Vol. XXXXI, No. 2 --- February 2004

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
Junior Activities
Education Thru Sharing
Insurance up-date & form
Tax Advisor message
Slide Librarian & form
CFMS Scholarship Fund
CFMS Website Update
Field Trip South - Wiley Wells
Field Trip South - Gold Rock Ranch
Mariposa Show Update
Bus Trip to Mariposa Show
2004 CFMS Supplementary Rules

Prez Message

By Lois Allmen, CFMS President

CFMS President

I know we're in the business of communication, but not with one another. (A former president of NBC Newsweek)

The majority of people working for CFMS are very responsible. Some are just tops at keeping on top of things. Once in a while we slip up, or don't realize the effects of our non-actions.

In the business of CFMS, which includes all member clubs, committees, chairmen and members, and yes individual club members too, there MUST BE COMMUNICATION not only to have a smooth running organization but to have people continue to volunteer to work.

Too often we hear, "We could have used some help here, it would have saved a lot of worry." All it takes to create a hole in an operation is for someone to 'drag their heels' in answering or offering their information to someone who needs it.

May we suggest a remedy?

  1. Read over your obligations in the role for which you accepted responsibility.
  2. When your mail comes in, no matter what avenue, sit down and take care of it. Most of it only takes a few minutes and you're through.

We guarantee a much happier, efficient group of workers.

That's all folks. Happy Valentines Day. I still love you.

Junior Activities
Kids Activities Packets

By by Jim Brace-Thompson

This month's column is short and sweet (and hopefully helpful).

  • Do you have a new person in charge of your pebble pups and junior members this year?
  • Do you have an experienced hand who nonetheless is searching for new things to do with the kids in your club?

I just wish to provide a quick reminder that I've prepared Kids Activities Packets consisting of past CFMS Junior Activities columns with suggestions for programs and activities. It also includes articles on working with kids, an outline of how to go about planning an entire year's worth of programs by calling upon the expertise of fellow members of your club, suggestions from Mabel Kingdon Gross of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, and contact information for getting in touch with other youth leaders.

In addition, I'm knee-deep in planning a merit-badge sort of program for the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies' Future Rockhounds of America (FRA), and I'm happy to send details about this to any youth leader who wishes to enroll their kids in FRA or who is already enrolled. I'm not entirely sure when the FRA merit badge program will be rolled out, but my hope is to get it up-and-running at some point in calendar year 2004. It's my hope that anyone requesting the Kids Activities Packet and info about the FRA program will find ample material to help kids learn while - as always - having fun.

Education Through Sharing

By Loretta Ogden, 2004 Chair

The Orange Belt Mineralogical Society of San Bernardino is extremely proud of our Rock Hound of the year, Mr Lyle Strayer. In 1953, he started acquiring rocks and the equipment needed to enjoy them. His reason and I quote, "I did it to get Francis out of my hair". Francis, his loved wife of 55 years, recently passed away. She was an accomplished rock hound and lapidary person in her own right. The two of them hunted rocks in 25 to 30 states.

Lyle's favorite find was a limb cast pocket they found about 28 miles out of Dubious, Wyoming. He enjoys spending the first months of each year with his friends in Quartzite, Arizona, selling rocks and swapping stories. In the past few years he has served the club as Field Trip Chairman, Chairman for our 2003 Rock Show, and was instrumental in starting our tailgate show now held in the spring. He freely gives his time to help the club in every endeavor. His favorite stone is petrified wood and likes being a rock hound because he liked the fresh air, the beauty of the rocks and all the good friends he has made.

Submitted by Bob Fitzpatrick, Club Vice President and Federation Director

I am replacing Barbara Matts as the CFMS Education Through Sharing chair. You can send nominations with a statement about them via mail or e-mail to the following address:

Loretta Ogden
20904 Trigger Ln.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

A Reminder to All Clubs Hosting Shows in 2004

By Fred Ott, Insurance Chairperson

Please remember to submit a fully-completed "Request for Certificate of Insurance/Additional Insured Endorsement" at least 3 weeks prior to your show, even if your club has already paid the "special event" premium for liability coverage for that show. The "Request" form includes important information that is needed by the Federation's insurance agent/broker in order to issue the document.

Go to the Insurance Forms page for a copy of the "Request" form.

Fred Ott, Insurance Chairperson

Safety Message
Don't Take a Holiday from Safety

By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chairman 2004

As temperatures fall and visions of sugarplums dance in the heads of many, the American Red Cross urges families not to take a "holiday" from safety. Christmas trees and candles, symbols of the joyous season, can also prove dangerous, and supplemental home heating equipment such as space heaters are a major cause of fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home fire is reported to a fire department in the United States every 1 minute, and someone dies in a home fire every 2 hours. In addition, cold weather is a contributor to seasonal emergencies because it can cause illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia.

"Many of the fires and cold weather-related emergencies that occur during this time of the year can be avoided," says Connie Harvey, Red Cross national health and safety expert. "As always with emergencies such as these, prevention and preparedness are key."

Harvey offers the following tips to help keep families safe this season:

  • Dress appropriately before going outdoors. "The air temperature does not have to be below freezing for someone to experience cold emergencies such as hypothermia and frostbite. Wind speed can create dangerously cold conditions even when the temperature is not that low," she points out.
  • Recognize the symptoms of cold weather illnesses such as hypothermia and frostbite. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Warning signs of frostbite include gray, white or yellow skin discoloration. "Both are serious, so if any of these conditions are present, seek medical attention immediately," Harvey says.
  • Keep Christmas trees fresh. Place your tree away from heat sources and exits; water it daily. Make sure your artificial tree is fire-retardant.
  • Be careful with candles and decorate only with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials - Keep candles away from combustible materials. Don't leave children unattended in a room with lit candles. Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Never display lighted candles in windows or near exits.
  • Inspect fireplaces and wood stoves. Have your chimney connections and flues inspected by a professional and cleaned if necessary prior to the start of the heating season. "Burn only wood-never burn paper, including discarded gift wrap, or pine boughs, and if you plan to hang stockings on your fireplace, do not use the fireplace for fires," cautions Harvey.
  • Check smoke alarms - Make sure alarms are working properly and that new batteries are installed.
  • Be aware of overuse of electrical outlets - Don't overload your electrical outlets. Be careful of extension cords that present hazardous walkways.
  • Have one or more working fire extinguishers in your home - Get training from the fire department in how to use them.
  • Be sure your car is prepared. "Before hitting the road, let someone know your route, final destination and expected arrival time," says Harvey.
  • It is also a good idea to have a disaster supplies kit for the car that includes:
    • a flashlight with fresh batteries,
    • battery-powered radio and extra batteries,
    • blankets or sleeping bags,
    • booster cables,
    • a fire extinguisher,
    • bottled water and non-perishable high-energy foods (granola bars, raisins and peanut butter),
    • a compass, road maps,
    • shovel,
    • tire repair kit and pump, flares,
    • extra clothing,
    • a sack of sand or cat litter (for tire traction), tow rope,
    • knife and first aid kit with a manual.

Enroll in a first aid, CPR and AED course. Although these tips can help prevent an emergency, it is also important to be prepared should an emergency situation arise. To enroll in a first aid, CPR or AED course, contact your local American Red Cross.

Learn more about how to prepare for winter weather. Read Are You Ready for a Winter Storm? via The American Red Cross

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL RED CROSS CHAPTER FOR COURSES AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA You can find the chapter nearest your location on this chapter locator page

Tax Advisor
Reporting Requirements

By Michael Kokinos, Tax Advisor

Internal Revenue Service

For societies that use a calendar year for financial records, Form 990 or 990EZ needs to be filed by May 15 unless gross receipts for 2003 are less than $25,000. For fiscal year societies, file not later than four months and fifteen days after the end of the fiscal year. If your society is a California corporation, I recommend you obtain Form 990EZ and complete it for possible attachment to the Registry of Charitable Trusts Form RRF-1.

If the Internal Revenue Service sends you a form 990 or 990EZ, you must complete it and mail the original to the Service even if gross receipts are less than $25,000.

Franchise Tax Board

For calendar year California non-profit corporations, Form 199 needs to be filed by May 15 unless gross receipts for 2003 are less than $25,000. As long as your gross receipts are less than $25,000 you needn't file even if Form 199 is sent to you.

Registry of Charitable Trusts

California societies exempt from tax under I.R.C. Section 501(c)(7) are not generally required to report to the Registry of Charitable Trusts. However, unless a society obtains at least 85 percent of its gross receipts from members, exemption under Section 501(c)(7) is not appropriate.

For California societies that use a calendar year for financial records, the Form RRF-1 should be filed by May 15. For societies that use a fiscal year, the Form RRF-1 should be filed not later than four months and fifteen days after the end of the fiscal year.

Societies with gross receipts or assets of $100,000 or more, the Form 990 or 990EZ must be attached to the Form RRF-1. A fee of $25.00 must also be sent with the Form RRF-1.

Some California societies have not been receiving the Form RRF-1 even though it is required. It is recommended that those societies have someone access the Attorney General's website (www.ag.ca.gov/charities) to obtain the necessary instructions and form(s) to apply for registration with the Registry of Charitable Trusts. There is a simplified form for registration of organizations with minor gross receipts and assets. Once the Registry acts on the application for registration, a CT number will be assigned to your organization.

Slide and Video Additions to the CFMS Program Library

By Bill Gissler, Librarian

The new slides and videos now available in the CFMS program library are listed below. See your club Federation Director for order forms and a copy of the 2003 Slide and Video Program Catalog distributed at the June 2003 CFMS Directors meeting. The Slide and Video Program Catalog with order forms can also be found on the CFMS Website or a hard copy obtained from Pat LaRue, Executive Secretary-Treasurer for $1.50 plus $0.85 postage, total $2.35.


  • F-145. AGATE ABOVE ALL. 139 slides, 2003. A viewing of world agates and a start comparison - diamonds are plentiful and ugly; agates are rare and beautiful.
  • F-146. DOG-GONE SAFETY'S IMPORTANT. 65 slides, 2003. A review and discussion of safety concerns before rock collecting adventures.
  • F-147. ILLINOIS FLUORITE - REMEMBER THE PAST. 110 slides, 2003. The story of fluorite mining in Illinois; how fluorite was formed and views of specimens.
  • F-148. DATOLITE NODULES - COPPER COUNTRY COLOR. 94 slides, 2003. Where nodules are found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; and view lots of specimens.


  • V-95. RECOVERY OF THE HYDE PARK MASTODON. 20 minutes, 2002. How a family in Hyde Park, New York unearthed a mastodon skeleton in their backyard.
  • V-96. MISSION: SCIENCE DINO DIG. 28 minutes, 2002. Science educator Marcus Eriksen on his mission to find, excavate, prepare and mount a Triceratops skeleton.
  • V-97. MAKING RUBBER MOLDS. 45 MINUTES, 2002. Artisan Ed Kristovich takes you step-by-step through the correct rubber mold process.
  • V-98. WAX SPRUING AND CASTING. 73 minutes, 2002. Artisan Ed Kristovich guides you through the steps of wax spruing and intricacies of casting molten metal.
  • V-99. CALIFORNIA STATE MINING AND MINERAL MUSEUM. 35 minutes, 2002. Huell Howser and museum curator Peggy Ronning tour the museum in Mariposa.


To promote the CFMS & Mariposa Mineral & Gem Show, May 28-30, 2004, the library has for loan a 35 minute video on the California State Mining and Mineral Museum. The museum is located on the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, where the show will be held. Here is an excellent opportunity to introduce Mariposa and the museum to your club members. Use the order form to request the video.

CFMS Scholarship Program,
A Wonderful Plan

By Isabella Burns,
Chair CFMS Scholarship Program

In 1979, the CFMS assisted by Federation Members and supported by the society members started our scholarship program. As the AFMS Scholarship Program assisted students doing Graduate work in the Earth Sciences, CFMS established one for Undergraduate students in their junior or senior years who were entering the Earth Science Field. This program has been very successful for the last 24 years. Seventy one students have received scholarships.

Each year the scholarship committee seeks nominations for an honoree, who chooses a university or college where a student is chosen to receive the financial help. The number of honorees each year is established by the amount of accrued interest. The money that clubs and individuals have donated to this fund is invested and only the interest from the fund is used for the scholarships. Some clubs have held annual money raising events for this program. Donations to the fund should be sent to

Pat LaRue,
CFMS Executive-Treasurer,
PO Box 1657,
Rialto, CA 92377-1657.

We welcome nominations from any CFMS Society. The qualifications for this honor is to have made great contributions to the advancement of Earth Science Studies and/or Lapidary Arts. They do not need to be a member of the CFMS. May be you know a teacher, a curator of a museum, or other person who promotes the purposes of the CFMS. Send that persons name to us. It is a nice way to recognize people who promote our CFMS philosophy. Nominations with a resume of what the nominee has accomplished should be sent by October 10 to;

Isabella Burns,
CFMS Scholarship Program Chair 2004,
1038 Bradshawe Avenue,
Monterey Park, CA 91754-4912.

The Scholarship Committee hopes to provide another year of whch we can be proud to present some college students a $2000.00 Scholarship grant. So please help us to find some prospective nominees for this honorarium and this important program can continue to be an aid to students who are advancing our knowledge of the Earth Sciences. Have you heard that the new probe on Mars is going "rock hounding" there to see if the rocks there will tell the story of water once being on Mars? Wouldn't it be great if one of our honorees could work on a project such as that?

Rockhounding on MARS (1/12, 2004)

CFMS Website Message

By Don Ogden, CFMS Web Master

The format of the CFMS website has changed for 2004. Over a thousand pages were changed. It takes more eye's than mine to find errors. I have already received many Club addresses, editors, and email changes for 2004. Please review the site and let me know of any changes.

To Copy White Text:
The white text in the newsletter, shows, etc can be copied and pasted as usual.

  1. Highlight the desired text on the web site..
  2. Select Edit > Copy.
  3. Go to the desired screen on Word, etc. to copy to.
  4. Click on the desired target spot, and select Edit > Paste.

Adobe Reader:
You must have the latest version of Adobe Reader (6.0) installed in your computer to view some PDF File attachments. Download and install the Free
Adobe Reader.

Report on CFMS Field Trip to Wiley's Well's
November 26 - 30, 2003
(Thanksgiving Weekend)

By Bob Fitzpatrick Field Trip Chair - South


Hello Everyone,

What a wonderful field trip! Everyone had a fantastic time and found a lot of great material. We had 69 that signed the disclaimer plus about a dozen that didn't get to sign in. The weather was nice all weekend, short sleeve shirt weather during the day.

I arrived at the camping area at around l:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Some of our group was all ready there and had the campsite in good order. By the time I got unpacked and set up, it was almost dark. That night was the start of some great nights around the fire.

Day two, Thursday (Thanksgiving Day): We all decided to go to the Pebble Terrace area for a few hours and be back to camp by 1:00 p.m. to get ready for our Thanksgiving potluck dinner. We spent the morning walking around looking for marine life fossils, petrified wood and jasper-agate of many colors. After arriving at the collecting site, I explained what we were looking for and how to find it. Much of the material was laying on top of the ground so all of us were able to find something. When we got back to camp there was a large group getting ready to eat. There was so much food, five turkeys and all kinds of good tasting food to go with them. To finish off the day, we enjoyed another great time around the fire before bedtime.

Day three, Friday: We were off to the Arizona side of the Colorado River where Dave Guin was our leader for the day. When we arrived there, Dave gave us a history lesson on the geological features of the area and about the petrified wood we would be looking for and how to find it. Everyone found a few nice petrified wood specimens. On our way back to camp we stopped in the town of Pal Verde at Kinney's Rock Shop. Dale, the owner was glad to see us. Some of us purchased items and others just enjoyed looking at his large collection of rocks and minerals. Back at camp, we all had a another nice time around the fire in the evening.

Day four, Saturday: We headed off to the Cinnamon Beds to find some nice nodules and geodes. Steve Blocksage was our leader for the day. He did a real great job at getting us there and showing everyone where and how to dig. You had to work really hard at digging, they don't just jump in your bucket. I found about 75 pounds, one was the size of a soccer ball most were the size of baseballs. I can't wait to cut them. Back at camp most of our group had left for their homes. The few of us that was left had another great time around the fire.

Till next time,
Bob Fitzpatrick Field Trip Chair - South

Report on the CFMS Field Trip
To Historic Gold Rock Ranch Area
December 19 - 21, 2003

By Bob Fitzpatrick Field Trip Chair - South


Hello Everyone,

Just returned from another great fieldtrip to the Gold Rock Ranch Area (20 miles west of Yuma). We had a nice turnout for this field trip with rockhounds from Maine, Washington, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and from all over California. The weather was in the mid 70's.

I arrived at the Ranch around noon on Friday. We set up camp just outside of the ranch. At 1:00 p.m. we were off to check out the areas we would be going to on Saturday and Sunday. One of the best parts of our field trips are the potluck dinners, siting around the campfires at night, telling stories and having a few laughs.

Day two, Saturday: We met at the chuck wagon on the ranch for breakfast. At 8:00 a.m., Arizona time, we were off to Indian Pass for a fun day looking for Dumortierite and Petrified Palm Wood, Jasper, Agate. Dumortierite color runs from near black-blue to real lite blue. The real gemmy looks almost like Lapis Lazuli without pyrite in it. The Palm Wood is easy to find but the good kind that has color or eyes is more difficult to find. The first thing I did when we arrived was to show everyone what to look for. Everyone was able to collect a lot of gemmy materal. Around med-day, almost everyone went back to camp to get ready for the potluck dinner at 3:30. Henry Aguilar from the Yuma and Banning Club, led five of us to an area closer to Yuma to look for Petrified Wood. We returned to camp just in time for the potluck dinner. After dinner everyone sat around the fire and had a good time.

Day three, Sunday: We met again at the chuck wagon on the ranch for breakfast. At 8:00 a.m., we were off to the Kyanite area for some great collecting. Again I took time to show everyone what to look for and were to collect. The Kyanite crystals are quite plentiful, they occur with quartz and real small black tourmaline crystals. The Kyanite comes in a few colors like blue, green, yellow or red; there were also Pyritohedron Goethite Crystals which are Pseudomorphs (Goethite after Pyrite). We had a great time collecting them. Everyone took home some nice Kyanite specimens.

For more information on up coming CFMS South Field Trips email me at RUROCKY2@aol.com or phone me at (909) 845-3051

Till next time,
Bob Fitzpatrick Field Trip Chair - South

CFMS Show Update Mariposa
May 28-30, 2004

By Colleen McGann, 2nd VP

The Show committee is lining up a lot of exciting activities for the 2004 CFMS and Mariposa Mineral and Gem Show. We will offer two field trips during the show.

Friday's trip will be to the Mariposite Quarry in Coulterville, northern Mariposa County, and also to our favorite local serpentine locality where you will be able to collect serpertine, jade, and other minerals. There will be a minimal fee to collect at the Mariposite quarry.

On Saturday, we plan to offer a trip to one of Mariposa's historic gold mines. This tour will be guided by a local historian who will fill you in on the history of the mine and Mariposa's place in the Gold Rush story.

Our Speaker Chairman has been busy organizing a variety of speakers to satisfy every interest. Four speakers will give informative presentations during the show. Si and Ann Frazier will give a presentation on agates. John Clinkenbeard will share his knowledge about gold in California. After listening to Fred Devito discuss mineral collecting in California, you won't want to miss Greg Bedrock explain your rights to collect on government land.

Come join us in May. There is plenty of camping available at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, or make your reservation at one of Mariposa's motels. A complete list of lodging is on the CFMS website along with reservation forms for the show.

Click here for the Eleven Show Forms. (Adobe Reader required - PDF file approx 3 min to download)

How About A Bus Trip to Mariposa for the Show?

By Bill Gissler, Santa Clara VG&MS

How about if your club and another club hired a bus to take club members and guests to the show? The Santa Clara Valley and Peninsula clubs are considering this. Or make it a two day trip, stay over in Mariposa and then visit Yosemite. Make your arrangements early as this is Memorial Weekend.

2004 CFMS Supplementary Rules

By Bural LaRue, Rules Committee Chair

2004 CFMS Supplementary Rules (PDF file - approx 3 min to download)