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              FRESNO GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY, 340 W. OLIVE AVE., FRESNO, CA 93728, 559-486-7280
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VOLUME 61 ISSUE 3                                     FRESNO, CALIFORNIA                                      MARCH 2012

                          MARCH                                         Please notify the staff if your newsletter is
           BIRTHSTONE - Bloodstone or Aquamarine                             missing or damaged. Copies are
                FLOWER - Daffodil or Jonquil                                always available at the Clubhouse.

                                        OUR PURPOSE
           To promote an accurate, widespread knowledge and appreciation of mineralogy in all its phases,
           especially in the State of California and adjacent states.
           To promote cooperation among its members.
           To collect, identify, exhibit and exchange precious and semi-precious specimens, fossils and Indian
           To study and practice the cutting and polishing of gemstones.
           To encourage the formation of lapidary classes, and in any manner which may seem advisable to the
            members, to promote an interest in collecting rough gem stones and in reducing them to beautiful
            cut and polished gems.
           To study and practice the arts of carving, jewelry -making and faceting.

                                 SUN       MON          TUES     WED   THU       FRI      SAT
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                                   4           5         6        7        8      9        10
    MARCH 2012                     11          12        13      14     15       16        17
                                   18          19        20      21     22       23        24
                                   25          26        27      28     29       30        31

                             SUN   3/11             ..........   Daylight Saving Time Begins
                             WED 3/14               10am- 2 pm   SALES WORKSHOP
                             FRI   3/16              9am- 2 pm   KRITTER WORKSHOP
                             SAT   3/17              9am- 2pm    BAG SEWING & STRINGING ST. PATRICK’S DAY
                             WED 3/21               10am- 2 pm   SALES WORKSHOP
                             THU   3/22              7:00 pm     GENERAL MEETING w/ Speaker,
                                                                         Craig Poole - Tucson & Quartzsite
                             FRI        3/23         9am- 2 pm   KRITTER WORKSHOP
                             SAT        3/24         9am- 2pm    BAG SEWING & STRINGING
                             WED        3/28        10am- 2 pm   SALES WORKSHOP
                             FRI        3/30         9am- 2 pm   KRITTER WORKSHOP
                             SAT        4/01         9am- 2pm    BAG SEWING & STRINGING
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                                           THE FRESNO GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY, INC.

      CHIPS newsletter is published monthly. Permission is granted to use materials published in CHIPS with proper
      attribution, unless otherwise noted. Please submit articles for publication no later than the 10th of the month.
                            We reserve the right to edit all materials submitted for publication.
   Please feel free to contact the Editor, CHARLYN OLIVER AT 559-360-6331 or leave a note in the Editor’s tray in the
F.G.M.S. office with any questions, concerns or inclusions for CHIPS. CHIPS is a living document with many contributors.
            We hope that all F.G.M.S. members and friends will contribute to making it an excellent newsletter.

                                                                            ELECTED OFFICERS
        President, Violet Wells.……………………... 227-4289                   Secretary, Lynn Pierce……………………. 477-7503
        1st Vice President, Jim Gladders……….....442-4531               Treasurer, Joyce Law ..………………….. 645-0460
        2nd Vice President, Pam Wilson……………222-9063                     Federation Director, Bob Coates..… 313-0440
                                                      BOARD OF DIRECTORS
        2013 Bob Sherwood………………………..… 275-4319                  2012 Stan Vance …………………………..264-0222
        2013 James Tull………………………………….. 435-2795                 2011 Vickie Morris……………………….. 645-1752
        2012 Jerry Wells……………………………..….. 227-4289               2011 Craig Poole…………………………… 432-8837
                                                COMMITTEE CHAIRS
         Building Maintenance . . . . . . . . . .Victor Martinez                               Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlyn Oliver
         Fair Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Volpa                           Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carolyn Solan
         Nominating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Burton                      Historian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O P E N
         Field Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bob Coates                 Program . . . . . . . Stanley Vance & Craig Poole
         Refreshments . . . . . Carolyn Solan & Toni Smith                                     Silent Auction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jerry Wells
         Educational Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Poole                        Grievance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       OPEN
         Sunshine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Law                  Auditing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Hawkins
         Parliamentarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O P E N                       CHIPS Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlyn Oliver
         By Laws . . Jerry Wells, Craig Poole, Vickie Morris                                                   
         Finance..Vickie Morris, Bob Sherwood, Craig Poole                                     Lectures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Smoljan
         Donations . . . .Jerry Wells, Craig Poole, Don Taylor
                                                                       FAIR SHOW COMMITTEES
        Fair Show Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Sherwood                            Fair Show Bldg. Supt. . . . . . . . . . . . . Jerry Wells
        Wheel of Fortune . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dorothy Ede                              Sales Booth . . . . . Judy Reitz & Harold Lancaster
        Rock Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Craig Poole                        Faceting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Heidenger
        Demonstrations Committee . .Bill Hawkins & Jim Gladders                                 Geode Cutters . . Patrick Gutierrez & Michael Burton

                                                   MEMBER SOCIETIES:

                                                                    PUBLISHERS STATEMENT
                 Society office is located at 340 W. Olive Ave., Fresno, Ca. 93728 (559) 486 -7280.
                  Submissions, comments & suggestions on newsletter matters may be sent to
                   or brought to the Club Office.
             The CHIPS staff welcomes photos, text, informational and editorial submissions from all
                                            F.G.M.S. members & friends.

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                  Fresno Gem and Mineral Society Board Of Directors Meeting
                                      March 1, 2012
    President Vi Wells called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm
    Guests present: Bill Hawkins and Melissa Kubiak.
    Minutes were read from the last meeting and Stan Vance motioned to accept the Minutes as read, Jim Tull
    seconded and they passed.
    Joyce Law said the Treasurers Report is still open form January.
    Club Correspondence: Pictures of a faceting machine, rocks, stones, and tools were passed around to be purchased
    by the club. The club is still debating on whether or not to purchase these items.
    Sunshine: Vi is doing fine. Bobby Cook has cancer, Stan Vance wrecked his truck this last week he and his wife are
    fine. Jim Gladders is home sick.
    New Members: Desiree Cagle, Mike Davis and Donna Salwassser. Pam Wilson motioned to present them before
    the members to vote. Jerry Wells seconded and it passed.
    CHIPS just keeps getting better and better.
    Silent Auction: Jerry Wells said he found some old tumblers that he will include in the auction.
    Old Business: Codes are all in for the alarm system. We will be given instructions on how to arm it then we will
    start using it.
    There are 158 members in the club.
    Jerry motioned to get a $300 prepaid credit card for small purchases for the Annex. Jim Tull seconded and it
    Please do not put small chips of rocks in the buckets for the saws. When the water is dumped it causes problems
    for the lawn mower.
    Pam Wilson motioned to adjourn meeting and Stan Vance seconded it passed.
    Lynn Pierce, Secretary
                                                                                    APRIL, 2012
                                                                SAT    4/01      9am- 2pm       ROCK BAGS/STRINGING
                                                                WED    4/04     10am- 2 pm      SALES WORKSHOP
                                                                TH     4/05       7:00 pm       * * BOARD MEETING * *
                                                                FRI    4/06       9am- 2pm      KRITTER WORKSHOP
                                                                SAT    4/07       9am- 2pm      ROCK BAGS/STRINGING
                                                                SUN    4/08                     **EASTER**
                                                                WED    4/11      10am-2pm       SALES WORKSHOP
                                                                FRI    4/13       9am- 2pm      KRITTER WORKSHOP
                                                                SAT    4/14       9am- 2pm      ROCK BAGS/STRINGING
                                                                WED    4/18      10am- 2pm      SALES WORKSHOP
                                                                FRI    4/20       9am- 2pm      KRITTER WORKSHOP
                                                                SAT    4/21       9am- 2pm      ROCK BAGS/STRINGING
                                                                WED    4/25      10am- 2pm      SALES WORKSHOP
                                                                THU    4/26       7:00 pm       * GENERAL MEETING *
                                                                FRI    4/27       9am- 2pm      KRITTER WORKSHOP
                                                                SAT    4/28       9am- 2pm      ROCK BAGS/STRINGING

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                                     The Fresno Gem and Mineral Society
                                          General Meeting Agenda
                                              February 26, 2012

  First Vice President Jim Gladders called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
  Flag salute lead by: Fresno State student Spencer Rolf.
  Guests attending the meeting: Scholarship students from Fresno State Spencer Rolf, Mike Farmer, and New
  member applicant Mike Davis.
  Minutes: Faye Jensen motioned to accept the minutes as read in the Chips. Melissa seconded and it was passed.
  Treasure report: was given by Joyce Law, Bob Coates motioned to accept report as read, Craig Poole seconded
  and it passed.
  Youth Group:
  The Federation: Bob Coates mentioned show in Riverside.
  Sunshine: Vi Wells is doing better after her knee surgery, she sent a thank you for the flowers. Roland Jensen
  made it to the meeting. He said he walked to the club house and he was doing better.
  New Members: Bob Coates motioned we accept new members Sue Dobbs, Tiffney Cordova, Steve Orton, and
  Alex Ford, Craig Poole seconded and it passed.
  Building Maintenance: Small saws are leaking around the base. Need big pans with kitty litter to soak up oil
  from cut rocks. Rags with oil on them ruin saw belts and polishing sanding wheel.
  Rock Table: Craig Poole said the rocks table is moving along good.
  Bag Sewing: Saturday March 3rd 9-2 bring dish for pot luck. If you bring your own machine do not leave it here
  take it home with you. Men needed to string bags and tell stories.
  Sales Booth:
  Wednesday February 29th 10-2, Judy said bagels and doughnuts will be served.
  Kritter Corner:
  Dorothy Friday March 2 @ 9am bring some ideas with you.
  Silent Auction:
  Jerry Wells said last auction went well.
  Field Trips:
  Bob Coates is planning a trip to Moon Stone Beach on March 5th Meet at the public access to just north of Moon
  stone beach at 9-9:30 am.
  Grants: Craig Poole said another student will speak at the meeting next month. Spencer will return in a few
  months to do a follow up report. Craig will be giving his presentation in March.
  Laura Cullen will help with the auditing.. She is a CPA.
  Old Business:
  Looking for locations to hold the picnic, Combs River Ranch was suggested along with a few others. Looking
  into prices on chartering a bus.
  New Business:
  Need to take pictures of members for the new directory.
  There being no more new business Craig Poole motioned to adjourn meeting and Bob Coates seconded and it

                                             Lynn Pierce, Secretary

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                                            WHITE DWARF DIAMOND
                                                    By Keith Alan Morgan
The largest diamond known is 10 billion trillion carats. It is 4,000 kilometers across and 50 light years away.
Astronomers call it Lucy, although, it’s official designation is BPM 37093, a white dwarf star in the constellation of
Centaurus. White dwarf stars come late in the stellar life cycle, most have cores of carbon and oxygen and astronomers
have discovered, after four decades of wondering, that the carbon in the interior does crystallize. Astronomers have also
discovered that Lucy rings like a gigantic gong and study of those pulsations reveal the inner structure of the star. You
would probably need a lap the size of the solar system to properly facet it however. Also as big as it is, you wouldn’t
wear it, it would you!

 What is the Birthstone for March?
 Giving a piece of jewelry containing a birthstone gem will bring the wearer good luck and protection. Monthly birthstones
 symbolize the month of birth according to the Gregorian Calendar. What is the Birth stone for March?

 March Birthstone - Properties of the Aquamarine
 For those who were born in the month of March the Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone.
   The March birthstone reflects some of the properties with which the Aquamarine is associated - faithfulness, cour-
   age and friendship. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the March Birthstone Aquamarine are awareness,
   quick response and easing communication problems. The healing properties of the March birthstone are reputed to
   be effective for health problems relating to throat problems and stress-related illness.
  March Birthstone Zodiac Sign
  The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The
  March birthstone of the Aquamarine is considered to be the birth stone for Pisces (The sign of the Fish) and relate to
  those born between February 20 and March 20. The Zodiac sign of Pisces also responds to Amethyst, Ruby, Blood-
  stone and Jasper.
  March Birthstone - the Color of the Aquamarine
  The traditional color associated with the Aquamarine is transparent blue or sea-green however, the most admired aq-
  uamarine color is sky-blue. This gemstone was strongly favored as a popular gem in jewelry. The meaning of colors
  through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected
  in the color blue! The symbolic meaning of the color blue has a Biblical meaning symbolizing heavenly grace.
  Definition of the Aquamarine, the March Birthstone
  Definition of Aquamarine, the March birth stone: The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua
  marina" which means "sea water" which reflect the color of the crystals. A transparent, pale green variety of beryl,
  used as a gem. The Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) family. Crystal structure of
  the Aquamarine, the March birth stone, is Hexagonal.

  March Birthstone - Where are Aquamarines found?
  The popular March Birthstone of the Aquamarine is found in the following countries:
  Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and the Ukraine.

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                                                  STOLEN AT TUCSON!
                                      A REWARD is offered by the World Gem Society

                        The World Gem Society office has been informed that the good folks from the Sunstone Butte
                        Mine of Plush, Oregon had their entire inventory stolen from a trailer at the Tucson Gem Shows
                        earlier this week. This theft has taken away years of very hard work on the part of these folks,
                        and we are asking the assistance of the world gemstone industry to help us get it back.

As seen in the images shown, the Plush Oregon Sunstone produced by this mine is quite unique in color with many in-
tense greens. This makes this material fairly easy to identify when attempts are made to sell these stolen goods either as
a group or individual stones.

THE WORLD GEM SOCIETY IS OFFERING A $1,000.00 REWARD for information that leads to the return of these goods to
the mine owners. We are not concerned with the perpetrators as the Almighty has a way of dealing with people. What
we do ask is the return of the goods as this has stolen the very livelihood from these good people who worked for years
digging this material out of the ground. Actual images of the Sunstone Butte production are seen below from our ISG
Rush to Plush event in June of this year. The Sunstone Butte material is quite unique. Please refer all leads to the Tucson
Police Department at 520-791-4444.

The World Gem Society has "in situ" gathered specimens from the Sunstone Butte Mine and can identify recovered gem-
stones from this mine by XRF, SEMS, and LA-ICP-MS elemental analysis. Actual images of the Sunstone Butte gemstones
are below. The World Gem Society offers our specimen group for verification and identification of any recovered goods,
and we will cover the cost of testing recovered sunstone that is suspected to be from this theft. Please contact the World
Gem Society office for more details as to how we can help identify any recovered sunstone gemstones as being from the
Sunstone Butte Mine. Images of the actual material from the Sunstone Butte Mine are below for your reference.


IF ANYONE IS OFFERED PLUSH OREGON SUNSTONE MATERIAL that comes from any unusual source (other than a mine
owner) please contact the Tucson Police Department at 520-791-4444. Let's unify as an industry on this. These guys are
going to try to sell these goods. Stay alert, help your fellow World Gem Society member. The next time could be you and
we will help you in return.

You have hurt some good people who worked for years to dig this material out of the earth. What goes around eventu-
ally comes around. We ask that you return these goods immediately so the Sunstone Butte folks can make a living out of
their hard work. Man up and return these goods. Things have a way of coming back around at you.

Robert James
World Gem Society

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                       BLUEWAYS                                           SIERRA NEVADA RANGE
The Department of the Interior is designating two rivers in           In Spanish is “Snowy Range.” John Muir called it
each state this year for blueway status, giving local groups                         “The Range of Light.”
direct access to federal agencies and resources in planning. It
is part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, a federal        Longest Mtn. Range in the lower U.S.
push to connect people with nature.                                  Highest Mtn. Range in the lower U.S.
                                                                     One of the highest Mtn. Ranges in the world from its
The San Joaquin River is one of the two California streams           base.
designated by the federal government to become a blueway,            Has the highest mountain top in the lower U.S.
                                                                     Has the deepest canyon in the U.S.
a boating trail to camping, fishing, bird watching and other
                                                                     Has the biggest tree in the world
kinds of recreation. The Los Angeles River in Southern Califor-      Has more gold found in these mountains than any
nia is the other blueway site. The department says it will help      other part of the U.S.
the regions link wildlife refuges, parks and other public recrea-    Has the highest lake in the U.S.
tion spots on the river. The National Park Service, Bureau of        Has many small glaciers, approx. 400.
Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will col-         Has some of the highest waterfalls in the world.
laborate with San Joaquin River advocates.                                                       Source: Stan Vance

The San Joaquin River Partnership, 13 groups and agencies
dedicated to restoring the river, is just starting to plan devel-         SALES BOOTH WORKSHOP
opment of the blueway. According to Dave Koehler, a long-
                                                                     Eight members participated in the Sales Booth
time river restoration advocate and coordinator of the part-
                                                                     workshop on Wed. Feb. 29th. There will be work-
nership “The blueway will connect individuals and families to
                                                                     shops every Wednesday from 10am-2pm until the
the Valley’s rich natural and cultural heritage and creates rec-     project is done. SO... COME ON OUT AND GIVE US
reational opportunities for healthier lives.”                        A HAND.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is also running a vast project
to restore the San Joaquin as part of the 2006 settlement of a
long-running lawsuit, but the blueway concept is a separate
        effort to extend and promote recreation over hun-
dreds of river miles from Friant Dam to the Sacramento-San
Joaquin River Delta. Source: Petrograph 1/2012

                          DAVE SMOLJAN

                  Thumbs up for Dave Smoljan. Dave has been
 busy making presentations to classrooms in the Fresno &
 Clovis Unified School District where he introduces, exhibits,                            QUESTION
 and promotes an interest in collecting rough gem stones to            Eight people attended the above workshop and you
 young students. Dave is a valued and dedicated member of                       can clearly identify one of them.
 our club, not to mention an extraordinary teacher with the                     Who are the seven other people?
                                                                                   (YES, I DO know how to count)
 ability to relate to novice collectors and professionals alike.
                                                                             Name the person not shown as well.
                  THANK YOU DAVE!

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              Meaning of Gemstones                                    Healing Properties of Gemstones
         Stones have played an important part of ancient              Many people also believe that each gemstone con-
history and folklore. Many people still believe today that   tains a particular healing property. So the next time you are
certain stones carry unique powers or healing properties.    sick or want to give a get-well gift, why not consult the
Wearing a piece of jewelry made from a particular stone      following list to choose a suitable piece of handmade jewelry:
certainly wont hurt. You never know, maybe it will bring
about the love, success or luck you are seeking! Even if      Abalone - Strengthens muscular tissue, especially around
you are skeptical, it can be entertaining to discover the       the heart
traditional meaning behind the various stones. The next       Agate - Improves mental and physical energy
time you are looking for a special gift, write out a card
explaining the meaning of a particular stone. Place the       Amazonite - Soothes the nervous system
card in the same box as a piece of handmade jewelry con-      Amber - Can be used to help the body heal itself
taining that same stone. This will make a thoughtful and
                                                              Amethyst - Reduces stress and tension
creative present for your treasured friends and family.
                                                              Bloodstone - Used to overcome depression
   Here is a chart to help you select the perfect stone       Garnet - General tonic for physical, mental & emotional
 Devotion - Kunzite, Tourmaline
                                                              Hematite - Improves all blood disorders
 Friendship - Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Peridot,
        Rhodonite                                             Lapis Lazuli - Improves the eyesight and prevents epilepsy

 Fulfillment Of Desires - Amber, Malachite, Hematite,         Lazurite - Used for tissue rejuvenation
         Fire, Opal                                           Malachite - Helps with rheumatism, asthma and toothaches
 Increase Motivation - Amber, Chrysoprase                     Marcasite - Improves physical strength
 Love - Emerald, Moonstone, Rose Quartz, Ruby,                Moonstone - Reduces body swelling
        Watermelon                                            Pearl - Fights infection and promotes the production of anti-
 Luck - Agate, Moonstone, Amber, Garnet, Malachite,             bodies
        Turquoise                                             Peridot - Aids digestion and cures insomnia
 Protection - Agate, Smokey Quartz, Tiger Eye, Turquoise,     Quartz Crystal - Considered to be the most powerful general
       Serpentine                                               healer of all stones.
 Self-Confidence - Calcite, Citrine, Garnet, Imperial
        Topaz, Sunstone
 Solving Difficulties - Carnelian, Garnet, Moss Agate,
        Smokey Quartz, Tiger Eye
                                                                                 GOOD ONE
 Stamina - Aquamarine, Garnet, Red Jasper

                 WEBSITES OF INTEREST                                   Omitted from last month’s CHIPS was the
CALIFORNIA FEDERATION OF MINERAL SOCIETIES:                         answer to Stanley Vance’s “January’s Mystery Stone”.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIE TIES:              Question: What stone is black & white but when left out in the                                                 sun becomes completely black?
PUBLIC LANDS:                                                     Answer: Black Obsidian.
                                                                        (When the sun comes out, the ice melts)
                                                                HA HA HA GET IT? DID YA GET IT? HA HA HA

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                             California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

  March 17 & 18: VALLEJO, CA           March 31 & April 1: LEMOORE, CA        April 21 & 22: THOUSAND OAKS, CA
  Vallejo Gem & Mineral Society        Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club             Conejo Gem & Mineral Club
  Solano County Fairgrounds            Trinity Hall                           Borchard Park Community Center
  McCormack Hall                       470 Champion Street                    190 Reino Road (at Borchard Rd.)
  Hours: 10am – 5pm Daily              Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Daily              Hours: 10am – 5pm Daily         April 7 & 8: PARADISE, CA    
  March 24 & 25: ROSEVILLE, CA         Paradise Gem & Mineral Society         April 28 & 29: LANCASTER, CA
  Roseville Rock Rollers               Elks Lodge                             Antelope Valley Gem & Mineral Club
  Placer County Fairgrounds            6309 Clark Road                        Lancaster High School
  ($5 parking)                         Hours: Sat. 9– 5pm; Sun. 9– 4pm        44701 – 32nd Street West
  800 All America City Blvd.                     Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Daily
  Hours: Sat. 10-5pm; Sun. 10-4pm      April 13, 14 & 15: VISTA, CA           April 28 & 29: SANTA CRUZ, CA                  San Diego County Council of Gem &      Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society
  March 24 & 25: ANGELS CAMP, CA       Mineral Societies                      Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
  Calaveras Gem & Mineral Society      Antique Gas and Steam Engine           307 Church St.
  Calaveras County Fairgrounds         Museum                                 Hours: 10am – 5pm Daily
  101 Frogtown Road                    2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
  Hours: Sat. 10-5pm; Sun 10-4pm       Hours: 9am – 5pm Daily
                                                                              July 13-15, 2012:                                              Regional Federation Convention
                                       April 20, 21 & 22: SAN JOSE, CA
                                                                              Riverside, Ca
                                       Santa Clara Gem & Mineral Society
                                       Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
                                       344 Tully Road
                                       Hours: Fri. 9–5pm; Sat/Sun 10– 5pm

      MONDAYS:                                                               WHEN YOU CUT YOUR ROCKS, PLEASE
       6:30 - 9:00 pm          Beading                                      REMOVE ALL THE BROKEN PIECES FROM
       7:00 - 9:00 pm          Carving / Wire wrap                                   THE MACHINE AND
       7:00 - 9:00 pm          Annex                                           THROW THEM IN THE TRASH,
      TUESDAYS:                                                              NOT IN THE WATER BUCKET BELOW.
       10 am -12:00 pm         Annex
                                                            We empty the water buckets on the lawn - when
        2:00 - 4:00 pm         Annex
        7:00 - 9:00 pm         Faceting                     mowing the lawn we have been hitting rock chips
                                                             which shoot out in every direction.
       10 am - 2:00 pm         Sales Booth Workshop
        7:00 - 9:00 pm         Silversmith Workshop       * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
        7:00 - 9:00 pm         Annex                            PLEASE SIGN IN WHEN YOU ENTER THE ANNEX.
      THURSDAYS:                                           * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
        10 am -12:00 pm        Annex
                                                                 WE ASK ALL ANNEX MEMBERS TO WATCH A
                                                               SHORT VIDEO BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT.
          9 am - 2:00 pm       Kritter Workshop
                                                                              ASK ANY SUPERVISOR
          9 am - 2:00 pm       Bag Sewing/Stringing

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              Hosted by Valley Prospectors                       JUDGES TRAINING WORKSHOP
                    July 13 -15, 2012                            REGISTRATION DEADLINE -- APRIL 16, 2012

                                                                   The Judges Training Workshop will be held at the
            Riverside Municipal Auditorium
                                                             Holiday Inn, Sparks, NV from May 10-13. A registration
               3485 Mission Inn Avenue
                                                             form for the session can be obtained by downloading the
                  Riverside, CA 92501
                                                             November,        2011       AFMS      Newsletter     from
     General Admission: $5.00, Seniors (60+) =$3.00
                                                             <>. Just click on the “Newsletter” tab.
          Kids under 12 = Free w/ paid adult.
                                                                   You will need to have a copy of the 2012 AFMS Uni-
                                                             form Rules book. You can download a copy via the AFMS
  Metered parking on street and city lots on weekdays -
                                                             website Once you
              Free parking on weekend.
                                                             have a better handle on what judges look for, you will be
     Show hours: Friday and Saturday 10am -5pm;
                                                             able to enter a far better exhibit case of your own.
                  Sunday 10am-4 pm
                                                                   Classes will be held at the Holiday Inn, Sparks on
                                                             Thursday evening (May 10th), Friday, May 11th and Satur-
          Dealers to supply your every need
                                                             day, May 12th with actual practice judging various cases
          Demonstrators to share their expertise
                                                             at the Reno Gem & Mineral Societies show on Sunday
          Great displays and informative speakers
                                                             morning May 13th.The class will probably be finished
          Silent Auction and great prizes
                                                             around lunch time on Sunday.
          Gold panning and equipment
          Gold, jewelry and gemstones
                                                               For more information -

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                                                                                                                  Approved by Board______
                                                                                                                Approved by Members______
                                                                                                                      Badge Ordered______
                                                                                                                          Mailing List______
                                     FRESNO GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY, INC.
                                340 W. OLIVE, FRESNO, CA 93728 - (559) 486-7280
                                        APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

 The FRESNO GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY is a nonprofit organization designed to promote interest and knowledge in
gems and minerals. The primary place we show our work and educate the public is through THE BIG FRESNO FAIR.
As a new member, we welcome you and ask that you indicate your specific areas of interest and expertise.
          WORKSHOPS                                  CLUB ACTIVITIES                                BIG FRESNO FAIR
          ______ Cabochons                        ______ Monthly Meetings                        ______ Work 4 hour shift (s)
          ______ Beading                                      ______ Refreshments                ______ Set up
          ______ Carving                                      ______ Door Prizes                 ______ Clean up
          ______ Silversmith                      ______ Silent Auctions                         ______ Demonstrations
          ______ Faceting                         ______ Lectures                                ______ Sewing Rock Bags
          ______ Wire Wrap                        ______ Field Trips                             ______ Filling Rock Bags
                                                  ______ Campouts
                                                  ______ Potlucks                                   OFFICE HELP
                                                  ______ Special Classes                         ______ Typing
              FAIR                                ______ Monthly Newsletter                      ______ Computer skills
          ______ Kritters                         ______ Visit other rock shows                  ______ Newsletter
          ______ Jewelry                          ______ Library available                       ______ Bookkeeping

It is anticipated that all members will help as the need arises, i.e., maintaining a clean clubhouse, providing
Refreshments, telephone support and accepting a chairperson or board position as they are open.

 (Please PRINT CLEARLY in CAPITAL letters)                                    ______________NEW ______________ RENEWAL
 Last:______________________________________________ First: _______________________________________ M.I.:_________________________
 Name to be printed on badge: ______________________________________________________________________________________________
 Address: _____________________________________________________________________________Home phone: _________________________
 City: ___________________________________________ State: _________ Zip: __________________Cell phone: __________________________
 Occupation: ________________________________________________________________ Spouse name:__________________________________
 Birth month:_________________ Day: ___________ E-mail address: ____________________________________________________________
 SIGNATURE: _____________________________________________________________________ DATE: ___________________________________

 Signatures of Sponsors: 1. ________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________
  (New Members Only)
                         2. ________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________________

MEMBERSHIP FEE:                         New Members = $32.50 Year ($25.00 + $7.50 badge cost)
                                         Renewal = $25.00 Year
                                              (DUES WILL NOT BE PRO-RATED)

AMOUNT PAID: $ ______________________________ DATE: ____________________ RECEIVED BY: ___________________________

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FRESNO CA 93728                                                       ORGANIZATION
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       Thursday, MARCH 23 @ 7:00 pm - - 340 W. Olive, Fresno, Ca    93728

                                                              BOARD MEETING
                                                        1st Thursday of Every Month
                                                                  7:00 P.M.
                                                               F.G.M.S. Studio
                                                             340 W. Olive Ave.
                                                             Fresno, CA 93728

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