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CRACK ‘N CAB Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, Inc. P.O. Box 801 , Syracuse, NY 13201 Volume XLI SHARE A WEE BIT ‘O CHEER IN OUR 60TH YEAR! Issue 3 March 2011 Inside this issue: Pres’s Message 2 Brad Smith’s Tips 2 Club/Board Meeting Minutes 3- 3-4 Field Trips/Meeting Programs 4 GMSS Turns 60! 4 Mineral/Fossil Display Rules 5 Poetic Notes 5 Carnegie Award for RMS 6 The Dresden Green Diamond for all to enjoy in our celebratory 60th year as the Jr. Rockhounds 7 Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse. This photo was taken from the newsletter of Beads&Beyond 7&8 the Monongahela Rockhound News from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There is no AFMS News 8 actual photo credit but check out the clarity of this fine stone. Named for the town Bulletin Exchange 8 of Dresden, Germany, this gem is rather large [8.14gm] and is completely flawless! Tumbling Comp 8 Very rare for one this size. To find out more look on page 8 of this newsletter for EFMLS News 9 the bulletin exchange article. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GMSS WITH MANY MORE AHEAD! THE PROGRAM FOR MARCH 21ST IS: THE GMSS TURNS 60 AND IS STRONGER THAN EVER! [THE PARTY OF PARTIES AND A STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE!] Bob Livingston and his band of merrymakers are busily getting ready for the ‘bestest’ party in the land. It’s not every day our club turns 60! You know it doesn’t look a day over 35! Be sure to attend the party where we will celebrate our past, present, and future. The refreshments will be provided by Mary Schloss, Kathy Czajkowski, Caron Patterson, Ruth Burgess, Lorraine Markley, Dorothy Gilmer, and Bob Livingston who’s bringing the cake [no, not taking the cake]. The festivities will also be enhanced by Dorothy Gilmer, Pat Egolf, Yvonne Leblanc, Ruth Burgess, and merrymeister Bob Livingston. Be sure to bring a camera/camcorder to record the event for our future. THE YOUTH & BEADING GROUPS WILL MEET AT 6:30pm; THE GENERAL MEETING WILL BE AT 7:30pm March 2011 CRACK ‘N CAB Vol. XLI No. 3 President’s Message with them, please return them so others can have a chance to look at them too. 2011: GMSS President’s Message – March 2011: Thanks for taking a second look. As I mentioned in the President’s message for February, we really need your participation at our club show in July. Our board of directors has agreed that those who work at least eight hours at the show will not have to pay for the Tips from Brad Smith Christmas Brunch. For anyone working less than eight from Brad Smith hours, there will be a discounted price again this year. You I've enjoyed making jewelry in gold and silver for about will need to sign in and out when you work at the show. 15 years and have been teaching classes for the Los There were nine people who car pooled to the Albany Angeles and Santa Monica adult school systems since show on February 26th. In addition to the nine club 2002. It's important in class to highlight shortcuts that Ridall, Gilmer, members, Gene Ridall Keith Gilmer and Dorothy Gilmer improve quality and save time, so I've accumulated quite a worked at a booth during the show. Mark Grasmeyer was few bench tips that people seem to like. I've been active also there after making a late decision to attend the show. over the years in my local rock club, so I thought it would be The flower show at the museum was excellent. Mike good to share these tips with other clubs. Hawkins gave an in depth tour of the mineral exhibit on both BOARDS: EMERY BOARDS: Saturday and Sunday. There may not be a show at the The sanding boards for doing your nails are one of my museum next year because of state cut backs. favorite finishing tools. I use the ones with a thin foam core. I encourage you to visit a show sponsored by another They have enough resistance to sand just the high points off club. There are a number of them listed each month in our a flat surface and yet give a little when you're trying to newsletter. Please let me know if you are interested in car smooth off a curved surface. Plus they're inexpensive and pooling for a particular show. We will be car pooling to the come in a variety of grits. Some grits are so fine they give West Springfield Show on August 13th. an almost finished surface. Pick up a few at a beauty supply Additional plans are being made for the celebration of the company or at your local drug store. club’s 60th anniversary at the March meeting. Please join FLOSS: DENTAL FLOSS: us for this party. When testing the fit of stone in a bezel, it's all too easy to get I want to mention again that the Rochester Mineralogical it stuck. Often the only way to free it is to drill a hole in the Symposium is being held again this year from April 14th to bottom and push it out with a needle. To avoid this, lay a Chamberlain, the 17th. Under the direction of Dr. Steve Chamberlain the piece of dental floss over the top before you press the stone Symposium received the prestigious Carnegie Mineralogical in. Then just pull on the string to remove the stone. Award for 2010 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The More BenchTips by Brad Smith are at award included a bronze medallion, a certificate of <groups.yahoo.com/group/BenchTips/> recognition and a $2,500 cash prize. or <facebook.com/BenchTips> I have moved further to the “dark” side by registering for the BOCES Spring Jewelry and Lapidary workshop which is instructed by our club member, John Sweeney. Cancellation! Notification for Meeting Cancellation! I hope to see you at our March monthly meeting. Gilmer from Keith Gilmer During a previous board meeting it was decided that due to the impending inclement weather of our winter season the notification of meeting cancellation will be as follows: No later than 5:00pm on a given meeting night will there be an cancellation official cancellation from our Club President, Dick Lyons by e- telephone and an mass e-mailing from myself as well. Any Dick Lyons, member who has any doubt of a cancellation should contact Club President one of the board members if they are uncertain. This message will recur in subsequent newsletters throughout the winter months. The contact numbers are as follows: Dick Lyons 672- 672-5328 Ray Highbrown 627- 627-0208 Lou Budell 673- 673-1891 Connie Johnson 672- 672-5520 Judy Cook 452- 452-1359 Returning Overdue Library Books Returning Keith Gilmer 307- 307-1283 from Steve Albro Everyone should check their shelves for old GMSS library THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTIFICATION FOR THIS YEAR! books and videos. If you are still using them great, but if you've forgotten they were there, or you are just finished Page 2 Vol. XLI No. 3 CRACK ‘N CAB March 2011 General Club Meeting Minutes [13 members were in attendance.] Lou Budell reported that several people from out of state /11 21/1 GMSS Meeting Minutes [2/21/11]: need display cases and he will provide the names of those [45 members were in attendance] people to Keith Gilmer so he can coordinate the availability Dick Lyons opened the meeting and welcomed everyone of the cases we have on hand. in this cold weather. He also had several announcements: The t-shirts and hoodies have sold well and there is - There was a request for help to make a fossil book. If interest in having a special t-shirt for the show. There is also anyone is interested, please see him regarding this. It a question regarding sales tax when we sell the shirts. was noted that there is also some lapidary equipment Carlotta Brown will look into this and report the findings at for sale. next board meeting. Carlotta has made a contact that will - Be sure to please fill out the survey for the skill center help with both t-shirts and gem show advertising. The Board and return it to Carrie by the March meeting. approved ordering more t-shirts and hoodies for the people - The March meeting will be the GMSS 60th anniversary that have requested them. party. Due to the issue pertaining to NYS sales tax the Pat Egolf talked about trading rocks/minerals with a wholesale area at the show we will have to be much stricter person that advertises on the internet. He sent several regarding admittance to the wholesale area this year and specimen donations that were distributed to the kids group. from now on. Identification and tax number confirmation She has information for trading more specimens. The Youth will be required and NYS forms will need to be signed by group will be accepting donations of items that they can everyone entering the area. trade with other groups. Pat also donated three books to The Albany car pools worked out well and the show was the library. very worthwhile. Carlotta Brown had GMSS designer t-shirts and hoodies The survey response has been low. Several workshop for sale. sites are being investigated. Carrie Gannett and John Davis Several members were dropped from the newsletter looked at the site offered by club member Harry Stewart in mailing list because their membership dues were not Minoa and it has some distinct advantages. The Delavan currently paid. Please be sure to contact Lou Budell to pay Center in Syracuse is also under consideration. We are still this year’s club dues if you still want to pursue your current waiting for more survey responses. membership. Much discussion centered on improving "camaraderie" Cook, Gilmer, Judy Cook Dorothy Gilmer and Pat Egolf were recognized within the club. Several celebrations will be planned to for putting together the "All American Yearbook!" Thank you celebrate our club’s 60th year anniversary. Bob Livingston ladies! This is a great book and hopefully an award winner! will head a group and Dorothy Gilmer, Judy Cook, Pat Egolf, Tinker. Our featured speaker was Jay Tinker He is a past and Yvonne Leblanc volunteered to work with him and president of the club. His presentation was about organize celebration activities. We've got a great group and Trilobites. These are fossils with three distinct segments. we want to celebrate and have fun. Some of his specimens are over 300 million years old! He Dick Lyons proposed that the Christmas party be free for showed interesting photos of local findings (Tully and those who work at least 8 hours at the show and charge a Moravia). There were also specimen photos from all over discounted price for those who work 4 hours. The Board the world. approved his suggestion so please support our combined The planned field trips are listed in the newsletter. Most convention show this year and volunteer! Bob Livingston is of the trips are considered ‘tentative’ as they are not yet compiling the lists of volunteers. Team leaders will need to confirmed. If you are interested in any of them please sign- collect volunteers for their teams. Highbrown. up with Ray Highbrown Specific attendance figures are Carlotta Brown is looking into better utilizing the Chamber needed to firm up further details. of Commerce. She is also looking into the proposal to Several door prizes were handed out during raffle collect sponsors for the show. drawings. The summer picnic will be August 7th and the Christmas party will be December 4th. John Sweeney was nominated to head up the Officer Nominating Committee. All newly elected club officers will Respectfully submitted, be sworn in at the September meeting. Connie Johnson, Next month we need nominees for two awards, "Each Club Secretary one, Teach one" and "Rockhound of the Year". These are both Eastern Federation awards and will be published in their newsletter when presented. Much discussion also centered on the program schedule for the remainder of the year. There will be an auction in May. The schedule of upcoming events is published in the newsletter. Executive Board Meeting Minutes Judy suggested that the club purchase a computer Board [2 /11 GMSS Board Meeting Minutes [2/1/11]: projector for program presentations. We need it for the con’t on pg 4 Page 3 March 2011 CRACK ‘N CAB Vol. XLI No. 3 con’t from pg 3 March: In March we will celebrate our humble beginnings Learning Center at the show, the Youth Group program and as the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse. To honor our regular club meeting programs. The Board approved this 60th year as the organization that we are there will be a very purchase. special remembrance celebration with a 60th anniversary Our last discussion was regarded the Cole's donation and cake, veteran club members sharing their thoughts and how to best utilize it. No clear decisions were made so there memories, and all around socializing. There maybe some will be more discussion to follow. If you have an opinion, multimedia presentations, photos and certainly some please speak with Dick Lyons. written material from our past to share and discuss with those long time members. Don’t miss this walk down memory lane. Respectfully submitted, April: Our first display contest of the year will be held for Connie Johnson, this month’s meeting. The Mineral and Fossil Display Club Secretary Contest will certainly bring out some fantastic specimens from many personal collections. Contest rules will be posted in the March edition of the newsletter for those interested in presenting [or just observing] the specimens provided. At a recent board meeting, the assembled members discussed incorporating ‘silverpicked’ specimens into next years contest. More news on this will follow. Also in April Joe Field Trips and Program Events Kapelewski will be presenting a discussion on his passion, Herkimer Diamonds. Everyone who has ever heard Joe [or 2010 Trips GMSS 2010 Field Trips & Shows Wish List his late father Tom] speak on their exploits with Herkimers Highbrown) (For any additional information contact Ray Highbrown) knows what a treat it is to experience their adventures right (627 (627-0208) along with them. Don’t miss another opportunity to hear more Herkimer hunting stories and maybe see a specimen [[TENTATIVE TRIP]] Herkimer Diamond Mine - Day Trip or two! *(Ace of Diamonds)* Open from April 15th – October 31st. [approx. 1 ½ hrs. / 77 miles from the church] Date to be May: Besides the nice weather for springtime we will be determined. having our 1st semi-annual Club Auction. The rules for this event will be posted in the April edition of the newsletter. Be [[TENTATIVE TRIP]] Calvert Cliffs, MD (arrangements to sure to come early to peruse the items and maybe you’ll find Arcaro be made with Dave Arcaro). Approximate time frame a treasure of your very own! Also in May the upcoming Club should be March or April 2011. More details to follow Officers will be nominated for election in June. Support your when known. Club and consider becoming a GMSS officer, your effort may actually help to shape our very future! Coral, [[TENTATIVE TRIP]] Lord’s Hill trip for Horned Coral trip is still in the planning stages and will take place probably sometime in April. GMSS Is 60? What a Rich Club History! Probable planned trip to PRI [Paleontological Research from Bob Livingston Institute] in Ithaca, NY and/or to WARD’S Natural Science We're having a Party; Bestest Party Ever - March 21st: facility in Rochester, NY, sometime in May 2011; more * Kickoff of GMSS's Diamond Jubilee details forthcoming. Possible trip to Alden Creek in May * Y'all come; let’s break our attendance record of 80 as well. * 60-Years in the making * Fun, fun, nothing but fun Probable planned trip to PRI [Paleontological Research * Coveted Super Prize Institute] in Ithaca, NY and/or to WARD’S Natural Science * Reflections of the haydays/good times facility in Rochester, NY, sometime also in June 2011; * Interesting displays more details forthcoming. * Special "festive" setting * Load up on good eats plus "60th" cake and ice cream Additional field trips can be arranged at anytime if a group * Short talk of milestone events of club members are interested. Contact Ray Highbrown * A HUGE night like no other [627-0208]. Please indicate your commitment to a certain * Some 50s Music field trip or show attendance event so that specific travel * Giveaways and more prizes (and possibly lodging) arrangement can be confirmed. * 100 or more photos -- bring your special ones to add * Maybe a surprise, special guest? GMSS 2010 Meeting Programs * See what your club is all about * We have worked hard to "knock your socks off" * So, don't miss our "house a Rock-In" March 21st! Page 4 Vol. XLI No. 3 CRACK ‘N CAB March 2011 Mineral/Fossil Display Contest Rules Correct spelling is important. DO NOT put your name on the label. Competitors are encouraged to provide a second label PLEASE REFER TO THESE RULES FOR THE UPCOMING with information about the rarity or significance of the DISPLAY CONTEST: specimen. ---Orientation: Competitors entering micro minerals are Orientation: 1. Members in good standing may enter specimens encouraged to include a microscope if personally collected that have not been entered in a prior possible. Otherwise, micros should be mineral contest of the Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, oriented to view from above. as well as specimens purchased (see Silver Pick rules below). Limit one entry per category. 6. Prizes for self-collected entries: Awards will be based on point achievement only. 2. Divisions: Senior Division - members 18 years of age and over ===First Place - a blue 1st Place ribbon for the highest First Junior Division - members under 18 years of age. score with a minimum of 80 points ===Second Place - a red 2nd Place ribbon for the second Second 3. Categories: highest score with a minimum of 70 Minerals: points A_Cabinet specimens - 2x3" or larger ===Third Place - a yellow 3rd Place ribbon for third Third B_Thumbnails and miniatures - under 2x highest score with a minimum of 60 C_Micro-minerals, mounted or not mounted, points requiring magnification. ***In addition, all specimens scoring over 60 points will D_Suites - a group of specimens of any size [from receive an honorable mention if a ribbon is not awarded. one location]. (Micromounts excluded because of judging time limits) 7. Silver Pick (purchased specimen) Contest: Fossils: For members who purchased their entry during the past _One specimen, any size year. Categories are the same as in #3 above. Judging and points will be the same, but no ribbons will be issued. 4. Specimens may be mounted or not mounted, cleaned, trimmed, etc. to make them more attractive but may not be 8. The club shall provide 2 qualified judges who will indicate lacquered or otherwise coated (except fossils). on a scorecard with each entry the points awarded, and any helpful comments for the competitor's information (time 5. Points in judging will be awarded by the following permitting). schedule: 9. The contest may be entered by proxy. Criteria: 3A 3C 3D Fossils & 3B Workshop/Skill Center Survey Information QUALITY 70 60 70 65 from Keith Gilmer RARITY 10 10 10 10 The time has come to submit your learning/skill center LABELING 10 10 10 15 surveys. I hope that you all received one [e-mail/hardcopy] ORIENTATION 10 and had a chance to respond. It is very important that we SHOWMANSHIP 10 10 10 10 move forward as a club regarding this issue. Carrie Gannett is looking at these surveys to gather more information on Explanation of Criteria: just what the club’s needs and desires are. Please make ---Quality: freedom from damage; attractiveness, Quality: sure to have your completed copy at the March meeting. aesthetic appeal, luster Thank You for your participation. ---Rarity: rareness, which increases a specimen's Rarity: desirability as a species, locality, crystal form, etc. ---Labeling Minerals: a) Species (Fleisher's "Glossary of Labeling Poetic Notes Mineral Species" is a from Keith Gilmer suggested reference) THEY SAY THAT MARCH IS SPRINGY, b) Variety if appropriate THAT DOESN'T MEAN A THINGY, c) Locality SOLD, I KNOW I WON'T BE SOLD, ---Labeling Fossils: a) Phylum and class Labeling IF THE TEMPERATURE'S TOO COLD! b) Locality, including geological period and rock formation if IF I'M TO FIND A STONE, possible THAT I CAN CALL MY OWN, I HOPE THE COMING SEASON, BRINGS BRINGS WEATHER MUCH MORE PLEASIN'! Page 5 March 2011 CRACK ‘N CAB Vol. XLI No. 3 The Rochester Symposium Is Coming Soon! but is operated entirely by volunteers and has drawn international participation from across the spectrum of from from Keith Gilmer mineralogical interest—from academics and professionals to The Rochester Symposium is fast approaching in April. dealers and hobbyists. The specific information is listed below: Joining Chamberlain in accepting the award on Morgan behalf of RMS are Bruce Gaber and Rev. Bob Morgan. 38th Rochester Chamberlain has served as Chairman of the RMS for the Mineralogical past 28 years and is Coordinator of the Center for Symposium Symposium Mineralogy, New York State Museum, Consulting Editor of 14- Rocks & Minerals, an award-winning writer on the subject of April 14-17, 2011 New York minerals, and a noted collector. Gaber, Exhibits Early Registration Deadline Organizer for the RMS Committee, is a retired scientist from March 15, 2011 the Office of Naval Research who specializes in high-end firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org> mineral photography and graphics. And Morgan, Member- 682- (315) 682-0387 or mail to at-large with the RMS, is a specialist in the crystallography of 13104- pyrite and other minerals. Chamberlain, Gaber, and Morgan P.O. Box 85, Manlius, NY 13104-0085 are three of the field’s most tireless advocates. The Carnegie Mineralogical Award was established in 1987 by Carnegie Museum of Natural History and underwritten by HERE’S TO ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF Hillman Foundation. Previous recipients of the Carnegie THE RENOWNED Mineralogical Award include: ROCHESTER MINERALOGICAL 2009 Dr. Peter K.M. Megaw SYMPOSIUM 2008 Dr. Frank C. Hawthorne 2007 Jeffrey A Scovil 2006 Richard C. Whiteman 2005 June Culp Zeitner Carnegie Award Winner is Rochester Symposium 2004 Joel A. Bartsch *****For Release***** *****For Immediate Release***** 2003 Dr. Eugene S. Meieran 2011: February 14, 2011: 2002 Dr. Terry C. Wallace, Jr. 2001 Dr. Wendell E. Wilson 2000 Dr. F. John Barlow Carnegie Museum of Natural History Announces the 1999 Sterling Hill Mining Museum the Winner of the 2010 Carnegie Mineralogical Award 1998 Robert W. Jones 1997 Bryan K. Lees Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … Carnegie Museum of Natural 1996 Dr. Cornelis (Kase) Klein History is pleased to announce that one of the most 1995 Marie E. Huizing important mineralogy events in America—The Rochester 1994 The Mineralogical Record Mineralogical Symposium (RMS)—is the winner of the 2010 1993 Dr. Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr. Carnegie Mineralogical Award. RMS takes place annually in 1992 Dr. Carl A. Francis western New York State and attracts mineral collectors 1991 Dr. Miguel A. Romero Sanchez worldwide. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Director 1990 Paul E. Desautels Sam Taylor presented RMS Chairman Steve Chamberlain 1989 Dr. Frederick H. Pough with the award on February 12th at the 2011 Tucson Gem 1988 Dr. John Sinkankas and Mineral Show. The Carnegie Mineralogical Award 1987 The Tucson Gem & Mineral Society honors outstanding contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, and education, and is Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four considered one of the most prestigious awards in the fields Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked among the top of mineralogy, lapidary art, and geology. five natural history museums in the country. It maintains, “Since 1974 the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 20 has been the venue for professionals, students, and serious million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden collectors to gather to discuss cutting-edge scientific work in understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. mineralogy, what’s new in minerals, and even the history of More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by mineralogy,” says Carnegie Museum mineralogist Marc L. visiting the Web site, www.carnegiemnh.org. Wilson. “We are really pleased to honor the most prestigious mineral symposium in North America.” For more information, contact: Leigh Kish The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium was founded in 1974 as an annual event for the exchange of information Carnegie Museum of Natural History about specimen mineralogy in all its various aspects. The email@example.com> 412.622.3361; <firstname.lastname@example.org 412.622.3361; <email@example.com> event is affiliated with the Rochester Academy of Science, Page 6 Vol. XLI No. 3 CRACK ‘N CAB March 2011 Junior Rockhounds News and Events from Judy Cook It is always of crucial Saturday Feb 19th the Junior Rockhounds learned the importance that the proper way to label specimens in a motivating presentation originating location Ridall. given by Gene Ridall He relayed how he started with the of the specimen be club when he was a just a lad in the 7th grade. Gene went present on the label, on to become a science teacher and married the love of his also a complete list life – a scientist and also a teacher. Gene just celebrated of any multiple his 70th birthday and he is our club’s biggest advocate and mineral constituents strongly recommends the hobby. if they exist. Pat Egolf shared with the youngsters the trade she made with the Louisiana Rockhounds. The youngsters all got hotos photos from treasures to keep including petrified wood and sugar quartz. Judy Cook Pat is now involved in implementing a junior rockhound club trading program. Judy Cook brought in a video so the children could review Pat Egolf all of last year’s exhibit cases at the show. There were some sharing a really nice presentations, giving a lot of food for thought in rockhound the preparation of this year’s displays. specimen During the meeting of Feb. 21st the youth group started exchange creating a new geological time line to display for the July from the show. Louisiana Saturday March 19th at 10am the Junior Rockhounds will Rockhounds create “Ribbons for Breast Cancer” out of polymer clay with including - including Gilmer. Janelle Gilmer The pins and magnets created will be sugar quartz donated to help raise funds for the fight to cure breast and petrified cancer. This year alone about 40,000 women in the US will wood. die from this disease. At this month’s Youth Group meeting March 21st, 6:30pm Moore, the juniors will have special guest Rich Moore a geologist, discussing some fascinating facts about minerals. Beads and Beyond Classes and Events Upcoming Junior Rockhound Saturday Sessions: from Judi Witkin April 16th – Field trip to Crystal Grove in search of Saturday, March 19th 1:00pm Herkimer Diamonds [weather permitting] We will be making pink jewelry to donate to the Susan G. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Komen Foundation for the Cure (breast cancer research). For more information on future events and trips contact Bring any pink and white supplies you wish or just come Judy Cook by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call prepared to bead and create. Free kits and supplies will be 315-452-1359. available for anyone to use. This will be a chance to learn a new technique, have fun, and support a great cause. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Saturday, April 16th 1:00pm Earrings galore! Make yourself some earrings for Easter, Mother’s Day, or just for you. Carlotta Brown will show us how to make flat design aluminum earrings. There will also be several different kinds of kits for sale and instructions on making them. Beads & Beyond Group, Group, lead by Connie Johnson on Feb. 19th properly photo from Gene Ridall discussed the importance of properly labeling Judy Cook exhibit specimens and demonstrated how to present a label. complete label. photo from Judy Cook Page 7 March 2011 CRACK ‘N CAB Vol. XLI No. 3 AFMS News And while you are at it be sure to check out the American Lands Access Association web site – <www.amlands.org>. E- Newsletters and E-mails Be an involved member! by Dick Pankey, President, taken from the March edition American Lands Access of the AFMS Newsletter Association Two months ago I received my copy of the October- December American Lands Access Association Newsletter and read it cover-to-cover. Our editor, Jay Valle, puts out a very informative newsletter for our members. The articles come from many sources – the officers, members and articles from the internet and others who share our goals of protecting access to public lands. This Newsletter is mailed Bulletin Exchange to all individual members and to the listed representative The Dresden Diamond of all member societies. Our Newsletter is also posted on Morin- by Anastasia Morin-Hutty the ALAA web site – <www.amlands.org> for everyone and There is a white Dresden Diamond and a green one; the anyone to read. And I hope that many of you will take one I'm writing about is green. The pear-cut Dresden Green advantage of this “free” service. If you like what you see is named after the town of Dresden, Germany, where it has then maybe you will join ALAA and support our goals and been displayed for over two CENTURIES! Fascinatingly, the mission. Dresden Green is 100% flawless. This is so amazing We dodged a legislative bullet in December. In the realm because the bigger the stone, the less likely it is to be of legislative and regulatory activity things move slowly then flawless. It weighs 40.7 carats (8.14 grams). The Dresden on short notice or no notice at all they move at lightening Green is worth approximately $200,000. It originally came speed. As I talked about in the December AFMS Newsletter from India. Both the White and Green Diamonds were put there was concern that the many Land Use Bills would all be into an ornament called the Golden Fleece; but they only rolled into an Omnibus Bill and rushed through the Lame stayed in the Golden Fleece for four years. The top half, Duck Congressional session. The Congress got very involved where the Dresden White was, was saved and put in another with the other issues and it appeared that there would not ornament. The Green is still on display in a Dresden be time or the will to address the Land Use Bills. We were museum after a brief time in the United States displayed wrong. The log jam broke and an Omnibus Land Use Bill next to the Hope Diamond. The diamond is sometimes was introduced and did come to a vote in the Senate. It was confused with an emerald. It is naturally green. It is a compilation of additions to National Parks and National possible to heat stones to improve the color, but NEVER Heritage Areas, and some miscellaneous small bills. It was bring the heat above 600 degrees (C) because the stone is not the Americas Great Outdoors Initiative and several other likely to turn light yellow or brown. large wilderness bills and national monument bills that are currently under consideration. Even with very short notice we were able to send out an alert to all ALAA members who Beads and Beyond Group Meeting Program had given us an e-mail address. We had time and many of us took the opportunity to e-mail our Senators and from Lorraine Markley Representatives with our stand on this Bill. Fortunately the For the Bead group meeting on Monday night a talented Senate rejected this bill and Congress adjourned without wire work jeweler, Marcia Wisehoon will discuss and also taking any further action on any Land Use Bills. We dodged demonstrate setting cabochons and irregular stones in the bullet but we need to be proactive and see that sterling silver wire; she will also have samples of her work. legislation is conducted properly and not railroaded without Be sure to bring your questions and enjoy the program. due consideration. When things happen quickly we need to be able to react and respond quickly. Quarterly and even monthly Rock Tumbling Competition newsletters are not timely enough for us to communicate The Feather River Lapidary and Mineral Society, the issues and mount a response. We need every member Oroville, CA is pleased to announce the to supply a current e-mail address; this is especially Third Annual World Rock Tumbling Championship important for society members. Society members need to It’s time to challenge the champions! The Third Annual have a person with an email address to be their contact Rock Tumbling contest is open to everyone, any age, person so we can send them important and timely worldwide, who enjoys tumbling rocks and wants a shot at communications and alerts. It is important that this person being the best in the world. Here’s how: Send in a not only receives information but also passes it along to the completed application with a $40.00 entry fee postmarked rest of your society’s members and that this person be an no later than May 6, 2011. The tumbled material entries advocate for action. If you haven’t done so already, when must be received no later than September 23, 2011. you renew your membership for 2011, be sure to send in your e-mail address and other contact information. MORE DETAILED INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN CAB. THE APRIL EDITION OF THE CRACK ‘N CAB. Page 8 Vol. XLI No. 3 CRACK ‘N CAB March 2011 EFMLS News 26-27: 42nd Annual Gem & Mineral Show sponsored by the 26- Congratulations! Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club. Athens Township Volunteer Fire Hall, Sayre, PA from Carolyn Weinberger, Editor A huge round of applause this month should be directed to the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium and its 26- 26-27: 43rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show “Elephants Chairman, Dr. Steve Chamberlain who have been presented in Your Backyard” sponsored by the Buffalo Geological with the prestigious Carnegie Mineralogical Award for 2010. Society. Erie Co. Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY The Carnegie Mineralogical Award honors outstanding uary/March editions February from the February/March editions of the contributions in mineralogical preservation, conservation, EFMLS Newsletter and education that match ideals advanced in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Hillman Hall of Minerals & Gems. Established in 1987 through the generosity of The Hillman Foundation Inc., the award consists of a bronze medallion, a certificate of recognition and a $2500 cash prize. It is presented each February during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The Rochester Mineralogical Symposium began after a Wildacres Spring Workshop Information conversation between participants sitting on the porch from Keith Gilmer during an early EFMLS Wildacres Workshop. Those present, **If you are interested in participating in the including Dave & Kay Jensen, Paul Desautels, Roger & Peg Wildacres workshops the class list and the Marble and Bill Pinch, thought that it would be nice to have registration application can either be a “mineral weekend” somewhere “up north”. Since the obtained from the EFMLS 2011 Jensens and Bill Pinch were from the Rochester, NY area, Newsletter[s], Newsletter[s], found on the EFMLS website directly OR the symposium was established there and has grown in be copies can be provided to those who don’t have computer stature ever since. For information about the 2011 RMS, access. visit their website: ***PLEASE SPEAK TO RAY HIGHBROWN OR KEITH ***PLEASE <www.rasny.org/Min-Symposium/MineralSymp.htm>. GILMER REGARDING THE PRINTED COPIES IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. GMSS Nominating Committee from Keith Gilmer THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION OF THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE AS BY- RECORDED IN THE GMSS CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS, [REV. MARCH 2007]: Section 4. The Nominating Committee A. shall be composed of three active members who are not officers, selected by the Executive Committee at its April meeting. The Committee Chairman shall be selected from the three members by the President; and B. shall have the duty and responsibility to present a slate of one or more candidates for every office at the Dr. Steve Chamberlain holding the Carnegie Mineralogical May regular meeting of the assembly. Award Certificate and Medallion photo/article taken from the EFMLS March Newsletter FURTHERMORE: Article VI - Elections Visit a Show from Matt Charsky Section 1. The nominating committee shall report the slate of officers at the regular meeting in May. March: Additional nominations from the floor shall be 19- 19-20: 47th Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show sponsored permitted at this meeting. by the Gem, Lapidary & Mineral Society of Montgomery County. Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St; THIS SUBMISSION IS A NOTIFICATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH Gaithersburg, MD BY- REGULATIONS THE CONSTITUTION, BY-LAWS, AND CLUB REGULATIONS OF THE GMSS. OFFICER POSITIONS AND THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES RESPONSIBILITIES WILL APPEAR IN FUTURE EDITION(S). Page 9 P.O. Box 801 Syracuse, New York 13201 First Class Mail 201 March 2011 Time Dated Material Crack ‘N Cab The newsletter of the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse, Inc. Eight persons organized the Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse in 1951. Since that time it has grown in membership to 10- 2010 201 Officers 2010-2011 include adults, families, and young folk. The Society was President Dick Lyons 672- 672-5328 incorporated in 1969 under the name. Vice- Vice-President Ray Highbrown 627- 627-0208 The objectives of the Society are to stimulate interest in Treasurer Lou Budell 673- 673-1891 mineralogy, paleontology, and the lapidary arts. Individual Secretary Connie Johnson 672- 672-5520 interests include collecting, identification, and display of minerals Sergeant-at- Sergeant-at-Arms Judy Cook 452- 452-1359 and fossils, and many aspects of jewelry design and fabrication. Show Chairman Cathy Patterson 638- 638-8817 The monthly meetings stimulate the social and educational ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ factors. Frequent field trips provide collectors with opportunities Librarian Steve Albro 607-756-2298 to find specimens as well as to enjoy the benefits of outdoor Sunshine Cathy Patterson 638-8817 exercise and potential friendships. Refreshments Dorothy Gilmer 307-1283 The Society meets on the third Monday of every month at 7:30 Editor Keith Gilmer 307- 307-1283 PM in the Parish House of the First Presbyterian Church, 620 5682 Williamson Pkwy. West Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York. (Except in July, August, Cicero, NY 13039 & December). Visitors are always welcome. E-mail: email@example.com Annual membership dues: Visit us online at: http://www.gmss.us Single Adult - $6 Permission is hereby granted to reprint material contained in the Junior - $3 Crack ‘N Cab if proper credit is given to the author, if known, and Family - $9 Honorary Life Membership - $3 this bulletin. For more information write to the Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, P.O. Box 801, Syracuse, New York 13201.
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