Newsletter - May, 1998
The web site committee have made their report. This report is very complete and
covers all aspects of what is to be included in the web site for the AFMS. We would like
to list all officers and committee chairpersons, names, addresses and telephone numbers as
well as e-mail addresses if availible; if there are any officers or chairpersons that do
not want their address or
The future rockhounds of America are back with us again after not being heard from for awhile. Anyone that would like to know more about these rockhounds of the future may contact Kathy and Bob Miller, the AFMS juniors chairpersons at: 1106 Clayton Driv South Bend IN 46614 (219) 291-0332 they will give you all the information.
EACH CLUB - EACH YEAR - ONE ROCKHOUND
The AFMS recognition program, EACH CLUB-EACH YEAR-ONE ROCKHOUND, is a continuous
program in which each club is allowed to recognize one member each year for their
outstanding work as rockhounds. Nominations can be submitted at any time during the year.
There is no deadline date. Also, no waiting to see your nominee recognized. Nominations
will be submitted for publication throughout the year.
The AFMS Committee makes no distinction as to who is recognized and who is not. ALL
names submitted for recognition will be published in the AFMS Newsletter. The only
restriction is that each club may submit only one nomination per year. For this program,
married couples are considered as "one". If a club submits a second nomination
within a year, that nomination will be held and published the next year. Reasons for the
nomination should be kept short and simple. Please tell us the name of the club, city and
state where located and the individual sending the information.
Honored by their club this month are:
As I sit and write this convention update, it is April 7th and spring has come very
early to Michigan's Copper Country. That means just one thing to me, IT'S COLLECTING TIME
AGAIN. As a matter of fact, this past weekend saw Sandi (my wife) and me visiting one of
our favorite collecting sites. We did very well: several groups of copper crystals and a
Back to Business: the field trips are filling up- seven of the trips are over 50%
full, one is 75% full. Suggestion: if you have any questions on the status of any of the
trips, give me a call in the evening (906-337-2599) and I'll try to answer any questions
you may have.
This month we'll cover another four sites scheduled for this summer's field trips.
Caledonia Mine: This mine, by the towns of Mass and Greenland, is an active producer of
mineral specimens. Red Metal Explorations has been producing fine specimens from this mine
since the mid-1980s. Last year, an outstanding lot of copper crystals were recovered. The
year before, it produced a fabulous group of copper-in-calcites. And three years ago, an
unbelievable number of pristine crystallized silver specimens. The A.E. Seaman Mineral
Museum acquired a number of the "choicest" pieces from these finds- be sure to
look for the displays at the Museum. Besides these major finds, it has recently produced
thousands of pounds of native copper specimens and hundreds of datolite nodules. Either
the surface or the underground trips will provide outstanding collecting opportunities.
Copper, copper xls, silver, datolite, epidote, calcite and adularia will be found here.
Iroquois Mine: Located on Cliff Drive in Keweenaw County, this mine site produces
some of the best copper wires on prehnite in the District. Common on the prehnite are
minute copper xls and, on rare occasions, a silver wire or silver xls will appear. Also
from this site: mass copper, copper xls, datolite, calcite, and epidote.
Thomsonite Hill: On the Delaware Road, between the town of Eagle Harbor and the
ghost town of Delaware, this site requires an uphill quarter-mile hike to a location in
the woods where thomsonite nodules may be recovered by digging into the hillside. This
site produces very nice material that can be used in jewelry.
Taylor Mine: Located on Old U.S. 41 between L'Anse and Alberta, the collecting site
is a quarter-mile walk through the woods. We will be collecting pyrolusite xls, magnetite
xls, and quartz. Last year, noted collector Ray DeMark found micro-rhodochrosite xls at
Next month I'll cover the rest of the field trip sites. Remember to call us evenings
or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have ANY questions on registration, collecting,
equipment, lodging, etc. 'Til June, Happy Collecting.
MEETING ATTENDANCE AND FIELD TRIP ENTRY BLANKS WERE IN THE APRIL AFMS NEWSLETTER. IF
YOU MISSED THEM, THE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET
Jerry and Lois Harr of the CFMS have donated a beautiful hand crafted opal pendant
to the Endowment Fund, and a drawing will be held for the pendant at the annual AFMS Show
in Houghton this August. As was done a year ago with the walrus carving donated by Virgil
Keltz of the NFMS, tickets will be sold for $1.00 each, and these tickets may be purchased
at any time prior to the drawing from your Regional Federation members of either the
Endowment Fund or
Colorful and deadly - is that what you want in your fireplace? Dr. Jeff Freeman is a
PhD chemist from the Osage Hills Gem and Mineral Society. Recently, he ran across several
articles about making colorful flames in your fireplace. He immediately sounded an alarm.
There is a BIG SAFETY HAZARD in some of the chemicals listed in these articles. Part of
Jeff's article is:
"Attention - Safety Alert on "Colorful Flames"
I have seen this article in exchange bulletins about making colorful flames. I
needed to point out two potential hazards associated with the article that were not
mentioned. The original article is given below.
The second hazard deals with the use of barium. Water-soluble compounds of barium
are poisonous (see the Merck Index, volume I 1, pgs 153-156). Any barium solution left
over from making colorful flames would be poisonous, even the ashes left over from the
fire could be poisonous. Please do not use barium for green flames; use boric acid
SAFE FLAME MATERIALS
Sure you can!
How many times have you said "I'd love to --------, but I (a) am not good
enough (b) am too dumb (c) am too old (d) could never do that, (e) have no talent, or (f)
some other self-stopping statement? Have you ever considered that YOUR attitude is
limiting YOU? Perhaps we judge ourselves against perfection. I'll never make jewelry like
Tiffany. I'll never write like Hemmingway. I'll never paint like Picasso. BUT, I can make
jewelry that is pleasing. I can write something that people find interesting. I can paint
a picture that pleases me.
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT!!! You may not be the best in the world - or second or
20th or 10,000th. But - that doesn't keep you from doing things. It just keeps you from
getting rich from doing them. The only limit is YOUR attitude!
It often seems to me that many of our rock clubs may be talking themselves out of
things, too. Your show may not rival Tucson. Your school talk may not be ready for network
TV. Your field trip may not involve moving science forward. You may not attract a world
class lecturer for your programs. But, you CAN have a show. You CAN talk to kids. You CAN
have interesting field trips. You CAN have interesting and varied programs. Only YOUR
club's attitude limits your club
Another part of the self-limiting attitude that sometimes affects some of our clubs
is the "Yes, but" cold-water reception to new ideas. "That's a good idea,
But ---". "Some clubs do that, but I know we can't. To prove it, I'll avoid
helping and be as lukewarm in support as I can be." "We've never done it that
way." We all know those negative nay-sayers. Let's just be sure WE are not being one
of them. Good clubs are full of members bubbling with ideas AND other members willing to
help realize those ideas.
Consider the world to be full of fascinating oysters that you haven't yet opened. Open every one you can and learn what amazing things you and your club can do. All it takes is saying "We CAN do that!!" So, get going.
Would you (or one of your university students) like to be a RESEARCH ASSISTANT ON A
SCIENTIFIC DIG this summer? Would you like to camp in the Montana badlands and assist in
the excavation of 75 million year old dinosaur eggs and embryos? Montana State University
- Northern's Dinosaur Research Expeditions is offering 3, 6-day camping expeditions in
July. This is an established field research project in its 6th field season. A few spaces
are still left in each
Fossiliferously, Vickie Clouse Reply to:Vickie Clouse email@example.com
Robert Boehringer, of the Burlington Gem and Mineral Club has developed a true type
font of interest to gem and mineral editors. This is a True Type font which is installed
in Windows 95 from Settings->Control Panel->Fonts.It includes around 200 characters
which are single crystals, clusters, and tools such as hammers and chisels. It works with
MS Word, Canvas,
Robert uses it to decorate the newsletter He writes for the Burlington Gem and
Mineral Club If there is a good response he will work on a new font adding more crystals
and tools such as a jeweler's loupe.
Update: We have been informed that the above Crystal Font information is no longer correct and therefore assumed no longer available. The information is being maintained here for historical reference.
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.
A KID'S HISTORY STORY
The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before her troops, they all shouted "hurrah." Then her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo
Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented
electricity and also wrote a book called "Candy". Gravity was invented by Issac
Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling off
In the city of Moscow, there lived a communist named Rudolph. One day the weather
suddently turned terrible.
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