Vol. XXXVII, No. 8 --- August 2000

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents

President's Message ..................................................................... Pat LaRue
In Memory of Jessie Hardman ........................................................ Beverly Moreau
Some Thoughts of Being a Field Trip Leader ................................... Richard Pankey
Fall Business Meeting Plans Announced ......................................... Renata Bever
Rooms Available for Comm Meetings at Visalia ................................ Renata Bever
From the Ledger .......................................................................... Teresa Masters
CFMS Endowment Fund ................................................................ Ray Meisenheimer
Dear CFMS Newsletter Editor....... ................................................. Patricia Speece
Confined Spaces and Dangerous Work Places ................................ Chuck McKie
Education Thru Sharing .............................................................. Colleen McGann
Junior Activities Report ............................................................... Jim Brace-Thompson
CFMS Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise .............................. Ray Meisenheimer
CFMS Federation Shows............................................................... Ray Meisenheimer
Federation and Member Club Insurance.......................................... Unknown


By Pat LaRue, CFMS President
CFMS President

    Are you ready for big show? The organizing committee is putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a really great event. You should be busy making that last minute pitch to your club members to spend at least one day at the show savoring the sights and sounds. Even if you've barely mentioned it until now, it's never too late!

    This was a quiet month. No one sent any e-mail or hand written notes addressing a concern which could serve as an inspiration for this column. Clubs are now in their summer season. Some continue meetings as usual; others have informal gatherings or do nothing at all. It's vacation time ...time to recharge ...time to reflect. The first year of the new millennium is at the half-way point. What have we accomplished as a Federation? Let's think about that one.

    We are managing to adjust to the new procedures required for obtaining our club insurance paperwork needs. The paperwork required by the host club for the upcoming CFMS show was handled quickly and efficiently by our new insurance chair. Thanks Fred!! Please remember that even though our current chair is an insurance professional, he is still a volunteer for purposes of your club's insurance needs. The more accurately you fill out your needs on the paperwork, the faster he can serve you. Not waiting until the last minute helps too.

    After a weather cancellation last year, the long anticipated field trip to Stone Canyon became a reality. Thanks to the cooperation of the participants, there is the real possibility that we will be invited back in the future. Please respect the fact that this is private property and let's hope an outsider doesn't ruin it for everyone else by trespassing. (We know someone from a CFMS club wouldn't dream of doing that.) Last year's Field Trip South chair did the legwork for this opportunity and continued to work with this year's Field Trip South chair to see that the trip was successful. Thanks guys!!

    One Earth Science Studies week is in the history books and the next one is waiting in the wings. The Burns retired as longtime co-chairs of this program but will continue to serve on the committee. The popularity of the two programs continues to be high and the new chair will continue in the tradition started many years ago by Bill and Izzie. (Actually the committee members just moved the hats around.)

    Our Program Chair has followed in the tradition of her predecessor (actually mentor). Her monthly articles provide ideas for clubs which wish to use them. Thanks Anne!

    The seeds for a Safety Manual have been sown by Chuck McKie. Your input will make it a reality. Most manuals take several years to put together but Chuck does not want to wait that long. If you have a safety related item to contribute to the cause, particularly as it relates to our activities, forward it to him for consideration. He cannot be expected to write the whole thing by himself.

    What can we accomplish in the second half of the year? We'll just have to wait and see. Just remember that all the Officers and committee personnel are volunteers. We choose to serve because we want to. In the mean time, enjoy your summer. See you at the show in August!!!,


By Beverly Moreau

    On Sunday morning, June 25, 2000, the gem and mineral hobby lost a dear friend and dedicated participant when Jessie Hardman succumbed to pancreatic cancer. She had been diagnosed in the latter part of April and had been receiving hospice care at home. Her daughter, Susan Webb, living in Pennsylvania, came to care for Jessie in her Long Beach home at that time. Susan says that she was assisted and supported greatly in this effort by Catherine and Frank Manus, members of the Long Beach Mineral and Gem Society, who lightened her task immeasurably. Jessie is survived by her daughter and two granddaughters, Patricia in Georgia and Catherine in Pennsylvania, and by a son in Houston, Texas. Jessie had just attained her 88th birthday.

    Jessie and her late husband, Harvey, became involved in minerals early in their marriage while on a trip to Mexico. They belonged to several gem and mineral clubs in Southern California including the Long Beach Mineral and Gem Society, Southern California Micro-Mineralogists, and Mineralogical Society of Southern California, and Jessie held offices in each and every one of them. One of her fellow members recently said, "There wasn't a job that Jessie wouldn't accept." Harvey and Jessie were avid mineral collectors. She was a frequent exhibitor at local, CFMS, and AFMS gem and mineral shows. Jessie loved trading thumbnail and micro-mineral specimens with folks around the world and traveled extensively during her lifetime. During her travels she visited many Clubs overseas and made friends with their members. Jessie was one of the CFMS Podium People for many years, giving slide programs and presentations to member Clubs based on her travels and her extensive mineralogical knowledge.

    Jessie worked as a physical education instructor in the Long Beach Unified School District and at Long Beach City College, and in the Long Beach Recreation Department for many years, teaching both women's and men's sports. She also was on staff at the Campfire Girls organization in Long Beach following her retirement. Jessie's involvement with teaching young people was a source of great gratification to her. Because of her love of teaching, I and her family feel it would be appropriate that donations in Jessie's memory be made to the CFMS Scholarship Fund.

    In 1979, Jessie served as CFMS President. She received the Golden Bear Award in 1980, and was named CFMS Scholarship Honoree in the 1984-1985 year. She was the CFMS Honoree to the AFMS Scholarship Fund in 1993. She has served on the CFMS Museum Committee for several years. Jessie was at one time Chairman of the CFMS Rules Committee and wrote the first CFMS Show Guidelines. Jessie served on the first AFMS Uniform Rules Committee and authored the first Exhibitor's Handbook, along with many articles on judging and on Federation history. Until the past couple of years, she served as a judge for CFMS and AFMS Shows.

    Jessie was inducted into the National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame in December of 1999. Jessie's comprehensive collection has been given principally to the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Gem and Mineral Section, where she was a weekly volunteer for many years. Other friends and mineral groups, such as Southern California Micro-Mineralogists, also received some of her specimens. Recently the Museum dedicated the California Mineral Exhibit to her. She started volunteering at the Museum in the early 1960's and was a founding member of the Los Angeles County Museum's Gem and Mineral Council.

    Cards and letters may be sent to:

    Mrs. Susan Webb
    77 Roundwood Circle,
    Collegeville, PA 19426-2887


By Richard Pankey
Field Trips - North

    Field trips are an integral part of rockhounding. When asked why did you join a gem and mineral club, one the most common response is " to go on field trips". Rock collecting is fun and rewarding, not only for the rocks, minerals and fossils collected but also for the time spent out in nature and with other rockhounds. Being a field trip leader is also fun and rewarding, and adds many responsibilities. When you accept the duties of a field trip leader you accept the responsibility to provide a safe, enjoyable and productive rock collecting experience.

    The main tasks of afield trip leader are to organize and to lead. However, you can still be a good and effective field trip leader even if you don't know the collecting site. In this case you need a good guide; somebody who is very knowledgeable and familiar with the site. Not all good field trip leaders are guides and not all good guides are good field trip leaders. To be successful takes planning, preparation, care and dedication to do a good job, and an interest in field trips and collecting. There is no one way to be a field trip leader. Good field trip leaders come to it from many and varied backgrounds. Experience seems to be the best teacher and learning from one's mistakes the second best. A third is to observe how other field trip leaders do their job. A key for most field trip leaders is that they love to go on field trips, they love to collect and they enjoy other rockhounds.

    There are a number of sources for potential field trips. They include the various professionally written/published field trip guides, CFMS Map Book (old and out of print), word of mouth from other field trip leaders and experienced field trip articles in magazine, and the like. Too often much of the information is lacking in detail and/or out of date. Once a potential site has been selected, then the real work begins -researching the site, planning, advertising, and finally, and most important, conducting the field trip.

    Research. After a trip/collecting site is selected, try to find out as much as possible about the site. This may include a prospecting trip to the site prior to planning and advertising. You need to find out as much as possible about the site- is the site on public or private land, material to be collected, tools required, road conditions, pertinent mileage, camping facilities, potential hazards, etc.

     Planning. Planning is a continuous process that starts when the site is selected and ends when the trip is completed. Planning should cover all aspects of the trip down to the smallest detail. It should start far enough in advance so that there can be good, effective, and timely advertising.

    Advertising. One of the most important steps to a successful field trip is effective advertising. Effective advertising is the field trip information prepared, presented and distributed in such a way that other rockhounds not only want to come to your trip but do come to your trip. Fliers and notices should be prepared and distributed a minimum of two months in advance of the trip.

    Conducting the trip. There are two basic types of field trips - a one-day trip and a multi-day trip. The one-day trip is typically to one site, a minimal driving distance (close to home), and generally focused on just collecting or visiting a museum or mine. In addition to collecting at several sites, a multi-day trip generally involves other rockhound activities -camping, potluck dinners, happy hours, campfires, and extended travel. By it's nature, a multi-day trip involves more planning and attention by the leader, but both require the same steps to conduct. The key to having a successful field trip is for all involved to have a clear, complete understanding of what is going on and when. That is, make sure that all participants know what is going to happen, what is expected of them, and when and where will things happen. You don't want anyone left out or for them to feel confused or left out. Start each trip, each day with a meeting. This meeting should include all details on the collecting (material, tools needed, distance, etc.), the other activities of the day, general and special safety considerations, caravaning, etc. Whenever possible, have examples of material to be collected for everyone to see. Have examples of the material as it will be found in it's natural state so people know what they are looking for.

    Responsibilities of the Field Trip Leader. The responsibility of the field trip leader is to conduct a safe and enjoyable trip that provides the participants with the opportunity to collect good quality rocks, minerals and/or fossils. The leader should be familiar with (and have copies) and practice the AFMS Code of Ethics. The leader must see that all participants conduct himself or herself in a safe, responsible manner. And all participants must respect the authority of the field trip leader.


By Renata Bever

    The annual Fall Business meeting and election of 2001 Officers will be held November 10-12, 2000 at the Holiday Inn Plaza Park, off Hwy 198 on West airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277-9990.

    Room reservations at the Holiday Inn may be made by phone at (559) 651-5000. To receive the special CFMS rates, tell them you are with CFMS. Reservations for special rates must be made by October 17, 2000. The first night's deposit or guarantee by credit card must accompany your reservation.

Double/Double ........ 73
Queen/Queen .............. 73
King ........................... 73
Suite .......................... 99

Add 10% room tax. Local tax is 7.75%.

Saturday Night Banquet

Cornish game hen
Country green beans
Spinach salad
Dutchess potatoes
Fruit cobbler

Price: $21.50 (includes tax & gratuity)

    * *If anyone has special dietary requirements, please contact Pat LaRue and she will see if the hotel can accommodate your needs.

    Make banquet reservations by October 31. Mail check and reservation information to:

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


By Renata Bever

    No, it's not too early to start planning for the FALL MEETING in Visalia this November. Bob Stultz has reserved the Olive Room for Committee Meetings on Friday, November 10 until 10 p.m. The Executive Committee has reserved it from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for its meeting; after that it will be available to other committees. If you wish to reserve a time slot for your committee to meet, please contact Bob at (805) 4984220. His e-mail address is jbstultz@gte.net.


By Teresa Masters,
Chairman, CFMS Scholarship Committee

    This has not been the best of months for our community. The deaths of Jessie Hardman and Jim Kay are a double whammy.

    Jessie is near and dear to many in our Rock and Mineral world. Her selfless involvement in many phases has been above and beyond for her entire life.

    I feel very lucky to have come to know Jessie on a more personal level. She first approached me sitting in a Hotel Lobby as we both waited for friends. That and other chats over a few years are treasures I will have and keep in my treasured memory bank. Jessie's loss to all of us is a very large one. L. A. County Museum also shares this with us. As current Chair of The Scholarship Committee, I send our sympathy to Jessie's family and friends. We will be accepting donations in Jessie's memory by mail, and in person at the CFMS Riverside Show.

    Jim Kay's passing is a loss for the San Diego Societies. Kay's Tumble Craft was very familiar to all of us. Jim Kay was a very strong supporter of all of our clubs. He contributed financially in the form of donations of funds and prizes. Many "Opportunity Drawing Tickets" were printed by Kay's Tumble Craft. As current president of The Council of San Diego Gem and Mineral Societies, I extend our sympathies to the family over this unexpected loss.

    I came across this today and wish to share it with everyone. Think about it, and realize that what you know can be a treasure to many.

If only I could pass on these things I know.
These little things, I can't write down
The secrets o f my hands when they hold my tools,
The rules I don't understand well enough to tell you but my gut knows deep down
Those straits I have passed through,
I would show you the rocks that left these dents.
If only I could download this experience to another.
It seems such a waste to take it with me.
No sponge can hold the ocean,
Let us continue to share these things as best we may,
Lest they be lost like Etruscan Gold,
Secrets, wrought by magic we cannot comprehend.


    I had many thoughts with relation to increasing the donations to the Scholarship Fund, but feel them untimely now. I would like to see happy events commemorated also-think about it.

    The Scholarship Committee will have a table at Riverside. We Committee members will be attending the CFMS business meeting on Saturday, and would welcome Volunteers to spend some time there while we are away. It is a great time to rest those weary feet. Please let me know if you can spare some time. My address, phone number and e-mail address are in this Bulletin under CFMS Scholarship Committee.

    Thank you for considering our request.


By Ray Meisenheimer
CFMS Endowment Fund Chairman

    The CMFS Endowment Fund was approved in 1987 so that in any emergency situation the interest can be used for unexpected bills or other financial needs. It is important to contribute to the Endowment Fund as much of the interest was used in unexpected insurance increases a year ago. We must build up the capital again. There are many way to do this. By direct individual checks, by donations from various clubs, in memory of a dear club member who has passed on, or even to honor an outstanding club member to, mention a few. Donations to CFMS endowment fund are very much appreciated.

Dear CFMS Newsletter Editor:

By Patricia Speece

    The first part of the article below has been circulating via club newsletters, including the Breccia. I am sorry to say that it shouldn't have. See the second half of the article. It might be a good idea to publish the entire article in the CFMS newsletter as a correction. I copied the below from http://www.viahealth.org_news/ 99 news/99_ august_news/hearthattack.htm

    Thank you
    Patricia Speece
    Santa Clara Valley Gem and Mineral Society
    San Jose, CA

    Important Notice Regarding the article "How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone."

    Hundreds of people around the country have been receiving an e-mail message entitled "How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone." This article recommends a procedure to survive a heart attack in which the victim is advised to repeatedly cough at regular intervals until help arrives.

    The source of information for this article was attributed to Via Health Rochester General Hospital. This article is being propagated on the Internet as individuals send it to friends and acquaintances - and then those recipients of the memo send it to their friends and acquaintances, and so on.

    We can find no record that an article even resembling this was produced by Rochester General Hospital within the last 20 years. Furthermore, the medical information listed in the article can not be verified by current medical literature and is in no way condoned by this hospital's medical staff Also, both The Mended Hearts, Inc., a support organization for heart patients, and the American Heart Association have said that this information should not be forwarded

    Please help us combat the proliferation of this misinformation. We ask that you please send this email to anyone who sent you the article, and please ask them to do the same.

    Sincerely, Kevin Kane Public Relations
    ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital

    Things you can do if you think you are having a heart attack, as suggested by our medical staff Stop all physical activity and sit and rest. Contact your physician's office immediately to report symptoms and receive further instruction. If there is any delay in contacting your physician, and your pain persists, call 911 and proceed immediately by ambulance to the nearest hospital for evaluation and treatment. If you have known coronary artery disease and experience chest pain, sit and rest, place one nitroglycerin under your tongue and then call your physician's office. Wait 5 minutes and take another nitroglycerin if you still have chest pain. Follow your physician's instructions.

    If there is any delay in receiving instructions and you have taken three nitroglycerin tablets five minutes apart and still have chest pain, call 911 and proceed immediately by ambulance to the nearest hospital for evaluation and treatment. If you have no contraindication to using aspirin, chew and swallow one 325-mg. aspirin while you are waiting for the ambulance.

    For reporters: Other information on this issue can be gathered from Darla Bonham Executive Director, The Mended Hearts, Inc. email to: dbonham@heart.org

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By Chuck McKie
CFMS Safety Chairman

    A confined space is defined as any space that meets the following three conditions:

  1. It's large enough to work in.
  2. Entry or exit is restricted.
  3. The space is not designed for continuous human occupation.

    Confined spaces are dangerous places. Several gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and methane can accumulate inside a confined space. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that displaces oxygen in the blood stream- even when there is plenty of oxygen available in the air. It can lead to cardiac arrest. Carbon dioxide displaces oxygen in the air and causes suffocation. It is referred to as an "asphyxiant." Hydrogen sulfide is a poisonous gas with a high concentration that causes almost immediate death. Methane and other gases can form an "explosive atmosphere" and can ignite from the spark of a flashlight.

    Confined spaces include manholes, tunnels, wells, cellars, tanks, sewers and trenches and OLD MINES. In the news on TV a couple of nights ago, they told of a town back east where the coal mines had shut down and consequently the water was no longer being pumped out with the result that as the water level rose in the old mines, the gas was pushed out into the nearby basements of the housing. But remember, the mine themselves are still filled with deadly gases which you can not smell.

    Even in old mines here in the west, there is tremendous danger of BAD AIR. That is why they used to take live canaries into the mines. The canaries would die before the men were affected. You don't have a canary. Play it safe -- stay out.


    Generally speaking, a trench is a cut in the ground that is deeper than it is wide. Trenches provide access to underground utilities for water, telephone, electrical, natural gas and sewer lines.

    Trenches are very dangerous and must be stabilized before anyone enters. This is done by "shoring" the sides of the trench with a variety of specialized equipment to prevent a wall from collapsing. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers cannot enter into any unshored trench that is deeper than five feet.

    Often, subcontractors hired for the job will use rented shoring equipment. At the end of the day, they will remove it and return it to a rental company. Some subcontractors try to cut costs by not shoring at all. This puts the workers at risk.

    Dry dirt weighs about 100 pounds per cubic foot. As little as six inches of soil piled over one's chest can cause suffocation. Trenches and excavations should be avoided. If you see someone in an unshored trench, call 9-1-1. If you see someone trapped in a trench, do not go in. Stay well back of the trench and try to keep others from going in. A secondary collapse is very likely.

    It's summer time and a lot of us feel the need to do jobs ourselves. We don't normally dig trenches in our back yards that deep but when we go rock hunting, that is an altogether different subject. So the same warning goes to you. Be especially careful in your digging. Avoid steep sidewalls and NEVER dig more than a foot or two under the overhang. Even then, study the material and determine how stable it might be. It is ALWAYS better (and I say mandatory) to take down the overhang and DON'T dig under it. A little extra work and time might save your life and that of others if there should be others working with you.

Railroad Yards and Crossings

    Every year, more than 6,000 collisions occur at railroad crossings. You are 11 times more likely to be killed in a collision at a railroad crossing than in other vehicle crashes. Most of these crashes are due to driver error. Plus, SO percent occur at railroad crossings equipped with bells, flashing lights and gates. General precautions at railroad tracks:

  1. Expect a train at any time on any track.
  2. Do not rely on a train whistle to warn you.
  3. Look up and down the track before crossing.
  4. Don't drive around gates. It's against the law.
  5. Don't get caught in traffic on the tracks.
  6. Never race a train.
  7. Be prepared to stop when following buses or trucks over railroad crossings.

    If the car you're in stalls directly over railroad tracks, get out immediately and call 9-1-1. If a train is coming, stay clear of the tracks. If the track is clear, post lookouts and push the vehicle off the tracks. Do not try to walk down the tracks to forewarn an oncoming train. The average freight train traveling 60 miles per hour takes one and a half miles to stop.

    In Seattle, in the 40's, a bus diver stopped for a train. Of course! He was a good and safe driver. OR WAS HE?

    As he crossed behind the train his bus was cut in half by another train GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!

    He was very fortunate! Yes he was! His front half was on one side of the tracks, the rear half was on the other side with the only other passenger he had who happened to be sitting on the rear bench seat. ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING! Check out the railroad crossing X signs, I believe they still say that.

Other Dangerous Workplaces & Playplaces

     Grain silos combine the danger of both confined spaces and trenches. A grain silo can explode from ignition of grain dust, much like an explosion of gas that ignites inside a mine shaft. The grain sticking to the walls on the inside of a silo cave in, sending tons of grain crashing down. This is very similar to a trench wall collapse.

    Water towers, high-tension electrical poles, sand and gravel hoppers, tractors and heavy machinery at work sites are all dangerous. Trespassing into these areas not only is dangerous, but illegal.

    When you are out rock hounding, please resist the urge to climb that tower (silo, water, or whatever).


By Colleen McGann

    My suggestions for recognition are always the hard working folks who worked behind the scenes to bring us a marvelous show.

    The Del Air Rockhound Club has selected Ethel and Len Hellenthal for recognition. Ethel and Len joined the club in 1983 and have been active participants ever since. Currently Len keeps the lapidary shop equipment in good order and conducts classes. Ethel serves as the treasurer. Both are dedicated members who deserve recognition. They are privileged to have this happy couple as active members of the club.

    Submitted by Gerald Minear,
    Federation Director

Rockin' on the Internet - Part II

By Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Chairman

    In my last column, I noted how today's Web-based world allows us to bring museums to our pebble pups. The Web, in general, makes for a great source of activities. Beyond museums, you'll find all manner of topics and categories covered. Some representative samples include:

    Government agencies: Checkout the U. S. Geological Survey Learning site (www.usgs.gov/education) dedicated to K-12 education, with special sections on Geology and Geography to help kids understand their changing world. The Geology page includes info on earthquakes and volcanoes, fossils and fossil collecting, minerals, and geologic maps, as well as reference lists, posters, and learning centers.

    University geology and paleontology departments: The University of California at Berkeley's Virtual Paleobotany Lab (www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/IB181/VPL/ Dir.html) offers a great lab-based site that will teach your juniors all they could want to know about fossil plants and ancient climates.

    Publications: Bob's Rock Shop/Rock & Gem Magazine Online (www.rockhounds.com) is billed as the first "'Zine" for rockhounds. One of the very first noncommercial rockhound sites on the web, it was built by an "ordinary rockhound" out to show off his own collection while providing a spot for sharing with fellow collectors. A special feature allows you to search back issues of "Rock & Gem" magazine.

    Societies and associations: The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (www.amfed.org) offers info on the AFMS, regional federations, club sites, shows, and a neat "Kids Comer" (look for the T-rex tapping its toe), with links to other sites, tips on growing crystals, dinosaur links, homework helpers, and more. Our very own web site, the CFMS (www.cfinsinc.org) features show info, field trips, newsletters, photos, and a bulletin board. The Geological Society of American (www.geosociety.org) will take you to the GSA Bookstore for books and maps, geoscience initiatives, and public interest; a "Professional Development" page shows kids potential career opportunities in the geosciences.

    Fossils: The Burgess Shale Fossils site (www.geo.ucalgary.ca/-macrae/BurgessLShaleo offers fascinating reading about a fascinating fossil site from the dawn of multicellular life, with neat color photos of creatures that have been described as "weird wonders." Dinosaur State Park in Connecticut has constructed a site (www.dinosaurstatepark.org) that allows you to explore one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America.

    Minerals: The Smithsonian Institution www. si.edu) has a very slick and classy looking site, but you need to click on various leads to find your way to the gem and mineral collection. Although it looks slick, I found it to be one of the slower, more difficult sites to navigate and started growing frustrated until I remembered: "Oh, yeah, it's a GOVERNMENT site!" The New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources Mineralogical Museum (www geoinfo.nmt.edu) has a very cool "Photo Gallery" on their "Mineral Museum" page that's easy to get to-or take a geologic tour of New Mexico, including Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands.

    Most of these sites also contain links to related sites, allowing juniors to expand their searches and explorations with a single mouse click. The sites noted here just barely scratch the surface. The best way to search is through key words and phrases. Brainstorm with your juniors and pebble pups for ideas on key words to search (e.g., "dinosaurs," "crystals," "mineral sites," "trilobites," etc.), and then send them off to find sites of their own, either on their family computers or at terminals in schools and libraries. As an assignment, ask them to find a site under a particular category, explore it, and bring back a brief description like those included here to share with their fellow pebble pups. It's an activity that helps to open up a huge avenue of learning for kids who will not only learn but also-as always-have fun!


By Ray Meisenheimer

    The week-long learning opportunity at Camp Paradise will be held September 10 to 17, 2000. Camp Paradise is located about 42 miles north east of Marysville, (not Paradise City) on state highway E21. It is among stately pines at about 3500 feet elevation. It is well marked about one mile beyond Clipper Mills.

    Workshops include wire wrap faceting, casting, stone carving, cabinet bead stringing and perhaps others. Unfortunately the petrified wood identification class had to be cancelled.

    Rooms have double beds and/or cots with bathrooms and showers inside the building. Dorm rooms are small rooms for two persons. There is ample room for RVs and vans with bathroom facilities nearby.

    Three home cooked meals are provided and food and beverage is sent out on field trips. You may bring snacks and soda if you wish. Field trips are almost daily, for collecting, visiting interesting historical sights and or gold panning. Programs fill each evening.

    The fee for this weeklong learning experience is only $200.00 per person. A small charge may be required for using material in the workshops.

    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. For health reasons you must provide a sheet or cover to place between the mattress and your bedding. There is to be no alcohol at any time and pets must have prior permission by the camp manager.

    There is an enrollment form in this newsletter.

    If you want added information; please call

    Cal Cason at (661) 589-4169 or
    Ray Meisenheimer (805) 642-3155.


      By Ray Meisenheimer
      CFMS Show Consultant

          TO ALL CLUBS--I am still looking for clubs to put on CFMS shows in the years 2002, 2003 and on. The show in 2001 will be in Paso Robles. There are many people who have CFMS show experience who will be happy to be of assistance. I have been in close contact with two clubs who are tentatively interested but no decision has been made. If any clubs are willing to accept the challenges please give me a call. Ray at (805) 642-3155. It does not have to be a large club to put on a show you will receive help from CFMS members. A smaller show can be just as beautiful and productive as a large show. Come on clubs-give me a call!


      By Author Unknown

          The CFMS has obtained a Commercial General Liability Insurance policy, underwritten by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, through the McDonnell Insurance Services in Ojai, California that renews on October 16th of each year.

          This policy provides $1 million of liability coverage per occurrence ($2 million aggregate) for the CFMS and its member clubs. Coverage for buildings and contents can be added by endorsement to the policy, but such requests must be initiated by each club.

          The policy covers all active members of the CFMS and its member clubs (including honorary and life members) in their activities on behalf of the organization (as volunteers). Note, however, that injuries to club members themselves are not covered under the policy.

          Only CFMS or member club "activities" are covered (club meetings, field trips, gem shows, picnics, etc.), not individual activities unrelated to the CFMS or member clubs.

          The policy does not cover damage to real property belonging to someone else which is in your "care, custody or control" (e.g. there is no coverage for damage a member does to a hall which you are renting).

          The policy provides very broad liability coverage, but does not apply to automobile, boat or aircraft losses. Each owner or operator of a vehicle needs to maintain adequate coverage themselves.

          Likewise, the policy does not provide Employer's Liability or Workers Compensation coverage. The CFMS or its member clubs must purchase the appropriate Workers Compensation Insurance coverage if they have any employees.

          Whenever a "third party" (such as a fairgrounds, park or owner of a building that your club is renting) wants to verify that your club has $1 million of liability coverage, they will ask that you have a "Certificate of Insurance" or "Additional Insured Endorsement" mailed to them as a condition of your club's use of the facilities. In these situations, fax a fully-completed request form (which I've attached) to 530-677-6834 as soon as possible, preferably no later than 3 weeks prior to the event. There is no additional charge for these certificates or endorsements, but they do take time to process. Don't wait until the last minute; such delays could jeopardize your club's event.

          Safety is an extremely important aspect of each member's responsibilities; every effort should be made to limit claims against the insurance policy. The consequences can be 1) increased premiums and 2) non-renewal of the policy. All attendees at field trips should sign an appropriate "waiver" as a condition of their participation in the event.


      via CFMS Newsletter, August 2000

      (California Federation of Mineralogical Societies)
      Educational Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations

      for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Mineral & Gem Society
      Field Trips & Activities

      Name: _______________________________________________

      Address: _____________________________________________

      Please read the following information before beginning the field trip or activity. Sign and date this form to acknowledge that you have read and understand the information presented below.

      I understand that the field trip activity that I am participating in, of the above named Society, may include one or more of the following hazard(s) that may result in personal harm.

      Unpredictable and Dangerous Environmental Conditions/Hazards, including but not limited to, snow, rain, wind, very cold and very hot temperatures, lightning, altitude, loose rock, falling rock, rock slides, avalanche, river hazards, mud slides, mud, ice, other slippery conditions and contact with poisonous reptiles, wild fauna and toxic plants. (Initial)
      I understand the risks inherent in all outdoor activities (including high altitude activities) existing in the environment, either natural or man-made. ____ (Initial)
      1 understand that I am required to use appropriate safety equipment pertinent to the field trip activity in which I will be participating. I accept full responsibility for my actions and accept liability for any resulting damages or injuries.____ (Initial)

      By participating, I am assuming the risks inherent in this field trip or activity and am releasing the above named societies, their officers, directors and individual members, from any liability for claims or lawsuits by the undersigned participant, his or her heirs or assignees, arising out of this field trip activity. I have read all of the aforementioned information and the list of safety rules accompanying this form and understand any and all of it. Any questions which have occurred to me, have been answered to my satisfaction. I am participating in these activities of my own free choice.

      If the participant is under 18 years or age, this form must be read and signed by a parent or legal guardian before participating in this field trip or activity.

      _______________________         ______
      Signature of Participant         Date

      _______________________         ______
      Signature of Parent/Legal Guardian         Date