VoL XXXVI, No. 7--- August 1999

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

Diamond Jubilee of Gems ..................................... Ken Kruschke
CFMS Insurance Update ...................................... Bob Stultz
Warning to Exchange Clubs ................................. Mary Sharp
Field Trips .......................................................... Chuck McKie
Earth Science Studies ......................................... Izzie Burns
Juniors Activities Report ...................................... Jim Brace-Thompson
Gold & Gem Show .............................................. Name
Addition to 1999 CFMS Roster ............................. Renata Bever
Getting to the Source of Brecciated Jasper ............ Stephen Blocksage
Competitive Exhibit Trophy Winners--Turlock '99 ..... Name
Member Recognition............................................. Colleen Mcgann
CFMS Editors & Articles Contest Winners ............. Rosemarie Young
The Program Library ............................................. Richard Fuller
All American Awards ............................................. Dot and Bob Beachler
Exhibitors & Judges Workshop............................... Frank Mullaney
Show Date Information Sheet ................................. Dee Clason
Practice Field Trip Safety....................................... Richard Pankey

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Diamond Jubilee of Gems

by Ken Kruschke, CFMS President
CFMS President

Once each year the CFMS Show and Convention is presented by a member club. These shows are always winners. If there is a loser, it's anyone that for whatever reason misses the show. the "Diamond Jubilee of Gems" Show, hosted by the Mother Lode Mineral Society last June in Turlock was an excellent example of a CFMS Show.

The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds had the facilities needed for a show of this size, plenty of camping spaces for RV's, spacious buildings for the show and meetings and even an on-site cafeteria. There was something for everyone to see and do. The Officers and Federation Directors of the CFMS held their meetings and did the business of the Federation. Many Rockhounds were renewing old friendships and making new friends at the Cracker Barrel and during the show.

After going through the entrance into the show you were in the entry tent. In this area there were a host of activities including an information booth, several demonstrators, a silent auction, a gold panning demo by the Valley Prospectors Club. They are the Host Club for the "CFMS Y-2000" Show in Riverside next year. In the entry tent you were at a fork in the path; go to the left into a large building with wall to wall exhibits (200+) or go to the right and into an equally large building filled with dealers (40+).

The exhibits displayed some of the many directions for rockhounds. This was as fine a collection of great material and outstanding craftsmanship you will ever see. Included with the displays in this building were the Competitive Exhibits, many were trophy winners. The dealers had rough and finished material as well as tools, equipment and supplies for the rockhound from beginner to the old-timer.

During the run of the show there were many demonstrators (20+) answering questions and showing 'how to' on everything from cabbing to wire wrapping, and faceting to sphere-making. Also many excellent lectures (6) were available on a variety of subjects. Bob Jones, Senior Consulting Editor of "ROCK & GEM" Magazine was among the lectures. Don Ogden, the CFMS Webmaster for was there with his computer answering questions and helping to explain the web site and the Internet. Don also presented movies in the evening for the entertainment of those staying on the grounds.

At the CFMS Awards Banquet, Saturday evening after a fine dinner, scholarships for the AFMS and the CFMS were presented. Awards for Club Bulletin Editors and Authors of Articles for club bulletins were given out. The presentation of the trophies for the competitive exhibits is always the high point of the evening. This evening was no exception.

Sunday morning bulletin editors, authors of bulletin articles and anyone interested went to the Bulletin Editors Breakfast and Awards meeting. There were several fine speakers after breakfast followed by the presentation of many awards.

This show is history now, but I'm looking forward to seeing you all in Riverside next year and that includes those that missed Turlock.

CFMS Insurance Update

by Bob Stultz, 2nd Vice President

(Editors, please copy)

At the Executive Committee meeting held in Turlock, the Executive Board appointed Bob Stultz, CFMS 2nd Vice President, to gather information from several interested insurance companies who wished to make a bid for the Federation's insurance business and present it to the Board. The Board will then examine these policies and present their decision to the Directors, when ready.

We are negotiating with several insurance companies at this time and two major companies have indicated that they are very much interested in writing a policy for us. We have asked for coverage to include all activities, in the name of the Federation and all of its clubs. These activities would include: Monthly Meetings, Workshops, Shows, Educational Trips to Museums and other such locations, Field Trips for collecting material, and Socials such as Picnics, Pot Lucks, Christmas Parties, etc.

One company has already notified Pat McDaniels, the agent who spoke briefly at the Directors' Meeting in Turlock, that they have a policy almost ready to be quoted. This policy would not involve any additional cost to the individual clubs of the Federation for all of their activities, including Field Trips.

The other type of insurance coverage that came up in Turlock was called Errors and Omissions for Officers and Directors. This would involve an additional cost, over and above the regular premium, and we are discussing the need for this with our lawyer.

We hope this answers the questions that have been submitted to President Ken Kruschke since Turlock. We will not rush into making quick decisions that will only give a "band aid" solution to this problem, and we will not quote any specific figures on policies in the Newsletter until the Executive Board and the CFMS lawyer can examine them. Therefore, there will not be another article on the insurance problem printed in the CFMS Newsletter until we have some definite information to give you.

Please be patient and give your officers a chance to do their job.

Warning to Exchange Clubs

by Mary Sharp, South Bay Lapidary & Mineral
via The Agatizer May 1999

At the end of our club's annual gem and mineral show, held recently in Torrance, the entire contents of our display case were stolen from our vehicle while one of us was right there.

Until our show co-chairperson noticed her and forced her to leave the building a woman had been sitting near where we were packing up our case. Later, in the parking lot right next to the building, this same woman came up to the car and, under the pretext of asking directions to the freeway, spread a map out over the windows of the car, occluding any view into the inside. This gave her accomplice just enough time to remove the bag containing the display items from the car without being seen.

While the woman was getting away, to keep anyone from noticing that the bag was gone, either that accomplice or a second accomplice came immediately up to our car and began a conversation, warning us to be wary of strangers asking directions because it could be a scam! Then, almost before you could blink, he also was gone. From beginning to end, the entire operation took about two or three minutes.

The police said it was very slick and professional and to be glad that it happened in the parking lot, because had the thieves wanted the items badly enough to follow us home it could have been much worse for us. They also said that the chances of our recovering any of the stolen items were almost nil. What really hurt us was not the monetary loss, which was great enough, but that most of the items were precious family heirlooms which no amount of money can ever replace.

We have heard of this happening at other shows, but never dreamed that it would one day happen to us. Please be alert ---nobody is safe.

Field Trips

by Chuck McKie, Field Trip Chairman-North

Report of the CFMS "Gathering" at the Monte Cristo Mountains during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Thirtysix "gatherers" signed in and about six others joined in our little expeditions. These rockhounds represented 14 CFMS clubs .... 9 were from Northern California, 4 from Southern California, and 4 were from Northern Nevada.

There also were in the same area and went to the same digs, but on a different schedule, about half dozen more rockhounds from Northern Nevada and a number from the Las Vegas area who understood my cancellation of the "Field Trip" as to mean everything was cancelled, not just renamed.

Anyway, those who followed Dick Pankey, Marion Roberts, Jo Anna Ritchey around collected some mighty fine material. and the major contributer to our locating the areas was Will Corey who spent a day and a half taking us around to show us where the various localities were. We "gathered" Green and Purple-banded Rhyolite, Moss Agate, Obsidian apache tears (from sand size up to a large fist size) and some petrified wood.

We were treated to an amazing array of desert wild life. Many kinds of flowers were in radiant display and very abundant. and one cactus plant was host to a very tiny bird's nest with four tiny eggs. The mother wasn't too happy with our intrusion but we didn't disturb her much.

The Las Vegas group - who were camped about three miles from us were visited by a rattle snake and we had a small side winder in our camp --- he really got mad when he was scooped into a bucket and transported outside of our camp. Also, after I had beat on a large rock breaking it up for several minutes, I discovered a small (less than a foot long) King Snake hiding under the last piece. I had seen it while I was breaking up the rock, but all I could see was a couple of inches of a round red wiggler - not a tapered tail - which I thought was a large worm. when I finally scooped away the last piece of rock with my crowbar, he finally crawled away.

And while we were gathering the Apache Tears, a large male Big Horn Sheep stood lookout on the top of a ridge above us. He watched us for about half an hour. then later, when I looked up there again, there were twelve Big Horn Sheep lying along the rim looking down on us. They didn't seem the least bit concerned, possibly because the cliff was almost too steep to climb.

During our camp, we planned for a pot-luck on Saturday night after a happy hour. Dick rang his cow bell to call us to the happy hour. five minutes later, while we were gathering, it began to sprinkle. Before we could take our food inside, it was hailing very large stones, about a third of an inch in diameter, which actually hurt when they hit me. After some hard hailing, it turned to rain which continued for most of the night.

On Sunday evening, we decided to try again for a happy hour and a pot-luck .... after all, we still had most of our food left over. Guess what? No! You are wrong! It was very nice, in fact so warm that everyone was looking for some shade in which to sit.

I believe there will be articles about field trip insurance by others in this newsletter, therefore I will not go into what we covered at the Turlock CFMS meeting in June.

Earth Science Studies
Camp Paradise - September 12-19, 1999

by Izzie Burns

CFMS Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise will be here soon. To assure a room send in your request early. The dates are September 12 to 19. Many learning opportunities are offered, as well as good camping, good food, good field trips and interesting programs.

Workshops include: Wire Wrap, Faceting, Casting, Stone Carving, Cabbing, Bead Stringing and Petrified Wood Identification Instructors are all award winning in their field and are eager that you learn winning methods and techniques.

Facilities are dorm rooms and some rooms with double beds or cots. There is ample room for RVs with shower rooms nearby. If you have an RV you may be more comfortable to bring it.

Meals are home cooked with a fantastic variety. Food is sent out on field trips.

Field trips include gold panning, collecting and sight seeing. Some nice pieces of petrified wood have been seen in past field trips.

Do not confuse Camp Paradise with Paradise City. Our camp is a church owned camp in a beautiful setting in the mountains on highway E 21 out of Marysville, one mile beyond Clipper Mills.

For a form to join us at Camp Paradise click here! You will be sent information on what to bring and how to get there.

For more information, call Ray Meisenheimer - (805) 642-3155.

Earth Science Committee
Izzie & Bill Burns
Ray & Florence Meisenheimer
Cal & Dee Clason

Juniors Activities Report

Thank you Debbie Bunn!
by Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Chairman

This year's Federation show sounded like a good one, and I was sorry to have missed it due to business travel that took me away to the opposite end of the country, to Louisville, Kentucky. But when the Juniors Chairman didn't show up, that didn't mean that the show didn't still go on --- thanks to former Juniors Chair, Debbie Bunn.

Debbie jumped into action -- along with the many Federation members who brought donations -- and set up a Juniors Table that brought in $110.36 for the juniors' contingency fund. On behalf of all Federation juniors, many thanks to Debbie and our generous contributors!


CFMS Annual Show & Convention
Hosted by Valley Prospectors

Riverside Convention Center

August 4, 5, & 6, 2000
Fri. & Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5

It's not too soon to start making plans to attend the "Y 2K" Federation Show!

Addition to 1999 CFMS Roster
by Renata Bever

One club was accidently left out of the 1999 CFMS Roster that was handed out at the Directors' Meeting in Turlock. Please add the following information to your club's copy:

      Gold Coast Treasure Hunters
      102 Begonia Place
      Ventura, CA 93004

Getting to the Source of Brecciated Jasper (Stone Canyon)

by Stephen Blocksage, Field Trip Chairman-South

As sources for rock hounding sites, at least in Southern California, dwindle through closure by government and through the purchase of sites by private landholders, I thought it might be good to reverse the tide a little. I came across an old copy of Lapidary Journal from 1952 (courtesy of Ron Jones of Ace Lapidary) which mentions Stone Canyon and the excellent quality of brecciated jasper that originated there. The site of Stone Canyon was closed even at that date, though recently so.

Might it be possible to reopen this site, at least to the Federation for the Southern Field Trip. Modem maps do not show the site and the Internet proved useless, sending me to the Stone Canyon Band a somewhat fond memory from my youth but not cogent to my search. A trip to Calgold, a map and prospecting outlet, in Pasadena, California paid dividends. The master names list for U.S.G.S. Topo Maps listed a Stone Canyon, in fact several in California. I knew that the site was between San Miguel and Coalinga in the Coast Range so it was easy to pick out the latitude and longitude. Additionally, a brief glance at the historical atlas for Southern California indicated a site based on an 1895 mining map, which showed a long canyon referred to as Stone Canyon and assigned the coal symbol from the maps legend. Further reading established the fact that some of the first coal was mined there and shipped to Coaling A, now shortened to Coalinga.

The Smith Mountain Quadrangle map contains Stone Canyon. The approximate coordinates for those that have G.P.S. is 36 degrees 1m 10s N by 120 degrees 30m W. For those who use sections, it's Township 22 S, Range 13 E & 14 E, Sections 6, 15, 13, 12, and 18 respectively. It is about 10 miles up the San Andreas Rift Zone from Parkfield, near the epicenter of a 6.0 earthquake a dozen years ago.

If I am putting you to sleep, sometimes the devil is in the details. A call to the County of Monterey Assessors office revealed the fact that in not having the address or the name of the owners, I would have to go to Salinas, the County Seat, to personally peruse a plot map to determine ownership of Stone Canyon. Incidentally, Stone Canyon fies just within the southern and eastern borders of Monterey County. Oh well, the fun of being a field trip leader. Fortunately I have relatives in the Carmel Valley so the trip on a workday to view the map and locate the owners will not be all hard work and no play.

By the way, the only way to go on private property such as Stone Canyon is with the owner's permission. Negotiations such as when and where and how many and who will be responsible for gate closures, security, indemnification, clean up, hole abatement and the signing of any contracts such as quit-claims and the conditions of the site must be provided and adhered to by the Club or Federation. I am carrying on negotiations with the Dana Properties in Nipomo to gain Federation access to the Dana lands for the purposes of rock hounding the Saginitic Agate in a similar manner.

This should be the pattern by all field trip leaders when proposing to go on private land. Respect the owners rights. Go through the gates and close them behind you. If you dig, fill. If you make fire, use appropriate fire safety measures. If you make trash, take it and so on. Offer to improve the site if possible.

Incidentally, Stone Canyon Jasper is still fairly commonly available at rock shows so it may be still being taken from Stone Canyon on a limited basis or the rock may be remnants of past mining there, which has not sold.

Follow - ups to this article will appear in the CFMS Newsletter as we attempt negotiations with the owners and possibly set up for a field trip in September or October. If you have thoughts on opening other areas in Southern California I am open to suggestion. My e-mail address' is Similite@aol.com or you may reach me at (805) 522-1420.

Competitive Exhibit Trophy Winners--Turlock '99

Trophy ----- Division ----- Winner

Trophy I (Society) ----- Open Division ----- Reno Gem & Mineral Society

Trophy 14 ----- Cabochons III ----- Alberta J. Carter (Reno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 15 ----- Lapidary ----- Al Madden (Fresno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 16 ----- Carvings I ----- Lorrie Peterson (Reno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 17 ----- Cabochons I ----- William J. Council (Conejo Gem & Mineral Club)

Trophy 21 ----- Specialized Lapidary--spheres ----- Frank M. Sterling (Fresno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 21 ----- Specialized Lapidary--specialized techniques ----- Lorrie Peterson (Reno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 25 ----- Jewelry--specialized techniques ----- Lavonia Sterling (Fresno Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 27 ----- Educational I ----- Bonnie Andrade (Min & Gem Society of Castro Valley)

Trophy 28 ----- Educational 11 ----- Edwina Swenson (Paradise Gem & Mineral Society)

Trophy 40 ----- Carvings 11 ---- Buddy R. Miller (Gem Carvers Guild)

Trophy 41 (Junior) ----- Carvings III ----- Aaron P. Council (Conejo Gem & Mineral Club)

Choate Jewelry Trophy ---- Cheryl Council (Conejo Gem & Mineral Club)

Facetron Trophy ----- Stan Wright (No. California Faceters Guild)

N California Faceters Trophy ----- Stan Wright (N California Faceters Guild)

Beginning Faceting Trophy ----- Violet Wells (Fresno Gem & Mineral Society)

Member Recognition

by Colleen Mcgann

Member Recognition allows each club each year to honor the people who go above and beyond in their club's activities. Folks who have been officers or give geology programs at local schools or for scouts and always work at your club shows, even working quietly behind the scenes. Clubs, look around at your members and at your next Board Meeting vote on Your Candidate for Member Recognition Award for 1999. You can choose an individual or a couple. There are many clubs in this organization who I have not heard from yet, so the time to act is NOW.

The Maricopa Lapidary Society in Phoenix presents Homer & Carolyn Snell. The Snells joined the club in 1980. They have been active in all the club functions. Homer held the office of President twice and Carolyn held a variety of offices including editor of the Chips and Tips for eight years. They held chairmanship for years working at their Show.
Submitted by Emily Cox.

The Orange Belt Mineralogical Society of San Bernardino presents Jim McDaniels & Pat Wind. They have both been members since the 1970's. Jim has served in nearly every office and committee the club has, twice as President and more times as Field Trip Chair. He is totally dedicated to the club lending his expertise. Always at the workshop, lending a hand and teaching new members to use the equipment to cut and polish rocks and to complete finished jewelry. Pat has also held many offices, works at recruiting new members and making newcomers welcome at the meetings. A key worker at the workshop, and does educational classes for club and non-club members. They both have been Show Chairpersons more than once. This couple deserves to be our Rockhound Couple of the Year.
Submitted by Evelyn Stallings.

The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society presents Rolland & Fay Jensen. They have held several offices in the club and have been Chairman of several committees, including Building Maintenance. Rolland has built and maintains our tumblers. This equipment has two motors and 48 - 12 oz. barrels! He was the first recipient of our Diamond Award for Most Active Member. He is an accomplished facetor and lapidary instructor in our workshop. They are both involved in all club functions.
Submitted by Fresno Society.

The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society presents Steve Mulqueen. Steve is currently club president. He is a CFMS Podium People speaker and has given programs to clubs and museums all over Southern California. He is a frequent visitor to the Union Oil Historical Museum in Santa Paula and enters a rotating display of rocks, minerals, or fossils every two months. Steve finds time for earth science programs for schools, boy and girl scout troops, and other youth groups. He received a letter from a young out-of-state boy asking for California rocks. Steve sent him a large box of identified specimens. It is a joy to go on a field trip with Steve and learn about the geology of the area. Steve deserves to be recognized for sharing his knowledge.
Submitted by Ray Meisenheimer.

E-mail humor: What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

Winners of the CFMS Editors & Articles Contest Are:

by Rosemarie Young, Bulletin Aids Chair

The CFMS Bulletin Editors Breakfast, Awards and Workshop session, held during the "Diamond Jubilee of Gems" show, is now but a pleasant memory. Attending were 59 editors and/or editor-types. Speakers were Mr. Bob Jones, Senior Consulting Editor of Rock & Gem magazine; Mr. Bob Stultz, Editor of CFMS Newsletter; Ms. Shirley Leeson, Historian and long-time editor. The speakers covered a variety of topics and fielded questions from the assembly. I felt we had a very productive workshop.

Winners of the 1998 Bulletins and Articles were announced and presented to those editors present.

1 st - The Nugget, Beth Rosengard, Editor
2nd - Desert Diggin's, Lara Hartley, Editor
3rd - The Rockhounder, Jay Valle, Editor

1 st -Pegmatite, Anne Schafer, Editor
2nd - Rocky Review, Elizabeth Winstead, Ed.

1 st - Rock & Hammer, Sandra Brautigam, Ed.
2nd - The Rockatier, Beverly Moreau, Ed.
3rd -Searchers Gem & Min. Soc. Marge Jordan,Ed.
4th - The Tumble-Rumble, Richard Knox, Ed.
5th - The Pseudomorph, Cal & Dee Clason, Eds.
6th - The Ore-Cut News, Glenda Reeves, Ed.
7th - (tie) Rockette, Lee Wakefield, Ed.
7th - (tie) Rock Writings, Jon North, Ed.
8th -Chip 'N Tumble, Norman Sumner, Ed.
9th - The Benitoite, Ken Bixby, Ed.
10th -Fairfield Lapidary Society, Charles McKie, Ed.

Search Coil, Jack W. Woods, Ed.
Trinity Tailings, Alice Jones, Ed.

1 st - 'Where Do Minerals Come From?" by Marc Mullaney, from Breccia, Patricia Speece, Ed.
2nd - "Beachcombing- 102" by Mike Goodman from The Nugget, Beth Rosengard, Ed.
3rd - "Common rocks of Northern Calif." by Doris Niles, from Trinity Tailings, Alice Jones, Ed.

1 st - "All's Well at Wiley's Well" by Glen McKenzie, from Diablo Diggin's, Mary Hicks, Ed.
2nd - "Topaz Mountain" by Terry Vasseur, from The Rockatier, Beverly Moreau, Ed.
3rd -" Vanadinite", by Clay Williams, from The Nugget, Beth Rosengard, Ed.
4th - "Cullinan Diamond" by Cornelius Boss, from The Tumbler, Alberta Hare, Ed.
5th - "Falling Rocks High In The Air", by Ed Montgomery, fr. The Nugget, Beth Rosengard, Ed.
6th - " The Geologic History of the Nipomo Area", by Ralph Bishop, from The Ore-Cut News, Glenda Reeves, Ed.
7th - "ZZYZXRoad", by John Bixby, from "The Rockatier, Beverly Moreau, Ed.
8th - 'The Rookies Take on Tucson", by Melanie Merz, from Pegmatite, Anne Schafer, Ed.
9th - "A Trip To The Getty " by Billy Pesce, from The Rockatier, Beverly Moreau, Ed.
10th -"Santa Ynez River Fossils" by Robert Willyard from The Rockatier, Beverly Moreau, Ed.

1 st - "Emeralds, The Deep-Green Beauty" by Amanda Williams, from Rock & Hamer, Sandra Brautigam, Ed.
2nd - "You Just Need To Know Where To Look" by Lauren Reeves, from Ore-Cut News, Glenda Reeves, Ed.
3rd - "Standing On Eight Legs" by Bryant Nelson, from Rock & Hammer.
4th - "How To Make A Cabochon" by Andrew Hutchinson, from Rock & Hammer.
5th - "The Rock Shop In My Neighborhood" by Simon John Roos, from Rock & Hammer.
6th - "The Gem & Mineral Show" by Matthew Hutchinson, from Rock & Hammer.
7th - "All About Pearls" by Richard Baker-Strader, from Rock & Hammer.

The top three in each category were sent to the AFMS contest. Winners will be announced later.

Is your name on this list of Winners? Why not? How about trying for next year? The rules and scoresheets will be in the October Newsletter. Watch for them!

The Program Library
(Slides and Videos)

by Richard Fuller

We have had people complain about the general condition of a given program, the lack of current conditions of a location in a program, and the lack of variety of programs.

There are several ways in which we obtain programs. One way is that they were here when the Federation started. This is doubtful. Another way is the result of the annual Program Contest of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies provides dollars from the dues received from the local Federations to make copies for distribution to the local federation's libraries.

This is a good source but in the most recent years, the number of programs has decreased so much that it appears that soon, we will not be able to rely upon this method. This year there are only two programs in competition.

Another source of programs is the individual members. Going over the programs in the Slide/Video Catalog of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, note the donees of various programs. Some were by individuals and others were from societies. The cost of these programs is not very high, usually between 25 and 50 dollars. Not much money these days.

I want to include a quote from one Critique & Suggestion Form. "If any other Videos are available of actual exploitation of a pegmatite pocket, extraction techniques and resulting crystals, this would be a great addition to the library. This is something many people have dreamed of doing, but very few have actually had the experience."

We are always looking for ways to increase and improve the offerings of the Federation Program Library.

If you know of a great addition of a video or slide program, and cannot afford the dollars, send me the information and I will fight the fight in your name.

Richard Fuller
(408) 379-3195
FAX (408) 374-7401
E-mail: resato@pacbell.net

All American Awards Program

by Dot and Bob Beachler, CFMS Co-chairs

The 1998 program ended with presentation of national awards at the AFMS Convention in Nashville. One of our entries, from Whittier Gem & Mineral Society, received a gold award, and the other two from Orcutt Mineral Society and Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society each received silver awards. All three had received gold awards (scores of 90 or better) at the regional level, and certificates were presented to them at our CFMS Convention in Turlock.

Although entry was made much easier, as verified by the Santa Clara Valley club, there were only eight entries in total from all the regional federations. What's happening? Is no one interested in an award for reaching out and sharing our rock interests with others? We would appreciate receiving any comments, or suggestions to increase next year's entries, via either e-mail or "snail-mail".

Exhibitors & Judges Workshop

by Frank Mullaney

The Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society will sponsor an Exhibitors & Judges Workshop on September 23, 1999 at 100 Bellwood Gateway, Los Gatos, CA Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the workshop will start at 9:00 a.m.

For subjects covered and registration form (click here)

Directions to the Exhibitors & Judges Workshop

  • Take highway 17 (880) south to 85 south.
  • Take 85 south to the Camden exit. At the Camden exit turn left onto Camden.
  • Take Camden to Blossom Hill road, turn right.
  • Go past Harwood, turn left at the first road (Bellwood Gateway).
  • You are there, look to your left for the parking lot.

Show Date Information Sheet

by Dee Clason

Please complete this form (click here) as soon as your club has established your next show dates. This will enable us to publish your show dates at the earliest possible date in the CFMS Newletter and on the CFMS website.

Practice Field Trip Safety

by Richard Pankey, Safety Chairman

Safety and safety concerns probably are not the first thing that enters our minds when we think about and go on field trips. In the simplest terms, to PRACTICE Field Trip SAFETY is to take responsibility for your actions to cause no harm to yourself or others. A corollary to this is to take responsibility to see that others do not cause harm to themselves and others. What do these two sentences mean? To me they mean: Prepare, Think, and Act Responsibly. In most cases to PRACTICE Field Trip SAFETY is to apply a little common sense to what we do. This is also true in most aspects of our daily life around our homes, in our workshops, at our jobs, in our cars, etc. Field trips, like life, have risks and uncertainties. However, with preparation and care we can mininimize the risks and manage the uncertainties so that we can have and enjoy safe field trips.

Because of the great variety that we have in field trips it is very difficult to put forth a set of rules that covers all situations. As so often stressed, "Safety is everybody's business". We need to prepare for each field trip.

PREPARE. A good way to prepare for safe field trips is to read and become familiar with the CFMS and AFMS Safety Manuals and the CFMS and AFMS Code of Ethics. Don Ogden has already put the AFMS manual on the CFMS web site (www.cfmsinc.org and the CFMS manual will follow soon. Each society should have a copy of these manuals. These manuals cover basic safety and first aid, as well as, universal, common sense accident prevention tips. You should read the many fine safety articles that appear in our monthly bulletins. Ask questions and find out all that you can about the collecting site and any special risks or hazards. The field trip leader will generally provide this information.

THINK. It is very easy to "switch off' and quit thinking when out in the field, involved in our collecting pursuit. That is when accidents happen. Think about what you are doing and how it affects your safety and the safety of those around you.

ACT RESPONSIBLY. Have you ever asked yourself, "Why did I do that, I know better?" This question is generally asked shortly after an accident or a near miss. Most of us recognize unsafe or at least risky situations but for many reasons still go ahead and do what we know is not right.

SPEAK UP. I know it can be a difficult thing to do but don't be afraid to warn someone who is about to do something dangerous or foolish. Experienced field trippers should mentor new members and demonstrate how to properly perform various tasks and identify and avoid potential hazards. The field trip leader should provide safety guidance, and set and enforce rules as necessary for a safe field trip. And all of us on field trips should respect and heed these rules.