Vol. XXXVII, No. 5 --- May 2000
One of the challenges facing some, if not most, of our organizations is how to attract potential new members. If your club is one of those few which has sufficient cash to pay for commercial advertising, you could put a regular ad in one of the magazines catering to those who pursue our interests. You can put free announcements in the weekly calendar section of the local paper. Those clubs which sponsor an annual show or set up an information booth at a local craft show or community event also attract interested persons. These are all proven methods of getting strangers to attend one of your meetings.
Now that you have a perfect stranger actually interested in attending a meeting, how does your club react when that person shows up at the door. It really doesn't matter whether our stranger is a newcomer to our interests or an old pro looking for a new club to join. The first impression is critical in getting that stranger to come back. Let's compare two imaginary clubs: club A and club B.
Put yourselves in the shoes of that stranger when he/she enters the building where club A holds its meeting. The hospitality table is located right by the door and our visitor is warmly greeted by this super friendly person, given a paper name badge and invited to sign in on the roster. Perhaps another person is standing by to show this visitor to a seat and introduce him/her to the persons seated nearby. The host introduces each visitor by name when the meeting is called to order. The goal of this club is to make every visitor feel welcome and less of an outsider.
The meeting begins promptly at the scheduled time. The presiding officer follows a written agenda and is careful to keep meeting items moving along at a comfortable pace. Items which are more appropriately handled at the board meeting are deliberately avoided lest the meeting become hopelessly bogged down. The agenda is refreshingly non-political and kept short. The educational program for the evening is related to the club's interests. Even the time for refreshments and the brief social hour is designed to let the visitor feel special because all visitors are served first.
At the same time another stranger enters the building where club B holds its meeting. There is a hospitality table but it is located several feet from the door and the person sitting there is so busy talking to others that our visitor slips into the room completely unnoticed and finds a chair in the back of the room. When the guests are asked to introduce themselves during the meeting, our visitor doesn't bother. The persons seated near the stranger don't even seem to notice his/her presence because they are too busy talking to their friends.
The meeting is finally called to order several minutes late. The presiding officer left the agenda at home or never had one in the first place, and there is no apparent structure to the meeting. It becomes hopelessly bogged down in trivia and the members argue endlessly about matters which should have been deliberated and resolved at the board meeting. The ones not participating in the argument are having their own meeting. By the time the "meeting" is brought under control and concluded, everyone is probably glad there was no program scheduled. Refreshment time gives everyone an opportunity to continue their socializing without being interrupted by a meeting. Perhaps our poor stranger shyly wanders up to the refreshment area to see if anything is left and then leaves, still unnoticed by anyone.
My, what a contrast between two clubs. Club A is perhaps a little idealistic, but clubs can come close if they work at it. Let's hope that club B does NOT exist. Clubs must answer the hard question. Is my club closer to being an A or a B? Put yourself in the shoes of that stranger and ask yourself the question - based on my first impression, which club would I want to join? It doesn't matter how you get the stranger to the meeting. What matters most is whether that stranger wants to come back.
Field Trip South Chairman
This is the last column to come out before the May 13th Stone Canyon. Trip. I hope many of you can make it and we will all pray for no rain or earthquakes. I will be checking in with the Ranch Foreman Kevin in the week prior to the trip to make sure all is a go. If there are any changes in the last week I will post any changes to the CFMS website field trip page during that time including if it's a go.
Also, One final reminder to bring cash to pay for your material on this trip. Also bring your safety equipment such as glasses, gloves and any other protective equipment you normally use, remember this jasper is extremely sharp. After washing the material from the Sandy Wash from the cancelled trip I found I had several cuts during the washing of the material.
I have had a couple of inquiries regarding local lodging and have included two motels that I looked up in Paso Robles. I haven't checked with them, so if you plan on staying at one of them, it would be wise to call ahead. The other item is food; the diner in town may or may not be open so it might be smart to pack some snacks or a lunch with drinks.
I am also planning another trip for late September or early October to the North Cady Mountains for Sagenite Agate, Moss Agate, geodes, and great calcite specimens and Fluorite among other items. This area boasts plentiful material and really does come in a rainbow of colors like Mary Francis Strong said in her book. This is a special place, especially since it was closed by the BLM until about two years ago when, after much work by people like Bill and Isabella Burns it was reopened to allow access to the collecting area. This also means that we need to take extra care to not abuse the rules governing the use of this area. That means to stay on marked "open routes" and obviously stay off closed routes and do not drive on non established roads. If you haven't been to this location it will be a treat for you to find what is here. There may be a surprise side trip involved but it is still being looked into.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Parkfield or maybe at the Bakersfield show on May 6th and 7th.
Best Western Black Oak Motor Lodge
August 4,5,6 - 2000
Registration forms are beginning to dribble in slowly. Just a reminder...due to limited seating, the banquet will only accommodate 120 people so don't wait until the last minute. Our creative hospitality committee has some really unique table decorations planned and you wouldn't want to miss the chance to win one of them. Hint - they feature donkeys and gold pans.
Guest exhibitors are mailing their space reservations to me and from the early returns, it appears that this show will not fall short in the area of exhibit quality. We will feature some very special displays that no one will warn to miss. Art Riggle will display that magnificent pyramid of spheres. Rosamond Riggle will present her display of exquisitely crafted trivets. This is a display of lapidary craftsmanship that no one ever gets tired of viewing. Do you recall that huge chunk of Horse Canyon Agate from 1996? The Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Club has promised to show it in honor of the late Bob Berg. This may be the last time this enormous prize is shown in public. The El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society will display their wonderful dinner of rocks complete with fine china and tableware. This has been a crowd favorite at shows for many years. The Rules Committee is hoping to have a good turnout of competitive displays. If interested in competition be sure to contact Rules Chair, Norvie Enns, to find out how you get involved.
Remember that incredible metal detecting hunt in 1996? We plan to have another one which will be just as exciting. An entry form is printed in this newsletter. This year's hunt is planned for Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Let us know if you need to borrow a metal detector. We will attempt to have some loaners on hand. The metal detecting hobbyists will be pleased to know that two metal detector dealers will be on hand to meet your needs.
See you in Riverside!
We collected a lot more than geodes at Wiley Wells this year. We really cleaned up. The desert that is. One of the agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the Rockhound Educational and Recreational Area for the geode beds in the Wiley Well District is: "Periodic cleanups will be coordinated between BLM and CFMS to remove trash from the sites. BLM agrees to designate a site for the deposit of the trash collected for proper disposal as needed. CFMS agrees to notify BLM of cleanups as scheduled."
So to kick-off this arrangement between BLM and CFMS, we dedicated our week of collecting to trash, as well as, geodes. Just before we left on our first trip to the Hauser Beds, Jim Strain passed out big garbage bags to everyone. To encourage participation in the trash collecting, Jim donated 30 faceted amethysts and amethyst cabs to be raffled off each evening. Everyone who brought in trash was given tickets for each day's raffle. The more trash you brought in the more tickets you would receive. Ten amethysts were raffled off on Monday and Tuesday evening and 5 on Wednesday and Thursday evening right after our pot luck dinner. Each afternoon when we returned from that day's collecting trip people would bring their bags of trash over to in front of my trailer. Teresa Masters helped each day with check in and passed out the tickets.
Each day we collected many bags of trash and many items too big for a bag. The most common items were rusty old tin cans, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and broken glass. The lager pieces included car bumpers and muffler/tail pipes, sheet metal roofing and an old bed springs. A few 50-caliber machine gun shells were found which were probably from the WW II days when this area was used for tank training exercises. Each day the pile of plastic garbage bags and miscellaneous trash grew bigger and bigger. By the end of the week the pile was about half as big as my trailer. While we were out on Friday's collecting trip the BLM people came to camp and hauled off our "great collection". Unfortunately they hauled it off before I got to take any pictures of it. If anyone took pictures of the trash pile, I would appreciate it if you would send copies for Jim Strain and me.
The purpose of our trash cleanup at Wiley Wells was more than just to pick up some trash and get tickets for a raffle. The purpose was to make us think about the impact we have on our collecting areas and to help us develop some new "collecting habits". The BLM is not a cleanup service that carries off our trash and garbage after our collecting and camping trips. When using any public lands practice "Pack it in/Pack it out". Our first objective when on a collecting trip is do not litter. That is, do not leave any thing behind, i.e. drink cans and plastic bottles, plastic bags, food waste and garbage. Don't be part of the problem. And our second objective is to leave an area cleaner than we found it. Be part of the solution. Nothing spoils the beauty of an area more than discarded aluminum and plastic beverage containers. And they last forever. For many years now I have made it my practice to pick up all aluminum cans and plastic bottles I find out in the field and around the parking area. I stomp them flat so that I can still carry lots of rocks.
Let us remember and practice these two parts of the AFMS Code of Ethics:
Preparing Your Juniors for the Big Show
It may seem early, but sooner than you realize, the CFMS 61st Annual Show & Convention will be upon us. Now is the time to start organizing your juniors for the big event. Exhibit forms were included in the information packets given to Federation directors last fall; in addition, copies of the forms may be downloaded from the CFMS web site. (More on web sites in next month's column!) Be sure your juniors mail their forms to Registration/Exhibit Chair Pat LaRue at the earliest opportunity. Last month, I tried to give you a handy checklist for your club's Junior Activities Chair, but only a small part of that checklist seems to have made it into the Newsletter. Well, try, try again, I always say!
Most importantly, have you assured juniors of your support and conveyed a sense of enthusiasm? Local and state gem shows provide a sense of community
among a group of folks sharing a common interest, and exhibiting is a great way of spreading that interest to the community at large. As they say,
"Think globally; act locally." Start with your own juniors, build a sense of excitement, and - as always - have fun!
(This is the complete article. Only part of it was in the April 2000 CFMS Newsletter editor.)
California voters approved Proposition 17. It authorized raffles by eligible nonprofit organizations. The proposition left it to the Legislature to define eligibility. It also requires 90% of gross receipts to go directly to benefit charitable purposes.
Senator Bruce Mcpherson is sponsoring SB 639 which will clarify the proposition. Contact has been made with him asking that the gross receipts test consider that a purchased grand prize should be subtracted from gross or that the 90 percent test be reduced to 75 or 80 percent. We also hope to provide information that will assure that the CFMS member societies will be eligible organizations.
Two dissolved societies received assistance in processing the necessary paper work with governmental agencies. Another society received assistance in obtaining a different tax exemption. We obtained a change from mutual benefit to public benefit status for one society.
I was pleasantly surprised and grateful that one of the Societies I assisted made me an honorary member.
As your tax advisor, I am available to help you.
If you could send me one copy of your newsletter for our historical files, it would be greatly appreciated....
Bulletin Aids Chairman
There has been a question from a new bulletin editor regarding copying Web Site addresses from exchange bulletins. When I read the letter my first reaction was, well of course it's all right; but then caution creeped in. Although a number of people do it, perhaps it would be best to investigate; and I find there is no reason not to put Web Site addresses in our Bulletins. As it was explained to me, "it is just an address, there is no way for one to know where the person lives:
If the folks want to sell rocks or for that matter anything else they surely do not want to restrict the access to their web site. This is like free advertising for them. If there is any question of whether or not put it in, one could visit the site and ask for permission.
CFMS Scholarship Chairman
Things are coming along for the Scholarship Committee in preparation for the Show in Riverside.
The Committee will have a booth at Riverside, and I would like to enlist some aid. All Committee members will be attending the business meetings, and we need some volunteers to (wo)man our table. The job will be a break from spending all your money with the dealers. Sit for an hour or two, relax your tired legs, and stir up some attention for us, sell a lot of raffle tickets, smile, show off our photo albums, and point with pride to the past and present recipients of the generous scholarships.
Please let me know if you can help us out. My address and phone number are listed under Scholarship Committee in this issue.
Now for the second part, our Raffle will be our major fund raiser for this year, and we need donations to make that a roaring success. We would appreciate anything you will feel pride in donating to us - jewelry, minerals, slabs, clocks, bookends, trees, bolas, and buckles - something you would feel happy to win.
We will have a case clearly identified, containing all donated items, with the donor or club properly identified. Make this a club project. See how much your society can generate for us.
In a couple of months, Raffle Tickets will be sent to all societies. Federation Directors please talk this up and generate lots of funds for our Scholarships.
The year so far has been rather quiet, let us make 2000 a year to r
Speaking of remembering, please send any checks for the Scholarship Committee directly to Renata. I am still receiving them, and since I am away from home quite a bit, they sit with my unattended mail until I return.
Have you heard of this reward program? It doesn't cost a thing and is an easy way to honor a meritorious club member (or couple) each year. Every club affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies can participate.
The rules are simple. The club members or officers select a worthy individual (married couples count as one for this purpose), write up 2 or 3 sentences about why that person deserves to be honored and mail it in to the regional chairman of the ECEYOR committee. There is no contest or competition. Anyone nominated by the club is listed in the regional newsletter and the American newsletter (but only one per club per year).
Why do you want to participate in the ECEYOR program? There are always people who perform above and beyond their duties in the club, and it is not always easy to convey to them how much their efforts are appreciated. This award gives the recipient national recognition, and what a thrill to be selected as the one person from that club to be so honored for the entire year.
There is plenty of time left in 2000, but do it as soon as you can, don't let the opportunity pass. Speak to your officers, bring this up at your next meeting, include the idea in your bulletin, and spread the word! It takes only a few minutes to make someone very happy.
I am the new ECEYOR representative in the Eastern Federation, so those of you in Eastern can send the names and explanations to me. Those in other federations should check your regional directories for other ECEYOR representatives (or contact me and I will find out who your local contact is).
September 10-17, 2000
Izzie & Bill-Burns
Ray & Florence Meisenheimer
Cal & Dee Clason
It is not too early to start making plans for Camp Paradise. It is a weeklong learning experience with instructors who are well versed m their field. This is the fourth year at Camp Paradise, and each year seems to get better.
Camp Paradise is located in the mountains about 42 miles North East of Marysville, California, on State Highway E21, just up the road from Clipper Mills. (It is NOT -at the City of Paradise.)
Facilities are rustic but adequate. There are dorm style rooms and a limited number of double rooms. . Bathrooms are inside the buildings. There is considerable room among the pines for RVs or vans. You might prefer bringing it if you own one. Bring your own bedding and an extra sheet required to cover the mattress before placing your own bedding.
Three meals a day is delicious, wholesome home cooked meals with food and beverage sent out on field trips.
The fee for this weeklong leaning experience is $200.00 per person. A small charge may be required for using material in the workshops.
Workshops include: wire wrap, faceting, casting, stone carving, cabbing, petrified wood identification, bead stringing, and perhaps others. If you plan to take wood identification, you must have a hand held 20-power microscope or a high powered monocular microscope.
Also included in this full schedule are interesting programs in the evenings, including "Fun Night" when we all entertain each other. Field trips, including gold panning, collecting and sight seeing are planned. We are in the heart of Gold Country.
Anyone wishing to arrive in camp a day or two early will be responsible for their own lodging fee for those days.
This is a Church owned camp and there are some rules and restrictions. There is to be NO alcohol and no pets unless you have specific permission from the camp manager.
For a registration form click here.
If you have any questions contact Ray Meisenheimer at (805) 642-3155.
For anyone planning to be in Wyoming the later part of June, the Wyoming State Mineral & Gem Society, Inc. would like to extend an invitation to attend their state show June 24 & 25, at the Goshen County Fairgrounds, West Highway 26, 85; Torrington, Wyoming.
CFMS GOLD & GEM SHOW
Riverside, CA Convention Center
August 4-5-6 2000
You are invited to attend what is shaping up to be an outstanding event for those interested in the faceting area of lapidary arts. At this three-day Symposium there will be presentations by knowledgeable faceters covering many subjects related to faceting. The op-portunity to meet the speakers and have your own personal questions answered will be there. Also, com-petitions are offered at the Novice, Advanced, and Masters levels. Among the speakers will be (alpha- betically):
All the day o'er the desert I ride
Bread lacking leaven' I bake in a pot,
My ceiling the sky, my carpet the grass,
But then if my cooking ain't very complete,
The Memorandum of Understanding between CFMS and the Bureau of Land Management on the Hauser Geode Bed Area has been completed: The area is now identified as a Historical Rock Collecting Area and is designated as a "Rockbound Educational & Recreational Area". As identified on the map accompanying this report, the agreement includes all the public lands in Township 8 % South, Range 19E and portions of 3 sections in Range 20E. One section of State Land is also included.
The purpose of the Agreement is stated as providing for the continual recreational and educational use by members of the public, while maintaining the health of the land. The agreement further states that recreational non-commercial digging and removal of geodes and related minerals from the sites shall continue.
This is an agreement where both CFMS and BLM accept certain responsibilities that will benefit themselves and the other party. The BLM has agreed to complete the necessary environmental documentation and clearances for management of State Section 16 (the northern portion of the Hauser Geode Beds) so the current use can continue.
BLM has agreed to work with CFMS in development and production of current maps, brochures and booklets for use by rockhounds and members of the public. They will continue their normal public educational and law enforcement support to assure the safety of the public when we use the area for camping, rock collecting, or other activities.
CFMS has agreed to encourage its members and friends to comply with the AFMS code of Ethics while using all Public Lands. We will schedule periodic clean-ups as we do in other areas to eliminate the trash that others carelessly leave. As on other public lands we will use the land with care and respect.
The list of agreed policies is:
As we have in the past, we share this area with many different groups as well as the public. In scouting the area to complete the agreement, we talked with a geology instructor and a class from North Orange Coast Community College, a Boy Scout Troop from Apple Valley, a group from a college in Phoenix, members of 7 CFMS clubs, and several people with no affiliation. Several were there just to enjoy the desert area; the classes and scouts were there as part of the educational process, and a few serious rockhounds who really did some digging for geodes.
As on all federal public lands, the normal casual collecting is limited to hand tools. No power tools or explosives are allowed. While no specific limit on quantity has been stated, please observe the AFMS Code of Ethics so we can continue to enjoy this area.
Please be aware that there are several sections and parcels of private land in the area. The Memorandum of Understanding does not give any authority for anyone to trespass on private land without permission from the owner of the property.
If anyone is challenged by a property owner, please get the name of the owner and information on how to contact them so PLAC can meet with them to work out details on actual property line and come to an agreement. Some property owners do not want anyone on their property while others are willing to allow responsible people, who will respect their property rights, to have access and possibly collect materials.
If you need additional information, contact Jim Strain at (760) 356-2361.
Please inform PLAC of any violations or unusual situations that may occur while you are in or close by the area covered by the MOU. We re required to meet with the BLM at least one time per year to discuss issues in order to meet the terms of our agreement.
Chairman, CFMS Jury of Awards for the AFMS Scholarshiip Foundation
Nominations are needed again for an Honoree to be selected for the AFMS Scholarship Foundation Award. The selection will be made by the CFMS Jury of Awards Committee at our Fall Business Meeting in Visalia but we need names and qualifications of people who could be honored by this Award.
Guidelines to keep in mind when making your nomination are: The nominee
November 1, 2000 is the latest date that nominations may be received but please don't wait until the last minute to send in your names. There are many people who are deserving of this award and the Committee would like to have several names to consider when making their selection.
Copyright 1998. This document may be copied and used in mineral and gem club newsletters without asking permission, given that the article is reprinted in toto and that credit is given Lapidary Digest as the source. Others wishing to reprint the article may send a request to Lapidary Digest, using the e-mail form on the first page.
Streak tests are easy tests, helpful in mineral identification. The streak is simply the color of the powdered mineral. It doesn't matter how the mineral is powdered =you can scrape off some with a nail or pound the mineral to bits with a hammer. More commonly, mineralogists use a streak plate, a piece of unglazed porcelain usually cut in a square or hexagon a few inches across. Streak plates have a hardness of about 6.5, so if you want to test the streak of anything harder, get out the hammer! They can be bought from most mineral supply houses. For example, the latest Ward's Natural Science Establishment catalog lists them at 10 for $2.90. When they get dirty they can be cleaned by scrubbing them off with an old toothbrush. I often use some sand with the water to scour off resistant streaks. If they get too dirty -heck, toss them out - they cost less than 30 cents each. When I was a kid, I used the back of old bathroom tiles to make an even cheaper streak plate.
Why do a streak test instead of just looking at the color o the bulk mineral? The color of a larger chunks of mineral can really vary, depending on what trace element impurities may be present. Calcite, for example, can be any color of the rainbow (and a few that aren't on any rainbow). But calcite always has a white streak. So why don't the impurities color the streak? They do, but only to a slight extent. This is because light going through a small grain of a mineral has less chance to interact with the impurities than light going through a big chunk of the material. Powdering the material thus minimizes the effect of the impurities.
Streaks are most useful in the oxides and sulfides. Silicates and carbonates generally have white or light colored streaks. The oxides are fun to streak. Hematite's red streak is distinct from goethite's yellow-brown streak and pyrolusite's coal black streak. Sphalerite is another mineral that can be lots of colors, but gives a yellow streak.
The streak of rocks is generally not distinctive. They usually give a light streak that reflects their dominant silicate or carbonate composition. If they give a red or brown.streak, it suggests the presence of iron oxides. Of course, if the rock is coarse grained, you can try the streak test on the individual mineral grains.
Mineral databases and texts sometimes list the streak colors and some times don't. It depends on the tastes of the author and the data available. All minerals have streaks (you can powder anything if you put your mind to it) but they may not be too distinctive (hundreds of minerals have white streaks). I think that when a new mineral is described, the streak should always be included. After all, the material had to be powdered in order to do its microprobe or x-ray analysis, so all some one needs to do is remember to record the color. That would be a real help to those of us who don't have well-equipped analytical labs
CFMS Safety Chairman
Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic, and YOU COULD BE PART OF THAT WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC.
Diabetes is the most common disease of the endocrine system. The odds are that you know someone with the disease. But what you might not know is that diabetes is now an epidemic of worldwide proportion and only half of those who have the disease even know
"Unfortunately, diabetes is most likely diagnosed only when its complications, such as heart disease, are discovered," says Cindy Symons, North Bay Healthcare (Fairfield ,CA) registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. Diabetes, undiagnosed or untreated, also can damage your eyes, nervous system and kidneys, as well as hinder your body's overall resistance to infections. Complications from diabetes are the primary cause of adult blindness in the United States.
Basically, diabetes is brought on by disorders in blood levels of insulin, a hormone that helps convert blood glucose (sugar) into energy. Type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile-onset diabetes, results from a shortage of insulin. Type 2 diabetes, also called adultonset diabetes, results from the body's inability to process insulin effectively:
You can develop diabetes at any age, according to Symons. And although what you eat can't cause diabetes, gaining weight can cause the disease to reveal itself. The more you weigh, the more insulin-resistant you become, if you are prone to develop diabetes.
"Controlling your weight through diet and exercise is an important step in avoiding diabetes as well as in managing the disease once you are diagnosed,' Symons says. "Exercise helps lower blood glucose levels, while the proper diet and eating several small meals a day helps your glucose levels remain steady."
Symons teaches her patients to eat a variety of foods using the food pyramid. Diabetics need to understand which foods contain carbohydrates. Then they need to learn how to regulate carbohydrate intake by reading food labels and through portion control.
"Diabetics have many more food choices today," Symons adds. "It's the total carbohydrates eaten each day that affects glucose levels."
The following is a list of the common symptoms associated with diabetes. If you suspect you might have this disease, contact your physician as soon as possible.
Check for classes and individual counseling for managing your diabetes at your local health care organization.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER?
AFMS Program Competition Coordinator
Are you going on a field trip, taking part in a hobby-related workshop or visiting a museum with displays of minerals and gems? Why not take a camera (or camcorder) along and take slides (or video) which can be made into a presentation? You can show it to your Club, then enter it in AFMS Program Competition. If your program takes a 1st - or even a high 2nd - Place, it will be made available to Club members across the country, so they can learn from and share your experience! The top prizes are $200.00 cashes surely enough to defray the expenses involved!
If you are interested in making a slide or video presentation, the following suggestions can help you earn a high score from viewers and judges and limit the expenses if you will be taking slides.
Tips to earn a high score
Tips to make a slide program less expensive
Something new - I've heard it is possible to take a slide of a digital image on a computer screen. Use tripod and a slow shutter speed. Do a test!
The bottom line:
QUESTIONS? Contact author