CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES, INC.

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CFMS LINKS:

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SOCIETY/CLUBS SHOWS:
♦  SHOW LISTINGS

Show Form:
Post CFMS Member Shows
Online and in CFMS Newsletter

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SOCIETIES/CLUBS:
CLUB LISTINGS

Club Change Form

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EARTH SCIENCE STUDY CAMPS:
CAMPS ZZYZX & PARADISE
About ESS Camps
2018 Camp Zzyzx Application

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CFMS TEAM:
Officers Page
Officer/Committee List

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CFMS FORMS:
General & Insurance
Contest Forms

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NEWS:
CFMS Newsletters

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PROGRAMS:
Visual Programs
Speakers
Demonstrators

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MANUALS:
Manuals & Reference

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RULES:
CFMS Supplemental Rules

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ENDOWMENT:
CFMS Endowment Fund

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CFMS FIELD TRIPS:
Up-Coming Trips & Reports

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LINKS:
Federation & Other Links

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AFMS WEB SITE

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PUBLIC LAND ACCESS ORGANIZATIONS:

American Land Access Association (ALAA)

Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC)

California Off-Road Vehicle Association (CORVA)

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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM):
California
Nevada
Arizona
Utah
Oregon & Washington

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OTHER INFORMATION:
Google Maps
Yahoo Maps
2017 Calendar
2018 Calendar
Weather Channel
Nat'l Weather Svc

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ROCK & GEM ARTICLES:
Rock & Gem Magazine

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 Welcome to the California Federation of
Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

CFMS Logo  The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS) was organized in 1936 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Western part of the United States.

The CFMS includes approximately 110 clubs and societies mostly in California. A few societies in Arizona and Nevada are members due to historical affiliation. Its region also covers Hawaii.  CFMS is one of seven regional federations belonging to the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

Dear CFMS Societies,

The Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society has canceled their October show due the devastation of the wildfires.
Some of the evacuations areas are still closed to the public and everyone has been asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, and to stay indoors due to the toxic smoke that is so heavy in the air. It will be some time before life is back to some sense of normalcy. Businesses are still closed and the fires are still being fought in that area. Because cell and WiFi services are still so unpredictable, more information is not available concerning the wellbeing of all their members.

Our hearts go out to each and everyone one of their members as they continue to get through this very difficult and tragic time.


2017 Newsletters: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun -- Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Printable 2017 CFMS Calendar - key dates
2017 CFMS Calendar
Oct 5 Articles for November 2017 CFMS Newsletter Due
Oct 17 (rev) 2018 Bulletin Contest Deadline. Bulletin Contest Forms deadline rev'd
Nov 1 Committee Reports Due for Fall Business Meeting, Visalia.
Nov 3 Deadline for Banquet Reservations for Fall Business Meeting, Visalia.
Nov 5 Cut-off date for special room rate at Wyndham for Fall Business Meeting, Visalia.
Nov 5 Articles for December 2017 CFMS Newsletter Due
Nov 10-11 CFMS 2017 Fall Business Meeting, Visalia, CA  (See October newsletter, pages 2-3, re. location, meeting schedule, reports, banquet, and hotel reservations). We look forward to seeing all Society Federation Directors, CFMS Officers and CFMS Committee Members
Dec 5 Articles for January 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jan 31 CFMS Web Site Contest DeadlineEntry forms will be posted asap!

2018 CFMS Calendar
Jan 5 Articles for February 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jan 31 CFMS All American Club Contest Deadline 2018 AAC Contest Form
Feb 5 Articles for March 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 1 Deadline to apply for 2018 Zzyzx Earth Sciences Camp   cApplication Camp will be held March 25-31.  DO NOT MAIL APPLICATION BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2017  
Mar 5 Articles for April 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 25-31 2018 ZZYZX EARTH SCIENCES CAMP  - Application    Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.  DO NOT MAIL APPLICATION BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Apr 5 Articles for May 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Apr 6 - 8 AFMS/EFMLS Show & Convention, Raleigh, North Carolina.
May 5 Articles for June 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
... More 2018 events to be posted....
 

2017 CFMS Officers 2017 CFMS Officers - November 2016 Visalia, CA
L/R,  Margaret Kolaczyk, President; Marcia Goetz, Secretary; Jennifer Haley, 1st Vice President, Al Bolshazy, Treasurer; Tony Fender, 2nd Vice President
Past CFMS Presidents
CFMS Past Presidents - Visalia 2016
L/R: (Back Row) Jack Williams, 2003;  Susan Chaisson-Walblom, 2012; Fred Ott, 2010;  Jim Brace-Thompson, 2011;  Burl LaRue, 2008;  John Martin, 2016.  (Middle Row) Dick Pankey, 2007,  Shirley Leeson, 1987;  JoAnna Ritchey, 2002.  (Front Row) Colleen McGann, 2006;  Pat LaRue, 1996 & 2000; Jennifer Haley, 2014.

Photos taken at  the November 2016 Installation of  2017 Officers, Visalia, CA


From time to time important rockhounding matters come to our attention. We will post this information as it becomes available. We would appreciate your taking action.  In the meantime, you can read updates on land access issues on the A.L.A.A. site.


CFMS Earth Science Study Camps
CFMS offers opportunities to learn lapidary and jewelry-making techniques in two distinctively different settings:
  • Camp Zzyzx is located in Southern California's Mojave Desert near Baker
  • Camp Paradise is located in Northern California's Plumas National Forest near Clipper Mills
    2018 Camp Zzyzx
    March 25 - March 31
    Application
    DO NOT MAIL BEFORE NOV. 1, 2017
    2017 Camp Paradise (completed)
    Week 1: August 27 - September 2
    Week 2: September 3 - September 9

    More about Earth Sciences Study Camps

    For Class Content, Locations/maps, Contacts
     

     

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