Vol. XXXIX, No. 10 --- November 2003

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
Bulletin Aids
From Your Insurance Chairperson
Education Through Sharing
All American Awards Program
Junior Activities Report
Safety - Home Heating
Nose News
Which Gems Are of Organic Origon?
CFMS Historian's Files
Earth Science
Our Annual CFMS Show

Presidents Message

By Jack Williams, CFMS President
CFMS President

     Well, the way I see it . . .

     It's meeting time again, and it's an important one at that. Really too important to miss. We need you (Directors and Committee Members) present for your input and votes. All Directors should be making. plans to attend. If you cannot, please inform your alternate of your ideas or concerns so they can come on your behalf,

     There will be committee meetings starting on Friday and some on Saturday and Sunday as well. Be sure to attend the Cracker Barrel get-together Friday evening. It's the gathering of the old bunch and the meeting of the new, a time to exchange ideas and meet others who share your interests. Not a place to say you don't know anyone, because this is a place where we're all friends with similar interest in a diverse hobby.

     Early Saturday morning is registration for all Directors, Officers and Chairpeople of all the committees. A good organization doesn't just happen, it takes a lot of planning and action by its members. We need you there! Your input does count. I'm looking forward to the Saturday evening banquet at the new location with a new menu with a little different choice of food. Well, it will be a great time with the program of installation of the new 2004 Officers for next year. I look forward to this changing of the guard, so to speak, for a couple of reasons. Of course, one, I will get a little break and with the new officers we get a new surge of energy in all our functions - new people, new ideas. It's, "Yeah, you're right, why didn't I think of that", sort of thing.

     I guess we need a "lube job" and "tune up" on a regular basis to keep the machine running in good spirits and on the right road. By the way, I'm still looking to see all those Club Directors to stand up at this next meeting to tell us about their plans to host a CFMS Gem Show. Sure would be nice to see a long line of Directors at the microphone on that item.

     Oh yes, from this Turkey to your turkey, have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Bulletin Aids

By Anna Christiansen, 2004 B.A.C.

     Are you planning to enter the Editor's Contest for 2004? You must submit 2 copies of each of 2 months of your 2003 bulletins; two issues should be for the month of April, the others for a month of your choice- (4 copies total). New editors are exempt from this rule - they may submit 2 months of their own choice (2 copies of each month). Send entries to Anna Christiansen, 2004 B.A.C. For further details and entry forms, see the October Newsletter. Deadline for all entries - December 9, 2003

From Your Insurance Chairperson
Good News/Bad News:

By Fred Off, Insurance Chairperson

     The Good news is that the Federation has been able to obtain a renewal insurance policy from Chubb Insurance, covering each of the member societies, for the policy period 10-16-03 through 10-16-04. The bad news is that the cost of coverage is: a) higher than last year and b) the policy does not automatically provide liability coverage for certain events (such as gem shows) without an additional fee (ranging from approximately $80.00 to over $400.00, depending on several factors).

     As I've mentioned before, it's almost impossible to obtain quotes from other carriers (although we've tried very diligently); in the past five years alone, claims filed by clubs within our Federation have cost the insurance companies almost $250,000.00 in losses - not a "track record" that would motivate "other" insurance companies to give us lower rates than we are currently paying.

     I will be mailing invoices to each society that has purchased optional premises liability and/or property coverages through Chubb Insurance, as well as invoices to those societies who have returned the completed Renewal Questionnaire and for whom gem show liability insurance is needed. The "per member" cost of insurance for Comprehensive General Liability Insurance (provided by the Chubb policy) will be included in the amount determined by the Federation's Board of Directors at the November meeting for payment by each society in January as part of the annual dues payment.

     I will provide a more thorough explanation of the insurance program at the November Directors meeting in Fresno. Hope to see you there!

     Fred Off,
Insurance Chairperson

     P.S. It's now more important than ever that your club address Insurance-related activities well in advance of the scheduled date(s). Last-minute requests for certificates of insurance and additional insured endorsements may not be processed in time for your event.

Education through Sharing

By Barbara Matz, Chair

     THE WOODLAND HILLS ROCK CHIPPERS are pleased to honor David Dills as our Rockhound of the Year. In the few years since David became a Rock Chipper, he has taken on numerous jobs and many of them concurrently! He has been our Federation Director, Secretary, Custodian, Display Chair, Field Trip Chair, Club Librarian, and member of our Shop Committee. Yes, around the Rock Chippers, many of us think of David as one of our marvelous `natural resources'! We are honored and blessed to have David as a member and are happy to submit David Dills as our 2003 Rockhound of the Year.
     Submitted by Gary Levitt, President
     & Maureen Levitt, Federation Director.

     THE MONROVIA ROCKHOUNDS would love to honor Ray and Jo Anna Ritchey -- the world hasn't seen such a dynamic duo since Batman & Robin! I do not know where to begin when asked what makes Ray and Jo Anna such oustanding rockhounds. They are involved in all aspects of our club as well as other rock clubs, the CFMS, the Mineralogical Society, and rock education for the public. Jo Anna has held most of our club offices and just finished her term as President. She was Show chairman and headed up this year's record breaking 44th Annual Gem & Mineral Show. Last year she was CFMS President and is always ready to head up a committee or volunteer where there is a need. You will find her and Ray on a field trip whenever they can make it. Their backyard looks like some kind of lunar landscape with row upon rows of stored rocks in wire bins. They host our grab bag stuffing parties and supply most of the rocks as well as donate rocks to schools. Ray spends most of his time working on items for our Treasure Wheel and making egg carton rock collections for our shows and local youth. His enthusiasm for this hobby is what makes him such a great collector, mentor, speaker, leader and demonstrator. After spending time with Ray, you will want to go out and start your own collection. Ray has many varied life experiences in his resume and presents programs related to his hobby to interested groups. Ray and Jo Anna are always ready to take a new rockhound under their wings and get them started in this great hobby. The Ritcheys are truly the `salts of the earth' (or should I say Halides?) and the Monrovia Rockhounds are proud to have them as longtime members.
     Submitted by Janie Duncan,
     President, Monrovia Rockhounds

     THE GEM CARVERS GUILD OF AMERICA has nominated Alice A. Davis as the Rockhound of the year for 2003. Alice has been an active member for close to thirty years, has served as President, was Bulletin Editor for several years, and is presently Secretary, having held this position for many years. Within the Guild, Alice is an accomplished lapidary and an expert carver. Her interests have always included promoting carving as a method of relaxation, pride and pleasure.
     Submitted by Vern Cliffe,
     GCGA Federation Director

     THE VENTURA GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY wishes to honor Nancy and Jim BraceThompson with the Education Through Sharing award. Jim is currently serving as Youth Coordinator for the California Federation and also the American Federation. He has many plans for encouraging young people to be more active in the Earth Sciences. Jim and Nancy are very active in the dub, which has improved attendance. With Jim and Nancy as Show Chairpersons, our early spring show was a fantastic success. Nancy also arranges for excellent speakers and other interesting and educational programs for our meetings. Both Nancy and Jim are very deserving of recognition.
    Submitted by Florence Meisenheimer

     SHADOW MOUNTAIN GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY of Palm Springs would like to honor one of our long-time members, Mary Flagel, as Rockhound of the Year. Mary joined our club in 1964. She has held nearly every position in our club - President, Vice President, Committee Chairman, Business Manager, Director, Hospitality Chairman, Historian, and has been our club treasurer for 22 years, She is also a lifetime member of our club. She greets new members and visitors and makes them feel welcome, and she is never too busy to help members prepare competitive show cases for the Indio Date Festival - or whatever help they need. She helps advise members on cutting and polishing material. She is a faceter and will help with those problems also. She has competed in the open division of Gems & Minerals at the Indio Date Festival for many years. She has won many blue ribbons and trophies over the years. She competes in mineral, lapidary and faceting, and has also served as clerk for the judges for many years.
     Submitted by Bob Fitzpatrick,
     CFMS Field Trip Chair- South

     RENO GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY would like to nominate Ernie Kastenbein as the Rockhound of the Year. Ernie has been an active leader in our club since he joined in March of 1983. He has held many elected and appointed positions, including special committees. In addition to those positions, Ernie has spearheaded and participated in many other club activities. Under his guidance, the club has participated in demonstrations and exhibits at a local mall, Sierra Arts Foundation events, parades, Community Club Awards Program, Adopt a Park programs, Great Basin Adventure Park activities and events. Ernie presents special programs on geology, rocks, gems, and space shuttle tiles at our local schools. He has led mini field trips, contributed articles to our bulletin, The Conglomorate, taught lapidary classes, hosted our open house night and been responsible for the club slabbing saws. When the shop or club needs maintenance, Ernie is right there helping out. He exhibits regularly at our Jackpot of Gems show, at our General Meetings, and at the Washoe County Library. He is the first person many new members turn to. We are honored to have Ernie in our midst and would like his accomplishments noted as "Rockhound of the Year".
     Submitted by Jennifer Rhodes, President
     and Norvie Enns, Federation Director

     I would like to apologize for the long delay in getting a few of these to press. I have spent my summer finding and moving into a new home, and neglecting many other things in the process. If you have submitted a nomination that is not listed here, please contact me and I'll get it going right away. New mailing information is preseted below, or you can always send me e-mail at barbmatz@yahoo.com.

Barbara Matz
803 Orion #2
Hercules, CA 94547-1938

All American Awards Program

By Dot Beacber, Chairr

A gentle reminder to all clubs:

     Although summer is past and fall is here, don't fall down on preparations to enter your club in the All American Club Award program.

    Entry forms are available through the CFMS website (cfmsinc.org) or by snail mail from me (310) 325-3139.

     Submission deadline is February 28, 2004

Junior Activities Report
Mineral Information Institute

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

     Earlier this year, in the AFMS Newsletter, AFMS Past President Steve Weinberger alerted us to the Mineral Information Institute (or MII, for short). Teachers and youth activity leaders interested in obtaining materials for their earth science classrooms and programs should be aware of this organization because it offers a wide variety of materials, much of it free. (In 2002, Mil provided 52,710 education packets throughout the United States.)

     The Mineral Information Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the social and economic benefits of minerals and other natural resources and how they can be mined and used in an environmentally responsible manner. Judging from the members of its board, it's primarily an arm of the mining industry, seeking to educate the public about the necessity and benefits of mining. As they say on the opening page of their web site, "Everything we have and everything we use comes from our natural resources. The purpose of Mil's educational programs is to help you teach your students about the importance of our natural resources - how we use them every day and usually never bother to think about where they came from."

     Mil works in a variety of grade levels and subjects: the basic rock groups, mineral identification, mining and the environment, conservation and recycling, minerals used in everyday life, energy resources, the chemistry behind minerals and living things, a Periodic Table to chemical elements, lists of mineral resources in each of our 50 states, mineral photographs, and more. Their resources take the forms of worksheets and activity sheets, maps, posters, and kits.

     The amount and quality of materials you can obtain for absolutely no cost is amazing! A huge amount is packed onto their web site, and kids can either work directly from the website, or you can download files onto disk or print onto paper for distribution.

     There are fees for some materials such as large color posters, kits, and special projects, but the fees are minimal, especially compared with what you would expect to pay for similar material from a commercial source. MII is essentially selling the materials at cost. For instance, you can buy a whole Gold Panning Kit that, in their words, "contains everything but the stream" for just $11.95 each. This includes a 12" thermoplastic gold pan, sand containing gold, an instruction book, hand lens, magnet, eyedropper, display vial to hold your gold, and a booklet entitled "Secrets of Gold Panning."

     In addition to their own materials, the MII's web site contains great links to other educational web sites, such as those of the American Geological Institute, mining museums across the U.S., the State Geological Surveys of all 50 states, mining schools, U.S. government resources, andespecially of interest for those of us in the CFMS-a web site on the California Gold Rush.

     Contact information for the institute is:

Mineral Information Institute
501 Violet Street Golden, Colorado 80401
Phone 303-277-9190
Fax 303-277-9198
Web address www.mii.org

     I encourage you to get on the computer and check it out. It looks like the Mineral Information Institute is one organization that knows how to educate while-as alwayshaving fun!

Safety - Home Heating

By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chairman - 2003

     Winter is coming and we need to take heed of the dangers this entail, because I want you all to be hale and hearty for the holiday season ahead of us and for you to be healthy and safe for our field trips next year. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross.

Inspect Fireplaces -
     Have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season. Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if the chimney is not properly cleaned. Always protect your family and home by using a sturdy screen when burning fires. Remember to bum only wood - never burn paper or pine boughs, which can float out of the chimney and ignite a neighboring home. Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace. If you are purchasing a factory-built fireplace, select one listed by a testing laboratory, and have it installed according to local codes.

Watch Your Wood Stoves.
     Be sure your wood or coal stove bears the label of a recognized testing laboratory and meets local fire codes. Follow the manufacturers' recommendations for proper use and maintenance. Chimney connections and chimney flues should be inspected at the beginning of each heating season and cleaned if necessary.

     Follow the same safety rules for wood stoves as you would for space heaters. Bum only wood, and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals. Be sure to check with your local fire department and check the local codes before having your wood stove installed.

Be Cautious With Portable and Space Heaters.
     Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible, including wallpaper, bedding, clothing, pets, and people. Never leave space heaters operating when you are not in the room or when you go to bed. Don't leave children or pets unattended with space heaters and be sure everyone knows that drying wet mittens or other clothing over space heaters is a fire hazard.

Cook with Care.
     When cooking, do not wear loose fitting clothing, which can be ignited by hot burners. Always turn pot handles in. Don't store items on the stove top, they could catch fire. Keep kitchen appliances clean and in good condition, and turn them off after use. Don't overload electrical outlets and don't use appliances with frayed or cracked wires.

Prepare a Winter Storm Plan.
     Have extra blankets on hand, and ensure that each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water-resistant boots. Stay tuned for storm warnings by listening to NOAA Weather Radio and your local radio and television stations for up-dated storm information.

"Nose News"

from The Tumbler, et al, via Pegmatite, 1/03

     After decades of dinosaur reconstructions, scientists have come to the conclusion that the noses are in the wrong place. Typically, the nostrils of dinosaurs have been placed towards the back of the nasal opening in the skull and up, a practice which is thought to have started when it was believed that sauropods (Brontosaurus-like dinosaurs) lived in water and would have had the nostrils as far up on the head as possible so the animal wouldn't have to stick its head out of water that far to breathe. After studying living creatures' nasal passages, the revised picture is that dinosaur nostrils were toward the front of the head, near the mouth.


By Jon Spunagle, President ALAA
from AFMS Newsletter, 10/03

     A fossil bill "The Paleontological Resource Preservation Act" continues to move through Congress. The Senate version S-546 was passed by unanimous consent (with only a voice vote, no actual vote count). The Act was changed somewhat from its original introduced version with some elimination of parts that were objectionable to the ALAA and amateur collectors. However, some of the objectionable language remains and new problems have been added. It will undoubtably have a negative impact on amateur hobbyists nationwide. The Senate bill passed was referred to the U.S. Houise of Representatives and sent to its Committee on Resources for consideration. The U.S. House of Rep. already has a companion bill, HR-2416 introduced a few months ago.

     From our vantage point, it would seem likely that a fossil bill of some kind will pass both houses and probably be signed into law by the President Therefore, we believe all interested hobbyists need to get a copy of the proposed legislation, review it, and write letters to their Members of the House of Representative to let them know your feelings. If you don't tell them how you feel, someone else will and that someone may not agree with your views.

     The American Lands Access Association (ALAA) is most concerned by the penalty provisions of the Senate Passed Bill, and the "Rewards Forfeiture" sections. There are Savings Provisions that prevent the Act from being applied to rock collecting and invertibrate fossil collecting, but the actual language could be improved in this area. Commercial fossil collecting will be prohibited. Also, in our view, the historical role that amateur collectors have played in the advancement of the Science of Paleontology will be severely curtailed. Only qualified professional paleotologists will be allowed to collect vertibrate fossils regardless of their scientific significance. Overall we believe this is a better bill than its predecessors but it still needs more change to lessen the impact on amateur collecting.

     Copies of the passed Senate Bill and proposed Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives are available by calling your U.S. Representatives Office and can be found on the intemet at (thomas.loc.gov) using the Bill numbers S-546 and HR-2416.

     Your letters and comments to your Congressional Representative have helped change this bill from the original "Baucus" Bill introduced in 1991 and can continue to help the final language to better recognize the contributions that amateurs make to the Science of Paleontology.

Which Gems Are Of Organic Origin?

By Patricia Roebuck

     Pearl, Coral, Amber and Jet are the four organic gems. Although they contain calcium carbonate, a mineral substance, pearls are the product of certain mullusks whose secretions allay the discomfort of an irritationcaused by disease, a parasite, or a foreign particle. The result is the "Queen of Gems" formed inside the protective mantle that surrounds the soft parts of the animal's body, within the shell.

     Coral is the accumulated skeletal material of tiny marine animals called polyps, which live in branching colonies. Extracting calcium carbonate from the water, they deposit it in their tissues and build their framework of hollow tubes, which remain after their death.

     Whereas pearl and coral are of animal origin, Amber and Jet are derived from plants. Amber is the fossil resin of ancient coniferous trees. These trees flourished during the Oligocene Epoch of the Tertiary Period - nearly 40 million years ago, and were species of pine (Pines Succinifer). Most properly speaking, amber is a fossil resin containing Succinic acid. Hundreds of species of insects and other invertibrates of the Oligocene Age are found beautifully preserved in amber, caught in the sticky sap as it dripped down the bark of trees.

     Jet is a compact black variety of lignite coal. Lignite is the lowest rank of coal, having been least changed. The best quality of Jet is velvety black. All coal has a plant ancestry, having formed from the remains of ancient vegetation. During many centuries vegetation thrived and died. Progressive changes of heat and pressure carried these plants through peat, then to lignite, which we know as jet. Jet was most popular during the Victorian Era and was mainly used as mourning jewelry.

The above information was taken from
"1001 Questions Answered About the Mineral Kingdom": by Richard M. Pearl and
"Precious Stones" by Bauer. -via The Rollin' Rock, 10/03

CFMSHistorian's Files

By Shirley Leeson, Historian

     This is a list of cabochons the CFMS owns. The original group was given by club members to the CFMS for exhibit at the American Federation's 50th Anniversary in Jackson, MS in 1997. Since then the collection has grown to its present state. It was shown recently at the CFMS/AFMS Combined Show and Convention in Ventura, CA on June 5-8, 2003

Agoura Agate, Agoura, CA
Beach Agate, Palos Verdes, CA
Black Agate, Monte Christo Mts. NV
Blue Agate, Clark Co. Southern NV
Christmas Agate, Black Rock Desert, NV
Double Springs Agate,Valley Springs area,CA
Flame Agate, NV
Fortification Agate, Mojave Desert, Southern CA
4 Horse Canyon Agate, Kern Co. CA
Lattice Agate, Viceroy Mine, Southern CA
Lavic Agate, East of Barstow, CA
Mt. Airy Blue Agate, Austin, NV
Moss Agate, Desert, CA

Barstow Jasper, Barstow, CA
Berkeley Blue Jasper, Berkeley, CA
Blood Stone Jasper, NV
Bracciated Jasper, Black Butte Reservoir, CA
Jasper/Agate, Rainbow Ridge, CA
Jasper/Agate, Southern CA
Jasper/Agate, Wiley Wells, Imperial Co. CA
Obicular Jasper, Morgan Hill, CA
2 Pink Jasper, Clark Co. Southern NV
2 Pope Creek Jasper, Napa Co. CA
Poppy Jasper, Morgan Hill, CA
Rainbow Ridge Jasper, El Paso Mts. Ridgecrest, CA
Red Jasper, Southern CA
Siam Siding Jasper, Siam Siding, South. CA
2 Stone Canyon Jasper, Stone Canyon, CA
Stone Canyon Jasper, Coalinga, CA
Stone Canyon Jasper, San Benito Co. CA

Amygdlooidal Basalt, Rose Bar, Yuba River, CA
Blue Calcite, Crestmore Quarry, CA
Chapenite, Danby Dry Lake, Amboy, CA (freeform)
Chapenite, Ft. Irwin area, CA
Chert, Marin Co. CA
Chrysocolla/Turquoise, Copper Hill, near 29 Palms, CA
Colemanite, Boron, CA
Coquina, Malibu Beach, CA
4 Howlite, Tick Canyon, CA
3 Glaucophane, Palos Verdes, CA
Graphic Granite, San Diego Co. CA

Big Sur Jade, Jade Cove, CA (large chunk)
Blue Nephrite Jade, Marin Co. CA near Petaluma
Jade, Covolo, CA (slab)
Magnetite Jade, San Bernardino, Co. CA
Nephrite Jade w/Magnetite, Stoddard Wells, Southern CA
Nephrite Jade, Jade Cove, CA

Lepidolite, Pala, CA
Magnesite, Forest Hill, CA
Marcasite, Nipoma, CA

Coulterville, CA
Jamestown, CA
Mariposa, CA

Banded, Lassen, CA
Mahogany, Davis Creek, CA
Rainbow, Davis Creek, CA
Royal Blue, Davis Creek, CA

2 Silver, Mule Canyon, Calico Mtns. CA
Silver, Yermo, CA
Silver, Stoddard Wells, CA
2 Strawberry, Strawberry Onyx Mine, CA

2 Rose, Greenhorn Mts. Kern Co. CA

Wonderstone, NV
Churchill Co. NV

Near Newhall, CA Mentone, CA
Kern Co. CA
2 Pine Grove, Amador Co. CA
Sawmill Peak, Butte Co. CA
Sherry Ann Mine, Jacumba, CA

Sagenite, Nipoma, CA (slab)

Birdseye, Fallon, NV
Chromium in Serpentine, Clear Creek, CA
Precious Serpentine, Clear Creek, CA
Verde Antique, Victorville, CA

Thulite, Oolitic Jasper, Exeter, Tulare Co. CA
Turquoise, (treated) Duval Mine, AZ

4 Antioch, CA (one in the form of a bear)
2 Petaluma, CA
Desert, CA
Mojave Desert, CA
NV Palmwood, Last Chance Canyon, CA
Bog, Ogilby Rd. Imperial Co. CA
Tempskya, Cretaceous Fern, Clark Co. Southern NV

Ulexite, Boron, CA

Barbara Goss Pettit, Petrosky Stone, MI
Charles Leach, Silver Ingot, Kellog Mine, ID

If you would like to contribute a stone to this Historical Collection, please contact

Shirley Leeson, CFMS Historian,
shirleyleeson@email.msn.com or

Earth Sciences

By Cal Clason

     Another successful two week sojourn at Camp Paradise, with approximately 120 very dedicated participants. Learning new skills, refreshing acquired ones, and producing a beautiful array of finished products. As Wayne Mills once described them "Over Achievers". I would have to agree with his comment. We, as usual, have the Camp reserved for the two weeks immediately following Labor Day for those of you who need to make long range plans.

     April 11-18, 2004 are the dates for Zzyzx and again I would recommend early reservations to ensure availability of openings. As in the past we will limit attendance to 60 people. Most of the planning is done so the staff is now engaged in keeping it all together. We will again have soft stone sculpture, Lapidary classes, wire art, bead stringing and the ever popular silver fabrication class; and an array of Field Trips to some prime collecting areas. Sites that have been productive in the past may be revisited and new sites investigated. Francis Pedneau will again lead all the Field Trips. The Desert Studies Center (Zzyzx) is a part of the Park System, under the Bureau of Land Management and operated by a Consortium of State Universities. So we have many rules and regulations to adhere to, the main ones being food storage and preparation, NO PETS ALLOWED, and No Collecting within the preserve.

     The facility is located about 5 miles West of Baker on I-15 and 4 miles South of the Freeway on a washboard gravel road. The accommodations are rustic to say the least; but with toilet and bathroom facilities in a central area. We will again have a Silent Auction/Sellarama early in the week and possibly one or two other evening programs. We have maintained the cost at a very reasonable $220.00 per person with accommodations, food, and access to all classes included. Plenty of Dry Camping for motor-homes, trailers and tents.

     Our endeavor to start a new Seminar at Big Pine is progressing with the help and input of many people, the initial budget indicates a fee of $200.00 per person. The dates are August 1-8, 2004. The committee has recommended that this Seminar emphasize areas that would be of interest to and performable by children ages 8 - 18. With areas enjoyable by Adults, in that we will require adult supervision when classes are not in session; and have hopes that the adults will volunteer to assist the instructors during class. Some of the things we contemplate offering are: Lapidary, basic wire art, soft stone sculpture, bead stringing and baroque jewelry making, constructing rock critters, and painting rocks with acrylic paints. The preliminary applications should be available in December 2003


By Jean Chisholm in - "Together" Magazine,
via The - "Pegmatite ", 10/03


When Oysters are annoyed by grit,
They lift their lids a little bit,
Admit the grit, then calmly sit
And start to make a pearl of it.
This seems to me quite ample proof
It pays sometimes to raise the roofl

Our Annual CFMS Show

By Elizbeth Provost, member of Mother Lode Mineral Society


Our annual CFMS show
is coming soon - so you should go!
There's rocks and gems and minerals too.
bright jewelry, prizes, all for you.
Three days in May, 2004
In Mariposa, we'll have more
Than you could ever hope to see.
Y'all come, enjoy the revelry.