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PATRICIA EGOLF ROCK PALS PROGRAM

Before our Internet and Facebook era, back when folks like I were mere youngsters and we had a thing called “mail” involving pens and paper and stamps that you licked, you may have been partnered with kids from schools in towns and countries far-and-wide to become Pen Pals. Such letter-exchange programs enabled you to reach beyond your day-to-day experience to fly to distant and exotic lands to broaden your horizons. In 2011, Patricia Egolf of the Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, New York, suggested a new spin on this for junior rockhounds, namely, a “Rock Pals” program in conjunction with our AFMS Future Rockhounds of America program.

Kids love the different rocks and fossils to be found across our great nation, but they and their parents can’t necessarily afford to buy them nor to travel widely to collect them. How wonderful it would be, Patricia thought, for juniors in a club to band together to collect local samples to trade with juniors in other clubs across the country. With that goal in mind, Pat helped us establish Rock Pals. A club gathers 20 to 25 or so local specimens in sizes small enough to fit in a medium-size flat-rate box available at the U.S. Post Office and, after making arrangements with another club, each mails a box to the other with samples and labels for what’s inside.

Sadly, Pat passed away in 2012. To honor her memory and spirit, we have named this effort the “Patricia Egolf Rock Pals Program.” Participating clubs and contact persons are listed here on the Kids Corner section of the AFMS website. To start a trade, email the contact:

a) to make sure the club is still actively involved;
b) to see how many kids are in that club;
c) to exchange preferred mailing addresses; and
d) to make any other suitable arrangements.

Clubs interested in being added to (or removed from) our list should contact the AFMS Juniors Program Chair, Jim Brace-Thompson, jbracethroadrunner.com, (805) 659-3577.

Here’s to kids trading rocks while having fun!

Participating clubs as of April 2019 include:

ALABAMA

Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society’s Pup Scouts of Central Alabama
Terri Wilson
Paisleymoon626gmail.com

ARIZONA

Huachuca Diggers of the Huachuca Mineral & Gem Club
Ron Brooks
wolfwalker2gmail.com

ARKANSAS

Del Air Pebble Pups of the Del Air Rockhounds
Chris Ward
Chris_ward678yahoo.com

Mother Lode Mineral Society
Terry McMillin
terry.mcmillinyahoo.com
    &
Angela Mendoza
misseyangelaaol.com

Ozark Earth Science Club
Bobi Smith
Bobismith67gmail.com

CALIFORNIA

Santa Lucia Junior Rockhounds
John McCabe
mccabewestaol.com

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society
Jim Brace-Thompson
jbracethroadrunner.com

COLORADO

Denver Gem & Mineral Guild’s Golden Diggers
Joseph Payne
Jgpayne007outlook.com

Flatirons Mineral Club
Jacque Mahan
mahans1017yahoo.com
    &
Dennis Gertenbach
gertenbach1gmail.com

DELAWARE

Delaware Mineralogical Society Blue Rockers
Mary Ann Levan
levanmaverizon.net

KANSAS

Topeka Gem & Mineral Society Junior Rockhounds
Jason Schulz
fleetcommanderatt.net
    or
TGMS-JrRockhoundsTopekaGMS.org

MARYLAND

The MOCKS of the Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County, MD
Mark Dahlman
mddahlmanyahoo.com

MICHIGAN

Kalamazoo Geological & Mineral Society
Donna Seibert
dsseibyahoo.com

MISSISSIPPI

North Mississippi Gem & Mineral Society: The Rockheads
Diana Watson
jodyanddianahotmail.com
    &
Krista Williamson
Kristawilliamson2008yahoo.com

MONTANA

Hellgate Mineralogical Society
Jennifer Fitch
Fitchs4Godaol.com

NEBRASKA

Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club Mineral Monkeys
Carolyn Ashmore
Saturn1_101hotmail.com

NEW JERSEY

Franklin Minors of the Franklin Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society
Mark Dahlman
mddahlmanyahoo.com

NEW MEXICO

Los Alamos Pebble Pups of the Los Alamos Geological Society
Patrick Rowe
Rowe_patrickymail.com

NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte Junior Rockhounds of the Charlotte Gem & Mineral Club
Mary Fisher
CharlotteJuniorRockhoundsgmail.com

NORTH DAKOTA

Lake Agassiz Pebble Pups of the Lake Agassiz Rock Club
Nina Flippance
ninasplash5.com

OHIO

Cincinnati Mineral Society, Cincinnati Junior Mineral Society
Jim & Judy Budnik
wisohmsn.com

OKLAHOMA

Ponca City Rough & Tumbled Rock & Gem Club
Lisa Eisele
eisestessbcglobal.net

Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society Pebble Pups
Julia Allande
allandecox.net

OREGON

Oregon Agate & Mineral Society’s KORMS (Kid’s Oregon Rock & Mineral Society)
Jim Urbaniak
nygiants1931yahoo.com

PENNSYLVANIA

Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club
Inga Wells
ingawellsyahoo.com

TEXAS

Austin Gem & Mineral Society
Austin Texas Junior Geologists & Rockhounds
Thea Eaton
theadoodledoo.com

UTAH

Cache Rock & Gem Kids Club
Shawndra Johnson
calandshawngmail.com

Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society’s Junior Club
Felice Clements
treasuredmemoriesscrapbookgmail.com

WASHINGTON

Rocky Trails Junior Rockhounding Club
Susan Gardner
Sgardner3mindspring.com
    &
Cecelia Buchanan
mcbuchanangmail.com

West Seattle Rock Club Juniors
Annette Nelson
juniors.wsrcgmail.com

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Fossil Club
Patricia “Patti” Butchec
pbutchegmail.com

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