VoL XXXVI, No. 10--- November 1999

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

President's Message ............................................... Ken Kruschke
CFMS Insurance Program, 1999-2000 ....................... via CFMS Newsletter
Gold & Gem Show ................................................... Pat LaRue
Are You ready for Trouble? ....................................... Mel Albright
In Memoriam ........................................................... Via CFMS Newsletter
Membership Recognition .......................................... Colleen Mcgann
CFMS South Field Trips - 1999 ................................. Stephen Blocksage
Attention Bulletin Editors .......................................... Shirley Lesson
Junior Activities Report ............................................. Jim Brace-Thompson
Earth Science Studies .............................................. Isabella & Bill Burns
Note......................................................................... Bev Hafeli
Great Programs ........................................................ Marion Fowler
Camp Paradise Diary ................................................ Wayne Mills
Wiley Well District Field Trip ..................................... Dick Pankey
All American Program ............................................... Dot & Bob Beachler
Be Y2K Ready ......................................................... via Drywasher's Gazette
Historian's Report...................................................... Shirley Lesson .


By Ken Kruschke, CFMS President
CFMS President

This year has been an unusual year, mainly caused by the changes in the CFMS insurance coverage. First we were blindsided with a large increase in cost, and probably more important, a dramatic change in the way field trips were to be insured. Field trips are the very heart of rockhounding. To compound the problem, the rules for getting field trip insurance were revised every few weeks. All of the changes and confusion left everyone frustrated, disillusioned and much less than happy.

The Executive Committee, being rockhounds, was not happy either. Their first concern was to maintain insurance coverage for the CFMS. . The next concern was to try and obtain insurance conforming to the needs of the CFMS rockhounds. The search went in many directions and as you are aware, progress was painfully slow. Many insurance companies were approached and many did not want to make an offer. Some did want to check us out in order to make a proposal, most looked us over and said "No Thanks". The reasons for not making proposals were varied, but a "No Thanks" is easy to understand.

Bob Stultz worked many hours trying to get something going for us. Through his efforts we now have a policy that is tailored to the needs of the CFMS.

We (CFMS) have been setting the insurance cost to be charged for members of clubs in the middle of November for a policy with an effective date the middle of the following February. Insurance Companies don't set rates for a policy more than sixty days prior to the effective date. Now we will have an effective date just prior to our Fall Business Meeting. The actual cost to the CFMS will be known at the time of the Fall Meeting, not months after the meeting.

There will be a representative from the insurance company at our Fall Meeting, each year to keep the directors informed on what is going on in the world of insurance. In this fast moving world we now five in, there are bound to be changes from time to time in our insurance.

We, the rockhounds, have a responsibility to work safely, to follow the rules of the road and to remember the golden rule. We have a good track record in the past and we won't let our guard down now. Even so, we still need to have insurance in case something does happen. Accidents Happen!

A short summary of our new policy is included in this newsletter. Please look it over and share it with your fellow club members.

CFMS, Inc. Insurance Program for 1999 - 2000

via CFMS Newsletter

The new insurance coverage is through the Federal Insurance Company, a member of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Chubb has one of the best reputations in the insurance industry and has an A.M. Best rating of A++. Your broker is Patt Wilson McDaniel with McDaniel Insurance Services, a brokerage firm specializing in insurance for nonprofit organizations and professionals. The limits of liability coverage are as follows:

$2,000,000 ----- General Aggregate (annual limit)
$2,000,000 ----- Products and Completed Operations Aggregate
$1,000,000 ----- Personal & Advertising injury
$1,000,000 ----- Each Occurrence, Fire Legal Liability included
$300,000 ------- Liquor liability
$1,000,000 ----- Non-owned auto and hired auto.
Fidelity bond included at $10,000 limits and Blanket Additional Insured is included.

Who is an insured?
The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. and all member clubs, their executive officers, directors, and volunteers with respect to their liability for the activities of the insured club or activities on its behalf, at the option of the insured. All clubs are fisted on the policy. A club must maintain their membership with good standing and the individual club insurance is non-cancelable.

What activities are covered?
The Federation and its member clubs have General Liability coverage for all normal operations as described to the company. We have described to the company that most clubs have monthly meetings and workshops. some clubs have monthly field trips. some have annual shows (2-3 days). There are two annual statewide meetings with 150-200 in attendance. An annual 3-day show held in conjunction with one of the meetings draws public attendance of 6-8,000.

What if we own or rent a meeting place? What if we own or are responsible for land?
There is no premises liability unless the location is scheduled as a covered location. If land or buildings are owned or leased, they must be added to the policy as a liability location. (There should not be any unscheduled liability risks.) Property must be specifically scheduled if coverage is desired for loss to property (buildings or contents). We have currently scheduled locations based on the best available information. If your club owns or leases a building or property, please check with the Federation to see that the coverage is scheduled and the property values and square footage or acreage are accurate. Each club is responsible for providing this information. Please contact the CFMS insurance volunteer to add or change property or land.

What if we need proof of insurance?

  • Evidence of Insurance Certificates will be mailed to each club. An informative CFMS Insurance Brochure will be inclosed. Often these certificates will provide adequate proof of insurance.
  • If a 'third party certificate' is required, clubs will request them through the CFMS insurance volunteer who will fax an approved form to McDaniel Insurance Services. To make this as easy as possible for your volunteer, fill out the forms completely. McDaniel Insurance Services will then mail certificates to the 'certificate holder' and the requesting club.

What is meant by third party?
The insurance agreement is between two parties: the company and the insured. The insurance addresses bodily injury or property damage to a 'third party' for which the insured may be held legally responsible (liable). If someone, other than these two contractual parties, requests proof of insurance or to be added as an additional insured, we call the document evidencing this coverage a 'third party' certificate.

Accident Insurance:
Your organization does not currently have accident coverage. This coverage can provide some payment in the case of a member injury. The General Liability is not intended to act as an accident policy for members. Accident coverage, however, is available and highly recommended.

Non-owned and hired auto:
If a volunteer is using their own auto in the business of the club (such as going to the bank or transporting displays) and is involved in an at-fault accident, they are not only personally liable, but the club may also be held liable. This coverage is designed to protect the club in that event. The drivers are responsible for obtaining their own insurance. We recommend at least $500,000 CSL (Combined Single Limits) or greater. The clubs should not allow an individual to drive on behalf of the organization unless it has been determined that the individual has at least minimum legal limits of coverage.


Please note that the above information is for summary purposes only. The insurance policy is the legal document and supersedes any information herein.
Patt McDaniel, McDaniel Insurance Services. DOI Lic #0820481

For a copy of the Additional Insured/Certificate of Insurance Information for CFMS form (Click Here).

August 4, 5, 6, 2000
Riverside Convention Center
Hosted by Valley Prospectors

By Pat LaRue, Registration/Exhibit Chair

Countdown to Riverside!!!

Preparations are well underway for the first CFMS Convention/Show of the new millennium. Although the host club is short on experience when it comes to putting on the same type of show the rocks clubs do, the committee is long on enthusiasm and determined to make this one a resounding success.

Information packets containing registration forms, hotel and camping information, etc. will be available next month at the Fall Business Meeting in Visalia. Separate registration materials and information for the Faceters Symposium will also be included. All forms in the packet will be printed on copier friendly white paper so clubs can make as many duplicates as they wish. In addition to the packets, copies of all forms will be given to webmaster Don Ogden for posting to the CFMS Web Site. These will be available for downloading, as needed.

Special room rates have been secured at the Holiday Inn across from the Convention Center. the Historic Mission Inn and the Riverside Inn. Details and reservation information will be included in the information packet. RV facilities will be available at the Rancho Jurupa Regional Park, located about 4 miles from the Convention Center.

The Convention Center itself is fully air-conditioned for your comfort. AD show and convention activities will be held at this facility. Those who stay at the Holiday Inn have only a short walk across the plaza to get there.

Make plans now to have fun at the GOLD AND GEM SHOW, August 4, 5, 6, 2000.


By Jim Mel Albright, AFMS Safety Chair
from 5/99 AFMS Newsletter
via Fairfield Lapidary Soc. Newsletter, 10/99

Most of us cruise through life expecting no major health problems and getting none. But, fate has a way of surprising us. Accidents happen, strokes come, heart attacks come, sudden changes happen, snakes bite. And then we go or are taken to an emergency room to get help. When you get there, are you ready? Well, there are some things you should carry at all times. Otherwise, the emergency treatment may hurt you rather than help. What should you carry?

  1. A list of all the medicines you take. This should include everything. Your regular prescriptions, of course are part. List the medicine, it's strength, and the frequency you take it. Over the counter stuff should be listed, too. What vitamins do you take? What herbals? Anything you take regularly should be listed. Then there is the occasional stuff. Over the counter pain killers, cold medicines, cough medicines, allergy pills, etc. should all be listed.
  2. A short health summary. List whatever problem you might have. Sinus, heart, diabetes, allergies, asthma whatever. Remember, you may not be in shape to tell the doctors.
  3. A list of who to contact if you are taken ill or hurt. Some hospitals either cannot or are reluctant to treat you without your family being aware of what's going on. Names, addresses, phone numbers, relationships should be listed.
  4. Your identification. Frequently, joggers and the like go out without identification. When they are stricken, no one knows who they are or who to tell.
  5. And, of course, your health insurance information. Surprise health problems are a shock to all of us. We all like to pretend they won't happen to us. But they might! Don't make them worse by not being prepared. Don't bet you can remember all of the above information while worrying about your health.


via CFMS Newsletter

Floyd 'Bob' Berg
August 12, 1914 - August 21, 1999

Floyd was born in Minnesota. He moved to California in 1937 where he met Bev. They were married in 1942 and raised three children. In the fifties they joined the Whittier Gem & Mineral Society where they served on many committees and were Newsletter Editors for a number of years. Bob was president in 1972.

They were directors to the CFMS many times and were Demonstrator Chairmen for the CFMS 1981 Show, Program Chairmen for the 1988 CFMS Show, for the 1996 AFMS-CFMS Show, and were planning the speakers for the 2000 CFMS Show. Our sympathies go to Bev as she continues with this task alone.
Remembered by Isabella Bums, Whittier Gem & Mineral Society

Wiley D. O'Guinn
June 24, 1918 - September 14, 1999

Admired by many as a mineral collector, rockhound and friend. To the best of my knowledge, Wiley was the last charter member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. He was one of Kern County Mineral Societies' Representatives at the formation meeting in Riverside in 1936. The previous year he was instrumental in establishing KCMS and served as Secretary for many years. In this capacity it was his duty to notify members (12 original) of up-coming field trips. A notice was placed in the want ads of the Newspaper. This was not too successful so a mailing was done on Penny Post Cards. As the membership grew, this become inconvenient so a monthly mimeographed legal sized, single sided Newsletter was born. So began "The Pseudomorph ", still in publication today as the club bulletin for KCMS. If not the first, Wiley was a pioneer in establishing the tradition of club bulletins. As a friend, teacher, innovator and Rockhound, Wiley will be missed by all who knew him.
Remembered by Cal Clason, Kern County Mineral Society

Carmelita Swarts
February 13, 1910 - September 16, 1999

Carmelita Swarts worked tirelessly for the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies on the Public Lands Advisory Committee (PLAC) which went back to the late 1960s. She wrote position papers on many of the rockhound locations that came under the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management in Southern California.

In 1986-87 Carmelita was awarded the CFMS Scholarship Honoree in which she was allowed to choose a university and student to award a scholarship.

She was awarded the honorary "Golden Bear" Award by CFMS because of her long service to the CFMS. This is the top single award given to those few who have been recognized for their work on behalf of the CFMS.

After 89 years, "Carm" was laid to rest. Many old friends paid their last respects including Past Presidents Bill Tirk, Charles Leach, Shirley Leeson and her long time friend and co-worker Jim Strain, Chairman of the Public Land Advisory Committee. Our thoughts are with Bern and the family.
Remembered by Shirley Leeson, San Diego Mineral & Gem Society


By Colleen Mcgann

CFMS member clubs; as the year draws to a close and we get ready for the holidays and a very special New Year's celebration, I thank all the clubs who have participated this year in recognizing their special club members. There is one more month left for recognizing your friends but I need to receive them before the Visalia meeting.

The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club presents Nick Duncan, for all his work in the club. Nick is a Charter Member (since 1971) and has served the club faithfully during all these years. He has served on the Executive Board as Secretary, has been a shop instructor, teaches wirewrapping in club sponsored workshops, has served over 20 years as part of our Show Committee, and each year has made most of the prizes that are given away at the hourly drawings during our show. Nick deserves to be honored as the "Rockhound of the Year" for our club.
Submitted by Bob Stultz, Fed. Director

The Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club presents Carl Cooper. Carl, a long time member, has helped the club serving in several positions such as Club President, instructor, and now is doing Education Through Sharing, giving many classes to schools, senior citizens and special groups, working to increase awareness of the lapidary arts.
Submitted by Anna Christiansen

The Palomar Gem & Mineral Society presents Sylvia and Walt Zickefoose. If there is a need, Sylvia and Walt will fill it. They are dedicated sharing club members. Walt is a dedicated "find it for less" man. He truly enjoys bargain shopping around salvage yards and similar locations --workshop needed carpeting, how about 25 cents for 24 inch square carpet tiles? Party size coffee urns, close to free. You name it, Walt finds it. Need a wizard for the show" There is Sylvia dressed up like Merlin, staff and all, smiling and walking for three days. Education reach out, there's Sylvia in front of the class, explaining to fascinated young ones the miracle of rocks. See those eyes light up when she passes around the touch samples, especially the dinosaur dung. Palomar adds new families after each of Sylvia's Reach Out sessions .... new rockhounds and new willingly helpful parents. Palomar thrives as a result of our "miners". Our club is enriched by the addition of new members. Sylvia and Walt, each in their own way, greatly add to Palomar's enrichment. We are strong because of our members. Sylvia and Walt are contributing members.
Submitted by Teresa Master, Fed. Director

The Searchers Gem & Mineral Society presents Herb Beckman. Herb joined the Searchers in 1989. He has been President, twice 1st Vice President, and twice Director, show Chairman, and is currently Shop Chairman. Three years ago, when the Searchers decided we needed a workshop again, almost single handedly he found a location, negotiated with the local Opal Society to share the shop and expenses, refurbished our old stored equipment, and set up the workshop. Since then, he has modified, repaired and maintained the equipment, organized the shop move to our current quarters in the Downtown Anaheim Center, recruited foremen and has arranged for classes. Herb almost never misses a meeting or a field trip and is present at the shop nearly every Thursday and Saturday, the days the shop is open. He is actively involved in our annual show each year, and always puts in a case. He participates in our community activities and attends most of our Board meetings. Herb's involvement and dedication are deeply appreciated by all Searcher members.
Submitted by Betty Nelson, President

Two canyons: Horse Canyon and Stone Canyon (now open)

By Stephen Blocksage

Unfortunately, my slow start and the field trip insurance and negotiations to go on private land were all contributors to the lateness of these trips. However, it is sometimes worth the wait; these two canyons are beyond any doubt worth your time and money. They are recognized nation wide as two premier sites .... one for the spectacular moss agate, tube agate and other rare types of agate, the other for the best and most colorful gemmey brecciated jasper anywhere .... and large quantity as well. Both are on private land and have been closed for, in one case 25 years, the other limited in access.

Realizing that this notice is going into the November Edition, I can confirm the dates for Horse Canyon as the 11th, 12th, 13th of November. I realize that the 13th is the Business Meeting of the CFMS at Visalia and so I will have to cut short my visit at Horse Canyon, at least to make my report to the Federation. However, it is a fairly short distance from the agate to the meeting!

Since Stone Canyon was my original target, I will try for a date close to the November date. The date at this time is November 20th. I will also use la-rocks e-group, www.egroups.com/group/la-rocks/ for sign-up purposes and hopefully, the northern version, should it exist by then or the Field Trip North Chairs, Richard Pankey and Chuck McKie We will not be able to stay on the property at Stone Canyon but I am negotiating with another rancher nearby in Parkfield, CA who will provide camping accommodations and possibly other amenities and rockhounding for a nominal fee.

The Horse Canyon property will be cost free as far as camping is concerned. There will be no hook-ups but water and some tables may be provided. Hotel accommodations and restaurants will be found nearby in Tehachapi. The altitude is close to 4,800 feet and will be cold at night, cool during the day. Fires will be allowed at the campsite only. I anticipate several hundred persons at this field trip.

Since there will be so many and as part of the insurance requirement, I will only allow CFMS members into the collecting area, no guests allowed. Those who are collecting or digging will be equipped with eye protection, gloves, sturdy shoes, etc. We will be locked into the property from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until lighting, in my opinion, causes unsafe conditions. At that point, we will retire to the campsite where guests will be allowed. We will not provide any sanitary facilities at the collecting site, so make your own accommodations while at the collecting area and be prepared to bury the evidence. There will be no fires in the collecting area; fires will be allowed at the campsite. The terrain is rough in the upper reaches where most of the good , material is collected; andasitic basalt/lava .... very rough and uneven with steep slopes in some places. The lower reaches are fairly level with softer features, however this area requires digging since surface collection has been done to a great extent. Several people have fallen, one fall resulted in some cracked ribs. Also our slithery friends may be out and about if the weather is conducive. So take care, use safe thinking as much as possible.

Material is scarce and we will have to find a vein or dig on past sites and expose seams. If we find the right places, everyone should go home happy with at least one good piece of Horse Canyon Agate.

For those of you who like to silver pick Mr. Varney, the gatekeeper for the site, has an extensive collection of Horse Canyon material he will part with. Other items found are petrified palm wood, opal, fossils and many types of agate, some only found here. There is much surface material and some, when cut, reveals the patterns that Horse Canyon has become known for.

There will be an individual charge for general liability insurance, payable on site; in the past it was $2.00 per CFMS member. I anticipate a higher cost based on the number attending, but not significantly higher.

I will electronically contact the clubs in the vicinity and the LA-rocks group, North Bay Field Trips and COOP to create a sign-up list. And will use similar means to inform you of the insurance costs for that site. I would likewise expect several hundred persons at Stone Canyon. Negotiations have closed and the owners of Stone Canyon want a $5,000.00 minimum. This is based on a per capita or per person charge of between $25.00 -$50.00 for a minimum of 100 lb. of brecciated jasper. Included would be the field trip insurance cost at $2.00 per person. The brecciated jasper lies underground and will be removed in large blocks by mechanical means and moved to an area where it can be sledged and broken down to usable sizes by the group. Persons who desire larger more commercial quantities may negotiate with the ranch for price based on weight. Some float collection will be available in Stone Canyon but we feel that there is not enough material for a very large party.

The material is beyond description and causes the commercially available old Stone Canyon material to pale in comparison with every shade that great jasper is capable of, in a matrix of electric blue chalcedony varying through reds, blues and even greens or clear. The commercial material that is available is between $2.00 and $4.00 per pound, depending on size and quality. I wish that I could include a photograph. The site has not been open in 25 years and the last group there numbered over 450 people at $1.00 a pound. If that number or even half that number come, the cost will drop based on the number attending.

General information: In both cases we will be driving over dirt, ranch type roads that deteriorate rapidly in wet weather. Should weather call off either or both of these trips (they can be rescheduled in 2000) you will need to call a number in the Los Angeles area to get up-to-date information. The number is (213) 367-6611. There will be a recorded message there that will say what is happening, so call the number before going to make sure that the trip is a "go". In both sites, I recommend a high clearance vehicle, four-wheel drive or truck, no cars. If you must drive a car, we will attempt to seat you with someone who has space in a high clearance vehicle. At Horse Canyon we will have potlucks on Thursday, Friday and possibly Saturday. We would like to thank the owner by giving him small lapidary gifts (he likes belt buckles) and also his wife, since he is providing camp sites and access to the collecting sites.

We will meet at the off ramp for Sand Canyon on Hwy. 58 between Mojave and Bakersfield on November 11 at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The off ramp is approximately 14 miles west of Mojave. The next two days, Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13, we will meet at Tanganda Rd. turn off from Sand Canyon Rd. Tanganda Rd. is 5-6 miles North of Hwy. 58 where the power fines leave the road and turn east towards the hills. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. sharp at that site on Friday and Saturday. You will need to sign and fill out a "hold harmless' statement and be prepared to pay your insurance premium at this time. You will receive a tag for your vehicle, identifying you as checked in and allowing you into the campsite.

I will be collecting the entrance fee to the collecting site at this time. It will be attendance based. In no case will it be over $50.00 per person, based on an attendance of 100. If less sign up I will delay the field trip until that number are signed up. This will cause the material to be a maximum of $.50 per lb. and less, should more than 5,000 lb. of material be taken.

In general for both sites these tools are a must: A rock pick, small 2-3 lb. hammer chisels, gads, shovels and pick, and a 6 lb. sledge or heavier for Stone Canyon. Safety gear: gloves, boots, eye protection, long sleeves, and long pants for Stone Canyon. Flying, sharp, jagged jasper chips and hard rock mining conditions are to be expected. If you have a family service radio, which you can take into the field at Horse Canyon, bring it. We'll need everybody looking for veins at this site and radio will help us vector in on a vein.

In the vault at the La-rocks web site, www.egroups.com/group/la-rocks.htm. I will leave down-loadable maps in JPEG and PDF format, should you wish to copy them for site approaches and mileages.

My e-mail Is similite@aol.com. My phone is (805) 522-1420 after 5:00 p.m. for questions and answers. The information number is (213) 367-6611 for last minute information on cancellations/delays.

Chuck Mckie's e-mail is Chuckmckie@aol.com.
Richard Pankey's is dickpankey@juno.com for Northern California check-in.

These should be field trips to remember. Some of the best rockhounds in the state will be on hand and hopefully, some truly great material.

By Shirley Leeson


Planning on attending?

If you were planning on attending the annual "Quartzsite Happening" or the "Tucson Experience", then plan to take time to attend the Editors "Thing!" You won't regret it.... Editors are invited to bring copies of their bulletin; original articles, poetry, or puzzles; and write-ups of information or ideas helpful to club editors (50 copies of each item, please) to share with one another.

S. C R. I B. E.

The international organization of bulletin editors of amateur gem, mineral and earth science societies, invites all editors to share ideas, techniques, successes, problems, and concerns with your fellow bulletin editors at its annual workshop and symposium in Quartzsite, Arizona Sat. Jan. 29, 2000, 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time, Senior Citizen's Center - Moon Mountain Rd.

New Editors are especially invited to attend to learn more about S. C. R. 1. B. E. and to meet other club and federation editors. "Retired" editors are also urged to attend to share their experiences with the other editors.

A $2.00 registration fee per person, payable at the door, will be used to cover expenses. Registration will begin at 8:36 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time). The symposium generally ends shortly after noon.

For additional information regarding this event, please send e-mail to: Jo Anna Ritchey, S. C. R. I. B. E. Secretary, jritchey01@aol.com


By Jim Brace-Thompson,
Juniors Chairman

Last year, and again earlier this year, I asked all CFMS clubs to share your favorite juniors' activity. This year, I even made it easy by including a convenient form to fill out and mail in the February CFMS Newsletter. Sincere thanks to the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society and the Del Air Rockhounds (the only two clubs that responded) and a challenge to everyone else. As I noted in February, it should take only a few minutes to send your response, but the ideas you send may provide hours of fun for kids in clubs far and wide. So send those ideas TODAY! Here's what the CVGMS and the CAR have to share:

Starting several years ago, the CVGMS began a concerted effort to provide kids' activities at their annual show, and the results have been great all around .... from parents coming to the show to provide fun activities for their kids, to dealers happy that kids are given something constructive to do, and most importantly to the kids themselves, who have a blast. The more popular activities include:

  1. Sand sifting. A long wooden box holds sand studded with fossil shark teeth, quartz crystals, bits of petrified wood, and other finds. Kids are encouraged to make a collection of 6 different items to store in a half egg carton by screening with colanders.
  2. Fossil casting. Bottoms of milk cartons are lined with clay and coated lightly with vegetable oil. Kids then select from plastic models of trilobites, ammonites, and other fossils to press into the clay (check museum gift shops for models). The models are removed, plaster is poured in, and within 20 minutes, kids are cracking open their own fossil nodules.
  3. Pirate's treasure chest. When you finish tumbling a pile of rocks, what do you do with those tiny polished bits too small to put into a grab bag but too pretty to throw out? Put them in a "treasure chest" at your show, and let kids sift through the sparkling gems to pick out 6 of their own.
  4. Rockhound quiz. Rather than let kids walk passively by the exhibits at your show, invite them to take a closer look with a quiz of 10 questions that can be answered by a close examination of the displays. Reward those who take the time with a free spin on the spinning wheel or a grab bag.
  5. Stone art. Small flat stones, a dab of glue, eyes from a craft store, and kids' creativity result in an army of rocky critters by the end of the day, while bits of colorful beachpolished glass glued to translucent plastic container tops make suncatchers in rainbow hues.

The Del Air Rockhounds suggest several additional projects, all kid-tested and proven successful:

  1. Beach wind chimes. Starting with a driftwood top, kids hang strands of beads, shells, and more driftwood for art that sings in the wind.
  2. Making geodes. Starting with a saturated saline solution, kids stir in a dab of coloring and fill a half eggshell. This activity takes patience because the next step is to let nature take its course by allowing the solution to dry by evaporation. The result: Colorful geodes! Although a little fragile, they worked well, and the kids made some beauties.
  3. Fossil hunt. Fill empty milk cartons with mud and a salting of fossils, and then let it dry completely. Kids are given the mud bricks and small picks to unearth fossils from the matrix. The DAR tried this with kids ranging in age from 5 to 12 and everyone found at least 1 fossil.

Thanks again to the DAR and CVGMS for sharing these great activities. More ideas are certainly out there, so please send them in (to Jim Brace-Thompson, 7319 Eisenhower St., Ventura, CA 93003.

E-mail Nbraceth@aol.com Activities like these will make your club more "family friendly" and that's a plus. Remember: Our goal is to attract a new generation to our hobby while. as always, having fun!


By Isabella and Bill Burns

A group of 86 people just enjoyed a week at Camp Paradise. The following article on the next page, Wayne Mills'Diary, gives a good report on how active the people were, enjoying themselves and learning.

After reading this article, you may think that you have missed it. Well, we are scheduling another Earth Science Studies Seminar at the Desert Studies Center, known as ZZYZX, for April 9 to 16, 2000. We will have different classes, but it will be just as busy as Camp Paradise. You are welcome to join us. For a copy of the ZZYZX application form (Click Here). There is a limited number on how many we can have at ZZYZX.

September 10 to 17, 2000 is reserved for another ESS at Camp Paradise. Watch for articles in the Newsletter .... we might sneak in an extra summer session.


From Bev Hafeli

Dear Members.

I would like to thank all of you who have sent cards, stopped by my home, and called me on the phone, wishing me well.

I am doing well and feel well. I have 13 more Chemo treatments to go, then I wait 13 weeks and start radiation for 6 weeks. All for now.

Bev Hafeli


By Marion Fowler
Program Aids Chairman

It's in this issue of the CFMS Newsletter. It's not a contest. It's not a lottery drawing. You can't possibly lose! We all win from each other's experiences and ideas. Please search your Program Files, your Bulletin's back issues, or even just your memory. All donations (of information) are warmly welcomed, even those with "holes" in them if some of the information is missing by now!

Holiday Celebration Alternatives
Everyone loves a big holiday potluck banquet -- except possibly the people responsible for doing all the extra work required. If your society or club has run out of members willing or able to roast turkeys, keep everything hot or cold until just the right moment, decorate tables, clean up after the party, etc., just remember that you can do something in the holiday spirit without "dumping" on the same few members all the time.

One alternative is to meet at a restaurant. You may not need a whole "banquet room" (often expensive) if the restaurant has a somewhat isolated area where you can plan with the management to sit together and hold your program. Being treated as regular customers and not as a monolithic group will usually get lower prices and a wider menu selection. If you hold the dinner on your regular meeting night during the week, the restaurant should be especially glad to have you.

Another alternative is to hold the holiday part at your usual meeting place and time and to limit the,'potluck" edibles to hors d'oeuvers, cookies, and other delightful finger foods. Members who don't mind sharing their culinary secrets could bring recipes.

Of Course You Still Need a Program
If you've just elected new officers, this is the time to hold your installation, or, if your former officers are continuing, to give them the recognition they deserve. This is also a good time to hand out awards to other deserving members who are not officers, and to showcase members' musical or other entertainment talents. One more thing, what's a party without games? Relate them, if you can, to rocks, minerals, jewelry, field trips, or something special about your club or society. When you send us your 1999 Program Report, tell us about your great holiday program.For a copy of the Program Report forms
(Click Here). Let's "exchange our gifts" of great ideas.


By Wayne Mills
past-president Orcutt Mineral Society
Santa Maria, CA

SUNDAY as I drove southwest along the scenic and winding E-21, the morning shadows of the stately pines and firs pointed my way down the "hill" to the flat floor of the Great Valley. Black and white-winged magpies cleared the way for me, and the smooth jazz on the radio provided an elegant background for my reverie. I was basking in the afterglow of a, wonderful week of "rock science hedonism" at Yuba County's Camp Paradise.

The camp is located about 1.5 hours northeast of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada at an elevation about 3500 feet. This is gold country, and evidence of last century's dredging operations is abundant. Unfortunately, few of our gold panners got more than a couple of flakes for their effort.

About 70 people including 17 couples (excluding camp staff) attended the camp. While many were from Central California, people traveled from as far away as Washington State, Arizona and San Diego for the event. A lot of the attendees were "repeat customers", and after a few days there, it was easy to see why! This is the third year the event was held at Camp Paradise and the 7th summer session Earth Science Seminar for CFMS.

After checking in Sunday afternoon and putting my bags in my dorm room (lower bunk, right side), I found the carving area and a handy piece of soapstone that had been left under the table. Soon I began my first soft stone carving. I decided there was a bear in the piece somewhere, and started rasping the stone to bring that rascal out of hiding. The meal gong was jangled promptly at 5:30, and the chow line grew long quickly. Over the meal of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert I began meeting some of the people who would enhance my week in Paradise.

MONDAY morning breakfast began at 7 AM, and classes officially started at 9 AM, but usually people gathered earlier and started working on their projects. I started out in Dr. Walt Wright's (from Brea, California) Petrified Wood Identification Class. In addition to his numerous beautiful "rounds" of petrified wood, grasses, ferns, cones and seeds, Dr. Walt brought a TV projecting microscope that enlarged specimens up to 100 times normal, and really got down to the "nitty gritty". Walt began talking about mineralization and petrifaction, and exploded the myth about replacement right off the bat. We went on to discuss paleo-environments and the conditions that lead to preservation of carbon based life forms. Then we talked about some famous and varied petrified wood locations, plant morphology, and purchase of specimens. And that was all in the first day! Walt surprised us with the information that all Montana Agate began as petrified wood casts.

TUESDAY after a hearty breakfast, I joined a wise group heading for a private residence in Smartsville. There we met the gracious owner Leo Wirth, and took in his expansive view of a bend in the Yuba River and gorge. We hiked down a short road through a cut in the Eocene age (about 50,000,000 years old) Auriferous gravels and hiked over several acres of water worn cobbles looking for "Yuba Blue", a metasedimentary rock of uncertain origins with rare inclusions of a red jasper. Some of the group collected several specimens of metamorphic rocks, and I found a piece of coalified wood near the base of the exposed gravels. My gold panning resulted in a bracing swim in the river and 5 flakes of "color". That night Dr. Wright treated the camp to a lecture on the geology of the Sierras.

WEDNESDAY I took a hike to the soapstone deposit located on the camp property and found some nicely patterned material (even though some of it has small hematite (?) inclusions). Also found a pretty sample of Chlorite mica and was led to the hematite deposit. Then I hiked back to Carving Class with my treasures, and started some freeform carvings. The class was taught by basso voiced, eloquent and many-storied master carver DeWayne Sharp from San Luis Obispo. DeWayne let his students go in whatever direction they desired, and provided subtle, expert guidance and encouragement when needed. His students worked in both hard and soft stone (except on Wednesday when the power was off!) It was especially inspiring to see the various levels of talent and watch the creative process develop in each carver. When the power came back on about 4:30 PM, I hurried over to the Lapidary Shop where I met Cal Clason, the wry, clever and talented instructor and Tom Borchard, his good-natured, patient and encouraging assistant. Cal has a great toy that I spent a lot of time on and am interested in acquiring. It is a water-cooled die grinder hooked to a recirculating pump, and it does a fast and great job of polishing flat slabs of material. In my visits to the Lapidary Class, I polished several pieces from an 8 inch diameter geode to a 2 inch diameter slab of silver in matrix with equally good results.

THURSDAY morning I tried my hand at faceting under the patient guidance of Al Whitman. Al spent a lot of time with this newcomer, and was interested in the old faceting machine I brought to work on --until it started leaking water all over the floor! Marion Roberts graciously loaned me one of his faceting machines and I was doing OK on my pavillion until the stone fell off the dop stick. By that time, my shoulders were hurting and I decided to duck out. The experience did give me a new admiration for the die-hard facetors who were probably the most dedicated of any of the classes, often working from before breakfast to 9 PM or so at night. It is amazing to think of the Indian facetors who facet tiny stones without the aid of a machine! Thursday night we had two movies. The first one was about the tourism industry in Yosemite Valley (beautiful scenery and a little humor), and the second was "Shakespeare in Love" which I skipped for an hour or so of informal Petrified Wood Identification. The movies were projected on a "big screen" (about 8 feet by 6 feet) provided by CFMS Webmaster Don Ogden.

FRIDAY after breakfast, a group of us left for a fieldtrip to Dutch Flats north of La Porte. There we hiked through a lovely redwood, fir and pine forest to the cliffs of Eocene gravels overlain by shale and siltstone left over from the hydraulic miring activity. In many places along the way we could see piles of river cobbles stacked up to channel the water into miners sluices. Once at the base of the cliffs, we collected Eocene age carbonized leaves from green siltstone boulders found there. One of the young women on the trip, Gail is a walking "rock magnet", and found some Permian or older (over 230,000,000 years old) shale that had not been described before (in the literature we had) from this location. The shale had impressions of Calamites (an ancient firn) and a portion of a frond from a Cycad species. After lunch, panning in the nearby stream yielded zero gold. The group I was with returned to camp at about 2 PM, and I went to the Lapidary Shop for some more cabbing. Dinner this night was a steak barbecue sponsored by Bill and "Izzy" Bums who made up one-third of the camp committee. Steaks were flavorful and a nice treat. The evening's program was smoothly coordinated by CFMS Past-President Beverly Moreau. It consisted of songs, skits, stand-up comedy (?), and a rip-roaring, sidesplitting, (real) shotgun wedding put on by the kitchen staff. You had to be there....

SATURDAY I returned to Petrified Wood class until noon when the classes ended. At 2 PM, the silent auction and Sell-a-thon started and I had to place bids on a couple of stacks of slabs. I milled around for awhile then headed out to the soapstone area. While there, I got rained on for the only time all week, heard one clap of thunder, then continued collecting. About 4:30, 1 got back with a full pack and three large rocks in my arms and got my display ready for Show and Tell (mostly show). Where people put the things they had been working on out on tables for everyone else to "ooh" and "ahhh" over. Saturday evening was "graduation" --- a ceremony where all the instructors were recognized, then in turn presented their "students" with certificates. One of the students aptly summed up the camp program with her comment that it was truly a wonderful experience sharing a week in an idyllic setting with a bunch of overachievers .... I think everyone would agaree that the week was extremely well planned and coordinated and the instruction top-notch.

SUNDAY morning after a pleasant breakfast, those left in camp bade their good-byes to old and new friends and I hit the road musing about my return to Paradise in September 2000.

Wiley-Well District Field Trip
January 31- February 4, 2000

Hosted by Dick Pankey
CFMS Field Trip Chairman - North
CFMS Historian

TO FIELD TRIP CHAIRMEN, BULLETIN EDITORS, ETC.: The following page is to serve as an announcement to be posted on bulletin boards, included in your newsletter and passed out to all members interested in attending the Wiley Well District field trip. Please copy and distribute, Thank you, Dick Pankey

The Wiley Well District is southwest of Blythe and is one of the most popular collecting areas on the Colorado Desert. Although this has been a productive area for many years, it stiff offers an amazing variety of material. We will collect at 5 main sites; I site each day. This is my forth field trip to this interesting and productive area. Besides the more noted collecting areas we will be exploring new areas (at least new to me).

Directions to campgrounds: Exit Interstate 10 at Wiley Well Rd. which is approximately 10 miles west of Blythe and 31 miles east of Desert Center. Follow Wiley Well Rd. south for 12.5 miles to campsite on west side of road at the Riverside/Imperial Co. fine. Watch for ORANGE PAPER PLATES to camp. Roads to campgrounds and collecting sites are typical desert roads. OK for motorhomes and trailers to campgrounds. OK for cars to most collecting areas. This is a dry camping area: no services, no hook-ups. This is the Mule Mtn. LTVA.

Collecting Trips: All trips will leave at 8:00 AM, SHARP, from the campgrounds. Assemble at 7:45 for details and instructions for each day's trip.

  • Monday, Jan. 31
      AM-- Hauser Beds for geodes, sizes of lemons to cantaloupes. Digging tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
      PM-- Explore the Corn Field for corn colored, crystal lined amygdules.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1
      AM-- Potato Patch for egg-size geodes. Digging tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
      PM-- Explore new site --The Bic, Windy for botryoidal psilomelane, geodes and nodules.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 2
      AM-- Straw Bed for geodes, sizes of lemons to cantaloupes . Digging tools -- shovels, picks, gads, etc.
      PM-- South of Camp on Milpitas Wash Rd. for psilomelane.
  • Thursday, Feb. 3
      To be announced
  • Friday, Feb. 4
      To be announced

Plan on several potluck dinners, the first on Monday evening and daily happy hours. Bring firewood for evening campfires. We plan on having a good time and collecting some good geodes and good material. Come join us for a great rockhound time of collecting, fun and fellowship.

Please notify me by 1/20/00 if you plan to attend; call if you have questions or need more information:

Dick Pankey
Field Trip Chairman - North (2000)


General Information
  • This trip will coordinate well with a trip to Quartzsite. The QIA Pow Wow is 1/25 to 29, Cloud's is 1115 to 2/15 and Tyson Wells is 1/21 to 30.
  • There is a dump station at the Rest Stop at the Wiley Well exit off of I- 10, however, there is no potable water. Blythe has a free dump station and good water 2 blocks south of I-10 at the Lovkin Ave. exit. Blvthe is a good place to get food, supplies, ice and gasoline. It is approximately 25 miles from Blythe to the campsite.
  • There are numerous good motels in Blythe with a wide range of rates. The closes ' t town to the campsite is Palo Verde, approximately 16 miles through Coon Hollow and over the Mule Mtns. There is a convenience store (food, etc.), gasoline, a couple of restaurants and a rock shop in Palo Verde. Road OK for trucks but not for cars.
  • We will monitor CB channel 14 at camp for arrivals and other information and CB channel 4 when caravaning to collecting sites.
  • We are planning for nice weather -- warm sunny days; cool, clear, star filled nights. But remember it can rain this time of year so be prepared and plan ahead.
  • Blythe is approximately 650 miles from San Francisco and 137 miles from Los Angeles.
  • Opal Hill fire agate mine is about 3 3 miles from camp. This is a fee dig area for fire agate and micromount crystals including apatite, barite, calcite, fluorite and a sum. Tools needed are hammers, gads regular and star chisels, eye protection, stiff bristle brush, etc.
  • Carry your lunch and water when going to collecting sites. We will not come back to camp during the day.
  • Help with the entertainment at happy hours and campfires: bring along an instrument if you play one; bring a song, a story or joke to share.

See the page 17 of the CFMS Newsletter for a copy of the Wiley Well District map (it was too small to scan).


By Dot and Bob Beachler
CFMS Co-Chairs

The 1998 program is now history. As previously reported, there were only eight entries submitted for national judging. The final results were:

Large Clubs (100 +)

  1. Arlington Gem & Mineral Club - South Central Federation - Gold
  2. Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society - Midwest Federation - Gold
  3. Wisconsin Geological Society - Midwest Federation - Gold
  4. Los Alamos Geological Society - Rocky Mountain Federation - Silver
  5. Santa Clara Gem & Mineral Society - California Federation - Silver

Small Clubs

  1. Stillwater Mineral & Gem Society - Rocky Mountain Federation - Gold
  2. Whittier Gem & Mineral Society - California Federation - Gold
  3. Orcutt Mineral Society - California Federation - Silver

It is not too early to start your planning for a 1999 entry. Start gathering your information and documents. We will be using the same forms as for 1998, so dig out the December 1998 issue of the CFMS Newsletter, or send a request to us and we will mail copies to you. Since the CFMS Convention is in August, our regional deadline for entries will be April 30, 2000. Because so few entered last year, all entries will be forwarded for national judging.

Help us keep this program alive by entering for 1999!


From CSEA chapter 291 flyer
via Drywasher's Gazette 10/99

The following information should help you be prepared for the millennium.

BE AN INFORMED CITIZEN. Ask your utility companies about their Y2K status. Talk with local officials about what the police, fire, and emergency medical services have done to prepare. Post their non-911 direct dial emergency numbers near your phone. Burglar alarms connected to computer networks at police stations and security companies should be tested.

BE AN EDUCATED CONSUMER. Check with your doctor, pharmacist, broker, grocer and others who provide you with valuable services about their preparations. Contact manufacturers of date-sensitive appliances to verify Y2K compliance.

IN YOUR HOME. You should have on hand a flashlight and batteries, warm blankets and some extra canned food and bottled water -- items you should have in your home already. If you take medication, have a supply on hand.

KEEP TRACK OF YOUR FINANCES. The bank is still the safest place to keep your money, and most banks are well prepared. Save receipts and obtain paper copies of bank and loan statements and other financial transactions, especially deposit slips. Call your local bank to learn about their Y2K plans. TakeY2k readiness into account when making investments.

TRAVEL SMART. If you plan to travel, obtain written confirmation of your reservations directly from the airline as well as your travel agent. Factor possible delays into your travel plans. If traveling abroad, check with the State Department for Y2K travel alerts.

BEWARE OF SCAMS. Con artists are already actively exploiting people's fears. Be wary of goods and services touted as "Y2K personal preparedness" items. Never give out personal financial information over the phone unless you initiate the call and are sure the person you speak to is legitimate. Report any attempt to solicit this information to the police.

For more information (or questions) call the Federal 2000 Information Center, (888) 872-4925.


By Shirley Leeson

We now have the following Club Pins:


Maricopa Lapidary Society


Amador County Gem & Mineral Society
American River Gem & Mineral Society
Antelope Valley Gem & Mineral Club
Antioch Lapidary Club
Berkeley Gem & Mineral Society
Calaveras Gem & Mineral Society
Coalinga Rockhound Society
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club
Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society
Del Air Rockhounds Club
East Bay Mineral Society
El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Socciety
El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society
Fairfield Lapidary Society
Fossils For Fun
Fresno Gem & Mineral Society
Gem Carvers Guild of America
Kern County Mineral Society
Livermore Valley Lithophiles
Lodi Gem & Mineral Society
Long Beach Mineral & Gem Society
Los Angeles Mineralogical Society
Marin Mineral Society
Mineral & Gem Soc. of Castro Valley
Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society
Monrovia Rockhounds
Monterey Bay Mineral Society
Mother Lode Mineral Society
Mt. Jura Gem & Mineral Society
Napa Valley Rock & Gem Club
Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society
North Orange County Gem & Min. Socociety
Orange Belt Mineralogical Society
Orcutt Mineral Society
Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society
Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club
Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral Society
Paradise Gem & Mineral Club
Porterville Area Gem & Mineral Society
Puente Hills Gem & Mineral Club
Rancho Santa Margarita Gem & Min. Society
Rockatomics Gem & Mineral Society
Sacramento Mineral Society
San Diego Lapidary Society
San Diego Mineral & Gem Society
San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society
Santa Barbara Mineral & Gem Society
Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society
Santa Lucia Rockhounds
Santa Monica Gernological Society
Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society
Searchers Gem & Mineral Society
Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society
Shasta Gem & Mineral Society
Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Society
Trinity Gem & Mineral Society
Tule Gem & Mineral Society
Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
VIP Gem & Mineral Society
Woodland Hills Rock Chippers


Las Vegas Gem Club
Reno Gem & Mineral Society

Disbanded Clubs

Beach Cities Gem, Mineral, Fossil
Cal City-Edwards Gem & Mineral
Cochella Valley Mineral Society
Edwards Gem & Mineral Society
El Monte Gem & Mineral Club
Estero Bay Gem & Mineral Club
Fort Bragg Rock & Gem Club
Galileo Gem Guild
Gem & Mineral Society of San Mateo
Glendale Lapidary & Gem
L.E.R.C. Rockcrafters
Motherlode Mineralites
Napa County Rockhounds
Naromic Rock Club
Norwalk Rock Hounds San Jacinto Rockhound Club
San Pablo Bay Gem & Mineral Society
Santa Maria Gem & Mineral Society
Sacramento Diggers
Sacramento Valley Rock Rustlers
Sequoia Mineral Society
Vaca Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Verdugo Hills Gem & Mineral Society
Westside Mineralogists

If your club has a pin and it isn't listed here, please send one to:

    Shirley Leeson, Historian
    6155 Haas St.
    La Mesa, CA 91942-4312

Please bring the following to the Fall Business Meeting in Visalia:

Old Books and Magazines on: Lapidary, Minerals, Gems, Earth Science, Fossils, etc. And all related matters....

Club Pins, see article on what ones we already have....

Club Bulletins, see article on what ones we already have....

Pictures from the early Federation Shows....

And most important of all --- have your Director or Alternate Director attend WE NEED YOU.


To: Jerry Wells and Joe Hafeli of the Napa Valley Gem & Mineral Society, who donated the following Lapidary Journals to the "Historical Reference Library Project".

    Volume 1 #1 April 1947
    Volume 1 #2 July 1947
    Volume 1 #3 October 1947
    Volume 1 #4 January 1948
    Volume 2 #1 April 1948
    Volume 2 #4 October 1948
    Volume 2 #5 December 1948

April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1949
Feb., April, June, Oct., Dec., 1950
June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1951
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1952
Feb., June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1953
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1954
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1955
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1956
Feb., June, Aug., Dec., 1957
Feb., April, Aug., Oct., Dec., 1958
Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec., (1st Buyer's Guide)

Miscellaneous: Oct. 1960, June 1961,
April 1962, Jan. 1970, June & Nov. 1971,
Dec. 1978, June 1980, Sept. 1983, April,
July, Aug., Nov. 1994, Jan., March, July,
Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec. 1995, March 1996


Bruce Durbin, of Amador County Gem & Mineral Society, who said he would become the "Official Photographer" for the CFMS. He will be taking pictures of CFMS events so we will have a historical record.

Robert Hess, VP, Puente Hills Gem & Mineral Club, for sending me their former pin, La Puente Gem & Mineral Club.

Curtis Miller, Director for Culver City Rock & Mineral Club for notifying me their club does not have a pin.

Jeane Stultz, Historian for Conejo Gem & Mineral Club, for notifying me that she wants their 1985 Show Book.

Remember, your club must notify me by November 1, if your club wants their Show Book --- a special letter was sent to each club regarding their books. If your club put on a CFMS Show and wasn't notified, there were no books in holding. Books not returned to their clubs will be destroyed.

We have the following club bulletins:
South Bay Lap & Min Society,
Torrance, CA
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena, CA
Along Agate Trails
North Island Gem & Min
San Diego, CA
San Diego Mineral & Gem Socity
San Diego, CA
Amador Nugget
Amador County Gem & Min
Sutter Creek, CA
The Petrified Log
Santa Monica Gemological Society
Santa Monica, CA
Santa Clara Valley Gem & Min
San Jose, CA
El Dorado County Min & Gem Society
Placerville, CA
American River Currents
American River Gem & Min
Orangevale, CA
Min & Gem Society of Castro Valley
Hayward, CA
Blue Agate News
Needles Gem & Min Club
Needles, CA
Peninsula Gem & Geology Society
Los Altos, CA
Carmichael Gem & Min Society
Carmichael, CA
Pick In Shovel
San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society
Banning, CA
Fresno Gem & Min Society
Fresno, CA
The Polished Slab
Clark County Gem Collectors
Las Vegas, NV
Chips & Tips
Maricopa Lapidary Society
Phoenix, AZ
The Pseudomorph
Kern County Mineral Society
Bakersfield, CA
The Conglomerate
Reno Gem & Mineral Society
Reno, NV
The Rock
Islanders Gem & Mineral Society
San Diego, CA
Del-Air Bulletin
Del-Air Rockhounds Club
Burbank, CA
The Rock Bag
Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society
Oxnard, CA
Dinny's Doin's
Fossils for Fun
North Highlands, CA
Rock Chippings
Wordland Hills Rock Chippers
Woodland Hills, CA
Drywasher's Gazette
Valley Prospectors
San Bernardino, CA
The Rock Slab News
Searchers Gem & Min Society
Anaheim, CA
Gem-Stone Diggings
Centinela Valley Gem & Min
Hawthorne, CA
Rock Talk
Puente Hills Gem & Mineral Club
La Puente, CA
Ghost Sheet
Mother Lode Mineral Society
Modesto, CA
The Rockatier
Northrop Grumman Gem & Min Club
Hawthorne, CA
Green Valley Rocker
Yucaipa Valley Gem & Min
Yucaipa, CA
Sequoia Gem & Min Society
Redwood, CA
The Lapidarian
Rockatomics Gem & Min
Canoga Park, CA
Rockhound Rambling
Ventura Gem & Min Society
Ventura, CA
The Lapidarian
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem
Santa Cruz, CA
Shasta Gem & Mineral Society
Redding, CA
Lodi Chips
Lodi Gem & Mineral Society
Lodi, CA
Rocky Revie
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club
Newbury Park, CA
Sacramento Mineral Society
Sacramento, CA
Rocky Road Gazette
Lassen Gem & Mineral Society
Susanville, CA
Monrovia Rockhounds
Monrovia, CA
Shops Notes & News
San Diego Lapidary Society
San Diego, CA
Nodule Nocker News
Boulder Gem Club
Boulder, NV
The Transfer Block
Faceter's Guild of No. CA
Oakdale, CA
The Nugget
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club   
Culver City, CA
Tule Smoke Signals
Tule Gem & Mineral Society
Visalia, CA
The Opal Express
American Opal Society
Garden Grove, CA
The Tumble Rumble
Capistrano Valley Rock & Min
San Clemente, CA
The Palomar Gem
Palomar Gem & Mineral Club
Escondido, CA
Marin Mineral Society
San Rafael, CA

If your bulletin doesn't appear here, would you see that CFMS Historian gets a copy.