Vol. XXXX, No. 11 --- December 2003
Well, the way I see it . . .
I for one, sure do feel it, how about you? Yes, the weather has definately changed, Fall has arrived and Winter is knocking on our door with a chilly hand.
So our summer vacations and field trips have slowed way down. Now we have winter holidays to look forward to. Also, some time to do things with all those items we collected on our field trips this summer.
Some of us have also found a new phase of our hobby to pursue, be it wire wrap, soft stone carving, bead making, glass fusion, silver work or any number of fun things. I think that is why our earth science workshops are so popular - it's where we can get a fresh start on the right foot for a new segment of our hobby. Keep up the great job, Cal!!
Well, as I've said all along, "the way I see it", it's time to move along to other things. We have a fresh group of volunteers at the helm to guide this grand CFMS and with all of your help and support, they are sure to do a great job of it.
This being my last message to you as the CFMS President, I must say it's not always easy to come up with inspiring and fresh items for the Newsletters, and sometimes you wonder, did anybody read it? Did it give anyone an idea? I guess all we can do is try. I hope some of the messages will help someone, somewhere, to get involved, try some new ideas to strengthen our societies, our shows, our hobby and our friendship with our sister clubs. My sincere and heartfelt thanks for the help and confidence shown by many of you this past year. You helped make serving as CFMS President an enjoyable and rewarding experience. All of the Committee people, Newsletter editor - Rosemarie Young, Earth Science Workshops - Cal Clason, AFMS/CFMS Show by the Del Air Rockhounds are especially in my thoughts for special mention.
It is my hope you'll continue with your support of your new President, Lois Allmen and her Committees.
See ya on the Gem Trails.
At the fall Directors meeting the following Officers for the year 2004 were installed:
President -- Lois AilmenCongratulations to all, and our thanks for serving the CFMS in the coming year. We wish you all - A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
In the spirit of the New Year, I'd like to print this item copied from TRINITY TAILINGS, bulletin of the Trinity Gem & Mineral Club of Weaverville, CA .(editor, Rosemarie)
RECIPE FOR A GOOD ROCK CLUB
Request for Certificates of Insurance/Additional Insured Endorsements
When submitting requests for certificates of insurance and/or additional insured endorsement, it's very important that any "special wording" required by the certificate holder be included in your club's request. Almost ALL requests involving governmental agencies and other such organizations (cities, counties, fairgrounds, agricultural districts, State of California, etc.) require Some sort of "special wording". Be sure to INCLUDE these "special wordings" with your request. Incomplete requests can result in significant delays in having the insurance documents issued, particularly if submitted just prior to a gem show or other event.
Just a reminer to all... The new insurance forms for all requests submitted after October 16th, 2003 are now available on the Federation's website, cfmsinc.org. These forms have the date 10/16/03 in the lower right-hand corner and should be used immediately. Please discard all previous editions of these forms. Also, please remember to submit all requests for insurance and/or certificates at least 3 weeks in advance of the planned date(s).
Perpetual Reminder: Be sure to submit your requests for proof of insurance at least a minimum of 3 weeks in advance of your scheduled event (show, field trip, etc.)
The dues of Membership Societies for CFMS are $1.50 annually per individual member, regardless of membership classification. The only exception is for CFMS Honorary members. Some clubs have interpreted this as meaning club or society honorary members, also. The intent of the Bylaws was to exclude CFMS Honorary members only. A change to the Bylaw has been initiated to add "CFMS" in front of Honorary in ARTICLE IV DUES: Section 1: to clarify any misunderstanding.
At our November 8th Directors' Meeting the directors approved a $.50 increase in the insurance charge to a total of $4.50 per "active" member. As defined by our insurance company (the basis for our rate) an "active member" is any member who attends one or more functions each year. This includes activities such as, but not limited to, general membership meetings, annual picnics, Christmas gathering, field trips, participation in shop or classes, etc. Any attendance and/or participation in a club activity creates liability exposure and therefore requires payment of the insurance charge. Our insurance renewal date was October 16th and the Federation has already paid the entire premium for this year. Fred Ott will have more insurance information elsewhere in this Newsletter.
Dues are due and payable on January 1st based on your membership list as of December 31 which should accompany the dues payment. Dues and insurance for 2004 are $6.00 for all classes of members and for all "active members". The dues/insurance payment form is in this newsletter along with the new officers form. It is important to your club that this form is completely and accurately filled out so that your club information is up to date for inclusion is the Society Roster. This is the contact information that the Federation uses to notify your club and your members of Federation news, events and happenings. The Society Roster is your link to the Federation and its member societies.
Please send your dues payment, membership list and officers change form to Pat La Rue before the end of January.
The Internet committee held a communication workshop after the business meeting in Fresno on Sunday, November 9. Approximately fifteen plus attended. The workshop covered: (1) What is a Portable Document Format (PDF) document? (2) How to create a PDF document? and (3) How to view them?
Also discussed was: How to download the latest version of Adobe Reader, and could the Adobe Reader website be linked onto the CFMS website. In response, links were added to the Link page, Form page, and the Newsletter page of the CFMS website (http://www.cfmsinc.org).
Mineral Information Institute
The museum Committee would like to solicit help from all the members of CFMS. We would like to compile a listing of all the museums, parks, or special places that might be of interest to rockhounds. We would then sort these places according to State and make that listing available to members who were planning to travel.... or maybe just interested in taking a one-day field trip.
Maybe you are travelling to Washington next summer? Interested in information on the Ginkgo Pertrified Forest State Park? Or, if you come to Sacramento, don't miss the Sierra College Natural History Museum -- Great Dinosaurs!!
This will be an ongoing project, but for now, anyone who has any suggestions for this list of "places to see", please mail me a brochure or short write-up.
We are still considering how to make this information available to people. Perhaps a small booklet or a central file that could be consulted by e-mail or telephone. Here's a chance to let people know about that neat little museum you discovered on your last vacation.
Please contact the Museum Committee so we can share that knowledge with others.
Warning Signs: Recognize these heart attack signals to save a life: Typically, in the movies or on TV, older men suffer from heart attacks - we watch them clutch their chests as they collapse to the ground in pain. In reality, heart attacks can strike anyone when damage to the heart, such as a lack of oxygen or blood, causes it to stop working. The American Red Cross is educating the public about heart attack signals so that they are prepared to respond to their family members, friends and co-workers in this potentially fatal situation.
Signals of a heart attack: Severe chest pain lasting 3-5 minutes that does not go away, or goes away and comes back. The pain may range from mild to an unbearable crushing sensation, and the victim may describe it as a pressure, squeezing, tightness or aching in the chest. The pain may spread to the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw or back and will become constant. Resting or taking medicine will not alleviate the pain. The victim may have trouble breathing - you will notice that their breathing is faster than normal and noisy. At this point, the body is trying to get much-needed oxygen to the heart. The victim's face may appear pale and damp with sweat, and the victim may become nauseous and dizzy.
How can you help a heart attack victim?
To learn more about how to enroll in American Red Cross CPR and AED training courses. via the American Red Cross
Here are Nominees for "Rockhound of the Year" from two more CFMS clubs:
THE CARMICHAEL GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY
Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society is pleased to nominate Bob Hedlund as our "Rockhound of the year". Bob is a true "boulder buster". No rock is too big for him! He'll work from sun-up to sundown digging a hole big enough to park a volkswagon in. He can really move the dirt!
But Bob is also very willing to share his discoveries. This year he contacted the Nevada BLM about a large opalized/agatized petrified log he found out at Broken Hills. He arranged for them to excavate and take possession of the log. It took a backhoe, and a weekend to eventually get it out. In the final analysis the log was recorded to be about 14 feet long, 3 feet wide, and probably weighs about 700-800 pounds. It will eventually be on display at the Nevada Museum in Carson City.
CGMS is very proud of Bob Hedlund, and very pleased to acknowledge his contributions to our hobby by naming him our "Rockhound of the Year".
submitted by Debbie Bunn, Carmichael G. & M. Soc. member
FOSSILS FOR FUN
Fossils For Fun is pleased to nominate Dan Brown as our "Rockhound of the Year". Dan has been responsible for initiating several new club projects, including new club vests and patches.
Dan also convinced us that we could put on an outdoor tailgaters Gem & Mineral show. Attendance at this show has grown over the past three years, in part due to the hard work Dan has put into increasing local publicity.
Dan was also involved in helping to establish a club-sponsored Paleontological Field Research scholarship at our local Community College.
In his 'spare time', Dan has become increasingly involved in the Sacramento Valley Field Trip Chairmen's Co-Operative. This group of field trip leaders is dedicated to sponsoring field trips and encouraging people to go rockhunting. Here too, Dan has introduced several new projects that have helped inject new energy into the Co-Op.
Dan is a fountain of new ideas and has the energy and know-how to get things done. We are very pleased to acknowledge the great debt that we owe Dan by naming him our "Rockhound of the Year".
submitted by Debbie Bunn, Fossils For Fun member
All About Fossils in Four Easy Lessons
With 2004 soon upon us, your club's Junior Activities leader may be wondering how he or she is going to fill an entire year. Using a single topic-fossils-here's a series of 4 classes you can offer. You might plan these as a sequence, one right after the other, or spread them out: one in winter, one in spring, one in summer, and one in fall intermixed with other topics (minerals, lapidary arts, etc.). Cap each class with a hands-on activity to keep kids hungry for more.
Class 1: What Are Fossils? Discuss how fossils are evidence of past life and the many forms fossils take: carbonized leaves left when other organic matter has distilled away; molds and casts; mineralized remains where organic structures have been replaced by minerals such as silica; hard remains such as enamel teeth that have barely changed over the millennia. You might also introduce "trace fossils," or evidence of an ancient animal's living activities, such as petrified poop, footprints, burrows, etc.
Class 2: What Do Fossils Tell Us? Fossils are remains of past life and thus tell us stories of our earth's history and the various creatures that preceded us on this planet. Use a large-format illustrated children's book to show both fossil remains and the animals and environments that paleontologists have deduced and reconstructed. Talk about how they made those reconstructions using principles of anatomy and by drawing similarities to today's creatures and ecosystems.
Class 3: Where Do Fossils Come From? Talk about where and how fossils are found and collected. Show the tools used in their collection and let kids practice splitting open pieces of fossil-bearing shale. Explain the AFMS Code of Ethics and the rules of good field trip etiquette.
Class 4: What Do I Do With My Fossils? A great follow up to a field trip is a class on building a fossil collection. Kids should know that while fossils may be beautiful little gems, the scientific value of a collection is in its documentation: What is it (common and scientific names)? Where did it come from (locality and formation, with directions to the locality)? How old is it (geological period or epoch)? Who collected it (name of the collector)? When was it collected?
A four-part series of classes like these is sure to help you fill a big chunk of the year in a way that allows for both you and your kids to engage in seaming while--as always-having fun!
A big part of enjoying a hobby is sharing it with others. They say you don't truly "know" something until you're able to teach it to another. Learning to communicate effectively is an important skill that will benefit kids in aspects of life far beyond the hobby. Children who go on to become mineralogists, geologists, or paleontologists will discover that science isn't complete until their findings are written up and shared with colleagues, either in a public address at an academic convention or in a journal article or a book.
Those who go on to be lapidary artists will find great enjoyment in sharing their skills and techniques with others as informal mentors or in classroom or workshop settings. And even those who (heaven forbid) drop out of our hobby will find lifelong benefit to being taught the basics of effective communication.
In this, my second-to-last proposal for a series of "merit badge" sorts of activities for junior members, I provide suggestions for helping kids share what they learn about rocks, minerals, and fossils with others with three activities that could earn kids an award for Communication.
Give an oral presentation to your club or to your class at school about a trip you took, a project you did, a special rock or fossil you've collected, etc. In preparing your presentation, consider the essential questions that all reporters ask: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? For instance, if you're telling about a field trip adventure, who went on the trip? What were you hoping to find? Where did you go? When did you go there? How did you find out about the collecting spot and/or how did you go about collecting there? And Why might you recommend this site to others?
Or, you might organize your talk like a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. For instance, in describing a field trip, tell how you got the idea to visit a specific locality, describe the trip itself, and end by showing what you found there. In telling how to do a particular lapidary project, describe the tools you'll need, the steps involved, and end by unveiling the finished product.
Write a 250- to 500-word article for your club newsletter. Follow the same journalistic questions of who, what, where, when, how and why described above. Try writing different "genres" or types of articles. For instance, one might be an anecdote, or story of a funny event that happened on a collecting field trip that, at the same time, packs in useful information about where you went and what could be found there. Another might be a more technical article that describes in detail the steps for completing a project. Write several articles, trying out different styles (funny, serious, technical, informal) until you find a style that fits you best.
Prepare a bulletin board display for your annual club show, a local library, or your school, on rocks, fossils, minerals or the lapidary arts. In such a display, you'll want to incorporate interesting pictures and graphics to convey most of your information, with a minimum of supporting text in the form of headlines and brief captions.
(There are the three activities for you to try.) As always I welcome comments on the various ideas and activities I've been describing this past year. (email me at email@example.com) as well as ideas of your own. Please share with me, so that I can share with others the activities you've found successful in engaging and educating young rockhounds while - as always - having fun!
from AFMS NEWSLETTER,Oct. 2003
(CO-OP Members may attend)
Field Trip Location -Historic Gold Rock Ranch area, southern California desert, located 20 miles west of Yuma, Arizona.
When - December 19-21, 2003
Sponsor - CFMS Field Trip - South
Leader - Bob Fitzpatrick
Material to Collect - Kyanite, Dumertierite, Petrified Palmwood, Agate, Jasper, Geothite crystals, and much more.
Proposed Scedule: Early Friday we'll be setting up camp. Around 1 p.m. I will be leading a field trip. Saturday and Sunday we will meet at the Chuck Wagon on the ranch for breakfast. At 9 a.m. (California time) we will head out to the collecting areas.
Directions to Campsite: 12 miles west of Yuma, Az on Interstate 8, go north on S-34 (Ogilby Road) for 9 miles, then left on Gold Rock Ranch Road for one and a half miles to the ranch. We will be dry camping just outside of the ranch.
Vehicle: Two wheel drive to the ranch; four wheel drive to collecting areas.
Camp & Facilities: Some of us will be dry camping just outside the ranch. No water, toilets, or firewood to be gathered and no fees. The ranch has full service hook-ups at reasonable rates and they also have some supplies. If you need a motel or supplies, they are available in Yuma. Tools: Collecting bags, rock hammer, eye gear, flashlights, spray water bottle, etc., and a camp chair (to sit in at night around the fire).
Safety Concerns: Do not lick the rocks, use sun screen, stay away from rattlesnakes, use bug spray, be aware of flash floods, be extra careful and don't get lost, drive safely on all field trips.
Climate and weather: It can be hot during the day and cold at night; it could rain. Clothing: Appropriate for this time of year.
Other remarks: All club members and their guests are welcome to join us. Come for a day or camp out with us. Bring food, lots of water, a camera and lots of firewood for the campfire at night. Don't forget we will have a potluck on Saturday night, so bring a dish to share and your own place setting. Each night after dark we have a campfire where we can all join together and have a good time roasting marshmallows, telling jokes or just talking about the good OLE times. I should be arriving at the ranch around mid-day on Friday. For more information about the Gold Rock Ranch and area, they have a website. http://goldrockranch.tripod.com Or call them at (928) 919-6220 or (928) 920-0603. You must observe the AFMS Code of Ethics and sign a consent and assumption of risk waiver of liability form to participate in this field trip.
For additional information: Email me at RUROCKY2@aol.com or call at (909) 845-3051. Bob Fitzpatrick, CFMS Field Trip Chair - South, 2003
October, 17 - 19, 2003
Just returned from a wonderful field trip to the Afton Canyon area (North East Cady Mountains) located about 50 miles east of Barstow, California. We had a great turnout for this field trip! There was a total of 58 rockhounds, dogs and one cat (The cats name was Shadow.)
Day 1, Friday, October 17th
The weather was nice when I arrived around noon. The first thing I did was check out the campsite, everything there seemed to be in order. By 1:00 p.m. there were 7 SUVs and pick-up's ready to do some serious rockhounding. I led them to the area of Fluorite Canyon were everyone collected a lot of nice material. We were able to return to camp before dark so we could eat and get ready for an enjoyable time around the fire. Throughout the evening more Rockhounds showed up to camp and join the rest of us on our journey into the desert on Saturday.
Day 2, Saturday, October 18th
The schedule was to leave at 8:00 a.m. sharp to go to the collecting areas. Ten SUVs and pickup's were ready and as soon as rides were found for the ones that didn't have four wheel drive vehicles we were off on our adventure. We used walkie-talkie's to keep in touch with each other on the trip out and back. I led the way and Bob Bryne brought up the rear, that way Bob could let me know if anyone was having trouble. Our first stop was the Gem Hill where we stayed until noon. We collected Blue Agate, Chalcedony Roses, Amygdules, Jasagate, Calcite Rhombs and a lot of other prized gemmy specimens. From there we went on to the Fluorite Mine area. Everyone was able to find some nice Green Fluorite, Onyx, Plume and Sagenite, Red and Yellow Agate and Jasper. We also walked around on the flats below the hills where some of us found Sagenite Agate in a unique sunburst pattern. We stayed in this area until about four and then headed back to camp and got ready for the potluck. The potluck was great and there was plenty of food for everyone, Bob Bryne said grace before we ate. I want to thank Emma Rose and all the others who sat up the tables and got the food ready for us and all those that brought the food and wood for the fire. After dinner we sat around the fire and told stories and had a good time.
Day 3, Sunday, October 19th
At 8:00 a.m. we were all off again, traveling through the desert to a new area, the Sagenite Hills. On the way, we stopped at the Fluorite Mine area because everyone voted to spend a little more time collecting there because it so gemmy. At 10:00 a.m, we went on to the Sagenite Hills were we all collected some large chunks of Agate with Sagenite, we also walked the flats below and picked up some other nice specimens. It was time to head back to camp and pack up and go home. Everyone had a great time and found a lot of nice cutting material and gem specimens, the weather was great all three days.
Till next time,
PS - Come and join us at Wiley's Wells on Thanksgiving weekend and Gold Rock Ranch in December for more great CFMS field trips.
September 2 through 7 in North Carolina
This seminar consisted of four full day meetings and two half day meetings. It was attended by seven representatives from the rules committee of the seven regional federations of the AFMS. In addition there were seven attendees who were exhibitors and/or people interested in learning about judging.
Jay Bowman the current AFMS rules committee chairman was the instructor for the class. He was ably assisted by other members of the class who have been involved in the rules and judging for many years.
The course consisted of starting with the preface of the current AFMS rule book and going through each page of the book and highlighting the key features of the rules as written and where failings occur at local and national shows. These shortcomings are the result of failure to read and follow the rules as they pertain to conducting a show with competitive exhibits.
Many members of the group participated in discussions of particular rules that are causing the most problems at shows. It was apparent that most host clubs select exhibits chairpersons and a show chairperson who are not familiar with the rules or with their required duties spelled out in the rules. There was the mention that other show chairmen are also not familiar with how the competitive exhibits and judging have to fit into the show schedule. This causes conflicts between field trips, lunches and meetings for the competitive exhibitors and judges. Competitive exhibitors and judges attend shows to do many things and they would like to participate in many of the other offerings available at the shows.
One of the rules that is very important to accommodating the competitive exhibitors and judges is the requirement that a time and place be scheduled and published for the exhibitor judges conference. This simple thing lets these people schedule their time to be available for this very important gathering when exhibitors and judges discuss the judging of their cases and to resolve any questions that the exhibitor has about the score. Most of the time this rule is ignored and when the exhibitor is looking for the judge he finds that the judge someplace else or attending some other function.
Another area where there are problems is that the communication between the competitive rules chairperson and the regional rules chairperson is poor. The duties of the competitive exhibit chairperson is to accept the applications and acknowledge them to the exhibitor and send a list of the entries to the regional rules chairperson so arrangement for the required judges can be made. When this is not done the regional rules chairperson is faced with trying on the morning of judging to find competent judges to judge an exhibits he did not know were going to be in the show and finding the only competent judge for that category is on an all day field trip. This results in less than desirable judging to be done and a very upset exhibitor. The net result is more talk about poor judging and possible loss of an exhibitor.
All of the regional federation rules people attending came away with the feeling that being the regional federation JUDGING chair requires more than arranging for judges to judge the exhibits and posting the scores. It requires communication and follow up with the show committee and thorough knowledge of the AFMS Rules.
The main lesson of these sessions is that the total function of a show has to be coordinated by by all members of the show committee with communication with the various federation chairs. This is essential requirement for a smoothly running show.
To accomplish this it seems that Email is essential. Snail mail at up to 1 week each way would require an entry deadline for competitive entries be at least 40 days before the show. Not at all desirable.
The AFMS Rulebook is an essential part of show planning.
feel that this program is very good and should be continued to improve the understanding of what will in the long run will make all shows better.
We have signed a contract with the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society to host a free booth at their annual show this February. TGMS is a member of the Rocky Mountain Federation. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to promote the AFMS to people from all over the United States and from all over the world. Dates for the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society show, their 5O anniversary show, are February 13 - 16, 2004. The show will be held at the Tucson Convention Center.
Last year at this booth we distributed information and flyers about the AFMS, the CFMS/AFMS Show, the Northwest Federation show, Commemorative stamps, Lewis & Clark Rocks on the Trail, etc. On children's day at the show we gave away five (5) buckets of rocks to children ages 8 - 80.
If any AFMS Officer, Committee Chair or Regional Federation Show Chair desires to have their flyers distributed, please mail them to us before January 15, 2004. This is a complimentary booth, so nothing can be sold from it.
If you plan to attend the show, we would greatly appreciate your help in manning the booth for a few hours. The booth will be open Thursday, February 13, Friday, Feb. 14, and Sat. Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
If you have any questions or suggestions for the promotion of the AFMS at this booth, please let us know.
We look forward to seeing you at the Tucson show and at the AFMS booth this February.
Izzy & Bill Bums