Tips & Chips
Newsletter of the
Denver Gem & Mineral Guild
Published monthly from September through May by the Denver Gem & Mineral Guild. E-mail exchange with
other mineral club newsletters is invited. Reprinting of material from this newsletter with proper attribution is
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President – Joe Payne Vice President - Krisanne Johnson
303-783-0221 (H) 720-313-5617 (C)
Secretary & Hospitality – Tips & Chips Editor –
Janie Bennett Wayne Pound
303-986-9056 (H) 720-635-9314 (C)
Treasurer & Grab Bags – Membership –
Ron Snelling Dave Sanchez, 303-423-5206
Ways & Means –
Field Trips – Bill Piety Jim Dennis, 303-922-2903
firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-420-4311 (H) email@example.com,
& Gideon Breithaupt & Connie Garcia, 303-772-2048 (C)
303-238-8344 (H) firstname.lastname@example.org,
Historian – Marjorie Payne
Web Master – Bob Johnson
Are you interested in serving as a Board Member? If you want to learn
more just ask Kris Johnson, our 2009 Vice President.
GUILD PROGRAM: September 11th, 2009
With Sandy and Chauncey Walden
An African Adventure: Join the Walden's as they explore a
19th century copper mine, check out the Zambian minerals
at a local craft market, and experience the thrill of the
The meeting starts at 7:30 pm at the Geology Building, Berthoud Hall, at 1516 Illinois
Street on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Parking is on the north
side and the entrance is on the south side.
Summer 2009 Birthdays
June Birthdays June Anniversaries
Bob Johnson Karen & Joe Kupar
Denise Blankenheim Joan & Glen Johnson
John Rakowsik Sharon & Pete Neri
Karen Wenrich & Bill Silberman
Sandy & Chauncey Walden
July Birthdays July Anniversaries
Connie Garcia Janie and Roger Bennett
August Birthdays August Anniversaries
Marilyn Rockwell Debby & Bob Johnson
September Birthdays September Anniversaries
Cathy Westervelt Marjorie & Denzil Wiggins
Gloria & Carl Charette Announcement
We will be moving to 8749 East Golden Cholla Drive, Gold Canyon, AZ 85008 as of
October 1st. Consequently, we will not be renewing our membership and we wish the
D.G.M.G. BOARD REPORT
President - Joe Payne
Thanks for all your help this past year. The doors of Berthoud Hall will open for the Denver Gem
and Mineral Guild at 6:30 on each of the following dates:
September meeting: October 2………………..Wayne Pound’s home
October meeting: October 30th………………..Unknown location
November meeting: December 6th…………….Debbie & Fred Olson’s home
This meeting doubles as the “Pop Corn Party” preparation for the
December Christmas Party-all members please come and help out.
December meeting: December 28th or January 1st, 2010.
January 8, 2010……………………………………Margie & Joe Payne’s home
This will be a joint board meeting.
2010 Board Nominations
Once again, we need members to step up to the plate. PLEASE help your board and take a
position. Board membership is a great way to get to know our membership and you learn a lot
about the club. We will vote on our 2010 board member positions at our October (November at
latest) meeting. Here are the volunteers and open positions as of September 1st.
President: Open (Krisanne, present Vice President, has had to
step aside due to having too many iron in the fire)
Vice President: Open
Treasurer: Ron Snelling
Ways & Means: Dave Sanchez and Gideon Breithaupt
Historian: Marjorie Payne
Field Trips : Bill Piety
Tips & Chips Editor:Open
Grab Bags: Open
All members are invited to attend any board meeting and learn the inner workings of our Club.
A rock club involves coordination of monthly meetings; speakers; hospitality (food and drink);
field trips and claim maintenance; finances, bill payments and awards; web page design and
maintenance; procuring and distributing rocks, minerals, fossils and jewelry at regular meetings
and auctions; securing and maintaining our library of Guild rules and regulations, historical
documents, books, field guides, and photographs; membership activities including new and
continuing memberships and information updates (address, e-mail, telephone number,
birthdates and anniversary dates); member contact when illness (for example) occurs;
communicating Guild events, area events, and general information of interest to rockhounds
through our Tips & Chips newsletter; Summer picnic coordination; Christmas Party
coordination; Guild Show coordinating; Guild Silent Auction coordinating; providing support to
area clubs including the Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show; and especially individual sharing
and camaraderie between like-minded rockhounds!
Vice President – Krisanne Johnson
Denver Gem & Mineral Guild Fall presentations
September 11: Sandy and Chauncey Walden on their new African trip
October 9: Bill Whitehead on Traveling Brazil
November 13: Joe Payne and Bert Hanou will be presenting on Mineral Minitures
Treasurer & Grab Bags – Ron Snelling
No Report, but Grab Bags were filled at the Summer picnic so we are ready to go for the
September Denver Gem & Mineral Show. We will need grab bags and materials for shows
throughout the year. If you have Grab Bag specimens from your summer collecting please get in
touch with me. 303-460-9656 (H).
Hospitality – Janie Bennett
Linda and Ron Snelling will be bringing the hospitality cart and providing the beverage supplies
for the September 11 General Meeting. Sandy and Chauncey Walden, Pat Henley and Linda
Burns are signed up to bring refreshments for the meeting. Thank you very much for helping with
refreshments this month. Bob and Janie Park will take home the hospitality cart from the
September meeting and return it at the October meeting.
Historian – Marjie Payne
Many thanks to all of you for your thoughts, prayers, calls and cards during my illness. I am
delighted to say that I am feeling much better now and back on full duty at work. It turned out that
medication miscommunications were causing me to feel ill longer than necessary! Once I stopped
taking the offending medication, I felt great, good enough that Joe and I took a 12th anniversary
trip to Glenwood Springs, visited Marble where we collected marble, fluorite and alabaster chips
for grab bags and we visited the Fairy Caves. One forgets how blessed one is to have good
health- it was wonderful to be able to travel and feel normal again!
The Guild library is open to donations. These might include books, magazines, collecting guides,
or maps to collecting locations.
Membership – Dave Sanchez
If you are interested in joining our club, the annual membership is $15/individual, or $25/couple.
You can join at the next meeting, or mail your membership fee to me at: Dave Sanchez, 10001
W. 69th Ave., Arvada, CO 80004. New members and up-dating old members: Please include
your full name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, plus birthdays and
anniversaries dates. I have gift minerals on hand for our new members.
Ways & Means – Connie Garcia, Jim Dennis & Karlene Fry
No new report at this time. The board members did discuss the possible need to better secure
the mineral specimens stored at the Club House. The possibilities are open to suggestion from
the Guild membership.
2009 Field Trips – Bill Piety & Gideon Breithaupt
Call Bill Piety @(303) 420-4311 for reservations. Alternate: Gideon Breithaupt
Early April : Otero County-Bob Park-canceled.
May 16: Ruby Mountain-Wayne Pound-6 club participants. Very educational trip; doubly
terminated quartz, twinned orthoclase feldspar, garnets, and jasper collected. Nice soak in Mt.
Princeton Hot Springs!
May 30th: Joe Dorris’ Smoky Hawk Claim-23 club participants. Huge amazonite & quartz pocket
displayed by Joe Dorris. Rained early but several members found amazonite on the dumps.
Joe Dorris claim, Lake George area. Thanks Joe, for sharing
June 6th: Our Club’s Wig Wam Claim -4 from our club & several from Littleton and Lake George
Clubs. One pocket found by Littleton Club Member.
June 27th: Littleton’s Harris Park Claim -4 from our club & a dozen from Littleton. Littleton club
members found a pocket of amazonite, smokys, & fluorites.
RAMS Picnic Crystal Peak –7 from our club. Results sketchy.
August 22nd: Quentin Goode’s Crystal Peak Claim -4 from our club & a dozen from Littleton.
Several pockets found. Smoky quartz, fluorites, goethites, and a few amazonite specimens were
August 29th: Glen Cove with the Lake George Club – no participants from our club. Results not
October 10th: Littleton’s Queen Bee & Honey Bee Claims in Harris Park – see you there soon.
Field Trip Planning:
Gloves, hoe pick, 2# hammer, chisel, pry bars, round nose shovels, newspapers, boxes. Also:
picks, gad bars, screw drivers, buckets, TP, wisk brooms, brushes, dental picks, egg cartons,
up to 15 pound hammers & 35 pound pry bars. Army trench shovels are great!
Food & plenty to drink. Boots, hat, sunscreen, sun glasses (protective glasses), long sleeve
shirts, & grubby jeans, jackets for cold & rain. Even an umbrella & small backpack, and ice
chest could be handy. I just throw it all in the truck & use what I need.
Tips & Chips Editor – Wayne Pound
I hope you all had a great Summer of travel and collecting. If you brought back extra materials to
contribute to the Guild’s Grab Bag materials get a hold of Ron Snelling, or bring the material to
the Club House. Please provide your name, what material you collected, and the location of the
collecting. If you took pictures and are willing to share information about your collecting localities
please send a brief description to me to share in the Tips & Chips this Fall.
The Guild needs your help on the Board in 2010 if the Denver Gem & Mineral Guild is to
continue functioning. Yes, volunteering takes some time, but we all have that problem. Those of
us that serve on the Board of the Guild need a break occasionally. I am in that position at this
time and will step down as editor for the Tips & Chips at the end of December. When I retire in a
couple of years, and quit my two jobs, I will consider returning to helping the Guild as the editor of
the Tips & Chips. In the meantime, I will submit articles to the new editor for possible use in the
Tips & Chips.
The annual DGMG
summer picnic was held
on Sunday, July 12, 2009
at the Skunk Hollow
Picnic area in Bear Creek
Lake Park (just east of Old
high at the Guild
those of us in
lots to eat,
Summer plans to
share, drawings to
win, and grab
bags to stuff!
Denver gem & Mineral Guild Members
This was my grand piece I started in the Spring
and finished this summer. It is a project from the
Lapidary Journal that several in our class did.
Everyone's was so different in the way they
turned out. Mine is an irradiated Drucy, large
stone, with an irradiated topaz, faceted, and an
amethyst cab. I also used reticulated silver
across the top. Brenda Smith
Hi, Everyone! Karlene, Brenda, I and Jim
Dennis went to collect Amazonite with the other club. Attached are
some photos including Jim Dennis looking for amazonite in the grass;
Karlene Fry, Jim Dennis (and Nasha); Brenda Smith collecting Amazonite; and Jim Dennis in
Steamboat Springs at a picnic with all the women surrounding him to view his handmade
gemstone jewelry. –Karen Wenrich
Here are a few pictures from a 3450 miles
loop I made collecting in the mid-west at the
end of my Summer teaching. -Wayne
First I headed to the Black Hills to find the old Currington Claim (now abandoned) that had long
eluded me. It is a source of Teepee Canyon agate.
I then hiked in to the Ingersoll Mine
behind Mount Rushmore near keystone.
I was after blue, green,
blue/green tourmaline and
lithium-pegmatite minerals, from
the Ingersoll Mine tailings.
Someone from a Minnesota club
asked me where this mine was
located. His club then went there
and someone found a 30
pound twinned crystal in the
No, I didn’t find this one, but I would consider leading a field trip to the
Black Hills next Spring 2010.
Then I stopped in north-central Nebraska to see Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park where
animals like rhino’s, camels, horses, sabertooth tigers, sabertooth deer, and many more land
mammals were buried during the late Miocene eruption of Yellowstone’s supervolcano
approximately 12 million years ago.
I eventually made my way to
Hot Springs, Arkansas,
to search for crystalline quartz.
I also went collecting pieces of roots and trunks of
Pangaea age, Paleozoic, trees in NE Oklahoma.
(…and yes, that is the foot of a Coon Hound!)
2009 DENVER GEM & MINERAL
We continue to need your help to put on a quality
Denver Gem & Mineral Show. It takes over 400
volunteers to put on the three-day show. We really
rely on the area clubs to provide workers. Please help not only with your club area, but also with
the rest of the show. There is plenty of opportunity to help with something you feel comfortable in
doing and for as long as you can help. In 2008, few people volunteered to set up the show, which
overburdened a few who did help with setup. The set-up is on Wednesday, Sept. 16th, starting at
9”00 am. Even fewer volunteered to take-down and put away the show for another year. The
take-down is on Sunday, Sept. 20th, beginning at 5:00 PM. Last year the take-down was by very
few people, some of whom worked until after 10:30 PM. It is requested that each club provide 5
workers for set-up and take-down. Thank you in advance for helping with the show.
This year the theme for the
Denver Gem & Mineral
“Fossils-Window to the Past”
…see you there!
DENVER GEM AND MINERAL SHOW JOBS
We need help! The following is a list of jobs that need volunteers. Read them over and
sign up for the job(s) that you would like to do. This show is all volunteers. No one is
paid. Please come join us. Meet new people with like interests and receive free admission
for even a part-time contribution of your time. Sign-up sheets will be available at your club
meetings. The chairperson for each committee is listed below. Call, or
e-mail if you have any questions about the job.
WORK ANYWHERE: Check this box if you want to volunteer, but you are not sure what you want
CLUB BOOTH: Your own club will have a booth and will need to have someone demonstrating
and answering questions.
SECURITY: Chairperson is Ted Gildea. 303-730-9332 or email@example.com. Walk the
show floor and the parking lots. Orange security vests and walkie-talkies are provided. Security
volunteers do not attempt to apprehend suspected shoplifters, but radio for professional help.
Volunteers are asked for 4-hour shifts if possible.
CLERKS TO ASSIST JUDGING: Judging Chairperson is Larry Havens, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clerks are needed to assist with judging during the show. Individuals must be willing to work with
a team of judges throughout Friday and must be able to neatly and accurately record judge’s
comments. Learn about the rules and judging.
HOSPITALITY: Chairpersons Marsha and Glen Smith, 303-693-0790 or
email@example.com. Volunteers needed everyday to serve coffee and tea, donuts and
snacks to the volunteers and dealers.
SALES AREA: Chairperson Ray Story, 303-596-8643. This job is sales of grab bags, posters,
and pin. This is a fun job working mostly with kids. Many volunteers needed on Friday morning
when school groups are at the show.
ADMISSIONS: Chairperson Barb Melby, 303-423-5876 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These are sitting
jobs for hand-stampers, ticket-takers and ticket-sellers (need cash handling experience making
change and working fast when crowds arrive.)
EXHIBITS ASSISTANTS: Chairperson, Terrance Yee, 303-932-8311 email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed Thursday to assist the exhibitors as they register and set up their cases.
Help is needed in cleaning glass case windows each day for fingerprints, etc.
DEALER CHECK-IN: Chairperson Katherine Brannan, 720-851-5187 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Workers needed Thursday through Sunday. Minimal typing required.
VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN: Chairperson Sharon Hannu, 303-429-2519 or email@example.com.
Wednesday through Sunday in keeping track of the volunteers and giving out badges. This is a
SHOW SET-UP: Contact Joe Gierczak, 303-680-1068. Volunteers are needed to set up
Wednesday from about 9:00 am until set-up is finished. We will be cutting plastic, skirting tables,
assembling exhibit cases, etc.
SHOW TAKE-DOWN: Chairperson Richard Parsons, 303-838-8859 or Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed Sunday after 5:00 pm. Strip tables, take down cases, pack away riser,
SCHOOLS: Chairperson Judy Knoshaug, 303-423-2923 or email@example.com. Help with
the school kids, give them a brief talk about the show, and guide them into the show entrance.
Friday morning from about 8:30 am to noon.
POSTER/GEMSTONE GIVEAWAY: Chairperson Lillian and Tom Mee. 303-840-3657 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Exchange coupons from ads in the newspaper for posters or individually
bagged gemstones. This is mostly a sitting job.
New at the September
Denver Gem and Mineral Show at the Mart
Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway
BOOK SIGNING by Kirk Johnson
SATURDAY from 2:00 – 3:30 PM - On the main floor (north end) Book Signing: Cruisin’ the Fossil
Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Road Trip
The book was written by Ray Troll, author and artist, and Kirk Johnson, PhD, chief curator and
vice president, Research & Collections Division of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway recounts the zany adventures of Troll and Johnson as they drove
across the American West in search of fossils. Much of their travels were spent in remote places
where they discovered small-town museums packed with paleontological treasures, rock quarries
that have yielded hundreds of fossils, and ancient seashores tracked with dinosaur footprints.
There are fossils everywhere, but it takes knowing what to look for to find them — especially at 65
miles per hour!
DENVER AREA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Friends of Mineralogy lecture for next Thursday is by one of our club members. Pete
Modreski has the details.
September 18 – 20, 2009: The Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show.
Theme: “Fossils – Windows to the Past”. Location: The Denver Merchandise Mart.
NON-MEMBERS & ROCKHOUND CLUBS: Please contact me by e-mail and provide an e-
mail address if you wish to receive copies of this rock hounding publication. Also,
please feel free to e-mail your newsletters, rather then postal mail them, if that is an
option. Wayne Pound, Editor, Tips & Chips of the Denver Gem & Mineral
Guild. Mail to:email@example.com
Tips & Chips
The Monthly Newsletter of the
Denver Gem & Mineral Guild
Founded March, 1964
The Denver Gem & Mineral Guild is an affiliate of:
Denver Council of Gem and Mineral Societies
Colorado Federation of Gem and Mineral Societies
Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineral Societies
American Federation of Mineral Societies
Our meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
We meet in Berthoud Hall on the campus of the Colorado School of
Mines, 16th and Illinois Street, Golden, Colorado.