Vol. XXXX, No. 9 --- October 2003

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
Nomination for 2004 CFMS Officers
Last Minute Reminders
All American Report
Junior Activities Report
AFMS Scholarship Foundation - Update
Official Rockhound sticker
Earth Science Studies
National Public Lands Day COL River Clean Up
CFMS Bulletin Aids Contest

Presidents Message

By Jack Williams, CFMS President
CFMS President

     Well, the way I see it . . .

     What - October? Yes, fall season is looking us right in the face. I hope this past summer gave you all great vacations and field trips, so as to allow you to have stories to tell and specimens to show to all at your club meetings.

     Of course, as I write this it is still the end of August and I have some new material and ideas, which I'm anxious to work at the up-coming Camp Paradise. The training sessions that the CFMS puts on at Zzyzx and Paradise, and now at Lone Pine also, are such a great opportunity and a real bargain to all members. It is no wonder these sessions are always booked full early. Also, with the fall season approaching it is time to remember to plan for the Fall Directors Business meeting and Installation of new officers. All societies are urged to send their Directors or an alternate to these meetings. I know it costs money and gas prices are a crime. But if you feel the CFMS does not affect your society, I have news for you... You ARE the CFMS.

     Your policies and ideas that your Director brings to these meeting are carefully considered. We need the input from you to guide the Federation in the direction you want it to go. If your society has concerns, write them down, give them to your Director and bring them to the meeting for answers or actions.

     Another place to "get the feel" of an idea is to attend the informal Cracker Barrel on Friday evenings. Talk to other Directors to get their thoughts on your ideas. Kind of bounce the idea off the wall, so to speak, and get their opinions or reactions. It may have been tried or thought of before, but the timing was not right at the time. It is also a great time to meet others who share your interest and concerns. Your fellow Directors are a friendly bunch, so meeting new friends shouldn't be any problem.

     Remember the goals of the California Federation are what you make them.

Nomination For 2004 Officers

     On Saturday, November 7, 2003 the CFMS Officers and Directors will meet in Fresno. Among the many important items of business will be the election of officers for 2004. The following slate will be presented at that time:

    President: President-Elect Lois Allmen will assume the duties of President for year 2004. Lois is a member of the Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society and has served as First Vice President this year and Second Vice President in 2002. She is active as an instructor with the CFMS Earth Science Seminars.

    First Vice President: Marion Roberts, from the Mother Lode Mineral Society, has served as Second Vice President this past year and is nominated to move up. He is very actively involved in the Earth Science Seminars and his own Club.

    Second Vice President: Colleen McGann, with the Peninsula Gem & Geology Society, has served for two years as CFMS Secretary. She has been nominated by her Club to move up through the chairs to the position of Second Vice Chairman.

    Treasurer: Richard Pankey, current CFMS Treasurer, has been nominated for another term in this position. Dick has been active as Field Trip North Chair, and in his Club, the Contra Costa Miner & Gem Society.

    Secretary: No nomination has been received for this position, despite three appeals in the CFMS Newsletter and personal efforts of the Committee Chair to locate a qualified and willing candidate. Read further comments about this dire situation below.

    Regarding the opening for the CFMS Secretary position, it is very disappointing that no nominations have been received. Several individuals were approached for possible candidacy, but none could commit at this time.

    The Secretary's various duties are listed in the Officers and Chairmen's Manual. The indi vidual will be required to handle correspondence, interact with potential new member clubs, take notes at Executive Committee and Directors' meetings, and sit in on some other committee meetings as well.

    Minutes for the Directors' Meetings are taped on a recording device, and are transcribed from the tape. Therefore, it is not necessary for the Secretary to have shorthand skills.

    It is not possible to volunteer for a CFMS office, but I implore you-if you have the qualifications and are willing to commit to holding the position for two years, please speak to an officer of your Club or to a CFMS Past President regarding a nomination. (Club Officers and CFMS Past Presidents are authorized to make nominations.)

    Nominations, stating the candidate's qualifications, should be sent to:

Beverly Moreau, Chair
CFMS Nominating Committee
3113 Topaz Lane, #A
Fullerton, CA 92831
Telephone: (714) 577-8038
E-mail: bcmoreau@adelphia.net

    After serving for two years as Secretary, the person may move up through the chairs if so desired. And really, moving through the chairs is a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of the Federation.

    The situation is critical. The position cannot simply remain vacant; it must be filled at the time of the November election. The person who holds this office will be serving a crucial function within the Federation. Don't leave this hanging, in hopes of a possible nomination from the floor at the November meeting.

    First, consider whether you could do this job. If not, talk to anyone else you think might be a possible candidate. If necessary, refer possible names to me and I will make a personal contact.

    I am trusting in your willingness to fulfill this very important obligation. Beverly Moreau, Chair

Last Minute Reminders

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


WHAT - CFMS Fall Business meeting; Election of Officers; Banquet; Installation of officers

WHO - CFMS Officers, Chairmen, Directors, Members.

WHEN - Saturday, November 8, 2003 Business meeting at 9:00 a.m.; No-host bar and get-together- 6:00 p.m. Banquet dinner at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE -The Quality Inn, Banquet room 4278 West Ashlan, Ave, Fresno.

WHY - Business meeting; election of CFMS Officers for 2004; Installation of Officers at the banquet. .

BONUS - Cracker Barrel, Friday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. in the Banquet room.
Socialize; sound off.
Bring cookies or fruit - (A through M for the Cracker Barrel; N through Z for the Directors meeting.)

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

(Please indicate your choice of entree on your reservation)

Cost is $22.50 per person (includes tax and tip) Make banquet reservations by November 1, 2003. Mail your check and reservation request for banquet to:

P.O. Box 1657
Rialto, CA 92377-1657

DETAILS - Any CFMS member may attend, but only Directors may vote...

Room reservations must be made by October 24 to get the special CFMS rate of $59.00 per night, plus tax, for 2 persons. There is an additional charge for 3 or more persons. (Pets not accepted at Quality Inns) Make room reservations directly with the Quality Inn by calling 1-559-275-2727.

There has been a mix-upl If they don't have a block of reservations for CFMS, try under the name of Bob Stultz. (NO, Bob will not pay for youl)

DIRECTIONS: Take the Ashlan Avenue off ramp from Hyw. 99 in Fresno. The Quality Inn is located immediately to the west of the freeway overpass. (4278 West Ashlan Avenue)

P.S. Directors: Be sure to bring your copy of the Agenda which you received in the mail.

ATTENTION RVers: There is limited parking for self-contained vehicles on a gravel lot at the rear of the Quality Inn. HOWEVER, the Quality Inn charges $20 per night for each RV. You will pay this directly to the motel when you arrive. For an additional $39 you can stay in a room and save the extra gasoline required to drive that motorhome or pull that trailer.

All American Report

By Dot Beacber, Chair

     Now is the time to begin preparations to enter the All American Awards program based upon your club's year 2003 activities. All three clubs that entered this last year received regional and national awards. Forms for entering are available at the CFMS website (cfmsinc.org) or may be obtained by snail-mail from me (310) 325-3139 or on the internet dotbeachler@cox.net

    Submission deadline is February 28, 2004.

Junior Activities Report
The AFMS Lillian Turner Award for Junior Members:
Congratulations to Joy Robertson!

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

     AFMS member Lillian Turner of Bethesda, Maryland, has generously donated moneys to support an award each year to the Outstanding Junior who exhibits at the Annual AFMS Show. The junior member can be from any AFMS-affiliated federation or society but must be exhibiting in competition at the current show. In coordination with the host society and show committee, the AFMS Junior Activities Chairman selects the Outstanding Junior by determination of the best competitive junior exhibit. The best competitive junior exhibit is the one receiving the highest number of points by those judging the various junior entries during regular competition.

     The Lillian Turner Award consists of a certificate, a mineral specimen donated by the late Charles Leach, and a $100 Series "E" Bond. It is presented at the awards ceremony during the show. Even more important than the monetary value is the honor and recognition of receiving this award and the pride it can engender in your junior member for a job well done in planning and assembling an excellent display. In the event there are no juniors exhibiting, the award is held over until the next national AFMS Show.

     This year, I'm extremely pleased to report, there were a large number of excellent junior exhibits competing at the AFMSICFMS Show in Ventura. As both the AFMS and CFMS Junior Activities Chair, I was privileged to have the honor of presenting the 2003 Lillian Turner Award to Joy Robertson of Glendora Gems.

     Joy entered a display on dinosaur fossils and radioactivity in the Juniors Educational Division, Class EIC-1 Informed Audience/Concept. She received a First Place ribbon, the Best-in-Class Award and the CFMS Trophy #30, as well as the AFMS Trophy #30. It was an eye-catching display, well executed and conveying a large amount of educational information in an effective yet compact manner. It was terrific seeing Joy's excitement and enthusiasm at being recognized with so many awards all at once during the awards ceremony!

     On behalf of both the CFMS and AFMS, I offer congratulations to Joy for the creativity and hard work evident in her display, to her family for supporting her in her hobby and bringing her to the show, and to her local society, the Glendora Gems, for providing the environment and opportunity for Joy and her fellow junior members to cultivate and explore their interest in the earth sciences and lapidary arts.

     This year, we of the CFMS were lucky in that the AFMS Show took place in our own back yard alongside our own annual show and convention. Each year, the AFMS Show is held in conjunction with one of the seven regional federations that collectively comprise the AFMS. Thus, it will be another seven years before it cycles back to California, in the year 2010.

     Still, if you have a junior member in your household who has a strong and serious commitment to the hobby, you might find it well worthwhile to plan a summer vacation trip around an AFMS Show in the next one, two, or three years. Take your family to see another part of the country while at the same time encouraging your son or daughter to display in national competition. It's a great way to expand their horizons, meet new and interesting people who are most actively engaged in our hobby, and-as alwayshave fun!

AFMS Scholarship Foundation - Update

By Dee Holland, AFMS Schoralship Foundation

     The issue with Dan McClennan is now over and we can begin anew. Dan was sentenced on Wednesday, August 20, 2003. The judge gave him a one year and one term in federal prison. He was told to pay restitution in the amount of $72,000, plus the amount taken within the statute of limitations. We doubt very seriously that any amount of money will ever be forthcoming from Dan, But at least it's on the books.

    Sincere thanks to LEWIS ELROD and ARLENE BURKHALTER for their continued efforts in this case. Arlene said the judge might have reduced the sentence further if it had not been for the eloquent testimony of Lewis. He spoke before the judge telling him that Dan had embezzled the money from scholarships for students and that the scholarship fund was having a hard time now coming up with the money needed for the students.

    If it had not been for Arlene who worked closely with the banks and brokerage firms we might not have been able to get the documentation needed to prosecute. With the background Jon Spunaugle had he was able to get a handle on what monies had been taken.

    Three Cheers for these hardworking volunteers, who spent many hours and days on this unpleasant task.

    Now we must go forward and work to build up the scholarship foundation so we may help more students. This is where you all come in. We will need your support to make this fund GROW. Be assured that something like this will never happen again. There have been safeguards put in place to see to it. Recently the Northwest Intermountain Faceters Guild held their annual stone auction which raised enough to pay for the bonding of the Scholarship Foundation for this coming year. And the extra money was turned over to be placed in the scholarship restricted funds.

    Thanks to Arlene Burkhalter and Ruth Bailey for staying on. We need their expertise and knowledge to forge ahead. your President-Elect, Dee Holland AFMS Scholarship Foundation

Official Rockhound Sticker

By Richard Pankey, CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Committee

    By now, you have probably seen the new Rockhound sticker and design which has been adopted as the "official" recognized rockhounding symbol.

    We hope all CFMS member societies will support the Rockhound sticker program. It is an easy way to identify oneself to others as a rockhound. The sticker not only promotes and publicizes rockhounding, it is a service to rockhounds to facilitate meeting one another, and lets everyone know you are interested in collecting rocks, minerals and fossils, and share rockhound experiences and help other rockhounds...

    Many clubs have already purchased stickers to give or sell to their members. Now is the time to order them so everyone can have them for the upcoming field trip season.

    Stickers sell for 50 cents each for 1 to 59 (minimum order 10) or 30 cents each for quantities of 100 or more. Price includes postage and handling.

    Frank Mullaney, the CFMS/AFMS badge chairman is handling sales of the stickers. He will accept checks or credit cards. When ordering, make checks payable to: ROCKY FIVE To order stickers, contact: Frank Mullaney, 5705 Begonia Drive, San Jose, CA 95124-6535. Ph: 408-266-1791. e-mail rockyfiv@aol.com

    Proceeds from the sale of the stickers are donated to the AFMS and CFMS Scholarship Foundations.


by Chuck McKie,
CFMS Safety Chairman



     I've mentioned some of this before. It is such a serious subject that it bears repeating. In the first case, the (cell) phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

     In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car.

     And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

    You should know that mobile phones can ignite fuel or fumes.

  • Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.
  • Mobile phones should not be used at filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boats, etc.
  • Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust (i,e. solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.)

     To sum it up. hear are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:

  1. Turn off engine.
  2. Don't smoke.
  3. Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle and turn it off.
  4. Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

    Bob Rankes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of "static electricity" at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires. The results were very surprising:

  1. Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
  2. Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle when the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started as a result of static.
  3. Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
  4. Most men never get back into their vehicles until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
  5. Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas.
  6. It is the vapors that come from the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
  7. There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during re fueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station and to the customer.
  8. Seventeen of the fires occurred before, during or immediatey after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began.

     Mr Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you absolutely HAVE to get into your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure when you get out, to close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way, the static from your body will be discharged before you remove the nozzle.

Earth Science Studies

By Cal Clason, ESS Chair

     The Earth Sciences Committee is again engaged in our Annual Seminar; in April we had an extremely successful meeting at the Desert Studies Center on Zzyzx Rd. near Baker. As usual we had a maximum number of participants (60) an no major complaints so we must be doing something right; but it is my opinion that we serve an extremely agreeable, compatible group of people.

     With much regret on both sides, Ray and Florence Meisenheimer felt that due to health concerns, they would no longer be able to continue their contributions to the smooth operation of the committee. They are sorely missed. I don't have anyone to pick on. On behalf of all those, to whose well being and enjoyment Ray and Florence have contributed; for myself as my Mentor, confidant, but more importantly, friend, I can only wish you both the best in whatever endeavors you attempt.

     Some new committee members have volunteered to fill the positions of registering applicants. We would like to welcome Audrey Harvey, who will be handling the registrations for Zzyzx and Anna Christiansen for Camp Paradise. Both have done very well for the latest sessions and I'm anticipating contributions from both.

     In regards to Camp Paradise - some changes were made for this year which we hope will enable us to continue to present them without or at minimum cost increase. We have not scheduled any field trips, but will have information available for anyone who requests it. There will be no guest speakers in the evenings, but we'll have other programs available if warranted. Each week there will be a featured craft not generally as part of the program.

     Bob Pevahouse will teach the Basics of Copper Enammeling; and Dick Friesen, Stone Carving using mechanical means. During the first week Cheri George will be doing Glass Fusion; and Bural La Rue, Lost Wax Casting in the second period.

     If evaluation deems these changes feasible, we will in the futire publicize them with the applications, enabling registrants to choose a session which best coinsides with their desires.

     Elsewhere in the Newsletter applications for Zzyzx will be found. It is my hope that recipients of the Newsletter will pass these on to their Editors to be included in club Newsletters. The session at Zzyzx will be April 11 through 18, and will feature Silver Smithing, Lapidary, Wire Artistry, Soft Stone Sculpture, Bead Stringing and amazing Field Trips to many prime collecting areas in the Eastern Mojave Desert. I highly recommend early registration to ensure a reservation.

     In our ongoing efforts to serve a greater group of people, I have reserved the Bascaroni Education Center, Located in Big Pine, California (Eastern Sierra) to start another Seminar! As we plan the itinerary for this, our main purpose is to make it family oriented with emphasis on children - ages 8 to 18 - and will endeavor to have hobby related activities structured for their enjoyment and education. We'll also strive to keep the cost at a minimum to make it more accessible to a greater number of people.

     A complete description and package will be available no later that the Fall Meeting of CFMS in Fresno. More later....

    Registration Form is on the Forms page. Click here

National Public Lands Day Colorado River Clean Up

By Robert Cranston- ALAA

Dear Potential Volunteer,

     The Bureau of Land Management Needles Field Office invites you to volunteer and participate in our National Public Lands Day project on the Colorado River on Saturday, October 25, 2003. In recognition of the 19th Annual National Public Lands Day, the event will begin Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Jack Smith Park in Needles, CA and end in the afternoon with a cook-out at the park and educational programs.

     This year, the Bureau of Land management, Needles and Lake Havasu Field Offices, the City of Needles, Moabi Regional Park, Havasu Wildlife Refuge and other local agencies are cooperating on a National Public Lands Day Colorado River clean-up. Volunteers will be cleaning up beaches and river access points along the Colorado River between Topock and Needles. There will be several groups assigned to different clean-up areas such as: Jack Smith Park, BLM beaches south of the park, areas in Havasu Wildlife refuge, Park Moabi, and Fort Mojave tribal lands north of the Needles bridge.

     National Public Lands Day is the largest handson volunteer effort in the United States. Last year, nearly 70,000 volunteers across the country participated in the event at 426 sites. Across the country, the effort will bring together thousands of volunteers to refurbish and restore the public sites they use for recreation, education, and just plain enjoyment. These lands are not just the majestic national parks, remote wilderness areas, and marine sanctuaries we see in postcards and movies. They also encompass places like the Colorado River corridor that are managed by governmental agencies-- but belong to and are enjoyed by all of us.

     We hope this project is of sufficient interest to your organization to generate your support. Please contact us and let us know how you can help celebrate National Public Lands Day by donating money, food, recognition items for volunteers, or your time to provide "Helping Hands for America's Public Lands".

     For additional information on the National Public Lands Day project call Alicia Rabas at (760) 326-7000 or e-mail Alicia_Rabas@.ca.blm.gov. Please contact us to pre-register your volunteers or to make a donation. Thank you for your interest and consideration. Sincerely, Nancy Golden, Acting Field Office Mananger To learn more and download your Volunteer agreement form, go to the web site http://www.ca.blm.gov/needles/np)ld03.html

The Paleontological Resources Act Protest H.R. 2416 and S.546 by phone- free

     Call toll free to let your Congressman know you want HR2416 and S.546, the Paleontological Resources Preservation Acts defeated/ These members should be lobbied again and again by your calls and letters (on these bills that are in House committees awaiting further action before they can be passed out of committee and on to the House floor for a vote.) 1-800-839-5276

     When you call, ask for the Congressman office at which you wish to leave a message - they will connect you quite quickly - Leave your name, address and message that you wish the House members to work for the defeat of both these bills. Call often -not just once.

     You may also call your Senators and let them know how displeased you are that S546 was allowed to pass the Senate and to please ensure that if a similar bill is re-introduced in the next session of Congress that he/she vote against its passage.

     If we succeed in stopping HR2416 in the House this time, You can be assured that a similar bill will be introduced again early in the next session of Congress.

2004 CFMS Bulletin Contest Rules and Procedures For
Bulletins Articles, Poems, and Special Publications
Published in 2003

By Loretta Ogden, BAC 2003

    All information is on the Forms page. Click here.