Vol. XXXX, No. 5 --- May 2003

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
AFMS Scholarship Chair Needed
Competition Entries
Seaside Gemboree Schedule
All American Awards
Education Through Sharing
CFMS Endowment Fund
Memoriam - Cal Keator
Memoriam - Ellen Schultze
Junior Activities
What Would You Do?
Cause to Pause for Thought
How to Stay Young

Presidents Message

By Jack Williams, CFMS President
CFMS President

     Well, the way I see it . . .

    We still need clubs to host CFMS Shows. The CFMS does need more than society membership dues to function, so how else can we generate the necessary funds to operate each year? Some Societies have taken on the task of putting on CFMS Shows more often than they should have had to, considering we have plus or minus 150 societies. These few societies have made it possible to continue to operate year after year. Yes, we need your help to survive. See if your society can work it out to host a CFMS Show.

    Well, just another thought. Perhaps you feel your society is just too small or have no place to put on a show, or whatever. Well then, why not put on a special project? Anything from a car wash, bake sale, jewelry boutique, special raffle, or you name it fundraiser and send it to the Endowment Fund.

    The CFMS Endowment Fund has been one of the most powerful and successful programs to keep our heads above the waters so many times. More effort is needed to increase its size and make it grow.

    Now there's a challenge for ya. What can your Society do? We'll put your project ideas in the Newsletter and say how much money you raised, and ask who can top it. Sounds kinda fun to me.

    Yeah, it would surely put a smile on Ray Meisenheimers' face and maybe Bill Aprils' too, bless their hearts.

Needed: AFMS Scholarship Chairperson

By Jack Williams, CFMS President

    Keesa Stewart has asked to be relieved of her duties as AFMS Scholarship Chairperson due to health reasons. We are looking for someone to volunteer to fill this position. Anyone interested please call me (Jack Williams).

    Ruth Bailey has agreed to temporarily fill in and will handle all duties until the position is filled. Please, she did say just temporarily!!!

Competition Entries - Are You Ready?

By Jeane Stultz, Chairman CFMS Rules Committee

    It is regrettable that the Showmanship and Exhibitors Seminar that had been scheduled for March 29th had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. Displaying the material you collect or create should be fun and learning how the rules in the AFMS Rules Book apply to your particular division of interest will improve the appearance of anyone's case. Next time a seminar for exhibiting or competition is offered, I hope more people will take advantage of it.

    The deadline for sending in your Competition Entry Forms will soon be here. Since the show in June is a combined American and California Federation Show, those who have competed during the past 12 years and scored 90 or more points on their competitive entries have a unique opportunity to make a direct entry into American competition. It is not necessary to have won a trophy to be eligible for American competition. So I hope some of you who have entered California competition in previous years in the Master Group and scored 90 or more points will consider making a direct entry into American competition this year. Upgrading or improving your case is allowed so you may have a better chance at winning that trophy.

    Having an AFMS Rules Book is a necessity for anyone who is considering entering competition. This year, the book has been completely revised, with all updates and changes that have been made over the past ten years incorporated into the book. The price is $9.00 and the book may be ordered from our CFMS Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Pat LaRue whose address is in the front of each issue of the CFMS Newsletter. For those who have kept their 1992 AFMS Rules Book up to date, Pat has the 40 pages of changes and additions that have been made this year available by request.

    Remember, May 15 is the deadline for sending in your competition entries so don't delay in filling out the form if you are planning to compete. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding entering competition this year. You can reach me at (805) 498-4220.

Jeane Stultz, Chairman CFMS Rules Committee


Thursday, June 5 Friday, June 6
         8:00 AM - Judges Breakfast   10:00 AM - Rules Committee
         10:00 AM - Rules Committee   2:00 PM - Ye Old timers Ice Cream Social
      7:00 PM - Cracker Barrel
Saturday, June 7 Sunday, June 8
  8:00 AM - CFMS Director's Meeting   8:00 Editor's Breakfast
  10:00 AM - Rules Committee   8:00 AM - Ye Old Timers
  7:00 PM - Awards Banquet   10:00 AM - Rules Committee
      11:00 AM - Editor's Symposium
REMINDER: It's time to get those Registration forms in!! Forms can be down-
loaded from the CFMS website or see your CFMS representative or bulletin editor.



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    From May 27, 2003 through Sept. 14, 2003, travel aboard Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner to Seaside Park in Ventura and you can bring a friend along for 50% off the best available fare. Amtrak's train station is conveniently located just steps from the gates to Seaside Park. The schedule is flexible with four daily round trips and five on weekends. What better way to enjoy the California coastline than aboard Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner.

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All American Awards Program

By Dot Beacbler,CFMS Chair

    Although it is disappointing that more clubs did not enter, three clubs did make the effort. The three that entered are:

Roseville Rock Rollers, Roseville
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society, Marysville
Fossils For Fun Society, Pioneer

    Judging of these books has been completed, and the books have been sent on for National judging. Results of all this judging will be announced at the CFMS/AFMS banquet in Ventura on June 7. Thanks to the clubs that made the effort to enter. Best of luck in the judging!

Education Through Sharing

By Barbara Matz, Chair

    The South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society of Torrance, California would like to honor an oustanding member, WALLY FORD. Wally is a retired professor from El Camino College where he taught Earth Science for meny years. Wally is always ready and willing to identify any rock we show him. He has helped different clubs through the years; in 1963 he provided an unusual specimen for the first show of the Centinal Valley Club. Wally has had a write-up in our Agatizer for several years and has presented slide programs and lectures since the '80's. Wally is a true inspiration to all who know him. It would be our pleasure and honor to present him with an award from the CFMS for Education Through Sharing.
        Submitted by Omer C. Goeden, Federation Director for the South Bay Club.

    Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society presents EDITH M. KELLY as our 2003 Rockhound of the Year. She has served faithfully as Secretary for ten consecutive years and has been a very active and vocal contributor in all aspects of club actvities. She works in, and often cochairs, the kitchen at our annual show. She books our annual Christmas/Officer Installation dinner and the summer picnic, and acts as co-host of the weekly "Crafty Ladies" group which makes prizes and favors for our show. She is a great help to the club President and has not missed a meeting in the past 12 years. She gets members to pay their dues, provides our membership list, and graciously allows the club storage shed to be on her property. Our club is very grateful for all her contributions.
        Respectfully submitted by R.K. Howell, Treasurer, Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society

    You can submit your club's nomination by mail or e-mail to me:

Barbara Matz,
P.O. Box 7086,
Petaluma, CA 94955-7086;

CFMS Endowment Fund

By Ray & Florence Meisenheimer, Chair, CFMS Endowment Fund

    The CFMS Endowment Fund was formed in June, 1987 to provide a source of income to financially assist the programs and services the CFMS provides to its members. All donations remain as principal and only the earnings are available for distribution to the CFMS. The fund is open to receive most types of assets.

    I will be holding a fund raising sale of rocks, minerals, jewelry or any other item at the CFMS Show June 5-8 during the CFMS/AFMS show, Seaside Park, Ventura. Any donation of material from clubs or individuals will be greatly appreciated.

In Memoriam
J.C. Cal Keator
An Editor's Editor

Cal Keator

    It seems that "Cal" was always there. He made the most interesting items out of recycled "stuff" for editors. Many of us, old time editors, still have and use some of the things Cal donated as door prizes at those events. He gave tips and hints on how to make stencils. (for you current editors, ask an old timer about stencils....)

    Cal edited and published his club bulletin, the Carmel Valley Prospector for many years and his covers were mostly in several colors. It was done by cutting several stencils for the same page and reprinting them over and over to get the many colors of ink used for the drawing. That's dedication.

    Cal edited and published the CFMS Newsletter from 1972 through 1975 and published the Newsletter through 1979. Ask any officer who served during those years what Cal meant to them.

    He cranked out thousands of sheets of paper through the years that helped editors throughout the CFMS. Have an Editor's Breakfast at the convention, and Cal was there. Have a workshop for editors, and Cal was there with words of wisdom, enthusiasm and humor. He was our conscience. He reminded us not to put information about club members being on vacation, UNTIL they returned. Safety even back in the 70s was important. He traveled all over the state in his Volkswagen van helping editors.

    Cal was a charter member of SCRIBE. back in 1978. A group of editors who felt the CFMS was excluding them by not sending club editors a CFMS bulletin. This soon changed. SCRIBE went on to include editors from all over the U.S. and Canada, and currently has a Canadian editor, Trudy Martin, as President.

    In 1981 Cal and Shirley Leeson decided to host an editor's symposium (Cal always liked big words) at Quartzsite. After all, EVERYONE was already there, why not get the editors together. We had to ask permission of the Rocky Mt. Bulletin Aids Chairman, because Quartzsite was within their boundaries. The answer came back, great idea, go ahead with my blessing. And so it started. Cal printed and put out the flyers, sent notices to all editors in CFMS and beyond. He came prepared with his recycled door prizes and handouts. It was a smashing success and to this day, is still going on as a SCRIBE event.

    Recognizing the many years of service to the CFMS Cal and Betty were awarded the CFMS's highest honor in 1980, The Golden Bear Award.

    Again, in 1995-96 they were again recognized by the CFMS and chosen to choose students for the CFMS Scholarship Program.

    I have written about Cal, but his wife of many years, Betty was always at his side. In the early years she accompanied him to all the events, but later she let Cal carry the ball while she helped from home. Both Cal and Betty could be counted on to help wherever and whenever they were needed. They judged bulletins for many regional Bulletin Aid Chairmen and also judged at the AFMS level. Always with helpful suggestions to the editors.

    Cal passed away March 30th with his family around him. He was in his 90s and very frail. We are told it was pneumonia.

    Marion Fowler wrote: "The obituary in Cal's home town won't tell about his enthusiasm for getting people of all ages interested in minerals and gems and earth science in general," "It won't tell of his generosity in giving away his handmade tools for both rockhounds and editors." "Or his persistence in getting a fine mineral museum established in his home town of Pacific Grove."

    All this is Cal's legacy. It could go on for pages, but I'll close with this: "Cal, you were one of a kind. No one can take your place " a friend, and very proud of it.

    Shirley Leeson, former editor and recipient of many of Cal's handmade tools and homespun advice.

In Memoriam
Ellen Schultze

9-25-1916 - 3-17-2003
Ellen schultze

    Ellen was a long-time active member of CFMS. She served the Federation in many capacities and was widely known for her performances on the Triple Octave Shaker Chimes, a huge antique instrument which she and husband, Carl would carefully pack and haul to meetings, pow-wows, church services, etc. She was also active in the Bell Club in Sacramento which performed for banquets, installations and such. It was a real treat to hear her play Amazing Grace on the rock slabs which she took to many rock events. Ellen and Carl also presented programs on Africa, where they had served as Missionaries in Cameroon. They showed slides and artifacts of the area while they told of their experiences.

    Ellen and Carl were members of both the Sacramento Diggers and the Fossils For Fun Societies and Ellen served as their Federation Director for several years. Ellen competed in minerals and petrified wood at the CFMS level and at the AFMS level in Portland, OR. in 1989. In 1990 She received the Marion Goodshaw Trophy for her minerals.

    Ellen was Program Chairman for CFMS and started the first "Podium People", a manual listing Programs and Speakers who would present their programs for CFMS club meetings. She was also Bulletin Aids Chairman for CFMS and went on as AFMS Publications Chairman in 1987-89. Ellen and Carl were Charter Members of SCRIBE and attended many of the workshops, contributing their expertise in editing. She was inducted into the Editor's Hall Of Fame in 1995 as a Charter member.

    In the 1980's she was elected to the CFMS Executive Committee and became our President in 1986. This was the year of the CFMS 50th Show Anniversary held at Sacramento and they went all out to celebrate. She and Carl continued to be active in the Federation and received the CFMS Honoree Scholarship in 1988-89 and the Golden Bear Award for Outstanding Service to the Federation in 1991. Ellen also worked with the American Red Cross and the Easter Seals program, collecting bags of used postage stamps, which she turned over to the Easter Seals to go toward purchasing items for their charities.

    Ellen and Carl recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

    We offer our sincere sympathy to Carl and their four children. We will all miss this gracious lady.

(Thanks to Ruth Bailey and Shirley Leeson for this Information.)

Junior Activities Report
Learning Through Play

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

    If you've ever watched kids either fidgeting in the back row or stretched out on the floor for a snooze during an educational presentation or slide show at your club meeting, you know one thing for sure: lectures aren't always the best way to reach kids! If you have a number of very young pebble pups in your society, one of the best ways to engage them while teaching is through play. All they'll know is that they're having a grand time while in reality, knowledge is trickling in through osmosis and sticking.

    One of the areas where the natural interests of kids and a plethora of readily available games coincide is paleontology, in particular, dinosaurs! Following are just a few ideas to spur you on toward devising games to match the interest of your own pebble pups.

    Coloring and activity books. Most book and toy stores hold a variety of coloring books, and these often include other activities such as crossword puzzles, find-the-word games, and findthe-hidden-baby-dino games. You could have each child "adopt" a different dinosaur to color and share with the rest of the group. Or you might photocopy one dinosaur in particular and then hold a coloring contest, with dinosaur stickers going to the most colorful, the scariest, the most realistic, the most silly, etc., until each child wins a sticker.

    'Tis a puzzlement. In addition to coloring books, many toy stores also stock dinosaur jigsaw puzzles, ranging from very simple ones with large dinosaur cut-outs to puzzles complex enough to challenge even the biggest kids in the room.

    Creating a dino panorama. Dinosaur stickers and rubber stamps are readily available (stickers are often sold in the gift wrap and party department at drug stores and variety stores, and I've seen rubber stamps at craft stores like Michael's). Rolling out a long strip of blank newspaper or wrapping paper, get all the kids together down on the floor to create a long dinosaur panorama using stickers, rubber stamps, and their own Crayola artwork.

    Dinos on display. Many kids have plastic dinosaur models scattered across the floor at home like land mines, tripping unwary parents. Have everyone bring some in one evening to create a three-dimensional dinosaur diorama and talk about which dinosaurs may have been friends and neighbors, which may have been the schoolyard bullies, etc. Bring along a video camera and create a dinosaur movie. Or have the kids put on a fashion show with "dinos on display" with stickers as prizes for the ceratopsian with the fanciest frill, the T. REX with the fiercest smile, etc.

    Going on a dino dig. One of the neatest ideas I've seen was done by my daughters kindergarten center librarian, Bev Paxton (now an officer---i.e., Club Librarian---In the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society). Bev made huge cardboard cut-outs of dinosaur bones, hid them around the room, and then led the kids on a dino dig to uncover all the bones and assemble the skeleton with clips.

    Toys R Us. Finally, by scouring the shelves of toy stores, you're sure to find a ready-made game or two. At the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Emma Mayer alerted me to a neat one: Monopoly Junior Dig'n Dinos Game. Aimed at 5- to 8-year-olds, the game features 48 play fossils with bio cards giving background on various ancient critters. As in the real world of paleontology, the player collecting the most fossils wins!

    I hope these ideas inspire you to develop still more of your own. By engaging kids in play, soon you'll find yourself learning right alongside them while---as always---having fun!


By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chairman, 2003

    Going on vacation? Play it Safe! This is the time of year many of us head off for a wonderful vacation. Following are some tips to have a happy home coming:

    Crime Prevention Tips - You are going on vacation, help burglars take one too! An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar. Use this checklist of tips to help safeguard your home while you're away.


  • Have good locks on all doors and windows and USE THEM.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch the house while you're away. It's a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in an emergency.
  • Never leave your house key hidden outside your home. Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers and packages.
  • Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived-in look.
  • Plug in timers to turn lights, a radio or television on and off at appropriate times. This helps disguise the fact that you are away.
  • Turn the bell or ringer on your telephone down low. If a burglar is around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing phone.
  • Don't announce your absence on answering machine messages.
  • Leave the blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position. Don't close them unless that's what you do when you're home.
  • Close and lock garage doors and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to show they are being used.
  • Secure storage sheds, attic entrances and gates.
  • Tell your local police you plan to be away. Patrol officers may have the opportunity to periodically check your home.
  • Engrave your valuables as recommended in Operation I. D. This simple step will allow your stolen property to be identified and returned to you if recovered by the police.

Ready To Travel!

  • If you are driving, make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and is in suitable condition for the journey.
  • Try to have specific directions and routes to your destination.
  • If you get lost, call the police for directions or assistance.
  • Always keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
  • At stop lights and other traffic delays, leave enough space in front of your vehicle so that you have an escape option in case of an emergency.
  • Let someone know the route you intend to travel and your itinerary. This will help authorities in locating you if there is a need to do so.
  • Plan your trip carefully and allow for such factors as weather, fatigue, facilities for lodging, food and fuel. Be sure you have sufficient finances- either cash, travelers checks or credit cards.
  • Ask the hotel or motel staff about their security measures so you know what to expect.
  • Use the hotel safe to store your valuables during your stay.

    Staying alert to safety may make your vacation much more pleasant and enjoyable. Being a victim of a crime is no fun. Relax, have fun, and be safe!

    For additional information about burglary prevention, Block Watch and other crime prevention measures, call your area Police Precinct.

What Would You Do?

By Bill Smith, AFMS 5thVice President
Representing the Northwest Federation
from Northwest Newsletter, 11/02

    The petrified wood area in the Saddle Mountains is considered one of the prime collecting areas here in the Northwest. On a club collecting trip, an area of excellent logs was located several hundred feet from the main road. By Sunday evening several deep holes had been dug and, as several of the logs were very heavy, a new road was made to the collecting site, even though signs say stay on authorized roads only. Monday morning the DNR field personnel check out the deep holes and the unauthorized road. They then make a report of the same to their office manager. If you were an office manager, what would you do?

    The diatomaceous earth pits, also located in the Saddle Mountains, are an excellent source for the multicolored opalite. On Saturday permission was obtained to collect in one of the pits, provided no one collected in the vertical walls which were very unstable. Even though the word was put out just prior to collecting, within an hour after the club started on Sunday, a person was digging out a large piece of opalite from the base of a thirty-foot vertical wall. After observing the digging in the wall, and if you were the person that had granted permission to collect, what would you say to the next person who asked to collect in the pit?

    A rancher in Montana owns a ranch located in the middle of Montana Agate country and his family collects the agate and sells it to a local rock shop to help supplement the family income. Even though he has 'No Trespassing' signs, he finds people collecting agate on his ranch. What would you do if you were the rancher?

    We, as rockhounds, must be sensitive toward the landowner and diligent in abiding by the regulations if we are to retain our collecting areas.

Cause To Pause For Thought

By Izzie Burns

    At times I find myself pausing and thinking `How can we get the message across to our rock collectors that some rules are needed'? With the increase in population and the lack of respect for our lands, it is necessary to protect them.

    Recently I received a letter from a BLM Office stating that one of the major issues associated with desert protection was illegal vehicle use. The signing of roads that are open and closed is relatively inexpensive, but the signs are ignored and destroyed.

    Some of us spend many hours working with government agencies to keep an area open, but go back later to see the destruction that some people have done to the area is very discouraging. Then the next trip you see that the BLM has taken steps to prevent this destruction by putting up barriers, gates and fences. As there is no accounting of the people or the number of people who use an area, we are all blamed for the few who do not fill their holes, or drive into every area to pick up their rocks, or think private property is not for the owners' use only.

    If we get some other collecting areas open, will the rules be followed? If there is a chance that we might get more roads open in some of the wilderness areas, should I go to that meeting or write a letter to help us have another open road?

Missing Funds - An Update

Jon Spunaugle. President
from AFMS Newsletter, 3/2003

    As reported in the AFMS Newsletter last year, the Foundation Officers discovered a significant amount of funds missing from the Foundations' accounts. Further investigation brought us to the conclusion that the funds had been removed from the accounts by the former Treasurer. This information was brought to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Based on their findings and investigations, the former Treasurer was indicted in Federal Court in December and a trial has been scheduled for early May, 2003. We remain hopeful that some of the misappropriated funds may be returned to the Foundation.

By-Law Changes

    As a result of the discovery of missing funds, several parts of the AFMS Scholarship Foundation By Laws were revised at the last annual meeting. Revisions included requiring annual audits of the Foundations books and records by a CPA and Bonding of the Officers that handle the funds of the foundation. Other changes required better reporting of the financial information and better directions for the Officers of the Foundation. A complete copy of the Revised By-Laws can be obtained by written request to the foundation.

    We look forward to a successful conclusion to this trying period in the history of the Foundation, but can assure you that despite our setback, the Foundation is alive and well and continues to award scholarships to deserving students each year, thanks to the generous donations of Clubs and individuals like you.


by Tony Fender in The Rockhounder, 12/02, via The Pegmatite, 3/03

    Technically, Gold is a face-centered cubic crystal structure with an atomic number of 79, a specific gravity of 19.2 - 19.3, depending on work hardening, atomic weight of 197.2 (although in 1959 the international atomic weight was listed as 197.0 and in 1966 relisted as 196.967). Its symbol is Au and it has a melting point of 1063•   C (1945•   F). The thermal conductivity of pure gold is 3.18 Watt/ (cm •   K) at 273 •   K, and 2.51 Watt/(cm •   K) at 1300•   K.

    Gold artifacts have been found dating back to 3000 B.C., making it probably the second metal to be worked by man, after copper.

    All the gold ever found, if it were cast into a single ingot, would be a block 20 yards cube, and weigh about 20,000 tons.

    One ounce of gold when flattened would cover over 100 square feet, or when drawn, would make a single wire almost a mile long.

    Gold purity is measured by Karat, with 24 K being pure. 12 Karat is 50% gold and 50% alloy material. Electrum is a combination of 50% gold and 50% silver, and for a gold/silver mix, it is the ratio which gives the hardest metal. Adding copper to gold, up to 18%, reduces the melting point of the alloy to 880•   C. To reduce the melt point further, add silver.

    Gold filled is a base metal which has been clad with gold, then rolled to make sheets or drawn to make wire. 1/20 G. F. means that the ingot which was made was clad with 5% gold before it was rolled. Usually, this is done by cladding 12 K gold 10% by weight on the base metal.

    There are numerous different alloys popularly used, some of which are listed here:

  • 22K Yellow= 92% gold, 4% silver, 4% copper
  • 22K Coinage= 90% gold, 10% silver
  • 18K Yellow= 75% gold, 15% silver, 10% copper
  • 18K Rose= 0% gold, 75% silver, 5% copper, 20% zinc
  • 18 K White= 75% gold, 25% palladium 14K Yellow= 58% gold, 25% silver, 17% copper
  • 14K Rose= 0% gold, 58% silver, 10% copper, 32% zinc
  • 14 K White= 58% gold, 42% palladium

    Please note that Rose Gold has no actual gold in it.

How To Stay Young

original source unknown, via Gems of the Rogue, Pegmatite, 4/03)
  • Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
  • Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  • Keep learning. "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop." ....
  • Enjoy the simple things.
  • Laugh often, loud and long. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  • Tears happen. Endure, grieve, move on. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  • Surround yourself with what you love: family, pets, hobbies. Your home is your refuge.
  • Cherish your health: if good, preserve it. If unstable, improve it. If poor, get help.
  • Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, the next county, or a foreign country.
  • Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
  • And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!