Vol. XLIII, No. 3 --- March 2006
The President's Corner
By Colleen McGann, CFMS President
Club shows are in full Spring swing. Our shows are the best time to recruit new club members. Remember you can use every publicity opportunity that is available in your area, local newspapers, libraries, shops, window signs, car bumper stickers, banner signs, the Pennysaver type magazine, local radio announcements, and all other ideas that you have used in the past to get the message out to the public. Help make your club show the best ever this year. Participate. Help your club at the ticket table or at the rock auction table, or by setting up a display of your favorite rocks or minerals, your lapidary or faceting work, your beading or silver work. Show your community the number of different activities available for them when they too join a club of earth minded people.
In February, I asked for feedback from clubs that had increased membership. I want to thank Beth Myers of Antioch club; she checked the club roster and found five clubs with an increase in membership, called them, and sent me a list of what they did. The clubs are Nevada City, Sacramento, Stockton, Mother Lode, and El Dorado County. These clubs worked to enlarge their shows with more dealers and demonstrators. They made contact with their local colleges, schools, and libraries. They offer many different areas of interest for members to participate in; classes in beading, or minerals, to lapidary, field trips and special meeting programs. All clubs can do the same; it just takes a little foot work by club members. It takes each and every member to make a club a success.
In March, CFMS offers its first Earth Science Seminar for the year, at Zzyzx. For those who were not able to attend this year, Camp Paradise in September in northern California is available to provide the same experience yet in a different setting of mountains and pine forest instead of the southern desert. These seminars are a wonderful opportunity to enhance your hobby skills, learn new skills, and to enjoy the camaraderie of CFMS members.
Remember to let your club members know about the local club shows in your area and about the CFMS activities.
All American Club
By Dot Beachler, CFMS All American Club Chair
As the deadline for entry approaches, I would like to encourage ALL clubs to enter their books in the All American Award Program. For the past two months this newsletter has printed a brief review of the items that should be in your club book. It is hoped that this will encourage more clubs to enter. Also, last month's newsletter had an article by Dick Pankey encouraging clubs to give it a try. Now I'm not sure about the cartwheels that he promised, but I would be delighted to find an alternative. Just try me!
Again, this is a special year when we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our own CFMS. Why not show that your club is an ALL American Club on our 70th birthday. Entry forms are available on our CFMS website, or Ill be glad to mail forms to your club.
Remember, due date is Feb.28,2006.
Attention Director's & Club Officers
By Shirley Leeson, Director, San Diego Mineral & Gem Society
A letter from San Diego Mineral & Gem Society will be coming to your mail box about the 1st of March. Please see that the President or club Director gets this information. Have your club discuss this; it's important. It concerns a proposal for a CFMS Honorary Member. This will be brought up at the Director's meeting in Angels Camp in June.
Please be prepared to vote.
A Note From The Exec Sec/Treas
By Pat Larue
Keep those officer change forms coming in! Some clubs are still not providing the addresses of persons who are to receive the CFMS Newsletter. I need this information to keep my mailing list up to date. Don't forget your phone and e-mail contact info. information!
Communication - An Important Facet of Keeping Informed
By Steve Weinberger, AFMS Central Office
PATIENCE is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.
From Midwest Federation Newsletter, 3/96, via Glacial Drifter, 4/98