VoL XXXVI, No. 8--- September 1999

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

Food for Thought ..................................... Ken Kruschke
Fall Business Meeting ............................. Ken Kruschke
Banquet ................................................. Renata Bever
Committee Meeting Reservations ............. Bev Hafeli
Nominees for 2000 CFMS Officers ........... Bural laRue
Member Recognition .............................. Colleen Megann
Tax Advisor Report ................................. Mike Kokinos
Attention Officers & Shairmen ................. Renata Bever
Omissions and Corrections ..................... Editor
Wiley Well District Field Trip ................... Richard Pankey
Juniors Activities Report.......................... Jim Brace-Thompson
The Bright Side .......................................Poem
Stone Canyon & Brecciated Jasper ..........Stephen Blocksage
CFMS Scholarship ................................. Beverly Berg
CFMS Jury of Awards for AFMS............... Bob Stultz
Bittersweet ............................................ Teresa Masters
How CA go Its Appearance...................... Article
Earth Science Studies ............................ Isabella Burns
Reposing Easily...................................... Mel Albright
Exhibitors & Judges Workshop ................ Frank Mullaney
Great Programs...................................... Marion Fowler
The Slide/Video Librarian ........................ Rich Fuller
Crystals Are a Problem........................... Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr.
A Bonanza!............................................ Shirley Leeson
Historian's Report................................... Shirley Leeson


by Ken Kruschke, CFMS President
CFMS President

Much has been written about the declining membership in rock clubs. Many surveys point out the best source of new members is through Rock and Gem shows. These shows are the source of money for Rock Clubs to do their beneficial projects. Rock shows are becoming more expensive to produce. The rock shows are necessary for the clubs to continue to function, as we know them. We have great shows featuring the best exhibits, dealers and demonstrators. We need more members and revenue. How can we do this?

If a manufacturer develops and produces a new and improved Widget, how do they make a profit? With sales of their Widget. No sales are made if no one knows about the product. What happens now? It's called advertising. Advertising makes people aware of new products and creates a "need" or "want" in the minds of the public. Advertising happens in many ways.... word of mouth, handouts, posters, billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Many of the advertisers target specific areas such as age, geographic and economic groups. We, the purchasers of advertising time or space, need to know what areas to aim our ads at and if the advertiser we are negotiating with meets our needs. We need greater attendance. To improve the bottom line, which is most likely to come to our shows. We need to be sure to target those in the 30, 40, and 50 something age group. They are the prime group for new members. Also, they should be in a radius of an hour or less driving time to the show.

The "Freebies" such as Show Dates, Community Events, etc. in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV should be used. In most cases the end result of this type of ad is generally not a big help.

The recognition level by the general public of the CFMS and what we stand for and what we do is very low. This is also true for many of the member clubs in their own communities. Our image doesn't seem to be in evidence. Many Rock Clubs are so hard to find in their communities that they are really "invisible". We do need a big dose of Public Relations.

I have asked many questions from the observations I have made. We (rock clubs) need help to get answers. Somewhere in the 11,000+ members of the CFMS, I would like to find an experienced person in the field of advertising and a person in the field of PR. I would like to have a seminar on these two subjects.

We need the expertise and guidance in these areas. I can be contacted by mail, phone or e-mail. With the cost of advertising being what it is, and most rock Clubs advertising budgets are modest, help in getting the most out of each dollar spent would be a great help.

Saturday, November 13, 1999 Holiday Inn, Visalia

By Ken Kruschke, President CFMS

The Annual Fall Business meeting and the Election of Officers for 2000 will be held at the Holiday Inn Plaza Park, off Highway 198 on West Airport Drive, Visalia, CA on Saturday, November 13, 1999.

The Cracker Barrel, an informal get-together, will be in the Pine/Cedar room Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The Business Meeting will be in the Pine/Cedar room Saturday, November 13. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Any CFMS member may attend but only directors may vote.

Both events will need Cookies or Healthful Snacks. Coffee and Tea will be provided. Societies whose initials begin with A through M are asked to bring goodies to the Friday Cracker Barrel, those Societies whose names begin with N through Z please bring goodies to the Business Meeting Saturday morning.

Room reservations at the Holiday Inn must be made directly to the Holiday Inn. There is a special rate for our CFMS event. To get these special rates, tell them you are with CFMS.

You must make these reservations by October 12, 1999.
Phone (559) 651-5000

Single - 1 bed, 1 person $71.00
Double - 1 bed, 2 people $71.00
Double Double - 2 beds, 2 people $71.00
Triple - 2 beds, 3 people $71.00
Quad - 2 beds, 4 people $71.00
King - 1 or 2 people $71.00
Rollaway in any room $10.00 extra
Tax - 10%  :

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Installation of 2000 Officers

By Renata Bever

Our Saturday social event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a no-host bar and visiting.

Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.

    • Green Salad w/Ranch & Italian dressing
    • Chicken Princess
    • Roasted Herbed Red Potatoes
    • Green Beans Country Style
    • Sourdough Rolls & Butter
    • Chocolate Mousse
    • Coffee, Iced Tea, Decaf

Cost is $20.13 (includes tax & gratuity)

Make banquet reservations by October 31.

Mail your check and reservations to:

    Renata Bever
    P.O. Box 489
    Patton CA 92369-0489

Committee Meeting Reservations

By Bev Hafeli, First Vice President

Committee Chairmen should reserve time now for their Committee Meetings on Friday, November 12, 1999 in the Olive Room at the Holiday Inn at Visalia. Meetings can start as early as 10:00 a.m.

The room is currently reserved from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the Executive Committee Meeting. Available times left are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

I need to send the schedule to - the CFMS Newsletter Editor by September 5, 1999 for publication in the October Newsletter.

Call or write Bev Hafeli for reservations at:

    457 Seymour St.
    Napa, CA 94559-3113
    (707) 2244177


By Bural LaRue, Nominating Committee Chairman

President - Beverley Hafeli
1st Vice President/Pres. Elect - Bob Stultz
2nd Vice President - Jo Anna Ritchey
Secretary - Lois Allmen
Treasurer - Jack Williams

Beverley Hafeli is currently serving as First Vice President/President Elect of CFMS.

Bob Stultz is currently serving as 2nd Vice President for CFMS and Editor of the CFMS Newsletter. He also served part of 1998 as CFMS 2nd Vice President/Editor when he was appointed to fill in for Gene Rutledge who resigned for health reasons. Bob has also served as CFMS Show Consultant (5 years) and was CFMS Show Coordinator to Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society for the 1993 CFMS Show. He served as Show Chairman for the 1985 CFMS Show and the 1990 AFMS-CFMS Show and also worked with Show Committees on two other CFMS Shows. Other service to the CFMS includes Dealer Liason and six years on the Museum Committee, four as Chairman.

Bob has been a member of the Conejo Gem & Mineral Club for 28 years, serving 11 years as Federation Director, 6 years as President and many years in various club chairmanships. He is retired now but for 19 years he was Operational Supervisor over 250 employees for the retail business.

Jo Anna Ritchey is currently serving as CFMS Secretary. She has also served as CFMS Field Trip Chairman-South, CFMS Assistant Bulletin Aids Chairman and CFMS Bulletin Aids Chairman. She has been Secretary for SCRIBE.

Jo Anna is very active in two societies --Monrovia Rockhounds and Pasadena Lapidary. She has served Moroks as President (2 years), Vice-President (2 years) Representative (2 years), Federation Director (10 years), and has edited their bulletin for many years. She has served Pasadena as Secretary. Jo Anna has a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, a M.A. in Teaching and a B.A. in History and Political Science.

Lois Allmen is currently serving as a member of the CFMS Endowment Fund Committee. She also served as Show Coordinator to the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society for the 1997 CFMS Show and has been a teacher of silver smithing on the staff at ZZYZX. Lois is a member of the Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society and has served it as President, 1st Vice President, Secretary, has Co-Chaired Field Trips, and has worked on the Show Committee for many years.

Jack Williams is currently serving as CFMS Treasurer and has also served CFMS on the Financial Advisory Committee. Jack has been a member of Glendale Lapidary & Gem, Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral, Glendale/Verdugo Hills Gem & Mineral and El Dorado County Gem & Mineral. In these societies he has held positions of President (5 years), 1st Vice President (3 years), 2nd Vice President (4 years), Director (5 years), Show Chairman, Dealer Contracts, and Federation Director. Jack has demonstrated his fiduciary and ethical background as Supervisor of Los Angeles County Biomedical Electronic Engineering Department of Hospitals (18 years). He served on the Board of Directors of Harbor Employees Federal (30 million dollars), Credit Union (9 years) and as President for 3 years.

This highly qualified team is respectfully submitted by the CFMS Nominating Committee for the year 2000 term.

    Bural LaRue, Chairman
    Bob King
    Norvie Enns
    Jeane Stultz
    Debbie Bunn
    Colleen Mcgann (Alternate)


By Colleen Mcgann

Membership Recognition is the highest honor we can give to our rockhound friends, showing how much we appreciate all the activities they participate in year round in our individual clubs. The rest of us look forward to hearing about what these active people do. In turn, this gives us ideas we can share with our own clubs. Remember to mail me your choices now to list in the upcoming newsletters.

The Santa Monica Gernological Society presents Jeannette Rubinyi. Jeannette has served as President, Secretary, Program Chairman, Federation Director, and more. She is a devoted mother and grandmother, Science Museum Docent, jewelry and lapidary student. Professionally, she was a Social Worker. In all these capacities, Jeannette graciously shares her talents. Submitted by Anita Wacker, Fed. Dir.


By Mike Kokinos, Tax Advisor

Your society may have received a form letter from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB4086). It concerns withholding tax at source requirements when you pay non California people for services performed in California.

I can not conceive of any Society making such payments. If, however, you are not sure if you are required to withhold tax, I am available to answer any questions you might have.

No action is necessary and the notice can be discarded if no such payments are made.

By Renata Bever, Executive Sec/Treas

The Fall Business Meeting of the CFMS Board of Directors will be on November 13, this year. Please send your reports for the Directors' packets so that I can have them by October 15, 1999. Please leave enough space at the top of your report for the agenda number. E-mail reports are welcome.

If you cannot meet the above deadline please print 200 copies of your report and hand it out at the meeting. Your reports are important, so please send them as soon as possible to:

    Renata Bever
    P.O. Box 489
    Patton, CA 92369-0489


By Editor

Pat LaRue, CFMS Rules Chairman, reports that she failed to acknowledge Bill Council as the winner of the Diamond Pacific Trophy for Cabochons at the CFMS Show in Turlock in her list of Competitive Exhibit Trophy Winners published in last month's CFMS Newsletter.

Also, Frank Sterling, winner of the Specialized Lapidary - Spheres trophy, and Lavonia Sterling, winner of the Jewelry Specialized Techniquesrophy, are members of Kern County Mineral Society not Fresno Gem & Mineral Society.

The name "Dr. Brahama D. Sharmer, Phd", as listed in the Historian's Report, should be "Dr. Brahama D. Sharma, Ph.D."

January 31 - February 4, 2000
Hosted by CFMS Field Trip Chairman - North

By Richard Pankey,
Chairman Field Trips - North (2000)

February may seem like a long way off but not for rockhounds planning their annual pilgrimage to Quartzsite and for planning our field trip to one of the finest collecting areas in southeast California. Five days of collecting are planned for the CFMS - North Field trip to the Wiley Well District on January 31 to February 4, 2000. This is a Monday through Friday. The Wiley Well area is a long-time, well known collecting area for geodes, agate, pastelite, psilornelane, fire agate, chalcedony roses, petrified wood, and much, much more. The Wiley Well area is southwest of Blythe. We will camp just off the Wiley Well road about 12.5 miles south of I-10. The campsite is a large, flat, open area suitable for trailers, motor homes and tenters.

This field trip is being planned to coordinate with the activities at Quartzsite. The QIA and Tyson Well Shows are running a week earlier this year. Main Event and Clouds will have their traditional schedule. The QlA Pow Wow runs Tuesday, January 25th to Saturday, January 29th. Our field trips will start Monday morning, January 31 St.

This is a beautiful time of year to visit the California desert. The weather is typically sunny and mild. The cacti, bushes and wild flowers are coming into bloom. Mark your calendars now (Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, 2000) and plan to join us for this great rockhound event. Besides the daily collecting trips, we will have several pot luck dinners, daily happy hours and evening campfires. I will have details (directions, campsite, collecting sites and schedule, etc. in future CFMS Newsletters.

A Juniors' Page for Your Club Newsletter

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Chairman

One visible way to spotlight your juniors and to catch their interest and curiosity is through a "Juniors' Page" in your club newsletter. A Juniors' Page provides a special something just for them and helps cement their sense of belonging in the club. But to be effective, such a page needs to be consistent and to really engage the kids so that they'll want to turn to it. For consistency, don't let a single issue of your bulletin go by without a Juniors' Page, and always place it in the same spot where your juniors can quickly find it (either on a center fold or on the back page or next-to-last page, for instance, where it's easy to flip to).

To engage the reader, the page should be interactive, offering activities that can be done on the spot or relatively simple projects that don't take a huge amount of time or materials. You should also solicit and include contributions by the kids themselves. It's a thrill to kids of any age to see something you yourself wrote actually published and in print! Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Facts about rocks, fossils, lapidary arts, and geology in the form of a "quick quiz", with answers provided upside down at the bottom of the page.

  • Crossword puzzles on specific themes (mineral identification, varieties of quartz, gemstones and birthstones, dinosaur names, etc.).

  • A mineral and/or fossil of the month (at each of your club meetings, ask the kids to nominate a rock they'd like to learn more about in the next newsletter).

  • Ideas for projects that juniors can do such as building a miniature volcano or growing sugar or salt crystals.

  • Poems or limericks on the beauty of crystals or the lifestyle of a dinosaur or trilobite (have a poetry contest among your juniors at your next meeting and publish the results).

  • Contributions by kids themselves -perhaps a report on their most recent field trip or favorite rock (publicly reward the contributing junior with a certificate at the next monthly meeting or at the annual holiday party or picnic).

When you run out of ideas of your own, you can find great ideas in sources like California Geology magazine's "Teacher Feature" section or books Eke Alan Anderson, Gwen Kiehn, and Terry Krautworst's Geology Crafts for Kids or Janice Van Cleave's Earth Science for Every Kid or Dinosaurs for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun. Many clubs already have a Juniors' Page, and exchange newsletters from other clubs is another excellent source of creative ideas.

If your club doesn't yet publish such a page, volunteer to become the "Juniors' Editor" for your club newsletter and get something into the very next issue. The next generation of rockhounds will thank you, and -- as always --you'll soon find yourself having fan!


from Owyhee Gem 7/97
via Mineral Memos 8/99

If we noticed little pleasures as we noticed little pains,

If we quite forget our losses and remembered all our gains,

If we looked for people's virtues, and their faults refused to see,

What a comfortable, happy, cheerful place this world would be.

Article II

By Stephen Blocksage, Field Trip Chairman - South

It may seem that I am hogging Bulletin space for the field trip but these articles were intended to appear as a series of articles. They were written May and June respectively but I did not meet the June deadline for either article and there is no July bulletin. (Ed.note: Article I appeared in the August Newsletter.)

As I am writing this I have just returned from the CFMS Turlock Show put on by the Mother Lode Gem & Mineral Society. Many thanks for the facilities and show .... it was a pleasure to attend.

At the conclusion of the last article, I had located the site of Stone Canyon and needed to find the name or names of the current property owners. I had contacted the Monterey County Assessor's office via phone and they had told me that I had to be there in person to get the information.

Since the president of my new rock club was unable to attend the show, I stood in for him as CFMS Director. This gave me an excellent opportunity to visit Stone Canyon and Salinas, CA to get the information needed. In order to get to Salinas before the close of business, I cut short my visit to Parkfield, a delightful village, and my rock hounding in an accessible creek about 5 miles north. By the way, that creek was loaded with Jasper of every color and description but none that was very brecciated.

I arrived in Salinas at 3:30 p.m. and found the office after a small search. I'm better at finding rocks than offices, I guess. On the wall was an well-aged map of San Benito and Monterey Counties. On the very edge was Stone Canyon. When I gave the Township and Range numbers to the clerk I was told that they were not in Monterey County. I rechecked my maps and then asked if 20 miles of Monterey County had been deeded to San Luis ObispoCounty. It turned out that the map had a small comer that had to be folded out to reveal the area I wanted. This indicated that not many people have inquired over the years about southern Monterey County.

Then it took a while to find the book which contained the sections within the Range and Townships that I needed. Finally the right page was found, the parcels identified, and the computer consulted and the names copied. A copy of the assessors map make was available for a dollar which I invested in. I noted on the map the existence of a railroad which had served the coalmines in Stone Canyon which followed the creek bed up Indian Valley and Big Sandy Canyon. If you go up Indian Valley see if you can find the track grade in places!

The article I had from 1956 indicated that the entrance to Stone Canyon was off the road between Parkfield and Coalinga. Having obtained the owners names, I headed for Turlock. While at the show I learned that the site had been open as late as 1974 with a cost of between 15-35 cents per pound being charged. It was said that the jasper was gathered and then you would go to a scale at the ranch some distance away and weigh the jasper and place what you owed in a can, a kind of honor system, as the owner Mrs. Bagby had friendly relationship with the rock hounds of the day. I understand that she donated the money to charity and requested the owner who purchased the property from her to continue the process but the Harris Cattle Ranch did not comply with her wishes, thus ending one of the most colorful and prolific sites in California.

As I made my report to the CFMS about the proposed field trip, it generated quite a stir and several societies came forward to ask questions about the site and tell stories about their memories of it. Some even told me that they had never seen so much blood as on trips in to Stone Canyon where people swinging 16# sledges sent chips flying in every direction, often hitting nearby people.

A dealer from San Luis Obispo spent a half an hour talking to me about his memories of the site and then noted he had spheres of Stone Canyon. He stated that they were junk and in no way did they reflect the true quality of Stone Canyon jasper.

He mentioned that there was a deposit in seam on a steep canyon wall but that the material was difficult to remove. However, this seam then trended towards the canyon floor and about 100 yards away from the foot of the wall the seam was under several inches of soil. The jasper itself is found in blocks which weigh up to 600 lb. each and are tabular in nature .... the ends tend to be fractured on the transverse plane. Backhoes were resorted to get at the material easily, with jasper flying in every direction when the hydraulics were applied. The blocks were dropped to break them into more manageable 100 - 200 lb. pieces.

The material is brecciated here because the jasper is exposed to grinding movement between the Continental Plate and the Pacific Plate, right on the San Andreas Fault. The jasper is shattered and then knitted back together with electric blue chalcedony. This offsets the maroon, crimson and golden primary colors of the jasper itself Moss infiltrates the chalcedony in similar colors to the jasper, making for some of the most spectacular jasper in North America. People describing the material from memory tended to get a far away look in their eye and their voice changed. They described people diving into holes and working feverishly to get a sphere-sized piece, which was not grainy.

Their descriptions so intrigued me that on the way back home to Simi Valley; I dropped back by the entrance to Stone Canyon. From Stone Canyon flows Big Sandy Creek which you can access at the point where Big Sandy Canyon Road and Indian Valley Road meet. I drove down into the creek bed on a freshly bulldozed road. There is no fencing at this point and not a "No trespassing" sign in sight. In the creek was in fact the material .... not plentiful but some of the quality and color of the non-brecciated material made up for the lack of the classic Stone Canyon material. There were two pieces that almost defy description. One was about 50 lb. and was primarily gold in color with spiral brecciation and eyes of red with green rings swirling throughout the rock; the other was the classic maroon and gold with white brecciation. I am told that the whitening of the chalcedony is due to exposure of ultraviolet radiation, sunlight. So that these rocks may have been there for quite some time. Anyhow, I might still be there if time constraints hadn't gotten in the way

Well, I hope I have whetted your rock hounding passions. The site I have just mentioned appears not to be of concern to anyone however, further up Big Sandy Canyon there are posted signs, "No trespassing, owners living on the land, no access to public lands", etc., so beware. Let me work with the property owners and do this the right way.

Results in the October issue, possible field trip in October or later.

Happy rock hounding to each of you and remember, stay safe out there because mining and rock hounding can both be inherently dangerous and require proper equipment, proper planning and safe execution so that injuries and possible fatalities do not ensue.


By Beverly Berg, Scholarship Chairman

In the June issue of the CFMS Newsletter, there was an article asking for nominations of individuals to be considered for Scholarship Honorees for the year 2000. To date, I have received only one nomination

In November of this year, our committee will meet in Visalia to select the Honorees for the coming year. We are looking forward to receiving your nominations. At this time we do not know how many scholarships will be available, so likewise, we do not know how many Honorees we shall be needing. This past June we were able to give five CFMS Scholarships.

Just recently we were delighted to receive a very ample donation from East Bay Mineral Society. We were very sorry to hear that this society is disbanding after 61 years! I am sure that its remaining members will feel lost upon its closing. We received $30,062.96, and AFMS Scholarship and two universities also received like amounts. This will really boost our receipts for this year, as they seem to have fallen off of late. We always welcome donations, no matter how small. It is a good way to honor a club member, or as a memorial for a deceased fellow rockhound.

As explained in the June Newsletter, the nominee does not need to belong to a CFMS Member Society. The only stipulation is that the nominee be involved in one of the Earth Sciences. Then the chosen Honorees will choose the college or university that includes in its curriculum some form of earth science studies. Then that chosen college selects the scholarship recipient. At the awards banquet at the summer CFMS meeting, the Honorees will be introduced and will each receive an engraved plaque.

It is truly an honor to be chosen as an Honoree and bears responsibilities of choosing the college or university, meeting the recipient, and maybe even assisting the recipient in attending the summer meeting and banquet. Some of the Honoree's societies have helped with finances in assisting the recipient in attending the summer banquet. Not only is it an honor to be selected as an Honoree, but it is an additional honor for your society.

November will be here before you know it, so please get your nomination to me, or one of our committee members. We shall be meeting on Friday afternoon, the day before our general meeting in Visalia.


By Bob Stultz, 2nd Vice President

It's time again to ask for nominations for the CFMS Jury of Awards for an AFMS Scholarship Foundation Honoree. November 1, 1999 is the latest date that nominations may be received, as the selection will be made by the CFMS Jury of Awards at our Fall Business Meeting in Visalia.

To repeat the guidelines for nominating an Honoree,
the nominee:

  1. Must not know that his/her name is being considered.
  2. Should be well versed in the Earth Sciences.
  3. Should have helped further the knowledge and skills of rockhounds and the Earth Sciences to societies as well as individuals.
  4. Need not be a member of a CFMS Society.
  5. The honoree may receive this honor only once.
  6. The nominee's name and the documentation for his/her nomination should be sent to the Committee Chairman.

    Bob Stultz, 2nd V. P.
    624 Randy Drive
    Newbury Park, CA 91320-3036


bBy Teresa Masters
CFMS Scholarship Committee, 2nd year

I have often wondered just when to properly apply this word, "Bittersweet". I recently found a way.

We all have received snail mail where it appears there is a check inside. Usually it is a "get out of debt", or refinance your mortgage scheme; the check has fine print reading "not a check".

Week or so ago, I found a window envelope with what appeared to be a check inside. I began to put it aside when I noticed it was First Class Postage, and decided to open it right then. In my hand was a check in excess of $30,000. It was made out to the CFMS Scholarship Fund! The check was from a Title Company.

My emotional side quickly took over; I was sweating and the hair on my arms and neck were at attention. There was no letter of explanation. This was on a Saturday and I began a series of telephone calls up and down the state. Reached a whole lot of answering machines, left messages on every one. Decided to send out some e-mail and tried to access the CFMS Web Site. There was a blip and I was unable to get through. I called Don Ogden to see what was wrong. While we spoke, I did get through. In thanking Don, I asked how Loretta was and he put her on the phone. In response to her "how are you query", I replied shaking and told her why. She said, "Oh I know about that". Loretta had seen Isabella Burns that week and Izzie mentioned a dissolution and sale of property of a club.

This is indeed Bittersweet news. The East Bay Mineral Society is disbanding and sold off their workshop and meeting area. This facility had a very long history of wonderful classes given by incredible teachers. It is indeed sad to see this come about. Within their By-Laws the distribution of funds remaining was quite clear, and followed to the letter.

Yes, the CFMS Scholarship Fund is the recipient of one quarter of this dissolution fund. AFMS Scholarship Fund also received a like amount, as did two Schools.

I deeply thank East Bay Mineral Society for including the CFMS Scholarship Fund. I know many future Honorees and Students do so as well.


from Tumbler, July/August 1997
via Mineral Memos, July 1999

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Ocean at one time lapped against the shores of Nevada. California was little more than islands scattered over half of the world. Not more than 10 to 15 percent of California is truly a part of North America- This part is a strip along the Nevada border. Everything else was added on about 200 million years ago, making a patchwork quilt, sewn together of scraps that vary vividly in color, size, and shape.

The islands and submarine plateaus, some of them hundreds of miles across, were carried eastward on mobile plates of the Earth's crust until they slammed into the West Coast. The pieces arrived at different times and the gigantic collisions broke, twisted, folded, and upended the expanding region. These pieces were cemented together by igneous granite rising up through the cracks.

This is why the geology of one part of California often has no resemblance to an adjoining area.

Camp Paradise - September 12-19, 1999

By Isabella 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 identification of Petrified Wood. 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 a 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 Bums
    Ray & Florence Meisenheimer
    Cal & Dee Clason


By Mel Albright - AFMS Safety Chairman
via Fairfield Lapidary Society Newsletter, 6/99

Whenever we rockhounds; go on a field trip, we are likely to be around a creek bed, a road cut, a quarry, a steep bank, or a spoils pile. If so, we should all remember that there is something called the angle of repose. No, I'm not talking about how flat you should be when you lie down to rest. The angle of repose is a civil engineering term. It is a fact that a pile of anything - sand, rocks, marbles, hay, or whatever - has the property that the slope of the side of the pile determines whether the pile slides down or not. If the slope is over the angle of repose, it WILL slide, sooner or later. If it's less than the angle of repose, it will sit there forever without sliding. The angle depends on the materials in the pile and on their sizes, so there is no general rule as to what angle is safe. Therefore, most road cuts and fills are slightly less steep than the angle of repose. If you stand below or try to climb a slope that is too steep for the material it is made of, there is a very good chance that the top will come down on you. It gets more complicated.

Consider what happens when you step into the side of a slope. Your foot forms a hollow. This means the material just above and just below your footprint is at too steep an angle. So, it slides down. As it goes, it continuously forms a slope that is too steep, so the material slides and slides and forms a major slump. If you are trying to ride it or if you are below it, that is not good. When you dig or extract a sample from a pile or a cliff or a quarry wall, the same thing happens. If you dig a tunnel, you have definitely formed a highly unstable slope and the slightest jar may bring it all down on you. That's why mines have shoring. Several children are killed each year because of this. I'm sure you have heard of it. So, when hunting rocks, test the slope you're on or below for stability before getting into a position where you might get hurt or buried. And, always keep an eye on any rockhound that is above you. They might start something that hurts you!


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.


By Marion Fowler, Program Aids Chairman

Look Both Ways
The end of summer always seems to me like the beginning of a new year -- the old "back to school, feeling. It's a good time to review your society's programs for the past year and to make tentative plans for programs through the coming fall, winter, and maybe even spring. Even if your program officer doesn't plan to continue on the job after the current calendar year, it's especially important to have some definite programs arranged now for the first few months of the new calendar year in order to entice a new person to take over the position.

Looking Back
This is a good time to make sure your Program files are in order for either the ongoing or new program planner. Good records of your former programs give the possibility of going back to favorite sources in the future without necessarily repeating the exact topic. The Program files should, of course, include a binder holding the most recent editions of the CFMS Slide and Video Catalog and the CFMS Program Manual and Directory of Speakers: Podium People

Looking Ahead
Get all your members to feel some responsibility for helping to provide programs. It shouldn't be only the Program person's job. Unless your club or society is highly focused on a single field of interest, such as the Micromineralogists, a diverse schedule of programs helps attract more people to your meetings. Have any members taken vacations in places with unusual geology or mineral deposits? Did any visit museums with outstanding exhibits of gems or minerals? Did they attend the CFMS Earth Science Studies weeks at Camp Paradise or ZZYZX? Did any bring back slides, videos, specimens, or something else they could share as part of a program? If you can't find members able to provide entire such programs, how about getting several to give a program together on "My Outrageous Rockhounding Adventures This Year". Other members who feel they can't actually give a program themselves sometimes have special connections to community resources. They may know, for instance, teachers of subjects related to geology or jewelry; local jewelers, prospectors or other business people; or people in public agencies that have some bearing on our activities. Program people, you're not alone. Look around! Plan ahead!


By Rich Fuller

Many years ago, I believe it was 1946, when I was in the Navy as a non-rated enlisted man, I had the Chief Cook explain his philosophy on the moods of the people going through his mess line.

He said to me that, if the sailors complained, he would try to correct the item or items complained about. If the sailors complemented him, he felt happy.

He went on to explain his third condition. If the sailors said nothing, he would worry. Possibly the conditions were so bad that there was no use in complaining. Additionally, the complaints gave him some outside view of conditions, something he could work toward. Maybe there was need for changes that he could effect.

Now, I am in the same position as the Chief of so long ago.

With each program I send out, I include a "Critique and Suggestion Form". I blindly expect the Program Chairman or Director to fill out the form and give critical opinions of the program. Now I am begging you to use this FORM. This is your only chance to get your opinion back to the Librarian. I am sure you don't want only one person to judge the program for you.


By Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr.
via Mendo Coast Gems

When first I studied crystals,
I didn't have the knack
Of three dimensional thinking
This skill I seemed to lack.

I'd turn and twist the crystal round
In hope that I could see
At least one axis or a plane
Of crystal symmetry.

The prism, pinacoid and dome,
The rhombic pyramid,
All looked the very same to me,
No matter what I did.

But, now, I've studied long and hard
And I think I'm somewhat wise,
For in no length of time at all
The cube I recognize.


By Shirley Leeson, CFMS Historian

Club pins were brought to the CFMS Show and Convention in Turlock by the bagfull.

Thanks to Debbie Bunn for filling in the final show pin, the 1996-show pin from Riverside.

Thanks to Wes Lingerfelt for the Oxnard club pin. And to Chuck McKie for the Fairfield Lapidary Society. And to Marilyn Cummins for the Amador County Gem & Mineral Society pin.

Thanks to Bob Stultz for club pins from: Large Conejo Gem & Mineral; Ventura 1963-92 white pin; Orcutt Mineral Society; Rockwell International Gem & Mineral Club; Coalinga Rockhounds Society; Antelope Valley Gem & Mineral Club; Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral Society, Glendale Lapidary & Gem; and an old CFMS pin showing California, Nevada and Hawaii

And thanks to Ruth Bailey, for the following:
San Jacinto Rockhound Club
Santa Barbara Mineral & Gem (3)
Fossils For Fun; Shasta Gem & Mineral Society
San Diego Lapidary Society
Lodi Gem & Mineral Society
San Pablo Gem & Mineral Society
Mother Lode Mineral Society (2)
Roseville Rock Rollers (2)
Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society
Searchers Gem & Mineral
Sequoia Mineral Society
East Bay Mineral Society (2)
American River Gem & Mineral
Fresno Gem & Mineral Societ
Kern County Mineral Society (2)
Santa Maria Gem & Mineral Society
Ft. Bragg Gem & Mineral Club
Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral (2)
Verdugo Hills Gem & Mineral Society
Tule Gem & Mineral
Trinity Gem & Mineral Society
Monterey Bay Mineral Society
Conejo Gem & Mineral (small)
Napa County Rockhounds
Berkeley Gem & Mineral
Fresno Faceting Guild
Nevada Gem & Mineral Society
Livermore Valley Lithophiles
Galileo Gem Guild (2)
Reno Gem & Mineral
El Monte Gem & Mineral Club
El Dorado Mineral & Gem Society
Motherlode Mineralities
Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley
Del Air Rockhounds Club; Westside Mineralogists
Marin Mineral Society
Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society
Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society
Antioch Lapidary Club and Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society.

Keesa Stewart gave me five pins; unfortunately, I put them in with the ones Ruth gave me, so somewhere in the last list are 5 Keesa gave me.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to find these pins. The extras will be given to the CFMS Endowment Fund.

I am looking for pins from the following clubs:

California Clubs

American Opal Society
Autonetics Gems
Bay Area Searchers
Campbell Gem & Mineral Guild
Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral Club
Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society
Centinela Valley Gem & Mineral Club
Central Coast Treasure Hunters Association
Chino Valley Prospectors Club
Convair Rockhound Club
Council of the San Diego County Gem & Mineral Society
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club
Davis-Woodland Gem & Mineral Society
Delvers Gem & Mineral Society
Faceters Guild of Northern California
Faceters Guild of Southern California
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Societ
Foothill Gem & Mineral Society
Gemological Society of San Diego;
Glendora Gems
High Desert Gold Diggers
Hollister Gem & Lapidary Club
Humboldt Gem & Mineral Society
Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society
Islanders Gem & Mineral Society
Kaiser Rock & Gem Club
Kings Stonecrafters
Lake County Diamond Mineral Society
Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society
Lassen Gem & Mineral Society
Lone Pine Gem & Mineral Society
Los Angeles Lapidary Society
Mariposa. Gem & Mineral Club
Mendocino Coast Gem & Mineral Society
Mineralogical Society of Southern California
Mojave Mineralogical Society
Monterey Park Gem Society
Montebello Mineral & Lapidary Society
Mt. Jura Gem & Mineral Society
Needles Gem & Mineral Club
Northern California Mineralogical Association
North Island Gem & Mineral Society
North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society
Northrop Grumman Gem & Mineral Club
Orange Coast Mineral & Lapidary Society
Orange County 49ers; Original California Searchers
Palomar Gem & Mineral Club; Pasadena Lapidary Club
Peninsula Gem & Geology Society
Pomona Rockhounds
Puente Hills Gem & Mineral Club
Rancho Bernardo Rockhounds
Riverside Treasure Hunters
Sacramento Valley Detecting Buffs
San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club
Santa Ana Rock & Mineral Club
Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society
Shadow Mountain Gem & Mineral Society
Sierra Pelona Rock Club
South Bay Lapidary & Mineral Society
Southern California Micro-Mineralogists
South Lake Tahoe Gem & Miner
Superior California Gem & Mineral Association
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society
Tehachapi Gem & Mineral- Society
Valley Gems; Valley Prospectors
Valley of the Moon Gem & Mineral Club
Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Club
Vista Gem & Mineral Society
West Coast Prospectors
Westend Prospectors
West Los Angeles Japanese American Citizens League
Whittier Gem & Mineral Society
Willits Gem & Mineral Club
Yuba Sutter Treasure Seekers
Yucaipa Valley Gem & Mineral Society.

Nevada Clubs

Boulder Gem Club
Clark County Gem Collectors
Mason Valley Gem & Mineral Club

If your club is listed above and doesn't have a club pin, but does have a club patch, that will do. If your club has neither, please let me know so we won't keep looking.


By Shirley Leeson

In 1997 1 asked for bulletins from all our CFMS clubs to take back to the AFMS's 50th Anniversary and many of you were kind enough to send me a copy. Unfortunately, I had to fly and couldn't bring our CFMS bulletins home. They were left with an Eastern Federation executive and I haven't had the chance to retrieve them, and at this point they could be lost....

So I am asking again for a copy from each CFMS club. These will go into our historical files. I picked up the following from our recent CFMS show in Turlock. If your bulletin isn't among those listed below, PLEASE SEND ME A COPY OR HAVE YOUR DIRECTOR BRING A COPY TO THE FALL BUSINESS MEETING IN VISALIA.


Maraicopa Lapidary Society ----- Chips & Tips


Amador County Gem & Mineral Society ----- A mador Nugget
American River Gem & Mineral Society ----- American River Currents
Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral ----- The Tumble Rumble
Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society ----- CGMS News
Centinela Valley Gem & Mineral Society ----- Gemstone Diggings
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club ----- Rocky Review
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club ----- The Nugge
t Faceters Guild of Northern California ----- The Transfer Block
Fossils For Fun ----- Dinny's Doin's
Fresno Gem & Mineral Society ----- Chips
Islanders Gem & Mineral Society ----- The Rock
Kern County Mineral Society ----- Pseudomorph
Lassen Gem & Mineral Society ----- Rocky Road Gazette
Marin Mineral Society ----- Tumbler
Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley ----- Petrograph
Mother Lode Mineral Society ----- Ghost Sheet
Needles Gem & Mineral Club ----- Blue Agate News
North Island Gem & Mineral Society ----- Along Agate Trails
Northrop Grumman Gem & Mineral Club ----- The Rockatier
Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society ----- The Rock Bag
Palomar Gem & Mineral Club ----- Palomar Gem
Pasadena Lapidary Society ----- Pasadena Lapidary Society
Peninsula Gem & Geology Society ----- Bulletin
Sacramento Mineral Society ----- Matrix
Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Soc. ----- Breccia
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society ----- Lapidarian
Santa Monica Gemological. Society ----- The Petrified Log
Searchers Gem & Mineral Society ----- The Rock Slab News
Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society ----- Rockette
Shasta Gem & Mineral Society ----- Roc Toc
Tule Gem & Mineral Society ----- Tule Smoke Signals
Valley Prospectors ----- Drywasher's Gazette
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society ----- Rockhound Rambling
Woodland Hills Rock Chippers ----- Rock Chippings
Yucaipa Valley Gem & Mineral Society ----- Green Valley Rocker


Bolder Gem Club ----- Nodule Nocker News
Clark County Gem Collectors ----- The Polished Slab
Reno Gem & Mineral Society ----- The Conglomerate