VoL XXXVI, No. I--- January 1999
The CFMS Convention and Show is closer than it appears. We should start making our plans to go to Turlock in June, or better yet, make plans to be part of the show. Showing a case of your best is always a satisfying experience, especially at a show like the CFMS Show. I have seen many guest exhibit cases at shows with great potential for competitive displays. The American greatness has been built on the competitive spirit. Whether you are racing, building Widgets, or living your daily life, you are being competitive. There are many benefits i.e., set standards for new people, help set higher standards in your classification, and perhaps a Trophy for your mantel. Isn't your material and your workmanship equal to or better than anyone else's? Why not go for it?
When you have decided to compete, you know the area you will be working in and your first need will be an AFMS Uniform Rules Book, the latest CFMS Supplementary Rules, and maybe an AFMS Fossil List, AFMS Lapidary List, or AFMS Mineral List. You set your goal, 1st place, not 2nd place. Think like a winner. Getting a competitive exhibit ready to go takes time and effort; now is none too early to start. You don't have to go it alone. Seek out people who have competed and I'm sure they will be more than happy to help you.
The rules for competition are narrow and strict; the playing field must be level for everyone. Take the time to read, reread and study everything that pertains to your entry. Remember, follow the rules and give the judges what they are looking for.
Let's fast forward to the actual competition. You've done your homework and have your case ready for judging. Now the waiting begins .... an eternity till the results are posted. If you are 1st, it's a great high. If not, don't give up; find out why not. This is the time to read the comment sheets on all of the cases in your class. Look at all of the cases and study the comment sheets in your class, yours included, in the same fight. Now you will be learning about the art of competition. You are now on the path to a 1st Place trophy.
A big help is to have someone who has competed around to answer your questions and help critique your efforts. If you want help and don't know anyone with competitive experience, give me a call and I'll get help for you. If your club or society would like a workshop, give Beverley Hafeli a call and it will happen.
I'm looking forward to seeing many great cases this year in Turlock, and helping to award many Trophies for outstanding 1st Place cases.
CFMS 60th Annual Show & Convention
June 18, 19, 20, 1999
Do you have any plans for the middle of June in 1999? A suggestion and an invitation to the 60th Annual Show and Convention of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies is tendered by the hosts, the Mother Lode Mineral Society.
For APPLICATIONS and ADVANCED REGISTRATION FORM (regarding RV CAMPING, ACCOMMODATIONS, MAPS, BANQUET and EDITORS' BREAKFAST & MEETING):
308 San Juan Dr., Modesto, CA 95354
Following approval by the directors at the Visalia meeting, we have registered a unique domain name for the CFMS website, and our web pages are now accessible at www.cfmsinc.org on the Internet. This is still very much a "work in progress" and we will be continuing to make corrections and additions to the information available. We expect to have a "Show Dates" page, and the text of the CFMS Newsletter, included in the near future. We will use your submissions to Dee Clasen as our source for show dates, so be sure you keep her informed.
We will be updating club information from your new Officer Change Forms to be sent to the Executive Secretary. It is particularly important for you to provide a club contact telephone number, and E-mail address if available, so that interested persons who find your club through our "City/Club" index will have a way to contact you.
Meanwhile, if you have Internet access, check your present club listing for errors or omissions. Send any needed corrections or additions to Beverly Moreau (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will consolidate the information and pass it to me for implementation. Suggestions or material for new topics may be given to any committee member, and the committee will determine appropriateness for publication on the website.
At our recent Fall Meeting in Visalia, Chairman Beverley Hafeli announced the Honorees selected for the five $2000.00 scholarships to be granted this year.
Norvie Enns was selected because of his activity with CFMS as Chairman of the Cab Cases North, as a member of the Rules Committee, and as a member of the Nominating Committee.
John Peck is a Treasurer of The Islanders. He shares his lapidary knowledge and his love of nature in his published articles.communities for earth science studies and
Bill Depue, Bob Depue, and Beth Pinnel, are brothers and sister who own Diamond Pacific. They have led tours, presented programs and loaned lapidary equipment to our Earth Science Study groups.
Kathleen Springer, is curator of the San Bernardino Museum and Paleontologist at the Eastside Reservoir Project in Riverside County. The excavation has, to date, uncovered 5000 fossils of extinct animals who died during the Ice Age. She leads trips through the museum, and presents programs. She is presently working on her Doctorate in Riverside.
Ed and Lillian Heiss, members of Palomar Gem & Mineral Society, have been Federation Directors and Show Chairmen. They share their expertise and energy with fellow rockhounds.
"With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke." Will Rogers via The Rockatier
I am excited about sharing with all CFMS members, the folks you select to recognize as your Member Recognition nominee(s) for 1999. I challenge all the clubs to be the first in your area to send to me your selection. This is such a special way to award the people in our clubs who make that extra contribution to the future in our communities for earth science studies and artistic creativity with rocks.
Pasadena Lapidary Society, Inc. presents DALTON & MARY COTTER, who have been involved in every club activity; teaching and demonstrating cabbing, sphere-making, carving, intarsia, gem tree making, and repairing and maintaining club machinery. They also volunteer many hours at their show every year, held at the Los Angeles County Fair.
The Woodland Hills Rock Chippers presents CHARLENE KOMATSU. She is actively involved in the club as Membership Chair, Refreshment Chair, Bulletin staff, and part of the Publicity Committee. She also spends all weekend at the San Fernando Valley Gem Fair, volunteering with their club show.
Whittier Gem & Mineral Society presents JIM AIKIN, an accomplished teacher of cabochon making and other lapidary skills to the boys and girls and to the adult "Rock Gabbers" in the club. He is past president and has served on various committees over the years.
I'm sorry that I had to cancel the trip for next May to Chimney Creek Reservoir in Nevada.
The reason: I'll be nice and assume that it was done inadvertently and innocently. Our access to this collecting site is through cattle ranches which means that gates must be opened and CLOSED to prevent cattle from straying from their pasture. In this case someone had gone through the area, the gate (or gates) was not closed and as a result, the cattle not only strayed from their pasture but they also mixed with the herds of other cattlemen. Needless to say, they are VERY unhappy since they had to spend much time and effort not only rounding up the cattle but also separating the cattle into their respective herds. Well, our good buddy, Norvie Ennes of the Reno Club, is going to try to mend "our fences" with the cattlemen. It will decidedly be a great loss if we no longer will be allowed to collect there. But if it should come to pass that we have access again, that will be for the future.
That brings me to communication. When we go on field trips and have a caravan of vehicles, we MUST communicate. First of all, there should be an information gathering of all the group before the trip is to start. Everyone must know where the trip is going, whether any special circumstances will be encountered (such as gates to be closed), any hazardous places, etc. The leader of the caravan should have a CB and at least the tail-gunner of the caravan should have a CB. The CB's should not be used for idle chit-chat but only for official communications. When the leader gets to a fork in the road, he should wait for the next car to be in sight before continuing. Then each and EVERY car thereafter does the same thing. And the tail-gunner should notify the leader as the tail end of the caravan gets to each important point of the route. And since the leader has been communicating, he has informed the tail-gunner about the gate and the tail-gunner will tell the leader when the gate has been closed. But it is the LEADER'S responsibility to insure that things go right.
PLEASE remember, gates are to be left as found. Hopefully, as the cattlemen had intended.
Anyhow, I do plan to have a trip this next Memorial Day weekend. It will be to the Monte Cristo Mountains in Nevada. No, I have never been there but a couple people who have been there have said that they will be there to show us the way. I will have a map next month (February). There is rhyolite, agate, apache tears ......
The Monte Cristo mountains are located about half way between Hawthorne and Tonopha, Nevada on Highway 95, and approximately 200 n-Ales from Las Vegas and the same from Reno. The Lord willing, I will be there a couple of days before the Memorial Day weekend.
Forms for entry into the 1999 All American
Awards Program were published in the
December issue of the CFMS Newsletter,
but we can supply additional copies if
needed. We hope that all of our clubs will
"Go For the Gold" in 1999 (based on
calendar 1998 activities). Remember that we
must receive your entries by March 31,1999.
Communication is our primary tool. Good communication is a two-way street which requires information and input from all parties to be effective.
As your 1999 Bulletin Aids Chairman, I would like much input from Editors as to how we can make this office more effective and meaningful for all. The purpose of this office is to "act as a clearinghouse for editor information and to answer questions". (O.&C. Manual, 1997.)
Participation in the Bulletin Contest was disheartening last year - there were only 15 bulletin entries! As of this date (Dec. 1) the outlook is equally dismal. This, from a Federation that has over 150 clubs. Where were the other 130 editors? I would like input from those 130 others.
Although this report will reach you after the contest for this year has closed, please tell me, in as many words as it takes,
If you "pressed #1", we especially want to hear from you! You might conduct a workshop and help the rest of us struggling individuals. Do tell us your methods for getting reports by the deadline; getting members to contribute brilliant articles; filling the pages with handy hints and witty remarks; getting someone to whisk the finished bulletin off to the printer .....
For #2 - Come to our workshop. You'll love our company - lots of shoulders to cry on. Most of us begin somewhere between mediocre and awful.
For the rest, let's talk about it. Maybe some changes need to be made (rules are not written in stone). Maybe they need to be modified. Would you like to come to a workshop where you could discuss our problems and methods of solving them? We can learn from each other and have fun doing it. Past workshops have been most productive, and fun meeting the Editors we've only known through their bulletins. We exchange ideas, share joys and frustrations, discuss pitfalls and generally unburden ourselves to those who share the same situations. It's a good group.
Entering your bulletin in the yearly contest should be a learning experience. It can be very rewarding, whether or not we receive the trophy.
We are planning an Editor's workshop at the CFMS 1999 show in Turlock. Tentative plans are for Sunday morning, June 20, right after the Editors' Breakfast and awards. Do come, whether you entered the contest or not. Let's ask questions and discuss problems.
Meanwhile, give me some 'food for thought' Ideas, suggestions and gripes are all welcome.
I'll be waiting to hear from you.
Mineral Collections for Schools
Don and Dianna Ricky of Santa Barbara Mineral and Gem Society conducted a group participation program which resulted in a number of identical boxes of mineral specimens being presented to elementary schools. Don and Diana supplied all the specimens themselves, as well as the Printed lists and the labeling materials and the boxes, but other members of your society or club might commit themselves to bringing enough pieces of a specific mineral for the number of boxes planned, or other materials needed, if signed up in advance.
As Diana describes the project, "It was actually pretty simple. Since we [she and Don] had already made a donation of fossils a couple years ago, we just concentrated on minerals. These minerals varied between common and not so common, but nothing really valuable. 'Just rocks.' Although we had asked members to bring specimens, no one actually did. We have an overabundance anyway, and there were plenty to go around.
"The club members labeled each specimen with a number (white-out, with the number written over it with permanent 'Sharpie' pen). We had a computer-printed sheet, with the specimens listed, 1 through 14. This was put in a plastic sheet protector. Since we expected this would go to the younger students, we made it simple. It looked like this: