VoL XXXVI, No. 9--- October 1999
We are now into the Fall of the year. Vacations and extended trips are for the most part over. What can we do now? We have the big winter holidays ahead: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and of course Quartzsite and Tucson. There are other things to do such as attending and displaying at club shows.
Going to shows where you have never visited is a lot of fun. It's educational also; you can often see different techniques in doing things. Also you may find materials being used you hadn't thought about. You get to check out dealers you haven't seen before. Better than just attending is to display a case of your best. There are many benefits to showing at other shows and clubs need display cases from both the local club members and guest exhibitors from other clubs to let the people attending the show see what rockhounds are all about. Hopefully, a desire will be created for them to become rockhounds. You might be able to convince some of your hosts at the show to bring a display to your next show. And of course you meet lots of good rockhounds.
You say you don't have an invitation or application to show at the locations you have chosen. This is an easy fix. Our CFMS Newsletter, CFMS website, the Rock and Gem and the Lapidary Journal magazines have show dates listed by the month and date. Near the end of each listing are the name, address and phone number, and maybe an e-mail address of the Show Chairperson. Contact the Show Chairpersons of your choice of shows and it's almost a cinch you will receive invitations and applications to show by return mail.
Let's do it!
Beverley Hafeli has resigned her position as CFMS First Vice President and President Elect because of medical problems. We sincerely thank her for all of her work and time spent working for the rockhounds in the CFMS.
Pat LaRue has accepted the appointment as First Vice President to complete the year 1999. Pat, being a Past President, is well qualified for the task.
It is with deepest regrets, due to illness, that I must resign as First Vice President of the CFMS. I have been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the left lung and will be undergoing tests, etc. for the next few months and as I do not know what the outcome win be, it is my choice to resign.
Please give the next First Vice President your utmost support and always support the CFMS.
It is with deepest regrets, due to illness, that I must resign as First Vice President of the CFMS. I have been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the left lung and will be undergoing tests, etc. for the next few months and as I do not know what the outcome win be, it is my choice to resign.
Please give the next First Vice President your utmost support and always support the CFMS.
August 4, 5, 6, 2000
Riverside Convention Center
Hosted by Valley Prospectors
CFMS is going back to Riverside!!!
The 2000 show, hosted by the Valley Prospectors, is at the Riverside Convention Center. Remember those great sandwiches from the little shops down the street from the Convention Show. Wasn't it nice to only walk across to the Show from the Holiday Inn Hotel? The campgrounds were shady and even had a lake for fishing.
Again Glen Klein and the Southern California Faceters Guild will be hosting a Faceting Symposium at the show. They are planning a similar program to the exciting, informative one that they had before. I'm sure any faceter will not want to miss that. The Prospecting Club will have a metal detecting contest with fabulous prizes like they had before. The speakers program sounds like they are inviting some professional speakers for all to enjoy.
Prospecting clubs do not usually have shows as we regular rockhounds do. They have out door affairs without cases; so they will need some help from the other club members who would like to show off their work. Some societies are already making plans to bring a bus of their members to the show.
As coordinator for this show, my duty is to coordinate all CFMS functions. If you are a committee chairman and wish to have tables for your committee supplies let me know. If you want a room to host a meeting send me a note. If you have questions about the show contact me.
Forms will be available at the CFMS Fall Meeting or can be down loaded from our CFMS Website or from the Valley Prospectors.
Make plans now to have fun at the Gold and Gem Show, August 4, 5, 6, 2000.
Committee Meetings will be held in the Olive Room, Friday, November 12, at the Holiday Inn, Visalia, California. At this point, the room is reserved as follows:
4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. AFMS Jury of Awards Scholarship Meeting
5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Museum Committee Meeting
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Rules Committee Meeting
There will be a list of times and names of the Committee Meetings posted on the door of the Olive Room.
Contact me if you have any questions. Bev Hafeli (Pat LaRue)
Kids Education Day
As part of our nonprofit status, we members of the California Federation societies have an obligation to provide community service. There are many ways we accomplish this: Providing talks and demos to school children, helping scouts earn merit badges, volunteering in local museums, committing our clubs to highway clean-up, and the big event of the year! -- sharing our knowledge and collections during our annual rock and gem shows. This last activity is the most visible one in the eyes of our communities, and there's a way to heighten that visibility; the day before your next show, set aside a morning or afternoon (or even just an hour or two) for kids only as a '"Kids Education Day".
Planning such an event isn't as easy as it sounds at first blush. The first problem you're likely to encounter is monetary. In most instances, time really is money! If you reserve a building at the fairgrounds or the civic auditorium for your show, each day you reserve is money out of the show budget, and a free day for kids only can be a serious drain on most show budgets. Plus, few dealers want to spend the time setting up only to lose a day of income, no matter how noble the ultimate cause. Rather than a whole day, you may find that it works better to have an "education hour" where you open your doors to educational groups an hour or two before the doors open to the general public -- or perhaps kids groups might be invited in for an hour or two after the show has closed on your first day.
Once you've settled on a time, the next big effort is public relations. You need to get the word out clearly and early. If you're inviting school groups for a field trip on a school day, they'll need to make advance preparations with parent-permission slips, school busses, and the like. You'll also need to demonstrate the educational value that you're offering, so you ought to provide a few explicitly educational displays above and beyond your usual displays. Provide a display on the state rockhound symbols, one on how to identify minerals, another on fossils and the geologic time scale, yet another on local rocks and fossils, or one on steps in making a cabochon, and have speakers ready to talk about these topics. If you're inviting scouting groups, start with the local council and work with them on appropriate activities that will help the scouts earn a merit badge or two. But, again, the main thing is early planning, starting at your very first show-planning meeting, and then hitting the streets to sell your service.
In the end, you'll find it's worth it. If the kids go home excited by their morning or afternoon, they -- and their parents -- are likely to return the next day to enjoy the show, and you may even see them again at your next club meeting. If you contact the local newspaper and radio or television station and tell them about your Kids Education Day, you may find a photographer or cameraman there, providing free publicity on the nightly news or the next morning's paper. Most importantly, though, you'll be fulfilling your club's mission, providing a service to your community as you attract the next generation of rockhounds with your enthusiasm, and that's the main thing to convey. As always, have fun!
The BLM planning for the Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Area has been proceeding since our CFMS Meeting in June at Turlock. An Environmental Assessment offering several options will tentatively be released in October for public comment.
The NECO planning area actually includes Eastern San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties and includes numerous areas of importance to CFMS and all rockhounds.
The driving force behind this planning is to "protect" the desert tortoise. At one of the meetings, we spent the entire day examining and making comments on a map showing 50% of the remaining areas being considered for additional restrictions. At the end of the day two more maps were brought in. One map was based on 75% of the areas and the other was based on 100%. Having been involved with this type of planning for more than 25 years, it would appear that the emphasis will be on the 75% additional restriction basis.
One thing is certain. The concept of "protecting" the desert tortoise by restricting human access has failed miserably. The Desert Tortoise National Preserve has been restricted for more than 15 years with very limited himan access. In that area, the tortoise population has decreased by some 90% since the DTNP was formed.
In Clark County, Nevada, a determination was made to allow development of lands around Las Vegas by assessing a mitigation fee of $550 per acre and then removing the tortoises and placing them in a "concentration camp". Several stories have surfaced since this was initiated. One suggestion was to give the tortoises lethal injections because of the cost of feeding them. Another observation was that the tortoises were multiplying rapidly due to the availability of food and water and the fact that they were concentrated in one area.
The people involved in the process are stating "unofficially" that the final decisions will probably be made in the courts.
Notice has just been received of another threat to private property. This one is in Maine, which has very limited federal land. The National Park Service is threatening Federal Condemnation of the Saddleback Ski Area in order to increase federal acreage along the Appalachian Trail. Apparently some 3,000 hikers use the trail each year during the summer. During the winter some 30,000 skiers use the same area. One would think that there would be limited conflict. It appears that the extreme environmentalists see this as an opportunity to restrict access to more land.
Please stay alert. Additional threats to public use of public lands keep surfacing all the time. Get involved. Protect your rights!!!
B. King, N. Enns, J. Stultz, & D. Bunn
Due to the unfortunate resignation of First Vice President Beverley Hafeli for health reasons, and the appointment of Pat LaRue to complete the year 1999, the Nominating Committee would like to recommend that Pat LaRue's name be placed on the ballot to serve as CFMS President for the year 2000. The Committee believes that her qualifications and willingness to serve make her the best possible choice for this position.
Pat previously served five years on the Executive Board of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies from 1992 to 1996, spending two years as Treasurer, one year as 2nd Vice President, one year as 1st Vice President and one year as President. She has also served the Federation as Slide Librarian, Endowment Fund Chairman, and is currently ending a three year term on the Rules Committee.
January 31 - February 4, 2000
By Richard Pankey, Field Trips - North (2000)
The Wiley Well District is located in the Colorado Desert, south of Interstate 10 between Desert Center and Blythe. The district is made up of the Little Chuckawalla Mts., the Mule Mts., the Palo Verde Mts. and the Black Hills. Best known for its many geode beds and the variety of other collecting materials, the Wiley Well District has been popular with rockhounds since the 1940's. The area is also rich in history from the gold rush days to General Patton's tank training during WWII. Ancient fossils can be found, as well as artifacts from early Native Americans, pioneers, conquistadors, ranchers, and military training. This is beautiful desert country of mountains, hills and washes. Palo Verde trees in the washes give an impression of water and cool shade. The hills are dotted sparsely with desert plants. In a few of the washes and arroyos ironwood and mesquite may be found. Winter rains coax colorful flowers from the cactus and other vegetation. The Wiley Well District is a beautiful place to spend some time in February.
A great variety of materials are available to collect in the Wiley Well District. There are several productive geode beds including Hauser Beds, Roads End, Potato Patch, Straw Beds and Hidden Saddle Beds. All of these sites are in the Black Hills. Agate, chalcedony, jasper, pastilite, botryoidal psilomelane and crystal filled nodules are found throughout the hills and washes. Another major rockhound attraction is the Opal Hill fire agate mine. This is a fee dig area located in the Mule Mts. Besides the very fine fire agate, quartz crystal "flowers", calcite crystals, chalcedony nodules and other mineral specimens can be found.
I first became aware of the Wiley Well area in the early '90's from reading old copies of "Desert Gem Trails" and "California Gem Trails", and talking to an old timer in the Antioch Lapidary Club. I am fascinated and love to collect geodes and it sounded like this area was loaded with them. Unfortunately, no one was leading trips there any more. Then I discovered that Joe Hafeli was very knowledgeable of the area and had led trips there in the past. He agreed to act as the guide if I would organize the trip. We put on our first field trip to the Wiley Well District in February 1994 following the close of the QIA Pow Wow. We repeated the trip again in February 1996. Fortunately I kept good notes and maps because Joe and Bev Hafeli were forced to cancel at the last minute and I was left to lead this trip by myself. Everything turned out well and we had another fine collecting trip. By now I had the routine down pat, so we did it again in 1998. Each year we had good collecting in beautiful spring weather, with a great bunch of rockhounds.
Although there are 2 fine BLM campgrounds in the area we have our camp on the open, flat desert pavement at the Riverside/Imperial County line. There is plenty of room for a large group and for happy hours, potlucks and campfires. And we always have a lot of these and a lot of good rockhound camaraderie.
Start now to make your plans to join us, whether for a day, a few days or the whole week, at Wiley Well District in February.
"Agates of the New World ", "Lepidoptera Lapidary" and "Collecting Geodes in the Keokuk, Iowa Area" earned Awards in AFMS Program Competition. Each was produced by members of Midwest Federation Clubs!! Congratulations are in order but let's hope other Regions are represented among the winners in 2000. These slide programs will be available to Clubs across the country later this fall and for years to come.
"Agates of the New World" by Doug Moore and Dan Kelman (Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society-MWF) earned "First Place with Highest Honors"* in the Educational Category. Along with stunning slides of colorful agates from both North and South America, Doug and Dan give viewers a wealth of historical and geological information for an entertaining but educational presentation.
"Lepidoptera Lapidary" by William Stehouwer (Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society-MWF) also earned "First Place with Highest Honors" in the "How To Do It" Category. (Lepidoptera (lep-eh-DOP-tera) is the scientific name for the butterfly family.) Bill's butterflies are so well crafted, his exhibit took First Place in AFMS Uniform Rules Competition at Brunswick, Ohio (1992). Viewers will see how they too can make agate butterflies with a realistic body and wings thin as a worn dime.
"Collecting Geodes in the Keokuk. Iowa Area" by James Butterbrodt (Racine Geological Society-MWF) earned First Place" in the Field Collecting Category. Geodes from four locations in the Keokuk area are included showing the different types and variety of minerals found in them. Collecting tips and maps are included to help viewers find the fee and public access locations.
Programs scoring more than 95 points earn "First Place with Highest Honors" and the author(s) receive a $200 cash prize. ""First Place" winners scored between 90-94 points. If there are fewer than four winners with "Highest Honors", First Place winners receive a $100 cash price***. In addition to cash prizes, all winners receive an Award Pin and a Certificate. The original slides are returned to the authors after they are duplicated and distributed to the Regional Libraries.
For more information about AFMS Program Competition, watch for the Rules and Entry Form in this Newsletter or contact your Regional Librarian or Marge Collins, Coord., 3017 Niles-Buchanan Rd., Buchanan, MI 49107 or call (616) 695-4313.
Let's take a brief look back at the competitive entries at the Turlock Show in June. Whereas fewer trophies were awarded this year than in 1998, the displays were no less outstanding. There was a cross section of exhibitors ranging from the seasoned veteran to those participating for the first time. We hope that the first timers will bring their displays again.
The displays were not only conspicuous for the classes which were represented, but for those classes which were not. This is the first time I can recall that there were no Division B (minerals) cases entered. On the other hand, cabochons seemed to be back in force for the first time in many years. The largest NUMBER of exhibits was from Division C (lapidary). Jewelry competition was limited to wire-wrap. The only fabricated or cast pieces were in the single entry Choate Jewelry Trophy case and in a mixed Division A case.
In recent years one or two clubs have dominated the entries. This year was no exception. The Sweepstakes Trophy, which is awarded to the club earning the most points, went to Reno Gem & Mineral Society. The Kern County Mineral Society nipped at their heels. Congratulations go to Norvie Enns of Reno and Ken Kruschke of Kern County for getting their members enthused about competition. Getting excited about competition and being able to share that excitement with your fellow members is what will keep this aspect of our shows alive in future years.
One last word .... you do not have to enter as a novice, or even as an advanced exhibitor, you're first time around. You can enter as a master. Two outstanding cases scored the highest in their classes but because they were not entered in the Master Category, they could not be awarded trophies. Very disappointing, not only for the exhibitor, but also for the Rules Chair who likes to present them. See you in Riverside!
Bites and Stings
Rockhounds, by the nature of our hobby, are more exposed to insects, spiders and snakes than most other people. We spend more time out of doors, turning over rocks, climbing through brush and over rocks, and putting our hands in wrong places. Therefore we are more likely to experience bites and stings of insects, spiders, scorpions and snakes. I recently purchased a copy of the American Red Cross "Standard Safety Manual". This manual is a worthwhile addition to your club library and should be required reading for field trip leaders and shop foremen, and recommended reading for all club members. The Manual was my source for this safety article.
The bites and stings of snakes, spiders and insects are painful but seldom fatal. Some people, however, can have a severe allergic reaction to insect stings. This allergic reaction may result in a breathing emergency. If stung by a bee, wasp or hornet, remove the stinger. Scrape it away from the skin with your fingernail or a plastic card, or use a tweezers. Be careful not to squeeze the venom sac. Wash the site with soap and water, cover and keep clean. Apply a cold pack to reduce pain and swelling. Watch the victim for signs of an allergic reaction.
Only a few species of scorpions have a sting that can cause death. However, most stings can be painful or cause an allergic reaction. There are also only two spiders in the United States whose bite can make you seriously ill or be fatal. These are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider. Spiders and scorpions prefer dark out of the way places. Bites usually occur on the hand and arms of people reaching into wood, rock or brush piles, or rummaging around in dark attics or garages. Often victims won't realize that they were bitten until they become sick or notice swelling or bite marks. Signals include nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing or swallowing, sweating and salivation, and severe pain in the bite area. If stung by a scorpion or bitten by a spider, clean the wound, apply a cold pack and get medical help immediately. Antivenins are available for scorpion stings and black widow bites.
Snakebites kill very few people in the United States, only 12 out of over 8000 people that were bitten. Rattlesnakes account for most of the snakebites and nearly all of the deaths. Most deaths occur because the victim has an allergic reaction, is in poor health, or too much time passes before medical attention is received. The "old" rules have changed for treating snakebites. To care for someone bitten by a snake, wash the wound and immobilize the injured area, keeping it lower than the heart, if possible. Get the victim to medical care as quickly as possible. Do not apply ice to the bite. Do not cut the wound. Do not apply a tourniquet. Do not use electric shock. If necessary, carry a victim who must be taken to a medical facility or have them walk very slowly. If you know the victim can't get professional medical care within 30 minutes, consider sucking the wound using a snakebite kit. People at risk of snakebite away from professional care (on a field trip or hiking) should always carry a snakebite kit and know how to use it.
The key treatment for life threatening bites and stings is to keep the victim calm, watch for an allergic reaction, and get professional medical care. Be prepared, know what to do and PRACTICE SAFETY FOR Bites and Stings.
F.T. Chairman-North 1999
Being Field Trip Chairman has been a position that has given me great enjoyment. There is something almost mystical about digging around in the dirt or chipping off pieces of rock, or just walking and looking for nice looking rocks to add to my collection. But even more has been the pleasure of leading others to our treasure troves. When you can take someone to a place they never knew existed, and see the gleam in their eyes as they find the "perfect" rock to take home, it is almost as much fan as collecting the goodies myself.
That is fun and games. Well, not all the time. Trying to find a location for people to come to from all over California and Nevada that has a good area to camp, plenty of material available, accessible for most rockhounds, and where it might be a different location from previous collecting trips, can really try your imagination.
And then there is the newsletter. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge either in the actual collecting or in the verbal sense. But as the same old places become boring (or we have all we can possibly use) so do the same old words affect people the same way. When I started to compose this article, I had actually planned to look up some of Joe Hafeli's old articles and plagiarize them. (He had some very useful information that he passed along to us.) In my fine filing system, they he hidden in a box or a bag or on a shelf and my cranial computer has also shut down so I didn't find them - I know I still have them because I never throw anything away - ask Dot. However, Joe did teach me a lot.
Trying to think of something of use for our general membership to read, to enjoy, or from which to garner knowledge, is really the ultramost tasking part of this chairmanship. I'm sure many think what I have written is wrong or useless, but nobody has given me any words of wisdom with which I could share. I don't want to keep repeating what I have already written but I know there are many new people joining our ranks (not as many as we would like) and consequently I have repeated some things because I know many of them have no access to previous issues of our newsletters.
Just one more idea do I have to share with you this time. In all my articles on preparing for field trips, I have emphasized in all aspects of preparing for a field trip: The planning, the advertising and notification, and the leading of the field trips. But one thing was brought to my attention today when I was probing Dot's mind for an idea. How about the preparations for those who might accompany you who will not be actually going to do the collecting. Ah Ha!
I suggest that you make provisions for their comfort, for their entertainment, and peace of mind. First, on your check list, put these items:
Even if they stay in your vehicle at the collecting area, a portable radio would be a big comfort to them.
Membership Recognition awards for 1999 are rapidly running out of time. There are only two more months of 1999 newsletters. Special people are out there in your clubs and I would like you to share them with us. You know who these special people are. I look forward to your mail arriving in my mailbox to share in the last two newsletters.
The Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society presents Glen Mackenzie. Glen has been a club member for over 25 years. He has participated as President, Show Chairman, and Field Trip Chairman 2 or 3 times. He is Ecology Chairman currently, which he has held for 5 years. His award-winning article "All's Well at Wiley Wells" placed in the top 3 for bulletin articles in the 1999 AFMS bulletin and article contest. Glen is a wonderfully kind, funny, soft spoken man who gets the job done. He is a facetor and an advanced wire wrapper who has been involved in teaching our club wire wrapping in recent years. His talents are many and we are very lucky to have this gentleman in our club.
The Kern County Mineral Society presents Lewis & LeOra Ricks. The Ricks joined in May, 1974 and were right away the Mineral Mites Advisors, and served for 15 years. They have actively recruited new members and let it be known they were happy to teach new members the art of lapidary in their shop. They have opened their shop for tours of students studying geology and Scout troops, as well as going to the classroom. They have furnished specimens free of charge for students from elementary to college. Lew has served as Field Scout and Sergeant At Arms. LeOra has served as Treasurer for eight years, as well as Kitchen Hostess. They've always helped with the annual show. They were the cooks for CFMS Science studies at Minaluta the last two years and at ZZYZX for several years. And at the last moment were the cooks at ZZYZX last spring when an emergency occurred.
At each Director's Meeting the Directors are sent beforehand, an agenda and especially a registration slip.
The registration slip must be brought to the meeting, filled out (please print) and delivered to our Executive Secretary, Renata Williams-Bever. This is the only way we have of making sure everyone is counted and a quorum is present. If your Director attended but was not noted in the Historian's List (see August CFMS Newsletter) then a registration slip was not turned in and your Director was not part of the quorum.
If an alternate is going to attend the Fall Business Meeting, make sure they have the registration slip or make one out at the meeting.
Even though your club may have received their packet, if a registration slip was not turned in, your club was not counted. This is important to your club and to the CFMS.
Please help us with this. If you attend, we must have a registration slip filled out and given to Renata.
At the Show Meeting of the CFMS Directors, the following people/clubs gave me books and or magazines for our Historical Reference Library:
"Creative Gold& Silversmithing" - Sharr Choate
"Creative Casting" - Sharr Choate
"Indian Jewelry Making" - Oscar T. Branson
San Jose Lapidary Society, Third Annual Gem Exhibit - 1948
"Lapidary Journal", Vol. 9, No. 6 - Feb. 1956
"Rockhound Notes", Vol. 4, Feb. 1999
"Handbook of Rocks", - James Furman Kemp, 6th edition, 1940 Lancaster Press, Lancaster, PA
"Mineral Notes & News"
Jan. 1947 - Dec. 1947
Mar. 1948 - Dec. 1948
Jan. 1949 - Dec. 1949
Jan. 1950 - Nov. 1950
Jan. 1951 - Apr. 1951
There is a box full of very old "Lapidary Journals" from Joe & Bev Hafeli - more on this next month.
Remember, any old books, brochures, magazines or other material appropriate for our HISTORICAL REFERENCE LIBRARY would be gratefully accepted at our Annual Fall Business Meeting in Visalia.
6155 Haas St.
La Mesa, CA 91942-4312
Additional material received from East Bay Mineral Society via Keesa Stewart & Agnes Hall:
Gem & Mineral Show - 12th Annual Convention - 1951
Publicity pictures from Eureka CFMS/AFMS Show - 1960
Copy of "The CFMS" by Eleanor M. Learned - Nov. 1968,
Calif. Div. of Mines - Mineral Information Service
A patch from East Bay Mineral Soc., one of the original charter clubs
and club pins - now defunct
Ribbons from early CFMS Shows - more on this next month.
2nd Vice President
Your Executive Committee is working or the insurance problem. We are planning to have a complete policy available by the November 12, 1999 Meeting in Visalia.
The day of $1 per person insurance is gone It will cost us more but we will have complete coverage when a new policy is accepted. It will not just cover Field Trips. We would like to see all Directors in Visalia
Charlotte Gem & Mineral Club, Charlotte, N.C.
Vernon Meerdink - Mid-Tenn Gem'ers
Middle Tennessee Gem & Mineral Society, Murfreesboro, TN
Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club, Tampa, FL
Southern Illinois Earth Science Club, Benton, IL
Nancy Piazza - Rock Pickings
Lakeshore Mineralogical & Lapidary Society, Mentor, OH
Art Reed - Crystal Cluster
Des Plaines Valley Geological Society, Des Plains, IL
Robert Mount - The Opal
West Suburban Lapidary Club, Elmhurst, IL
SOUTH CENTRAL FEDERATION
Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX
Sister Clement Johnson - Texas Faceters' Guild Newsletter
Texas Faceters' Guild, Houston TX
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEDERATION
Marianne DeMott - Deming Rock Chips
Sue Kurtz - Roamin Rams
Whidbey Pebble Pushers, Whidbey, WA
Susan Gardner - Rocky Trails
North Seattle Lapidary & Mineral Club, Seattle, WA
Edwards Gem & Mineral Society, Edwards, CA Scribe's 1st President
Alberta Hare - The Tumbler
Marin Mineral Society, San Rafael, CA
Keesa Stewart - East Bay Nodule
East Bay Gem & Mineral Society, Oakland, CA
Pat LaRue - Drywasher's Gazette
Valley Prospectors, San Bernardino, CA and
Staurolite, Orange Belt Mineralogical Society, San Bernardino, CA
The Alberta Paleontological Society, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication,
via BRECCIA August 1999:
Let's say it's 4:17 p.m. and you're driving home, (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. Not only was the workload extraordinarily heavy, you also had a disagreement with your boss, and no matter how hard you tried, he just wouldn't see your side of the situation.
You're really upset and the more you think about it, the more up tight you become.
All of a sudden you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest you're home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself.
(Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack,
this article seemed in order.)
Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a phone and, between breaths, can for help.
AFMS First Vice President
The AFMS Show and Convention was great. I would like to compliment the Southeast Federation and the Middle Tennessee Gem and Mineral Society for providing us with very informative meetings and a fun show. Three meetings that were so pertinent to our present organizations were the insurance, the directors meeting, and the website group. My wife was very impressed with the way that the insurance chairman, Duane Mcintyre, has organized a plan to meet the insurance needs of our varied groups in different states. A great plan for the future. John Wright, Second Vice President of SFMS had a very stimulating program for helping directors know what information that they need to take back to their regions. Those web masters were sharing ideas every time I saw two of them together. I am sure we will see some new things on our websites. The Show was great with helpful people and friendly dealers.
As First Vice President, one of my assignments was to work with the juniors and that was great. Kathy and Bob Miller could not attend and had asked me to drop by the booth. When it was not set up, I was overwhelmed with help from Anna Elrod, Marty Harr, and his two boys. The booth was busy with children and teachers seeking supplies. I would like to see the junior group grow. The Future Rockhounds of America is a good way to interest our youth. (See Jan. 1999 Newsletter for information.) Now if we can just get them on the website. Wouldn't it be great for a junior member of our Monterey Park Gem Society, which is over 80% Orientals, to become "e-mail pal" with a junior from the Midwest or Eastern Federations, etc.
It is sad to realize that our organization is loosing members and not gaining new ones. According to the government reports more people are interested in outdoor activities. The most interested ages are 17 to 18 years old and they enjoy surfing, skiing and such. The second age group that enjoy outdoor activities are in the 55- to 59-year age group. Maybe we should reach out to this group to tell them about the most fabulous outdoor recreation, "Rock Hunting".
Program Aids Chairman
Annual Shows as a Program Source
Does your society or club have a show planned for this fall or spring? A behind-the-scenes look at some of the history and interesting aspects of our special kind of "show business" can be the basis for an entertaining and useful program.
One such program could be on "The Mystique of Show Dealers". Ask people who are, or have been, show dealers to come and tell how and why they got started, what makes a particular show "good" or "bad" from their point of view, and some of the difficulties and gratifications they have experienced. Many of your members may not realize that most of your profit from a gem show comes from the space rental fees paid by the dealers. They may think of the dealers only as strange exotic people who show up once a year with certain demands which you have to meet. Give your members a chance to see how being a show dealer looks from the other side of the table.
Another idea for a show-oriented program could feature some of the tried and true members of your show committee telling how they go about doing what they do. They should make it sound like fun, and perhaps entice some new committee members.
Well, WE don't hold annual shows!
and Glenn Lee, Ways and Means
Our sincere thanks to all those who participated in the Endowment Fund drawing held at the combined Southeast-American Federation Show in Nashville. This includes all those who donated items, who purchased tickets, who helped at the table, and who sold tickets. A total of $1675-85 was raised, including $845.00 from tickets for the beautiful amethyst ring donated by Lewis Elrod. Again, we especially wish to thank our wives, Betty and Dorothy, for their work at the sales table, and Bonnie Glismann for again leading the way selling tickets for the ring.
Following are the donated items, the donors, and the winners:
In addition, the Endowment Fund received a donation of $45.00 from the Rollin' Rock Club from their auction.
This winds up our work with the Endowment Fund and we would like to thank all the member who have assisted over the past sixteen years. Restricted funds now amount to $2.60 per AFMS member. We hope that you will continue to support the Endowment fund with donations, memorials, or in any manner you choose.
PRESIDENT KEN KRUSCHKE'S MESSAGE
IN THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Searchers' President 1999
I am the president of the Searchers Gem & Mineral Society in Anaheim and I have just read your September President's message. I know that many clubs are losing members and we were too, until about 3 years ago when we realized that there would soon be no Searchers if we did not take some drastic steps to reverse the trend. We talked about why people join rockhound clubs, and why they leave. Then we decided on some action.
First one of our members found a way to set up a workshop which we had not had in years. We pulled our old equipment out of storage, shared the shop rent with the local Opal Society and went to work repairing equipment. Eventually we bought new equipment including several Genies which has made it possible to move into the free shop space in the Anaheim Downtown Center. All this took some money and lots of time, so we voted to raise our dues which hadn't been raised in 20 years. That was not easy, but we were serious. Most new members don't have equipment. Many can't afford it, don't know what to get anyway, and often live where a shop is not even possible. Then we changed our meeting format. We put the interesting stuff first, then refreshments, then the business. Visitors are told to feel free to leave at the refreshment break if they want to, or to stay as they prefer. We also sell our last drawing tickets at the break and pull the winners at that time. Then we looked at our programs. Too long and needed to be more varied to meet different interests. We appointed a "Greeter" to take the names of visitors and assign a buddy for the evening. We got stick-on name tags for visitors, and push our members to wear their nametags. We introduce each visitor at the beginning of the meeting and ask them to stand. We give them the current edition of our club bulletin and specifically invite them to attend our next field trip, as well as to stop by and see our workshop. Now we are ready for potential new members.
We put the club on the Web. It is amazing how many people have found us there and come to our meetings. Most of our local visitors end up joining. We make sure that we have membership applications at our meeting and someone who can take the dues, but we don't push. Oh yes, we revised our membership applications which hadn't been done in years.
Then we worked on visibility. We began putting a case in the Orange County Fair and winning trophies. We asked for and got one day for Searchers Day at the Gem and Mineral Pavilion at the fair. Throughout that day Searchers do demonstrations, have hands-on exhibits and give away tumbled rocks. We have brochures there throughout the fair to tell about our club, and give out business cards with meeting information. Once a year we put a case in the Anaheim City Hall for a month, and we took responsibility for a case at the new Anaheim Downtown Community Center where we now have our monthly meeting and our workshop. People ask about our club. The veterans' jewelry and lapidary workshop which we have sponsored for years at the veterans hospital has become a source of new members and another point of visibility. Searchers have taught these guys to be very, very good at jewelry making. Our contributions and involvement in the local Art Council puts our name on their annual Soiree program. We have had awards presented for working with abused kids, and our name in the local paper for providing camperships each year to needy youngsters. We stress community involvement.
Our most recent project is working with kids. This last year we appointed a Youth Chairperson. One youth activity is scheduled each month. A one-day field trip, a workshop time, museum trips, and a fluorescent rock program, for example. We attend local classes and kids' events where we have hands on rocks and minerals, simple jewelry assembly with tumbled stones that they get to keep. We work with groups like the Scouts and the Boy's and Girl's Clubs. We make presentations at local schools. Many kids are quite fascinated by rocks, and pull their parents into the hobby. We make the kids welcome and try to make them feel that they are an important part of the club, included in all our activities with their adult sponsors. This year 2 juniors had cases in our annual show and one of them demonstrated cabbing. The show itself has many activities and programs aimed at kids. After all, these kids are our club's future.
We make sure that all the local craft, rock and mineral shops, and RV repair places, libraries and community centers have our flyers all year, as well as our show information. At show time we expand to local restaurants, school districts for distribution to classes and the work places of our members. We tried paid ads in the local paper, and found that they did not work.
At present 80% of our 190 members have been members 3 years or less. We now realize that our club is constantly changing with members leaving due to health problems, moving from the area, and unfortunately, passing away. That is why much of our effort has been to make new members feel welcome and to get them involved in Searcher activities as soon as possible. Involved members tend to stay with the club. Of course cliques, racial prejudice, and negativism have no place in a rockhound club, and need to be addressed as soon and as tactfully as possible or they will effect membership in a negative way. We are a very diverse and active group. As president, one of my biggest jobs is keeping everyone active and working together. We make a point of thanking every member for their ideas and participation. We encourage members to come to board meetings and to share their ideas, suggestions, and complaints, and we listen and give credit where due. We now believe change to meet changing membership interests is essential. We let members know that they are missed when their name is not on our attendance list for a few meetings. We pay attention to visitors and new members, doing all we can to make them feel welcome and to help them get involved. We know involvement does not automatically happen. We schedule a few activities that are strictly social, like beach parties, picnics, pot lucks and holiday celebrations to involve the family members who may not be rockhounds. It is important that they too feel positive about the Searchers.
These may not be the methods you had in mind in your president's message. It requires a core of dedicated, open minded and enthusiastic members to energize the club and get things going. It also requires time, effort, and optimism, persistence and sometimes some dollars to keep it on course. It is not an easy fix. But it works. At least it has for the Searchers. For a club to become visible is a good thing. But it is only the beginning of solving the membership problem.
Some editing was done for space considerations.
"MINERALS OF CALIFORNIA"
The Department of Conservation (DOC), Division of Mines and Geology (DMG) is planning an update and revision of Bulletin 189, Minerals of California, last published in 1966. We are asking the assistance of both professional and amateur mineralogists in gathering information for this update. Information is being sought on the occurrence of minerals in California, not reported in Bulletin 189, and also on significant new California occurrences of previously reported species. We are also seeking photos of California mineral specimens for use as illustrations in the update of Bulletin 189.
Information should include a description of the occurrence of the mineral (crystal size, crystallization, associated species), the location (county, mine or prospect, U.S.G.S. quadrangle, Township, Range, Section, etc.), how the mineral was identified, and citations for those occurrences that have been published.
We will be collecting information for the update to Minerals of California through December 2000. Information regarding the updated Minerals of California should be sent to:
Department of Conservation
Information and/or questions about the update to Minerals of California may also be directed to:
For the rules, procedures, and forms for entering the 2000 CFMS bulletin, articles, poems, and special publications published in 1999 click here.