Vol. XXXX, No. 7 --- September 2003

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
Fall Business Meeting
Jury of Awards Corrections
Jury of Awards Committee
Nominations Needed
AFMS All American Awards
AFMS Competition Trophy Winners
Junior Activities
Special Fossil Exhibit
Bowers Museum Exhibits
Douch Oven Dinner
Safety, Hiking & Camping
Seaside Gemboree Wrap-up
Endowment Fund Form

Presidents Message

By Jack Williams, CFMS President

CFMS President

     Well, the way I see it . . .

     I'm concerned about what information is passed on to new CFMS Directors or Committee persons from their predecessors, such as, manuals, records, or other information at all? Where do they get help? They can ask old time Directors and Committee people, and by all means, please get a copy of the "CFMS Society Aids Manual". If you are going to a position as an officer or onto a committee, then also get a copy of the "Officers and Chairman's Manual" and the "CFMS Bylaws and Operating Regulations". These are available from the Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Pat LaRue. How many have been a director or committee member for two years or more and do not have these valuable resources to refer to?You need this information to do your job.

     I've had directors call me and ask, "How can a club join the Federation? What are the duties of a director?" A club president asked me what is the "Education thru Sharing Award"? "Where can 1 get a copy of the"new Uniform Rules Book"? These questions should be answered by a CFMS Director.

     It's not that we don't want questions to be asked. It is just amazing what questions do get asked but it is taken for granted that everyone knows. And yet if the information and help is not passed on to the next director or committee person, then they will surely be left in the dark on the subject. When a new director or committee person takes on a new assignment they bring so much new energy and fresh eagerness that they deserve all the help that can be passed on to them from the person who is leaving the position. Maybe that should also be in the the job description. The continuing good health of any group is dependant upon the leadership of its officers and committee people. New leaders should always seek advice from those who have been there and done the job well and then add their own fresh ideas to the job they are filling. Most of the old ways still work for the basics, but occasional updating and fresh ideas are sometimes needed.

     So ask questions and be well informed. That is what makes a great CFMS.

Fall Business Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003

     The annual Fall Business meeting and election of officers for 2004 will be held at the Quality Inn at 4278 West Ashland Ave., Fresno, CA. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003.

     The Cracker Barrel social will be held Friday night Nov. 7, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in the main Banquet room. Coffee will be served. Directors, please bring cookies or fruit.

     A through M to the Cracker Barrell and N through Z for the Saturday Directors meeting.

     The Business meeting will be held Saturday Nov. 6 at 9:00 a.m. Directors, be sure to bring your copy of the Agenda you received in the mail.

     Any CFMS member may attend the meeting, but only delegates may vote.

     Room reservations must be made directly with the Quality Inns on 4278 West Ashland Ave., Fresno.-Phone 1-559-275-2727.

     Be sure to tell them you are with CFMS in order to receive special rates. Make reservations by October 24, 2003. Rooms will be $59.00, plus tax, per night for 2 persons, with additional charge for 3 or more.

(Quality Inns accepts no pets)

     Take the Asland Avenue offramp from Hwy 99 in Fresno. The Quality Inn is located immediately to the west of the freeway overpass.


     Deadline for committee reports is October 25. As in the past, I will accept them by e-mail or snail mail. If unable to meet this deadline, please bring at least 100 copies to the meeting for distribution. Thanks

Installation of 2004 Officers
Our Saturday Eve Banquet will begin at
6:00 p.m. with a no-host bar and

Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.

Brooks Ranch Green Salad
Prime Rib or Chicken Marsala
Vegetable Medley
Garlic Potatoes
Bread and Butter
Cheese Cake
Coffee and Iced Tea

Cost is $22.50 per person (includes tax and tip)

Make banquet reservations by November 1, 2003
Mail your check and reservations to:
P.O.Box 1657
Rialto, CA 92377-1657

Please indicate choice of entree on reservation.
Make check payable to CFMS.


Committee Chairmen

Please reserve time now for your Committee Meetings on Friday, November 7, 2003 at the Quality Inn On 42278 Ashland Ave. Fresno, CA

Tentative schedule:

2:00 - 4.00 p. m. Executive Committee
9:00-10:00 p.m. (aprox.)
Scholarship Committee
(following the Cracker Barrel)

Call or write Lois Allmen for
reservations at:
407 Magnolia Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93030-5309
(805) 483-6871
e-mail allmenl@vcss.k12.ca.us

Correction To 'Jury Of Awards' Item InAugust CFMS Newsletter

By Dee Holland, AFMS Scholarship Foundation President, November 1, 2003

     First, there are seven Federations that make up the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies But only six of the federations participate in the AFMS Scholarship Foundation program.

     They are: California, Northwest, Rocky Mt., South Central, Midwest and Eastern.

     The Southwest Federation came in to the AFMS in 1993. At that time it was suggested they donate their Scholarship Fund money to the AFMS Scholarship Program, a fair and equitable way of involving them.They chose not to do this and keep their own Scholarship Fund separate. Since then they have not had the priveledge of participating.

     The AFMS Scholarship, at this time gives two scholarships per federation per year for two years. Each one is worth $2,000. for a total of $4,000. per student. This is only the six federations mentioned above.

     In the last few years the AFMS Foundation has finally reached the million dollar mark in scholarship awards. Pretty good for a bunch of •  rockhounds"!

     So the person who is selected as AWARDEE will select a school with a post graduate program in Earth Science. That person will then choose two students to receive scholarships for two years.

Jury of Awards Committee

By Marion Roberts, Chairperson

     The Jury of Awards Committee needs your selection for honoree, with a summary of why you selected this person, by the end of October so selection can be made at the fall meeting in Fresno.

     Send your selection to Marion Roberts, Jack Williams, JoAnna Ritchey or Executive Sec/Treas. Pat LaRue. All addresses are in the CFMS Newsletter.

Nominations Needed

By Beverly Moreau, Chair

     Earlier this year, we requested nominations for any and all positions on the CFMg; Execu- tive Committee. None were received.

     At our Committee meeting in Ventura, we agreed upon a slate for presentation to the membership later this year. That slate was complete except for one position that of Secretary.

     Thus, I am making an urgent appeal at this time for a nomination for the position of CFMS Secretary.

     The person should have the following qualifications:

  • Proficient in proper use of English, including grammar, punctuation and phraseology.
  • Computer capability
  • Prior involvement as an officer or committee person in Club or civic activities.
  • Prior service on CFMS committees (desirable, but not a necessity)..

     The position of Secretary would be for a period of two years. Following that, the person would be free to progress through the chairs.

     So, we are seeking someone with leadership qualities who has demonstrated performance capabilities and dedication to the work at hand.

     The nomination should come from an officer in your club. (CFMS Past Presidents can nominate directly.) The letter of nomination should come to the Nominating Committee Chair and specify the qualifications, past experience, and club affiliation of the nominee.

     The nominee should have been approached prior to submitting the letter, and should have agreed to serve if elected.

     Thanks for your help!

Beverly Moreau, Chair
2003 Nominating Committee
3113 Topaz Lane, #A
Fullerton, CA 92831-2374
bcmoreau@sbcglobal.net (note: new e-mail address)

AFMS All American Awards

By Dot Beachler, CFMS Chair

     The national results for the 2002 All American Awards program were announced at the CFMSIAFMS banquet on Saturday, June 7. 2003. Again, only 14 clubs from five federations had entered. This year, the South Central Federation led with five entries. The results:


  • Austin Gem & Mineral Club, South Central ** Gold
    ( highest scoring Large club)
  • Arlington Gem & Mineral Club, South Central ** Gold
  • Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, Rocky Mountain ** Gold
  • Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society, Midwest ** Gold
  • Wisconsin Geological Society, Midwest ** Silver
  • Roseville Rock Rollers, California ** Silver


  • Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Soc., Midwest ** Gold
  • Central Illinois Gem & Mineral Club, Midwest ** Silver
  • Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society, California ** Silver
  • Fossils For Fun Society, California ** Silver
  • Waco Gem & Mineral Club, South Central ** Bronze
  • Pine County G.M.S. of Deep East Texas, South Central ** Bronze
  • Tri-City Gem & Mineral Society, South Central ** Honorable Mention
  • American Fossil Federation, Eastern ** Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all! Dot Beachler

AFMS Competition Trophy Winners - 2003
Ventura, California

By Pat LaRue
  • Davis Bench, Glendora Gems, (CFMS)
    Trophy 1 - Open
  • Roy Foerster, Conejo GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 3 - Minerals
  • Grant Gibson, Austin GMS (SCFMS)
    Trophy 8 - Thumbnail Minerals
  • Bob Stultz, Conejo GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 9 - Minerals
  • Ron Covert, Fresno GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 16 - Carving
  • Don Pomerenke, Conejo GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 17 - Cabochons
  • Marion Roberts, Mother Lode MS (CFMS)
    Trophy 18 - Cabochons
  • Nathan Simpkins. Glendora Gems, (CFMS)
    Trophy 21 - Jr. Lapidary
  • Jennifer Rhodes, Reno GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 25 - Jewelry
  • Adam Latourelle, Glendona Gems (CFMS)
    Trophy 27 - Jr. Educational
  • Amber Mutalipassi, Glendora Gems (CFMS)
    Trophy 28 - Jr. Educational
  • Wayne Mills, Orcutt GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 28 - Educational
  • Joy Robertson, Glendora Gems (CFMS)
    Trophy 30 - Jr. Educational
  • Jim Godfrey, Tualitin Valley GC (NWF)
    Trophy 30 - Educational
  • Jim Brace-Thompson, Ventura GMS (CFMS)
    Trophy 35 - Fossils

     There were 33 competitive exhibits which qualified for judging at the AFMS level. Although the majority of the exhibits had earned the right to compete at this level at a prior regional show, 14 of the entries qualified for the first time this year. It was my pleasure to present a total of 15 trophies to the top scoring displays in their respective categories.

     Another honor given in conjuction with the AFMS competition is the Lillian Turner Award which is presented to the best junior display in competition. This years winner was Joy Robertson of Glendora Gems (CFMS). In addition to a $100 savings bond, Joy was presented with a mineral specimen donated by the late Charles Leach.

Junior Activities Report
Engaging Kids at Our Shows: The Del Air Rockhounds Show Us How
Part Two: Educational Outreach, the "Educational Tour," and More!

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

     Last month, I thanked Maxine and Keri Dearborn, Patti Tostenson, and other members of the Del Air Rockhounds for the fantastic job they did with their "Dino Hall" to engage kids during the 2003 AFMlS1CFMS Show. This month, we move from Dino Hall into the main exhibit hall. Instead of trying to run a large number of individual activities, the Del Air Rockhounds decided to focus on educational displays that could engage many kids while requiring minimal supervision. But rather than static exhibits, many of the educational displays in the main exhibit hall had a hands-on, interactive component.

     When you entered the hall, you were greeted by the California state fossil, mineral, gemstone, and rock. That display had a number, and as you looked around, you noticed numbers on selected display cases and tables throughout the hall. One numbered table was filled with huge chunks of sandstone, obsidian, granite, petrified wood, and other rocky wonders. Each of these big specimens was flanked by a "What Is It?" card taped to the table. Kids were encouraged to touch and feel specimens (especially the coprolite!) before flipping the card for the answer.

     In addition to the Touch-and-Feel Table, another number marked a hands-on display of the Moh's scale. Kids could read about the scale, pick a rock, and try it on the spot. Nearby tables constructed by the L.A. Natural History Museum offered a chance to match mineral specimens with associated products, e.g., fluorite/toothpaste, gypsum/wallboard, etc. Bells and buzzers sounded on a correct match. They also a "Careers in the Geosciences" handout downloaded from the American Geological Institute web site (www.earthscienceworld.org/careers/brochure).

     The stations I've described were just 4 of 14 on an "Educational Tour" spanning all aspects of rocks, minerals, fossils, and lapidary arts. Three additional stations constructed by club members and kids illustrated igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and processes of their formation. These were some 6-feet tall. The igneous station was a replica of a volcano. Questions were posted on its side, and kids could open small doors to view answers in the form of specimens of obsidian, granite, basalt, etc. Additional stations on such topics as lapidary arts, fossils, and the formation of petrified wood were in numbered cases assembled by Keri Dearborn and Michael Lawshe and interspersed among the noncompetitive exhibits throughout the hall.

     A big part of pursuing the educational theme involved outreach to local youth groups and, in particular, scouting groups. All the stations numbered on color- coded cards were matched to Webelo, Boy Scout, and Giri Scout merit badge requirements. Enough stations were set up to enable Scouts to go through all requirements for the entire badge. A "Webelo Scout Geology Badge Worksheet" offered a 3-page step-by-step guide covering mineral identification and the Moh's scale, everyday uses of rocks and minerals, the three rock types, fossils, and career opportunities in geology. A Boy Scout "Geology Merit Badge Requirement" handout consisted of an 11- page packet. The opening page outlined all 13 requirements to earn the badge, followed by each requirement in turn, with space for filling in answers. To help scouts start a rock collection, each scout went home with a bag of assorted rocks. Scout leaders also got packets with step-by-step project ideas, field trips, jewelry projects, etc.

     Two other sheets were available at the entrance to the exhibit hall and tied to the numbered exhibits. "California Geology Scavenger Hunt" was a sheet with 14 questions to complete: Name the California state mineral, rock, gemstone, and fossil. Name 4 California fossils. What are 3 minerals you use in everyday life and how are they used? 'What kinds of rocks glow in the dark? "A Day at the Rock and Gem Show" crossword puzzle highlighted some special displays, for instance, a cast made in sand from a lightning strike and the "Old Woman" meteorite.

     In addition to the Dino Hall I described last month and the Educational Tour, as you moved into other fairground buildings you encountered still more activities crafted with kids in mind. A kids-only table was set up at the silent auction area. Diamond Pacific had several machines staffed by adults to assist kids in crafting and polishing a cab of their own to take home. A mock-up of a Mars Rover tied into a meteor theme of the show, allowing kids to sit at computer terminals and control the movements of a tiny rover tumbling over a mock-up of the Martian surface. Everywhere you turned, there was something fun to do, something interesting to learn.

     If you don't have a lot of manpower to handle a large number of individual kids' activities, the Del Air Rockhounds have proven there are still ways to capture the attention of a maximum number of kids, build in interactivity, and-as always-have fun!

Special Exhibit Honors Pat Antonio,
Fossil Collector Extraordinaire

By Jim Brace-Thompson

     Pat Antonio has been a long-time member of various CFMS-affiliated clubs, including the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society and Fossils for Fun. Within the gables of her Victorian-era home in Pacific Grove is perhaps the largest, most impressive private fossil collection on the Central Coast. Always generous and hospitable, Pat has provided tours to scouting groups, organizations such as the Monterey Bay Paleontological Society, and curious on-lookers who have spied ammonites in her windows. Once while on a collecting trip in the Kettleman Hills, I met a total stranger who shared a common bond - he and his wife had been vacationing on the Monterey Peninsula, and upon stopping at Pat's front yard to gaze upon fossils on the stoop, they were invited in and given a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable tour. Pat's collection includes specimens both purchased and self-collected, and she has personally toured classic localities throughout the world and has many exciting adventures to share of the American West, Morocco, Australia, Mongolia, and elsewhere.

     Many of the best of Pat's fossils and her interesting adventures are about to be on temporary display for all to enjoy! From September 26, 2003, until March 7, 2004, the Pack Grove Museum of Natural History is sponsoring a five-month special exhibit: "Pat Antonio - Celebration of a Fossil Collector." An entire hall of the museum will contain a series of cases introducing viewer's to Pat's trilobites, ammonites, Green River Formation fish, leaves and petrified wood, mammoth and mastodon remains, crinoids, mosasaurs, fossil birds (including remarkable specimens of Confuciusomis from China), dinosaur remains, and more.

     More than an exhibit, a whole series of fossil-related special events are planned, such as a talk by a biographer of Roy Chapman Andrews, fieldtrips to nearby fossil sites including Capitola and Seacliff State Beach, and a lecture by dinosaur paleontologist Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. In a future issue of the CFMS Newsletter, I hope to provide the entire calendar of events. To get more information in the meantime, contact the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: phone (831) 648-5716, web site www.pgmuseum.org.

World Class Gem Exhibit In Orange County

By Kent Kuran

CFMS Members,

     I am an intern here at Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana. it is my responsibility to make sure people know about and come to see our exhibit GEMS! The Art and Nature of Precious Stones. This magnificent exhibit features over three hundred gems, all from the famous Michael Scott (Whire Rose) Collection, the finest private collection outside of the British Royal Family. The exhibit, extended indefinately due to popularity, has the world's largest faceted gemstone, the world's largest tanzanite (242 carats), the two largest known examples of benitoite, and a 400-carat golden sapphire. Along with these magnificent specimens, the exhibit displays nearly every major gem group in a wide range of colors and shapes.

     Our gem exhibit would undoubtedly be of great interest to the numerous entities under the federation. Although it is a general gem exhibit, its scope and depth offers something for everyone and it could pique the interest of even the most specialized gemologist.

e-mail PublicRelations@bowers.org

Kent Kuran,
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana CA 92706

Dutch Oven Diner At The Rendezvous
(contined from Aug...)

By Richard Pankey, CFMS

     I came back to camp early on Friday afternoon to await the arrival of Bill Roach from the BLM office in Elko, NV. Bill is the manager of the BLM Dispach Center, but gives dutch oven cooking demonstrations and cooks for special occasions. He heard about the Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous that was being held in BLM's Elko District and offered to cook dinner for us one night. About 3:30 a Dodge pick-up truck pulling a small utility trailer turned into our camp. I had never met Bill, but immediately knew it was he when I saw the licennse plate •  lMDCOOK". Bill had brought a helper with him, his 13-year- old son, Mitchell. I welcomed them into camp and told them how much we all were looking forward to the unique dinner he had planned for us. At 6:00 p.m. we had over 135 people assembled for dinner. On the menu was:

Tri-Tip Beef cooked on the grill
Pork Country Ribs cooked on the grill
Dutch Oven Chicken
Dutch Oven Potatoes
Dutch Oven Pork & Beans
Salad & Rolls

     After exchanging greetings they set to work unloading a mountain of food, supplies and cooking gear. Bill set up his kitchen at our campfire ring in the middle of camp. The utility trailer was set up like an old chuck wagon. Built onto the back was a large covered charcoal broiling grill. The rest was for storage of many dutch ovens, tools and supplies. All the food was carried in the back of the pickup truck.

     Bill is a tall fellow and looks even taller in his cowboy hat topped with a puffy white chef s hat. In his jeans, white T-shirt and boots, he was the true image of a cowboy chef. He prepared dinner with methodical chaos. First off, he dumped several large bags of charcoal in our fire ring, topped it with lighter fluid and lit a match. The dutch ovens were lined up ready to be filled. The meat, potatoes, beans, bacon, onions, sauces and spices were laid out in the bed of his pickup ready for use. When the charcoal was white hot and ready, Bill started to cook. Big slabs of Tri-tip beef and pork country ribs were started on the grill. Around the fire ring the dutch ovens were set on top of shovels full of charcoal, then filled with chicken or potatoes or beans, and last the proper spices and garnishes were added. The lids were put on and hot charcoal shoveled on top. Some dutch ovens were stacked two or three high and allowed to slow cook. Bill carefully tended his charges, adding hot charcoal where needed, stirring occasionally, and turning the big slabs of meat on the grill.

     It was fascinating to watch all the activity and smell the enticing aromas coming from Bill's "Kitchen". As all the preparation and cooking was going on,campers would wander up, watch for awhile and ask questions. Bill would explain the whats and whys of his methods. Bill shared with us his philosophy and secret of dutch oven cooking. "Buy what's on sale; Cook til it's done; Serve it til it's gone."

     While dinner cooked we had our tailgate displays and map exchange and enjoyed Happy Hour. Right on schedule at 6:15 Betty rang our dinner bell. The group lined up in two long lines on each side of our serving tables. Bill and Mitchell set out large bowls of salad and rolls, big platters of Tri-tip beef and country ribs, and the dutch ovens of chicken, beans and potatoes. Following a brief prayer of thanks for the wonderful meal set out before us, the procession began to fill their plates and head off to their tables. Bill and Mitchell kept replenishing the dishes as they were emptied and the food was Served til it was gone". There was enough for seconds and nobody went away hungry. After dinner Mitchell toured the camp with a large garbage bag, picking up the trash.

     A favorite activity of rockhounds is eating. We had two potluck dinners - a welcome potluck on Thursday evening amd the All Rendezvous on Saturday evening. It is amazing that in the midst of the desert and sagebrush, when the dinner bell rings, the table is filled with freshly prepared food and delicious desserts. However, the gustatorial highlight of this trip was the dutch oven dinner on Friday evening. A Big Thank You to Bill and Mitchell for the delicious meal and unique dining experience!

Hiking and Camping Safety

By CHUCK McKie, CFMS Safety Chairman, 2003
via American Red Cross,
the North Bay Field Trips and the COOP.

     September might be a favorite time to go camping and maybe rockhounding. The follow- ing are some tips for your good health and survival if you should plan to go out by yourself instead of with a guided trip. Even if you go with a group, these are good tips:

     Hiking and camping provide exercise and interest for people of any age. Just getting out and walking around is a wonderful way to see nature. Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow common sense safety precautions. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your health care provider and get approval before departing.

     Review the equipment, supplies, and skills you'll need. Consider what emergencies could arise and how you would deal with those situations. What if you get lost or were confronted unexpectedly by an animal? What if someone became ill or injured? What kind of weather might you encounter? Add to your checklist the supplies you would need to deal with these situations. Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping or hiking adventure. You may need to know how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter, or give first aid. Practice your skills in advance.

     If your trip will be strenuous, get into good physical condition before setting out. If you plan to climb of travel to high altitudes, make plans for proper acclimatization to' the altitude. It's safest to hike or camp with at least one companion. If you'll be entering a remote area, your group should have a minimum of four people; this way, if one is hurt, another can stay with the victim while two go for help. If you'll be going into an area that is unfamiliar to you, take along someone who knows the area, or at least, speak with those who do before you set out. Some areas will require you to have reservations or certain permits. If an area is closed, do not go there.

     Find out in advance about any regulations-- there may be rules about campfires or guidelines about wildlife.

     Pack emergeny signaling devices, and know ahead of time the location of the nearest telephone or ranger station in case of emergency. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person. Include such details as the make, year and license plate of your vehicle, the equipment you're bringing, the weather you've anticipated, and when you plan to return.

     Contact your local Red Cross chapter http://www/redcross.org/where/where.html for a Community First Aid and Safety course or When Help is Delayed course.

     What to bring: A Hiking Checklist. What you take will depend on where you are going and how long you plan to be away, but any backpack should include the following: Candle, clothing (always bring something warm, extra sox and rain gear), compass, First Aid kit, food (bring extra) flashlight, foil (to use as a cup or signaling device), hat, insect repellant, map, nylon filament, pocket knife, pocket mirror (signaling device), prescription glasses (extra pair), prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions, radio with batteries, space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter), sunglasses, sunscreen, trash bag (makes an adequate poncho) water, waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof tin, water purification tablets, whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device).

     Always allow for bad weather and for the possibility that you might be forced to spend a night ourdoors. It's a good idea to assemble a separate 'survival pack' for each hiker to have at all times. In a small waterproof container. place a pocket knife, compass, whistle, space blanket, nylon filament, water purification tablets, matches and candle. With these items, the chances of being able to survive in the wild are greatly improved.

The 2003 Seaside Gemboree

Del Air Rockhounds Club, Inc
PO. Box 7618 Van Nuys, CA 91409

     With a swish of the Mermaid's tail, the 2003 Seaside Gemboree has come and gone. The Del Air Rockhounds would like to thank all of the clubs and individuals who participated and visited the combined AFMS/CFMS show. Everyone's enthusiasm helped to make the event a success. We would also like to extend a "SPECIAL THANK YOU" to CFMS representatives Bob and Jeane Stultz, Cal Clason, and Ray Meisenheimer for their energy and commitment to the show.

     We were very pleased to have 51 competitive exhibit cases, 143 noncompetitive guest exhibit cases, and 14 special large exhibits, for a total of 208. There were demonstrations on everything from flintknapping to silverwork, rock carving, faceting, sculpting and fossil cleaning to driving Mars Rovers. Volunteers helped children and adults dig for dinosaur bone and taught them to grind and polish cabs thanks to equipment provided by Diamond Pacific Tool Corp. We had many Boy and Girl Scouts attending and many earned their Geology Badge through our Youth Education Committee.

     The Mermaid Contest brought 13 varied entries which were voted on by approximately 600 visitors. We congratulate Jennifer Rhodes of Reno, Nevada for winning the $75 gift certificate with her mermaid pendant made of a "lampwork bead and wire wrap." Second and Third place went to Eugene Haider's inlay fine-silver bola and Paul Patterson's gold mermaid with black pearl, respectively. All of the entries were individual works of art. The Display Committee thanks all of the entrants for their creativity and skill.

    Our Silent Auction had a special drawing for a large piece of Australian Fire Opal for its participants and the lucky winner was Jack Rhodes of Reno, Nevada, yes the husband of the above Jennifer Rhodes of Mermaid fame and of the Reno Gem and Mineral Society. There were hundreds of pounds of rock and thousands of plants for sale at our Mermaid Grotto and we want to Thank you all for taking many of them home with you.

     We hope everyone had an enjoyable time at the show and encourage you all to support the etTorts of the club working on the 2004 show.

The Del Air Rockhound Club
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 347-2056