Vol. XXXVIII, No. 8 --- August 2001
Jeane and I had a wonderful time at Paso Robles last June. The members of the Santa Lucia Rockhounds made us feel right at home even though they were so busy working to put on their show. One of the highlights of the show was the Friday night Cracker Barrel with its Western band entertainment. Our Banquet on Saturday night was fantastic, and this was the first time I have ever attended a Federation banquet where the caterer was asked to supply "doggie bags" for guests to carry home their leftovers! We were very fortunate to have Bob Jones, Senior Editor of ROCK & GEM MAGAZINE as the Keynote Speaker at the banquet.
However, the real high point of the evening was the presentation of the Golden Bear Award to Jack Streeter, our fifth CFMS President, who served from 1948 to 1950. Jack is now 97 young and is still active in his club in San Diego.
We didn't quite have the number of competition cases I was hoping for, but there were 14 CFMS trophies and 6 Supplemental trophies awarded Saturday night. Congratulations to each and every one of those who entered competition. You don't have to win a trophy to be a winner.
It was sure nice to hear at the Directors' Meeting that we have two more years planned ahead for our CFMS Show and Convention. The El Dorado Mineral and Gem Club in Placerville will be hosting the 2002 Show and Convention. Show Chairman Jack Williams announced that the name of the Show will be "Treasures of the Sierra Nevada", and dates will be July 12, 13, and 14. The Show will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. The Show Committee is moving right along with their plans and preparations. It has been a long time since a Federation Show has been held in this area, and it promises to be a great one. So mark these dates down and plan to visit "Hangtown", better known today as Placerville.
Our 2003 Show will be a combined AFMS/CFMS Show and Convention. The Del Air Rockhounds will be hosting this show, which will be held at Seaside Park, formerly known as the Ventura County Fairgrounds, on June 5, 6, 7 and 8, 2003. The show will be called "Seaside GEMboree", and the club is already working hard to prepare for this big event. Many thanks to both clubs for accepting the responsibility of hosting these shows..
At the Awards Banquet in Paso Robles, plaques were awarded to the three 2001 Scholarship Honorees who were selected and announced at the Directors' Meeting in Visalia last November.
The Honorees have been busy working with the educational institution of their choice to pave the way for awarding a $2000 scholarship to a qualified senior or junior for the Fall term 2001.
George Snyder (Pasadena Lapidary) was present to receive his plaque, and introduced his student, Elizabeth Draus, who attends Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her family was there for the occasion.
Beverly Moreau (Northrop Grumman Gem and Mineral) attended, although her student, Dolores Van der Kolk at Cal State Fullerton, was working on research in Houston, Texas. Her professor and mentor, Dr. John Cooper, attended and gave some background on Dolores's educational pursuits.
Jack Donahue (Santa Cruz Gem and Mineral) was unable to attend the banquet, as was his student, John Sanders, who attends U. C. Santa Cruz.
Honoree Nominations for 2002
Does your club have a special member who stands out when the words scholarship or education are heard/spoken? If so, perhaps it's time he or she was known by the rest of the Federation.
I would love to hear from you with information about that special member. Send me some background on his/her accomplishments before October 15. The Scholarship Committee will meet and select next year's Honoree(s) at our fall meeting in Visalia.
Those selected will have the opportunity to facilitate a scholarship to the college of their choice offering Earth Science studies. They can even get involved in picking the student if desired. Of course there are specific guidelines to follow, but we'll explain that.
The honoree(s) selected, as well as the student, will be offered an invitation to attend the CFMS Awards Banquet at next year's Convention/Show.
It is a fun time to get together with old and new friends. Please send your nominations to:
Bural LaRue, Scholarship Chairman
September 29, 2001
Los Gatos, California
Safety Chairman Chuck McKie will lead a Safety Seminar hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Gem & Mineral Society.
The seminar will start at 8:00 a.m. and run to 3:00 p.m., with an hour and a half lunch break. The $5.00 registration fee will include lunch.
Material covered will include the pertinent safety issues to be observed before, during, and after field trips. Other safety issues may be added, as well.
If you wish to make a reservation, please contact:
Upon receipt of your reservation and/or registration fee, Frank will send you a map and directions to the seminar.
Please let Frank hear from you by September 15.
The CFMS Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise, September 9-16 is filled. We cannot take any more attendees-there is no more room.
However, we will be holding the annual Spring Seminar at ZZYZX early in April. The exact dates are not firm at this time. Many of the same type of workshops will be given there. There will be more information on this in the October or November CFMS Newsletter.
If you have questions, please call Ray Meisenheimer, (805) 642-3155
There were twenty-four cases entered in competition at the Paso Robles show, and thirteen supplemental trophy entries. Fourteen regular trophies and nine supplemental trophies were awarded. We appreciated all of the entries as well as all of the work done by the judges and clerks who assisted with the judging. Trophies were awarded as follows:
Congratulations to all of these winners, and we hope to see more competitors next year at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Learning from the Example of Others
Junior Activities Chair
One of the best ways to learn and to grow is by building on the example of others.
My family and I've just returned from Paso Robles and another great CFMS Show, and I'd like to offer compliments to the Santa Lucia Rockhounds for the fine example they set toward providing educational activities for youth.
Their youth activity area included an educational display of rocks and fossils that kids were encouraged to touch and examine up close, a Fossil Fun box of fossils in sand for kids to "excavate" and identify, and a coloring book station, along with friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to welcome the kids and their families. In addition, for 50 cents kids could get a cup of sand to sift for their very own fossil shark tooth, and for a dollar, they could fill an egg carton with excellent specimens of quartz crystals, jade, obsidian, petrified wood, shark teeth fossils, and more.
It's clear that they put a lot of thought and effort into providing activities to involve kids attending the show, with ample space set aside for these activities, and I hope we'll all learn from and follow their example in hosting our own individual shows and future Federation shows.
In keeping with the theme of learning from others' examples, I'm continuing my effort to recognize individuals and their accomplishments in educating youth. In my last couple of columns, I've been sharing ideas from members of different clubs who have exhibited excellence in serving youth, either during club meetings and shows, or through community outreach to local schools, scouting groups, and elsewhere to teach our kids about the earth sciences and lapidary arts. I'll be sharing the activities of two more people in the coming months, and I continue to welcome recommendations.
Within the circle of your own club, who's been taking the lead with youth activities? What sort of creative ideas have they come up with to engage kids in a way that will kick-start our next generation of rockhounds? Let's expand the circle by sharing their experience and wisdom.
Please send me their names, a brief description of their activities, and their phone numbers and/or email addresses so that I can contact them myself. Please call, write, or email me with their details:
I'd like to continue acknowledging such individuals within the pages of this column to provide them with recognition and thanks and to spread the wealth by sharing their ideas and activities. The good folks at Paso Robles set a great example of how to involve kids at a show; let's see what other ideas are out there to teach kids about our hobby and-as always-have fun!
As reported at the CFMS convention last month, a total of sixteen clubs (four large, twelve small) from five Federations entered the year 2000 program. For our entries, Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society obtained bronze awards at both regional and national levels, while both Fossils For Fun and Roseville Rock Rollers received silver regional and bronze national awards.
It is not too early to be working on your 2001 entries. Forms are not expected to change significantly from the 2000 forms available on our website (www.cfmsinc.org), so you can download these for working drafts. Final 2001 forms should be available by October.
It is probably a very good idea to begin assembling data now. We received a comment that one reason we do not have more entries is the annual changing of club officers and committee chairs, with the new people not much interested in last year's activities. Perhaps there should be an "intern" or assistant to the person in charge of entering, so that the necessary information will be easily passed along.
We encourage all of you to enter the 2001 awards program!
The June CFMS Federation meeting was a great success. I was able to pass out most of the award certificates and pins at the meeting and will be mailing the rest out to the clubs. I will now be sending these stories of success, "rockhounds of the year" on to the American Federation Newsletter. Having ETS recognition candidates to send in keeps the California Federation a visible entity in the AFMS. I want to thank all the clubs which have sent in Recognition Candidates and look forward to the many more interesting stories the second half of this year.
Woodland Hills Rock Chippers presents Gary Levitt. Gary has been a member for nine years. He has held numerous offices; President, Show Chair, Bulletin Editor, Web Master, Programs, Membership, and Federation Director, to name a few. He has also hosted and instructed workshops at his home. He's always the first to greet new members and make them feel at home. He keeps things lively with his humor and his puns.
Fossils For Fun is proud to nominate Keith Lindholm for their "rockhound of the year". In the first year of his membership, Keith led the summer field trip to Moab, Utah. Having grown up there, he was very well acquainted with the local rock hunting scene, and led some great field trips. He is also very knowledgeable about petroglyphs. He guided us to some famous and infamous rock art examples in the Moab area. His expertise is well known, and this year he was one of the featured speakers for the Sacramento Valley Fieldtrip Chairmen's Co-operative Fieldtrip Seminar. A new club member who jumps right in is a rare jewel to be treasured. Thank you Keith! Submitted by Debbie Bunn, Fed. Director.
The Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society is proud to nominate Lenore Case for their "rockhound of the year". Lenore has served the club in a number of important capacities. She was Editor for 15 years and Secretary for 19 years. She as also served as a Director, Historian, Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Telephone Chair, and Vice President. Lenore has an incredible wealth of knowledge and functions as our club "memory". She always seems to remember where we put things! She spells better than a dictionary and knows the rules for proper English. For years she published the club roster in booklet form, a complicated project. Lenore always helps out with whatever project the club takes on. We're really lucky to have someone like her. Thank you Lenore! Submitted by Debbie Bunn, Secretary.
Please remember that my address has changed recently. Send your nominations to me at:
P.O. Box 224
Trophy Coordinator (408) 266-1791
Please use the order sheet below (or one from the August 2001CFMS Newsletter) when ordering your bars and triangles. Send your order with your payment to Pat LaRue (do not send it to me). Pat will then send me your order and I will have it in the mail to you within a couple of days of receiving it.
I can only place eight letters or numbers on a bar or triangle. Do not add more boxes to the form. If you do give me more than eight letters, I will abbreviate the words as best I can. (It may not turn out the way you would have done it.) If there is not enough room on the order sheet for all the bars and triangles you need, please feel free to make copies.
CFMS Safety Chair 2001
Q - Under what types of weather conditions do people need to worry about sun exposure?
A - Any time the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are able to reach the earth, there exists the risk for excessive sun exposure. Such ultraviolet rays, of course, are present on bright and sunny days. UV rays also actually can penetrate through cloud and haze cover, however, making cloudy and overcast days dangerous as well. Moreover, UV rays reflect off water, cement, sand, and snow. As a result, UV rays can even cause damage in the winter when there is snow on the ground. Relatively speaking, the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM daylight savings time (9 AM to 3 PM standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the continental United States. UV radiation also is the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America. Protection from UV rays, nonetheless, is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach.
Q - What are "ultraviolet rays"?
A - The ultraviolet (UV) portion of sunlight is an invisible form of radiation that can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. Exposure to UV rays has been associated with the development of serious diseases. In fact, UV exposure appears to be the most important environmental factor in the development of skin cancer. UV rays also have been found to be associated with various forms of eye damage, such as cataracts.
More specifically, there are three types of UV rays: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). UVA is the most abundant source of solar radiation at the earth's surface, and penetrates beyond the top layer of human skin. Scientists now believe that UVA radiation can cause damage to connective tissue and increase a person's risk of developing skin cancer. UVB is less abundant at the earth's surface than UVA because a significant portion of UVB is absorbed by the ozone layer. UVB does not penetrate as deep into the skin as UVA does, but, nonetheless, can also be damaging and has been associated with the development of skin cancer. UVC radiation is extremely hazardous to skin, but it is completely absorbed by the stratospheric ozone layer and does not reach the surface of the earth.
Q - How can people protect themselves from the sun's UV rays?
A - There are a number of ways you can protect yourself: When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun's rays are the strongest. As appropriate, wear protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants. Wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV ray protection. Always wear a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Remember to reapply as indicated by the manufacturer's directions.
Q -: What can excessive exposure to these UV rays do to one's skin?
A - While there are a few positive benefits of getting some sun exposure, excessive exposure to the sun can result in premature aging and undesirable changes in skin texture. Such exposure also has been associated with various types of skin cancer, including one of the most serious and deadly forms of such cancer (a form known as melanoma).
Q - What does a suntan indicate? Why does the skin tan when exposed to the sun?
A -: While some people believe otherwise, a suntan by itself is not an indicator of good health. In fact, scientists say that the sun exposure one gets while tanning actually can cause damage to the skin. Some physicians consider tanning a response to injury because it appears after sun's UV rays have killed some cells on contact and damaged others. It is the penetration of those UV rays to skin's inner layer, which results in the production of more melanin. That melanin eventually moves toward the outer layers of the skin and becomes visible as a tan.
Q - Not everyone burns or tans in the same manner. Are there ways for classifying different skin types?
A - Whether individuals burn or tan depends on a number of factors, including their skin type, the time of year, and the amount of sun exposure they have received recently. The skin's susceptibility to burning can be classified on a five-point scale as outlined in the following table:
Skin Type Sunburn and tanning history :
Though everyone is at risk for damage as a result of excessive sun exposure, people with skin types I and II are at the highest risk.
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(Ed. Note - The following article is of the utmost importance to all member societies of the CFMS)
Last year SB 639 was approved by the California legislature and was signed by the Governor. The bill took effect July 1, 2001.
The legislation effectively allows certain nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles. Prior to this legislation, conducting raffles was considered gambling and therefore illegal.
To be able to conduct the raffles, application for registration must be filed with the California Attorney General, Registry of Charitable Trusts. Failure to register still subjects an organization to the penal code for illegal raffles.
Examples of raffles:
A Society charges admission to an annual exhibition. A ticket given with the admission charge provides a chance to win a prize. Societies have attempted to avoid the gambling aspect by printing "Donation" on the ticket. In fact, the District Attorney for Monterey County issued an opinion that even with "Donation" written on the ticket, it is still gambling.
A Society registering with the Registry can now legally charge admission and give a ticket toward a prize drawing. Even more important, they no longer need to write "Donation" on the ticket, nor will they have to give a ticket to anyone demanding it without paying admission.
A Society sells door prize tickets at regular meetings and at the annual exhibition. In the past, this squarely fell under the penal code as gambling. Again, even if the ticket said "Donation" it is still gambling. Registration with the Registry now makes these raffles legal and eliminates the need to say "Donation" on the ticket.
There are restrictions on the types of expenses and amounts that can be paid out of the proceeds of the raffles.
The Registry of Charitable Trusts has developed the Application for Registration Form, Nonprofit Raffle Report, and a Frequently Asked Questions Form. These forms are included in this newsletter. Part C of the Nonprofit Raffle Report provides the best insight into the rules that must be followed to meet the legal requirements for holding a raffle. These forms are also available on the internet at http://caag.state.ca.us/charities/.
CA Attorney General website
With a few exceptions, our societies are exempt from tax under I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4). Since all funds expended by these types or organizations benefit charitable and educational purposes, they meet the 90% expenditure test shown in Part C 1) of the Nonprofit Raffle Report.
I will try to answer any questions that individual societies may have. You can call me at (530) 677-9333 or E-mail me at Kokinos@directcon.net
The CFMS Bulledin Editors' Breakfast an Awards is history. We had six entries in the New Editors catergory, only three Small Bulletin entries, and none in the Large Bulletin category. In the Adult category there were six entries, and five Junior Article entries; and the Winners are:
ADULT ARTICLES: Click here to see articles,
CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION:
JUNIOR ARTICLES Under 12: Click here to see articles,
The top three of each category were sent to AFMS competition; the winners were announced at the CFMS Show in Paso Robles, CA.
My work as Bulletin Aids Chair is almost finished. Like, perhaps, previous Bulletin Aids Chairs, I wish more editors would participate in the contest. You can use the score sheet as a guide. Why not have someone in your society judge your bulletins, using the score sheet, and you can pick the best to send in for the contest. One specified month is required for the Small, Mini and Large Bulletin categories, but the editor picks the other entry.
If your officers write reports for the bulletin, try to get them to make a story of it. You have the score sheet as a guideline. Instead of Field Trip Report, give it a catchy title, what the objective was, work in the names of those who attended (instead of giving a list), instructions to collecting area, and information about the material-what it is used for, where it stands on the Mohs scale, what to do with it.
To the editors who will retire, when next year's officers are installed, please pass on helpful information to your New Editor, even the bulletin score sheets.
We all receive the CFMS Newsletters and the AFMS Newsletters because our job is dispensing the information to which our members are entitled. It is a job worth doing, and any job worth doing is worth doing right (write). These days, for those with computers and online service, it is much easier to put in all the required information. Those editors belonging to SCRIBE can receive help there, also. They will judge bulletins for you to show you where you can improve.
Think about it, won't you? You are very important to your society, as is the information you dispense.
Field Trips - North
In his June Newsletter report Jim Strain talked about loss of collecting areas on BLM lands due to them becoming National Parks and Preserves and the impact on collecting due to Wilderness status and Areas of Critical Concern. The BLM states that it does not intend to further restrict our collecting areas, but they do not have records of all of the collecting areas. They have requested our help in identifying areas so that they can be protected.
Additionally, at the Directors' meeting in Paso Robles, Gregg Wilkerson from the Bakersfield BLM office reiterated Jim's call for identifying and mapping collecting areas on BLM lands. He offered to assist and serve as a focal point to map sites that we identify.
This is something that I have been interested in for a long time. As a field trip leader and as an avid collector I have longed for a listing of collecting sites, especially if it also includes GPS readings. Over the years I have acquired a number of field trip map/announcements and several old map books. I also have most of the commercial collecting guidebooks. These maps and books have a common flaw, they are too imprecise. The maps are often inaccurate and the "roads" indicated are confusing or open to interpretation. GPS readings for the collecting sites and parking areas would eliminate the confusion, precisely identify the site, and help find the site if the roads have changed.
Identifying all of our collecting is a very big, time consuming task, especially if we include GPS readings and updating maps and directions. But it would serve several purposes and have many benefits when completed. And it wouldn't have to be done all at once. As I see it, there are two main objectives to this project:
To accomplish these objectives will take the input, planning, effort and cooperation of many people - Public Lands Advisory Committee, Field Trip Leaders and field collectors from around the State, BLM, Forest Service and State liaison personnel and other interested participants. A major and potentially time consuming step is defining, clarifying and obtaining agreement to our objectives. While we are working on this step, I propose that we start collecting data on collecting sites and areas. To get the ball rolling, I propose the following:
This is just the start. There are significant issues and opportunities on how we might use and share this useful, precise collecting site information. I make no suggestions or proposals at this time. But whatever we eventually do, the data that each club collects will not be wasted. It will make it easier for their future field trips and field trip leaders. Let's get this program underway. Start gathering collecting site data on your next field trip.
ELIMINATES CFMS COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN LIST
In order to reduce printing costs, it has been decided to eliminate the printing of the 2001 CFMS Committee Chairmen and Committee Member list. The list that appeared in the June 2001 issue is up to date and can be used for reference through the end of the year. Should any changes occur, they will be printed in future issues and can be noted on your copy of the June list.
Following the November meeting in Visalia, a new listing of Officers, Committee Chairmen and Committee Members will be devised and published in the January issue. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but rising costs have caused us to review our options. Eliminating the two pages will enable us to save a considerable amount in printing the monthly Newsletter.
Should you be unable to locate your list, and need to contact one of the Chairmen or Committee members, please call your Editor at (714) 577-8038 for information.
Note: The committe list is on the website. On the Nav bar, click on Team, then click on Committees A to M or N to Z.
Thank you for your understanding.
(Source not identified)
Del Air Rockhounds Club is hosting the 2003 combined AFMS/CFMS show in June of 2003. The show will be called the Seaside GEMboree. They already have a web site set up:
Show web site - http://www.afms-cfmsgemshow.org
Check it out
Rockhounds never die, they only petrify.
Husband to wife, as he is leaving for a field trip: …"and honey, if the neighbors ask where I am, tell them I'm prospecting, not 'he's up a creek'."
;.."There are people in this world who do not love their fellow man ....... and I hate people like that."
The difference between a "fine watchdog" and a "ferocious beast" depends entirely on which side the fence you're on.
When someone says "It's my fault", you're not supposed to agree.