Vol. XXXVIII, No. 6 --- June 2002

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
Presidents Message
Bulletin Editors, We Need You
The Earth Science Studies at Camp Paradise
Education Through Sharing
Placerville CFMS Show Information
Field Trips
Safety, Heart Attack Myth
PLAC Report
Junior Activity Report
Benefits of CFMS
In Memory of John Sinkankas
  Endowment Fund Form
  Paradise Seminar Enrollment Form Sept 15-21, 2002
Placerville CFMS Show Forms
  Website http://www.CFMSgemshow2002.org
  CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Flyer

Presidents Message

By Jo Anna Ritchey, CFMS President
CFMS President

Something a club member said to me made me think that maybe not everyone knows about the people who handle our insurance. Our insurance agent is Patt McDaniels, who lives and works in Ojai. As our agent, she is paid a commission from the insurance company (Chubb, a company with an excellent rating) and does some administrative work. We at the CFMS want to keep her commissions and administrative work to a minimum.

Along with Patt we have a person appointed from the CFMS to act as our point person. We are to send all forms to our or e-mail to Barbmatz@yahoo.com

CFMS Show Information

Placerville, California

Gem Show 2002 Reservations.
    If calling Best Western in Placerville for reservations, be sure to ask for "2002 CFMS Gem Show "rates."1 (530) 622-9100 or 1-800-854-9100

Deadline for Chairman Reports
    Please submit all reports for the CFMS Convention Director's Meeting packet no later than June 30. Any reports received after this date WILL NOT be duplicated and returned to you. If unable to meet this deadline, please bring at least 100 copies of your report to the meeting for distribution to those in attendance. Thank you.

    Pat LaRue Executive Sec/Treas

"CFMS 2002 Gem Show Info"
    All committees wanting meeting rooms and all committees wanting booths or tables in the show need to get their request in to the Show Chairman - Jack Williams, 1st VP, or you'll miss out. Floor space is going FAST.

ATTENTION! ATTENTION! Long Range Planning Committee
    There will be a special meeting at the CFMS Show in Placerville on Friday night, July 12, after the Cracker Barrel meeting. Location of the meeting place will be announced at the Cracker Barrel. Please plan to attend.

    Bob Stultz, Chairman

Field Trips

By Richard Pankey, Field Trips - North

In the April issue of The Tumbler, the bulletin of the Marin Mineral Society, Barb Matz wrote an article on field trips that I thought should be shared. "About Field Trips" was written in response to a "ho-hum" field trip planning meeting of North Bay Field Trips. North Bay Field Trips is a group of 21 Gem and Mineral clubs in the San Francisco Bay area that joined together in the 1950's to host and share field trips. Only 2 member clubs presented field trips to share with the group. I have heard other field trip organizations are also having trouble getting their member clubs to plan and host a field trip. Although there is great interest and enthusiasm for field trips and they are usually well attended there seems to be a reluctance to planning and hosting a field trip that can be shared with other clubs. Think about this and the other points that Barb makes when thinking about your next outing. There appears to be a growing inertia; there is too much willingness to "let someone else" do it. Field trips are too much fun to just sit back and not have one just because you never got around to planning it.

About Field Trips

By Barb Matz

What is a field trip? A field trip is two or more people with the shared objective of collecting rocks, minerals, or fossils at a specific location. The location is usually a geologic feature of some sort, such as a hill, quarry, or stream bed. Field trip locations can be anywhere from urban areas to remote locations that require 4-wheel drive or even hiking to reach.

Field trips are sometimes taken for granted by long-time rockhounds, and may be an unknown quantity to those new to our hobby. However, field trips are the backbone of rockhounding. Although we have many opportunities to purchase rocks, minerals, or fossils at shows and swaps, meetings, or estate sales, there is nothing quite like the pride of working and exhibiting material that you have collected in the field yourself. Yet, field trips seem to be decreasing in occurrence and attendance. It's true that many classic localities are no longer accessible, for a variety of reasons. Some lands have become the property of federal agencies that prohibit the collection of geologic materials,. such as the National Park Service. Some private claims have been closed to the public by landowners who wish to collect and sell the materials themselves, or who were sued by careless visitors. Some localities have been depleted by years of collecting. However, there are still many localities with sufficient quantities and legal access, including privately held mines open for fee collecting. The point is, although a number of sites have been lost for collecting, a good number of sites are still available for successful field trips.

Field trip essentials include a leader, accurate directions, and enthusiasm, among other things Many rockhounds will tell you that they enjoy the trips, regardless of what they find. Some of them are lying, but it's true that rockhounding will get you to some interesting and beautiful localities that you would not otherwise visit. So, the next time you hear a field trip announcement, don't think, "That's not for me." Sign up and attend. If you're a beginner, you'll learn a lot. If you've been on dozens of field trips, you'll still learn something. You'll also get out of the house, have a good time, and maybe even find something!

Heart Attack Myth

By Chuck McKie
CFMS Safety Chairman 2002

The article "How's Your Heart?" contains potentially harmful information. The item about Self-CPR (urging people to cough in the event of a heart attack) has been circulating on the Internet since 1999.

Even the authorities quoted in the article, Mended Hearts, Inc., have officially renounced their position on this matter. For complete details, go to the Urban Legends References web site, specifically the page http://www.snopes.com/toxins/coughcpr.htm

Darla Bonham, Mended Heart's executive director, has since issued a statement about cough CPR: I contacted a scientist on staff with the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiac Care division, and he was able to track a possible source of the information.- It comes from a professional textbook on emergency cardiac care. This procedure is also known as "cough CPR" and is used in emergency situations by professional staff. The American Heart Association does not recommend that the public use this method in a situation where there is no medical supervision."

Dr. Richard O. Cummins, Seattle's director of emergency cardiac care, explains that cough CPR raises the pressure in the chest just enough to maintain some circulation of oxygen-containing blood and help enough get to the brain to maintain consciousness for a prolonged period. But cough CPR should be used only by a person about to lose consciousness, an indication of cardiac arrest, he cautions. It can be dangerous for someone having a heart attack that does not result in cardiac arrest. Such a person should call for help and then sit quietly until help arrives, he says. In other words, the procedure might be the right thing to attempt or it might be the very thing that would kill the afflicted depending on which sort of cardiac crisis is being experienced. Without a doctor there to judge the situation and, if cough CPR is indicated, to supervise the rhythmic coughing, the procedure is just far too risky for a layman to attempt. (End of quote from the page)

The Truth or Fiction web site, which also monitors Urban Legends, can be found at: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/heartattack.htm

Via Health (a group of health care facilities to which Rochester General Hospital belongs) was unable to substantiate the advice in the chain e-mail in any medical literature.

Mended Hearts notes on its web page that the American Heart Association does not in any way endorse the use of this technique. in a non-medical, unsupervised situation It appears that the American Heart Association does not cover this in any of their core courses.

So what should you do if you are experiencing a heart attack away from medical resources? Via Health offer the following advice: 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.


It's not hard to understand why this chain e-mail was destined to achieve popularity on the Internet. The American Heart Association estimates that more than 59 million Americans suffer from some form of Cardiovascular Disease. In 1997 more than 953,000 Americans died of this disease making it the single most common cause of death. It's easy to understand why the general public would want anything that promises to assist in fighting death when experiencing a heart attack. Unfortunately, that promise appears to have been built on what may well be very questionable advice -- advice that could potentially cause greater danger for someone experiencing a heart attack than might otherwise have been the case.. Note: the statistics used on this page have been quoted from the American Heart Association's web site. For a link to this web site, visit the "Links" section via the Report Navigator . http://www.ulrc.com.au

I'm sorry about any misinformation. I advise you to consult your personal physician about this or any other medical advice. Personally, if I'm out by myself (rockhunting or ) and my heart stops, I'm going to do anything I can to keep going, even if it kills me!

PLAC Report

Jim Strain, Chairman, PLAC

Several decisions that could further restrict our access to Public Lands have recently surfaced. In Imperial County, the Quechan Indian Tribe has submitted a request to a federal agency to declare the Indian Pass Area as one of he most endangered areas in the nation. If this should happen, a new set of standards will be established to manage the area and could possibly eliminate rock collecting. We are monitoring this to try to salvage our access to the area.

In the State of California, Senator Burton has introduced a bill protecting Indian Tribe Sacred Areas. The bill has already passed one committee and may go to the State Senate for consideration within a few days. Basically it states that no permit may be issued by any state agency for any activity or project if an Indian Tribe (even one that is not recognized) states that according to their verbal history any area is sacred. The only way a permit can be issued is if the tribe agrees that "mutually satisfactory mitigation" has been agreed to between the project proponent and the tribe.

This would apply even if the tribe (or representative) states that a plant used in their religious rites grows in the area. At present, the potential impact on our hobby is not clear, as thus far we are not required to obtain state permits. We may find that the various tribes will use such a bill to restrict access to public lands that may contain special areas related to their beliefs.

An article in the Yuma, Arizona newspaper states that Daniel Patterson from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has stated they will file litigation to completely close the Imperial Sand Dunes to all off road travel, This is an area where many thousands of people gather to recreate using various types of off-road vehicles for recreational riding.

Several thousand acres of rock collecting area have been closed to overnight camping, just east of the dunes, due to previous litigation filed by the CBD. It is possible that the CBD may decide to include this area in the suit proposing closure. Because of the litigation pending on both sides of the issue, in two separate Federal Courts, the ultimate result is unknown. I suspect that a Court of Appeals will be involved at some point in time.

A hearing was held in El Centeo, on April 30, regarding route of travel in both Eastern and Western Imperial County. This additional road closure proposal is designed to protect the Horned Lizard and some Bighorn Sheep that haven't been seen in this area for several years.

The Northern and Eastern Colorado Desert Management plan has not been released yet. The two other plans known as Northern & Eastern Mojave Desert Management Plan are still in process as well.

All this activity, combined with planning processes presently being considered by the US Forest Service, means a desperate need for all clubs in the California Federation to -get involved now. Procrastination will result in more lost access.


Junior Activities Report

California Geological Survey's Teacher Resource Center
By Jim Brace-Thompson, Junior Activities Chair

In a continuing effort to locate and pass along resources for Junior Activities Chairs to use in designing and planning activities for the younger members of our clubs, I read with interest a recent article in California Geology magazine. It described a Teacher Resource Center (TRC) maintained by the Library of the California Geological Survey, Division of Mines and Geology.

The TRC is a compilation of earth science materials geared to kids from kindergarten through high school. The DMG Library maintains this circulating collection of globes, models, kits, books, videos, and audio tapes to assist California teachers in supplementing their earth science teaching materials.

Check it out via the following Web address: http://www.consrv.ca.gov

This Web site includes a description of the TRC; its annotated catalog, instructions on how to borrow materials, and a convenient e-mail address for teachers to ask questions. The on-line catalog is arranged by broad subject headings such as earthquakes, geology, maps, plate tectonics, rocks and minerals, and volcanoes. It also includes a brief description of each item and appropriate grade levels. (While in this Web site, surf around because you'll certainly find other links of interest, such as a section entitled "Kids Only" that includes information on recycling, gold in California, earthquakes, and "Factoids for Kids.")

Preference for checking out material from the TRC is apparently given to teachers employed by an educational institution in California, but home-schoolers, parents, and other earth science educators (i.e., us!) may borrow books and videos by requesting an interlibrary loan through the public library. You should call in advance to confirm policies and to let them know that you're the youth leader of a nonprofit educational organization affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. (You may want to have your Federal Tax ID number handy to confirm your nonprofit, educational status.)

For more information, you can write, call, or e-mail the Division of Mines and Geology Library:

Department of Conservation
Division of Mines and Geology Library
801 K Street, MS 14-34 Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-5716
E-mail: cedwards @consrv.ca.gov

These look like great resources. They will assist you in your efforts to both teach about the earth sciences and-as always-have fun!

Benefits of CFMS

By Bill Gissler

As a Director, Club Officer or Newsletter subscriber you probably are asked, "What are the benefits of your club being a member of CFMS?" The following double-sided page is a flier, which lists these benefits. The flier can be reproduced and folded into a three-section piece 3 3/4 inch by 8 1/2 inch for distribution. Yes, CFMS membership offers a lot to you and your club. Please copy this flier and pass the message along to your club members.

  CFMS Publicity/Public Relations Flyer