I would like to introduce myself to CFMS clubs. I have been a rockhound all my life, and I joined my first rock club in San Diego in 1980 for field trips and lapidary. When my company moved me to the San Jose area, I joined Peninsula Gem & Geology Society in Los Altos. I have been Field Trip chair, Federation Director, Secretary, and President. I love field collecting for rocks, minerals, and fossils. To share my favorite rocks and minerals, I developed several displays for my club and other clubs in the area. My favorite educational display is Cinnabar, the ore of mercury. For CFMS, I attended Earth Science Seminar at Zzyzx for many years where I participated in field trips, lapidary, beading, and wire wrap art. I chaired Education Thru Sharing, then moved up to the officer chairs, and here I am your 2006 President.
I am excited about the enthusiasm seen at the November Director's meeting in Visalia. We have a great team of committees ready to serve the CFMS clubs. I will be emphasizing expanding communication between the Federation and member clubs and show competition. We are adding a new ad hoc committee on Membership to help our clubs attract new members, keep existing members and attract new societies to join CFMS. The Publicity committee will be providing articles that also assist member clubs with publicizing their activities to the community. This direction came out of the Directors' discussion. The CFMS acts upon your Directors' requests. I eagerly anticipate leading the CFMS far forward in 2006.