VoL XXXVI, No. 2--- February 1999
We Americans are an easy going people; you might say sort of a sleeping giant. We generally feel that our lawmakers.... city, county, state, and federal, represent us in a fair and even-handed way with little or no help or say so from us. Unfortunately, this is not the way it always works. Small fringe groups with a dedicated following can use this easygoing way of ours to their advantage. They come on as the good guys in the white hats saving the world from, or for, whatever their beliefs are. The spin on their causes is well financed and well done and of course they do convert some people to their beliefs.
These groups know what gets the attention of elected officials, from the dog catcher to the president of our land... ballots cast on Election Day. They need votes to get into power and to stay in power. If a group can convince a candidate they can deliver a large block of votes and then do, the candidate owes them big time. Votes are paid for by favors.
The individuals in these groups donate money for campaigns and they call on their candidates by mail, fax, e-mail, telegraph, telephone, and personal visits to communicate what they have on their minds. When Election Day arrives, these people all cast their ballots as a block. With the small percentage of registered voters casting ballots, it's no wonder that a small group can have its own way.
They communicate with candidates and public officials, we don't. They vote, and we don't.
We need to make ourselves aware of the things going on, not only in our backyard, but also in every backyard in the United States. Communication between people of like' persuasions across our land is a must. The lawmakers we elect to office need to know our views on issues they vote on in other states, just as voters in other states make their views about issues in our state known to their elected lawmakers.
There are organizations that track issues relevant to us. They need us to communicate with lawmakers, and they need money to defray expenses of their labors.
The silent majority, whether it's apathy or not taking the time and making the effort to communicate, registering to vote, and voting, are letting themselves be pushed around.
Freedom is not free. It was bought and paid for with blood and sacrifices. We can each help keep our freedoms alive and well with a little time, effort, and money.
I am still excited about sharing with all CFMS clubs, the folks you will be selecting for Member Recognition nominee(s) for 1999. This is such a special way to award the people in our clubs who make that extra contribution to the continuing interest in our communities for earth science studies and artistic creativity with rocks. Last month, I presented a number of members who were recognized for their contributions, yet I have no new names to mention this month. Please help me by taking the time during your next club Board meeting to choose your nominee(s) for this year. I look forward to filling this section with names in all the rest of 1999.
Kern County Mineral Society will again hold a Wood Seminar.
DATE: April 16,17, and 18,1999
PRICE: - $40.00 per person
TEACHER: - Walt Wright
RV - Full hook up available at $10.00 per night
Info and Registration:
The weeklong Earth Science Studies at Soda Springs, known as ZZYZX, is from April 11 to 18, 1999.
This is a unique opportunity to learn lapidary arts from talented instructors. Soda Springs is located 50 miles northeast of Barstow on ZZYZX Road. Facilities are adequate with ample room for RV's. There are no hookups
Workshops include cabochons, soft stone carving, bead stringing, silver smithing, and solderless wire fabrication. There are also field trips for collecting and sight seeing, and programs to fill the evenings.
Three meals a day are served, also food and beverage is sent out on the field trips.
The Earth Science Studies have been very popular in past years, with many attending year after year, for the fellowship and to improve their skills. There is an enrollment form in this newsletter. NOTE We, the committee, are looking forward to more new people. Try it -- you will like it.
I would like to contact or be contacted by someone in CFMS land who has a background in Public Relations and or Advertising. If you are interested, or know someone who may fit the bill, call me or give me their name and I will call them.
Ken Kruschke, CFMS President
1012 Mockingbird Lane
Fairfield, CA 94533-2426
Memorial weekend May 28-31,1999
The planning for our CFMS field trip on the Memorial Day weekend to the Monte Cristo Mountains is progressing. I plan to be there on 27 May 1999, which is a Thursday, to set up a camp site. NOTE
We will be camping on an alluvial fan area (a gradually sloping mass of alluvium [sand , clay etc. gradually deposited by moving water, as along a river bed or the shore of a lake] that widens out like a fan from the place where a stream slows down littile by little as it enters a plain) which will accommodate a great many campers. So come one come all. A number of people have told me that they plan to join us and that they know the area and can lead us to some good collecting sites. Therefore, I figure we can divide up and have several trips to different places at the same time, so everybody will be able to participate and collect good material.
Tonopha, Nevada is about 36 miles on highway 95 toward Las Vegas. There are some motels in Tonopha in case you want to join us on the field trips but do not have a camping unit.
The "Station Casino" in Tonopha has rooms, a restaurant, and trailer/motor home spaces behind. Check in the casino for camping, very reasonable. (775) 482-3859
Names and phone numbers for other motels in Tonopha:
To get to the field trip camp area, go north on Hwy 95 for 34 miles from Tonopha or from Reno area, go 6 miles south on 95 from Coaldale. Either way when you get to paved Nevada State highway 265- which goes south to Silver Peak, turn NORTH on a DIRT ROAD. Go about two miles. It is open country so you should be able to see our camping rigs. The road is good enough that all vehicles and trailers should have no difficulty. As near as I can determine from my maps, the altitude at the campsite may be about 6000 feet. And the collecting areas could be slightly higher. The temperature could get very cold at night and may get quite warm during the days, so bring coats and also light clothing.
There is a lot to collect in that area, Petrified wood, multi colored Jasper, Moss Agate, and several varieties of Rhyolite. Digging and hard rock mining is involved. Bring the necessary tools.
The price of gas in Coaldale is high. From Reno it might be a good idea to fill up in Hawthorne or (from Las Vegas), in Tonopha.
It is dry camping so bring your supplies of water and food.
A rock shop in Tonopha has some reasonably priced turquoise- at least in 1996. If you stop in, tell them Chuck McKie sent you. Maybe they won't charge you double.
We will probably have a potluck on Saturday night about 5:30 PM.
Sign in when you arrive at camp. Also SIGN out before you leave the field trip.
CFMS 60th Annual Show & Convention
June 18, 19, 20, 1999
(Bulletin Editors - please copy and publish)
In this issue of the Newsletter are application forms for advance registration, competitive and non-competitive exhibit forms for the CFMS Show in Turlock next June. NOTE Please make these available to your members and encourage them to participate. We've planned a good variety of exhibits in our large display cases.
In our six-foot see-through cases you will see:
We will also have four 12-foot display cases which will feature:
In the darkroom area of the exhibit budding, the Fluorescent Mineral Society will feature ten cases of fluorescents. The Society, dedicated to the appreciation of fluorescents, is composed of some 415 members from 44 U.S. States and 18 Countries. Jan Wittenberg, who is organizing the display, will have information about their minerals. They are also offering exhibit space in the darkroom for competition fluorescent displays.
Our large exhibit building will have room for all of these plus about 200 standard 4-foot displays. We plan to have a great show with lots of good 'Mother Lode' hospitality.
Visitors to gem and mineral shows always seem to "zero in" on the really outstanding displays and hardly look at some of the others. How have some exhibitors managed to catch your attention and "made" you stop and look at what they chose to display? If you look closely at the overall picture a case tries to convey, you may pick up some hints.
Look at the background colors used-are they subtle and do they enhance the case contents? What about pattern and texture-does it distract in any way? Examine the arrangement of the case contents-is there a focal point and a sense of direction for the eye or does it appear cluttered? Does the exhibitor clearly identify the contents of the case or does he/she make the viewer guess? What about neatness-is the case clean or are there smudges all over the place?
Based on years of experience exhibiting and judging other displays, I have developed some does and don'ts for exhibitors regarding showmanship. Although these ideas were originally aimed at the non-competitive exhibitor, they apply equally to the competitive exhibitor whether you choose to display at the CFMS show or the fairgrounds.
Showing off your prized specimens, lapidary and/or jewelry skills is one of the things you can do to promote our activities to others. If you plan to enter CFMS competition this year, it is not too early to begin planning your display. If the current Rules book and supplements are not available through your club, they can be obtained by contacting CFMS Executive Secretary/Treasure Renata Bever at (909) 885-3918 or you can e-mail her at email@example.com. To quote President Ken Kruschke, you should "go for the gold". He wants to help present lots of trophies to lots of folks at Turlock. See you there!
The speaker was there on time for the meeting of Monterey Bay Mineral Society of Salinas, and he had the video he had made personally of the Russian crown jewels, gems, and mines. When he started to show it, however, it was "all snow". 0 -o-o-o-ops!! Fortunately Howard Carter was also there and came up with a quiz program in which the audience participated enthusiastically. Kay Carter shares what he said:
The program that was arranged for tonight had to be canceled because ........
Tonight I am the teacher and will be asking the questions. Here are the rules of engagement: If you know the answer, you will indicate by your hand and I will call on you for the answer. Until you are called on, do not answer. As I expect there will be a lot of experts in the audience. If no one gives the correct answer, I will supply the answer.
We recognize three categories of rocks as igneous,
sedimentary, and metamorphic. If I gave you a rock we call halite, how could you make good use of it' (Salt) There are many, words that are used in the literature of mining and mineral resource applications and are important to the understand of their meaning. Give a brief definition of the following words or terms.
Which is heavier, an ounce of feathers, or an ounce of gold? A Troy Ounce of gold weighs 31.103481 grams,
while an ounce of feathers weighs 28.34953 grams. So, you see, the ounce of gold is heavier.
Our thanks to Kay and Howard for sharing, with us! Many
thanks, also, to the following for returning annual Program
Reports and Questionnaires: Edith Willoughby, Napa Valley
Rock & Gem Club; Joan Keith, Vista Gem & Mineral Societies;
and Anne Schafer, San Diego Mineral and Gem Society.
If I gave you a rock we call halite, how could you make good use of it' (Salt)
There are many, words that are used in the literature of mining and mineral resource applications and are important to the understand of their meaning. Give a brief definition of the following words or terms.
Which is heavier, an ounce of feathers, or an ounce of gold? A Troy Ounce of gold weighs 31.103481 grams, while an ounce of feathers weighs 28.34953 grams. So, you see, the ounce of gold is heavier.
Our thanks to Kay and Howard for sharing, with us! Many thanks, also, to the following for returning annual Program Reports and Questionnaires: Edith Willoughby, Napa Valley Rock & Gem Club; Joan Keith, Vista Gem & Mineral Societies; and Anne Schafer, San Diego Mineral and Gem Society.
The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society, Jerry Wells, Federation Director, sent some great items to include in our growing Historical Reference Library Project:
Betty and I will be taking our first long trip in our trailer soon. We will be gone about 7 weeks rockhounding and visiting family in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico. Our two black Labs love to travel and will be going with us. There is a lot to plan and get ready for a trip this long and it got me thinking about the special needs and situations when traveling with pets. When traveling with your pet, be ready for the routine problems as well as the "unexpected" ones. Since they can't do for themselves, it is our responsibility to plan and do for them.
Here are a few considerations and safety tips for traveling with pets:
These are just a few ideas and considerations. You will need to tailor your safety check list for your own situation -- type of pet, how many pets, age, temperament, activity level, etc. While taking your pets along does require planning and preparation, if you are like us, our dogs are part of the family and it just wouldn't be right to leave them at home. But what ever your situation -- PRACTICE SAFETY when traveling with pets.
If you haven't completed and mailed in the Safety Survey from the December Newsletter, you have a lot of company. So far the response has been underwhelming. Because it was short and easy to complete (so I thought), I had hoped to get your responses quickly. Anyway, please do complete it as quickly as you can and return it to me. Hopefully, there will be some good Safety programs and ideas to pass along to the rest of the Federation.
To maintain our standard of living, every day, 18 million tons of raw material must be mined, cut or harvested to meet the demands of U.S. citizens for "things & stuff'; about 150 lbs. for every man, woman and child.
REMEMBER: If it can't be grown, it has to be mined.