Table of Contents
President's Message
American Report
Program Aids
Slide, Video, CD Library
Juniors Activities

PLAC South
Alabama Hills
Lapidary Hall of Fame
From the Editor
Club Case Central

President's Message

By Dick Pankey, CFMS President

Dick Pankey - CFMS President -  2007

I attended my first Federation Directors' Meeting at Visalia in 1993. What an experience. What a dynamic, energetic, dedicated group of people. By the end of the weekend I knew that this was a group that I wanted to be a part of. And I have been; serving on several committees, and being Field Trips-North and Safety Chair. And now I have the privilege to be the President of this great organization. Based on the response I received recruiting for the 2007 committees, it is obvious that there are many others that share my views about the Federation. The yeses came easy. We are starting the year with a complete roster of Officers and Chairmen. And what is particularly gratifying is that several people have stepped forward volunteering to serve on a committee as needed. Over this coming year I hope that more of you will become inspired to get active and involved in the work of the California Federation.

At the Directors' Meeting in Visalia in November we welcomed three new societies to the California Federation. It is a special occasion when we accept a new society to our Federation. It is an important sign of growth and vitality for both the societies and the Federation. The CFMS was formed to do together what could not be done alone. I believe we are achieving that objective. The Federation has much to offer our societies through its many committees, programs and activities. Your society has been given a lot of information about the Federation: By-laws, Operating Regulations, Society Aids Manual, and Society Roster. These are useful references about the CFMS, what it is and how it functions. These are to be read and used, not to be filed and forgotten. You were given Podium People Directory, the Slide & Video Program Catalogue, and soon a Demonstrators Directory, to enhance your programs and educate your members. The many CFMS committees are there to guide, support and serve. To help the societies learn more about the committees I have asked each committee to write articles in the coming year for the CFMS Newsletter explaining what they do and how they do it. I hope that all of our societies will get a better understanding of the CFMS and work together to be a strong involved Federation.

Membership in the CFMS should not be a passive endeavor. The strength of the Federation comes from the strength of its societies and the participation and contribution of the members. Learn about the CFMS, what it can do for your society and what your society can contribute to the future of CFMS.

When I was the CFMS Newsletter Editor many clubs started sending me their bulletins. I thoroughly enjoy reading each and every bulletin. As much as I would like to I can't get around to visit every club. Your bulletin is a great way for me to get to know the clubs around the Federation - the people, their field trips, educational endeavors, community service projects, their shows and more. If you have room in your bulletin budget to mail one more bulletin I would like to receive yours. See you down the road.

All American Report

By Dot Beachler

Dot Beachler

Much has been said about New Year's resolutions and how they will hold up in the coming year. Now, did your club resolve to enter in the All American Awards Program? Has your club assigned a member or a group of members to collect, organize, and assemble your club's entry? By having a group working on the entry form the material will collect in a very short time.

There are only seven sections on the entry form:

  • Section One -General Information about your club
  • Section Two -Service to Members or Guests
  • Section Three -Publications and Publicity
  • Section Four -Support for Regional Federations
  • Section Five -Community Relations
  • Section Six -Government Agency and Legislative Relations
  • Section Seven -Overall Format and Presentation

Most of this information is easily obtained from the field trips, club shows, workshop, photos from club members, help at other shows and youth group presentations. Remember, to keep our lands open for collecting, individuals and clubs can join ALAA, our lobbying organization. This will help Section Six on the entry form.

The entry form is now ready to be sent. The due date is FEB.28,2007

Program Aids

By Cheri George, CFMS Program Aids Chairman

Cheri George

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I hope that 2007 finds all the Program Chairs of all the CFMS clubs having wonderful programs throughout the year. Check out the newest Podium People Brochure, there are a couple of new speakers added only this last June.

I would also like to remind the Program Chairs that the end of the year report is due to me by Jan 31. I am not a stickler and that date is not firm. If you can get it to me anytime in February it will be fine. It would be lovely to actually receive a Program Report from some of the Chairs just so I could see what was happening in the clubs as to the use of the Podium People Brochure, and that it was actually being used. If you would please remind your clubs Program Chair that the form is located in the back of the Podium People brochure.

We are always in search of new and interesting programs for our clubs to enjoy, remember that you are a scout for that talent. If you happen to hear a really good program, just email me with the person's name, address, phone, and email (if applicable) and I will do the inviting.

Please note that we are adding a NEW SPEAKER to the Podium People for this year. The form may be removed from the newsletter and attached to your booklet for future reference.

Slide, Video, and CD-ROM Program Library

By Bill Gissler, Program Librarian

Bill Gissler

With thanks to Vern and Sylvia Cliffe of the Whittier Gem & Mineral Society, here are a five helpful points for program presenters.

  1. Preview your slide or video program and plan to keep your presentation to35 or 40 minutes;
  2. Raise your voice so persons can understand what is being explained;
  3. Speak slightly slower and more distinctly than normal for better audience understanding;
  4. Always repeat a question asked from the audience so that everyone can understand;
  5. When projecting images on a screen always make sure the image is high on the screen so that all can see them.

Also thanks to Tom and Sue Reeves of the Calaveras Gem and Mineral Society for recording the nine programs presented at the CFMS Show in June. The programs were recorded on VHS and DVD. They are available on loan from the Library. The programs are each approximately 50 to 60 minutes, but could be edited to 40 minutes or split into two programs. Some include technical recording problems, which detract from the content. They are, however, definitely worth viewing. Order number and topic are as follows:

  • V-123 or DVD - 7 - Agates by Boob Jones
  • V-124 or DVD - 8 - Crystallized Gold by Bob Jones
  • V-125 or DVD - 9 - Gem Mines of Minas Gerais, Brazil by Anthony Kampf
  • V-126 or DVD - 10 - Minerals Fakes, Frauds and Fantasies by Anthony Kampf
  • V-127 or DVD - 11 - Smithsonian Mineral Highlights by Jeffrey Post
  • V-128 or DVD - 12 - United States National Gem Collection by Jeffrey Post
  • V-129 or DVD - 13 - Geologic Hazards: Death and Destruction if we get it wrong by Bob Watters
  • V-130 or DVD - 14 - Volcanoes: How to Recognize, Assess and Minimize Hazards by Bob Watters
  • V-131 or DVD - 15 - The Earth in a Nutshell by Russ Shoemaker

Juniors Activities
Rockhounding Books for Kids

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Activities Chair

Jim Brace-Thompson

Despite the Internet, where the answer to every question supposedly resides at the click of a button (or so the folks at Google or MicroSoft would have us believe), good old-fashioned books still are a valuable and primary source of information and likely will be for a long time to come. A large number of books directed specifically to children and youth have been published on our hobby, but a problem is getting info on the variety of available books at one place to glean good titles to recommend to kids in your club.

A first stop ought to be your local library. Talk with the librarian at the reference desk to see what books, videos, and DVDs are on the shelves and available to borrow for free. You might work with the librarian to compile an annotated list that you could distribute to kids in your club and their parents, a list broken down by topics such as rocks and minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, field guides, lapidary arts and gemstones, etc. In addition to what's on their own shelves, most libraries have cooperative arrangements with other nearby libraries and, via online catalogs, can tell you about still more books you might be able to see through interlibrary loan. In promoting my own club's annual show last year, we set up a display in a lobby window case of the Ventura library and one of its branches, and the librarian on her own initiative set up a shelf and table of relevant books from their collection, and I was greatly impressed by the range.

You can also visit local bookstores and check out the kids, science and nature, guidebooks, and crafts sections. Bookstore managers might be willing to help you compile a list of available books in hopes of seeing some sales. In addition to general bookstores, check your yellow pages for specialty stores that cater to teachers. Such teacher supply stores are especially helpful in that the books they stock are usually activity-based and are labeled to indicate specific age and grade levels. Other good stops are the gift shops at natural history and science museums.

Finally, there are distributors who specialize in particular subjects and/or books just for kids. For instance, check out the web site of the Gem Guides Book Company ( They have a section labeled "Junior Rockhound" that groups nearly 30 titles from a variety of publishers of kids' books with topics ranging from rock and mineral identification to gold rush history, dinosaurs and fossils, volcanoes, gem stones, and more.

The best things about such kids' books are that they're written in clear language even I can understand and nearly always are filled with large colorful diagrams and suggestions for activities that make learning interesting and, of course, fun!

Tips On Staying Safe ... For Women

By Chuck McKie CFMS Safety Chairman 2007

Chuck McKie

The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do! If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

A friend went to a personal safety workshop, given by Pat Malone, who has been a bodyguard for famous figures like Farah Fawcett and Sylvester Stallone. He works for the FBI and teaches police officers and Navy SEALS hand-to-hand combat.

This man has seen it all, and knows a lot. He focused his teachings on HOW TO AVOID BEING THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME. He gave some statistics about how much the occurrences of random violence have escalated over the recent years, and it's terrible. Something like 99% of us (?) will be exposed to, or become a victim of, a violent crime.

Here are some of the most important points:

  1. The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:
    1. Lack of Awareness: You MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.
    2. Body Language: Keep your head up, swing your arms, stand straight up.
    3. Wrong Place, Wrong Time: DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.
  2. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND DRIVE AWAY.
    1. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
    2. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door -- lock the doors before sliding across the seat! Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
    3. Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
  3. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).
  4. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
    1. The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
  5. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed.
    1. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking, well educated man, who played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle, or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
    2. Pat Malone told the story of his daughter, who came out of the mall and was walking to her car when she noticed 2 older ladies in front of her. Then she saw a police car come towards her with cops who said hello. She also noticed that all 8 handicap spots in the area were empty. As she neared her car she saw a man a few rows over calling to her for help. He wanted her to close his passenger side door. He was sitting in the back on the driver's side, and said he was handicapped. He continued calling, until she turned and headed back to the mall, and then he began cursing at her. In the meantime, she wondered why he didn't ask the 2 older ladies, or the policeman for help, and why he was not parked in any of the empty handicap spots. As she got back to the mall, two male friends of hers were exiting, and as she told them the story, and turned to point at the car, the man was getting out of the back seat into the front and the car sped away. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THIS TRAP! ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND YOU!

Tell your friends about this. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.


Pass this along to every woman you have access to.

Never let your guard down!!!!!!!!!!

PLAC South

By John Martin

John Martin

The California Coastal National Monument, established by Presidential proclamation on Jan. 11, 2000, includes more than 20,000 rocks, islands and pinnacles (totaling about 1,000 acres) off the California Coast. It does not include major islands, such as Santa Catalina, the other Channel Islands, the Farallon Islands or the Islands of San Francisco Bay.

The monument protects "all unappropriated or unreserved lands and interest in lands owned or controlled by the United States in the form of rocks, islands, pinnacles and exposed reefs above mean high tide within 12 nautical miles of the shoreline of the State of California."

The proclamation directed the Secretary of the Interior, through the Bureau of Land Management, to manage the monument. Management focuses on the geologic formations and the habitat they provide for seabirds, pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and plant life.

Extending from San Diego County to Del Norte County, these features have been in federal government ownership, administered by the BLM or its predecessor (the General Land Office) since the time of California statehood Since 1983, the BLM has coordinated with the California Department of Fish and Game to manage these natural resources. DFG and California State Parks are now Core Managing Partners with the BLM in administration of this national monument. Under terms of a Memorandum of Understanding, BLM, DFG and State Parks will work jointly, managing the monument to develop a greater understanding of its resources and to provide information to the public.

The BLM's coastal field offices (Arcata, Ukiah, Hollister, Bakersfield and Palm Springs/South Coast) will be key BLM contacts in monument management. Additionally, BLM and coastal communities will cooperate to establish Coastal Monument Gateway Communities, where the public can learn more about the national monument.

For more information contact: Rick Hanks
Manager, California Coastal National Monument
299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-6115 or

Reprinted from the News.bytes, issue 257 11/21/06 - BLM California

Note from P.L.A.C South: I do not know what this will mean to collecting along our coastline. I will try to find out and publish my findings in a later Newsletter.

Alabama Hills

Reprinted from the News.bytes, issue 257 11/21/06 - BLM California

The Future of the Alabama Hills Diverse groups, from Native Americans to movie producers, agree the Alabama Hills is a special and unique place.

Alabama Hills

Above: With the hills themselves as a backdrop, Inyo County Film Commission director Chris Langley talks to about movie making in the Alabama Hills with BLM's Central California Resource Advisory Council Lone Pine residents, other stakeholders and the BLM will begin work on a community stewardship strategy for the area west of Lone Pine, under a motion approved by Central California Resource Advisory Council at the November 18 meeting. Council members Paul McFarland, Bishop and Mary Gorden, Lemon Cove, will serve as a subcommittee to work with the group on behalf of the council. "We favor collaboration between Lone Pine and the BLM," said Bill Vanherweg, council chair.

The move to charter a subcommittee followed a tour of the Alabama Hills to discuss the varied values and uses of the area. Topics presented on the tour included use of the area by Native Americans, film making in the Alabama Hills, recreational use and economic value.

In addition to forming a subcommittee, the council acted on a recreation fee business proposal for the Clear Creek Special Recreation Management Area managed by the Hollister Field Office. The council recommended the BLM state director approve the plan and that it be implemented under the proposed schedule. The council recommended the plan be presented to the Forest Service/BLM Recreation Advisory Council for consideration if it can be done so and still meet the implementation schedule.

National Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame - 2006 Inductees

By Maxine Wilson, Curator

The National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 to recognize excellence in the earth sciences by inducting one or more persons each year in six categories: Minerals, Fossils, Metalcraft, Lapidary, Education and Tribute (Deceased). All of the inductees are experts in their fields. Many of them have published several books and most of them have been active in community service.

Housed at Murdo, SD, the Hall of Fame also features numerous exhibits, some by Hall of Fame inductees, of wonderful exhibits of the bounty of the earth and the creativeness of our inductees. For more information about the Hall of Fame, including a list of all past inductees, visit .

It is my pleasure to be able to announce the individuals who will be recognized for 2006.

Minerals - Dave Wilber
Known to many for his ability to build fantastic mineral collections for himself and others, he began collecting as a youngster when he was given a small box of specimens while on a family trip. Several years later he began purchasing specimens and then became a dealer - often trimming and cleaning and labeling his purchases himself. Always adding the best that he could afford, his collection was the feature of the AFMS Convention and Show in Anaheim, CA. Since then, he's shown portions of his collections at many shows across the country. His favorites are the gem crystals which he's collected for their esthetic appeal as well as their color, clarity and rarity.

Dave has acquired specimens by buying, trading and self-collecting. He especially favors morganite and tourmaline from the Pala area of California. Many of the specimens he's acquired over the years are now on display in the major museums across the country. He's always willing to help and advise new mineral collectors and encourages them to join local clubs.

Lapidary - Stephen Avery
A four-time Cutting Edge competition winner, Stephen Avery is an inventive contemporary cutter with roots in traditional faceting. He started his career as a diamond cutter.

He became entranced with the color of gem crystals and began experimenting with high quality tourmaline, garnet, amethyst and beryl. He soon learned that the ultimate brilliance of the stones required different faceting patterns from those used for traditional diamond cuts. He "invented" new designs such as Triopp, Quadopp, and Slash, but kept his facets flat and his cuts geometric. Avery uses traditional faceting machines. For colored stones he avoids rounds and ovals he used for diamonds. In addition to tourmaline, garnet, and amethyst he likes to work with sapphire, spinel, garnet and quartz.

Metalcraft - Verne McCullough
A North Dakota native, Verne McCullough worked in the gem rich states of Montana and Washington, but didn't discover lapidary and metalwork until he moved to California. After retiring in 1982, he devoted full time to all branches of lapidary and also to silver work becoming proficient in faceting, intarsia, and sphere making as well as silver fabrication.

He taught silver fabrication, casting and channel work for 20 years and built much of his own lapidary and metal working equipment.

Fossils - Clodis Hunt
An amature fossil collector from Kansas, Clodis Hunt has discovered hundreds of Pleistocene fossils which he preserves, studies and shows to thousands of adults and kids at gem and mineral shows in Kansas and Missouri. The fossils represent many species: mastodon, mammoth, short face bear, horse, camel, peccary, bison, musk ox and more. The fossils are found not far from his home in an ancient river bed and its tributaries. He often uses a flat bottom air boat on his collecting trips. He has donated many fine specimens to the University of Kansas and now has hopes of opening a museum of his own. He has given talks to Scouts, schools, and civic clubs as well as interested people he's come across on field trips.

Education - Clarence Ryan
Clarence Ryan is a faceter, cabochon cutter, silversmith and lapidary teacher. He has held classes during local and Federation shows as well as entering exhibits and taking part in demonstrations. He has made his own equipment available to those who wish to learn. He has provided equipment, stones and instructions to adults and children alike. Over the past twenty-five years, he has enabled several hundred people to become familiar with lapidary art.

He organized and chaired a workshop committee for his club. The committee provides demonstrations and instructions for the use of club owned equipment. He's also taught classes in silver soldering and jewelry repair. Once finished one class, many students quickly enrol in another.

Tribute - William Kelly
Dedication, Dedication, Dedication are the words that come to mind when the Eugene Mineral Club members remember William "Bill" Kelly.

He took many geology classes during his years of living in California and continued his interest in learning throughout his life. After retiring he moved back to his native Oregon and joined the Springfield Rock & Mineral Club and the Eugene Mineral Club in the 1980's. Although his interests centered around fossils and petrified wood, he always served as a club resource person for identifying minerals.

In 1983, Bill served on the AFMS Fossil Committee for rules changes and made the presentation to the AFMS Rules Committee at the NFMS/AFMS Convention in Spokane, WA. He also judged fossils and petrified wood at the show. He judged at shows throughout Oregon and the Northwest and was highly regarded for his expertise in Fossil and Petrified Wood identification. He entered displays, sometimes in competition, at eight to ten shows per year. He also had many special exhibits at these shows.

Many of his competitive displays earned him awards and trophies including three masters trophies from he NFMS! Whether putting in special displays at shows large and small throughout the Northwest, competing or judging, Bill Kelly shared his knowledge with rockhound friends everywhere. Bill also devoted countless hours to helping at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History and the Willamette Science and Technology Center in Eugene, Oregon. In 988, under the supervision of Dr. William Orr of the Dept. of Geology, University of Oregon, Bill spent many months and infinite patience preparing the fossilized specimen of a prehistoric turtle found near Coos Bay on the Oregon Coast. The turtle was displayed at the Eugene Mineral Club show in May, 1988. Bill Kelly represented the very best role model possible in the rockhounding hobby. He shared his extensive knowledge of fossils and petrified woods and his many specimens over many years with thousands of people.

How to Make a Nomination
Do you know of an individual who should be considered for induction into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame? If so, why not send in information about the person so he or she can be considered by the selection committee? Here's what you need to do:

  1. 1. List the name, address and phone number of your nominee.
  2. 2. Choose a Category: Minerals, Lapidary, Metalcraft, Fossil or Tribute (deceased).
  3. 3. Include the name of a contact person their address and phone number.
  4. 4. Include as much information as possible about the nominee and the reasons they should be inducted into the NR&L Hall of Fame.
  5. 5. Mail to: Maxine M. Wilson, Curator, NRL Hall of Fame, HC74 Box 21, Murdo, SD 557559-9215 or e-mail .

Nominations may be made anytime. Balloting on the nominations will be in April of each year. If the nominations come in too late to be included in that year, it will be used the next year.

Reprinted from AFMS Newsletter December 2006-January 2007

From the Editor

By CJ Quitoriano

CJ Quitoriano


I almost forgot to put something in here! Here I was, thinking I'm all done and getting ready to print and email and all that other fun stuff, then I realized, Doh!

Well, I guess I'm Editor this year? Woohoo?
Seriously though, I do enjoy doing newsletters. I was editor for Oxnard Gem and Mineral for 3 years, and came in third place the first time I entered in the bulletin competition! That was very fun, and I encourage all of you Editor's out there to compete!

I would also like to start the begging early, and I know I am not the one to say anything, after two years as an officer and only putting in a couple of items myself, I should be ashamed to ask!

But I'm not! So, hear me now folks! I would like to hear from all committees at least every other month this year! I am an email freak, and if you have email, you will be hounded! All I will ask for in reply, is a few words to enter into the newsletter. So, if you don't want me to be too much of a pain, just send me a little something in your reply to my incessant emails, K?

Okay, now with that out of the way•  

I am very honored to be here, and I hope that I can do as good a job as the past Editor's of this publication. If you feel I left anything out, or if you would like me to put something in (are they the same?), please let me know. I am here for all of you!

Okay, now I'm just filling this big blank space at the bottom of the page.

Have a Merry Holiday, a Happy New Year, and I hope this letter finds everyone happy and healthy!

Club Case Central

By CJ Quitoriano

Hi, me again. Big space to fill, little to say.

The club case is looking very sad lately, I am going to be putting in new lights, ("I" meaning "Ray") and gluing up the cabs, some have fallen off and a couple of the labels have come off as well.

I have received one new cab from the Lone Pine Club, and will be adding that one as well. Thanks Francis!

I know that we have new clubs out there, and if you want your club represented in the club cases, have one, or several of your talented members make at least three cabs, one for each case, South, Central, and North.

If you are a prospecting club, we do accept gold nuggets..heehee•  just kidding. We do have one prospecting club that is represented in the case with a little gold pan, so use your imagination! You too metal detector people and other than cab type people clubs! We can put almost anything that you can make in the case•  no spheres please!

In the meantime, the Central Cab Case is resting for the winter, and as mentioned being made pretty again.

Speaking of the club cases, here they are!

Photo credit goes to John Martin.