Vol. XXXVII, No. 7 --- July 2000
The lobbying issue was brought up recently by questions concerning the All-American club contest and the reluctance of some of the participants to respond to the section requesting information about contact with legislators regarding matters which could impact our activities. Out of fear that their clubs could lose their non-profit status if they made such contact, the resume preparers opted to by-pass this category and therefore forfeited 10 points. It is fair to assume that there are many more clubs within our Federation which share the same fear.
Apparently it is time to revisit some comments made by Mike Kokinos in an article on the subject of lobbying which was published in the CFMS Newsletter in 1992. Mike provided some excerpts from the original article which are included elsewhere in this issue. The information published in 1992 is still valid and clubs which confine their efforts to these guidelines have nothing to fear. Clubs which are 501(c)(4) are not limited to the 5% rule.
Whereas clubs may be limited in what they can do as far as influencing legislation is concerned, individual club members are limited only by the number of letters they wish to write. Legislators want to hear from their constituents and get their opinions, yea or nay. This is one way they gauge their decisions on the various matters brought before them. Believe it or not, they do pay attention.
Unfortunately not every club is made aware of the issues affecting us. Editors should make a point of including this type of information in their newsletters. While it is wise to exclude items which show a clear partisan or political bias, there is sufficient general information published regularly in the AFMS Newsletter in the Loud and Clear column to keep your readers updated. Much of the information included in the ALAA bulletin or on their website is useful. Those persons who are concerned with land use issues should consider joining ALAA and lending their support to that group's efforts.
It is unfortunate that so many members are passive or don't want to be bothered. We tend to reflect the general population in this regard. It is much easier to complain after the deed is done, than to take the time and trouble to write that letter or send that FAX. Not every ruling or piece of legislation will go in our favor, but if you did contact your representative, you'll rest easier knowing that you tried. The letter writing should not be limited to elected officials. Officials at the Forest Service and BLM need our input when these agencies are gathering data and information for policies concerning our use of the public lands. Our involvement (or lack thereof) helps determine what areas stay open or get closed.
We need to become involved in two areas of direct interest to our clubs. One is the formulation of the rules for implementing Proposition 17 which okayed the conducting of raffles. There is an article written by Mike Kokinos elsewhere in this newsletter. Please heed his request and get that letter written to Sen. McPherson. We should also write our representatives regarding HR3676, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Act of 2000 requesting amendment of the bill allowing mineral and rock collecting for recreational or educational purposes within the proposed boundaries.
August 4 - 5 - 6
Can you believe it ...the annual Convention and Show is just around the corner! Have you sent your exhibit registration form yet? Can't find the exhibit form? No problem. This as well as all other registration forms for the show can be downloaded from the CFMS website. Click on Gold and Gem Show and voila! There they are! If you don't have Internet access, give me a call and I'll be most willing to send you one. As was stated in an earlier column, you didn't have to receive a special invitation to exhibit. All are welcome!!!
There will be 40+ retail dealers to meet your needs. A CFMS dealer first will include two metal detector dealers. If you are considering the purchase of a metal detector, this is a golden opportunity to compare makes and models. Some of the dealer faces will be quite familiar; others are new to the CFMS show scene. All will be offering a wide variety of products ranging from fine jewelry and gemstones to hobby supplies and gemstone rough. An additional 8 will be demonstrating hobby-related products and/or special techniques for your buying pleasure.
The host club will have its gold panning booth. This time the booth will be INSIDE the building. Club volunteers will help you pan out the good stuff: Kids of all ages seem to get a charge of finding their very own gold! You'll want to join the fun.
There will be plenty of drawing tickets at the show if you want to purchase a few more. Directors are reminded (and that includes me) to bring any stubs from tickets sold to their members to the show to deposit in the drum. Grand prizes are a week at Roaring Camp in Pine Grove, CA and a Fisher metal detector. Lots of smaller prizes will also be given away to lucky winners.
Don't forget the faceting symposium being held in conjunction with the show. Interested participants should return their registration forms directly to Glenn Klein. Registration materials for that event can also be downloaded from the CFMS website.
DON'T LOSE OUR RIGHT TO
Last November, the California voters approved Proposition 17. The proposition amends the California Constitution to "authorize private, nonprofit, eligible organizations, as defined by the Legislature, to conduct raffles ....... " Ninety percent of the gross receipts from the raffle must go directly to beneficial or charitable purposes in California. Any person who receives compensation must be an employee of the organization.
I contacted Senator Tim Leslie to determine eligible organizations. His office furnished me a copy of Senate Bill 639 authored by Senator Bruce McPherson. To my surprise, the current bill does not include organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) or California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701 f (similar to 501(c)(4). Most of our societies are exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(4).
I wrote to Senator McPherson with a copy to Attorney General Lockyer. As presently worded, the bill proposes to require the Division of Gambling Control, within the Department of Justice to regulate the raffles.
I did not receive a response from Senator McPherson but Attorney General Lockyer furnished by letter to a staff member. He also sent a copy of his letter to me to Senator McPherson with the name of his staff member to contact regarding my concerns with SB 639.
PLEASE WRITE to the Honorable Bruce McPherson, Senator, State Capitol Room 3076, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Advise him that your Society is a member of the California Federal of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. That you understand that Senate Bill 639 does not make organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) eligible to conduct raffles. Request they be included as income derived from all sources including any raffle must be used for educational or charitable purposes.
If Senator McPherson represents you in your district, please contact his office in person or by telephone. Reference the letter I sent him on April 3, 2000.
The January 1992 CFMS newsletter published an article I wrote concerning lobbying. Excerpts from the article are included in this article.
Most of the CFMS societies have exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4). A few have exemption Under Section 501(c)(3). Those societies exempt under Section 501(c)(4) are essentially not restricted in attempting to influence legislation affecting their activities. Like Section 501(c)(3) societies they are forbidden to support or oppose candidates for public office.
The term lobbying (attempting to influence legislation) does not include providing information to the public or legislators on legislation if it is not biased for or against proposed legislation.
Some efforts to influence legislation will not jeopardize tax exemption if it is carried out to an insubstantial degree.
What does the term insubstantial degree mean? The measurements used by the Internal Revenue Service in the past involve both effort (time) and money spent. A decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seasongood held that if 5% of an organization's activities are lobbying activities, then the organization was engaged to an insubstantial degree.
Current law allows up to 20% lobbying activities upon filing a specified election and strict accounting of the time and money spent. If any society wishes to make the specific election, I will be glad to answer questions and provide assistance.
In a separate article, I will be requesting your help in providing information to a California Senator who is authoring the bill to implement Proposition 17 that was approved by the voters during the last election. I believe that providing information to the Senator is providing information and not attempting to influence legislation.
Field Trip Chairman South
I have led many field trips for several clubs and each one is a little different. The differences are usually small, different terrain, material, hazards etc. My latest Field Trip was my first as CFMS Field Trip Coordinator South. There were many things different about this trip. I had never been at the location and could only arrive at visual impressions from having others who have, tell me what it looked like.
Most trips are with clubs you belong to and thereby know most ofthe people. I ended up knowing many of the attendees of this trip from shows, clubs or other field trips. But most of these people I had never met leaving a great unknown factor in this trip. This trip was not your standard Collecting trip where you would hunt over hill and dale to find your material, all the material was in a pocket 60 feet by 120 feet.
I had no idea how many people would show up for this field trip, it having been cancelled once and along time to fester in the imagination. I did what I could to prepare for this trip and talked to those who could help me. In the end, I had to pray certain people could come or I saw myself standing alone, trying to manage this trip. This fortunately was not the case. I had several people step forward to lend a hand but I still had my apprehensions about how this would turn out.
The last week I spent getting my thoughts and things ready for the trip. I had already been dealt a couple of twists with this trip. I had planned for everyone to meet in the town of Parkfield, but Parkfield was holding a Blue Grass Festival and they expected 1,000 people to come to this VERY small town. This put my meeting place in jeopardy so I moved it to Cholame Rd. just before entering the town from the South.
The problem was getting the information to the people. I sent updated messages via Email to those who had corresponded with me on the trip. Many people though hadn't contacted me and many either don't have Internet Access or Email. I figured that the morning of the trip I could place one person with a sign on the North end oftown and I would catch those entering from the South with the placement of our meeting place on the road and another sign.
Thursday morning arrived and my collecting buddy Steve Picard and I were to leave at 5:30 to meet Ralph Bishop and Wes Lingerfelt in Nipomo by 8:30 for breakfast before continuing on to Parkfield and our 12 noon meeting with Kevin the Ranch Manager. The meeting with Kevin had been pushed back the night before when I got a call from Kevin letting me know he had forgotten about a meeting he had earlier in the day and he would have to delay our arrival.
We met up with Ralph and Wes on time and due to the timing change, had a chance to see Wes's extensive collection, I was very impressed. While looking at Wes's materials Jo Anna Ritchey CFMS' 2"°VP and Steve Blocksage, the Field Trip Coordinator last year who had set up this trip before it was rained out showed up to accompany us. We left on time for our meeting with Kevin and on the way I had Ralph in my truck and we were discussing how we should handle the logistical problems in getting the people to the Jasper. Many things had to wait until I could see the site first hand.
We arrived in Parkfield on time and then waited for over 2 hours before Kevin drove into town. We had come so that we could prepare the site for the next day. Our plan was to tape off areas, break up the large boulders of Jasper, see how badly the clay had resolidified over the Jasper during the years rains and finally, come up with how we were going to get an unknown amount of vehicles onto the property and to the site.
Now with it being 2:30 we were more concerned that we didn't have enough time to get the site ready. Kevin led us back down the road and onto the property. I am sure that most people that attended the event had the same shock of raw beauty driving along the 5 miles of ridges overlooking a Rockwell painting of countryside. I found that although the road was free of rocks and boulders, it was very steep in several places and had one muddy spot in the creek.
We arrived at the site and I asked Kevin how long we could work on it and he said as long as we want just but for me to call him as we come out that night. We got right down to digging the boulders out of the birm and reducing them with our sledgehammers. We all worked till almost dusk getting material layed out for the following day and put caution tape along the hill edge. I talked with Kevin about his concerns before he left and we agreed on the meeting area, car consolidation area and how we would go about weighing and processing the material.
Steve Blocksage, Ralph and Wes headed back to Santa Maria for the night and JoAnna, Steve Picard and I headed into town to camp. We found the V6 Ranch had given us the wrong mileage to their gate and decided after visiting the ranch to stay in town with the festival.
We woke early the next day and rolled onto the highway at 7 a.m. and made coffee on the tailgate. After Steve got a hot cup in hand he took off for the North end of town to try to intercept people from that end of town. By 8 a.m. we had about 45 cars along the roadway and Jo Anna Ritchey started moving down the cars having people fill out the sign-in forms. Soon I had Ken from my home and JoAnna, Steve Picard and I headed into town to camp. We found the V6 R club the Del-Air Rockhounds also helping out down the line of cars.
Towards 8:44 a.m. I could no longer see the end of the line of cars and information was filtering up the line of cars that the people in the end of the line were concerned that there would be no material left for them I got the call from Kevin I was waiting for letting me know he was on his way. I took the opportunity to let him know we had quite a number of cars. I was afraid that when he saw the number of cars and people he would cancel out of fear. He showed up and besides the look of awe he seemed undaunted that the trip would continue.
We agreed to roll the cars to the end of the road a couple of miles further before addressing the attendees. He also told me he now wanted to collect the $25.00 per person before they enter the property and that it was a per head fee whether or not they intended to collect including kids. He also said that if any dogs got loose on the property they could be shot. This is an active cattle ranch and I couldn't understand people bringing dogs but I had seen several people walking them in line.
I turned my truck around and used my CB's RA. speaker to tell everyone of the plan to regroup at the end of the road and we would announce the rules for the trip there. As I went down the line several people stopped me and voiced their concerns. I got to the end of the line and turned around and joined Kevin at the lead and proceeded to the end of the road. I radioed Steve Picard and let him know. to pull up-stakes and roll, he said there were a couple more latecomers just coming through town. Steve Blocksage agreed to stay back in town and try to catch any late arrivals.
Upon getting to the end of the road Kevin and his wife June set up a table to collect the fees and have everyone sign the Hold Harmless forms he had brought. I went down the road once more and had cars pull forward along both sides of the road to get people closer and then returned to the front. I talked briefly with Kevin and he agreed to not charge for any children in the vehicles. I stood on my truck and with the PA. in hand addressed all the concerns and rules for the trip, especially the need for: patience, cooperation and safety. I reviewed all the hazards and asked everyone to help out with safety. I let everyone know of the tight quarters and parking difficulties etc.
After finishing, I did have one person ask if the people who parked on the other side of the roadway who were at the back of the line to begin with would be kept back and we would go in order that we arrived. This was one of my fears, I told them, if anyone thought that because they would be first into the pocket they would get better material or because they are last in line they won't that this is exactly what will kill this trip. I reiterated that everyone will get great material and everyone will leave happy and that there is more material than we could dream of there. I finished and everyone started filtering back to their trucks. I told everyone we would be moving onto the property and consolidating vehicles there before continuing to the pocket.
I rolled one last time down the line of cars letting everyone know we were getting ready to roll. However as I rolled down the line the cars filled in from both sides to fill the roadway trapping me at the back of the line along with Steve Picard and JoAnna Ritchey and the rancher's wife June. The only other people we had helping were Ralph Bishop and Wes Lingerfelt. They were at the turn to the rancher's property making sure no one missed the turn onto the property.
As the line of 100 cars rolled onto the property Ralph and Wes also ended up at the back with us. Now there was no management of the trip at the front except the Rancher and his friend. We were now snaking through the property at the end of the line. As cars came to the hills all the cars would stop and wait to see if the car in front of them would make it up the hill before trying it themselves. This made for a long wait at the end.
By the time we were close enough to see the collecting area on the other side of the hills about a mile away I could see people all over the pocket and cars on the parking area Steve and I had flattened with our trucks. It was then that June honks from behind and yells to me out the window that Kevin was losing control at the pocket. My heart sank I radioed to Steve to get to the side so I could take an access road into the wash, I had to get up there and now! I couldn't wait till all the cars made it up.
One big problem and that would be it for this trip. I got into the wash and floored it up the other ridge and saved about 30 to 40 cars in time. I got to the top and Kevin was trying to get the cars parked and no one was at the pocket supervising. On the bright side there wasn't a problem, it was just that Kevin didn't feel like he had control and I don't blame him I placed my truck to prevent cars from coming closer to the pocket than Kevin wanted and I took position on a large boulder at the edge of the pocket and immediately started addressing people about taking their time, wearing their safety glasses and warning people before taking to any sledge hammer work.
The rest of the rockhounds made their way to the top of the hill and started filtering into the collecting area My great helpers also made their way into the pocket and immediately took on whatever responsibility they could to help out. Wes Lingerfelt started weighing out material, which started happening in the first couple minutes. Ralph Bishop went into the hole and started helping people with digging, high grading and many other tasks. Steve Picard pulled his truck up to the pocket and started shuttling material to and from people's cars. Jo Anna Ritchey moved around helping with safety and peoples needs. I did a little of everything, whatever was needed at that moment.
We had a couple of rockhounds with disabilities and several people helped them with digging and collecting, including myself It was about then that I started to notice the small things. Everyone had safety glasses on. People were loaning tools to others or stopping their own digging to give someone else a hand. When people needed to get a larger piece broken up we would announce it and everyone would clear the immediate area till the dangerous work was over. I was impressed! So was the rancher, I checked with he and his wife to make sure there were no problems, when June stopped me and told me that Kevin was so pleased that everyone was courteous, safe and cooperative. She then told me that he said that the way it was going they didn't see any problem with us holding another trip next year.
Wow! I have to thank each and every one of you who made this trip as special as it became. All the rockhounds got as much material as they wanted and we ended up placing no restrictions on quantity. The dealers present also got all that they wanted meaning that there will be good material for sale at the shows for those who couldn't attend.
We even finished before dark, which was a surprise to all. This also meant I had time to get to Paso Robles and get my wife a mothers day gift in time which possibly saved my life. Every one of you made this trip a complete success! This was like a poster child for rockhounding.
I especially want to thank everyone who made this possible, Mr. Woods the owner of the property, Kevin and June, Steve Blocksage for doing the ground work for this trip last year and helped this year during the trip and most of all Steve Pickard, Jo Anna Ritchey, Wes Lingerfelt and Ralph Bishop who all worked 2 days to make this a success. Ralph and Wes also put in a lot of work into the trip last year that was cancelled and were never thanked for it because of the cancellation. I was proud to lead such a polite and respectful group of people on this trip. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Presentation of the first Rockhound of the Year award to Paul Beard was a highlight of a Mariposa Gem and Mineral Club's recent regular meeting. This award, initiated by the Club's Executive Board, was planned to honor a member who has significantly contributed to the Club's program and goals.
This first ever award goes to along time "member emeritus" who is known for his support for the club over the years by his educational presentations, his unfailing willingness to share his knowledge of natural history and his sharing, especially with school children, of his outstanding mini museum at home.
He's a collector of photographic gear, especially Polaroid Land Cameras. Although he has a broad range of interests, his collection of carefully mounted winged insects is notable. Tray upon tray of specimens numbering in the thousands are in his mini-museum His renown as a lepidopterist was noted by picture and article in the National Geographic a few years back.
Besides, he's an all-round nice guy! Paul's eyes sparkle when he is given a rock to identify or a natural history question to answer. He always gives a complete answer, often going far beyond what was requested in the first place. He's a natural teacher, and a fountain of knowledge.
CFMS - Field Trip South
Attention all rockhounds, Area closed due to fence cutting, trespassing and damage to private property. "HORSE CANYON is closed". All it takes is one lousy seed to blow it for everyone and it appears that it has struck again.
The owner of Horse Canyon has closed the area to further trips because of the reasons mentioned above. He is very angry and upset and so far there does not seem to be any talking him out of his decision. However, I plan to talk to him again. He has replaced the barbed wire gates with locked steel gates and posted in very large signs against forced entry and trespassing.
When we went in there I found ATC tire marks all over a couple hillsides in the collecting area and also some truck marks. I have enjoyed going into Horse Canyon now for a number of years and it was just getting to the point where clubs were getting access on a regular basis. All this is lost because of some one out there decided to break in. Great going!
The owner canceled the trip for the Bakersfield Show just the day before their trip. Our club had a trip scheduled a couple of weeks later and after our Club President talked to him, he allowed us one last trip in because we have mended his fences before when we found them cut and left the area cleaner than when we arrived. It is a shame to lose a place like this.
CFMS Safety Chairman
1012 Mockinbird Lane, Fairfield CA
94533-2426 / e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SAFETY: Thousands of people will be injured when mowing their lawns this summer. In fact of the 50 million Americans who will trim their grass, 60,000 will be hurt badly enough with power mowers to seek medical treatment, reports the Combined Insurance Company.
So here are some tips from the insurance experts to help you avoid injury.
Santa Lucia Rockhounds
Paso Robles, California
It was gratifying to read the "First Stone Canyon Trip Report" by Wes Lingerfelt published in the June 2000 CFMS Newsletter. His article is a very comprehensive description of the events of the day. A written record of such a memorable field trip is important and Wes captured the history and highlights of the event. The comments provided here are meant to supplement his article with some of our observations on this exceptional field trip.
We were disappointed when the November 20, 1999 field trip to Stone Canyon was canceled due to rain and impassable roads on the 15,000-acre ranch containing the Stone Canyon jasper. However, after traveling the approximately 5 miles of often rough ranch roads up and down hills and across streams during the May 12th, 2000, field trip we understood completely that any amount of rain would make this dirt road dangerous. There was no longer any doubt left in our minds that the previous field trip had to be canceled.
We were advised before the trip to use a four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle. Our Mercury Villager Van is neither, and we bottomed-out crossing a stream with some boulders along the edge. My mechanics bill for welding two holes in my transmission casing and for fixing a filter was $217. Next time I'll listen. But the trip was worth it.
Arriving at the collecting site just before noontime we were amazed to find an almost level field which accommodated the 163 private vehicles. which caravaned to the site. After parking our Mercury Villager we walked the short distance to the collecting area where various sized pieces of jasper had been broken loose from the main vein and piled in windrows. The collecting area was quickly filled with rockhounds swarming over the windrows like busy ants. Some of these collectors were searching for perfect pieces for cabochons or spheres and others were seen taking out large boulders or assembling large piles for transport home.
It was easy to fill a 5-gallon bucket with beautiful specimens of various sizes. The entrance fee of $25 (cash only) entitled the finder to carryout a 5-gallon bucket of jasper, which the rancher agreed would equal 50 lbs. of rock. Participants wanting more than a 5-gallon bucket of jasper could pay for the additional material at 50 cents per pound. Many participants took more than their 5-gallon bucket allowance and were happy to pay for the extra rough.
It is my understanding that this site has been known since 1892, and that the site contains brecciated jasper in a wide vein. Mustard or golden yellow are the most pronounced colors in the jasper. But many exceptional pieces can be found cemented with chalcedony webbing of beautiful blue, purple, white, green, red, brown and black coloration, and with occasional crystals. This combination of brecciated jasper cemented with colorful chalcedony gives Stone Canyon jasper its rare and distinctive appearance.
This site is 10 miles north of Parkfield (as the crow flies) and is located in the Stone Canyon area. Jasper is commonly found as pebbles in streams or along a beach. In-place deposits, such as found at the Stone Canyon site, are infrequent. The deposit is also located along the San Andreas Fault and evidence of faulting and landslides were seen in the area during the field trip.
We enjoyed the day with a huge group of courteous and patient rockhounds who were having a good time. We greatly appreciate the CFMS sponsoring this field trip. Steve Ivie and Steve Blocksage, representing the CFMS, did a great job of keeping the participants informed and organized. The ranch manager and his wife worked tirelessly to make the event a success. Our friends Wes Lingerfelt and Ralph Bishop ably assisted the CFMS representatives and the ranch manager. Our club, the Santa Lucia Rockhounds, is hosting the CFMS 2001 Show and we hope another field trip to Stone Canyon can be arranged during that event.
CFMS Safety Chairman
1012 Mockinbird Lane, Fairfield CA
94533-2426 / e-mail email@example.com
The "Safety Manual" is in progress. That doesn't say much, does it?
So far nobody has seen fit to give me any input. I've been looking at the CFMS Safety Chairman Manual and at the CFMS Field Trip Book's safety section as well as what I can find on the AFMS web site.
As I see it, we will need two sections on safety, just as we now have. The first I have been working on is the one for the Field Trip Book. I believe it to be the most important, and in the greatest need of immediate updating. And I believe it should be in the loose-leaf format for easier updating as may (I'm certain) be necessary.
The other Safety Manual will be the Safety Manual to be issued to the individual Societies.
It will of necessity have to cover many more things than the Field Trip Section and will have to include personal safety of all sorts, i.e., automobile safety (driving, maintenance, convoying), shop safety, (machine usage, chemical awareness, other shop dangers), and will also include those subjects already in the Field Trip Safety Manual.
If you agree, fine, if you DO NOT AGREE, then give me your suggestions. You need not address every topic but if you have an expertise in one or more areas, I will be most happy to entertain your input.
6155 Haas St. La Mesa, CA
91942-4312 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring the following:
THANKS to Angie Harwood of the Whittier Gem &7 Mineral Society who send me the club's two pins.
THANKS too, to Ken Kruschke for the beautiful cab from Horse Canyon, Tehachapi, Kern County, CA. It will go in the special place for President's cabs.
See you in Riverside
CFMS Safety Chairman
1012 Mockingbird Lane Fairfield, CA 94533-2426
707-425-9030 / e-mail email@example.com
Wake up! Fatigue can be fatal Driving tired - don't do it
A state trooper drives along a highway and sees a car swerving erratically. Another drunk driver, he thinks, and turns on the flashing lights. Approaching the vehicle, the trooper finds a bleary-eyed driver. Fatigued. Not a drop of alcohol involved.
Driving while fatigued has become dangerously common. An estimated 100,000 sleep-related crashes, involving 1,500 deaths, occur in the United States each year. The numbers may be higher- it's difficult to determine whether fatigue is a contributing factor in accidents. "Sleep," notes Stephanie Foul, Communications Director for the AAA Foundation, "doesn't leave any traces."
Driver fatigue decreases awareness, slows reaction time, and impairs judgment -much as alcohol does. Other factors also increase the risk of nodding off at the wheel: undiagnosed sleep disorders, or driving at night, alone, for long distances without rest breaks, or on rural high ways. Driver fatigue is more common in young people, who tend to stay up late and sleep too little. Shift workers and truck drivers may also suffer from fatigue. Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs cause drowsiness. And if the driver is tired or impaired, a warm, cozy car interior can increase fatigue.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you haven't had adequate rest the night before, you should avoid driving during the body's afternoon lull, between 2 and 4 p.m., and especially between midnight and 6 a.m. -the hours when most sleep-related accidents occur.
Many state governments have installed rumble strips along highways to wake drivers veering off the road. While the rumble strips have shown success in alerting tired drivers, they don't cure the underlying condition.
The Foundation offers these reminders: If you're out on the road driving and have difficulty focusing or keeping your eyes open, are drifting from the lane, or find yourself yawning to stop. Take a brief nap of 20 to 40 minutes. If you are heading out on a long field trip, try to get sufficient sleep the night before you leave to build up your reserve. If you have an accident, you probably won't make it to your destination, SO --- take a break--take a nap---arrive safe .
For more information, contact the AAA Traffic Safety Department for a "Wake Upl" brochure, at 150 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102. Or contact the National Sleep Foundation, 729 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Web site;
Recognizing members from your club is not only happening in California, it is also occurring in all the US regions. Once your club member recognition is listed in our CFMS newsletter, I send the information on to the AFMS newsletter, to be shared nationally. Get your club name in print for the world to see. This is a request to all those extremely busy clubs through out California and Nevada and our member club in Arizona, send in your selection to be listed in the newsletter during the second half of this year.
I will be available at the August Riverside show, you may turn in your selections at the CFMS meeting or leave it at the CFMS information booth.
Kern County Mineral Society presents Ismael Sanchez for recognition. He deserves it. In a short period of time, as Mineral Mite (our Junior Club) Advisor, he has increased the membership from 6 to approximately 40 active youngsters. He gives willing of his time for field trips, instruction and displaying as well as being available for all club functions. A definite asset. Submitted by Cal Clason, Club member
Program Aids Chair
It's that time of year again - time to update the Podium People manual and directory. I will be mailing out update forms to all the speakers currently listed in the manual this summer. My goal, of course, is to find out if they wish to continue to be included in the directory, and if any changes should be made to their information: name, address, phone, fee, type of program, etc. I will follow up, as necessary, with additional letters and phone calls. The final result will be a new edition of Podium People, ready for distribution this fall.
How can you help? I am always on the lookout for new, willing, and interesting speakers to be added to Podium People. If you know of an excellent speaker, you may write, e-mad, or call me with their name, address, and phone number, so that I may contact them with an official invitation to be listed in our directory (at no cost to them). Alternatively, you may hand them a copy of this sample form for them to complete and mail to me. Pretty easy, wouldn't you say?
Tip: Go to the CFMS Show in Riverside in August! Not only will you have a great time, you will meet dozens of rockhounds, exhibitors, dealers, demonstrators, and other wonderful folk who might just be persuaded to visit your club sometime in the future to share their knowledge. It never hurts to ask! And you may just make a new friend.
For a copy of form click here.
Visiting Virtual Museum
In a previous column, I noted how visiting natural history museums can be a great way to capture kids' attention by showing them collections with superb specimens, giving them links to professional contacts, and helping them identify their own mineral and fossil specimens by comparing them with those on display. However, not everyone has a museum in his or her own back yard. Fortunately, today's web-based world allows us to redress this inequity. When a pebble pup can't go to the museum you can now bring the museum to the pebble pup! With distance no obstacle, this also allows you to go beyond local museums to truly world-class institutions, such as the following:
In addition to museums of national and international repute, don't ignore smaller local museums. Many will surprise you with the vigor of their staff and activities they're not just dusty repositories of some long-dead professor's collecting activities from the 1800s. For instance, during a recent business trip, I stopped in at the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum. Although small, they have superb and varied exhibits, from Burgess shale fossils, to gorgeous minerals, to a walk-through cave, to lumbering dinosaurs and mastodons, with the displays being only the tip of the iceberg of their entire collection. Plus, they're extremely active with educational outreach and fieldwork pro grams (digging mosasaurs in Kansas, dinosaurs in Montana. and South Dakota, etc.). Here are examples of web sites from such smaller regional or specialized museums:
The sites listed here barely scratch the surface, and-because of my own interest in fossils--are tilted toward paleontology, so don't limit yourself to just these. This makes a great activity for your pebble pups. Send them off to find sites of their own. If their families aren't yet connected to the web, they can often get assistance in their school or local library. Just make sure they don't make the same mistake I did when initiating a search for rockhound-related sites: if you begin with the word "rocks" in a search engine, your kids will learn a lot more about loud music than earth science! Try such key words as "museums," "minerals," "fossils," or "gems."
Museums offer just one sort of web site for juniors to explore. Next month, I'll introduce other sites that offer opportunities to not only learn but also--as always--have fun!
Awards recognition in the CFMS will have something new added this year. We feel that competitors need more recogni- tion for their effort. At the Advanced Level winners will receive an engraved plaque in addition to a first place ribbon.
There will also be a plaque for the CFMS Club winning top points (Sweepstakes) instead of the trophy, which a club can only keep for one year. In this way, there will be a permanent trophy for the club.
It is a lot of fun to compete, and these two new additions can add to the good feelings of a win.
CFMS Chairman for the AFMS Endowment Fund
Charles Leach, CFMS Chairman for the AFMS Endowment Fund has raffle tickets available for a drawing to be held during the AFMS Show in Moab, Utah on October 14, 2000. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each.
This year the prize will be an Amethyst Pendant and Earring Set faceted by Cliff Jackson and mounted in gold by Dick Glismann.
Tickets are available from Charley Leach, 7013 Jamieson Ave., Reseda, CA 91335-4817 tel 818342-1443. Tickets will also be available at the CFMS Show and Director's Meeting, August 4, 5, & 6 in Riverside, California. Try your Luck. Help a worthy cause.
September 10-17, 2000
Cal & Ray
Dee & Florence
The weeklong learning opportunity for Lapidary Arts is coming soon.
Workshops include wire wrap, faceting, casting, stone carving, cabbing, bead stringing and perhaps others.
UNFORTUNATELY THE PETRIFIED WOOD SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Walt Wright, the instructor can not be there at that time.
Camp Paradise is located about 45 miles northeast of Marysville on Highway E21. It is one mile beyond Clipper Mills, and is on the left, well marked.
The facilities are a rustic Church Camp with rooms with double beds and dorm rooms with cots. Bathrooms are in the building. For health reasons, bring an extra sheet or plastic cover to put over the mattress under your bedding.
There is ample parking for RVs among the tall pines. You may enjoy using yours if you own one.
Three meals a day are provided and food and beverage is sent out on field trips.
Field trips will be almost daily, for collecting, visiting interesting historical sites, and or gold panning. Programs fill up each evening.
Since this is a Church Camp, we are asked to have NO alcohol at any time, and pets must have prior permission by the Camp Manager.
The fee for all of this is only $200.00 per person.
For a registration form click here. When we receive your enrollment form, a map and other instructions will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please call Cal Clason, 661-589-4169 or Ray Meisenheimer, 805-642-3255.
Host Club: Points and Pebbles Club, Paul Asman, President
http://www.gj.net/~redrock/gemshow/ Link to Show
Paris, New York, Tokyo, London, Moab
October 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th
We welcome you to Utah and especially the Moab area of Utah. We think you will enjoy your time with us. Although the Show dates are the 12th through the 15th, you may want to "come early and stay late". There will be no field trips planned during the show. But activities will be starting as soon as Sunday the 8th of October.
When the packets are sent out you will see there are many activities both during the day and evening.
Moab is a popular area to visit. Because it is so popular you should get your reservations in as early as possible. Spaces are limited.
We are including in this announcement a list of motels and campgrounds available in the area. If you have questions, please let us know.
See you all in Moab.
268 Walnut Lane # 62 Moab, UT 84532
Phone: (435) 259-6903
1223 North 1500 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone: (801) 595-6750
1160 LaSal Ave. Moab, UT 84532
Phone: (435) 259-3304
1160 LaSal Ave. Moab, UT 84532
Phone (435) 259-3304