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A.F.M.S. Newsletter

Serving Seven Regional Federations

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Vol. 52 Issue 9

October, 1999


Executive Officers' Reports
ALAA Seventh Annual Meeting
Safety Committee - "Sawing Away"
From the Regional Directors
Each club - Each Year - One Rockhound
Competitive Exhibit Trophy Winners
Bulletin Editors Awards 1999
Poem - Wyoming Cycad
Article - The Magic Rock Club

Executive Officers� Reports:
President Elrod�s Message for October, 1999:

Last month I made mention of the problems with the motel in Nashville. Since then I have attended the Eastern Federation convention and was charged for three nights when I was only there for one night. Guess it pays to really check out the charges on your charge cards when the bills arrive. I do not, as yet, have this corrected but will stay at it until they give a proper credit.

The Endowment Fund for the AFMS is now my primary concern. I still need two more prizes for this year. I am anxious to get these in order to place photos on our web site. Tickets are available but will not be mailed out until we have the three prizes for advertisement. Look around, you may just have the ideal item for this.

The fund raising for the elevator at William Holland is still in progress. I have just obtained some information on an elevator that looks like it may be just the thing for us. It will hold a wheel chair and an extra person or two with ease. We will visit the school in the near future to take some measurements and make plans.

Speaking of plans. It appears that I will now have some time to do some of this. As I write I am sitting with my right foot elevated to ease the pain a little. A few days ago I had an accident, with a ladder, and seem to have broken the heel bone into four pieces. The doctor says I should be out of the cast and boot by Christmas. This is a real bummer but it is not going to prevent me from going to California in October and to Tucson in November. It will also not stop me from going to Boston to see Morgan Alexander Elrod-Erickson, my first grandchild who was born September 22. Now that is a trip I am looking forward to.

This year we invited the Forest Service and the BLM to our show and convention. It turned out to be a good move. The representatives enjoyed the meeting and the show and I have been invited to attend the annual Forest Service meeting in St. Louis, MO as a result. I did attend and next month will have an article about this with a few photos. The Forest Service is also working on a variety of educational items at this time. I helped �critique� a new poster they are developing. It is dinosaurs and will be available for us to get for presentations to schools in our areas. When it is available information will be published on where and how to obtain these. I am also researching other resources that may be available to us.

At the Forest Service convention I learned of a National Science Week that is being sponsored this year. I am most interested in this and will have a proposal for the Board at the Moab meeting to take part in this annual event. We are naturals to go to the schools and assist the teachers in their presentations of the Earth Sciences to the children. This is an enjoyable part of the hobby and one that I always look forward to. The information, which will be provided to us, will give some structure to our programs and the provided posters will add interest.

This is the last article I will write as your President. I wish to thank you for your support over the last year and look forward to meeting even more of you in the years ahead. I will see some of you in Tucson and more in Moab in 2000. Please provide incoming President, Dan Lingelbach, with the same support and encouragement you have provided to me. He is a wonderful person who will work hard to carry out the programs of the Federation.

See you on the rock pile.

President-Elect Report:


By Dan Lingelbach, President Elect

This being the newsletter which ends the official AFMS year, I think it is appropriate that we recognize some of the accomplishment of our President, Lewis Elrod. This is not to detract from the work of all the other Federation Officers and Committee Chairs but to recognize that significant things were accomplished through the effort and enthusiasm of Lewis.

One task, not readily evident by the members, was the Officer and Committee Listing. Here Lewis integrated the committee OP instructions for that committee with the member listing, into one convenient location. This is a great help to those involved in the operation of the AFMS and a task that took considerable effort to update. Accurate committee member lists are difficult to keep up to date.

Even though an AFMS Web page was established earlier, Lewis pushed to have that expanded and selected a Webmaster and committee to help accomplish it. In addition he has stressed that all Regional Federations set up Web pages. Also, he has proposed that, through the AFMS Webmaster, the AFMS provide access to the Web for all Regional Federations at a minimum cost.

Because of changing conditions, his proposed China rock connection process had to be postponed. However, the expansion of the AFMS History project, which includes having binders containing photos, past officers, etc., is still gaining momentum. Hopefully, by the time of the AFMS Convention in 2000, some of these history binders will be on display.

As reported by the AFMS Insurance Committee in Nashville, work is progressing on investigating the possibility of having an AFMS Liability Insurance Program that would cover all clubs and Federations, at a reduced rate.

The biggest task that Lewis accomplished was the AFMS Show and Convention in Nashville in July. Lewis inherited this job as about 3 months before the show, his Show Chairman had to have surgery and treatment so he was unable to be fully involved. This change became evident early on, as responses to show registrations and exhibit applications were all coming from a Murfreesboro address. Having to handle this along with the President�s job and his work, was a monumental task. However, all of the Show and Convention activities were executed in fine order. For those of us who have been show chairman know, this was not accomplished without a lot of behind the scenes hard work to keep things running smoothly. That is where the work can be really demanding and tiring.

This year the convention had some extra activities. These were: a meeting of the Insurance Committee, a meeting of the Webmasters from Regional Federations attending and a Directors Seminar. As far as I know, this is the first year to have these included in the AFMS Convention, which was a welcome addition. There was also an expanded Editors� Seminar in addition to and at a different time from the Editors� Breakfast. These were initiated by Lewis and carried out by other volunteers. All of these were in addition to the usual interesting show and convention activities, also, arranged by Lewis. Hopefully, more detailed reports will be given on these events in this and other issues of the newsletter. However, I have mentioned these here to show some of the extent of Lewis� work in the Show and Convention. Lewis is to be commended for performing work beyond the call of duty. It takes people like Lewis and other volunteers to keep this Federation moving forward, so that all can enjoy this hobby.


By Bob Cranston,
Past Secretary

JULY 9-11, 1999

This is expected to be my final report as the Executive Secretary of the American Lands Access Associations, Inc. Rest assured however, it is not intended to be the end of our contributions to this cause. Shirley and I have been privileged to travel to many areas of the country that previously did not hold the interest for us that they do now.

Our last meeting was held in Houghton, MI and what a delightful location that turned out to be. After that we continued on the trek and did a show in Denver and that is always an enjoyable experience. During the year we saw Jim Hurlbut take over as VP and Howie Whiting and Dean Stone came on board as Directors.

The year since the last ALAA Annual Meeting has passed swiftly. Of course that year was only about eleven months long. The next year will be several months longer since we will be meeting in Moab, Utah in October of 2,000.

Many things have taken place during the past year. George Loud will cover some of those with his report on the Collection, Storage, Preservation and Scientific Study of Fossils from Federal and Indian Lands.

Also during the year the subject of the Wildlands Project was called to our attention. To many it was not something to be worried about because it seemed such an improbable if not preposterous suggestion. Just a short explanation for those who are not aware: This project would involve 50% or more of the land mass in the United States. The premise is that most if not all of the Wilderness Areas would automatically become Wildlands Project. Also most of the major rivers in the nation would have a portion of land on each side of the river which would be designated. For instance the Mississippi River Heritage Corridor was projected as having one county wide on each side of the mighty Miss. For a distance of 2,500 miles! Plus each of the five major tributaries to the Mississippi. We have a good start on this project with the designation of 14 rivers in the nation which have become American Heritage Rivers and at least ten more to be designated each year for the next ten years.

Now, also during the past year we have had legislation introduced which we must watch carefully. For instance we have seen S. 25 Senate Bill which is titled Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1999. This Bill has a companion from the House side, which is H.R. 701. Both of these bills would allocate (with no further congressional approval) up to one billion dollars annually for the next fifteen years dedicated to the acquisition of federally and State managed lands. The description reads: To provide Coastal Impact ASSISTANCE TO State and Local governments, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, the Land and Water Conservation Fund of 1965, the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act, and the Federal Aid in Wildlife restoration Act (commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act, to establish a fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation needs of the American people, and other purposes.

At the present time it has been estimated that more than 3,000 hunting, fishing and sportsmen's groups are behind this handout of many billion of dollars. It will virtually eliminate inholders- that is people who are land owners of property inside of both USFS managed lands and those with property inside BLM (Bureau of Land Management) managed lands.


It has this to do with Rockhounds. On all of the Wildlands designated lands, there will be no HUMAN ACCESS! There will be NO REMOVAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES!

That is just one of many issues that has been occupying the time and efforts of this secretary.

Each week I receive anywhere from 300-450 e-mail messages. Most of those deal with this type of issue. Most of them I review and if they do not directly affect the rockhound hobby, I delete them.

When we did the Tucson show in February of 1999, we came home to find only about 450 messages. I thought my computer had gone down. Last year we did ten shows around the country. This year because of health reasons we will only do 4-5. We turned down three for the month of July alone.

My records show that we are dealing with about 780 individuals who either are or have been members that we communicate with on a quarterly basis.. We also have some 750-775 Clubs who are members of the AFMS that we contact periodically. The problem we have is that which faces every editor, and that is, we hardly ever get changes of address from those who move and so we lose contact with them. I also try to put out a monthly Electronic Newsletter. You would be surprised at the number of people who drop one ISP and take on another and never leave us a forwarding e-mail address.

Another project we have is to try to get people to write letters to their legislators. We MUST COMMUNICATE with them if we expect them to do our will. No matter how bright you may believe your Senator or Congressman to be, they are NOT mind readers. You must communicate with them. If you have a e-mail, that is a great and quick way to do the job. At any rate communicate! Even if you only write a post card, it helps.

On the Roadless question during the past quarter, the Sierra Club wrote over 200,000 post cards alone. How many did we send in. I only know about myself and I sent in several to different people. Did You?

By Mel Albright, AFMS Safety Chairman

One major part of rockhounding is the use of diamond saws. Everyone likes to be safe, but many are unsure what to use as coolant in the saw.

Rule 1 - Use only mineral oils designed for such saws. Many people substitute anything oily for regular saw oil. Almost none of them are designed to be used as coolants in a diamond saw. So, most do a poor job compared to proper oils. What are the problems?


"Lab Protective Equipment required: GOGGLES; LAB COAT; VENT HOOD; PROPER GLOVES"


"Possible Health Effects of using anti-freeze for saw oil-
Exposure by Inhalation - such as the mists formed by saw operation: - Vapor inhalation is generally not a problem unless heated or misted. Exposure to vapors over an extended time period has caused throat irritation and headache. May cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and drowsiness. Pulmonary edema and central nervous system depression may also develop. When heated or misted, has produced rapid, involuntary eye movement and coma.


Exposure by Ingestion: - Initial symptoms in massive dosage parallel alcohol intoxication, progressing to central nervous system depression, vomiting, headache, rapid respiratory and heart rate, lowered blood pressure, stupor, collapse, and unconsciousness with convulsions. Death from
respiratory arrest or cardiovascular collapse may follow. Lethal dose in humans: 100 ml (3-4 ounces).


Exposure by Skin Contact: - Minor skin irritation and penetration may occur.


Exposure by Eye Contact: - Splashes may cause irritation, pain, and eye damage.


Chronic Exposure from continued use as in rock saw operation: - Repeated small exposures by any route can cause severe kidney problems. Brain damage may also occur. Skin allergy can develop. May damage the developing fetus.


Aggravation of Pre-existing Conditions: - Persons with pre-existing skin disorders, eye problems, or impaired liver, kidney, or respiratory function may be more susceptible to the effects of this substance. HOW about methanol (temporary anti-freeze)? Use this only if you like fires. It is highly flammable."

Rule 2 - Use oils that won't burn readily. No one wants a fire in their rock saw or the room where the saw is located. But, the use of lower boiling materials can cause fires. The FLASH POINT is the temperature at which mixtures with air will ignite. The saving grace is that the fuel must be between a lower limit (typically about 1.5% by volume) and an upper limit (typically about 12% by volume) The bad news is that the saw action will create the proper ratio somewhere. So, choose an oil with a flash point above 215F or higher if possible.

The AUTO-IGNITION temperature is the temperature at which the oil will start decomposing (burning) on its own with no outside flame around. This needs to be very high - 500F or more if possible. Then, if you get a stuck saw blade while running, the heat generated won't get hot enough to start a fire.

RULE 3 - Use oils designed for diamond cutting. Machine cutting oils, motor oils, transmission oils, brake oils, water emulsions and the like will not do. They all contain additives that cause the saw to get hotter than it should. Straight mineral oils are the best to use. Texaco sells "Almag"�, Shell sells "Pella"�. Other manufacturers make similar materials. Try your local distributor. In many places, there are small oil companies that "compound" oils for special users. These places often have pure mineral oils as bases for their other products. Trying to buy 5 gallons instead of 55 gallons is usually the big hurdle. So, keep trying.

Reference: J. T. Baker Chemical Company Internet MSDS files. (Such files are required to be distributed from the manufacturers of chemicals by the EPA.)

News From the Regional Federations:


By Ken Kruschke, CFMS President
From CFMS Newsletter, Vol. XXXVI, No. 8, Sept., 1999

Much has been written about the declining membership in rock clubs. Many surveys point out the best source of new members is through Rock and Gem shows. These shows are the source of money for Rock Clubs to do their beneficial projects. Rock shows are becoming more expensive to produce. The rock shows are necessary for the clubs to continue to function, as we know them. We have great shows featuring the best exhibits, dealers and demonstrators. We need more members and revenue. How can we do this?

If a manufacturer develops and produces a new and improved Widget, how do they make a profit? With sales of their Widget. No sales are made if no one knows about the product. What happens now? It's called advertising. Advertising makes people aware of new products and creates a "need" or "want" in the minds of the public. Advertising happens in many ways.... word of mouth, handouts, posters, billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Many of the advertisers target specific areas such as age, geographic and economic groups. We, the purchasers of advertising time or space, need to know what areas to aim our ads at and if the advertiser we are negotiating with meets our needs. We need greater attendance. To improve the bottom line, which is most likely to come to our shows. We need to be sure to target those in the 30, 40, and 50 something age group. They are the prime group for new members. Also, they should be in a radius of an hour or less driving time to the show.

The "Freebies" such as Show Dates, Community Events, etc. in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV should be used. In most cases the end result of this type of ad is generally not a big help.

The recognition level by the general public of the CFMS and what we stand for and what we do is very low. This is also true for many of the member clubs in their own communities. Our image doesn't seem to be in evidence. Many Rock Clubs are so hard to find in their communities that they are really "invisible". We do need a big dose of Public Relations.

I have asked many questions from the observations I have made. We (rock clubs) need help to get answers. Somewhere in the 11,000+ members of the CFMS, I would like to find an experienced person in the field of advertising and a person in the field of PR. I would like to have a seminar on these two subjects.

We need the expertise and guidance in these areas. I can be contacted by mail phone or e-mail. With the cost of advertising being what it is, and most rock Clubs advertising budgets are modest, help in getting the most out of each dollar spent would be a great help.

(Note from the Editor: Isn't this just as true in each club, each regional Federation, and for the AFMS? I'll bet our new AFMS President, Dan Lingelbach would appreciate help and suggestions in these same areas.)

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.

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.

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

Bonnie Glismann, Chair
4326 S. 200th West,
Ogden UT, 84405,
(801) 392-7832


CFMS: Colleen McGann, 2126 Main St. #3,
Santa Clara, CA 95050-3577

EFMLS: Duane Evans, 28 Ash St.,
Portsmouth, RI 02871

MFMGS: Donna Curtis, 696 Glen Rd.,
Murphysboro, IL, 62966-6056

RMFMS: Mary Clough, 3065 Everett,
Wichita, KS 67217

NFMS: Jean Brooks, 1111 Archwood Dr. #2241,
Olympia, WA 98502

SCFMS: Joyce Molina, 13918 Charcoal Lane,
Farmers Branch, TX 75234-3642

SFMS: David Tuttle, 994 Blackmon Road,
Yulee, FL 32097-4510

Each Club-Each Year-One Rockhound - 1999:


We, the Stillwater Mineral and Gem Society of Oklahoma, would like to recognize John Charbonneau, as our Rockhound of the Year. John has been a club member since about 1987. John has served the club as President, Field Trip Leader, and Club Education Chairman for 8 years. The number of students he has helped give talks to total near 1676 in 1998. He has taught the Girl Scout Troop No. 188, Richmond Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and helped Webeloo's earn their merit badges. John has spent hundreds of hours planning and building the Sangre Ridge School Outdoor Education Center. Teachers in a 30-mile radius around (Stillwater, Perkins - Tryon, Red Rock, Ripley, Glencoe, Orlando, and Mulhall), churches and OSU contact John to arrange for the talks and demonstrations on Geology and Paleontology. John said and I quote "When you get it across to the students about rocks. And a light comes on in their eyes, and they really understand what you are talking about." It makes it all worthwhile. When he was growing up, (and saw his kids growing up), groups like the rock club team were not allowed in the classrooms, to help the teachers with the geology aspects. John enjoys volunteering and helping with kids.

As charter members Lawrence (Larry) and Marie Ham have been supporters of the Chaparral Rockhounds for almost thirty one years. Both of them have been active in the club's activities since its beginning. Larry has served as a member of the Board of Directors, Field Trip Chairman, and has conducted lapidary classes. He and Marie have conducted Club Programs. Larry constructed an electrical harness used for almost all shows. Marie and Larry have consistently exhibited displays at our shows. They have performed other duties such as serving on the refreshment committee etc.. On one occasion Larry wrote a poem for the Chaparral Chatter entitled "Out Rock Hunting". It won second place in RMFMS and fourth in AFMS poem competition. We are proud to honor Larry and Marie Ham for their service to the Chaparral Rockhounds.

The Wichita Gem and Mineral Society would like to recognize Bill Ripper. He has been a member of WGMS since 1970, has served on the Board of Directors and many committees throughout the years. Bill may be best remembered as the person supplying the materials and making all of the necklaces for the grab bags for our show each year. Realizing what a monumental task this was is to know that he provided approximately 1,000 necklaces each year when he first started and increased this amount to 4,000 a year before retiring from this project. He was given the WGMS Distinguished Service Award in 1999 for his service to WGMS and his community. WGMS appreciates Bill and his continued service to our organization.


The Maricopa Lapidary Society in Phoenix, presents Homer & Carolyn Snell. The Snells joined the club in 1980. They have been active in all the club functions. Homer held the office of President twice, Carolyn held a variety of offices and was editor of their Chip and Tips for eight years. They held chairmanship for years working at all of their shows.

The Orange Belt Mineralogical Society in San Bernardino, presents Jim McDaniels and Pat Wind. Jim has been a member since early 1970's and served in nearly every office and committee the club has, including twice or more as President and field trip chair. He is totally dedicated to the club. Always at the workshop lending a hand, and taking new members in hand to teach them to use the equipment to cut and polish rocks, to putting stones in jewelry. Always ready to lend his expertise. Pat, also a member since the 70's , has held many offices, works at recruiting members and making new people welcome at meeting, a key member in keeping the workshop open, plans educational classes for the club members and non-members. and with Jim has been show chairperson more than once. This couple well deserves to be our Rockhound Couple of the year.

The Fresno Gem & Mineral Society, presents Rolland and Fay Jenson. They have held several offices and in the club and been chairman of several committees, including Building maintenance. Rolland has built and maintains out tumblers, with two motors and 48 - 12 oz barrels. He was the first recipient of our Diamond Award for most active member. He is an accomplished facetor and lapidary instructor in our workshop. They are both very involved in all club functions.

The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society presents Steve Mulqueen. Steve is currently club president. He is a member of CFMS Podium People and has given programs to clubs and museums in Southern California. He is a frequent visitor to the Union Oil Historical Museum in Santa Paula and enters a rotating display of rocks, minerals, or fossils every two months. Steve also finds time for earth science programs for schools, boy and girl scout troops and other youth groups. He received a letter from a young out of state boy asking for California rocks. Steve sent him a large box of many identified specimens. It is a joy to go on a field trip with Steve and learn about the geology of the area. Steve deserves to be recognized for sharing his knowledge.

The Del-Air Rockhound Club presents Michael Lawshe & Keri Dearborn. Keri has grown up in the club and has become an outstanding rockhound like her parents. Keri 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 member coming back for more. It is great having their energetic "shot in the arm".

The Monrovia Rockhounds presents Ray Ritchey. Ray has been an outstanding member for the last 15 years. He has held almost every office in the club. We think his special talent is making grab bags for our show. He has done a zillion of them and has a real knack of getting people to give him the rocks he needs to put out the high quality bags our club is known for. As he has been at home for the last couple of years, he has really put his heart into it. When he has time, he is also personal secretary and assistant to his lovely wife Jo Anna Ritchey, CFMS Secretary.

The Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral Club presents Robert (Bob) K. Jones, Bob joined the club about 10 years ago and soon became involved in club activities. While his career is in banking, he had always been interested in geology and rock and minerals - particularly on trips with his family. Bob has held various offices, Publicity Chairman (including CFMS Riverside show in 1996), Ways and Means Chair, President and Treasurer. Bob conducts classes on minerals and geology for local schools, Weblos Scout groups and YMCA groups. He loves to talk about the various types of rocks and how they are formed. He paints smooth beach rocks into adorable "critters" for the club sale booth. He also enjoys carving in soapstone and other soft stones. He won an Orange County fair prize for his travertine onyx carving of a Chinese lion. Bob is active on field trips to the Mojave Desert and writes articles for the club newsletter, "The Tumble Rumble".

Competitive Exhibit Trophy Winners
by Roy Deere URC Chairman

I am pleased to announce the results of the competitive exhibit judging for the cases that were shown at our recent convention and show in Nashville, Tennessee. All of the major areas of our hobby were well represented with some beautiful cases.

The following individuals earned trophies at the master level:

Trophy 3 - Restricted Minerals I
J.L. Hall, Michigan Mineralogical Soc.

Trophy 4 - Cabinet Minerals
Don Heins, Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Soc.

Trophy 8 - Thumbnail Minerals
Carol Holman, Stillwater Mineral & Gem

Trophy 11 - Restricted Minerals V
Aaron & Martha Spector, Miami Mineralogical & Lapidary Guild

Trophy 18 - Cabochons II
Robert Bever, Skagit Rock & Gem Club

Trophy 21 - Specialized Lapidary I
John W. Mastin, Chaparral Rockhounds

Trophy 22 - Petrified Wood and/or Wood Casts II
Russell Snook, Tualatin Valley Gem Club

Trophy 25 - Specialized Techniques
Dee Clason, Kern County Mineral Soc.

Trophy 26 - Jewelry:
Bruce Lundin, West. Suburban Lapidary Club

Trophy 28 - Educational II
Barbara C. Sky, North Virginia Mineral Club

Trophy 30 - Educational IV
Bill Luke, NFMS Club-at-large

Trophy 31 - Specialized Lapidary II
Roscoe McCall, Marysville Rock & Gem

Trophy 32 - Fossils
Carol Holman, Stillwater Mineral & Gem

Trophy 41 - Carvings III
Bruce Lundin, West. Suburban Lapidary Club

The following individuals earned trophies at the junior level:

Trophy 8 - Thumbnail Minerals
Susan Holman, Stillwater Mineral & Gem

Trophy 32 - Fossils
Michael Holman, Stillwater Mineral & Gem

The following individuals earned Blue Ribbons at the master level and were eligible for a trophy that was won by another exhibitor:

Roland E. Ramin, Minnesota Mineral Club (Eligible for Trophy 18 Cabochons II)

Cal Clason, Kern County Mineral Soc. (Eligible for Trophy 21 Specialized Lapidary I)

As you can see from this list, I had the privilege of awarding 16 unique trophies. In addition to these cases, there were several other beautiful Red ribbon winning cases and 28 noncompetitive cases.

As beautiful and representative of our hobby as these cases were, I would like to have seen several times as many cases. During my travels to meetings, shows and workshops, I have seen fabulous collections and exquisite craftsmanship. Why not show them to other members from across the country and to the general public? It is not too early to start work on your exhibit for next year�s show!

Once again, my congratulations to all of the competition winners!

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Bulletin Editors Awards


Nashville, Tennessee, July 11, 1999



AFMS Chair- Kitty Starbuck, Vicksburg, MI
Barbara Fenstermacher EFMLS
Judy Budnik MWF
Pauline Price RMFMS
Jean Wallace SCFMS
Leo Morris SFMS
Darlene Denton NFMS
Rosemarie Young CFMS


June Zeitner Rapid City, SD
Russ Kemp Plainfield, IL
Joyce Hanschu Canton, MI
Diane Dare Holiday, FL
Joy Bourne Towanda, PA
Joan Abramson Vista, CA
Jan Baumeister Rapid City, SD
Paul Good Stephenville, TX
Shirley Leeson CFMS


1. THE NUGGET, Beth Rosengard, Editor, CFMS
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club, Culver City, CA

2. COBB-L-STONES, Jana Haege, Editor, SFMS
Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society, Marietta, GA

3. THE MOUNTAIN GEM, Ted Robles, Editor, SFMS
Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC

4. THE COWTOWN CUTTER, Jackie McGauchie, Editor, SCFMS
Ft. Worth Gem & Mineral Club, Ft. Worth, TX

5. CHIPS & CHATTER, Don Shurtz, Editor, SCFMS
Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Society, Dallas, TX

6. LOW COUNTRY DIGGINS, Mark Easterbrook, Editor, SFMS
Low Country Gem & Mineral Society, Charleston, SC

7. GOLDEN SPIKE NEWS, Shirley Robinson, Editor, NFMS
Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society, Ogden, UT

8. DESERT DIGGIN'S, Lara Hartley, Editor, CFMS
Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Club, Barstow, CA

9. SLABS & CABS, Donna Roethler, Editor, SCFMS
Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Corpus Christi, TX

10. SHIN SKINNER NEWS, Bob McGuire, Editor, EFMLS
Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club, Sayre, PA


1. SIES CLUB NEWS, Donna Curtis, Editor, MFMGS
Southern Illinois Earth Science Club, Benton, IL

2. MID-GEORGIA GEM CLIPS, Howard Brinkley, Editor, EFMLS
Mid-Georgia Gem & Mineral Society, Macon, GA

The Greater Cincinnati Lapidary & Faceting Society, Loveland, OH

4. ROCKHOUND ROUNDUP, William F. Grimes, Editor, EFMLS
Smokey Mountain Mineral Society, Newport, TN

5. ROCK & ROSE, Bill Holbert, Editor, SCFMS
East Texas Gem & Mineral Society, Tyler, TX

6. CRACK & CAB, Cathy & Loren Patterson, Editors, EFMLS
Gem & Mineral Society, Syracuse, NY

7. ROCK TALK, Julie Preast, Editor, SFMS
St. Lucie County Rock & Gem Club, Ft. Pierce, FL

8. ROCK POUNDER, Jay & Sharon DePuy, Editors, RMFMS
Ute Mountain Gem & Mineral Society, Cortez, CO

9. HELLGATE BREEZES, Ray & Lori Henry, Editors, NFMS
Hellgate Mineral Society, Missoula, MT

10. ORE-BITS, Susan Webster, Editor, NFMS
Clallam County Gem & Mineral Society, Port Angeles, WA


1. THE STONE CHIPPER, Angela Wirtz, Editor, SCFMS
Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, TX

2. THE GEODE, Celia Tiffany, Editor, MFMGS
Boeing Employees' Gem & Mineral Society, St. Louis, MO

3. ROCKET CITY ROCKS & GEMS, Margie Dickson, Editor, SFMS
Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society, Huntsville, AL

4. STONEY STATEMENTS, Mary-Ruth Rathgen, Editor, SCFMS
Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX

Valley Prospectors, San Bernadino, CA

6. EMERALD GEMS, Dean Axtell, Editor, NFMS
Eugene Mineral Club, Eugene, OR

7. THE STRATA DATA, Marie Zigler, Editor, MFMGS
Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN

8. TUMBLER, Alberta Hare, Editor, CFMS
Marin Mineral Society, San Rafael, CA

Cross Timbers Gem & Mineral Club, Stephenville, TX

10. THE, ROCK & HAMMER, Sandra Brautigam, Editor CFMS
Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA


1. THE ROCKPILE, Walt Vogtmann, Editor, MFMGS
Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society of Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

2. THE PEGMATITE, Anne Schafer, Editor, CFMS
San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, San Diego, CA

3. ARROWHEAD NEWS, Ed Benjamin, Editor, MFMGS
Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club, Wyoming, MI

4. THE ROCKY READER, Bon Duritsky, Editor, MFMGS
Toledo Gem & Rockhound Club, Toledo, OH

5. THE BACKBENDER'S GAZETTE, Phyllis B. George, Editor, SCFMS
Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX

6. CRYSTAL CLUSTER, Julianne L. Jackson, Editor, MFMGS
Des Plaines Valley Geological Society, Des Plaines, IL

7. ROCK BUSTERS NEWS, Lois & Erston Barnhart, Editors, EFMLS
Central Pennsylvania Rock & Mineral Club, Harrisburg, PA

8. SKAGIT GEMS, Ted & Mary Roberts, Editors, NFMS
Skagit Rock & Gem Club, Mt. Vernon, WA

Mitchell Portnoy, Editor, The New York Mineral Club, New York, NY

10. ROCKY REVIEW, Elizabeth Winstead, Editor, CFMS
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club, Thousand Oaks, CA


1. "Chronological & Stratigraphic Nomenclature", Erich Rose, Author, EFMLS

2. "Ishpeming's Jasper Knob", Walt Vogtmann, Author, MFMGS
THE ROCKPILE, The Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society, Dearborn, MI

3. "Mazon Creek: Secrets Unearthed", Jeanine N. Mielecki, Author MFMGS

4. "Out of Sight Hiddenite", Marianne Luther, Author, SCFMS
STONEY STATEMENTS, Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX

5. "Trilobites of N. W. Georgia", Bill Montante, Author, SFMS
COBB-L-STONES, Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society, Marietta, GA

6. "The Supercontinent Cycle", Steven Wade Veatch, Author, RMFMS
PICK & PACK, Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society, Colorado Springs, CO

7. "Color Enhancement of Topaz", Dee Purkeypile, Author, SCFMS
THE STONE CHIPPER, Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, TX

8. "All's Well At Wiley's Well", Glen Mackenzie, Author, CFMS
DIABLO DIGGINS, Contra Costa Mineral Society, Contra Costa, CA

9. "Mineralogy of the Jomac Mine", Patrick E. Haynes, Author, RMFMS
ROCK POUNDER, Ute Mountain Gem & Mineral Society, Cortez, CO

10. "Pleochroism and the Dichroscope", Michael Kessler & Robert E. EFMLS
Sanger, BULLETIN OF THE NEW YORK MINERALOGICAL CLUB, New York Mineralogical Club, New York, NY


1. "Rock Art Like a Caveman", Alberta Hare, Author, CFMS
TUMBLER, Marin Mineral Society, San Rafael, CA

2. "Grains of Sand", Dr. Wes DeCoursey, Author, RMFMS
"THE POST ROCK", McPherson Gem & Mineral Club, McPherson, KS

3. Roeblingite and "And The Parker Shaft Minerals", Peter Chinn and EFMLS
Gary Grenier, Jr., Authors, THE PICKING TABLE, Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, Franklin, NJ

4. "Beachcombing, 102", Mike Goodman, Author, CFMS
THE NUGGET, Culver City Rock & Gem Club, Culver City, CA

5. "A Page From A Collectors Notebook: Fluorite From Orchard Dome, SCFMS
Fort Bend County, Texas", Art Smith, Author, THE BACKBENDER'S GAZETTE, Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX

6. "Notes From the Slaughter House - The Lost Interval", MFMGS
Dana Slaughter , Author, ARROWHEAD NEWS, Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club, Wyoming, MI

7. "The More They Stay the Same", Kevin Dermody, Author, EFMLS
ROCK BUSTER NEWS, Central Pennsylvania Rock & Mineral Club, Harrisburg, PA

8. "Faceted Stone Repairs & The Art of Cheating", SCFMS
Jill Rowlands, Author, THE BACKBENDERIS GAZETTE, Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX

9. "The Megamouth Shark", Jim Bourdon, Author, EFMLS
"NJPS PALEONTOGRAPH", New Jersey Paleontological Society, NJ

10. "What-erite??", Diane Dare, Author, MFMGS
"SIES CLUB NEWS" Southern Illinois Earth Science Club, Benton, IL


1. "Standing on Eight Legs", Bryant Nelson, Author, CFMS
THE ROCK AND HAMMER, Elsinore Gem & Min. Soc., Lake Elsinore, CA

2. "You Just Need to Know Where To Look", Lauren Reeves, Author, CFMS
THE ORE-CUT NEWS, Orecut Mineral & Geological Society, Lompoc, CA

3. "What's In The Dirt?", Jacob Kriz, Author, SCFMS
MAGS NEWSLETTER, Memphis Archaeology & Geological Soc., Memphis, TN

4. "A Field Trip Report", Christi Schimel, Author, EFMLS
NJPS PALEONTOGRAPH, New Jersey Paleontological Society, Rutherford, NJ

5. "Digging For Geodes at Schefflers", Chris Harvey, Author, MFMGS
THE LOESS BULLETIN, Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Club, Springfield, IL

6. "Field Trip Report", Elizabeth, "Lizz" Flores, Author, MFMGS
THE BADGER DIGGIN'S, Badgers Lapidary & Geological Society, Monroe, WI

7. "The City of Silent Mountains", Melissa Kaleel, Author, MFMGS
THE LOESS BULLETIN, Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Club, Springfield, IL


1. "Volcanoes ... Sleeping Giants", Sara Schwantes, Author, RMFMS
THE POST ROCK, McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS

2. "The Treasure Of The Abandoned Mine", Benjamin Gephard, Author, MFMGS
STRATA DATA, Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IL

3. "Emerald - The Deep Green Beauty", Amanda L. Williams, Author, CFMS
THE ROCK AND HAMMER, Lake Shore Gem & Min. Soc., Lake Elsinore, CA

4. "Defense Logistics", Benjamin Steiner, Author, MFMGS
STRATA DATA, Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN

5. "Rockhounding", John Moore, Author, MFMGS
THE ROCKHOUND NEWS, Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

6. "Valuable Memories", Amber Bishop, Author, SFMS
COBB-L-STONES, Cobb County Gem & Mineral Society, Marietta, GA

7. "Paleo Stamp-Allosaurus", Jessica Pfund, Author, EFMLS
NJPS PALEONTOGRAPH, New Jersey Paleontological Society, Rutherford, NJ

8. "Paleo Stamp-Parasaurolophus", Marc Ferraro, Author, EFMLS
NJPS PALEONTOGRAPH, New Jersey Paleontological Society, Rutherford, NJ

9. "Introduction To Metaphysics", Robin Kessler, Author, EFMLS
THE CRYSTAL COURIER, Brooklyn Mineralogical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Next month, we'll finish the Awards with the winners of: Poetry, Special Publications, and Honorable Mention in all categories. Meanwhile, here's:

WYOMING CYCAD, by Tom Noe From The Rockfinder, 12/98
(2nd Place, 1998 AFMS Poetry Contest)

By Tom Noe

Here, at the dry roots of high desert scrub,
Where the sun drops a squinty-thin heat
And pinches sagebrush between half-death and half-life,
These flat smooth fronds lie calmly out of place.
Holding this one in my hand, I smell their sluggish sea.
I glimpse their green crowns stretching in their different sky,
And hear the different buzzes and rasps and scrapes.
Though now it is hard as a scythe, then it drooped above,
In its humid, shimmering air,
In a very different world,
Which was here.

The following was the PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE by Joe Meade and appeared 12-19-78, and was the 1st Place Adult Article in 1979 AFMS Editors Bulletin Contest ... THERE IS A LOT OF 'FOOD FOR THOUGHT' in the article ... which appeared in the October 4, 1997 bulletin THE ROCKY ROAD, Water-Oak Gem and Mineral Society,. Inc. of Waterville, Maine...


Once upon a time, in a beautiful valley, there was a magic rock club, or at least many of its members thought it was. Why did they think so? Because many strange and wondrous things happened in their club. After all, they only had to bring themselves to the club meeting once a month, and they found at the beautiful meeting hall their chairs all lined up neatly for them, the place ablaze with light, the coffee pot perking away, the cookies and many other delicious "goodies" all set out and ready for them. The microphones were all hooked- up and buzzing quietly, and the President, Secretary and Treasurer's tables all set up. It was indeed wondrous. The members needed only to sit down, and soon they were told all the bills had been paid, correspondence answered, and problems solved. They were brought up to date on what was happening not only in their area, but also what was happening for many miles around that might affect their hobby of rock collecting. Something called "The Federation" always- took care of defending their favorite collecting areas. They didn't know much about this "Federation", but they did know somebody in their club always looked out for their interests and they were content.

This indeed was a wondrous club, as there was hardly ever anything to argue about during the short, pesky thing they called the "business meeting." Somehow the problem, whatever it might be, was solved whether they paid attention to what was happening or not. After all, if they all said "Aye" to whatever motion was being made, and they all always did, they could gripe about it later when they really found out what they voted on. Anyhow, they were anxious to get on to the rest of the meeting that they liked so well, like passing out of beautiful and wondrous pieces of gemstone or finished jewelry as door prizes. Though many had been members for years, they were not sure exactly where these prizes came from, but it was probably more magic that they always appeared. But that was not all, some liked the "committee reports", because some of them were really interesting. They could find out who was not feeling well, how they were doing; find out about a forthcoming field trip; find out how much money the club had in the bank; find out what the next program would be; about books in their very own library; latest news on their big annual show; and many other interesting things. During the parts they were not interested in, they could always talk to their neighbor, but if anyone talked during the part they were interested in, they could shush them. But the best part, was when they could visit with their friends, and enjoy the knowledgeable speakers, there were bingo games for gemstones, there were "silent auctions", where slabs of gemstone from the four corners of the world could be had for a few pennies, and there were picnics and potluck suppers. Many were only vaguely aware of how these things came about, but after all wasn't it magic?

Ah, it was indeed a fortunate thing to be a member of this club, many members felt. The telephone would ring, and they would be told of anything of interest to them regarding the club. They knew that if a member was ill, flowers and cards and messages from their club would appear to express their concern for them. If they wanted to go on a field trip, and not many did, the location was already surveyed for them, and they knew what gems they might find, how to find them, what they looked like, where they could park, what to bring, and everything they needed to know.

Not only did many members feel lucky to be a part of a magic rock club they were also proud! After all, didn't they often see their club mentioned in the newspaper, hear it discussed on the radio, and wasn't it always a feature of the big District Fair? People would come from far and near to "Ohh" and "Ahb" at the beautiful gems in the cases with their club's name on them. Many never even bothered to go see for themselves, as they knew that the cases would always appear at the appointed time. The building would be available; the kitchen would be clean; the electrical wiring would line up and test itself, the big heavy tables would march into place; and a thousand and one other things would somehow happen whether they were there or not.

But that was not all! Every month a club newspaper would suddenly appear in their mailbox. This was really a wondrous thing. Many were amazed at how the news, articles of interest, and other things would assemble themselves, type themselves, run themselves through a mimeograph machine, staple, address, stamp and mail themselves too! The members knew that if they had not paid attention or even come to the last meeting, everything that happened would be in their club paper. Ahh, what wondrous things did themselves in a magic rock club.

However, there was one long standing mystery in this magic rock club, that had never been solved by a President or committee chairman. This was the strange thing that happened every time the word "VOLUNTEER" was mentioned!!!, practically the whole membership would suddenly find something immensely interesting in either the ceiling or floor, and commence to gaze intently at them for long periods of time. However, there were always certain members who knew there was really nothing there to see, just as they had learned the truth about Santa Claus long ago, so one of them would say "I volunteer", and immediately the other members lost interest in whatever had intrigued them about the floor or ceiling.

If you really want to know the real secret of this Magic Rock Club, you can find the names of nearly all the magicians listed on the inside of the back cover of your magic Napa Valley Rock and Gem bulletin. Of course, all are not listed there, because many of them have quietly and unheralded "made things happen" year after year. To each of you, individually and collectively, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the privilege of working with you during the past year.

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