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CFMS President 2000

Pat La Rue

A native of New York State, Pat grew up in a small community near Rochester. After graduating from high school, she attended SUNY at Albany where she earned a BA in Latin. Marriage brought her to California. As a 20 and 30 something she enjoyed a varied professional life including teaching, real estate sales and an Amway distributorship. When the bottom fell out of the real estate industry in the early 80's she decided to return to college as a step toward a mid-life career change. She received a BS degree in Soil Science with a minor in geology from Cal Poly Pomona. Following graduation, she accepted a position as a chemistry lab technician at a community college. For some of us one job is never enough...she is also associated with H & R Block as a seasonal tax professional.

She joined Orange Belt Mineralogical Society in 1978. Her primary interest in those earlier years was lapidary, cabochon cutting in particular. A college mineralogy course opened up the world of minerals and that's what holds her interest now. Thumbnails are of particular interest and she makes a conscientious effort to add aesthetic specimens to the collection at every opportunity. Her other mineral interest is micromounting. Her non-mineral interest is metal detecting. She is also a total cat lover!

She edited newsletters for three different clubs...for many years she did the task for two clubs simultaneously. Now she edits only for Riverside Treasure Hunters, her metal detecting club. To be truthful she'd rather do that than serve in an office at the club level.

Her CFMS involvement has been ongoing since 1985. She started out as slide librarian and resigned that position only when she served as an officer from 1992-1996. She served on the Rules Committee from 1997-1999. In 2000, she was pressed into service as president when the president-elect became gravely ill and had to step down. Following her second term, she assumed the responsibilities of the Executive Secretary/Treasurer. Little did she know that a course in accounting which Cal Poly required of all its soil and plant science majors would actually prove worthwhile.

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