Vol. XXXVII, No. 9 --- October 2000

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents



FROM THE PRESIDENT

By Pat La Rue, CFMS President
CFMS President

Another Convention and Show is in the history books! This show was truly a first because for the first time in the history of the California Federation, the event was hosted by a club which had never organized anything larger than a loosely structured tailgate. Except for the few who are members of local clubs which host a gem and mineral show, its members had no idea what a show of this genre looked like even on a small scale.

The host club did have lots of help from its neighbors. Clubs in the area pitched in and sent volunteers to assist with set up and tear down. Others assisted at the hospitality desk registering exhibitors and showing dealers to their spaces. At least one did a shift at the ticket window. Just as they had in 1996, the Southern California Faceters Guild held a successful symposium in conjunction with the show. Members of local metal detecting clubs supported the coin hunt and visited the show. It’s still amazing how all these people from all these different organizations representing a diversity of interests managed to come together to make this show a success.

The point I want to make is that any club in the Federation can host a CFMS Convention and Show. Club size doesn’t matter. Two or more clubs may decide to host a show together. Although the host of the most recent show is quite large, a large portion of its membership lives outside the geographical area and many more did not have much interest in supporting the project. By design the core organizing committee was kept small and compatible; the respective chairpersons invited other members upon whom they could depend to assist when needed. Of course no volunteer was turned away! The basic operating guide was the show manual recently published by CFMS and available to any club wishing to host a Federation Show. All the information you need, plus some which you may never use is there for the reading. Many times the most challenging aspect of putting on the show is finding a suitable location to hold it. Most shows are held at fairgrounds or convention center facilities. Rates may vary depending upon the time of year.

Once you have a location and make a successful bid for a show, you will be assigned a CFMS show coordinator who will serve as your direct link to CFMS. The show coordinator is a person who has much experience organizing and/or chairing a show of this type. He/she will give you as much or as little assistance with the details as you request.

Your club can count on assistance from nearby clubs and the CFMS leadership residing in their area. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Putting on a show is a lot of work, but the sense of achievement your club gets when the event is successfully concluded is well worth it. We need clubs to host future shows. We are waiting to hear from you!



SENATE BILL 639 – RAFFLES

By Mike Kokinos, Tax Advisor

The bill was amended and now includes organizations exempt from tax under California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 23701f (social welfare). It also includes social clubs exempt under section 23701g.

The bill still requires that 90% of gross receipts be set aside for charitable purposes. My analysis of the bill in its present form would allow the 90% to be spent on regular activities as they all further education in the earth sciences and lapidary arts.

The bill does require an accounting of gross receipts and expenses. It also requires annual registration with the Department of Justice. The bill authorizes an annual registration fee at the discretion of the Department.

Once the governor signs the bill, efforts will be made to have any registration fee to be based on gross receipts. It does not seem reasonable to charge a group grossing $1,000 from a raffle to pay the same fee as one grossing $10, 000.

There are some restrictions that I will address when the bill is signed. One of the restrictions prohibits the sale of raffle tickets over the Internet.



DEADLINE FOR DIRECTORS' PACKETS NEAR

It's that time again! Please have your reports to me on October 15. If you send it via e-mail, it would help if it were sent as an attachment. I use Microsoft Works or Word and can't open Excel. If you decide to bring your report to the meeting, please place it on the tables where the directors sit, because the reports are seldom picked up at the registration table. Your reports are important, so be sure to send it on time to:

    Renata Bever
    P. O. Box 489
    Patton, CA 92369-9489
    Thank you




JUNIOR ACTIVITIES REPORT

The 2000 Show & a New CD-ROM
By Jim Brace-Thompson, Juniors Chair

I'd like to offer warm thanks to my wife, Nancy, and kids, Hannah and Alex, for running the Junior's Booth at this year's Annual CFMS Show while I sweltered in high temps and humidity on a business trip in our nation's capital. Also, thanks to all who stopped by the Juniors' Booth to pick up informational brochures, application forms for the AFMS Future Rockhounds of America program, and our various for-sale items (club pins and patches, California rockhound posters, and the Pfeifer mineral collecting manuals). In all, the booth brought in $77.75 for the Juniors' contingency fund.

In the last couple of columns, I've been pointing out the sorts of information your juniors can obtain by surfing the web. I've recently run across another electronic marvel, this one in the form of a CD-ROM: “Hands-On Mineral Identification” by M. Darby Dyar of Mount Holyoke College. This CD holds a multimedia "field guide" that takes you step-by-step through the basics of mineral identification. Voice-over narration, text, photos, video clips, and animation make points about minerals "crystal" clear every step along the way. A special bonus is detailed identification info on 500 of the most common mineral species in a searchable database. The database includes physical properties, rotatable 3-D crystal shapes, full color photographs, crystal class, worldwide localities, and mineral associations for each mineral species, with printable search results that allow you to print out information about your mineral of interest. Produced by Tasa Graphics Arts, Inc. (www.tasagraphicarts. com), this is a great resource for both beginners and serious collectors, and I can highly recommend it for use with your juniors and pebble pups. I've just spent the last three hours totally engaged with this CD and-as always-having fun!



LEAVE NO TRACE/TREAD LIGHTLY

By Richard Pankey,
Field Trips – North t

“Leave No Trace!” and “Tread Lightly!” are 2 programs developed by the National Forest Service as guidelines for users of public lands. “Leave No Trace!” is an outdoor user’s ethic that promotes more of an attitude and awareness than adherence to rules and regulations. The primary purpose of “Tread Lightly!” is to encourage recreationists to be responsible during off-highway travel and when using off-highway vehicles. The concepts and principals of these programs in reality are just different ways of stating a number of articles of the American Federation Code of Ethics and therefore should be the practice of all rockhounds when using public and private lands. The following are selected points from each program that each of us should be attentive to and use when we are hiking, camping, driving and rockhounding.

“Leave No Trace!” was developed for back country users, but is very applicable to all public land uses. It is a set of guidelines that will help lessen our impact on the environment and on others. The principles of “Leave No Trace!” are:

  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Camp and travel on durable surfaces.
  • Pack It In, Pack It Out.
  • Minimize use and impact of fire.

Camping, off-highway travel, fires and garbage/litter removal are our major concerns. When selecting a campsite choose one that is established or a designated campsite. They are usually “hardened” they have lost their vegetative cover- and careful continued use will cause little additional impact. This will concentrate impacts to already disturbed places. Leave your site clean to increase the likelihood that others will use it. Leave the site cleaner than you found it, even if it means packing out someone else’s trash. If you are camping in a heavy use area, there are probably some existing campfire rings. Use them to lessen the overall impact.

The USFS, and the BLM are not garbage removal services, therefore always pack out your trash and garbage. All food scraps and garbage should be packed out. They decompose slowly and are not natural to the environment. Burning or burying food causes problems. A very large, hot fire is required to completely burn food waste, and animals will dig up buried food. Keeping food waste from animals helps prevent them from becoming habituated to humans as a source of food and becoming a nuisance around camp. Food waste also attracts and encourages non-native species.

“Tread Lightly!” began as a USFS program in the mid-1980’s. Its goal was to educate the public on protecting public lands by practicing low-impact principles, applicable to all forms of recreational activity. Being environmentally responsible is not difficult. All it requires is common sense, basic decency and a commitment to follow basic principles of the “Tread Lightly!” pledge:

  • Travel only where permitted.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Educate yourself.
  • Avoid streams, meadows, wildlife areas, etc.
  • Drive and travel responsibly.

“Tread Lightly!” principles are not hard to achieve, and require four things: preparation, common sense, courtesy and respect for the environment. Before you head out on your next rockhounding trip or other off-highway adventure, a little preparation can make your life easier as well as safer. Planning for the unexpected will make your trip enjoyable rather than a disaster. Travel with a group of 2 or more vehicles to enable you to get out if you have mechanical problems, an accident or illness. A CB or the new FM walkie-talkies are valuable tools. Keeping in touch with others in your party is essential, and can alert them of hazards or if you are having a problem. Stay on designated roads. Don’t make your own short cuts. Respect fenced areas and No Trespassing signs. Leave gates as they are found. Remember – Enjoy don’t destroy. Defaced roads and trails caused by irresponsible people are often closed tomorrow. Be considerate of others on the road and in camping areas. Keep noise and dust down. Be cheerful and pleasant – be a rockhound goodwill ambassador.

Two USFS “Leave No Trace!” brochures and one “Tread Lightly!” pamphlets served as bases for this article and are recommended reading for all rockhounds and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to information on the “Tread Lightly!” programs this pamphlets is an excellent source of off-highway driving tips and information. For brochures and more information on “Leave No Trace!” call 1-800-332-4100 and for “Tread Lightly!” call 1-800-966-9900.



EDUCATION THROUGH SHARING

By Colleen McGann, Chairman

Your Education Through Sharing correspondent is happy to submit a number of nominations this month. The pace is increasing as the end of the year gets closer. Just to remind you I need to receive nominations for the December newsletter by Nov. 1st. Any letters received in Nov. and Dec. will be listed in Year 2001.

Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, presents Marjorie and Calvin Koch. Both have been members for years and demonstrated they are conscientious, loyal and productive members. Marjorie has been membership chair for years, organizes the country store at the show and the following yard sale, and contributes display cases at the show. Calvin (Cal) was very active as well. He was our premier facetor and created many beautiful gemstones, wining ribbons at our show, other club shows, and the county fair. He was Sergeant-at-arms for our meetings. His displays are well known. He repaired items donated to our country store. He collected and sold aluminum cans, scrap metal and plastic and donated the funds to our club. Both Cal and Marge devoted time and articles to outside club activities, such as the senior craft shop in Ventura. We mourn Cal's recent passing; he is and will be sorely missed.
Submitted by K.S. Hara, President, and Olga Hammer, Fed. Director

Boulder Gem Club, presents Grant and Toni Ewers. They have been faithful and energetic members of the club since the 1970's. They have held many offices; President, Program Director, Field Trip Chair, Newsletter Editor and Sunshine. Many offices held more than once. They continue as Federation Directors since 1989. In addition, they have served the club at the City's Parks and Recreation Dept., and been available at the many school presentations given over the years. Clubs can't be successful without members such as these.
Submitted by Sue McCullough, President

Santa Monica Gemological Society presents Carol Barnett. Carol has gone the extra mile, literally and figuratively. She has been a member for over 30 years, serving as Vice President, Membership Chair, newsletter Editor, Field Trip Coordinator, and Security Chair for show. We always know if she volunteers for the job it will be done properly. She is gifted with needle and thread and has donated beautiful items to the club. She is an enthusiastic rock collector, with an interest in minerals, a member and Vice President of Westside Mineralogists. Currently residing in Willits, she continues as editor, writting informatively, printing it and sending it down to Santa Monica. She joined the Willits club and as membership chair boosted membership from 7 to 47. Her daughter and grand-daughter are members of the Santa Monica Club.
Submitted by Anita Wacker, Fed. Director

The Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society presents Cal Keator. He is known in the CFMS and AFMS for his many years of wide ranging service. Cal comes regularly to monthly meetings, about 100 miles round trip, to make a special presentation of a lesson or an anecdote for the junior members, followed by appropriate gifts of rocks, minerals, or tools to each one of them. He takes an active part in the annual show, exhibiting one or more displays and welcoming visitors throughout the show. At the annual picnic everyone looks forward to hot corn on the cob cooked by Cal in the huge special cooking pot he brings. He says he may have to slow down a bit soon and cut down on night driving now that he is 91. He would still be a very special member.
Submitted by Marion Fowler, Fed. Director

Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club, presents Stan Wright. Stan has been a member for many years. He has taught wire wrapping at our clubhouse to anyone who wanted to learn. He also helps Al Whitney with the Tuesday Faceting group and has won many awards. He also demonstrates at our annual show. Thanks Stan!
Submitted by Betty Egger, President, and Anna Christiansen, Editor




FROM THE LEDGER

By Teresa Masters
Chair 2000 Scholarship Committee

Riverside has come and gone, now what?...I noticed appeals from other Chairs for Nominations, otherwise known as Recognition, from member clubs to Honor a fellow club member for dedicated service to your club. That should not be a hard thing to do, but this morning while reading a Rockhound site, I saw just such an appeal from the Chair of the One Club, One Member committee of the EFMS. So it is not just us. Just what is it? Inertia? How much time and effort does it take to sit down and write a letter, or even use e-mail?

This is just such an appeal from me for the Scholarship Committee for Honorees for 2001. For this year up to now, I have received one nomination. It is not hard to see those who dedicate a good part of themselves to further our interests and those of the clubs. Take the time flood me with nominations, the selections will be made at Visalia just two short months away.

At the Show just ended there were four well deserving CFMS Club Members proudly introducing three recipients of the $2,000 Scholarship. We also gave another $2,000 to a Stanford student via the Dietrick Scholarship established by Melba Dietrick in memory of her late husband Bob. Melba has unfortunately joined Bob, her estate will keep this fund going for a while longer.

Curtis Miller, a CFMS Director from Culver City Rock and Minerals, which was my home club way back in the 70's, the only African American I have seen at CFMS Business meetings has passed on at a too early age. I would like to see him recognized in some way. Suggestions anyone?

Remember you are "The CFMS" choose your Director's well, make sure they represent your club well. Make use of what CFMS has to offer all clubs. Share the Bulletin with club members, better yet make certain they know they can receive a Bulletin of their own. Subscription rates are unbelievably low. The Bulletin is posted each month on the Web Site, doesn't cost a thing to read it there.

We are only as strong as the sum of our members. Participate, nominate, suggest, vote. Support CFMS, donations happily accepted, Scholarship, Endowment. Donate books or video tapes to the CFMS Library. Take pride in this organization, after all, you are it.



DEAR EDITORS

By Dee Clason,
CFMS Bulletin Aids Chair

I just received the following communication from Kitty Starbuck, AFMS Club Publication Chair. I hope you will all have some Helpful Hints to drop in the CFMS box. I am looking forward to seeing as many as possible at the Show in Moab.



AFMS/RMFMS EDITOR'S BREAKFAST

By Kitty Starbuck
AFMS Club Publication Chair

HAVE IDEAS.....WILL TRAVEL
DESTINATION.......MOAB, UTAH
WHEN? SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2000 8:00 A.M.
WHAT? AFMS/RMFMS EDITOR'S BREAKFAST
Awards of trophies and certificates will be handed out to the winners in the Bulletin Contest, I do hope that ALL OF YOU will be able to attend. A fun time is being planned.

I am asking each and everyone of you to bring, if you are coming, or mail if you aren't able to come, "Tips and Helpful Hints" that you have learned in your job as an editor. I know that all of us over the years have found easier and better ways of putting together a newsletter...no I'm not thinking about a computer over a mimeograph, but certainly you have some short cuts up your sleeve!

There will be a prize for the Federation that sends the most "Tips and Helpful Hints"...each Federation will have their own box to hold their ideas...let's FILL THOSE BOXES!!! And if you have any exchange bulletins, bring them along, or mail to 7636 V Avenue East, Vicksburg, MI 49097-9307 by October 1st. I'm really looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you.



 

 
IN MEMORIUM

CFMS Past President president Annelies Nash passed away in July 2000. She served as CFMS President in 1989. She was a long time member of the Tule Gem & Mineral Society and lived in Visalia.
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NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

 
Nominating Committee Report





HISTORIAN'S REPORT

By Shirley Leeson

I hope many of you attending the convention and show in Riverside had the opportunity to see the new Historian's Files that were on exhibit at the show.

We now have a book of Past Presidents, Golden Bear recipients, CFMS Scholarship Honorees, AFMS Honorees, and club bulletins from most of the clubs throughout the CFMS. In addition there were also pins from many of the clubs exhibited.

That's the good news, the bad news is I still need pictures of the following:

Robert "Bob" Diedrick, Past President, 1950 - 1952 and CFMS Scholarship Honoree
Howell Lovell, Past President, 1958 - 1959
David Champion, CFMS Scholarship Honoree, 1988 - 1989
Arthur & Rosamond Riggle, CFMS Scholarship Honorees, 1996 1997
John & Fern Jenkins, CFMS Scholarship Honorees, 1997 - 1998
Kathleen Springer, CFMS Scholarship Honoree, 1998 - 1999
Bill & Bob Depue & Beth Pinnell, CFMS Scholarship Honorees, 1998 - 1999
And here are the club bulletins I still need:
Campbell Gem & Min Guild - Gemdrops
Central Coast Treasure Hunters -The Coil
Chino Valley Prospectors Club - Gazelle
David-Woodland Gem & Min - The Rock Crumbler
Foothill Gem & Min - Rockhound's Rag
Gemological Soc. of San Diego - Flyer
Imperial Valley Gem & Min - Rock Talk
Lone Pine Gem & Min - The Roadrunner
Mendocino Coast Gem & Min - Mendo Coast Gems
Mojave Desert Gem & Min - Desert Diggins
Napa Valley Rock & Gem Club - Napa Gems
Original California Searchers -Dig It
Paradise Gem & Mineral Club - The Paradise Gem
San Francisco Mineral & Gem - Bulletin
Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem - Gem-N-I
Sierra Pelona Rock Club - Sierra Pelona Gram
Tehachapi Gem & Mineral - The Rockhound
Trinity Gem & Mineral - Trinity Tailings
Westend Prospectors - Bulletin
Las Vegas Gem Club - Gemtimes

YOU could make my day, if you were to send your club bulletin or a pictures of those mentioned at the top of this article. And IF YOU have pictures of any of the CFMS convention/shows, expecially pictures of the awards at the banquet and the editor's breakfast you would be willing to part with, they would have a good home here with the Historian .... What I would need would be the event, the, year and the people in the picture and what was going on.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: Bob Jones, Our AFMS Scholarship recipient and speaker at the Editor's Breakfast. He donated a booklet on 101 Questions about Copyright Law by Andrew Alpern.

And to Pat Milburn, Artist of note, who donated a beautiful 1987 Calendar of Rare and Famous Gemstones.


I would like to acknowledge those who travelled to Riverside, CA for the Annual Convention Meeting, August 5, 2000

    Anador County Get & Mineral - Bruce Durbin
    American Opal Society - Harold Andersen
    Autonetics Get & Mineral - Floyd Allen
    Capistrano Valley Gem & Mineral - Richard Knox
    Carmichael Gen & Mineral - Daryl Shelly
    Conejo Gem & Mineral - Jeane Stultz
    Contra Costa Mineral & Gem - Robert Pevahouse
    Council of San Diego Societies - Teresa Masters
    Culver City Rock & Mineral - Judith Gould
    Del-Air Rockhound Club - Gerald Kinear
    Delvers Gem & Mineral Soc - Loretta Ogden
    El Cajon Valley Gem & Min - Ron Boland
    E1 Dorado Mineral - Jack Williams
    MISSING************************ Loretta Ogden Delvers Gem & Mineral Soc Ron Boland El Cajon Valley Gem & Min Jack Williams E1 Dorado Mineral & Gem Anna Christiansen Faceters Guild No. California Richard Knox Faceters Guild So. California Charles McKie Fairfield Lapidary Society John Frey Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Daryl Shelly Fossils for Fun Vern Cliffe Get Carvers Guild Gary Paler Higb Desert Gold Diqger Gary Paler MISSING Hi Desert Rockhounds of Morongo Valley - Gary Palmer
    Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral - Jim Strain
    Islanders Gen & Mineral - Teresa Masters
    Raiser Rock & Gem Club - Thelma Christoffersen
    Ken County Mineral Society - Cal Clason
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral - M. Beverly Berg
    Lodi Gem & Mineral Society - Dr. Robert Coleman
    Long Beach Mineral & Gem - Jesse Aguilar
    Los Angeles Lapidary Society - Harold Andersen
    Los Angeles Mineralogical - Charles Leach
    Marin Mineral Society - B. Katz
    Mineral & Gem of Castro Valley - Ronald Hasemeyer
    Mineralogical Soc of So. California - Ronald J. Pellar Mojave Mineral Society - Warren Forgey Monrovia Rockhounds - Jo Anna Ritchey Monterey Bay Mineral Society - H. Johnson Monterey Park Gem Society - Isabella Burns Mother Lode Mineral Soc of Modesto - Anna Christiansen Napa Valley Rock & Gem Club - Anna Simpson North Island Gem & Min Soc - Shirley Leeson North Orange Co. Gem & Mineral - Isabella Burns
    Northrop/Grumman Gem & Mineral - Beverly C. Moreau
    Orange Belt Mineralogical - Patricia L. Carrell
    Orange Coast Lapidary & Mineral - Sue Seth
    Orcutt Mineral Society - Wes Lingerfelt
    Oxnard Get & Mineral - Olga Hammer
    Palomar Gem & Mineral - Teresa Masters
    Palos Verdes Gem & Mineral - Dorothy Beachler
    Pasadena Lapidary - Jo Anne Ritchey
    Peninsula Gem & Mineral - Colleen McGann
    Puente Hills Gem & Mineral Soc - Don Warthen
    Rancho Santa Margarita Gem & Min - Richard Knox
    Riverside Treasure Hunters - Pat La Rue
    Rockatomics Gem & Mineral - Virginia Kilkka
    Sacramento Mineral Society - Barbara Foskett
    San Diego Lapidary Society - Teresa Masters
    San Diego Mineral & Get Soc - Shirley Leeson
    San Gorgonio Gem & Mineral Soc - Eugene Haider
    Santa Ana Rock & Mineral Club - Sue Smith
    Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral - Ruth Bailey
    Santa Cruz Gem & Mineral - Marion Fowler
    Santa Lucia Rockhounds - Gene R. Bilyeu
    Searchers Gem & Mineral - Beth Pelfrey
    Shadow Mountain Gem & Mineral - Robert Fitzpatrick
    Sierra Pelona Rock Club - Frank Humelbaugh
    Southern Cal. Paleontological - Bob King
    Sportsman Club of Joshua Tree - Gary Palmer
    Stockton Lapidary Society - Wayne Meissner
    Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral - Mary Louise Love
    Tehachapi Valley Gem & Mineral - Donna Patterson
    Tule Gem & Mineral Society - Janice Robertson
    Valley Prospectors - Pat La Rue
    Ventura Get & Mineral - Florence Meisenheimer
    Victor Valley Gem & Mineral - Douglas Arnold
    Vista Gem & Mineral Soc - Frances North
    West End Prospectors - Bural LaRue
    Whittier Gem & Mineral - Bill Burns
    Woodland Hills Rock Chippers - Mary Walker
    Yucaipa Valley Gem & Mineral - Henry Cobb
    Boulder Gem Club, NEVADA - Grant Ewers
    Reno Gem & Mineral, NEVADA - Norvie Enns

Here are the clubs who didn-t send a representative:

    AmericanRiver Gem & Min
    Antelope Valley Gem & Min
    Antioch Lapidary Club
    Bay Area Searchers
    Berkeley Gem & Min Soc
    Calaveras Gem & Min
    Cambell Gem & Min Guild
    Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral
    Centinela valley Gem & Mineral Club
    Central Coast Treasure Hunters Assn.
    Chino Valley Prospectors
    Coalinga Rockhounds
    Convair Rockhounds
    Davis-Woodland Gem & Min Soc
    Foothill Gem & Mineral
    Fresno Gem & Mineral
    Gemological Soc of San Diego
    Glendora Gems
    Hollister Gem & Mineral
    Humboldt Gem & Min Soc
    Indian Wells Gem & Mineral
    Ring Stonecrafters
    Lake County Diamond Mineral
    Lassen Gem & Mineral
    Livermore Valley Lithophiles
    Lone Pine Gem & Mineral
    Mariposa Gem & Mineral
    Mendocino Coast Gem & Mineral
    Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Soc
    Montebello Mineral & Lapidary
    Mt. Jura Gem & Min Soc
    Nevada City Gem & Mineral
    Needles Gem & Mineral
    No. California Mineralogical Assn
    Orange Co. 49ers - delinquent
    Original California Searchers
    Paradise Gem & Mineral
    Porterville Area Rock Assn
    Roseville Rock Rollers
    Sacramento Valley Det. Buffs
    San Francisco Gem & Mineral
    San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral
    San Pablo Bay Gem & Mineral
    Santa Barbara Mineral & Gem
    Santa Monica Gemological
    Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Soc
    Searles Lake Gem & Mineral
    Sequoia Gem & Mineral Soc
    Shasta Gem & Mineral
    Southern Cal Micromineralogists
    Superior Cal Assn.
    Trinity Gem & Mineral
    Vallejo Gem & Mineral
    Valley Gems
    Valley of the Moon Gem & Min Club
    V.I.P. Gem & Mineral
    West Coast Prospectors
    West Los Angeles Japanese American Citizens League
    Willits Gem & Mineral
    Yuba Sutter Treasure Hunters
    Clark County Gem Collectors, NV
    Las Vegas Gem Club, NV
    Mason Valley Gem & Mineral, NV
    Maricopa Lapidary Society, AZ
    WE MISSED Y0U...

It's not easy to attend either of the two directors meetings each year. BUT, it's important to have your club represented. Many people did attend and got the job done. BUT WE JUST BARELY MADE THE QUORUM. I hope your club will be represented at the Annual Fall Business Meeting in November, in Visalia. PLAN AHEAD...

If your director was there, then they didn't turn the blue slip that acknowledges that attendance...