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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES         Volume 55, Number 6
SERVING SEVEN REGIONAL FEDERATIONS                                               May, 2002

IN THIS ISSUE

bulletImportant Notice - Effective Immediately
bulletHeaded To A Rock show? Travel the Lewis & Clark Trail
bulletCommitment
bulletCrying Wolf
bulletGreetings
bulletGOOD Scholarship News
bulletAFMS Juniors Program
bulletAFMS Club Rockhound of the Year
bulletBiographies Wanted
bulletAnother Idea....
bulletSchedule of Events - AMFS/NFMS Convention & Show

Important Notice - Effective Immediately

All correspondence to the AFMS Central Office or Secretary should be sent to:

Lewis Elrod
Central Office Administrator
2706 Lascassas Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37130-1540

                       

Anne Cook
AFMS Secretary
684 Quilliams Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44121

Headed To A Rock show?  Travel the Lewis & Clark Trail

from Brenda Hankins

As you begin to make plans to travel to shows and annual meetings, study your maps and see if you might be headed toward the Lewis and Clark Trail! Along with your maps, you need a copy of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail brochure from the National Park Service. The brochure is free of charge, and you can get a copy by e-mailing your postal address <LECL_Administration@nps.gov>

You may also want to consider purchasing one of the many "travel guides" that have been written on the subject. I recommend Julie Fanselow's Traveling the Lewis & Clark Trail (2000, completely revised and expanded), by Falcon Press Publishing ($15.95). Another good book, particularly from an historical perspective, is Along the Trail with Lewis and Clark by Barbara Fifer and Vicky Soderberg (1998), published by Montana Magazine ($17.95), though even the second one of these I purchased literally fell apart on me. Complete information on the Lewis and Clark Trail is available at the National Parks website <http://www.nps.gov/lecl/travel.htm> or the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial National Council website <lewisandclark200.org>. Another good resource is Jay Rasmussen's complete listing of information, guides, and resources at <lcarchive.org>.

Using the National Parks Service Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail brochure, you will find that the first 35 stops take you from St. Louis to the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Every stop is a good one, however there are a few that you surely do not want to miss.

Start at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis. Seeing the Arch and knowing how it was built is a fascinating experience in and of itself. Those who are not fainthearted will want to take the ride to the top of the stainless steel Arch! The memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson and his vision for westward expansion. The National Park brochure of the Trail and many other books are available in the gift shop. Do not forget to stand by Jefferson in the museum and have your picture made.

An early stop is St. Charles, MO - it is often regarded as the "starting point" as this is where Lewis finally joined the expedition. The Lewis and Clark Center on Riverside Drive is an interesting small museum and has a path to the river where you can see a replica of the keelboat. If you are into bicycling, you will want to plan time to stop at Katy Trail State Park. You can pedal along the Missouri for 165 miles or for 1. I rented my bicycle at the Trail side Cafe & Bike Rental in Rocheport, MO. My ride eastward included seeing a cave surely explored by L & C as well as one of the campsites of the Expedition (cave not available for exploration today).

A stop at Arrow Rock State Park (Arrow Rock, MO) will put you exactly where the expedition was on June 9, 1804. Try to visit the National Frontier Trails Center in Kansas City, MO. All of the major westward trails are featured. Another good museum is the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs, IA.

A stop at Lewis and Clark State Park (Onawa, IA) will give you a view of what many believe to be the most accurate replica of the keelboat and pirogues. Do not miss Fort Atkinson State Park (Fort Calhoun, NE) as it commemorates the Expedition's first encounter with Native Americans. The Sergeant Floyd Monument and the Sergeant Floyd Riverboat Museum Center are must stops (Sioux City, IA). Sgt. Floyd was the only person who did not survive the Expedition. You can find out why at the Museum. You will also be able to see a lifelike bust of Floyd created from a plaster of his skull - completed by a person who found out during the work that Floyd was her ancestor!

Northwest of Sioux City you enter South Dakota. As you drive north on Highway 83 you will cross the Bad River, site of the contentious encounter with the Teton Sioux. Visit LaFramboise Island for the best view of the meeting site. You can use your own feet or rent from Pedals or Paddles and have a fun day on the Island. The South Dakota Cultural Center (Pierre, SD) was one of the most informative and friendly museums I visited. After that stop and just before entering North Dakota, you will see the NPS historical marker providing information on Fort Manuel, the site where Sacagawea died on December 20, 1812.

Traveling through South Dakota and North Dakota will give you a chance to see the beauty of the plains. As you enter Morbid, SD you will be up above the Missouri River and can see it roll and curve toward the northwest. The drive will also give you perspective on what "rural" means, and you will have a glimpse into reservation life for some of today's Native Americans.

Just south of Bismarck, ND at Ft. Lincoln State Park, you can see the site of the abandoned Mandan villages noted by Clark in his journal. Five earthen lodges have been reconstructed. The North Dakota Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (Washburn, ND) has a great dug out canoe you can see and touch and one of four complete sets of Karl Bodmer prints, including portraits made at Fort Clark in 1833.

Ft. Mandan Park, just west of the Interpretive Center, will let you guess what the winter of 1802-1803 might have been like; it has a full replica of Fort Mandan. By visiting the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site just a bit farther down the road, you can explore the site where Sacagawea was living when she, Charbonneau, and Jean Baptiste joined the Expedition.

As you race west toward Montana, you may want to stop at Lewis and Clark State Park (Williston, ND); it has a marker explaining that, near the site on the Expedition's return home, Lewis was shot in the posterior by one of his own men! The next must stop for all those with agate hearts is the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. In 1804, Clark and a small party returned by the Yellowstone. The site was recommended by the Expedition to be of strategic importance and a great location for a trading post.

Next month: Part 2 - Montana to the Pacific Ocean and Return

Commitment

from Steve Weinberger, President

Throughout my travels around the country, visiting various Regional Federation meetings and shows, as well as individual club events, I am impressed by one overriding factor: the commitment of so many people who give so much of themselves for the hobby.

At the AFMS level we have the same type problems that any club has -- we have many of the same offices and committees which have to be staffed by people willing to effectively do their jobs. True, the AFMS has people who have been active for quite a while in their club, regional federation, or at the AFMS level. I won't insult anyone by suggesting that some of us have been doing this since rocks first formed, but I know that many of you recognize names that are quite familiar to you.

These dedicated people throughout the country never utter the words "burnout". "I can't", or "let someone else do it." They are always there ready to pitch in where needed and not waiting in line to receive credit. They are the people who make sure that our hobby continues to provide all that it can to others.

The point that I want to make, especially to all club presidents, is this: Your job is as important as any federation one. It is at the local level that our hobby is actually practiced, and although we do not have as many participants as other larger avocations, we are a special group of people. We can get our hands dirty in the field, cut a beautiful stone, make an unusual piece of jewelry, classify a rare fossil, or collect or photograph a truly beautiful mineral. You at the club level can influence the future of our hobby by interesting others in what we do. Through your shows, working in schools, public displays, and classes or workshops, you show the public just what we are all about.

Now that we are halfway through our year, I wanted to reflect back and to thank all of those dedicated AFMS officers, committee chairmen, and committee members for their hard work and selfless devotion. Without their support and effort, my job would be impossible to do.

Crying Wolf

from Mel Albright

In this age every bureaucratic nanny is trying to protect everybody from something. Lawyers are trying to protect manufacturers from lawsuits. We are buried in warnings. Almost every item has some warning printed on it - sometimes several. If you hunt, you will find there is a MSDS (material safety data sheet) issued for WATER as required by the government. A little search says vinegar is considered one of the most dangerous substances around. Stickers say not to let the baby put its head in a bucket of water. Plastic sheet repeatedly warns that it isn't for putting over your nose. And on and on.

If you are like me, you are starting to ignore all the safety warnings. I don't even read them anymore. There are so many that there might as well be none.

BUT, some of them are somewhat serious. They should be followed carefully. Every new prescription carries several pages of fine print mumbo about how it acts. Buried in there are safety warnings such as "Don't take on an empty stomach." "Do not eat grapefruit products while taking this medicine." "Call your doctor is these symptoms occur." These should be observed. But, you have no warning about the seriousness of the warnings. Are they warning against a possible headache? Sometimes "Don't take this medicine with that medicine" is a matter of life and death.

Some materials rockhounds use give the same problems. Strong acids ALL warn against skin contact. Hydrochloric acid burns somewhat (and is very dangerous to breathe) but is present in your stomach. Nitric and sulfuric acid give second and third degree skin burns. However all 3 give you a little time to minimize damage by rapid washing with water. But ONE small drop of hydrogen fluoride can KILL you. So getting complacent about using acids can be fatal. Some flammable solvents are actually hard to get burning. Some flash easily from heat or static electricity. So casual use of solvents can be dangerous. Some tools can bruise you if misused while others can take off a finger.

SO, WHAT TO DO? First is to read the information on everything you buy. Then decide what warnings are for your status. Then remember EVERY TIME you use them to mentally review the safety conditions needed and be sure you follow them.

Remember, sometimes the wolf really does show up.

Greetings

from Ron Carman, President-Elect

In a few of these messages we have discussed the importance of our shows and how they can make a good impression on the public if presented properly. I'm sure I don't need to remind anyone of just how important it is to make our shows as informative and attractive as possible to keep visitors interested and coming back. Club members are encouraged to show their work or some of the items they have collected. I barely mentioned competitive displays, which to me has been a sadly neglected part of our shows with increasing frequency for some years now, and I am not sure just what the trouble is.

The main symptom I have seen is the complete lack of competitive displays in nearly all the local shows, and a decrease in the number of competitive entries at regional federation and AFMS shows. Far too many of the clubs that used to include competitive cases in their annual shows have eliminated them entirely. The Regional Federations have competition in their shows, and of course there is competition at the AFMS shows each year, but the number of competitive cases I see has dropped steadily over the years. I must admit that I really don't know what is wrong! I have asked some persons in the past what they believe the trouble is, but have not received too many definitive answers. I have heard comments such as "too strict rules" or "hard-nosed judges" along with other comments some of which would set fire to ordinary writing paper. But I really do wish we could find a way to encourage exhibitors to compete at our shows, both local and federation. Do any of you members reading this article have any ideas? Would the cost of any awards made be too high? That has not been a problem in any shows I have helped with; the problem is lack of persons putting in competitive exhibits.

As I mentioned earlier, I would like to encourage everyone to show off his or her handiwork, collections, etc. at all our shows. A row of attractive display cases at a club show can be a pleasure to look at! It can look even better if some of the cases have ribbons or trophies or both. The rules allow all cases to receive awards, if they earn enough points, so don't be scared you won't be able to win an award just because someone else received one more point. What do you think?

If anyone has any ideas that might be of benefit, please feel free to let me know. My E-mail and snail-mail address are right here in this newsletter, and I would like to hear any comments you may have. If you like, you can also contact one of your federation's Uniform Rules representatives. Thank you all in advance for your consideration and any thoughts you may bring this way.

GOOD Scholarship News

from Jon Spunaugle, Foundation President

Last month I shared with you the news about some difficulties with the Scholarship Foundation. At that time, one of our concerns was that tax returns for two years had apparently not been filed on time by the previous treasurer and that the IRS was assessing the Foundation with a several thousand dollar penalty. (The Foundation does not have to pay taxes, but because of the revenue each year, we are required to file a return. If the return is not filed on time, penalties apply).

Our present treasurer Arlene Burkhalter has been diligently working with the IRS on this and has now been informed that the Foundation will not have to pay the penalty. This is terrific news! Arlene is to be commended for her efforts on our behalf.

Our regional federations are now completing the process of selecting their honorary scholarship recipients for this year and we will soon be able to share information about them with you. As a result of your continuing contributions to the Foundation we will be able to assist another 12 students this year with grants.

As always, I thank you for your continuing support of this very worthy program.

AFMS Juniors Program

Bob & Kathy Miller, Junior Co-Chairs

There are two different items we are writing about in this month's article.

We would like to thank Mr. Gary Buhr for representing the AFMS Juniors Program at the AFMS Convention in Port Townsend, WA this summer. Gary is the Northwest Federation Junior Chairman and is doing great things with the juniors in his region. He has planned a juniors booth with activities all the days of the show involving the Future Rockhounds of America. If you attend the AFMS convention be sure to stop by the AFMS/NFMS/FRA Juniors booth and visit with them. Let them know they are an important part of our hobby.

It is not too soon to be thinking of the AFMS convention/show next year (2003), in Ventura, CA. Mr Jim Brace-Thompson, the CFMS Junior Chairman is from this city. He also is actively involved with the juniors and FRA clubs in his region. We are sure he is already making plans for this convention.

Without the interest and zeal of our regional Junior Chairmen the AFMS Juniors Program would lose it's purpose of promoting interest to youth in our hobby. We have been fortunate to have their active support as a committee and individually. We appreciate and thank them.

In the past six years we have had countless letters, e-mails, and telephone calls on how to organize a junior club within a club/society. We have sent out some adequate advice or suggestions and now we would like to add a few more for helping the juniors have fun with our hobby.

1. Depending on the number of youth, their enthusiasm, and commitment insure their support with the club and have one of the members counsel or advise them.

2. Once ideas or plans have been decided with the advisor and the club board, meet with the juniors and outline the requirements with them.

3. Let the Juniors help form the rules and what they would like to learn about, goals to attain, and projects to eventually accomplish. Remember to structure them to an age level they all can understand.

4. To make the junior club official, let them name their group, possibly a contest could be held. For the originator of the name a prize of a good rock, fossil or mineral specimen would be given.

5. The sponsor club could help by purchasing folders with pockets for geological information or field notes, and a plastic storage box given for their specimens or finds.

6. Have the juniors decide when to meet. Don't forget to include field trips, participating and exhibiting at club shows and providing a section of the club's library for them.

These are just a few ideas, we are sure your club could add more to keep the juniors happily active in your club/society.

AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year

from Bonnie Glismann

Lots of wonderful people have been recognized by their clubs. Here's the latest listing.

California Federation - 2001

San Pablo Gem & Mineral Society presents Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Power. "They Were the founders and Charter members in 1967. They have served each and every year in an office or Board capacity. These two are truly a devoted couple in regards to the club's welfare-they have always stepped up to do the job! In my personal opinion, they truly deserve recognition."

Submitted by John Paul Oakee, Secretary

Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club presents Anna Christiansen. "What a bonanza for the Stockton Club when Anna joined our ranks. Anna has been a source of energy to our "aging faithful" members. When she was President and on the Board of Directors, she made many improvements and suggestions that created improved relations between members and improved our club. After taking a couple of lessons from Stan Wright in wire wrapping, she blossomed. Every Wednesday she has driven from Oakdale to Stockton to teach a wire wrap class. Stan turned the class over to her so he could travel. Anna and her students have won many awards. Not only does she donate time to educating our members, that isn't enough; she was a wire wrap instructor at Camp Paradise, where she is a very popular instructor. As Editor of the "Rock Chips", she keeps all of us informed of activities in our club, the CFMS And AFMS. Anna also manages the Dealers' dinner and the kitchen at our "Earth Treasures" annual show. During remodeling of our clubhouse, and also when KP duty is needed, Anna is always there to help, or wherever help is needed. So-our heart-felt thanks and appreciation go to Anna Christiansen."

Submitted by Joyce Whitney

The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society recognizes Karen Dawes. "Karen was voted 'Volunteer of the Year' for the Fallbrook G and M Society for the year 2000. As Volunteer of the Year, Karen has joined the ranks of others who have consistently devoted a significant portion of their time, energy, and skills for the betterment of our Society and for the education of the public in the knowledge of minerals and gems. It can be said that volunteerism is a way of life for Karen. Her commitment to supporting the causes of scientific and educational organizations extends well beyond the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society."

Submitted by John P. Frey, Federation Director

The El Dorado County Mineral and Gem Society recognizes Stan and Dorris Stillson. "Since Stan and Dorris, members for 17 years, joined the El Dorado County M and G Society, their contributions have been numerous and constant. The have managed major Club events, each serving as Gem Show Coordinators and several times co-chairing the Club's County Fair exhibits. Stan functioned as "Rock Man", keeper of the Club's door prize and mineral assets, for a couple of years and held the office of Club President. Both Stan and Dorris have assumed multiple roles on the Club's Board of Directors and have chaired committees. Stan's lapidary and scrimshaw talents and the couple's vast collection of minerals, fossils, and seashells have all contributed to their reputation for high quality exhibitions in numerous gem shows throughout Northern California each year. Accomplished exhibitors, the Stillsons share their expertise on setting up display cases with the Club and provide informational programs about their interests for several schools and organizations. The Stillsons collect with the intent to share their samples, and are always generously giving of their time and talents."

Submitted by Fred Ott, President

The Ventura Gem and Mineral Society wishes to honor valuable club member Richard Bromser for his devotion to the Club. "He has been on the Board of Directors for a number of years, keeping excellent financial records, planning the budget, etc. Richard is helpful in all jobs, helping with school tours of the club's Earth Science Museum and doing many jobs on clean-up days or class days. During the Club show, Richard does the hauling of equipment and material from storage, and hauls it all back when the show is over. If there is any job to be done, Richard will do it. Richard has also made many helpful suggestions that have made this a better club. We appreciate all that you have done, Richard."

Submitted by Florence Meisenheimer

Woodland Hills Rock Chippers presents Gary Levitt. Gary has been a member for nine years. He has held numerous offices; President, Show Chair, Bulletin Editor, Web Master, Programs, Membership, and Federation Director, to name a few. He has also hosted and instructed workshops at his home. He's always the first to greet new members and make them feel at home. He keeps things lively with his humor and his puns.

Fossils For Fun is proud to nominate Keith Lindholm for their "rockhound Of the year". In the first year of his membership, Keith led the summer field trip to Moab, Utah. Having grown up there, he was very well acquainted with the local rock hunting scene, and led some great field trips. He is also very knowledgeable about petroglyphs. He guided us to some famous and infamous rock art examples in the Moab area. His expertise is well known, and this year he was one of the featured speakers for the Sacramento Valley Fieldtrip Chairmen's Co-operative Fieldtrip Seminar. A new club member who jumps right in is a rare jewel to be treasured. Thank you Keith!

Submitted by Debbie Bunn, Fed. Director

The Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society is proud to nominate Lenore Case for their "rockhound of the year". Lenore has served the club in a number of important capacities. She was Editor for 15 years and Secretary for 19 years. She as also served as a Director, Historian, Program Chair, Publicity Chair, Telephone Chair, and Vice President. Lenore has an incredible wealth of knowledge and functions as our club "memory". She always seems to remember where we put things! She spells better than a dictionary and knows the rules for proper English. For years she published the club roster in booklet form, a complicated project. Lenore always helps out with whatever project the club takes on. We're really lucky to have someone like her. Thank you Lenore!

Submitted by Debbie Bunn, Secretary

The Long Beach Mineral & Gem Society (founded in 1937) honors Mac and Betty McGraw. "LBGMS is enriched by our selfless, altruistic, lifetime member, Mac McGraw. Consensus is that we wouldn't have a club if it weren't for the myriad contributions of time, money and materials by Mac. He has trained many in lapidary arts as Shop Director. He has served as President, Show Chairman, Field Trip Chairman, Shop Director, and in various other offices too numerous to list. He maintains two ever-changing display cases in our shop area that delight and enrich all, particularly the public. Our shop is well supplied with high grade cutting material. He is famous for his clocks, which he generously 'gifts' to everyone. They are cherished by all. He is quietly there, affable, telling us stories of past field trips and making suggestions, like starting the Beading workshop, etc. We would like to thank and honor him for all the joy he brings to each of us. His wife, Betty, has been active over the years, also. We thank them both."

Submitted by Louise Oleson, Corresponding Secretary

Orange Belt Mineralogical Society is proud to honor Jack Gibson as their Rockhound of the Year 2001. When President Mary Phillips congratulated Jack as being the club's honoree, she said "He is a true asset to our club. He is always at workshops, regularly attends meetings and LOVES helping new members at getting started. He usually gives them their first rock to make their first cabochon. If you ever need help with anything, all you have to do is 'just ask'. He is always helping with the upkeep on our machinery, repairing or rebuilding. He truly deserves the award for Rockhound of the Year 2001. Jack, thank you for all you have done, and (in advance) for all you will continue to do for our club. It was a definite privilege to announce you, this year for this prestigious award. Continue to shine." Jack has been a workshop instructor and maintenance man for the 16 years he has been a club member. As his wife said, "He has been playing with rocks since he was a baby." Submitted by Thelma Christoffersen Federation Director Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society "wishes to honor two of our long-time members, Jim and Mary Bufton. Jim joined our club in 1965, soon becoming Property Chairman. He later became Membership Chairman, which position he continues to hold today. His wife, Mary, was active in the Club's activities even before she joined Jim as a member. Mary always provides a friendly helping hand at every club activity - craft nights, kitchen, snack bar, and for our annual show. Mary is currently the Club's Publicity Chair, a position she has held for many years. By their willingness to shoulder both work and responsibility, Jim and Mary Bufton have been for many years and continue to be valued, productive members of the Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society."

Submitted by Hazel Woolsey, Federation Director

The American River Gem & Mineral Society wishes to honor Bob and Flo Hanson as their Rockhound Couple of the Year. Bob has been President of the Club at least 5 times, as well as holding many other offices. Bob has been show chairman many times and if not working as chairman has been involved coordinating the show's dealers, spaghetti dinners, setup, silent auction, etc. Bob was instrumental in establishing the Cooperative Field Trip Chairmen's Association (COOP), an organization involving 14 northern California clubs that provides quality field trips throughout the area. He is a permanent director of this group. Bob regularly provides tumbled rock for the Shriner's Hospital, children's crafts section and puts on classes in clock making for members and interested groups. Flo, in addition to being Bob's '' right hand lady" and full time backup, has served as club Vice President, Sunshine Chairperson and Show Chairperson. Bob is currently our Federation Director, and Flo serves as meeting coordinator and as the field trip coordinator for the COOP. Thanks Bob and Flo for your many years of hard work and devoted service.

Submitted by Hugh Brady, Treasurer

Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society has chosen Pat Clarke as Member of the Year. Pat has served very ably as Show Chairman, and as unofficial show advisor and implementer, for a number of years. She is a talented jewelry designer and has recently become a show dealer. Her enthusiasm and persistence inspires fellow members to sign up for all the jobs in all the time slots at the annual shows. Her take charge approach and her experience in public relations has helped avert unexpected, enormous, last-minute disasters. Pat is also our favorite metro bus driver.

Submitted by Marion Fowler Federation Director, SCM&GS

California Federation - 2002

Mariposa Gem and Mineral Club (Mariposa, CA) nominates Russell and Helen Caperon. Russell has been field trip leader, program chairperson, CFMS representative, vice-president, and president of the club. He reaches out to other clubs, and he's always ready to teach anyone "how to do it." Helen has prepared articles on mineralogy and gemology. She has organized and run several successful shows, and has been a liaison with the California State Mineral Museum. Both have been a driving force behind planning, construction and operation of the Shop.

Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society (Redwood City, CA) nominates Preston Bingham. Preston has served as president and has held numerous other titles. He mentors other members, and teaches lapidary workshops. He is a liaison to other clubs, encouraging teamwork and cooperation.

Northwest Federation

Leonard Cona of the Nisqually Valley Rockhound Society of Yelm, Washington has been selected by the membership as the Rockhound of the Year. He is currently the Club Secretary and has also served in the past as club President and Treasurer. He is best known as the Club Show Chairman a position he has held for 16 consecutive years.

Submitted by Keith Greethan, Club President

Andrew L. Beeman of the Yakima Rock and Mineral Club Inc. Yakima, Washington, has been nominated for Rockhound of the Year. Mr. Beeman has been a long time member of our club and is deserving of this honor. He has filled most of the chairs of the club and taught the Lapidary arts in his home workshop and at the YMCA. He has devoted time and financial assistance as well as participating in club activities.

Submitted by Howard S. Walter, Jr NFMS Club Director

Reuel Janson is the choice of the Hellgate Mineral Society of Missoula, Montana as their Rockhound of the Year. He has been a member for 21 years serving at President and Vice President. He give talks to school children teaching them factual information about rocks. He is proficient in geology, cabachon making and faceting and has won many awards for his displays. He supplies good material for the silent auction, submits articles to our club bulletin and has won prizes at the Northwest and American Show. He as led field trips, identifying rocks found, and has served on many committees such as Education and PLAC. He has given slide programs and talks and has been a great asset to the Hellgate Mineral Society through those 21 years.

Submitted by Julia Janson, Club Historian

Eastern Federation

Sam Waldman, treasurer of the Brooklyn Mineralogical Society has been nominated as the AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year. Sam, who keeps records of the club monies, is always staying late to help in his duties. He always gives a ride to members who find themselves without company home, and he donates items to the club auction for the raising of funds. Sam runs to the bank, without complaint, and provides an update of the membership whenever it is requested. New members always get a warm welcome from Sam, and find it easy to join our organization. The club has been growing steadily, and it is due to members like Sam Waldman, Rockhound of the Year.

Biographies Wanted

from Shirley Leeson

As AFMS Historian, I'd like to have a bio from all LlIVING AFMS PAST PRESIDENTS. It should include your profession, when you were introduced to the hobby and how; if you have exhibited at the regional and national level; what particular interests you have had and what your interest is now. And what offices you have held at both the regional and national level. A little bit about yourselves and spouses if you wish.

And for those AFMS Past Presidents who have passed on, would the regional federations help me with bios and obits. Your local clubs could help by checking with their historians for information. You might even find the information in your regional newsletters.

And for those LIVING PAST PRESIDENTS, if you don't write it, I will. How's that for a threat!

Shirley Leeson, AFMS Historian
shirleyleeson@email.msn.com
or 6155 Haas St.
La Mesa, CA 91942-4312

Another Idea.... 

from Larry Bull, Boston Mineral Club

I wanted to relate to those of you who may be involved with mineral clubs etc. about a recent event held at the Natural History Museum at Harvard University.

The Boston Mineral Club in conjunction with the Harvard Natural History Museum sponsored the second annual March Mineral Madness event.

The event in only its second year drew about 1400 people last Saturday. The event ran for several days with the mineral club involved just for the day on Saturday.

The members of the Boston Mineral Club set up various displays and demonstrations throughout the museum geared primarily for children. They included displays such as mineral hardness, fluorescents, identification, microscopes, scavenger hunt and the like.

The event by all reports and the response of those who attended was terrific. Many people wanted additional days of the same and/or to know when it would be done again.

This might be something you might want to try with your club and the local museum. Admittedly having an event such as this at Harvard is a big plus, but certainly it could be successfully done elsewhere.

Schedule of Events - AMFS/NFMS Convention & Show

from Bob Sahli, Convention Chair

Tuesday, July 16 -
    AFMS Uniform Rules meeting 9:00 A.M.
    Whale Watching Tour (must reserve in advance)

Wednesday, July 17
    AFMS Annual Meeting 9:00 A.M.
    Scholarship Foundation Annual Meeting
    Show Set-up (Fairgrounds)
    Exhibitor-Dealer Dinner

Thursday, July 18
    Show (Fairgrounds)

Friday, July 19
    Show continues (Fairgrounds)
    All Officers Luncheon
    Buffet Dinner (Elk's Lodge)
    NFMS Annual Meeting - 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 20
    Editor's Breakfast & Symposium
    Show continues (fairgrounds)
    Past President's Luncheon
    Awards Banquet (Elk's Lodge)

Sunday, July 21
    Show continues.

 

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