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All American Report
El Dorado Co. M&GS
Junior Activities Report
Golden Bear Show
Are Your Vendors Covered?
Fall Business Meeting Plans
Education Thru Sharing
Checking Land Status Seminar
Knowing Where You Are Seminar
Field Trip North
Next year the 2008 CFMS Show to be held in Ventura will be hosted, will be put on, by the “Federation.” This got me thinking. What does this mean? Who is going to do all the work, all of the tasks that are involved with putting on a show like this? Who is the Federation? Why is the Federation? This is often talked about, often discussed. There are many answers and many opinions. Here is my stab at it.
Why is the Federation? As with most “federations,” it is to do together what we can not do, (or might not even try to do), alone. A simple answer, but I think capture the essence of a federation, our Federation.
Who is the Federation? According to the Society Aids Manual, the CFMS includes all of California and Nevada, and some clubs in western Arizona. It is composed of the clubs and societies located in this geographical area that have applied and accepted membership in the Federation. But, who is the Federation? The Federation is not a stand alone intity. It is not a group of people out there, someplace. It is the clubs and societies; it is the members of these clubs and societies. We often lose sight of this fact. It seems to me that the Federation most often is perceived to be something out there, an intity unto itself, “those people” who are doing the Federation work and activities. The Federation is often looked at as the Officer, our Executive Secretary/Treasurer. Committee Chairs and committee people. But they are not the Federation. They are the ones who leads and guides the “doing together what we can not do alone.”
So, who is the Federation? It is people. It is the club members who serve their local clubs as officers, chairmen and workers. It is the people who go on field trips. It is people who give educational talks to kids. It is the people who give classes and teach others in their club. It is the people who share our hobby by exhibiting and demonstrating at shows. It is the people that are out there participating and promoting our hobby. It is those people who are “helping to do together what we can not do alone.” You are those people; you are the Federation.
In June 2008 WE are going to have the CFMS Show and Convention in Ventura. WE will have a lot to do to plan and implement all that is involved. WE will be busy and I am sure WE are going to have a lot of fun. How can YOU become part of WE? Volunteer and participate! If you are willing to help, if you would like to be part of this event, then contact Bural La Rue or any member of the Show Committee and we will get you involved. There is need for a lot of workers at show time to set-up, coordinate camping, and all of the other last minute show activities. You can participate by exhibiting and demonstrating at the Show.
But don’t forget all of the other ways you and your club can be part of WE. Participate! Participate in the All American Award competition, participate in the Education Through Sharing program, participate in Earth Science Studies, participate in the Bulletin Competition, sign up for Podium people and Demonstrator Directory, contribute to the CFMS Scholarship and Endowment Funds, support the PLAC and ALAA Committees, and get involved with the Junior’s Program. And most importantly of all, have an interested, involved Federation Director that can and will attend the Federation Meetings.
Back from paradise! Darn!!!
Paradise is really the best! Not to take anything away from Zzyzx, but the fresh air, the beautiful trees…even the red dirt! WONDERFUL!
If you haven’t been, you really should go. There is so much to do there, and the committee is always cooking up new and wonderful things to do and try. Speaking of cooking…I don’t think that anyone left there lighter than they came! The food is FANTASTIC!!
As for the classes, I don’t think there was one unhappy participant the whole two weeks.
Remember to start thinking about saving up for next year, and planning to come to Paradise!
Also, Zzyzx will fill up quickly, so get your applications in now!
I want to thank all of those who submitted their articles as indicated in the last newsletter. I had a much easier time at putting this newsletter together, and I really appreciate your consideration!
Last month was a review of the objectives of the All American Program. By using the All American form, your club has an accurate historical picture of your club, its members and its activities for that particular year. Also, it might reveal an area that has been overlooked or could use some improvement.
Section 1 is about club information. This includes club name and address, date organized, Federation affiliation(CFMS), number of members( adults, juniors & honorary/life), meeting place and address, who is filling out this form and, finally, the purpose of your club. Every club can supply this information without difficulty.
Next month Sections 2 and 3 will be viewed for that area of the All American form. This should help in assembling the club history in an easy manner.
When asked how the El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society attracts new members to their club, Fred Ott was ready with the answers. He emphasized the club has a great nucleus of participating people who make things happen.
Through the development of a structured set of policies and procedures the club has achieved a consistency of method that allows for measuring their progress in meeting their goals. And how are those goals defined? Well, Fred informed me, through the Long Range Planning Committee consisting of a chairperson and all volunteers. The committee meets informally every three months then makes recommendations to the club’s board.
The El Dorado Club uses marketing techniques as a means of peaking people’s interest and making contacting the club easy. At the Senior Center where the club holds their general meeting each month is a small acrylic display with a sign asking “Got Rocks?” Included with the display are pre-addressed postcards potential members can pick up and mail to the club. When a postcard inquiry is received, a club member responds by sending a packet of information about the club to the potential new member. The club sets up exhibits at the local library with contact information included with the case. Or interested parties can pick up the local phone book where they will find a listing for the club. Another accessible point of contact is the club’s website. The club’s website is nothing less then fantastic! I’d encourage anyone with access to a computer to visit the informative site at eldoradomineralandgem.org or you can use the shortcut ROCKandGEMSHOW.org to get there.
New member applications ask about interests and a brief biography of the applicant that will be published in the next newsletter. New members are not left out in the cold to figure out how things work. At a new member orientation, each new member receives a 25-page packet of information about the club. What a great way to assure new members feel welcome and recognized. It encourages new members to have the confidence to participate at different levels within the club.
Their annual show held in a large space at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville, California each October features 35 dealers, 40 exhibitors, 6 demonstrators and many activities for the children. They mail out 2,000 letters and brochures to the local schools to encourage the kids and their parents to attend. Through the clubs scholarship program, $2,000.00 is given annually in scholarships to residents of El Dorado County.
The El Dorado Club rents a small facility for their lapidary shop. Lapidary instruction is available from talented members and special projects are scheduled once or twice a month. There is a focus on the multi-interests of their club membership when selecting special projects.
Darryl Powell’s Diamond Dan: A Great Resource for Kids’ Activities
Nearly a decade ago, I became familiar with a wonderful coloring book published under the name of “Diamond Dan.” Entitled Minerals: Coloring Fun for Kids, it marched through the mineralogical kingdom in A, B, C fashion, introducing minerals from Agate to Zincite with eye-catching graphics. Living in the Monterey area at the time, I was President of the Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society, and we ordered a batch of these books to give to kids in our Kids Activities Booth for our show. I’ve since moved to Ventura, and I continue to order and distribute copies at the annual Ventura Gem & Mineral Society show, and they continue to be a big hit, both with kids and teachers. Then at the 2004 show of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies in Syracuse, New York, I had the great privilege of meeting the creator of Diamond Dan in person: Darryl Powell, of Manchester, New York.
I had learned earlier that Darryl had expanded his line beyond the mineral book and was also offering a coloring and activity book on gold, as well as a series of “Earth Digger Clubs” mineral identification packets that rewarded kids with a patch on completing each packet. At this year’s CFMS show in June, Terry McMillan of the Mother Lode Mineral Society brought along a supply of flyers showing that Diamond Dan has continued to mine and dig up exciting new ideas and projects for kids, which I’m happy to overview in this month’s column. Among them:
Finally, Darry has embarked on yet another adventure extending on this line of already excellent works: Mini Miners Monthly, a monthly publication for young mineral collectors. Each month, readers will find interesting articles, crossword puzzles, word searches, hints for building a collection, cut-and-fold crystal models, and more. An annual subscription is $19.95 ($36.95 for two years). To get subscriptions for kids in your club, and to learn how to purchase individual or bulk quantities of Darryl’s other fine publications, contact Darryl Powell, Diamond Dan Publications, P.O. Box 143, Manchester, NY 14504, (585) 289-4936, email email@example.com. Or check his web site at www.diamonddanpublications.com. You’ll be sure to find a treasure trove of resources for kids by a wonderful person who certainly knows how to educate while—as always—having fun!
I saw a bunch of kids heading for school the other day. WOW! What a mad house! Kids all over the place, in the streets, running between cars, chasing each other - you name it. I hope the following article will give you some ideas to help keep your children more safe.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 — As summer vacations come to an end, students across the country are readying themselves for the start of a new school year. With all of the excitement this time brings, safety may not be the first subject that springs to mind. The American Red Cross encourages parents to take time to talk with their children about safety before school starts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 24 million students nationwide start their school day with a trip on the school bus. Although NHTSA reports that riding on a school bus is nearly eight times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle, an average of 11 school-aged pedestrians are killed by school transportation vehicles each year. Whether they walk, ride the bus or travel by car, teach your kids these few tips to ensure they get to and from school safely.
Students heading off to college—perhaps for the first time this year—may be inexperienced at driving long distances or driving alone. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to NHTSA. The risk of crashes is higher among 16- to 20-year-olds than among any other age group, and, unfortunately, young adults also are less likely to be buckled up than any other age group.
When preparing college-aged children for a long drive to school, make sure they (or maybe you do it -chuck) take these precautions:
Before packing the car, do a simple safety check.
When packing your belongings in the car:
Prepare an emergency supplies kit for your vehicle and keep it in your car at all times. Include a first aid kit and manual as well as items such as a blanket, flares, a flashlight and batteries, jumper cables that can be helpful and may even be lifesaving in the event of an emergency. No matter how far your trip is, be sure you are well rested before you hit the road.
Leave early and give yourself enough time to travel at a comfortable pace. Remember, speeding does not increase your ability to arrive on time; it only increases your chances of not arriving at all. Should you find yourself getting tired from the drive, pull over to a rest stop or gas station to walk around and refresh yourself.
Do not talk on your cell phone while driving. Phones are distracting and impair your ability to concentrate on the road. If you must use the phone, pull over to a safe, well-lit parking lot and place your call there or at least use a hands-free earpiece.
When driving in inclement weather such as rain storms, reduce your speed. Don't make sudden moves if the roads are wet. Applying the brakes slowly and steadily will help you keep better control of your vehicle. And, remember to always wear your safety belt and require any passengers who ride with you to do the same.
For more information about preparing for emergencies or for facts and tips about safety, visit RedCross.org.
Continuing and focusing from my Presidents Message: You, the individuals and clubs can be part of the WE by exhibiting and demonstrating at the Show in Ventura in June. Betty and I have set what we think is a very achievable goal of at least 100 non-competitive cases, at least 40 competitive cases and at least 40 club cases. We would just love to exceed these goals, and we have the room to accommodate all who would like to participate. Our limiting factor is loaner cases.
We are planning several categories of exhibits: Open exhibits and cases. Open to all members of CFMS
Start planning now to exhibit, compete and/or demonstrate at the Show.
Even if you are not interested in becoming a CFMS Judge you might like to know more about how judging is done and how the rulebook is used in the judging process. Knowing what judges look for can help you improve your exhibit even if it is not going into competition.
Consider volunteering as a clerk. The clerk’s job is to record the Judge’s comments and scoring for a competitive entry. You will be told everything to write and where to write it. If your handwriting is not too good, no problem, printing is preferred anyway. While the Clerk’s position is used as a training step for prospective Judges, not all Clerks are interested in becoming a Judge and we all most always have more openings than volunteers.
A judging team is normally made up of two Judges and one Clerk. The Rules Committee will review the competitive entries and match the Judges to them based on experience, skill, and interest. This is done, when possible, prior to the Judge’s meeting. Clerks are assigned to the Judging teams at the Judge’s meeting.
The Judge’s meeting is normally held on Friday morning at 7:30 AM somewhere close to the competitive exhibit area at the annual CFMS show. At this meeting the final Judging teams selections are made and the teams are assigned the entries they will be judging. While there are exceptions, the teams are usually finished before noon.
If you think you might be interested in taking part in this interesting process, contact anyone on the Rules Committee or just show early on Friday morning and let someone know you are interested in clerking. We will do our best to match you with a team that is working on a category that you are interested in. However, even if we can’t match you with the category you would prefer, you will find that the categories are really all interesting and what you learn will help you understand the judging process better and that information will help you improve your own exhibit.
The past three years have seen a surge of beautiful competitive exhibits. But lets not stand on our laurels. Dick and Betty Pankey are exhibits chairs for the coming Federation show in Ventura. Dick has set a goal of 40 competitive exhibits. The CFMS is putting on the show and as Dick has said, “It’s YOUR SHOW!”
Competitive exhibits at Lancaster were NINTEEN. We also had competitive exhibits at the National Show in Roswell, New Mexico the previous week. Taking home seven trophies. We can truthfully say our federation has had the most competitive exhibits these past three years except for the National Show in Roswell, New Mexico this year. That’s a number we can all be proud of.
We urge all clubs and individuals to enter a competitive exhibit this coming year. If you or your club needs help on rules or what category you should enter, let us know and we’ll try and get someone who is close to you to attend a meeting. Tom Burchard, 875 E 4500 S, Ogden, UT 84403-2931 Email: Roxhund@aol.com will be accepting your applications. Upon receipt he will send you a confirmation post card. The final deadline for accepting applications will be JUNE 5th. 2008.
The application form will be in the show packet given out at Visalia. We will also have it in the CFMS Newsletter and on the website.
For those of you who are interested in getting your feet wet and entering a NON-COMPETITIVE EXHIBIT, there will be a box to check IF YOU WANT YOUR EXHIBIT EVALUATED BY ONE OF THE JUDGES.
REMEMBER; If there are clubs out there that would like someone to attend their club meeting and talk about exhibiting and the RULES, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org also email@example.com and we will try and set up something to help you.
Let’s make this coming year a banner year for competitive exhibits!
Plan to join us next June at the beach! Plans are underway for the CFMS hosted Convention and Show in Ventura. When no club stepped forward to host the 2008 show, the decision was made to do it as a Federation. This will be the third time that CFMS has produced a no-host show. The first one was in Anaheim in 1981 and the second was in San Jose in 1991.
Bural LaRue volunteered to take on the responsibility of serving as chairman. Dick & Betty Pankey are wearing two hats as the Exhibit and Demonstrator Chairmen. His goal is 100 exhibits and 40 competitive entries. Don George will serve as the Dealer Chairman, assisted by Cheri. Don was the dealer chairman of the highly successful 1996 show in Riverside and he’s in touch with a wide range of dealers. Dealer-demonstrators will be the responsibility of C J Quitoriano. Jim Brace-Thompson will handle publicity for this event. Bill and Isabella Burns are already on the lookout for program speakers. Frank Mullaney promises to come up with a memento for the display cases. What am I doing? Since I already handle the CFMS money, it seems logical to serve as treasurer and receive the pre-registrations. Yes, just as Cheri is Don’s secretary, I will serve in the same capacity for Bural. These persons all have many years of show experience and can be counted on to carry out their particular responsibility.
There will be lots of jobs to do particularly as the show draws near. We will need volunteers to assist with setup, staff the ticket window, do daytime security duty, and staff special projects. If someone asks you to help out, please say yes.
The planning for the show will be conducted long distance using e-mail as the primary means of communication. Cell phones are also great for this purpose since most of us have oodles of minutes to either use or lose.
The show committee met at the Lancaster show last month and will meet again at the November meeting in Visalia. Committee members who have a form to include in the show promotion packet should have it to me no later than 10/20 so it can be duplicated.
McDaniel Insurance Services announces a new program. At the request of many of our client organizations and clubs, McDaniel Insurance Services has developed a special Vendors Insurance Program coverage for vendors and exhibitors participating at your special event.
Many events have vendors and exhibitors that offer the attendees to your Special Event different services, merchandise and/or refreshment. Did you know that vendors at your shows are not covered by your special events coverage? We try to keep the clubs informed of this. Generally, special events liability policies specifically exclude vendors from the coverage provided. This leaves your vendors without coverage and puts your organization at risk in the event of a claim because an injured party may feel the need to put a claim in to your insurance as well.
To remedy this problem, we now offer a policy for your club that is written specifically for vendors. Not only can vendors obtain coverage at a reasonable cost under this policy, they can also name your club as additional insured for no extra cost and protect you from claims related to their activities. In fact, the coverage is constructed so that each participating vendor pays his/her fair share of the premium which can mean that coverage for vendors will not be one of your organization’s expenses. For example, McDaniel Insurance Services can provide this coverage for as low as $45.00 per vendor (10 vendors will cover the minimum premium of $450; each additional vendor would be $45 per short term event.) This is well below the costs usually charged by fairgrounds, cities, and other venues. There is no additional cost to add your club and the venue (fairgrounds or meeting hall) as additional insureds.
Many of your vendors may be artisans and craftsman who do not carry their own liability insurance to cover their participation while at your event. If so, you will want to make sure that the proper insurance coverage is in effect at the time of your event. Quite possibly, your larger vendors will carry their own general liability coverage. If so, your organization should always get the proper “Certificate of Insurance” from your vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain coverage to protect vendors who do not have separate liability coverage. With this policy, you can provide these participants with coverage and at the same time protect your organization from embarrassment and lawsuits. We will be putting information and the application forms for this coverage up on the CFMSI website for your ease of use or you can contact us directly for forms. We look forward to talking with you!!
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CFMS 2008 Show Committee
The annual Fall business meeting and election of officers will be held November 9-11, 2007 at the Holiday Inn Plaza Park, off Hwy 198 on W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA.
Room reservations at the Holiday Inn may be made by phone at (559) 651-5000. To receive the special rate of $79 per night, you must tell them you are with CFMS. Cutoff date for the rate is 10/26/07. Add 10% room tax.
The caterer no longer allows us to pick and choose from a list of veggies, starches and desserts. To allow a choice between chicken and red meat, the following menu selections are offered. Please note that there is a difference in the price. All meals include rolls and butter as well as freshly brewed regular & decaf coffee and iced tea. Let me know if a vegetarian entree is required or you have special dietary needs so I can check with the caterer about availability.
The Breast of Chicken Sonoma is $25. The Herb & Garlic Encrusted Prime Rib is $35. Make banquet reservations by October 31. Mail your check payable to CFMS and your entree selection to:
PO Box 1657
Rialto, CA 92377-1657
The Rockatomics Gem and Mineral Society would like to nominate Jim and Louise Gerik for the Member Recognition Award. As many of you know, Rockatomics recently rejoined the CFMS. The club had gone through a rather shaky period and nearly disbanded. But one couple acted as our ‘glue’, yes, I am referring to Jim and Louise. Besides being two of our star teachers (Jim – lapidary, Louise – silverwork), Jim has been president and Louise has been show chairperson, well, forever! Their efforts have been one of the main reasons that The Foundation for Pierce College has been interested in adopting our society. It is our honor to nominate Jim and Louise Gerik for the Member Recognition Award.
Submitted by: Gary and Maureen Levitt, Federation Co-Directors
It is my pleasure to present Norvie and Virginia Enns to be recognized by the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
Locally, Norvie and Virginia have been Reno Gem & Mineral Society members since 1984. Norvie was field trip director for at least 10 years, AFMS/CFMS Director for 19 years, Silver Fabrication Instructor for 15 years and Casting Instructor for 8. He has held the other positions of Board Member, Building Director and Shop Director. Norvie represents the gem and mineral point of view at local BLM meetings. He is a member of the Resource Advisory Council subgroup for the Blackrock/Highrock Wilderness with the management and planning of the BLM. Very recognizable in his suspenders and personal panache, new club members quickly learn his name and turn to him as a valuable resource for advice. Virginia has held the positions of Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Board Member off and on for many years and has taught Pearl Knotting and beading for years. Both are very valuable members of our club and should be recognized on our local level for their many years of service and character.
In addition, Norvie has been very active on the regional level. In 1989, Norvie first competed in jewelry and in 1993 attained both CFMS and AFMS trophies. His competition experiences encouraged him to become active on the Rules Committee for the past 9 years. He also started working with the CFMS Public Lands Advisory Committee working to keep rock-collecting areas open. For the past 5 years, Norvie has taught silver for two weeks each year at Camp Paradise for the CFMS. Their contributions have made them noteworthy members and their contributions should be recognized as priceless.
Jennifer Rhodes, CFMS/AFMS Director
Learn to read a map and describe the location, township, section and range. Use this information with the BLM to check the status of the land.
It's July. In the past few months, I have been rock hounding in western Nevada. The temperature has risen from lower spring time highs. I am headed out on a field trip to Smith that I have done for 10 to 15 years.
I stopped in Wilson canyon to climb Mount Wilson from the Walker River. I looked up at the hike and guestimated the amount of time it would take and the amount of water I would need. I had done this climb before. I knew the difficulty of the climb. I drank as much water as I could and packed two quarts in the afternoon sun.
For one and half hours I trudged up the near virtual talus slope of Wilson Canyon until I reached the top of Mount Wilson. The view was spectacular. The rugged mountain canyon was awesome, but I was now low on water. I hiked over to some of the cliffs and looked at different copper ores and then proceeded downward.
I discovered a vein of highly agatized rhyolite and started to dig with my mattock and rock hammer. I was into great material of reds and greens in blue agate. I ran out of water. I loaded my pack with 80 pounds of material. I filled a 10 pound ice sack and a two gallon bucket and headed down the mountain thirsty. It was about 105 degrees when I reached the truck an hour later.
I did not take enough water. My message to you is to take more food and water than you think you need. Another thing is that is if you have made a find and you are low or out of water, retreat. Go back to your vehicle, repack with water and food and then return. Go back with supplies to make the dig.
Listen to Dave, or you might end up like me!