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SERVING SEVEN REGIONAL FEDERATIONS                                     September, 2002


bulletAll-American Awards
bulletThe Dare Devil
bulletHow I Spent My Summer Vacation
bulletHelp For Your Club - Records Retention
bulletAward Winning Programs Earn Cash Awards
bulletAFMS Trophy Winners
bulletInternational Relations
bulletScholarship Foundation Announces Honorary Award Winners
bulletAFMS Editor's Contest Results
bulletAFMS Endowment Fund Raffle Results
bulletAFMS Club Rockhound of the Year
bulletLewis and Clark - Discovering the Way, Again
bulletLoud & Clear
bulletBulletin Editor's Hall of Fame
bulletNew Officers Elected
bulletNew Case Light Bulbs for the Federation Show 2002

Hats Off To Port Townsend For A Job Well Done A Rockin' Good Time Was Had By All!

All-American Awards

from Colleen & Lyle Kugler

We regret that we could not attend the convention this year. Lyle's angioplasty in February, my knee surgery in May and our son's wedding in early July made it impossible for us to come.

We had some good entries again this year with only half a point separating the top two large clubs. We would like to encourage all federations to encourage their clubs to try this competition. Everyone is a winner. It is a great way to compile a history book for your club. We did have five federations represented this year, but would really like all federations involved.

And the winners are...

Small Clubs

Bronze Awards... (in alphabetical order)

Carmichael Gem & Mineral Society - CFMS
Fossils for Fun Society - CFMS
Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society - SCFMS
Los Alamos Geological Society - RMFMS
Williamson County Gem & Mineral Club - SCFMS

Silver Awards... (in alphabetical order)

Roseville Rock Rollers - CFMS
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society - CFMS
Waco Gem & Mineral Club - SCFMS

Gold Award & Highest Scoring Small Club...

Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society - MWF

Large Clubs

Silver Award...

Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society - CFMS

Gold Awards...(in alphabetical order)

Arlington Gem & Mineral Club - SCFMS
Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society - MWF
Wisconsin Geological Society - MWF

Gold Award & Highest Scoring Large Club

Che Hanna Rock & Mineral Club - EFMLS

The Dare Devil

from Jon Spunaugle
AFMS Scholarship Foundation President

The AFMS Scholarship Raffle is over. I thank everyone who purchased a ticket and ultimately helped raise money for the Foundation as well as the gentlemen who donated and cut the stone. The funds raised will be added to the fund with only the interest generated by it being used for scholarships in future years.

The lucky recipient, holder of the winning ticket was John Baumler of the Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, NY. John has promised that the Dare Devil will be on display at the EFMLS/AFMS Convention which will be held in Syracuse in July, 2004.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

from Steve Weinberger, AFMS President

One of the highlights of the president's job is that of traveling to each of the regional federations and meeting with many of the people who are active in those federations. We have just returned from the California, Northwest and AFMS meetings and as we drove across country I reaffirmed several things:

bulletIt is a big country
bulletAlthough there are some regional differences, our concerns are basically the same
bulletThe energy of those willing to work for the hobby is boundless

I have been impressed with the dedication of so many people throughout the hobby; to them, jobs are not difficult, they are just things which need to be done. The attention to detail which the organizers at Port Townsend demonstrated was amazing. Everything ran smoothly and everyone made a concerted effort to make us feel welcome. My sincere thanks go to all members of the Port Townsend Rock Club.

For those who have never attended an AFMS business meeting, here is a quick run-down of what happens. Just as your club meets and reviews minutes, treasurer's reports, committee reports, old and new business, etc., the AFMS does the same. Whereas your club meets monthly, the AFMS has generally only one meeting each year, in conjunction with one of the regional federations' meeting. This rotates so that we are in any given federation once every seven years.

This year in addition to the above-mentioned items, we enacted several changes as outlined below:

bulletThe AFMS Uniform Rules Committee met prior to the business meeting and voted on a number of changes to the judging rules which will go into effect on January 1, 2003. The URC committee and the AFMS Board of Directors also approved posting the rules on the AFMS Website. Soon you will be able to purchase rules books the usual way or access them via the internet.
bulletThe AFMS Board and Scholarship Foundation voted on changes to their bylaws and operating procedures which clearly define the oversight process of the Foundation-auditing, reporting, and accountability. In February of this year, Jon Spunaugle (President of the Scholarship Foundation) and I appointed Lewis Elrod, past president of the AFMS and a Certified Fraud Investigator (retired) to examine the Scholarship records. Lewis has completed that phase of the investigation and has been in contact with agencies to proceed with the second phase of the investigation. Due to the nature of the investigation, we cannot say more at this time, however, as the process develops, we will keep everyone informed. I do want to say that the Foundation is on solid footing and we are able to continue awarding the full complement of scholarships again for the upcoming year. My personal thanks go to long-time supporters of the Foundation such as the Dare Devil Faceters who cut the Dare Devil stone for raffle this year, to the Northwest Faceters whose auction proceeds of their set stones are donated each year to the Foundation, and to Isabella Burns (immediate past AFMS President) for her Million Pennies program. Contributions to Izzie's Pennies even exceeded the million she was aiming for. Thanks also to the many individuals and clubs nationwide who each year contribute so that we can continue to increase the fund. Currently we grant scholarships to 24 graduate students in the earth sciences. Remember, the principal is invested-only the interest and dividends are used for the scholarships. We do not invest in any speculative ventures, we use the "prudent man rule." As you know, with interest and bond rates down, we don't receive the kinds of return as in past years. This is why one of our goals is to increase the principal.
bulletOver the years we have noticed a general decrease in the number of showcases, especially in competitive cases. Judging differs between various federations and there are often many interpretations of the Uniform Rules. To this end, we have established an ad hoc committee for training Uniform Rules judges. Dee Holland will chair the committee which will bring together people from all federations to the EFMLS Wildacres judging class where they will meet to study and discuss the judging process. Then they will be able to take back to their federations what they have learned to work with other judges in their regions. The ultimate goal is to help the individual exhibitor to set up better cases and to make the judging process more equitable for everyone.
bulletA major concern throughout the country is the closing of collecting areas. New federal regulations for mines and legal concerns over allowing us into collecting sites have affected many of us. I have appointed George Loud, currently the AFMS Conservation and Legislation Committee Chairmen, to head an ad hoc committee which will look into the feasibility of establishing an endowment fund so that the AFMS can purchase and/or lease and maintain collecting sites on a nationwide basis. We, of course, have to determine whether is would be feasible to own or lease sites, and the many questions regarding all factors have to be considered. Please give this issue serious thought and send George your ideas, concerns, suggestions, questions, etc. You can contact him at <galoud@aol.com> or at 9709 Layminster Ln; Vienna, VA 22182.

The Conservation and Legislation Committee also presented a land use policy to the Board and it was approved. A copy of this policy is found elsewhere in this issue. I don't think that it is different from what most of us believe, but it does codify our thoughts about our concerns over use of public lands. Foremost on this Land Use Policy is the adherence to the AFMS Code of Ethics. This can go a long way to help with not only public support of our interests but also with individual land owners who see that we care about the land on which we collect.

As you can see, the AFMS Board and committees have been busy this summer (as they have been throughout the year.) Since many clubs take a respite during the summer, it is now time to prepare for the upcoming fall, winter and spring activities. I wish everyone a healthy year, one filled with exciting endeavors in collecting, cutting and jewelry making. Take some time to teach this year. The opportunities are endless - club members, youngsters, the general public - everyone can learn. Each club member knows a little more about something which he or she can share. As Bram Terrill, EFMLS President (1971-72) was fond of saying, "Each One Teach One" or more, and interest in our hobby is sure to grow while we have fun along the way.


from Ron Carman, President-elect

Wow! What a great show the Port Townsend club put on last month! It was really a pleasure to be there, and both the local club and the Northwest Federation made us all feel more than welcome. The mild climate was really a change from a south Texas summer, and the weather cooperated nearly all week, with a surprising amount of blue sky and sunshine. The exhibits were attractive; the dealers were also very good, and the meetings went quite smoothly, especially considering that we went through a lot of business.

At the annual meeting, we did discuss a great many issues and made some changes to our Bylaws and Operating Procedures, mainly for clarity. The members discussed adding some items to the AFMS website, and approved the placing of the latest revision to the Uniform Rules on the site when all updates have been completed. I was pleased to see this addition, since I have heard numerous requests for it both last year and while I was on the committee. In the long run, this change should save money for both the Supply & Publications Committee and the Central Office by reducing printing and postage costs. Several other items were also approved, and you will certainly hear about them from the committees involved.

Another part of the convention that I certainly enjoy (and always do) is the opportunity to meet folks from other federations all over the country. I am from Oklahoma originally, and like that famous Oklahoman Will Rogers, I can say I never met a rockhound I didn't like. This hobby is so varied that persons of many different interests take part, but we all have the love for earth's natural treasures as a common ground, which unites us all at shows and conventions. I can't overemphasize how our shows contribute to our camaraderie as well as being our chance to present a positive image to the public in general. Socializing with others who share our interest is for me a great part of any show!

The American Federation, as well as the regional federations, has various committees which do many of the important day-to-day jobs for all of us in the AFMS. The members of some of them are defined in our Bylaws and Operating Procedures; others are appointed by the President. If anyone is interested in serving on a particular committee, feel free to let me know. I will be happy to consider all requests. A list of AFMS officers and the various committees is available in the AFMS newsletter or on the AFMS website. Also, if you haven't visited this very excellent website, go look at it. The URL, or Internet address is <www.amfed.org>.

Help For Your Club - Records Retention

by Mike Kokinos

[Ed Note: Mike Kokinos retired from the IRS several years ago and has been the long-time CFMS tax advisor. This is the first of a series of articles written by Mike in answer to numerous questions posed by AFMS affiliated clubs.]

These guidelines give consideration to reports required by the Internal Revenue Service, the States, and retention of historical records.

In the years I have worked with California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, the biggest problem is the loss of records. The losses occur from deaths, fire, resignations, relocations, failure to turn over records by outgoing officers and chairpersons, and destruction.

Keeping records in an officer or member's home account for most lost records. It is imperative that a common facility be used that is accessible to all officers and committee chairpersons. Records should be neatly organized and stored in lidded record storage boxes of a uniform size. Permanent records should be stored in a fireproof file cabinet. For non-permanent records, the date of destruction should be noted on the outside of the box. A listing of the contents should be kept both inside the box and a separate listing stored with the association's current general files.

Permanent Records:

These records must be retained for the life of the organization.

* Board Minutes
* Minutes of member meetings if business is transacted.
* Original Articles of Incorporation including amendments and bylaws.
* Reports to State organizations that oversee non-profit public benefit corporations.
* Letters granting exemption by the Internal Revenue Service and State of incorporation.
* General ledgers, financial statements, sales tax reports, non-profit reports to the Internal Revenue Service and State of record.
* Records of purchase of major assets and special payments.
* Membership Records.
* Newsletters.
* Correspondence legal and/or other important matters.

Records to be retained 4 - 5 years

* Bank statements, reconciliations, deposit slips/advices/cancelled checks.
* Cash receipts and disbursements records.
* Correspondence - general.
* Insurance records unless involved in litigation or other problems.

Award Winning Programs Earn Cash Awards

from Marge Collins

Three excellent programs scored 95 or more points to earn $200 each and be designated 1st Place Winners with "Highest Honors" in the 2002 Program Competition.

In the Educational Class, "Datolite: Crystals, Diversity and Color" a slide program by Wayne W. Sukow (Northern Virginia Mineral Club, EFLMS) presents a close up look at a variety of datolite specimens from around the world. Samples from each location have unique characteristics. Some are attractive cabinet specimens while others are best appreciated under magnification. You will have a better appreciation for this somewhat unusual mineral after viewing this presentation.

In the Field Trip Class, "In Search of South Dakota's Fairburn Agate" a slide program by Doug Moore and Don Kelman (Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, MWF) takes you on a journey to find another colorful, rare species found in areas around the Black Hills. There are several other colorful 'rocks' from the same vicinity which are sometimes mistaken for Fairburns. Doug & Don show where to hunt, what to look for - and what to look out for - if you want to add this unique agate to your collection.

In a 'Special Class', "Recovery of the Hyde Park Mastodon" by Jay Tinker (Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, EFLMS) shows the detailed process and complications encountered while extricating and preserving the remains from the backyard pond - not far from the Hudson River, north of Poughkeepsie, NY. The original was prepared as a Power Point presentation on CD-ROM. Since few Clubs have access to the equipment needed to properly project such a presentation, at this time, we expect to transfer it to 35mm slides and VHS video so it can be presented at meetings. Those who wish to borrow the CD-ROM will be able to do so as well.

These programs will be available from your Regional Program Library before the end of this year. Watch your Regional Newsletter or contact Librarian to set a date your use.

Anyone interested in entering the 2003 Program Competition can watch for the Rules and Entry Form in this or your Regional Newsletter; contact your Regional Librarian or AFMS Program Competition Coordinator Marge Collins, (269)695-4313 or margaret@qtm.net for information or suggestions.

AFMS Trophy Winners

from Dee Holland, URC Chair

The displays at the Port Townsend NFMS/AFMS Convention were excellent. It was indeed a pleasure for the judges and for me to be able to award the following trophies for competitive displays...

Trophy # 2 Minerals - Jason Holstrom, NFMS
    Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club, Kennewick, WA

Trophy # 3 Minerals - Anne & Bill Cook, MWF
    Mineralogical Society of Cleveland, Ohio

Trophy # 3 Minerals - Society Trophy, MWF
    Mineralogical Society of Cleveland, Ohio

Trophy # 5 Minerals - Jack Thompson, RMFMS
    Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy, Denver, Colorado

Trophy # 6 Minerals - Laurie Casto, NFMS
    Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club, Kennewick,WA

Trophy # 8 Minerals - Alexander Schauss, NFMS
    Puyallup Gem & Mineral Club, Puyallup, WA

Trophy # 9 Minerals - Barbara Sky, MWF
    Rockwood Gem & Mineral Society,St. Louis Co. Missouri

Trophy # 13 Lapidary - Elvin & Earline Irwin, NFMS
    Oregon Agate & Mineral Society, Portland, OR

Trophy # 17 Lapidary - Elvin & Earline Irwin, NFMS
    Oregon Agate & Mineral Society, Portland, OR

Trophy # 18 Lapidary - Elvin & Earline Irwin, NFMS
    Oregon Agate & Mineral Society, Portland, OR

Trophy # 22 Petrified Wood - Elvin & Earline Irwin, NFMS
    Oregon Agate & Mineral Society, Portland, OR

Trophy # 26 Jewelry - Viola Jones, NFMS
    Skagit Rock & Gem Club, Mt. Vernon, WA

Trophy # 15 Lapidary - Society, NFMS
    Skagit Rock & Gem Club, Mt. Vernon, WA

Trophy # 28 Educational - Larry Hulstrom, NFMS
    Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club, Kennewick, WA

Trophy # 31 Intarsia - Barbara Jacobsen, NFMS    
    Club at Large

Lillian Turner Award for a Junior:

Jason Hulstrom won for his "Master" Mineral Exhibit. Jason is from NFMS, Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club, Kennewick, WA. The award was presented by Toby Cozens, AFMS Treasurer, and Steve Weinberger, AFMS President.

International Relations

Jack Nelson, Chairman

In the April issue, I said I would give you a partial list of some of the very useful, interesting and (free) Internet discussion groups (or lists) related to rocks, minerals, fossils and gems where you can meet collectors from many other countries of the world. For those of you who have access to the Internet, here are the ones I am subscribed to and am most familiar with, as well as instructions on how to subscribe (join) or un-subscribe (leave) them. These groups are wonderful places to ask questions, answer questions, relate collecting stories or any other kinds of rock, mineral fossil stories you might find interesting.

Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com and follow instructions for subscribing (or un-subscribing) to these or many other available lists

 micromounts- 188 members,
Rockhounds/Micromount - 48 members,
RockhoundsNew - 68 members,
rockhounds - 389 members,
RockhoundsList - 483 members,
rocksandfossils - 398 members,
MineralCollecting - 115 members,
microphoto - 74 members.

Go to: < http://www.topica.com/lists/rocks-and-fossils and follow instructions for subscribing (or unsubscribing).

rocks-and-fossils - 153 members.

Contact Aaron Fox, the list manager, afox@drizzle.com and he will set you up as a member.

rockhounds - 351 members.

The combined total of over 2,260 members of these 10 Internet groups includes many members from foreign countries and is a marvelous way to speak with and to these many enthusiasts about subjects of mutual interest. You might also exchange mineral specimens from some of the list members elsewhere, as I have been doing for over 5 years, now. If you are going to be a worldwide mineral/fossil collector, you can benefit greatly from membership in such groups. Remember they are free and you can really increase your knowledge immensely.

Try them!

Questions? Ideas? You can contact Jack Nelson at <nelsonja@erols.com> or write to him at 17300 Hughes Rd; Poolesville, MD 20837.

Scholarship Foundation Announces Honorary Award Winners

from Jon Spunaugle, AFMS Scholarship Foundation President

The Honorary Award Winners for the 2001 2002 AFMS Scholarship Foundation have been selected by their respective Regional Federations. These Honorees have been chosen for their contributions to the hobby, and to the field of Earth Science, by each of the six participating Regional Federations. Each selected Award Winner has been honored with the presentation of a handsome plaque and is the person who will select the two students for each Federation. The students selected will receive, for two years each, a two thousand dollar scholarship grant covering the school years of 2002-03 and 2003-04. Thus, a selected student receives a total grant of $4,000 over two academic years.

The list of distinguished Honorary Awardees now totals 199 individuals, including the six listed below. A total of 426 students have received scholarships which now total cumulatively $1,016,650.00 of grants paid since 1965 when the first scholarship grant and Honorary Award winner were selected. After this school year's grants have been paid it will add an additional $52,000.00 to this total. This includes some catch-up with two students selected too late to receive grants last year.

The Honorary Awardees selected by the participating Regional Federations for this year are:

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Mike Kokinos
Shingle Springs, California

Mr. Kokinos is a long time active member in the California Federation. He has been outstanding in the assistance he has given numerous clubs and societies over the years in the area of establishing and maintaining their tax exempt status. Mike is also active in the area of exhibiting and judging of competitive exhibits and in encouraging youngsters in the fine art of mineral collecting. The California Federation elected him President in 1967-68 and presented him with the "Golden Bear" award in 1995 for his continued work for the CFMS. Mr. Kokinos was the California Federation Scholarship Honoree in that same year. Mr. Kokinos has chosen Dr. Bradley Hacker at the University of California, Santa Barbara to assist him with the student selection.

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies

Dr. Michael A. Wise
Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Wise is honored as a "Friend of Mineralogy" and a most deserving professional. Dr. Wise is honored for his many talks to local clubs and societies. He is a much sought after speaker by Eastern clubs especially in the Maryland/Virginia area. Mike, as he prefers to be addressed, has provided many spectacular exhibit cases. After receiving his Bachelors Degree from the University of Virginia, he began graduate work at the University of Manitoba, at Winnipeg, where he was introduced to the pegmatites of Canada. He later switched to a Ph. D. Program and received his Doctorate Degree in 1987 specializing in this area. He is now a renowned authority on pegmatite minerals. In 1988 he joined the staff of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where he has contributed to the to the National Museum's Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals collections. He is constantly in the field continuing his research. Mike also serves as an advisor to the National Museum interns.

Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Dr. David F. Hess, Ph.D. retired
Western Illinois University

Dr. Hess is a long time active club member of the West Central Illinois Rock and Mineral Club. Since the beginning of the club, Dr. Hess has given numerous educational programs on such things as micro minerals and pegmatites. He always makes himself available to help identify specimens and shells. He is the local club auctioneer in the annual fund raising activities. Dr. Hess is retired as Professor of Geology at Western Illinois University where he taught from 1966 to his retirement in 2000. His areas of interest include petrology, Precambrian geology and mineralogy of metamorphic minerals. He has long been an advocate of the earth sciences and environmental education. Courses he developed are still being taught at Western Illinois University. Dr. Hess is well published with numerous articles and papers on geology and mineralogy. Dr. Hess has chosen students studying at Indiana University and Michigan Technological University.

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Ms. Sallie D. Webb
Isabel, OK , retired teacher

Sallie is honored for her tireless work in presenting talks to local hobby clubs and societies, schools, and teacher groups and for her preparation of national exhibits. She works as a volunteer at the Museum of the Red River where she Chairs the Museum Board, as well as participates in the numerous activities of the Museum. Included in those activities are directing field trips, providing activities for visiting students and accompanying the curator on museum buying trips. Ms. Webb is a retired school teacher having taught 20 years. She is a member of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society, a member of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma Organization. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is a wife, homemaker, and mother of two daughters.

Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Mr. Robert Bergantino
Research Associate Hydrologist, Montana Tech, Butte, MT.

Mr. Bergantino is honored for his contributions to the historical cartography of the Lewis and Clark expedition and his assistance to the AFMS in its upcoming program celebrating the anniversary of this important first official exploration of the Continental United States west of the Mississippi River. Mr. Bergantino graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1967, with a degree in Geology. While working as a Geological Oceanographer for the U.S. Navy Oceanographic Office in Washington DC. he began plotting the Lewis and Clark Expedition on USGS topographic maps verifying the Expedition camp sights as a "hobby". He was asked by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation to prepare a detailed map of the Expedition. Later the U. S. Park Service requested the information determining the route to be included in the NPS's National Historic Monument. He also recalculated the celestial observations of the Expedition to determine latitude and reconstructed a route map reflecting the magnetic declination of compass readings. Mr. Bergantino has also been very helpful to the AFMS Lewis and Clark Expedition Anniversary Committee.

South Central Federation of Mineral Societies

Dr. James N. Connelly, Ph.D.
Dept. of Geological Sciences University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Connelly is honored for his contributions to clubs and societies, and their programs, and for his work in the geochemistry of minerals, especially zircon and titanite in Precambrian rocks. He was educated in Canada receiving his B.Sc. with Honors in Geology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, his M. Sc. in Geology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1991 he received his Ph.D. from Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John's, Newfoundland and continued to do Post doctoral Research at the same University. In 1994 he joined the staff of the University of Texas, Austin, as Associate Chairman of the Geological Sciences Department where he teaches and continues his research investigating the isotope and geochemistry of minerals in Precambrian rocks and has collaborated with professionals and educators world wide. Dr. Connelly has directly supervised many graduate students and served on many Graduate Student Committees evaluating M.Sc. thesis and Ph.D. dissertations.

The Foundation is delighted with the broad and diverse selections of Honorary Awardees and proud to add these names to the growing list of distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen whom you have chosen to honor over the years.

AFMS Editor's Contest Results

from Kitty Starbuck, Bulletin Aids Chair

We had a wonderful gathering at the Editor's Breakfast in Port Townsend and it was my pleasure to present trophies and certificates to the winners or their representatives.

As has been the custom for the past several years, a booklet containing the award winning articles has been assembled and for those wishing one, I still have a limited number. Cost this year is $8 which includes the postage. If you would like one, send your check, payable to "AFMS" to me:

Kitty Starbuck
7636 East V Av
Vicksburg, MI 49097-9307

Be sure to include your name and mailing address with your request. Supplies are limited so do not delay.

I want to especially thank the judges who worked long and hard reading all the bulletins and articles before rendering their final verdicts. They are:

Joyce Hanschu - Canton, MI
June Culp Zeitner - Rapid City, SD
Diane Dare - Holiday, FL
Dolores Rose - Grand Island, NE
Shirley Leeson - LaMesa, CA
Ruby Lingelbach - Stillwater, OK
Neil Snepp - Haslett, MI
Joan Ambramson, Vista, CA
Paul Good - Kyle, TX

Here are the results of the 2002 AFMS Bulletin Contest:


  1. THE ROCK SLAB NEWS, Joan Macomber, Editor
    Searchers Gem & Mineral Society Anaheim, CA - CFMS
  2. MINERAL MINUTES, Georgia Olmstead, Editor
    Mineralogical Society of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC - EFMLS
  3. THE LOESS BULLETIN, Jennifer Kuehner, Editor
    Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society , Springfield, IL - MWF
  4. TRINITY TAILINGS, Dottie Hydue, Editor
    Trinity Gem & Mineral Society, Trinity, CA - CFMS
  5. CHAPARRAL CHATTER, Carol Syska, Editor
    Chaparral Rockounds, Roswell, NM - RMFMS
  6. COLLECTOR'S CORNER, Bill Egis, Editor
    Keene Mineral Club, Keene, NH - EFMLS
  7. THE STONE CHIPPER, Dee & Theresa Purkeyville, Editors
    Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, TX - SCFMS
  8. CENTRILL GEMS, Barb Edwards, Editor
    Central Illinois Gem & Mineral Club, Decatur, IL - MWF
  9. ROCKIN' ROUND, Ken Tudor, Editor
    Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society, Portland, ME - EFMLS
  10. CROSS TIMBERS, Leslie-Rahye Strickland, Editor
    Cross Timbers Gem & Mineral Society, Stephenville, TX - SCFMS


  1. THE KYANA GEMSCOOP, Cyndy Terrell, Editor
    Kyana Geological Society, Louisville, KY - SFMS
  2. THE ROCK TABLET , Randy & Sandra Phillips, Editors
    Neville Public Museum Geology Club, Green Bay, WI - MWF
  3. THE AMMONITE, Don Rahert, Editor
    Western Dakota Gem & Mineral Society, Rapid City, SD - RMFMS
  4. MAGIC VALLEY GEM NEWS, Helen Dombrovskis/Barb Knapp, Editors
    Magic Valley Gem Club, Twin Falls, ID - NFMS
  5. THE LODESTONE, Gary Raham, Editor
    Ft. Collins Rockhounds, Ft. Collins, CO - RMFMS
  6. THE GOLDEN NUGGET, Terry L. Fetzer, Editor
    Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society, Montgomery, AL - SFMS
  7. THE PICA PICK, Colleen Kugler, Editor
    Edwards River Earth Science Club, Aledo, IL - MWF
  8. THE CRYSTAL COURIER, Michael Kessler, Editor
    Brooklyn Mineralogical Society, Brooklyn, NY - EFMLS
  9. DUST & GRIT , Debbie Estes, Editor
    Federal Way Gem & Mineral Club, Federal Way, WA - NFMS


  1. THE CORAL GEODE, Millie Heym, Editor
    Tampa Bay Mineral & Science Club, Tampa, FL - EFMLS
  2. SLAB & CABS, Donna J. Roethler, Editor
    Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Corpus Christi, TX - SCFMS
  3. THE G. I. NUGGET, Dolores E. Rose, Editor
    Grand Island Earth Science Club, Grand Island, NE - MWF
  4. THE STRATA DATA, Marie Zigler, Editor
    Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN - MWF
  5. THE ROCK RATTLER, lke House, Editor
    ARK-LA-TEX Gem & Mineral Society, Shreveport, LA - SCFMS
  6. MOUNTAIN MINERAL MONTHLY, Gayle Graham, Editor
    Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Asheville, NC - SFMS
  7. THE ROCK COLLECTOR, Dan Imel, Editor
    Rochester Lapidary Society, Rochester, NY - EFMLS
  8. THE PICK & DOP STICK Fran Gutkowski, Editor
    Chicago Rock and Mineral Society, Chicago, IL - MWF
  9. CHIPS & CHATTER, Don Shurtz, Editor
    Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Society of Dallas, TX, Dallas, TX - SCFMS
  10. THE HARD ROCK NEWS, Gary & Paulette Garibaldi, Editors
    Kitsap Mineral & Gem Society, Bremerton, WA - NFMS


  1. GEM CUTTERS NEWS, Carolyn Weinberger, Editor
    Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD - EFMLS
  2. THE SHOW ME GEODE, Celia Tiffany, Editor
    Show Me Gem & Mineral Club, St. Charles County, MO - MWF
  3. THE PEGMATITE, Anne Schafer, Editor
    San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, San Diego, CA - CFMS
  4. ROCKBOUND RAMBLING, Shirley Layton, Editor
    Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Ventura, CA - CFMS
  5. THE GEM & MINERAL JOURNAL, Cathy Faller, Editor
    Gem & Mineral Society of Lynchburg, VA, Lynchburg, VA - EFMLS
  6. THE ROCKPILE, Pete Kuzara, Editor
    Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society , Taylor, MI - MWF
  7. QUARRY QUIPS, Pearl Burden, Editor
    Wichita Gem & Mineral Society, Wichita, KS - RMFMS
  8. SKAGIT GEMS, Vi Jones, Editor
    Skagit Rock & Gem Club, Mt. Vernon, WA - NFMS
  9. THE CRYSTALITH, Dana E. Wilson, Editor
    Mineral Collectors of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT - RMFMS
  10. NEWS NUGGETS, Orlando Garcia, Editor
    Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club, Albuquerque, NM - RMFMS


  1. THE HARD PLACE, Greg Tunnicllif, Author
    Mile High Rock & Mineral Society, Westminster, CO - RMFMS
    Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX - SCFMS
  3. AN UN-COMMON PRIZE, Mary Conner, Author
    Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society, Hendersonville, NC - SFMS
  4. OPALS, George Judd, Author
    Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society, Taylor, MI - MWF
  5. HERKIMER DIAMONDS, Brett Whitenack, Author
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS - RMFMS
  6. FLUORESCENT ROCKS ARE LIKE MAGIC, David & Laura Dow, Authors Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, TX - SCFMS
    The Strata Data, Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN
  8. RUNNING FROM GHOSTS, George Klein, Author
    NJ Paleontological Society, New Milford, NJ - EFMLS
  9. LET'S TALK COLLECTING, Sue Robert, Author
    Chicago Rock & Mineral Society , Chicago, IL - MWF
  10. ROCK SHOWS: The Next Generation, Robin House, Author
    ARK-LA-TEX Gem & Mineral Society, Shreveport, LA - SCFMS


    Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX - SCFMS
    Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, North Carolina - SFMS
  3. SHOWING YOUR AGE, Terrell Wm. "Terry" Proctor, Author
    Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX - SCFMS
  4. THE TOURMALINE; A METACRYSTAL, Daniel Hafner, Author
    Chicago Rock and Mineral Society, Chicago, IL - MWF
  5. "CATCH A FALLING SNOWFLAKE", Gary Raham, Author
    Fort Collins Rockhounds, Ft.. Collins, CO - RMFMS
    Delaware Mineral Society, Delaware - EFMLS
  7. SALT CASTINGS, Callie & Dennis Chapman, Authors
    Tooele Gem & Mineral Society, West Valley, UT - RMFMS
  8. ROCK HUNTING FOR CITY GIRLS, Jill Rowlands, Author
    Houston Gem & Mineral Society, Houston, TX - SCFMS
  9. FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PEN, Jim Barton, Author
    Roseville Rock Rollers, Wheatland, CA - CFMS
    Stillwater Mineral & Gem Society, Stillwater, OK - RMFMS

JUNIOR ARTICLES - authors under age 12

  1. MY FIRST CAB, Rachel Kaleel, Author
    Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society, Springfield, IL - MWF
  2. QUALITY QUARTZ, Timothy Wert, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
  3. FOSSIL FORMING, Emily Nelson, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
  4. SAPPHIRES & OTHER BIRTHSTONES, Bridget O'Riordan, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
    NY Mineralogical Club, New York, NY - EFMLS
  6. JAWS, Jeryl Murphy, Author
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS - RMFMS
  7. JR. SPOT, INOCERAMUS, Jeremy Hedrich, Author
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS - RMFMS
  8. MY 1st ROCK TRIP, Tyler Riegelman, Author
    Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Cumberland Area, WI - MWF
    Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Cumberland Area, WI - MWF

JUNIOR ARTICLES - authors age 12-17

    Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN - MWF
  2. LA BREA - IT'S THE PITS, Daniel Wert, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
  3. TIARAS & DIADEMS, Annie Kugler, Author
    Edwards River Earth Science Club, Aledo, IL - MWF
  4. OPAL INFORMATION PAGE, Matthew Hutchinson, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
  5. TAIL OF THE TRILOBITE, Bryant Nelson, Author
    Lake Elsinore Gem & Mineral Society, Lake Elsinore, CA - CFMS
  6. THE GNEISS ROCK, Mindi ToIle, Author
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS _ MWF
  7. CALITE IN GEODES?, Amy Spangler, Author
    Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN - MWF
  8. NATURAL BEAUTY, Brittany House, Author
    ARK-LA-TEX Gem & Mineral Society, Shreveport, LA - SCFMS
  9. JUNIOR SPOT -THE DOMED MONSTER, Jennifer Hedrich, Author
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS - RMFMS
  10. METAMORPHIC ROCKS, Isaac Joseph, Author
    Che Hanna Rock & Mineral Club, Sayre, PA - EFMLS


  1. FRANKLIN ONE & FRANKLIN TWO, Aaron Mount Lemle, Author
    Bulletin of the NY Mineralogical Club, New York, NY - EFMLS
  2. GEODE, Matt Smith, Author
    Tulip City Gem & Mineral Club, Holland, MI - MWF
  3. A QUARTZ SESTET, Jessica Shurtz, Author
    Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Club of Dallas, Texas, Dallas, TX - SCFMS
  4. UNTITLED, Joel Vago, Author
    NY Paleontological Society, New York, NY - EFMLS


  1. A PRETTY PICTURE ROCK, Ted Robles, Author
    Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC - SFMS
  2. NIRVANA RARE, Terry Cirrincione, Author
    American Fossil Federation Falls Church, VA - EFMLS
  3. THE FOSSIL DIG, J. Richard (Rick) Smith, Author
    Maryland Geological Society, Baltimore, MD - EFMLS
  4. THE CHALLENGE OF LOSS, Millie Heym, Author
    Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club, Mango, FL - EFMLS
  5. ODE TO THE ROCKBOUND, Donna Schultz, Author
    Mt. Baker Rock & Gem Club, Bellingham, WA - NFMS
  6. "...ANGELS ALONG THE WAY", Mike Lacquement, Author
    Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society, Springfield, IL - MWF
  7. YGWDI, lke House, Author
    ARK-LA-TEX Gem & Mineral Society Shreveport, LA - SCFMS
  8. THE SQUIRREL, Janie Duncan, Author
    Monrovia Rockhounds, Monrovia, CA - CFMS
  9. ODE TO QUARTZSITE, Dolores Rose, Author
    Grand Island Earth Science Society, Grand Island, NE - MWF
  10. MEMORIES, Dee Clason, Author
    Kern County Mineral Society, Bakersfield, CA - CFMS


    Brukner Gem & Mineral Club, Troy, OH - MWF
  2. 34th FALL FESTIVAL OF GEMS & MINERALS, Elizabeth Green, Author
    Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Club of Dallas, Dallas, TX - SCFMS
  3. SPOTLIGHT- 2001 SHOW, Jennifer Kuehner, Author
    Lincoln Orbit Earth Science Society, Springfield, IL - MWF
  4. AWARDS BANQUET PROGRAM, Loren & Kathy Patterson, Authors
    Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, NY - EFMLS
  5. SHOW PROGRAM OR FLYER, Diana Vokheck, Author
    Delaware Mineral Society, Dover, DE - EFMLS
    Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Cumberland Area, WI - MWF
  7. 45th ANNIVERSARY EDITION GRANITE CHIPS, Edith Hammond, Author
    Southeastern New Hampshire Mineral Club, Dover, NH - EFMLS


ROCK-N-ROSE, Don White, Editor
    East Texas Mineral Society, Tyler, TX - SCFMS
    Springfield Thunderegg Club, Springfield, OR - NFMS
ACHATES, Beverly Noble, Editor
    Austin Gem & Mineral Society, Austin, MN - MWF
ROCK, PICK AND CHISEL, Lanette Taylor, Editor
    Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society, Siloam Springs, AR - RMFMS
ROCK TALK, Marion Figueredo, Editor
    St. Lucie Rock & Gem Club, Port St. Lucie, FL - SFMS
    Middle Tennessee Rockhounds, Nashville, TN - SFMS


HOUND'S HOWL, Barbara Fenstermacher, Editor
    Aiken Gem, Mineral & Fossil Society, Aiken , SC - EFMLS
THE TUMBLE RUMBLE, Kirk Kegel, Editor
    Capistrano Valley Rock & Mineral Club, San Clemente, CA - CFMS
THE LEAVERITE NEWS, Barbara Austin, Editor
    Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club, Grand Junction, CO - RMFMS
THE ROLLIN' ROCK, Inez Berg, Editor
    Roseville Rock Rollers, Roseville, CA - CFMS
THE POST ROCK, Sara Murphy, Editor
    McPherson Gem & Mineral Society, McPherson, KS - RMFMS
    North Puget Sound Faceting Guild, Mt. Vernon, WA - NFMS


THE ROCKYTIER, Sharon Scott, Editor
    Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society, Lubbock, TX - SCFMS
STRATA GEM, Dennis Chapman, Editor
    Tooele Gem & Mineral Society, Tooele, UT- RMFMS
JAX GEMS, David Tuttle, Editor
    Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society , Jacksonville, FL - SFMS
GEMS AND FRIENDS, Jack & Betty Gross, Editors
    Kalispell Rockbound Club, Kalispell, MT - NFMS
GULFPORT GEMS, Margaret Johonson, Editor
    Harrison County Gem & Mineral Society, Gulfport, MS - SFMS
ROUGH & TUMBLED TIMES, Pamela Hecht, Editor
    Northwest Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society, Cumberland Area, WI - MWF


    San Juan County Gem & Mineral Society, Farmington, NM - RMFMS


EPIDOTE, William F. Grimes Sr., Author
    Smoky Mountain Mineral Society, Hartford, Tennessee - EFMLS
    Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society, Ft. Wayne, IN - MWF
    Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club, Inc. - EFMLS
    Brukner Gem & Mineral Club, Troy, OH - MWF


PUZZLE - WORD SNAKE MAZE Jessica Shurtz, Author
    Pleasant Oaks Gem Club of Dallas,Texas, Dallas, TX - SCFMS


A GEM DANDY SHOW, Dorothy Bowman, Author
    Chaparral Rockhounds, RoswelL NM - RMFMS
CLUB PRESIDENT YEAR 2000 Darrel Bolinder, Author
    Tooele Gem & Mineral Society, Tooele, UT - RMFMS
    ARK-LA-TEX Gem & Mineral Society, Shreveport, LA - SCFMS
AMERICA'S BEAUTY, Art Reed, Author
    Elgin Rock & Mineral Society, Elgin, IL- MWF
    Marysville Rock & Gem Club, Marysville, WA - NFMS

AFMS Endowment Fund Raffle Results

from Dee Holland and Lewis Elrod

The 2002 AFMS Endowment Raffle is over and I am pleased to announce the winners of the prizes which were donated by individuals in each of our member Federations. Interest from funds generated by the AFMS Endowment Fund are used for a variety of educational purposes including the funding of slide programs from the AFMS contest for your regional federation library.

CFMS -Sterling Chain, Ruth Bailey donor
    won by Tom Moncrief, W. Monroe La.

RMFMS - Porcelain seal pup, Walt Wells donor
    won by R. J. Harris, Mechanicsburg, PA

NFMS - Belt Buckle
    won by Jimmy Don Collin, Bedford Tx

EFMLS - Pearl & Gem Necklace, Mrs Anthony Faller donor
    won by Waco Gem & Mineral Club, Waco, TX

SCFMS - Bola Tie and Buckle, Joyce & Delbert Speed donors
    won by Katrina Merker, Jacksonville, FL

MWF - Gold filled wirewrapped Apache Picture Rhyolite pendant, Marvin Starbuck donor
    won by Bill Hurr, Satelite Beach, FL

SFMS - Intarsia donated by Jim Robinson
    won by Kaiser Rock & Gem Club, Fontana, CA

Faceted garnet pendant donated by Steve Weinberger, AFMS President
    won by Doris Whiting, Roswell, NM

Our thanks to those generous individuals who donated the prizes and to all who purchased tickets for the raffle. I would also like to thank the regional federation AFMS Endowment chairpersons for assisting with this endeavor.

AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year

from Bonnie Glismann, AFMS Chair

I am delighted to recognize the following individuals who have been selected by their club as "Rockhounds of the Year". It is unfortunate that more clubs do not take advantage of this program - doing so is so easy. Each regional federation member club may select one individual or one couple each calendar year. Write down the name of the recipient, and then briefly (50 words or less) tell why the club has chosen the person. Send your selection to your regional AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year chairman and watch this space - recipients will be honored by inclusion in a future issue of the AFMS Newsletter.

Regional chairpersons are:

CFMS - Barbara Matz
    PO Box 7086; Petalluma, CA 94955-7086

EFMLS - Cathy Gaber
    5707 Northfield Rd; Bethesda, MD 20817

MWF - Donna Curtis
    696 Glenn Rd; Murphysboro, IL 62966

NWF - Dick Parks
    2004 SE 134th; Vancouver, WA 98683

RMFMS - Mary Clough
    1932 N Mt Carmel; Wichita, KS 67203

SCFMS - Dee Cable
    3348 S 21st St; Abilene, TX 79605-5839

SFMS - Billie Wright
    3304 Nottingham Rd Ocean Springs, MS 39564

California Federation

Palmdale Gem & Mineral Club has selected Al and Fran Jones as their Rockhounds of the Year. They served as federation directors for the club for many years, despite health problems, and now serve as alternates. Al makes beautiful howlite and ulexite carvings and displays them at every opportunity.

Submitted by Gail Becker, club secretary.

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society wishes to honor Greg Davis as Club Rockhound of the Year. Greg is currently president (for the second time) and a lapidary instructor, and has served as field trip chairperson. He has won honors for his beautiful creations. Greg supports the gem and mineral department at the county fair as well as club shows, and he is a leader at the Ventura County tri-club quarterly meetings.

Submitted by Florence Meisenheimer Federation Director.

The Sutter Buttes Gem and Mineral Society nominates Bessie & Leo Wirth as Rockhounds of the Year for twelve years of faithful service. Bessie has served as President, Past President, Vice President, Treasurer, Show Kitchen Co-Chairman, and Nominating Committee Chairman. Leo is a club Director, stores a club rock collection at their home, and maintains a workshop with faceting and grinding machines and saws he has designed and built. He has built an excellent fluorescent showcase which he demonstrates at the County Fair. Bessie and Leo's many contributions to the club are invaluable.

Submitted by Pete Howell, Federation Director.

Clark County Gem Collectors nominate Ed & Jaen Ruprecht as their Rockhounds of the Year. Ed has led field trips, worked in club shows, and assisted other members at the club workshop. Jaen comes up with craft ideas for club members to make for the show, and teaches local schoolchildren how to wire wrap crystals. Two years ago Ed and Jaen built a lapidary workshop at their home and donated half of the building for club use. Ed has been a board member numerous times and has chaired the field trip committee. Jaen has served as board member, treasurer, vice president, and alternate federation director, and is currently the club's federation director.

Submitted by Craig A. Edmonds, CCGC President.

The Long Beach Mineral & Gem Society proudly presents Mona Compton as their Rockhound of the Year. Her interest in mineral collecting and the lapidary arts encouraged her to travel to club field trips in Southern California, many states in the USA, and to Europe and Asia. She has held several club positions including treasurer, recording secretary and show chairman, and demonstrates beading and wire wrapping at club workshops and shows, including CFMS shows.

Submitted by Dorothy Beachler, Federation Director.

South Bay Lapidary, Gem and Mineral Society would like to honor Bill Robards as their Rockhound of the Year. Bill has been field trip chairperson for over 15 years, and for many years he has held 3 positions simultaneously for the annual Gem and Mineral show. He helps to rehabilitate and sell donated machinery. Many new or potential members have benefited from Bill's knowledge and expertise. He helps people learn to make jewelry and provides cheap used machinery to old and new members.

Submitted by Omer Goeden, Federation Director

The Conejo Gem & Mineral Club would like to recognize Don Asher for 30 years of service to the club. Don is a Charter Member of this club and has served as an officer or chairman every year since the club was organized, including President, Programs, Field Trips, Membership, Editor, Show Co-Chairman, and Ways and Means Chairman.

Submitted by Jeane Stultz, Federation Director.

The Lake County Rockhounds nominates Faye Lemke for Rockhound of the Year. Faye was one of the original members of our group, 48 years ago. She has held every office, setting the standard for field trips and meeting programs. She has held the post of Field Trip Director for ten years and has shared her knowledge in the field of mineralogy. She has kept her rock shop open for forty years, and teaches painting to adults and children. We're very proud of her! Submitted by unanimous vote of the members of the Lake County Rockhounds. Fresno Gem & Mineral Society has selected long time rockhounds Glenn and Esther Shafer as Rockhounds of the Year. Glenn and Esther are always ready to help and get things done to keep the society going, and to share their knowledge and experience. They are the even keel when things get stormy. They are always ready to work, and are very dependable. They spend a lot of time at Quartzsite buying materials we need for our yearly show.

Submitted by Jerry Wells, Federation Director.

Eastern Federation

President Elva Ruiz has been selected by the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Washington, DC, Inc.as the AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year. Elva was president from 1996-1997, then resumed the presidency last year. She has also served the club as treasurer for several years in the early 1990s and has been a director of the club. She even filled in for a few months as editor of the Dopstick. Her organizational and people skills have made a big contribution to the continued growth and effectiveness of the club. No task is too big or too small for her attention.

Georgia Olmstead of the Mineralogical Society of the District of Columbia has been nominated as the AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year. Since she took over as editor of the Mineral Minutes last year, she has added her own stamp and enhanced the bulletin. (She also just earned the EFMLS trophy as new editor for this bulletin and 2nd place in the AFMS contest.) She does a lot of personal research on the internet to augment articles from other sources and has added graphics to the newsletter. She also donates items regularly for the monthly club auction.

The Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area would like to nominate Steve Weinberger as their AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year. Several years ago, Steve took over as Chairman of the Atlantic Micromounters Symposium, an annual event, and he has done an outstanding job. In addition to arranging for the space for the meeting and the banquet, which this year were at an entirely new location, Steve and his wife Carolyn do all the publicity, mailings, pre-registration, badges, etc. Steve is also responsible for getting interesting speakers and is the auctioneer for the benefit auction. This year, in addition to his duties for MNCA, he also became the sixth member of the club to serve as AFMS President.

Midwest Federation

The Driftless Area Gem and Mineral Club of Tomah, Wisconsin would like to honor Marjorie and Howard Niles as their 2002 Rockhound of the year. We honor them for their dedicated work for our club since they joined in 1976. Howard has held the office of president two years, secretary four years and has been a delegate to the MWF Council meetings and has helped out by bringing displays to our shows and door prizes to our meetings. He has gone to schools to show rocks and given talks many times. Marjorie has served as president five times and has helped in the kitchen and at registration at our shows.

Submitted by Luella E. DeVoe, Member

Northwest Federation

Skagit Rock & Gem Club presents David Britten. Dave is a Past-President. He has served as Field Trip Chairman for many years and has not only led many great field trips but takes the trouble of bringing samples of the material to be found at the collecting sites to meetings prior to the trips. He single-handedly runs the club sales table at all our annual shows as well as conducting field trips during the shows. Dave is involved in the maintenance of the club building, including cutting limbs of trees encroaching on the roof and installing a new roof, and organizes and maintains the club's lapidary and rock storage facilities. He was the Editor of the "Gems", the club's monthly bulletin for many years, for which he set it's excellent standards and received many awards. Dave has assumed responsibility for opening our club's meeting facility and sets up coffee service for these meetings. He has served on many committees and is always around to help in any way he can without complaint. In short, Dave is a true Rockhound and many of us could take lessons from him. (On top of all this, he does windows.)

Submitted by Ted Roberts, Past-President

The Golden Spike Gem and Mineral Society of Ogden, Utah presents Juanita Dunkley as their AFMS Club Rockhound for the year 200l. Juanita is finishing her fifth year as treasurer. Her skills as a bookkeeper have kept our finances in good shape. She works overtime at our annual show time keeping each area of selling with cash and change. She and husband Wayne have been members of Golden Spike since the late Fifties and were active on many field trips. Juanita has served as membership Chair and as secretary. Every job she undertakes is done with care and concern.

Submitted by Bonnie Glismann
AFMS Club Rockhound of the year Chair

The Golden Spike Gem and Mineral Society of Ogden, Utah presents Shirley Robinson as their AFMS Club Rockhound of the year for the year 2002. Shirley is finishing her second year as President of Golden Spike after serving as Vice President for two years. She has done an excellent job of presiding at meetings, organizing ideas and keeping the club active. She has been editor of our Club bulletin for over five years and it is a labor of love. Shirley has won several awards on the AFMS level for her work on the Golden Spike News. As president , she was instrumental in keeping the lapidary shop open at our local senior center when our director died. She is concerned about making our club a great one and it shows in our attendance at all meetings and events.

Submitted by: Bonnie Glismann
AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year Chair

South Central Federation

Owen Hopkins of the Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society, Corpus Christi, TX is a geologist who explores for new oil wells. He has served as vice-president and two years as president. He initiated a program he called "It Certainly is Exquisite - What the Dickens is it?" This encouraged everyone to bring their unidentified specimens to be identified. Everyone brings their "goodies" to display and this interaction makes for more member participation and our education. Owen served as Education Chairperson, he takes lectures into schools, gives lectures at our annual Gem & Mineral Show and to nearby clubs. He brings a child-like enthusiasm to our hobby that is hard to equal! He is a valuable asset to our club.

Submitted by Donna J. Roethler, Editor of Slabs and Cabs
Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society of Corpus Christi, TX

The Pine Country Gem and Mineral Society of Jasper Texas name as their AFMS Rockhound of the year for 2002, Wanda and James Thompson. They host a monthly weekend of "hands on" for club members and others who are interested in learning the many aspects of the rock hobby. They do cutting and polishing stones, bead making, wire wrapping, and gem tree construction at these weekend workshops. James is an expert in keeping their slab saw,sphere making, and other equipment running. Wanda is busy in three clubs in the area and is involved with the junior members of all three clubs. She is librarian of the Pine Country Club, Treasurer of the DeRidder/Lessville club and very active in the Toledo Bend Lake club. We are very proud and happy to have Wanda and James Thompson as part of our club.

Submitted by Bill Alcorn, President
Pine Country Gem and Mineral Society

Lewis and Clark-Discovering the Way, Again

from Brenda Hankins, AD-Hoc Committee Chair

What first motivated you to give a second glance to a rock, mineral, or fossil? What was the defining moment when some aspect of our hobby became for you more than part of the background? With what do you associate the beginning of your rockhound hobby?

Maybe for you it was as simple as waking up on Saturday morning and knowing that your family was going on a field trip. Or, perhaps, you were sent to "time out," and, with very little else to do, you began to notice how the pebbles under your feet varied in color and pattern.

Maybe you can trace your hobby interest to elementary or high school when a teacher asked for help in deciding why one rock would float and the others would not. Others of you may have gotten interested in the hobby because something just stirred your curiosity-something like how your sister's diamond ring could have that much sparkle or trying to figure out what gasoline had to do with "fossil fuels."

Maybe you were visiting an American icon-such as the Jefferson Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, or the Statue of Liberty-when you realized that most all the materials used to create the treasured icon appeared to be natural elements. How many of you became interested in the hobby because you experienced rocks, minerals, and fossils first hand in National Parks and the great outdoors? Then, again, maybe your introduction to the hobby was as casual as seeing someone wearing an unusually beautiful, handcrafted piece of jewelry.

The point is that most of us participated in some type of event or had an experience that in some way related to rocks, minerals, or fossils. That event or experience then caused us to give the rockhound hobby a second glance. Once inspired, we worked to learn more and to find others who were also interested in the hobby. Before long, we were amazed at how many card carrying rockhounds there were and how long they had been at it.

And the good news is that there may soon be even more card carrying rockhounds. As thousands of people participate in the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, they will participate in events and have experiences that may cause them to want to know more about the rockhound hobby. All along the Trail from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean, there will be many opportunities for people to take a longer and closer look at rocks, minerals, and fossils. As these "tourists" read the AFMS publication describing the general geology of the Trail area, they may find they, too, want to become rockhounds.

The publication will be sent to the publisher April 1, 2003, and many people are already hard at work in production. The AFMS Lewis & Clark Committee needs a few more rockhounds to lighten the load and share the honors. If you know any of the following regional coordinators, please contact them. Ask what you can do to help; tell them if you want a big job or a little job. And, if you are already overwhelmed with your own work schedule right now, just contact them and give them your support and encouragement! California: Izzie Burns; Eastern: Mike Hakulin, Sr.; Midwest: Robert Morse & Margaret Pearson; Northwest: Shirley Leeson & Dee Holland; Rocky Mountain: Dan Linglebach; South Central: Joyce Speed; and Southeast: Diane Dare.

Lewis and Clark opened the West by leading the American people toward a new place with a new spirit. All of what was best about the United States was needed to face the challenges and earn the rewards that went with them. Perhaps our local clubs will be refreshed and reinforced by new people heading to a new place with a new spirit. Converted rockhounds-eager, interested, dedicated. All of what has been best about the local clubs and the regional federations will be needed to face the challenges and earn the rewards that will come with these new members. How can we go wrong: Lewis and Clark are discovering the way, again!

Loud & Clear

from George Loud, Conservation & Legislation Chair

Paleontological Resources Preservation Act

This bill remains in committee with an outstanding request for executive comment from the Department of Interior. Senator Reed of Nevada has been quoted as hopeful that the bill will be reported out of committee for vote by the full house in the near future. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists (SVP), as usual, has done an excellent job of making its voice heard notwithstanding a membership of less than 2,000. Those of us in organized rockhounding, numbering in the tens of thousands, should be able to speak with a louder voice but, to date, our response has been very muted. Please review the text of HR 2974 via the House website, <www.house.gov> and write your congressman stating your views on the bill. Writing is especially important for constituents of congressmen who are members of "Committee on Resources." Your congressman can be written at the following address:

The Honorable ______,
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

or can be reached by e-mail through the house website.

Mineral collectors, bear in mind that the Forest Service and BLM regulations which cover the collecting of invertebrate fossils on public lands are the same regulations that govern mineral collecting on public lands. Any change in these regulations mandated by statute will doubtless also affect mineral collecting.

Diamond Point Recreational Quartz Collection Area

As mentioned in a previous column earlier this year, I have received a number of e-mail messages complaining that the Diamond Point Recreational Quartz Collection Area had been closed to quartz crystal digging. The area in question is located approximately 15 miles east of the town of Payson, Arizona, in the Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District. The quartz crystals which have been collected at this location are known locally as "Arizona diamonds" or "Payson diamonds." In response to my inquiries, I received a considerable amount of information through the courtesy of Mr. Walt Thole, recreation staff officer for the Payson Ranger District.

This one is a shocker for the reason that the area closed to digging is one specifically designated for recreational mineral collecting and, for this reason, a site which would be least expected to be closed to digging. In 1996 the future of collecting at this site was in doubt after a 20-acre mining claim had been filed with the prospect of more mining claims in the offing. In response to the filing of the mineral claim, in June 1997 the Forest Service applied with the Department of Interior to establish a recreational mineral collecting area at the Diamond Point site which required withdrawal of the land to prevent establishment of mining claims. However, in December 2001, Mr. Armenta District Ranger of the Tonto National Forest, Payson Ranger District, restricted collecting at the site to surface collecting. This directive prohibits all digging and breaking of rocks. We have no statutory or regulation guidelines for the extent to which public lands may be disturbed in the process of hobbyist collecting of fossils, minerals and lapidary materials other than petrified wood. The extent to which the land surface may be disturbed varies from forest to forest and among the BLM administered lands, as a function of the tolerance level of the manager of each district. In the case of the Diamond Point Recreational Quartz Collection Area, the amount of disturbance of the land obviously exceeded the tolerance level of Mr. Armenta. I received e-mail photographs from Mr. Thole which show him in trenches up to his shoulders. Collecting at this site in accordance with the AFMS rules of ethics would probably have avoided closure to digging.

On January 17, 2002, Ranger Armenta conducted a meeting with representatives of local rockhounding clubs. Ranger Armenta agreed to conduct an environmental analysis for a ten-acre site and have a management plan by the start of the "next collecting season" January 2003. According to the e-mail I received: "The environmental analysis will consider the feasability of designating a ten-acre collection site where recreational rockhounders can dig a one cubic yard hole with the requirement that they back fill the hole before leaving the collection site." Of more than passing interest is another statement in the e-mail which I received which reads: "The crystal collection area has recently received extensive resource damage caused by irresponsible commercial diggers."

Jim Van Wert, President of the Leaverite Rockhound Club of Phoenix, Arizona and John McLaughlin of the Mineralogical Society of Arizona were present at the January 17, 2002 meeting. I ask these gentlemen to contact me (galoud@aol.com) so that this committee can monitor the situation and perhaps provide input of some value to Mr. Armenta in the formulation of a new management plan. The accommodation reached at Deer Hill in Maine might provide some useful guidance.


from Kathy & Bob Miller

We received the following from Michele Yamanaka, Junior Chairman for the Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society of Fort Wayne, IN. Michele has an active and successful juniors program which she describes for us below. Her letter is dated May 9, 2002.

"So far this year we have had four meetings on building a crystal system reference kit. We cut out paper models of the six crystal systems and assembled 3-D models. With skinny dowels and styrofoam balls, we learned how the axes differ for each of the systems. The juniors were encouraged to use egg cartons for the kit: one hole for each 3-D model, and one for an actual well-defined crystal occurring in each system. We supplied the crystals. In addition, info on common minerals in each system, as well as a short description of the system were supplied to glue into the top inside of the carton, corresponding to the model and specimen. A completed Crystal System Reference kit will be on display for the adults to see at our May meeting.

A standard feature at our club is that Juniors earn Kids Korner Kurrency by attendance, writing articles, giving presentations, etc. The Kurrency is used to purchase equipment, books, or specimens available only to Juniors. We even have a UV light waiting for some junior to earn.

Wehave not had separate field trips for the Juniors. We consider collecting a family activity and encourage collecting together. But there are some juniors who have not made it on a trip because the parents cannot come. We need to work on a solution for them.

Our juniors are a great help at our annual show. For several years, one gave a short presentation to the classes that come on our School Day. Others man our Touch N'Feel Table or help at the club table. Juniors who put in a display at the show earn special Kids Korner Kurrency ($5) which is spendable only at the show. Dealers have learned that the funny money counts like the realy thing when turned in to our treasurer.

While we have had up to 15 juniors at a meeting, many of our more active members have become older teens and either stay with the adults or have too many committments to come like they used to. So 4 - 6 is more normal now. We will need to encourage more young members again.

What activities do you do with your Juniors? Let us know so we can share with others. Remember that the future leaders of our hobby are the youth of today. We need to encourage them.

Bulletin Editor's Hall of Fame

from Shirley Leeson

Begun in Boise, Idaho in 1995 as a way of recognizing the outstanding club newsletter editors, I am pleased to announce the inductees for 2002.

California Federation:
Penny Meyer
Editor of The Petroglyphs, bulletin of the El Dorado Mineral & Gem Society , Placerville, CA

Dee Clason
CFMS Bulletin Aids Chairman

Eastern Federation:
Diana Volcheck
Editor of The Geogram, bulletin of the Delaware Mineralogical Society, Wilmington, DE

Northwest Federation:
Sylvia & Bill Forman
Editors of Owyhee Gem, bulletin of the Owyhee Gem & Mineral Society, Caldwell, ID

Rocky Mountain Federation:
Sharon Farrell
Editor of Pick 'N Pack, bulletin of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society Colorado Springs, CO

Canadian Federation:
Win Robertson
Editor of the B.C. Rockhounder, bulletin of the Lapidary, Rock & Mineral Society of B.C. British Columbia, Canada

American Federation:
George Loud
for his continued information on Conservation & Legislation in the AFMS Newsletter

New Officers Elected

from Anne Cook, Secretary

The election of officers for the 2002-03 Federation year took place at the annual AFMS meeting in Port Townsend with the following results:

President: Ron Carman (SCFMS)
President-elect: Marvin Starbuck (MWF)
1st Regional VP: Bill Smith (NWF)
2nd Regional VP: Sarah Lee Boyce (SFMS)
3rd Regional VP: Dr. Robert Carlson (RMFMS)
4th Regional VP: Pat LaRue (CFMS)
5th Regional VP: Joy Bourne (EFMLS)
Treasurer: Toby Cozens

Anne Cook has another year left in her term as Secretary and was not up for election this year.

These officers will commence their activities on November 1, 2002 and will serve until October 31, 2003. We know that you will give them your support.

New Case Light Bulbs for the Federation Show 2002

By Carol & Sid Brown

The Port Townsend Rock Club just completed a very successful combined American Federation and Northwestern Federation Mineralogical Societies show. While preparing for the show we found that there was not sufficient power supply to the building we were planning on using for all of the show cases. We had an opportunity to upgrade some of the power supply to the building, but it still was not enough to handle almost 200 cases.

The electrical committee determined that if they could cut our consumption of power, they could get by with the increased power supply we had already completed. One of the members of the committee went on a light bulb hunt to see what they could come up with. Several bulbs were purchased and at one of the work parties they decided to test them for effect. The club cases had been using 2 - 75 watt or 100 watt flood lamps. In several of the four foot cases they removed one of the flood lamps. They then placed one of the new bulbs in each case. They took a large piece of cardboard and held it between the old flood lamps bulb and the new bulb to determine which side the shadow fell on indicating which was brighter. In most cases the newer bulbs were somewhat brighter and they would reduce the watts consumed, but one bulb was significantly brighter and used about 1/3 the watts of a 75 watt flood lamp. This new bulb was so much better that areas within the case which had previously had dark shadow places, was completely clear. You could even see the threads in the case liner in the back of the case.

The new bulb is the Westinghouse Compact Fluorescent 26 watt Twist. They come in a package of three (we found them at Costco) and are cheaper than any other comparable bulb. The light output is 1580 lumens and the bulb has a life of 10,000 hours. The package says that this bulb has the output of one 100 watt regular bulb, however, some of us believe it is more than that from the looks of it in the cases. The cases are much brighter, the displays much clearer and we saved enough electrical power in the Exhibit Building so that we did not have to do any more modifications to the power for the show.

The Del Air Rockhounds, Inc. were so impressed with the performance of these light bulbs, that they purchased 100 of the bulbs from us for next years AFMS/CFMS Show in Ventura, CA. We will continue to use these bulbs in our cases for all of our shows, saving power for years to come.

Following the show, the show chairman and the electrical staff analyzed the usage of the bulbs with "standard fixtures of the flood light design" in which there were about eight different styles. They determined that they would experiment with some new recessed bulb holders this coming year. They will try to have a manufacturer make up some fixtures with the new design and have them available next year.

We welcome any prototypes or designs that you may have for these new bulb fixtures. Our current idea is to have a bulb holder above the case and an "eyebrow shade" inside the case, so when short people look into the case the light bulb will not shine in their eyes. We will also consider a two piece modification with most existing electrical being salvaged and having just an "eyebrow" addition to existing holders.

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