Vol. XXXXII, No. 6 --- June 2005

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
From the Editors Desk
Let the Show Begin
Calling All Exhibitors
A Suggestion
Juniors Activities
Museum Corner
Certificates of Insurance
History of the CFMS
CFMS Scholarship Report
Auto Safety
CFMS Field Trip
Earth Sciences Studies
Education Through Sharing
Bylaws & Operating Regulations
Example Letter

Prez Message

By Marion Roberts, CFMS President

CFMS President

I'm sitting here the first of May just day's away waiting for the June Newsletter and realizing that my year is half gone already. This first half has been a very full one for me as I started with the Mother Lode Show in March, a breakfast meeting with the Faceters Guild, and a breakfast meeting with the Ye Old Timers Mineral Club. Then the Calaveras Show in late March with a Ye Old Timers breakfast, then the Zzyzx Earth Science Studies program in early April, which by the way was another great week and 43 extra participants for the 20th Year. Saturday was the open house, "Great Job Cal."

This week Snyder's Pow Wow in Valley Springs, with a Co-op Field Trip Association meeting and a Ye Old Timers Potluck dinner and Auction. Now I'm preparing for the show and meeting in Roseville, "remember June 10,11, & 12, 2005" I hope many of you made preparations and plan to attend because we all need to help each other in all of our shows and survival endeavors.

I read in AFMS Newsletter that we have reached the half way mark overall to raising the necessary unrestricted funds to cover all of the Scholarships, which is part of what we are all about. My heart felt thank you and appreciation to all of those who have contributed and sincerely hope the rest of you will see fit to come on board with us. Remember to note on the check that this goes to the unrestricted fund and send it to Montella Lopes, who is our AFMS Endowment fund Representative.

My hat is off to all of the committees sending reports to the Editor, and to the Editor for his efforts as well.

The attendance of your Directors at the Meeting is important. If you are not there, we are not in business. I would dance to see a 100% participation. MAKE ME DANCE!!!

From The Editor's Desk

By Dick Pankey, Editor


The theme and focus of my "From The Editor's Desk" column is communication: Why. Ways to foster it. Who is responsible for it. What is needed. And the like. To restate - communication is a give and take process, an exchange of ideas and information.

Each month, through the efforts of the officers and committees, there is a lot of information printed in the CFMS Newsletter that need to get to the members of our clubs and societies. The purpose of the CFMS Newsletter is to convey information about the CFMS, the reports of the actions of the committees, announcements, to provide forms, inform about legislative action, and much, much more.

Your club newsletter is a great way to forward this information and many bulletin editors do reprint selected articles. That's good, but only a few articles get to the members. Others condense or shorten the articles. And others just print the highlights and the key, important sections. Both of these are good because now your members know enough to ask questions for all of the details. Likewise, don't forget all the great articles and information in the AFMS Newsletter.

We are counting on you, the bulletin editors to play a key and vital role with communication between the members and the CFMS. I also, encourage articles from our members or bulletin editors. If one of your members writes an article of general interest that affects the Federation and its members, please send it to me. We want to hear from the members,.too.

Another key player with communication is the Federation Director. Your Federation Direction is the interface, the liaison between your club and the Federation. There is more to being a Federation Director than getting a copy of the CFMS Newsletter. One of your major responsibilities is to attend the upcoming Directors' meeting on Saturday, June 11th during the RRR-CFMS Show in Roseville. It is at the Directors' Meeting were a director truly represents their club by listening to the reports, discussing and voting on the proposals and actions that come before the Federation. Experiencing and participating, first hand in the functioning of our Federation. If you are not there you are cannot represent your club, you are not doing your job. Let's see if we can make Marion dance with a 100% attendance.

Always check out the last few pages of the Newsletter. This is where we publish forms, manual updates, etc. Make sure you checkout the registration form for Camp Paradise and the Future Rockhound of America Application. This month we have an example letter to use in writing your Congressman about Senate Bill S-263, Paleontological Resources Preservation Act

ATTENTION Officers and Committee Chairs

By Pat LaRue

Reports for the Directors' Meeting were due May 30. If you missed this deadline, chairmen should bring 100 copies of their report to the Directors Meeting. Don't forget: Banquet reservations, camping or motel reservations, and Show pre-reservations. Invite and encourage your members to attend, also.


By Gloria Tomczyk, 2005 Show Chair

Eighteen months after the Roseville Rock Rollers initial inquiry about hosting the Federation show, D-DAY is upon us. Opening day, June 10th is only days away, and I sincerely hope that all of you reading this will be part of this fantastic show.

DIRECTORS: The Directors meeting will not be held on the fairgrounds. By now you should have received the agenda in the mail notifying you of the location. If you missed that bit of info here it is again. The meeting will be held at the Woodcreek Golf Course Legends banquet room. This is a much nicer facility with food service on site, however they cannot accommodate food for all 75+ of us during lunch. There are other food sources in the surrounding area, along with food service at the fairgrounds that may be quicker. If you would like a map to Woodcreek Golf Course, please go to our website: www.rockrollers.com and look up "maps."

BANQUET: For those you receiving this newsletter early, we have extended the banquet registration deadline. We will be accepting reservations for the awards banquet until June 3. If you plan on attending, or know someone that would like to attend, but are late in submitting payment and registration form, please email Terry Yoschak at: rockrollers@hotmail.com. Please let her know that you will be sending in your payment right away, and we can take care of you.

FIELD TRIPS: We will be offering field trips on Saturday and Sunday to the "Original 16-1" working underground gold mine. Please call Jim Barton for reservations at: 916-773-0458. Also on Saturday, another field trip to "Sierra College Natural History Museum." The website has further information.

Directors please pass this information onto your club members, as they may not know all the details about this enormous show. Be sure to check out our website for further information/updates/maps at: www.rockrollers.com

I hope to see all of you there with your club vests on, enjoying your stay, finding treasures that make you happy (our silent auction will have some really spectacular items) talking to folks you may not have seen ages, and just plain ole having a darn good time! ! ! !

Calling All Exhibitors

By Dee Holland, Chair - Rules Committee

On Sunday, June 12, 2005 at a time and location to be announced at the show, there will be an informal meeting of the CFMS Rules Committee and interested exhibitors, both competitive and non-competitive. At that time we would like to suggest you consider becoming a clerk or a learning judge in your respective areas of expertise. The ranks of judges and clerks are becoming lean and we'd like to see new faces emerging. That said, unless there is an outpouring of competitive exhibitors, perhaps this suggestion will become moot. If you'd like to speak to this subject, we're all ears, and await your thoughts. Competitive exhibiting has been going downward for many years. Is it too late to resuscitate it? If you would like to offer suggestions, we're listening.

We have suggested this year that non-competitive exhibitors who would like their exhibit evaluated, contact the CFMS Rules Committee and we will have someone go over your case with you and offer suggestions.

Just think how far exhibiting has come. It started out with people putting their exhibits on a blanket on a table, and standing behind it and talking to the public. It has risen to great heights over the years, not without some controversy, but think where gem and mineral shows would be without the "gems and minerals, and other items of interest" exhibited. Everyone has benefited from competitive exhibits because they have set the standard.

A suggestion To Help Encourage Exhibitors

By Dick Friesen, Rules Committee

I suspect that most of us that exhibit regularly at club shows started in a similar way. We were encouraged by a club member to put a case into our local club show, perhaps several times, until we gave in and entered a case and that was as far as our thoughts went about future shows. It wasn't until our first invitation to exhibit at some other club's show that it really occurred to us that our case was interesting and other clubs wanted to see it. From that point exhibiting seems to take on a life of its own.

While there isn't much we can do to start new exhibitors in other clubs, other than encouraging them to do so when we have the opportunity. There is something we can do to help them move beyond their local show.

I would suggest that when a Club Exhibitor Chairman goes to another club's show looking for exhibits that they contact that club's Exhibitor Chairman and inquire about any first time exhibitors or members who have only shown there. Take some extra time to evaluate those cases to see if they would be a case to invite to your show.

Try to look beyond the case itself, remember it is their first time. Does the exhibit show potential for growth, can you offer any suggestions for improving it (without hurting their feeling, remember it a first timer). Be ready to offer information about how to get to your show, parking, camping, or hotel rooms. There is a good chance they have never been to your show.

Unfortunately the number of people entering competition seems to be declining and I think that a major contributing factor is a lack of new exhibitors. I know some people go directly onto competition, but I think it is more common to start with exhibiting and then move on to completion. Encouraging exhibitors to exhibit at shows other than their own is one of the most important things we can do to increase the number of exhibits and competition at our shows.

Having Fun - Juniors Activities
Spread the Word on the AFMS FRA Badge Program!

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Activities Chair

I've been very pleased to award several AFMS Future Rockhounds of America merit badges this spring to kids in a number of clubs. Some clubs have made the badge program a centerpiece of their youth activities for 2005. For instance, the Woodland Hills Rock Chippers have crafted a year-long schedule, all laid out on a spreadsheet, with merit badge activities incorporated as part of their monthly program, homework assignments, weekend field trips, and their annual show. They've done a truly superb job of planning their kids' program and are to be congratulated and emulated!

Across the U.S., approximately 30 clubs and societies are finding good ways to utilize the badge program to enhance their efforts to involve kids in the hobby. Some clubs, such as the Flatirons Mineral Club in Colorado, have also found that the badge program is getting adult club members more involved by volunteering to guide kids through workshop safety and the basics of crafting their first cabochons.

However, only a handful of those 30 clubs currently using the AFMS FRA Merit Badge Program are located here in our own California Federation. I encourage all who read the CFMS Newsletter to spread the word to sign up more societies. My goal is to have at least 50 clubs nationwide using the merit badge program by year's end. Let's see if we can have a good number of those 50 right here in our own Federation! Along with this article, I'm including the sign-up sheet that describes the merit badge program and makes it easy for you to sign up your club. (Or you can simply call or email me - 805/659-3577, jbraceth@adelphia.net.) Let's all utilize this program to further efforts to help our kids learn the science and craft of our hobby while-as always-having fun! (Ed. Note: See form in the back of this issue and on the CFMS web page.)

Museum Corner

By Debbie Bunn, Chair, Museum Committee

Some of you coming up to the CFMS show in Roseville this June, may want to take a side trip to the nearby Napa Valley wineries. If you do, plan to spend a couple of hours at the Calistoga Petrified Forest. This private park/museum is located at the far end of the valley, just past the tourist town of Calistoga. This is a pleasant, shaded area for a picnic lunch (or a place to "sober up" after visiting those wineries).

The .4-mile trail is mostly paved or compacted dirt. Only the last .1 of a mile has any elevation gain worth mentioning. Guided tours are offered periodically, or you can take the self-guided trail that includes information about present day vegetation as well as eleven stops to show off the petrified wood in situ.

Most of the petrified trees are redwood. There is some pine, too. Most of the redwoods were over 2000 years old when they were buried 3 million years ago. The longest tree excavated is 105 feet in length and 6 feet in diameter. As you walk along the path, watch for unmarked chunks of wood--but remember--no collecting!

There is a very nice little museum and gift shop. The gift shop has a little bit of everything. Local wood, polished wood from around the world, T-shirts, books, ice cream, chips, film, etc.

The Petrified Forest is open daily 9-6. Winter 9-5. 4100 Petrified Forest Road. Calistoga, Ca. 94515, #707-942-6667, www.petrifiedforest.org

What could be more perfect than an afternoon at the Calistoga Petrified Forest? Wine, and petrified wood. It doesn't get any better than that.

What are Certificates of Insurance?

By Fred Ott, Insurance Chairperson

On occasion, McDaniel Insurance Services, Inc. (the Federation's insurance agent/broker) receives a request from a club member asking for a "copy of the Federation's insurance policy" so that it can be given to someone else (such a fairgrounds organization or owner of property which is being used by that club) as "proof" of coverage.

There are two very important things to understand about the Federation's policy: 1) the "original" insurance policy is provided annually to the Federation; individual clubs do not receive a policy, just a "certificate of insurance". To provide copies of the complete policy to each club would add a very significant copying cost to each club that would be unnecessary. Also, 2) having a copy of the policy doesn't "prove" that the policy is "in force"; it merely shows that the policy was originally issued to the Federation effective the annual renewal of October 16th.

Instead, a Certificate of Insurance is issued by the insurance company through McDaniel Insurance Services, Inc. to your club (as the "requestor") as well as to the "third party" (fairgrounds, property owner, etc.); this is a legal document "proving" the existence of an "in-force" policy. It's a very simple process; just go to www.cfmsinc.org and access the Federation Insurance site and follow the instructions. The instructions will guide you through the process and provide you with the information needed to determine if there will be any additional premium needed for the certificate of insurance that you desire.

Should you have any questions, please contact McDaniel Insurance Services, Inc. at (805) 646-9948 or mcins@west.net.

Some Random Thoughts about the History of the CFMS

By Shirley Leeson, Historian

This year will be the 69th year of our existence. In 1986 we had a 50th anniversary bash along with our convention and show. It was a real celebration with many Past Presidents helping in the festivities.

Next year will be our 70th anniversary. This is a real milestone and should be celebrated in like manner (before many of us use up our senior citizen status). Let's talk about what we should do for this event at our Friday evening Cracker Barrel Meeting and be ready to appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to follow thru. This is something we should take on and not expect the host society to add it to their many duties.

About the Board of Directors•   Each club sends a club member to represent them at the Convention and Fall Business Meeting. Has your club been represented lately? If not, your club is missing out on helping with solutions and may be part of the problem. When the Federation was formed in 1936 there were six charter clubs. We were our strongest the 70's and 80's. Since then there has been a steady decline in clubs and in the clubs membership. Healthy clubs are those who participate in all activities, including CFMS business. "The Purpose of the Federation is to do together what we cannot do in small groups. The clubs and members ARE the Federation and its progress depends upon their efforts and mutual assistance." This is the last paragraph on page "i" of the CFMS Officers and Chairmen's Manual. It is an appropriate today as it was years ago when it was written.

Wouldn't it be lovely to have a representative from every CFMS club at the Director's meeting on Saturday, June 11th? It would be worthy of pictures for the Historian's Album!

CFMS Scholarship Report

By Isabella Burns, Chair, CFMS Scholarship Committee

As honoree for the AFMS Scholarship in 2004, I was very proud when I received this email from my scholarship recipient, Ariel Auffant.

I'm glad to hear from you. My plans are to move to Houston, TX this June. I was offered and accepted a position with Chevron Texaco as a geologist.

I would like to thank you and the AFMS for helping me financially. I took 6 months off from work to complete my thesis, and I'll be graduating this June. The AFMS helped in Making this possible. Hopefully, the AFMS can help someone else with that money, especially someone at CSUB. CSBU have great geology students that usually have to work to help pay for their tuition, and I'll bet that they could use the money well.

You can contact Elizabeth Powers (epowers@csub.edu), and she'll post all the information for the students. If you want to know more about our department follow this link: www.csubak.edu/Geology/

Again thank you for all your help.
Sincerely, Ariel Auffant"

This made me very proud. If you attended last years CFMS Awards Banquet, you saw Ariel and heard his explanation about learning more about oil and how to find it.

Now I would like to encourage you to attend this year's award banquet to see our Scholarship Honorees and their grant recipients.

Our 2005 honorees are:

Robert Fulton, College Coordinator at Zzyzx - If you have been to Zzyzx you know Rob.
Peggy Ronning, California State Mining and Mineral Museum-You know her from last years show.
Debbie and Mark Wartenberg, Youth Activity Coordinator at Santa Clara Valley Club
Come to the banquets and congratulate these people who our societies.

Part 2 - Auto Safety

By Chuck McKie, Safety Chairman

Gasoline should be stored in tightly capped and labeled safety cans that have flame arresters and pressure-relief valves - never in glass or plastic jugs. If you must siphon gasoline, use a hand-operated pump - not your mouth. Never store gasoline in the trunk of your car. The vapors can ignite and cause an explosion. Or, a rear end collision that could otherwise be minor could result in a tragedy.

If your car has a catalytic converter, don't drive through or park in areas of dry grass. The intense heat generated by catalytic converters can ignite these grasses. Unless you are tuning your car, never run your car with the carburetor air-cleaner removed. The air-cleaner device functions as a flame arrestor in the event the engine backfires. If it is not in place, a backfire can easily ignite spilled gasoline or oil on the engine surfaces. Never discard smoking materials out the window. Use your ashtray. Carry and maintain an approved fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it. Driving Excellence The following are the "Five P's" or basic principles for effective driving: Perception - Perceive the complete picture of what is ahead by rotating your eyes 180 degrees, looking to the horizon and scanning from side to side. That way you will see what is developing before it becomes a problem.

Planning - Go through various driving situations in your mind and think through "escape route" options to prepare yourself beforehand for unexpected hazards. Prevention - Practice defensive driving and be ready to adjust to the other person's mistakes. Give yourself time to react so that you can remove yourself from another driver's folly. Publicity - Broadcast your driving intentions early enough so that other drivers have time to react to you. Make eye contact when possible. Avoid sudden movements and be as visible as the situation requires by using turn signals. Proper - Proper attitude is very important in safe driving. Many collisions are caused by bad decisions influenced by anger, speed and frustration. When emotions run high, recognize and neutralize any tendency to forego safe driving practices.

Driving at Night While only about one-third of all traffic-related incidents occur at night, more than half of the fatalities stem from night-time driving . In fact, based on miles driven, there are two and a half times more fatalities at night than during the day. This is because less light is available and vision is restricted. Night vision varies considerably among people. Older people generally cannot see well in the dark and eyestrain can substantially reduce night vision. Bright light, such as lightning or high-beam headlights, can cause temporary blindness at night. Headlights on low beam illuminate the roadside for about 150 feet. On high beam, visibility will be 350 to 400 feet. At 55 miles per hour, it takes 4.5 seconds to cover 350 feet. For night driving, control speed so that your stopping range is within headlight range. To improve your visibility and the ability of others to see you, do the following: Turn your headlights on at dusk, and leave them on until full daylight. Keep your headlights clean and properly aimed Replace burned-out headlights immediately Dim your high beams within 500 feet of an approaching vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle in front of you Never stare into the high beams of another car; guide your vehicle by watching the right edge of the road Do not flick your high beams up and down to remind another driver to dim his brights - it can blind him temporarily Never use high beams when going into a curve.

Keep your windshield clean, inside and out. Keep your instrument panels dim. Keep your eyes moving; avoid focusing on any one object Keep a bottle of windshield or glass cleaner in the cab for mirrors and interior windshields Keep your windows clean. Wiping the blades with club soda or carbonated water will significantly reduce streaking. If the washing solution under your hood does not leave the glass clean after 10 wiper cycles, replace the blades and/or use a stronger concentration of washing fluid. Between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., be particularly alert for drunk or drowsy drivers. If you notice another car with erratic speeds, weaving across lanes, or delayed starts at intersections, use extreme care in passing.

Driving in Bad Weather Bad weather affects your ability to control your vehicle. Stopping on wet pavement takes approximately twice the distance as stopping on dry pavement. On ice or sleet, it takes you five times the distance to stop. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you in any kind of weather. About six times more people are killed on wet roads than on snowy and icy roads combined, and when it starts to rain; the roads are the most slippery. When the road is wet, your vehicle "hydroplanes" - the front tires literally lift so that the vehicle is riding on a film of water rather than the actual pavement. Hydroplaning begins at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour if the tires are worn.

Do the following when driving on wet roads: Keep your mirrors cleared of water. Avoid sudden braking and sudden moves of the steering wheel. If you are about to go through a large standing pool of water, slow down and turn on your wipers before you hit the water. As you leave the water, tap the brake lightly a few times to dry it out. If the car pulls to one side, pump the brake slowly and smoothly to dry the brake out. If you begin to hydroplane, hold the wheel steady, take your foot from the accelerator and gently pump the brake. If you turn the wheel from side to side to try and get down through the water, or if you jam on the brake, you probably will skid.

When visibility is poor, such as in dust storms, do the following: Slow down but avoid decelerating suddenly. Watch the road ahead and behind carefully for other cars that are traveling slowly. Turn on your lights, regardless of the time of day, and use your wipers. Never use the high beam on your headlights. The reflection of the beams from the dust will actually reduce your visibility. Even if the lights do not improve your own visibility (as in daylight), they will make it possible for other motorists to see you better. If you need to slow down, tap your brake pedal several times so that the flash of your brake lights will warn motorists behind you.

Animals in the Road If you encounter an animal running into the road, do the following: Gauge your reaction by the size of the animal and your vehicle speed. Try to avoid the animal by slowing or swerving, but remember that it is better to hit a small animal (dog, cat, rabbit) than to risk losing control of the vehicle. Hitting a large animal (horse, deer, cow) will have an impact equal to hitting another vehicle. Remove your foot from the accelerator, steer the vehicle in the opposite direction from the one in which the animal is running and be prepared for the animal to stop suddenly. Do not jam on the brake. Keep all steering wheel and brake motions smooth. Be alert for children who may run after the animal.

Tire Blowout Front tire blowouts are most dangerous, because loss of a front tire dangerously interferes with the steering of the car. You may hear an explosive boom, and the vehicle will veer suddenly to the side of the blown-out tire. To regain control, follow these steps: Take your foot off the accelerator, giving the car a chance to slow down. Hold the steering wheel firmly with both hands - expect it to be difficult to steer. When you have gained control of the steering, put on the brake slowly; avoid locking the wheels. Come to a gradual and complete stop, if you can, off of the roadway so that you can change the tire safely.

Brake Failure In case of brake failure, do the following: Attempt to slow the vehicle, both manual and automatic, by downshifting Then gently apply your parking brake. You cannot pump an emergency brake. Remember that this is a cable brake. The rear wheels may lock if you apply too much force and the vehicle will probably pull to one side. Pump the brake pedal rapidly. It may build up pressure in the brake lines and restore some braking force. If you have to collide with something, choose an impact-absorbing object, such as a clump of shrubs or a chain-link fence. Avoid head-on collisions - sideswipe whatever you hit. At slow speeds, simply turn off the engine and let the vehicle coast to a stop.

Vehicle Crashes Unfortunately, vehicle crashes occur. Most often citizens will be at the scene of the crash before fire units are there and it is important that they know what to do correctly or, in some cases, what not to do. Be sure that someone has called 9-1-1.

Is the scene itself life-threatening? For example, a car hits a tanker that is now leaking an unknown substance. Since you are dealing with an unknown, the patient should immediately be removed a safe distance from the leak regardless of his condition. As best as possible, however, immobilize the patient's head and neck during movement.

If the scene is not immediately life-threatening, assess the patient's condition and manage critical situations first.

Does the patient have a clear airway? Is the patient breathing? Is there excessive bleeding? If you know CPR, and the patient needs it, administer it immediately. If there is excessive bleeding anywhere, apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry, clean cloth. If there is no immediate danger to the patient and he doesn't need any management of the ABC's, do nothing. Keep the patient as he is in the vehicle until fire units can get on the scene. There may be cervical spine damage of which you are unaware and movement by the patient could only make it worse. Many times, people who have just been in a car crash will want to jump out of the car and move about. But as best as you are able, keep them still.

The scene can be a combination of environmental hazards such as downed electrical wires, unknown substance leakage, gasoline spills, fire, etc. If you are on the scene before law enforcement officers or fire units, be aware of such dangers. Often, spilled gasoline is present. Allow no smoking. Turn all vehicle ignitions off. If the car is on fire and firefighting personnel have not yet arrived, decide if you can remove the passengers quickly enough or whether you should fight the fire. If the passengers are not trapped, move them first. If they cannot be extricated quickly, deal with the fire. The main cause of most vehicle fires after a crash is from a ruptured fuel tank or fuel lines that have been ignited by internal or external sources. The most common ignition point, however, is under the hood, which rarely presents a serious hazard to vehicle occupants unless combustion is enhanced by gasoline. Most under hood fires will not spread unless fueled by an external source. Once emergency units do arrive, tell them what you know and then get out of their way. They are trained professionals and know what to do from that point. (From Phoenix Arizona safety info)

CFMS Field Trip to Afton Canyon Report

By Bob Fitzpatrick,Field Trip Chair South

Just returned home from the Cady Mountains and Afton Canyon areas. I want to thank the 83 CFMS rock hound members who showed up for this field trip and signed the CFMS consent and assumption of risk waiver of liability forms.

Day 1, Friday, April 29th The weather was nice when I arrived at the campsite area at 8:30 a.m. First I put the CFMS signs up on Basin Road as I got off the freeway to help everyone find their way to the campsite. At 1:00 p.m. we had a large group and as planned we headed out for an afternoon field trip to do some serious rockhounding. We had 14 vehicles in a caravan and found the 4X4 trail that we had to take was in really bad shape. Most of the way the road had really soft sand or large rocks in it due to all the rain we had during the first part of the year. Our first stop was for collecting gem marble and agate on the flats nearby. After that we drove to the blue agate and gem hill area where we all had a good time climbing the hills and collecting calcite rhombs (they look like ice cubes), chalcedony, agate, jasper, small amygdules, (some will have sagenite sprays in them), blue agate and much more. By 4:30 p.m. it was time to make the drive back to camp where everyone pitched in and got things ready for the campfire that evening. We had a lot of fun telling stories and visiting with everyone. I want to thank all of those who brought wood for our campfire.

Day 2, Saturday, April 30th The schedule was to leave at 8:00 a.m. sharp to go the collecting site. We all lined up in a caravan; rides were found for the ones that didn't have 4-wheel drive vehicles. People were still showing up late because there had been an accident on the freeway, so while we were waiting we took group pictures. By the time we left at 8:30 a.m. we had 23 SUV's and pick-ups lined up. While heading to the fluorite mine (about a 30 minute drive) we had one 2-wheel drive pick-up get stuck in the soft sand (everyone had been told "4 wheel drive" vehicles only). At the fluorite mine, Adam Dean gave a talk on what we would be looking for; he also had some nice pictures of sagenite that he had found in the Cady Mountains. We walked up the canyon and everyone was shown where and how to find the emerald green fluorite. Some nice specimens of the green fluorite were collected and some good multicolored jas-agate, opalite, onyx, calcite rhombs along with other gemmy items were found. At 12:00 noon we traveled about 2 miles up the main canyon to one of Adam's secret collecting area for sagenite sprays in larger amygdules. We searched here for a couple of hours and everyone found some nice gemmy material then we drove down the canyon a few miles to collect on the open flats. A Mojave rattlesnake was spotted and some nice pictures were taken of it. Around 4:00 p.m. we headed back to camp to get ready for our potluck dinner. At 6:00 everything was ready and all the food was on the tables where Bob Bryne said grace before we ate. After dinner we sat around the fire and told jokes and stories.

Thomas Hess and his lovely wife Kim and little girl, Autumn, arrived Saturday afternoon to collect with us and camp out. Thomas showed everyone some of the gemmy tourmaline and other pegmatite gems he had collected over the last few years at some of the well-known mines in San Diego County. Thomas is the founder and leader of the Die Hard Rockhounds (a large group of rockhounds that are out rockhounding almost every weekend); he is also a member of the CFMS.

Day 3, Sunday, May 1st My good friend Adam Dean who is a member of the OBMS Club and knows the Cady mountains better then any of us, took us to another one of his secret areas to collect. More new people showed up to join us and at 8:00 a.m. we were on our way. We all had another great day collecting amygdules nodules, (they're shaped like large potatoes with a dull iron stain that cover the exteriors also most have plume or sagenite sprays in them), and other gemmy items were collected too. About 2:00 we headed back to camp to pack up to head for our homes.

During the three days of our field trip the weather couldn't have been better, I could write 100 pages about this field trip telling you all the great things we did and saw; it was one of the best trips I've ever been on. If you missed it, you missed a great time! There is some CFMS members I want to thank for helping me make this field trip and camp over a great success, Ken Barron, Adam Dean, Teresa Felix, Bob Bryne, Jay Valle, Jean Wise, Kathy Eschbach, Pamela Birge, and everyone who brought all that great food to the potluck. Again, thank to all of you.

Earth Sciences Studies

By Cal Clason, Chair - Earth Science Studies

First off, my sincerest apologies for not having the registration forms for Camp Paradise in the May issue of the Newsletter as I had previously stated; but things happen. In this case probably a lack of communication between Jack Williams and me. We had them ready and both assumed that the other would forward them to Dick Pankey, neither of us did although we had a reminder from Dick of the upcoming deadline. Neither of us took it upon ourselves to take action. So it was not included; but was posted on the web page. It will be found elsewhere in this edition. I take full responsibility for the oversight and again offer my most sincere apologies if it in anyway inconvenienced you; with that being said I again urge everyone who receives the bulletin to share all the information with your club members. Good communications are instrumental in the successful operation of any joint endeavor. In case I led someone astray, the correct dates for Camp Paradise are Sept. 11-17 and Sept. 18-24, 2005.

For those of you who need the lead-time to make arrangements, our Spring Seminar for 2006 will be held at Zzyzx March 19 - 26. As always we urge registration as early as possible to ensure a reservation. Although the initial preparations are presently being done, not much will be forthcoming until the Seminar at Camp Paradise is history.

As the dates for Camp Paradise draw nearer Jack Williams and I will be sharing the available information with you via the CFMS Newsletter and Web Page.

I am very happy to report that we had a most successful outing at Zzyzx. We were privileged to provide an enjoyable week with 65 registered, (with no cancellations), 2-day students, and 16 instructors and staff. From the preponderance of comments it was a very enjoyable week. The field trips were extremely well accepted and attended. Our Open House on Saturday saw 46 more arrive to partake of the camaraderie that is always prevalent and enjoy the barbecue that was available. Marion Roberts and Eric Lindeman (our chef/caterer) did an outstanding job with the steaks and Tom Burchard prepared the chicken, all of it was excellent. I was very pleased to greet some of the folks who in years gone by attended and worked to make the Earth Sciences the success that it has become over the past twenty years. Thanks for your help.

Can't think of any other pertinent information at the present time; but will try to keep you informed.

Education Through Sharing Nominees

By Loretta Ogden, Chair, Education Through Sharing

I thank all of you who sent in nominations and hope to hear from the rest of the clubs before the end of the year. See you all at Roseville.

De and Mary Sharp
The South Bay Lapidary and Mineral Society of Torrance, Ca. nominates De and Mary Sharp for the "Education Through Sharing award." The Sharps joined the South Bay Club in July 1976. Over the years De has been field trip chairman many times, show chairman and many other positions. De is best known for his excellent demonstrations of sphere making. During the show, he sits for hour after hour explaining to one and all how spheres are made. He has the patience of Job. Mary took over the position of Editor of our paper in 1994. She has done an excellent job. The Agatizer is always on time, and contains all the necessary information that the members need. Mary has held many other positions as well, including kitchen chairman, and refreshment chairman. She is always ready to help anyway she can. The Sharps are a real asset to the club.
Submitted by: Omer C. Goeden, Federation Director

Mike Reason
Yucaipa Valley Gem and Mineral Society nominates Mike Reason for the "Education Through Sharing award." Mike Reason has been an invaluable and active member of our Society for 6 years. He willingly promotes the goals of the Society and CFMS and participates in the Society's activities. He has served as President, Vice President, Field Trip Chairman, program speaker at several meetings, and committee member for the yearly show. Mike singularly took it upon himself to create the Society's web page and now administers it. He wanted to promote our club using the web as a means to give a wide audience access to our activities. As a professional geologist, Mike has been a tremendous help to other members in identifying rocks and minerals and explaining the geologic formations and processes encountered in the local area and on field trips. Mike is truly deserving of recognition.
Submitted by: Judy Christopher, President

(News Releases)
Bylaws & Operating Regulations

By Stephen Blocksage Publicity/Public Relations Committee:

The Public Relations Committee was established in 11/92 to add to the stature and public image of the CFMS. The committee shall: (Revised 6/96)

  1. Encourage interest in our hobby
  2. Encourage club participation in community activity and service
  3. Assist clubs with articles for newspapers and magazines and information for public broadcast
  4. Furnish clubs with publicity releases whenever possible
  5. Assist clubs in having their events listed and reported in all news media
  6. Submit articles to magazines and newspapers about Federation events
  7. Aid CFMS committees in publicizing their work
  8. Assume responsibility for coordinating publicity media workshops.
  9. Serve as a member of the AFMS Public Relations Committee

The publicity portion of the title was added 4 years ago recognizing the work the committee was asked to do and the need to provide and improve publicity on several levels.

Since we are charged with aiding clubs with publicity news releases I have provided some format and content information. Microsoft word has a sample news release for general use. I suggest that for work with larger newspapers that your club have or establish a logo and use it as part of your heading. You may also use the CFMS logo as part of your heading. Like enjoying a good meal presentation is as important as the content. Newspapers are looking for information on events that the public would be interested in their service area, especially if they have an exclusive over TV and Radio. The net has additional news release formats for download use them they make life simple, www.Xpresspress.com, www.getthewordout.com, www.fortworthgazette.com, etc.

Here is cut a paste able CFMS logo you can use. Unfortunately Word is not sophisticated enough to pickup the shading and only sees it as two colors but it gets the job done. You will need to contact the newspaper as to how they want the news release either via fax of over the web. While I'm no expert on journalism in fact almost failed English in high school I can supply the basics for the news release.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What are you?
  3. What's important to the public?
  4. Why?
  5. When?
  6. Where?
  7. How?"

Establish the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. Newspapers are generally going to devote several paragraphs with a title on page 10 of the local section to such an article. However if item 3 is very important then you may want to write the article yourself if you feel qualified you never know then where the article will be used in the paper or if you will get reporter coverage. A picture or two won't hurt either since papers are often short of reporters or are looking for finished articles with good photography as long as they have an exclusive. You will want each paper to know if you have sent releases to other papers with complete or partial coverage of your area, this may guarantee reporter coverage. Refer also to the online publicity manual from this committee at www.cfmsinc.org manuals section, publicity for additional information on news releases.

Example letter to oppose Senate Bill S-263, Paleontological Resources Preservation Act.

(Ed. Note: Here is a very easy, no "brainer" way to inform your representative about how you feel about this bill and how it affects us. With a little modification to personalize it and make it your own , it will be ready to send. Do it today, or at least do it soon. This letter was written by David J. Panaro, Moorpark, CA)


March 30, 2005
Honorable (Your Representitive)
United States House of Representatives

Dear Congressman XXXXXX:

As one of your most loyal and long-time supporters, and a resident of Congressional District Number 24 of California, I am writing to ask for your help to defeat Senate Bill S-263, a supposed Paleontological Resources Preservation Act. It has already passed through committee without amendment for action on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

As a Registered Geologist and amateur gem and mineral collector, I can attest that S-263 is a very bad piece of legislation, and I ask that you do what you can to block passage of this Bill by a no vote or any other means available to you. There are many good reasons why this poorly conceived legislation is a detriment to this country and it's citizens, and they boil down to this:

  1. This bill masquerades as protecting fossils and academic inquiry. IT DOES NOT. To the contrary, it inhibits knowledge and inquiry. The majority of what is known about fossils has been gathered by commercial and amateur collectors, and most museum collections are the result of non-commercial or amateur finds.
  2. The Secretary of the Interior asked that academic, amateur and commercial fossil collectors be consulted in the preparation of potential legislation regarding fossil resources on public lands. To my knowledge, the commercial collectors were not consulted, input from amateurs was not solicited, and there was never an opportunity for any to testify.
  3. This legislation is the product of a few academics alone, in concert with a small group of managers from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service. Such collegiate and government personnel have, through aggressive tactics pushed their own skewed agenda. An agenda that is not good for the true science of paleontology, and would be a tragic mistake if enacted.
  4. This Bill (S-263) must be stopped, or at the very least scrapped, as it serves neither the resource nor the public. I believe I can speak for all amateur collectors, and ask that our rights as citizens not be infringed upon, nor should we live under the fear of being arrested simply because we picked up a bone, shell, or fossil of some sort.

    Please do what you can to shut down and eliminate Senate Bill 263.

    Best regards,
    (Your Name and Address)