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A.F.M.S. Newsletter

Serving Seven Regional Federations

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Vol. 52 Issue 6

May, 1999



Executive Officers' Reports
Editor's Column
Editors' Seminar in Nashville
Letter to the Editor
Loud and Clear
Safety Article - "Are you Ready for Trouble?"
Each Club - Each Year - One Rockhound
Competitive Exhibits
AFMS Scholarship Foundation Honorary Award Winners for 1999

 Executive Officers’ Reports:
President Elrod’s Message for May, 1999:

As I am preparing this message my printer is putting out some additional email messages from people who want to attend the show and have requested registration packets. This is great! Get your requests to me by email, telephone, U. S. (snail) mail or by carrier pigeon. I don’t care how I get it. We just want you to come to Nashville in July to attend the joint AFMS/SFMS convention and show. When I get your requests then a packet will be mailed. I usually do in batches so I can print the labels easier. Please return the registration forms as quickly as possible. We need to know how many displays we will have of each type, how many registrants for the seminars so we can prepare hand outs, how many will be attending the meals and the convention meetings, etc. Help us help you by getting your reservations in early.

The plans for the show and conventions are progressing well. We have a number of people who have reserved motel rooms and, for this, you should not wait. The rooms are being booked and I would hate for you not to be able to stay in the convention hotel. Go ahead and reserve a room, if necessary you can cancel if some emergency arises.

The Editors Seminar looks like it is really shaping up. We are hoping to have some Website information for the Editors as well. The society Editors often work closely with the Webmasters in the production and posting of their newsletters on the society websites. It will be beneficial for Editors and Webmasters alike to attend the Editors Seminar and see what they can gain from the great experience of the persons who will be presenting the seminar.

The SFMS Second Vice President is hard at work on a State Directors Seminar. This is meant for any person who works with other clubs such as state directors, regional directors or vice presidents, etc. Everyone is invited to attend and to contribute to the success of this seminar. The purpose is to increase communication between the Regional Federations and the member societies.

Duane McIntyre, Chairman of the AFMS Insurance Committee plans to have a meeting of the committee during the show. He will be contacting the committee members to set a date and time. Any Regional Federation which has not yet appointed an Insurance Chairman for their federation needs to do so and let me know so they may be added to the committee. If the Committee Chairman is not going to be able to attend they should find someone who is going to attend who will attend the committee meeting in their place. We are attempting to put together a national program to provide better coverage at a lower cost to the societies.

The response to the mailing of packets of information to the AFMS Committee Chairs and Members has been rather slow. I have received a response from several persons but a large number have not yet responded. Please go over the information and provide corrections, updates, etc. so we can publish the corrections. We also want to get the listing on the AFMS Website and cannot do so without your response. The mailing also requested your suggestions for committee duties, projects, etc. I need this response to be able to get this to the Long Range Planning Committee for their action. This must be reviewed and placed in a format for consideration at our annual convention, if such action is required, or for other consideration if full Board approval is not required. Many of you have great ideas which will be of much benefit to the AFMS. Let’s hear your ideas, we want to know the direction in which you want this, your federation, to go in the future.

I have been requested to include some information on camping at the show site. The Fairgrounds Management has informed me that they now have over two hundred improved, full hookup sites available. No reservations needed. Just pull into the fairgrounds and you will find a spot. Pull in, begin setting up and a Security Guard will stop to assist you, collect your security deposit and give you a hookup pigtail so you can connect to the electric power. The sites are only a very short walk from the show building. We hope to have many of you who will take advantage of this opportunity. We understand the fee is $25.00 per night for hookup camping on the grounds.

Bill Luke is performing an admirable job as our AFMS Newsletter Editor. I would like for many of you to send him an email or note telling him how much you like what he is doing. He would like to know what you like, what you want to see and any other suggestions you may have. For all you Regional Vice Presidents, Bill needs some monthly reports to print in the newsletter. Lets keep him busy and give him what he desires. It only takes a short time to prepare an article if you think about it ahead of time. I will spend some twenty minutes writing my article this month. That is twenty minutes of typing but I have been thinking of what to say ever since I sent last months article by email to Bill last month.

At a prior AFMS convention a project was approved called the "China Project". Due to a variety of reasons we have not been able to pursue the project of donation of United States materials to China until now. Now, the time has come. In late August I will be leading a tour group on a fourteen day tour of China. We will visit four major cities in the country, jewelry manufacturers, mines, mineral dealers, etc. This is being put together by a firm in Seattle, Washington and by an association of Chinese businesses and organizations. If you are interested in going on the tour then send me an email or a letter and I will have information sent to you. The information will be provided by the Chinese Government and will only be mailed to those persons who express a desire for more information. The mailing of this to our entire membership would be a prohibitive expense and we would not give our mailing list out at any rate.

This is a wonderful opportunity to have a chance to visit China on a tour which will be designed with our hobby in mind. An agenda is now being organized and will be ready for distribution within the next few week. I am requesting all Editors to place this, along with my address, in their newsletters to permit all of our members to learn of the opportunity.

Now, just what is the China Project? It is an idea I had to make a donation of United States lapidary materials, cut stones, other projects, mineral specimens, etc. to the Chinese people from the Rockhounds of America. Instead of shipping them to China, we will take them. Be thinking of what you would like to donate and in a future issue I will tell you what information is needed to go along with the donation and what to do with the donations. I will need a volunteer from each of the Regional Federations, who is going on the tour, to assist me with this project.

President-Elect Report:
By Dan Lingelbach, President Elect

At the present time the plan we are following to save or maintain access to public lands for collecting is to try to convince our Legislators and Federal Agency Administrators that rockhounding is a bona-fide recreational and educational activity. Besides the efforts of individual club members, we have the ALAA as a legal lobbying organization operating with limited funds. Since we don't have the kind of funds of those who seem to be intent on keeping rockhounds from collecting on public lands, we may be fighting a loosing battle. However, as the general public becomes aware of and affected by some of the actions of Federal and local agencies, I think we may be seeing some lessening of past rate of closing lands.

A good example of the public being affected is the problem the owners of wetlands in Texas around Austin are having. See, "This Land Was Your Land" in the October, 1997 issue of the Reader's Digest, p 166.

How effective we can be with this approach is yet to be seen, so I think we need to work on a "Plan B". We need to develop an approach comparable to that of the Gold Prospectors Association of American. As I understand it, specified claims, either owned or leased by members and/or the association, are open to all members of GPAA for prospecting.

I would be interested in hearing from any rockhounds who are also members of the GPAA, to learn more about how that program works and how we might adapt it for use by rockhounds. Intially, the Federation could utilize all the expertise of our members in this area to outline a course of action.

Our President, Lewis Elrod has developed an outstanding program of education and entertaiment for the AFMS Show and Convention in Nashville in June. I hope you are making a serious effort to be there. See you in Nashville.

1st Regional Vice-Pres.,
Bill Burns, CFMS

(No report this month.)

2nd Regional Vice-Pres.,
Shirley Greenberg, EFMLS

(No report this month.)

3rd Regional Vice-Pres.,
Ron Carman, SCFMS

(No report this month.)

4th Regional Vice-Pres.,
Marvin Starbuck, MFMGS

(No report this month.)

5th Regional Vice-Pres.,
Richard Glismann, NFMS

As Fifth Vice President of the AFMS, I am responsible to see that the Club Publications and the Commemorative Stamps Committee are working toward their goals.

I talked to Kitty Starbuck, Club Publications Chair, just as she was leaving for the Midwest Show and Convention. She assured me that she is receiving letters and is active in getting ready for the Editors Awards Breakfast held in Nashville in July.

I thank Kitty and each Chairperson of each federation who work on this committee: Donna Mueller, CFMS; Barbara Fenstermacher, EFMLS; Judy Budnik MFMGS (thanks to Judy for her letter telling of her progress in Midwest Federation), Darlene Denton, NFMS; Pauline Price, RMFMS;Jean Wallace, SCFMS; Leo Morris, SFMS.

I also talked to 82 year old Lillian Turner, chair of the Commemorative Stamp Committee. She is recovering from open heart surgery, but is still going strong. She is not doing much letter writing but her phone bill is like the National Debt. She and Wendell Mohr from the Eastern Federation are working toward establishment of a set of Birthstone stamps as our next AFMS Commemorative Stamp offering. She tells me that it takes at least eight years to get a stamp set into circulations.

My thanks to Lillian and the Chairpersons of each federation for their work. CFMS (no name has been submitted); Wendell Mohr, EFMLS; MFMGS (no name has been submitted); Ben and Hermina Kolski, NFMS (Thanks to Ben and Hermina for their support of the Birthstone stamps and for collecting canceled stamps for NFMS cancer research project); Richard Dodrill, RMFMS; SCFMS (no name submitted); Jim Robinson, SFMS.

Secretary/Central Office,
Dan McLennan

(No report this month.)

Special Congress Representing Involved Bulletin Editors
By Bill Luke, Editor, AFMS Newsletter and member of S.C.R.I.B.E.

This month, I am going to mention another organization that is not the AFMS, but all of its members are. They are Editors of club bulletins, actively interested in improving the bulletins and providing help and advise to all editors. Like ALAA, we sometimes have organizations that form because of common interests and purpose.

S.C.R.I.B.E. has been in existence since 1981 so that Editors can get together and learn from and help each other. Many of the Federation Club Publications/Bulletin Aids people have been the spark plugs and leaders. Miles Smith, President of S.C.R.I.B.E. will be one of the featured speakers at the Editors’ Seminar at Nashville.

Why do I write about an organization that’s only of interest to Editors? Because everything you read in your club bulletin or Federation newsletter is the product of the creativity of your Editor! You are informed about your club activities and your rockhound hobby because a few people will put the time and energy into creating bulletins. Therefore, it is not only for Editors, but for ALL interested rockhounds.

Any club bulletin editor who is unaware of S.C.R.I.B.E. should get information from one of the officers. (Listed in the committee column on page 9)

Also, see the Letter to the Editor on Page 5 for more that has had me busy this week.

Editor’s Column

By Bill Luke, Editor

Report on Delivery Dates: Thanks to all who have sent back data. It seems there is about two weeks variation, so some will probably not receive theirs before the first of the month. I hope everyone can get it before deadlines for club bulletins.

Web site, www.amfed.org: I have been getting good comments, and seeing items in bulletins from the site. We’re developing an NFMS site; and, I’m hearing reports at meetings and reading in club bulletins that many clubs are starting, already have, or are proposing sites.

Newsletter Content: It’s interesting how some random, separate inputs always tie together as each issue fills out. This month (this past week) it was receiving the SCRIBE bulletin, Lewis’ paragraph about the content of the AFMS Newsletter, and the receipt of a letter that is included as a "Letter to the Editor". These things tie in with the upcoming Editors Seminars at Hillsboro, Oregon (NFMS) and Nashville, Tenn. (AFMS).

Letters to the Editor: This is something I was going to do sometime soon. However, now is the right time. It will be a regular heading, every month. I will invite anyone to write on any issue. And, I will especially invite responses. So long as things are kept reasonable, I believe this can produce some very good exchanges of ideas.

Courtesy Bulletins: I’m receiving many bulletins from clubs across the country. Many of them have a summary of, or list of items in, the AFMS Newsletter, and make the newsletter available to the club. That’s good! Thanks to the Editors who send to me. I may not be able to read everything in every one, but I enjoy scanning them all. I recommend you send to as many Federation officers as you can afford. That way, they will find out what is going on throughout their organization. Yes, you, the clubs, are the Federation.


 Editors’ Seminar at AFMS/SFMS Convention in Nashville
By Leo Morris, Chair, AFMS Seminar Committee

As the time for the 1st combined AFMS/SFMS Convention in Nashville, TN approaches, we continue to work on the schedule of events for the Editors' Seminar. Last issue of the AFMS Newsletter we gave you a tentative list of volunteers who agreed to give a 15 minute presentation on various subjects related to the art of editing and publishing bulletins.

A quick review of these presentations:

Diane Dare (MWF/SFMS) - Differences between reports and articles. Diane is a former newsletter editor, she is a judge for bulletin contests, Past President of the Midwest Federation and American Federation.

Carolyn Weinberger (EFMLS) - Bulletin layouts, primarily using a computer. Carolyn is Bulletin Editor for the Eastern Federation and for her home club Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, MD.

Shirley Leeson (CFMS) - How to give proper credit to authors (including material taken from Internet resources) - Shirley edited the newsletter, The Pegmatite, for her home club, San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, for 20 years as well as taking an active part in both the CFMS and AFMS activities.

Miles Smith (SCRIBE) - The role of SCRIBE in relation to Club and Federation newsletters. Miles is currently President of SCRIBE. He is former editor of The Kentucky Agate, newsletter of his home club, The Capital City Gem & Mineral Club.

Bill Luke (NFMS) - Purpose of the AFMS Newsletter, how he puts it together. He will also discuss the job he is doing in publishing the AFMS Newsletter, and what goes into making a successful, readable newsletter. Bill is currently AFMS Editor, and Past Editor of the Northwest Newsletter.

Ruby Lingelbach (RMFMS) - Judging bulletins - What judges look for in scoring bulletins. Ruby is currently President of the RMFMS. She is also a newsletter editor.

Each of the above are judges for both Regional Federation and AFMS Bulletin Contests with many years of experience. We are very fortunate to have such talent within the AFMS and I sure that their presentations will prove very interesting and informative.

We are currently looking for someone who can talk about the role of web masters and bulletin editors as more and more web sites spring up within the gem & mineral hobby. If you can identify someone to fill this role please let Lewis Elrod, Bill Luke, or myself know who that person is.

Editors don't forget to bring a minimum of 50 copies of your newsletter to put on the swap table. Also, if you have an item that you believe will make a good handout for the seminar, please send a good clean copy to either Lewis or myself and we will see that sufficient copies are available for the seminar.

Don't forget the seminar is scheduled for 1:00 PM, Friday, July 9th at the Headquarters Hotel. Please let Lewis know if you plan on attending.

There will be a question and answer period after each presentation.

Questions should be directed to President Lewis Elrod - 615-893-8270
(email: Lelrod@mail.state.tn.us)

or, Seminar Chair, Leo Morris, 770-445-9274 (Email: Lmorris@aol.com)

 Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor;

The April Issue of the AFMS Newsletter arrived in my rural mailbox at noon today. It is in time to use in my up coming May Rockhound Roundup. I have read every item in the paper and am answering your editors column beginning at the bottom of page two and continued on page four. At this point you are talking about judging club bulletins based on how much AFMS and in my case, EFMLS regional information is carried across to the members!

First let me say that many months I would be happy to have anything to copy so I do not have to be "creative" to fill the three sheet sides that I normally print. However the feed back I get from members is that they are not interested in what the AFMS prints at all, or our own EFMLS very little. Most shows are too far away for us to attend. Most descriptions of meetings do not apply to them personally and are unimportant. What happens in the other five federations do not apply to our club!. Safety information only applies to a few lapidary cutters or field trips to places we cannot even get to.

The names and addresses of federation officers are not needed by most of the members. Since our EFMLS directory is only in the hands of two officers, the corrections are unimportant. The names and studies of the scholarship recipients means nothing as we do not "know" any of them. The winners of plaques or other awards never apply to our immediate area. We have never submitted a name for "Each one teach one " or Rockhound Hall of Fame; nothing here is of interest to our club.

I am certain that at times there are things that must be reprinted, but mostly I find that the general membership is not only not interested, but at times totally unhappy when I use space for what they consider a waste of reading time.

Now talking for myself, I know many of the names, places, and values of what is printed and personally enjoy reading both papers. Our club is now in it's 12th year, and has had only one show. (many years ago) . Our total treasury is under $700.00! The biggest problem is that those of us that are Gung Ho members are too old to do the physical work of either field trips or shows. Any one younger is insecure about taking an active lead in the club. I recommend that you try to find something to put into the paper that can be of use to a local club. I know that you are trying by your call for articles.

I hope that you do not think I am throwing cold water. On the contrary, I wish I could offer a better solution to the problem. I do feel that forcing the use of local and National Federation materials to qualify for points is not productive to entries in a bulletin competition. I have never entered as I do not have the time to fill out the forms, prepare the extra copies, and also I have no access to any copy machines other than this computer. Not a single item has been given me to print except for one year the president did send a copy for 8 of the 12 months issues. "Prez Sez"

1 have racked my brain to prepare a continuing educational column about understanding how minerals are formed and how to identify them. Almost any thing to fill out a small bulletin. To have something to copy can only be a blessing.

I did send some things to the contest this year, however it was not properly prepared due to lack of time and my physical problems. So I assume you will never see any of it. Thank you for taking on the thankless job of editing the AFMS Newsletter. Good luck at getting outside input that is useful to other editors.

William F. Grimes
Editor for the Smokey Mountain Mineral Soc. Inc. Rockhound Roundup

 Response from this Editor:

I have e-mailed Bill and received his permission to use this letter in the Editors’ Seminars and for a source to address each of these issues. I also invited (challenged) his members to send something "interesting". I will publish any article received in the next AFMS Newsletter!

Yes, Editors have to be "creative"! But – What to create?? Members who are not interested in what you have done nor the things being reported do create a problem.

First, I’ll defend, or explain, why the uninteresting Federation information is, and always will be, the first in importance of the content. The purpose of the AFMS Newsletter (and all Regional Newsletters and club bulletins) is to publish the "business" of the organization to its members. That’s what Editors get paid to do. I am kept very busy with inquiries about people in committee positions, their address, etc. Many involved members do need to know the correct information.

Secondly, regarding the various lists of names of winners of plaques and awards, this Editor will always put recognition at the top of the list of what should be in the AFMS Newsletter and the rockhound bulletins.

And, finally, I will continue to develop the AFMS Newsletter to be a readable paper. I hope most of the information is useful, if not interesting. Each of these items will be used in Editors’ Seminars and discussions. I, too, will strive to put "interesting" items in for all rockhounds.


 Loud and Clear
By George Loud, Chair, AFMS Cons. & Legislation

Unified Federal Policy on Fossils

Letters Still Needed!!

In my last column I reported that the 1999 Appropriations Bill for the Department of Interior directs:

The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with appropriate scientific, educational and commercial entities, should develop a report assessing the need for a unified federal policy on the collection, storage and preservation of these fossils... The committee encourages the Secretary to assess the need for standards that would maximize the availability of fossils for scientific study. The committee expects the Secretary to submit the report to Congress no later than February 1, 1999. In addition, the report should evaluate the effectiveness of current methods for storing and preserving fossils collected from public lands.

Forget the February 1, 1999 deadline. If you have already written your letter to Secretary Babbitt, you may have received a response from William Y. Brown, Science Advisor to the Secretary, advising you that "the Department of Interior will host a public meeting this Spring in Washington, D.C." On April 15, 1999 I telephoned Mr. Brown's office to inquire about the promised public meeting. I was advised that "if" such a meeting is to be held, it will be scheduled for sometime in June of this year.

If you have not yet done so please, please write: The Honorable Bruce Babbitt, United States Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240, to make your views on the subject a matter of public record. A sample letter was published at page 11 of the March 1999 issue of this newsletter. Please also send copies of your letter to Senators Thomas A. Daschle and Tim Johnson which may be addressed as follows:

            Senator ______________
            Senate Office Building
            Washington, D.C. 20510

Given the vast acreage of federal lands only the amateur community has sufficient manpower to save any significant portion of fossils as they are continuously exposed by weathering.

Proposed Consolidation of BLM Rules for Fossils & Petrified Wood

In my last column I also urged letters to the BLM regarding their "Notice of Proposed Rule Making" which would have "consolidated" rules regarding the collecting of fossils with rules governing the collection of petrified wood. I have been advised by BLM headquarters that they are no longer involved in the drafting of such rules and that responsibility for the matter has been assumed by the Department of Interior. I do not expect any movement with regard to the drafting of such rules until the mandated "Unified Federal Policy" statement has been completed (see above).

Collecting Etiquette

In a recent telephone conversation with the manager of a local quarry he informed me that his initial experience with a club trip to his quarry was a "disaster" and, as a consequence, he will no longer allow clubs to collect in the quarry. He described the club members as being "uncontrollable", an apparent reference to their refusal to heed his warnings to stay away from the quarry walls. I am familiar with the quarry and I can attest to the fact that there are, indeed, some very dangerous walls in that quarry. The quarry owner is a kindly gentlemen who was predisposed to cooperation with collectors. But for his unfortunate experience with one club, other clubs might have enjoyed access to his quarry.

"Stay away from the walls" is an instruction almost universally given by local quarry operators in briefing collectors prior to entry into their quarries. If quarry personnel, your field trip leader or his designate ask you to leave an area because of what they perceive to be a danger, don't pause to contemplate the unfairness of life or for one last effort to pry loose that cantleaverite, MOVE!

Please learn and obey the AFMS Code of Ethics. In particular, remember to fill in all excavation holes.

National Forest Roads

Much has been written in this column and elsewhere regarding the "18-month moratorium" on road construction adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. Part and parcel of this policy is the obliteration of countless existing roads. I recently received an e-mail from Bob Cranston of ALAA which informed me that a group by the name of "Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics" had recently sent e-mail messages to all 34,191 Forest Service employees urging them to support establishment of new "roadless" areas within our National Forests which would lock-up additional millions of acres. As requested by Bob I wrote Mr. Michael Dombeck, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service requesting equal access to Forest Service employees. In response, I received a letter from Clyde Thompson, Deputy Chief for Business Operations, advising me that their "Office of Communication" has been advised to post information received from me on the Forest Service Intranet. Of course, any information submitted for posting will be screened to determine compliance with the Hatch Act, etc. If anyone wishes to communicate with U.S. Forest Service employees by their agency Intranet, please provide me with a brief statement of the information you wish to have posted and I will forward it to the U.S. Forest Service Office of Communication.

Bob Cranston, Jon Spunaugle and others in ALAA continue to amaze me with the high energy level they bring to our efforts. Every serious rockhound should be a member of ALAA.

Mining Law Reform

Efforts in Congress to change the 1872 Mining Law remain at an impasse. However, efforts by the Clinton administration and environmentalists to attain their policy goals through the rule-making process, thereby making an end run around Congress, are accelerating.

On one front, the Department of Interior has published draft regulations governing the surface mining of hard rock minerals. This action was taken notwithstanding legislation forbidding revision of existing mining regulations for one year pending completion of a study of federal and state regulations by the National Academy of Sciences. It is the position of the DOI/BLM that the legislative prohibition does not forbid the writing of draft rules and the taking of comments, so as to be in a position to issue final rules when the moratorium ends.

On another front environmentalists have filed a petition requesting the Department of Interior to change the test for deciding the validity of mining claims and, on October 30, 1998 the Interior Department announced that Secretary Babbitt would consider discarding the current test in favor of a "comparative values test." At the risk of oversimplification, the "comparative values test" would compare the values of the minerals in a claim with such things as aesthetic virtues of the land, whereas the current test for validity of a claim is whether or not a prudent man would pursue the commercial potential of the claim.

By Mel Albright, AFMS Safety Chair

Most of us cruise through life expecting no major health problems and getting none. But, fate has a way of surprising us. Accidents happen, strokes come, heart attacks come, sudden changes happen, snakes bite. And then we go or are taken to an emergency room to get help. When you get there, are you ready? Ready? How? Well, there are some things you should carry at all times. Otherwise, the emergency treatment may hurt you rather than help. What should you carry?

1. A list of all the medicines you take. This should include everything. Your regular prescriptions, of course are part. List the medicine, it's strength, and the frequency you take it. Over the counter stuff should be listed, too. What vitamins do you take? What herbals? Anything you take regularly should be listed - name, strength and frequency. Then there is the occasional stuff. Over the counter pain killers, cold medicines, cough medicines, allergy pills, etc. should all be listed.

2. A short health summary. List whatever problem you might have. Sinus, heart, diabetes, allergies, asthma - whatever. Remember, you may not be in shape to tell the doctors.

3. A list of who to contact if you are taken ill or hurt. Some hospitals either cannot or are reluctant to treat you without your family being aware of what's going on. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and relationships should be listed.

4. Your identification. Frequently, joggers and the like go out without identification. When they are stricken, no one knows who they are or who to tell.

5. And, of course, your health insurance information. Surprise health problems are a shock to all of us. We all like to pretend they won't happen to us. But they might! Don't make them worse by not being prepared. And don't bet that you can remember all of the above information while worrying about your health.

Each Club – Each Year – One Rockhound
By Bonnie Glismann, Chair

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. I must have them in to the Newsletter Editor before the l0th of the month.

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 many 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, 25 words or less. Please tell us the name of the club, city and state where located and the individual sending the information.

Nominations should be sent to your Federation representative. We look forward to hearing from all our AFMS Affiliated clubs.

The Committee are:

Chair: Bonnie Glismann,
4326 South 200 West Ogden, UT 84405 80l-392-7832

CFMS: Colleen Mcgann,
2l26 Main St. #3, Santa Clara, CA 95050-3577 (home) (408) 247-5l65, (work) (800) 368-2879 ex. 2482
E-Mail: colleen.mcgann@hds.com

EFMLS: Duane Evans,
28 Ash Street, Portsmouth, RI 0287l
E-Mail: ddevans@edgenet.net

MFMGS: Donna Curtis,
696 Glenn Rd., Murphysboro, IL
62966-6056 (6l8) 457-5592
E-Mail: dcurtis@intrnet.net

NFMS: Jean Brooks,
llll Archwood Dr. #24l, Olympia, WA
98502 306-352-2986
E-Mail: emily7l@aol.com

RMFMS: Mary Clough,
3065 Everett, Wichita, KS 672l7
3l6 943-l785

SCFMS: Joyce Molina,
l39l8 Charcoal Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234-3642 972-243-4780

SFMS: Dee Conybear, 606 Timberland Drive, Lake Mary, FL 32746 (winter Address) 407-324-3846

Shoshone Rock Club, Powell, WY presents Mary Ann Northrup, member since 1951, past president and other offices, 2nd grade geology field trip leader, N.W.C.C. rockhound class teacher, officer of WY State Mineral & Gem Society, and 4 H leader. Her enthusiasm has brought in many new club members.

When the club announced Mary Ann's name for this honor at our last club meeting, one of our members stated, "She should be rockhound of the century!" Her many accomplishments would probably fill two pages.

Thank you for this opportunity to honor worthy individuals.

The Del-Air Rockhound Club is pleased to honor as its Rockhounds of the Year 1999 a youthful husband & wife team, Michael Lawshe & Keri Dearborn. Keri's parents were our clubs' honorees of last year, and, having grown up in the club, she has become an outstanding rockhound in her own right. She and Michael have served in many positions as officers of the club, Keri earlier as president, and Michael currently as vice president. They have planned the youth activities for our club show for a number of years to where we have a good number of Scout and other youth groups attending to take tours and to earn merit badges. They also spearhead the youth activities at our monthly meetings which keeps our young members coming back for more. It is great having their energetic "shot in the arm"!!

Maragaret E Kahrs:
Nominees from Lawrence County Rock Club, Indiana

Her public service includes speaking at schools, guiding field trips for kids, instructing adult classes in fossils, identifying fossils for museums and Universities. She has donated numerous fossils to schools and Universities across the country.

Her personal achievements include organizing Paleontological Societies, finding new fossil species, recipient of many awards from Paleontological Societies.

By Roy Deere
AFMS Uniform Rules Chair

Our convention and show in Nashville is approaching rapidly so it's time to give serious thought to exhibiting a showcase. For your convenience the exhibit application form is printed elsewhere in this newsletter. (Page 11) For all of you who plan to exhibit, "Fill out your entry form, double check your materials, pack everything up and we'll see you in Nashville".

In case your memory is as bad as mine sometimes gets here are a few reminders. All judging for competitive entries is based upon the latest edition of the AFMS Uniform Rules (available from your regional supplies chairperson). Exhibits may be entered by individuals, families, juniors or societies. Study the rules to make a real difference in your score.

Direct entry into the AFMS competition requires achievement of certification from a regional show. (NOTE -- if your copy of the entry form is missing the direct entry certification statement, please add the date and location of the regional show at which eligibility was obtained). If you are in doubt about eligibility please consult Part III of the Uniform Rules.

You can earn AFMS eligibility through the SFMS competition. Since this is a combined AFMS/SFMS convention and show the SFMS competition is open to all members of all regional federations.

See you in Nashville. Think Exhibits!!

By Louellen Montgomery, President, AFMS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC.

The 1999 Honorary Award Winners for the AFMS Scholarship Foundation have been selected by their respective regional federations. These Honorees have been chosen for their contributions to the Earth Science field and to our hobby. Each one will assist in the selection of two graduate students who are pursuing their advanced degrees in a branch of the Earth Sciences. The Foundation will then provide scholarship grants for each student in the amount of $2,000.00 per year for the school years 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

A total of 181 individuals have been named for this Award from the AFMS Scholarship Foundation since 1965. Scholarship grants have been received by a total of 375 students from the Foundation.

The 1999 Honorary Award Winners are:

California Federation:

Dr. George R. Rossman, Professor of Mineralogy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California Dr. Rossman, a native of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, received his B.S. in Chemistry and mathematics from Wisconsin State University, Eau Claire, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena. Widely known for his research in spectroscopic studies of minerals', he gives freely of his time to present programs and talks on his research to many mineralogy clubs. These studies include problems relating to the origin of color phenomena in minerals. For the past eighteen years he has been and remains an active participant as a member of several professional organizations.

Eastern Federation:

Dr. Robert B. Cook, Jr., Professor and Head of the Department of Geology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama Dr. Cook, received his B.S. in Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of mines, Golden, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Georgia, Athens. In 1967 he received a scholarship grant from the AFMS Scholarship Foundation, the third student to receive such a grant, selected by Paul Desautels, the Honorary Award winner that year. The author of many papers and abstracts related to mineralogy- geochemistry and mining, he also is an Executive Editor for Rocks and minerals magazine, writing articles for each issue as the "Connoisseur's Choice". He has supervised many graduate students who were working on their advanced degrees.

Midwest Federation:

Dr. Ernest H. Carlson, Associate Professor of Geology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Dr. Carlson received his B.S. degree at the University of Washington, Seattle; his M.S. at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and his Ph.D. at McGill University, Montreal, Ouebec, Canada. He has been associated with Kent State University for more than thirty years; is active in many professional organizations; and the author of many abstracts, papers, and the book, "Minerals of Ohio". The faculty advisor of a student geology club at the University, he and his students willingly provide exhibits and programs at many rock and mineral shows in Ohio.

Northwest Federation:

Dr. Verner B. Tovrea, Professor of Geology, retired, Everett Community College, Everett, Washington. Dr. Tovrea received his B.A. in Education from Western Washington University; his M.A. at Stanford University, California; and his Ph.D. in Science Education at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. He started the Geology Department at Everett Community College, designing courses in Earth Sciences. He has planned many specialized geology courses and led numerous field trips in the Pacific Northwest, to Mt. St. Helens, and the Hawaiian Islands. A dedicated teacher, he retired after thirty-five years in the classroom.

Rocky Mountain Federation:

James F. Hurlbut, AFMS Past President, Denver, Colorado. The name "Jim Hurlbut" is a familiar name to all members of the American Federation as he has served as its president, as its Uniform Rules Chairman, and currently is once again on the AFMS Uniform Rules Committee. He received his B.S. in Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his M.S. at Denver University, Colorado. His many accomplishments include twenty years of teaching classes in Rocks and Minerals of Colorado for the Continuing Education Department of the University of Colorado; a past president of the Rocky Mountain Federation and of local societies; an author , co-author or contributor to many publications. As Research Associate in the Geology Department of the Denver Museum of Natural History, he has presented papers at the International mineral museum Curators meetings in Italy, Hungary, Canada, and England.

South Central Federation:

Dr. Thomas M. Lehman, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas Dr. Lehman received his B.S. in Geology at the University of New Mexico; both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, depositional systems and paleontology. The author of many scientific papers, he also has presented numerous abstracts at meetings of the Geological Society of America and other professional organizations. In addition to his regular teaching of geology courses, he has supervised a number of graduate students working on their advanced degrees. Currently, he is serving as Technical Editor for the Journal of Paleontology. An added distinction, he has had a fossil amphibian named for him.

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