-time CFMS tax advisor. This is the first of a series of articles written by Miike in answer to numerous questions posed by AFMS affiliated clubs. AFMS Newsletter , September 2002)

Earth Science Studies At Soda Springs

(Known as Zzyzx)
April 6-13, 2003

     After a very productive two weeks at Camp Paradise, the committee is turning their attention to Zzyzx

     The dates are April 6-13, 2003. The program is a weeklong CFMS sponsored seminar on Earth Sciences and lapidary Arts.

     The facilities are an old resort located 50 miles northeast of Barstow, on Zzyzx Road. There are rustic dorm style rooms and rooms with double beds or cots. Rest rooms and shower rooms are in a separate building nearby. There is room for all types of RVs, but no hook-ups.

Workshops include:

  • Wire Art
  • Silversmithing
  • Bead Stringing
  • Soft Stone Carving
  • Cabbing

    There will be some field trips, and programs fill the evenings. Three wholesome meals a day are provided, as well as food and beverage sent out on field trips.

     Enrollment is limited to 60 persons. The fee is $220 per person.

Click here for a registration form..

     It is important to write on your registration form if you have any physical needs or require special diets. It is VERY important to let us know if you are using available rooms or plan to use your RV.

     As this is a desert preserve, dedicated to desert studies, no pets of any kind are allowed.

     If you have any questions call:

    Cal Clason (661) 589-4169 or
    Ray Meisenheimer (805) 642-3155

Faceters Symposium 2003

Presented by the Faceters Guild of Southern California
At the Seaside GEMboree AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show
Ventura, California, June 6-7-8, 2003

     You are invited to participate in the Faceters Symposium 2003 which will be held at the Seaside Park (Ventura Fairgrounds) at Ventura, California during the AFMS/CFMS Convention & Show. The Faceters Symposium dates are June 6th, 7th, & 8th. That is Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. The CFMS GEMboree is on those dates as well as on Thursday the 5th of June; all of this at the same location, just a hundred yards from the beach.

     The Faceters Symposium will feature ten speakers, who will have presentations covering various parts of gemstone faceting interests. A Hospitality Hour on Friday evening and a Saturday Awards luncheon are also part of the Symposium. There will be competitions at the Novice, Advanced, and Masters levels. Get started on your competitions very soon.

     The CFMS GEMboree itself will have buildings that have exhibits on display, dealers with their wares to offer, demonstrators to show how it is done, and speakers with presentations covering other lapidary fields of interest.

     For information and costs regarding the Faceters Symposium (including competition information), your contact is listed below. Ask for one of the Packets. Be sure to state your snail mail address so that a Packet can be mailed to you.

    Glenn Klein, Chairman
    24001 Muirlands Blvd, Space #79
    Lake Forest, CA 92630
    email: glennklein@yahoo.com

Seaside Gemboree

     It is time to start thinking about the Seaside Gemboree 2003. Plan your vacation to join us in the cool, clean beach air of Ventura, California! June 5, 6, 7, 8, 2003. Early June will be a beautiful time to visit Southern California. The Del Air (Seaside Gemboree) Field Trip Committee has been working very hard to open new areas or reopen areas long closed to rockhounds for this Show. So sign up early for the Special Field Trips for the rare Nipomo Agate and more. This will be an opportunity to explore areas that have not been accessible to rockhounds for years. Seaside Gemboree 2003 will be a joint show of the American and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies. Together this show will be a celebration of America•  s rocks and minerals from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

ENTER your self-made work or self-collected item in the MERMAID CONTEST.


Show web site - http://www.afms-cfmsgemshow.org

Tri-Federation rockhound Rendezvous And Field Trip

May 22 - 25, 2003
TexasSprings, Nevada
Click here for pictures of Texas Springs..

     The Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies are hosting a Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip to Texas Springs, NV, over Memorial Day Weekend 2003. The Texas Springs area is well known for spectacular pink agate limb casts, as well as, other agate and petrified wood. Texas Springs Canyon is located approximately 25 miles southeast of the town of Jackpot in the northeast corner of Nevada. Dean Richardson from the Rocky Mountain Federation will guide us to several of the major collecting sites. In addition to the collecting trips we will have potluck dinners, happy hours, evening campfires, tailgate displays and a great rockhound get-together.

     Directions: The Texas Springs area is located about half way between Wells, NV and Twin Falls, ID, south of Jackpot, NV, and east of Hwy 93. From the south, take I-80 to Wells and go north on Hwy 93. From the north take Hwy 93 south out of Twin Falls. About 2.5 miles south of Jackpot turn east on to the California National Historic Trail and follow the orange plates to camp.

     Camp: Our camp will be located about 6 miles from Hwy 93 on Trout Creek. 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. We will set up camp until Tuesday afternoon, May 20th. Please try not to arrive before Wednesday, May 21st; this is due to our BLM camp permit.

Date Activity
Wednesday, May 21 Arrive at camp.
Thursday, May 22 Daily Field Trips
Welcome potluck dinner and get together
Friday, May 23 Daily Field Tripsbr> Tailgate displays
Saturday, May 24 Daily Field Trips
Tailgate display
All Rendezvous Potluck Dinner
Sunday, May 25 Daily Field Trips
Monday, May 26 Break camp to head for home or
other adventures

     Plan on several potluck dinners,and daily happy hours.Bring firewood for evening campfires. We plan on having a good time and collecting some good material.

     Please notify your respective Federation leader early, but no later than May 16, if you plan to attend; e-mail (or call) if you have questions or need more information. 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 Tri-Federation Rendezvous of collecting, fun and fellowship.

Dee Holland
Northwest Federation
(208) 756-2394
or shirleyleeson@email.msn.com
(619) 460-6128)
Dean Richardson
Rocky Mt. Federation
(801) 595-6750
Richard Pankey
California Federation
(925) 439-7509

General Information

Daily Field Trips:

  • All trips will leave at 8:30 AM (Mountain Time), SHARP, from the campgrounds. Assemble at 8:15 for details and instructions for each day•  s trip. High clearance vehicles recommended to collecting areas.
  • We will collect at 4 to 6 different sites: pink limb casts, small limb casts and bogwood, snakeskin agate, jasp/agate limb casts, and more.
  • We will divide up into small groups, each group going to a different site each day. Everyone will be able to collect at least once at each site. There will be a signup sheet each day for each site.
  • Much of the collecting will be float. Two sites involve some digging, but not too deep. Bring the following tools: rock bags, rock hammer, shovel, small picks, hoe, rock scoop, spray bottle, and what ever else you usually bring.
  • High clearance vehicles highly recommended to collecting sites. We will help arrange rides for those who need them.

Be Prepared:

  1. This trip is open to members and guests of the Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies. Everyone who agrees to adhere to the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Code of Ethics, abide by the direction of the field trip leaders, and practice safe rockhounding is welcome to attend.
  2. There are two full hook-up campgrounds in Jackpot:
      Saguaro RV Park - 800-821-1103.
      Spanish Gardens - (800) 422-8233.
    There are several casino/motels also in Jackpot:
      Cactus Pete•  s - (800) 821-1103.
      Western Star Resort - (800) 655-0643.
      Four Jacks - (800) 251-6313.
      Barton•  s "93" - (800) 258-2937.
  3. We will have a welcome potluck dinner on Thursday evening and the all Rendezvous Potluck dinner on Saturday evening. Bring food to share and your own plates, eating utensils, tables and chairs. Bring your favorite beverages and snacks to share for Happy Hour each afternoon. We will try to have a campfire each evening so bring firewood.
  4. Bring rocks and specimens, etc. from your favorite home collecting area to show and swap at the tailgate display. This will be a good time to swap maps, GPS readings and information about your favorite home collecting areas.
  5. This area of Nevada has a lot to offer rockhounds and outdoor enthusiasts. Plan to spend some extra days after (or before) the Rendezvous. Some suggestions and information will be available at camp.
  6. Gas in Jackpot can be expensive. Be sure to fill up your tanks and extra gas cans in Wells or Twin Falls.
  7. Be prepared for a variety of weather. Over Memorial Day Weekend 2002 we had sunny skies with the temperatures in the 70•  s, 5 days after a 2-inch snow that melted over night.


     Attention Federation Directors, Field Trip Leaders and Bulletin Editors:
Please announce this trip at your meetings and publish it in your newsletters. Please make copies of this 2 sided flier and give to interested club members to get the word out early so people can start planning for this special field trip and get together.

Jostproam's Report

Fall Business Meeting
Nov 2, 2002, Visalia, CA

     At the Convention meeting in Placerville, CA in July I received the following stones from Orlando Branch of the Santa Clara Gem & Mineral Society:

  • Birdseye Serpentine - Fallon, NV
  • Chrominum in Serpentine - Clear Creek, CA
  • Lepidolite - Pala, CA

     Sorry that I haven•  t recognized Orlando•  s contributions till now. These stones and also a CFMS Secretary•  s pin from Keesa Stewart, CFMS Past President, were given to me by Ruth Bailey at the Placerville show. Unfortunately they were put away before being acknowledged in the CFMS Newsletter. We will be hosting the CFMS/AFMS national show this coming year in June. At that time I will be exhibiting all the stones that have been donated to the CFMS Historical Collection. The ones I currently have will be shown at this meeting. If there are collecting areas that are not represented, would you please search your material and make a donation.

     This collection has grown since 1997 when the cabochons were first asked for. At that time The CFMS clubs sent cabochons in honor of the AFMS•   50th Anniversary. The AFMS committee sent back the stones to each regional federation and the ones from CFMS were kept for the historical files. They have been shown a number of times at CFMS Conventions.

     I am still looking for early issues of the Lapidary Journal to complete the collection of these magazines for the Historical Library. Anyone who might have copies of the Earth Science magazines from the Midwest and would like to also donate them, we do have an interest in them. Pictures of the CFMS Past Presidents, the Golden Bear Honorees, and the CFMS and AFMS Scholarship Honorees are still a "work in progress." But I would like to acknowledge Don Ogden for putting the Past President and Golden Bear Awardee up on the web site. I am still working on bios for each Past President and Golden Bear.

     If you can help in any of these areas, please contact me at:

A New Fossil Bill In Congress

     The year 2002 (sees) the introduction of two Paleontological Resources Protection Bills into the U. S. Congress. They are not duplicates but very similar.- Passage just before adjournment in November is a real possibility.- It is important that your current Senators and Congressional Representatives know your views on this proposed legislation.

     The House Bill (H.R.2974) was introduced by Congressmen McGovern (the sponsor) Mr Souder, Mr. Tiahrt, Mr. Coyne, Mrs Tauscher and Mr. George Miller. At the time of the summer recess it had 25 members of the House that are listed as cosponsors of the Bill.

     The Senate Bill(S.2727) was introduced by its sponsor Senator Akaka and lists two co-sponsors, Senator Feinstein and Senator Inouye.

     Copies of each Bill are available by number on the INTERNET at http://thomas.loc.gov or by contacting your congressional representative.

     Both Bills are entitled "Paleontological Resources Preservation Act" -We see both benefits and problems in the current legislation as written. We believe only "scientifically significant" paleontological resources should be required to remain government property" and burden of proof of the origin of fossils should clearly be that of the government. We think the penalty section needs revision. We would also like to see Commercial Dealers have the ability to participate through a permit system. They also can, and do, provide a valuable contribution to the science of paleontology.

     The ALAA can and will continue to write letters voicing these opinions. Your letters and ours have had an impact in the past. If you write to your congressional representatives about these Bills and do it now, you can help Congress reach the proper conclusions. Only you can do it. ( Ed. The good and bad points of each Bill have been pointed out in the ALAA Alerts & Actions, Jun., Jul., Aug., 2002 issue, from which this excerpt was taken.)