Table of Contents
President's Message
From Your Editor
All American Report
CFMS Jury of Awards
Earth Science Studies
Endowment Fund - CFMS
Field Trips - South Report

Junior Activities Report
In Memoriam - Chuck McKie
Scholarship - CFMS
Show Ideas
Notes from John
Inter-Regional Rendezvous
American Lands Access Assoc.
AFMS/NFMS Show & Convention

President's Message
Earth Science Studies Opportunities

By C. J. Quitoriano, CFMS President

Bural LaRue - CFMS President -  2007

Hello again everybody! Is this year going by fast, or is it just me? We just recently returned from this year•  s Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise, and boy, what a great time we had there! If you•  ve never gone, you really should. This year they had some really nice pieces come out of all of the classes. The Intarsia class, which is fairly new to Paradise, really had some pretty work being done, and we had a new teacher giving instruction on chain making. There were Ming Trees with Jo, and Ray was demonstrating spheres. The food was out of this world as usual•  I gained a ton•  as usual!

This year we are going to be raffling off a spot for next year•  s Camp Paradise in a fund-raising effort for the Endowment Fund. I will let Ray explain the way it works later in the newsletter. But I still want to encourage everyone to buy at least one ticket and to pass the information on to your club members. Remember, this is for the Endowment Fund, our •  life•  s blood•   so to speak, but it•  s also a $350 prize if you or one of your fellow club members win!

Zzyzx is just around the corner too, I•  m not sure if they are any spots left, but I•  m sure if you call Marion Roberts, he could let you know!

Anyway, I really don•  t have much news this month, and since Jim is probably waiting for this article, I•  ll be going now and let Ray write his article. I hope everyone has a great summer, and I hope to see many of you at your upcoming shows!

- CJ

Pass the Worhoughts with me.

To make a nomination, send me the name/s of your nominee/s along with a brief backgrounder explaining why you believe your nominee is worthy of this award. You should consider service that has been long and sustained and that ripples beyond the regional level to include some sort of national service. I•  ll take nominations whatever way works best for you. Call (805-659-3577), mail (7319 Eisenhower Street, Ventura, CA 93003), or email me ( Golden Bears and CFMS Past-Presidents Jeane and Bob Stultz were recently honored with the 2009 award. Keep them in mind as models when thinking about whom to nominate for our 2010 award.

Here•  s thanking you in advance for your nominees!

- Jim


By Colleen McGann

Colleen McGann

The AFMS meeting and Northwest Federation show in Billings, Montana, starts July 30. Every year, the AFMS Endowment Fund sponsors a raffle auction with marvelous items at this annual nationwide show. Some prizes this year are faceted stones, a meteorite, opal pendant, engraved glass vase, smoky quartz dolphin carving, rhodonite dogwood pin, Guatemalan jadeite cabochon pendant set in silver, off-loom beaded pendant, Peterson Mountain smoky quartz wire wrapped pendant, and many more one-of-a-kind creations.

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. These are available from Colleen McGann, P.O. Box 224, Santa Clara, CA 95052-0224. Email me ( this month for tickets. I will take all the tickets with me to Billings to give us all a great chance to win. Let California show the other regions we can sell more tickets than they can! I am waiting to hear from you! I will be leaving Saturday, July 25, so get in touch with me soon.

- Colleen


By Marion F. Roberts

Marion F. Roberts

In writing this report, I have new and very good information. We just finished with a week at Camp Paradise, which was a really big week. We had 75 participants, of which approximately 30% were first-timers. This proved to be more people than the work area is capable of supporting in an effective manner, so next year I have arranged to return to the two one-week camps again. We will register 2:00 PM, May 16, 2010, with classes May 17-21, leaving on the morning of May 22. The second week will register 2:00 PM, May 23, with classes May 24-28 and departure the morning of May 29. I will have applications for 2010 Camp Paradise on the Internet and ready for the club newsletters at the end of December.

To all Federation Directors and Club Editors, get this information out to your membership because I am still getting way too many calls from people who have not heard of the program before and want to know what it is. This is something that falls back on your shoulders. I can only inform you, and you are then responsible for passing it on to the membership, even if it doesn•  t interest you personally.

We are in need of a few more people at Camp Zzyzx, particularly RV'ers as room space is at a premium. Come and attend while you still have a chance, as this site might very well become unavailable to in the near future.

The six tables were finished, thanks to John Christiansen's help with construction, and Norman and B.J. Kline from the Mother Lode Club, who donated a generous amount toward material. These tables were well received and used by our instructors at Camp Paradise. Still more are needed, so as more material becomes available, I will build more. I do need the legs and metal frames from under old banquet tables.

Just remember: E.S.S is sound, strong, and a great learning tool!!!

- Marion

Raffling a Spot at Camp Paradise

By Ray Quitoriano

Ray Quitoriano

Hello Everyone! First of all, I want to send out a great big THANK YOU to Susan Vaughn in Santa Barbara for the wonderfully generous donation of a box full of beautiful minerals, and Marty from Long Beach for the saw he donated last year. These donations are greatly appreciated!

It•  s been a while since I wrote anything for the newsletter, but CJ has an idea for a fundraiser for our Endowment Fund, and this is the best way to get the word out. We are going to raffle off at least one spot for next year•  s Camp Paradise. The drawing is going to be held at the Director•  s meeting in November. With this article, I'm including a ticket; you can make as many copies and enter to win as many times as you like. The cost is a meager $5 per ticket. Simply cut out, or copy the ticket, fill in the information, and send it with your check to my address located on the ticket. Make the check out to •  CFMS Endowment Fund•  , or simply •  CFMS.•   Here's that ticket:

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$5 Camp Paradise Raffle Ticket

Club Name:

Send to:
Ray Quitoriano,
7968 Elder Ave.,
Rosamond, CA 93560.

Make checks payable to •  CFMS Endowment Fund.•  

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Recipients of this newsletter are asked to please inform your club members of the raffle and to bring copies of the tickets to your club meetings. Editors, please copy any part of this article, and put the tickets in your newsletters, as well. The more tickets we sell, the more we will raise for the club!

Camp Paradise is normally $350 per person, and you might win a spot for only $5! Think of the fun you•  ll have! Thanks for reading,

- Ray

The Great Onyx Hunt Trip Report

By Adam Dean & Shep Koss

Adam Dean Shep Koss

This was our first overnighter since Wileys Well last Thanksgiving and, thankfully, the weather was much drier. 20 vehicles showed up with 42 sign-ins including kids. The day started brisk, sunny and breezy as is typical for the high desert this time of year. At the meet spot, we were met by Bill DeVelbiss of the Tehachapi and Mojave (Boron) clubs. He's an engineer at the U.S. Borax Mine. His presence was welcome in that, among other things, he brought a presentation book on warnings of poisonous desert creatures including snakes and spiders. He also gave a lecture on the geology of the area and notified us about roads closed due to an Air Force T-38 that crashed two days previously.

We proceeded to the Sierra Pelona Rock Club travertine onyx claim, where we scattered to various pits to pull out some of the desert's most colorful onyx (a calcium carbonate base) with hard rock mining and surface collecting. We collected hundreds of pounds worth in combinations of black, white, gold, red, honey and green. Some had blue agate veining and vugs. The tons of watermelon-sized boulders brought up earlier this year were all gone, which attests to the popularity of this site and material. As the day grew warmer and windier, Bill returned with live animals of the desert, including tarantulas and "hot" Mojave Green rattlers for show-and-tell. While everyone kept a safe distance, this offered those with cameras a great photo-op.


Later, we drove to a nearby quarry to hammer out chunks of bright milk-and-honey onyx. While climbing that hillside, many collected agate, jasper and chert flat. A few pieces of agatized wood were found. Others drove slightly further to collect brecciated jasper. As the day ended, most returned home, but a few of us returned to the travertine claim for camping and exploring. A few miles away, we found another travertine outcrop but with different colors. These came in darker shades of tans, dark reds, purples, browns and blacks with much swirling in the patterns. We then returned to camp shortly after nightfall.

The following morning we were greeted by two deafening BOOMS which made our heads ring. The Space Shuttle was coming in for a landing at nearby Edwards AFB, and we watched as it made its wide turn for a landing. After meeting a half dozen vehicles bringing in 15 new people, we spent another hour at the travertine claim, then drove to the Boron Dry Lakes for its elusive petrified palm wood. It remained elusive, but much more agate, chapinite and opal were collected from the nearby hills and around the dry lakes. Bill DeVelbiss had returned to tell us that U.S. Borax dumped tons of new tailings in their parking lot for us to collect borate specimens. Driving cross-desert to the mine, it didn't take long for us to fill our bags with large choice borate specimens, some weighing tens of pounds. After a tour of their Visitor's Center, most of us headed for home, but a few remained to continue to explore that mineral-rich part of the Mojave.

After the upcoming tourmaline trip, your CFMS field trip guides will take our own summer vacations and plan on more trips for the fall. Stay tuned!

From Bill DeVelbiss: I am a member of the Tehachapi and Mojave societies. My home is near North Edwards, just a few miles south of the Sierra Pelona Travertine claim site, so I was in a great position to participate in the CFMS "Great Onyx Hunt." I met with the group of "ROCKERS" at North Edwards to register for the weekend trip. That was the first time I met Shep Koss. I didn't plan to camp overnight since my home was nearby, but I was looking forward to spend both days with the group to explore the area around my home. I have lived here almost six years, so I am familiar with many of the local rock and mineral sites that so many of us enjoy here locally and the many welcome visitors. After registering, Shep escorted all to the nearby Sierra Pelona travertine site. What a great group this turned out to be. I am not sure how to measure the success value of this event. It certainly had to do with the effort and knowledge of Shep to organize and coordinate the field trip activities, and also how many new friends I met. Just a great weekend. The first day was organized to dig and explore the Sierra Pelona Travertine claim. Several other nearby mineral sites were explored by some of the group. The second day was just as successful. Shep was the only one to stay overnight at the travertine site. I arrived early and had a one-on-one study session with Shep about the area sites and all the activities he had planned for the day. I left for a couple hours to pick up local friends who would spend the day with me. When I returned, the site was filling with new arrivals and some from the previous day. I was very impressed, but not surprised. The second day's activities included the Boron Dry Lake bed petrified wood area. This requires "hard digging" several feet below ground. There are several well-established holes that have exposed the below grade material that makes the digging process a little easier. We also took time to visit the US Borax Mine Visitor Center. All the group members had the opportunity to collect samples of borax, kernite, colemanite and ulexite from ore piles. I work at the mine in the Engineering Department. We are very proud of our Visitor Center and I was glad Shep Koss allowed me to share this activity with the group. Shep did such a good job to keep this group well informed of the daily activities and coordinated our movements around the area's multiple mineral sites like a pro. He is very knowledgeable about the area, and I learned so much this weekend about area sites I was not familiar with. I am a new member to mineral clubs. This was one of the first organized field trips I have participated in. With all the new friends, what a good experience! Thank you CFMS and Sierra Pelona Rock Club and, especially, Shep for an enjoyable, memorable experience. I have learned that all our clubs are dedicated to activities that promote education of mineralogy. The CFMS field trip was very successful: educational, entertaining, and providing fellowship and friendship for member participants that will last years.

From Mo: Thank you so much for leading the Onyx field trip. We would have loved to stay another day except my husband wasn't feeling good. The trip was very enjoyable. For some reason, finding our own rock was very satisfying. Thank you so much for loaning us equipment and helping get the "milk & honey" onyx. My children loved to find their own "treasure," especially being able to hold their own horned lizard. In fact, they smuggled one up to Orange County until we found out. We had to release it at Camp Pendleton finally.

- Adam & Shep

Creating Education Resource Centers/Kits

By Jim Brace-Thompson

Jim Brace-Thompson

My Ventura club recently entered into a surprisingly inexpensive lease with our County Parks Department to rehab a ranch-style home for a club workshop, a meeting/library room, and a 1-room museum, which we•  ve christened the Ray Meisenheimer Memorial Museum. We•  re creating installed displays accompanied by smaller, hands-on sets of rocks, minerals, and fossils in cloth-lined plastic tubs that will be easy to take out and utilize. All clubs should create and maintain such educational collections tied to school standards, scout badges, and the AFMS/FRA Badge Program. While these can be extensive, they don•  t need to be. A lot of learning can be packed into a small collection if it holds just the right rocks.

You should consider at least 4 collections: 1) Earth Processes, the Rock Cycle, & the 3 Rock Types. This includes igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, along with a laminated diagram showing the rock cycle. (Rock cycle diagrams can be pulled from the web.) To illustrate the rock cycle, I include 4 specimens: igneous granite, which weathers into sand, which consolidates into sedimentary sandstone, which metamorphoses into quartzite. 2) Mineral Identification. Make a laminated chart illustrating the Mohs Scale (again, available from the web), then have specimens of different hardness, i.e., talc, calcite, quartz, corundum. You should also have specimens that illustrate such properties as basic crystal shapes, color, streak, and luster. 3) Earth Resources. This is a fun collection to create and always attracts attention. Include common products and minerals that went into them (laundry detergent and borate minerals, fishing weights and galena, a copper pipe and copper nuggets, steel nails and hematite, etc.). You can use a small collection for a matching game and as a springboard for kids to think of everyday things not in the collection. 4) Fossils. A basic collection would include examples of forms of fossilization (carbonization, molds/casts, replacement, original materials such as enamel shark teeth, etc.). These can be used to illustrate a discussion about what fossils are and how they form. Include a laminated geologic time scale for a discussion of how the earth and life have changed over the eons. These 4 collections will take you a long way with earth science curriculum requirements and will help scouts and FRA members earn badges.Such collections could either be kept in a permanent location for school field trips and visits by Boy and Girl Scouts, or installed in lightweight cases that could be transported to schools or to the regular meeting locations of scout troops and dens. For a permanent location, you might choose a club member•  s home or see what arrangements might be made for a modest amount of storage space with the local school district, a nearby university or community college, your local parks and rec department, a museum, or public library. Check around your community for opportunities (if you•  re lucky, you might stumble into a whole building, like the Ventura club did!), then set up collections for educating while having fun!

- Jim

In Memoriam
Charles "Chuck" McKie

Chuck McKie

While this month's newsletter was being assembled, Chuck McKie•  s son, Dennis Warren, alerted us to the sad news that Chuck would be unable to continue his post as our Safety Committee Chair. Chuck•  s health, Dennis reported, was declining rapidly and he had, in fact, been hospitalized and was gravely ill.

Dick Pankey has since informed me that Chuck has passed away. Funeral services were being planned for June 11, but regrettably full details are unavailable as we go to press. Chuck served CFMS in many ways that ultimately led to his being recognized as our 2005 Golden Bear recipient. He served as Field Trips-North Chair for 5 years and as Safety Chair for nearly a decade. Chuck most often delivered the invocation and in memoriam to start our CFMS meetings. He will be greatly missed. Susan Chaisson-Walblom has sent a condolence card and note to Chuck's family on behalf of the CFMS. Let us all keep Chuck's family in our thoughts and prayers.

- Jim

Help in Honoring Students and Their Studies

By Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley

I am really enjoying being your CFMS Scholarship Chairman this year. I am glad I said yes when I was asked if I would like to volunteer for this job. I enjoy the responsibility of putting my heart and mind into the work that feels effortless. It was gratifying to introduce you all to the honorees and students at the April show and convention whether you attended the show or read about them in the newsletter. What tickled me pink was having a couple of the students at the Awards Banquet with us. It was fascinating to hear what these young people are training for, talking about what our favorite rocks were and passing around a loop to look deep into the face of stones some of us bought at the show.

Remember, you are all a part of what makes this special event happen every year. You help nominate the honorees who discover the students in our field who become the recipients of a scholarship. Do help us continue this gratifying tradition by donating to the CFMS Scholarship Fund each year. Thank you!

- Jennifer

TV Community Calendars

By Susan Claisson-Walblom

Susan Claisson-Walblom

Apparently, the major Southern California television channels (CBS, ABC, NBC) have community calendars where local groups can share their upcoming events. Last week, I was watching the news when up popped the Rockatomics Show.

I spoke with the show chairperson and learned that they submitted their show information to several of the main channels. They went to the channels•   news web sites calendar section, where you can post your local club•  s activities. What a GREAT source for advertising. Check out your regional outlets!

- Susan


By John Martin, AFMS Conservation & Legislation Committee
BLM Central California Advisory Council

John Martin

Suzanne Noble is someone that clubs in the central valley and central coast should get to know. She will be on the BLM Central California Advisory Council, representing interests in energy and minerals through September 2011. Please pass this along to anyone in that region who might have collecting interest. This was posted by the BLM: "Suzanne Noble represents energy and mineral interests on the council. She is the manager for Production Regions and State Waste Issues for the Western States Petroleum Assn. Ms. Noble has a bachelor's degree in communications and liberal studies from California State University, Bakersfield and vast experience in public policy, environmental, regulatory and legislative issues related to the oil and gas industry. For the last three years, Ms. Noble has chaired the highly successful California Oil and Gas Work Group, a collaborative partnership consisting of federal, state and regional agencies along with the oil and gas industry. She has expertise in environmental policy, permitting issues, regulatory analysis, legislation, compliance and related issues affecting San Joaquin Valley and coastal oil and gas operations."

How To Contact Your Elected Officials?

There are several ways to contact your elected officials. This is only one but maybe the most effective for our purposes. First, bring up the American Lands Access Association web site in your internet browser ( On the ALAA Home Page, click on the hyperlink labeled •  Links.•   Under the heading "Contact Information for Congress" are two subtitles listed: House of Representatives and Senate. Decide on which branch of the Federal Government you want to contact and click on one of the links.

To contact your Senator: On the US Senate: Senators Home page, find the •  Choose a State•  , click on the down arrow to bring up the State menu. Click on the State of interest and the two senators•   names and addresses will appear. Click on senators•   names and their web site will appear. Somewhere on their web site is a menu item that says •  Contact Us•   and that should bring up another small window with more options. Select and click on the •  E-mail Me•   which will bring up the senators•   contact page. Just fill in the blanks and type your comments in the space provided, (you can cut and paste from other sources into the •  Message Block•  ). There may be a limit on the amount characters that can be entered, so you may have to be careful in the amount of info you input. When finished, just click on "Submit Information" and wait for your answer, which may take several days.

To contact your Representative: On the Write Your Representative Home Page: Again, 1. select your state, 2. enter your Zip Code then, 3. Click the "Contact My Representative" button. Your Representative•  s Home Page will appear. Select •  Send a Message•   or •  Contact Me•  , if required. Fill in the blanks, make your selections and enter your message in the box provided. When finished filling in the required blanks click the [send message] or [submit button] and wait for your answer, it may take several days before you here from your Representative. There are several other options on the Representative Home Page that may be of interest on other topics.

If there is any pending legislation in your state, please let me know the information, The Title, Legislative number and, of course, the state. I will try to do some research and enter the applicable information on the ALAA web site.

- John

Davis Creek/Lassen Creek

By Richard Pankey

Richard Pankey

This year•  s Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous, hosted by NFMS and CFMS, was over Memorial Day weekend at Davis Creek/Lassen Creek for OBSIDIAN!!! This is the premier California obsidian collecting area, with a great variety of beautiful obsidian in abundance. The area is noted for sheen obsidian: multi-colored rainbow, electric blue, green, mahogany-gold, silver, gold and pink. Also to be found is mahogany, lace, double flow and needle obsidian. The area is on Buck Mt. in the heart of the Modoc National Forest, in the extreme northeast corner of California on Hwy. 395, between Alturas, CA, and Lakeview, OR. The collecting area is in the mountains behind the town of Davis Creek, 22 miles north of Alturas.

Unlike last year•  s Rendezvous to Texas Springs, the weather was fantastic!! No rain, no wind. Just sunshine and mild temperatures. Betty and I arrived on Tuesday to put out the signs directing people to camp, about 5.5 miles off of the highway, and to be ready to welcome rockhounds to the Rendezvous. Our camp was at Lassen Creek Campground, beautiful and spacious, with ample room for our group and our planned activities. There is a stream and tall pine trees. The first thing I saw as we arrived at camp was that 2 of the pine trees had blown down and were blocking the road from camp to the collecting sites. Fortunately, I had good tow straps and was able to pull them off the road before our trips. By early afternoon some early-bird rockhounds had pulled into camp.

The purpose of a Rendezvous is to get people from around the AFMS, from the Regional Federations, together to collect rocks and to get to know one another. I believe we accomplished that goal. We had over 80 members and guests from 3 Federations and 25 different societies who ranged in age from 3 to 85 years old. A father-son team from Florida, Jason and Craig Hamilton, was on a 3 week cross country collecting/site seeing trip and joined us for 2 days. We spent 4 days collecting some great obsidian at 6 different sites. We enjoyed 2 potluck dinners, afternoon happy hours, and evening campfires. On Thursday and Friday afternoon we had a rock swap and a map exchange. On both afternoons the knappers had a •  knapp-in•   showing how it is done and teaching classes. Jim Baker from Jackson, CA demonstrated and taught percussion knapping and Cliff Swenson from Grass Valley, CA and Marty Carswell from Volcano, CA demonstrated and taught the pressure flaking technique. Each evening our •  campfire girl•   Debbie Wojtowicz from Pleasant Hill CA started our fire and kept it well fueled with all of the donated fire wood. Of course there were marshmallows to roast and one evening we had •  dough-on-a-dowel•   (refrigerated biscuits cooked over the campfire on a special stick, filled with cherry pie filling and topped with whipped cream.) They were a special treat and the conversation that night was hilarious. Gordon Roberts from Boise. ID got out his guitar at a couple of campfires and played and sang for us. It wasn•  t long before other singers joined in.

Saturday evening was the All Rendezvous Potluck dinner. Great food and great deserts. No one left hungry. A real highlight at dinner was a raffle of beautiful polished sheen obsidian cabs and free-form specimens donated by Glen Ripper from Bonny Lake, WA. Also, Betty Pankey donated 2 stained-glass hummingbirds with needle obsidian beaks and Cliff Swenson donated a knapped obsidian knife.

Oh yes, we came here to collect obsidian! There are 4 designated dig sites at Davis Creek/Lassen Creek and many other surface colleting areas. Each day we had led trips to one or two of the main dig sites. I led one group and Steve Duncan from Orange, CA would lead the other group. We assembled each morning at 8:00 for information about the sites, instructions, safety information, and announcements of the other activities for the day. We lined up our vehicles and headed down the road at 8:30. This area is managed by the Modoc National Forest office in Alturas. Unlike many National Forest Management plans this office recognizes and allows casual rockhounding and surface collecting. A free collecting permit is required for the 4 designated dig sites: Needles, Electric Blue, Rainbow and Pink Lady. This permit allows for collecting of up to 500 lbs. of obsidian a year. For surface collecting you are allowed one 5-gallon bucket per day. No matter what, that is a lot of obsidian. Unfortunately the roads to the top of Buck Mountain (7500 ft.) were still snowed in and we could not get to the Pink Lady dig site or to the mahogany gold sheen or lace obsidian sites.

The dig sites are the main attraction. As the classic rockhound saying goes •  dig where others have dug.•   And that is true at the Needles, Rainbow and Electric Blue sites. There are many pits to choose from and it is just a matter of choosing one and start digging. Good obsidian is often showing in the pit which is a good sign. When collecting sheen obsidian good sunlight, and proper orientation is important. I found many good pieces that were thrown away by inexperienced diggers in their discard piles. I spent time showing new people how to •  window•   (knock off a chip) and orient the obsidian to find the sheen. Soon with a little practice they were finding the good obsidian in the discard piles also. Since it was early in the season the ground was still wet and the digging was easy. Most people that were digging were finding baseball to football size pieces but a few 75 to 100 plus pound pieces were found. Most of the sheen obsidian at the Rainbow site is multi-colored red-green-blue. Some grey sheen and •  wood grained•   grey obsidian can be found. As the name implies much of the sheen obsidian at the Electric Blue site is a striking, vivid blue, but vivid green and purple can be found. Occasionally you can find silver sheen and rarely some gold sheen. The Needles site has some really interesting material. As the name indicates the obsidian found here are •  slivers•   of obsidian ranging is size from a sewing needle to 10 inches long to 20 inches long. Needles are dug commercially and by rockhounds to make delicate wind chimes. At the Needles site you can also find mahogany obsidian and nodules that contain various colors of sheen. The commercial diggers are only after the larger, longer needles and are happy to give away the mahogany obsidian and nodules.

There were 4 self guided, surface collecting sites for apache tears, dacite, cristobalite, and banded sheen. The apache tears were in a road cut beside the highway. They were not the classic smooth round pieces. Many were chunky and odd shaped, but still good for grab bags. The cristobalite is found on the side of the road to camp. The cristobalites look like gray, ash •  geodes•   dispersed in the obsidian. Not much good for anything but they are an interesting specimen. Dacite is medium grey, opaque and fractures concoidally like obsidian. About half way between camp and the Rainbow site are several acres of banded sheen obsidian on the surface. Although not as attractive as the colored sheens it is good obsidian for knapping and other projects.

This was another great Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous of Rockhounds coming together to do and share all the things we like to do. Rockhounds from many societies and Federations getting together to collect rocks, enjoy the beauty of our great country, meeting one another and making new friends. Now the big question: Where will our next Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous (or event) be? That will depend on who and which Federation picks up the ball and would like to host it. As much as I would like to, I can•  t plan and lead all of the field trips all over the AFMS. That is why we have the ad hoc Inter-Regional Field Trip Committee made up of representatives from all Federations. Any society, regional group or Federation that has an idea and location for an inter-regional field trip can and is encouraged to host a trip. A key to organizing a successful (well-attended) inter-regional event is to start planning early, at least 6 months and preferably 9 months before the chosen date. And announce it early so that your intended participants can start making their plans. The second key step is getting the word out to your intended participants. A difference between an •  Inter-Regional Field Trip•   and a Federation field trip or a club trip often comes down to who is invited, how the trip is promoted and where it is promoted. You will want as much and as wide spread publicity as you can get. You want your event announced and publicized in as many newsletters and web sites as possible •   AFMS, Regional Federations, local clubs and societies.

Now is the time to start planning next year•  s field trips and events.

- Dick

ALAA Annual Meeting

By Richard Pankey
President, ALAA

Dick Pankey

The American Land Access Association will hold its annual meeting at the NWF/AFMS convention at Billings, MT, 3:00-5:00 PM on Saturday, August 1 in the Cottonwood Room at the convention hotel. This is the business meeting for ALAA, where we will elect our directors and officers, have officer and committee reports, and vote on Bylaw revisions and Operating Procedures. The work of ALAA takes place throughout the year by our officers, directors, committees, at regional Federation conventions and the actions of our members.

Featured speaker will be Greg Mumm of Blue Ribbon Coalition, the National Organization who is fighting to keep roads open on Federal Lands. Also attending will be our Canadian friends who are experiences the same collecting problems in their Provinces.

This is an important meeting for ALAA since our 2008 meeting in Houston was canceled because of the hurricane. All officers, directors, committee people are strongly encouraged to attend. All AFMS society members are invited and welcome.

- Dick

A.L.A.A. (cont.)
You Are Invited!

By Shirley Leeson,
ALAA Vice President

Shirley Leeson

Regarding the upcoming ALAA meeting that I announced in last month's newsletter, I made a mistake and put Saturday, August 2; the correct date, as noted in Dick Pankey's article above, is Saturday, August 1. Apologies for the error, and we hope to see you there!

For those of you who are attending the AFMS/NFMS show July 28 - August 2 in Billings, Montana, on Friday evening there will be an informal cracker barrel meeting of Canadian and American rockhounds. The informal agenda covers field tripping on both sides of the border and the possible consequences. In addition, we'll provide an introduction of ALAA and what we are trying to accomplish. Please try to attend. This meeting could prove significant and is open to the public.

- Shirley