EL PASO MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY, Inc. P.O. Box 31516, El Paso TX 79931 FOUNDED – 1947 Membership Dues are due and payable as of December of each year. Dues are $12.00 for Adults (18 and Over) and $4.00 for Juniors. Make check out to EPM&GS and mail to PO Box 31516 El Paso TX 79931. Delinquency of over 90 days will result in being removed from the Membership Roster. Meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of every month at 2216 East Yandell (The Bridge Club), El Paso TX. at 6:30 PM. Board Meetings will usually be held a half hour prior to the general meeting. The meeting in July is our yearly picnic – the date to be announced. 2009 CLUB OFFICERS President Miguel Chrisman (915)740-0301 Programs Loraine Johnson (915)751-4527 Vice President Judy Herd (915)821-7818 3 Year Trustee Matt Durning (575)382-4301 Treasurer Linda Durning (575)382-4301 2 Year Trustee Tom Smith (915)356-8653 Secretary Marie Murphy (915)471-1071 1 Year Trustee Randy Herd (915)821-7818 Historian Marty Gaugler (915)859-6634 Show Chair Harry Bruntz (915)539-2022 Editor Charlie Christensen (575)640-1203 Assist. Show Chair Jeanette Carrillo (915)533-7153 Field Trips Matt Durning (575)382-4301 Webmaster Laura Spencer (575)635-7719 Membership Charlie Christensen (575)640-1203 Assist. Webmaster Charlie Christensen (575)640-1203 The Voice The Voice is the official bulletin of the Society and is published monthly. All articles must be in the editor’s possession by the Wednesday following the monthly meeting. Any articles received after that will not be published until the following month. Please note Charlie Christensen’s e-mail address: email@example.com. Please e-mail articles to be published. Members are encouraged to submit articles for publication. Permission is granted to reprint material from other sources provided that credit is properly cited. Ads are accepted from members for publication at no charge for the sale or exchange of items pertaining to the hobby. WEBSITE: Our club now has a website, www.epmgs.org. Any information you would like to see on this website contact Laura Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The El Paso Mineral and Gem Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The purpose of this Society shall be to increase and disseminate knowledge about minerals and other geologic materials; to encourage mineral study, collecting and fashioning as a hobby; to conduct meeting, lectures, displays, field trips, and to sponsor shows for the general edification of the public. GENERAL MEETING The next General Meeting will be 26 March 2009 at 6:30 PM. This is our Rock Auction Night. Bring Rocks, etc, to auction or bring lots of $$$$ to spend. We always have a great time. Members with the last name starting L thru Z are asked to bring the goodies. ALL MEETINGS THIS YEAR WILL BE HELD AT 6:30 PM. SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS The School Board Meeting information is posted under School Information and Class Enrollment. ADDRESS CHANGES NOTE: Anyone who has a change in mailing address or phone number please send e-mail to Charlie Christensen at email@example.com. If, you do not have e-mail capabilities please send notification addressed to EPM&GS Membership, PO Box 31516, El Paso TX 79931. Thank you. THE or pale colors. The deepest green beryl is actually an emerald. March’s alternate birthstone is Bloodstone. Source: Rock Chips Mar 2008 (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) (Mar. 21- April 20) VOICE VOLUME LVX NUMBER 6 MAR 2009 Neptune Mars FOR ALL OFFICERS – There will be a Board HINTS, TIPS, AND STUFF Meeting on 26 Mar 2009 at 6 PM – that’s just before our regularly scheduled meeting. EDITORS NOTES: The source of these tips, hints, and stuff are other club bulletins. Be careful when trying out any new idea. They have not been tried by this editor. DON’T FORGET – MEMBERSHIP DUES WERE DUE DECEMBER 2008. CONDOLENCES are extended to Ken Raab and his family in the passing of his Wife of Loraine Johnson, our new Program Director, has set many years and his son. up the following programs. The one we had for February – Silent Splendor – was awesome. You guys sure missed a good show. 28 May 2009 – T-REX – 35 minutes Follow process from discovering bones, to laboratories, to finished, mounted dinosaurs. GET WELL WISHES are sent out to Art Moreno and Francisco Cuevas. Get well soon 25 Jun 2009 – Agates: Close Up – 40 minutes guys we need you at the school to keep all them crazy Examinations include pointing out differences students in line!!!! Take care. between agates formed in sedimentary and igneous environments. BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Jelrus Model 400 S108 Lost Wax Casting System For those of you who are celebrating one or both of these occasions in the month of March Happy Kent Moore Vacuum Pump Birthday and/or Happy Anniversary. Electro Vulcanizing Machine Mk I Injection Molds 3 each BIRTHSTONE FOR MARCH - AQUAMARINE Injection Mold Forms 16 each Wax Casting Table Originating from "aqua" meaning water and "mare" Guards & Many Different Molds meaning sea, aquamarine crystals are best known for Hot Wax Pots 2 each their beautiful blue-green color reminiscent of the Casting Flasks: 4x4 (16 each); 4x3 (19 each); 4x6 (3 world's oceans. Aquamarine stones range in color each); 4x5 (1 each); 3.5x4 (1 each); 3.5x 3.5 (1 each); from clear to blue-green to sky blue. Deeper blues are 3.5x3 (1 each); 3.5x2.5 (2 each); 3x3.75 (1 each) considered more valuable. A member of the beryl Rubber Mixing Bowls 2 each family of minerals, it is often heated to reduce yellow Wax approximately 10+ lbs Steel Shot approximately 30 lbs Molds Ready Made 25 each Carbon Cylinders 3 each Is "Permanently Bonded" Really Forever? Insulating Pads 24 each Recently I purchased a beautiful Brazilian agate ½ Hp Buffing Machine Double Arbor w/pads 3450 which was glued to a bola slide. When I asked the rpm dealer how I could remove the agate, so I could Large Kiln 3x3x3 approximately display it rather than wear it, he replied that he glued it with epoxy, and it was on to stay. Later I happened $1500.00 obo to ask another dealer if he knew of a way I could remove the agate from the tie slide. He said they do Maurice Crawford it all the time. Just put it in the freezer over night. (h) 575-546-0056 or The next morning use a knife with a thin blade and (c) 760-417-1249 (best) gently push or pry the blade under the edge of the fastener. The tie slide will just pop off. I followed his DEMING ROCK HOUND ROUNDUP instructions, and sure enough, it popped right off. I cleaned off the remaining glue with nail polish Here is a Tentative Schedule of Field Trips they will remover, which was the dealers second suggestion if be having during the Show. They are usually lots of the freezer method didn't work. fun and you usually find some really good “stuff”!!!! Written by Rita O'Neal Source: Rock Chips Nov 2008 Thursday, March 12th Hatch - Rhyolite & Fossils Re-polish Cabs? Did you know that you could Big Diggins - agate, sagenite repolish cabs that have become dull from wear Baker Mine - Geodes (tailings only, NO pit) without removing them from their mountings? Cut 1/4 inch diameter soft leather discs and put three of Friday, March 13th them on a Dremel or screw type mandrel. Use this Kilbourne Hole - peridot tool with Linde A or diamond paste and you can Big Diggins - agate, sagenite work carefully close to the bezel and around prongs. Source: Leaverite News – Sept. 2008 via Rock Chips Nov 2008 Baker Mine - geodes (tailings only, NO pit) Saturday, March 14th NOTE FROM EDITOR: Big Diggins - agate, sagenite Baker Mine - geodes (tailings only, NO pit) You can also use the following as a means to Re- Black Dam - geodes, agate, chalcedony Polish a cab that has dull from wear, etc. Donations of $5.00 per person per field trip except Final Polish for a stone you’ve just set for Big Diggins, which is $10.00 per person per trip, Use an electric toothbrush and diamond polishing are requested. paste. I use an electric toothbrush that the brushes can be removed and replaced. I take the brush off and put NOTE FROM EDITOR/MEMBERSHIP: it with the grit that I used so that it doesn’t contaminate other grits. I’ve found that after I have Jim and I will be set up as Vendors at the Rock worked a piece of jewelry and polished up the Hound Round Up. I will be set up to receive sterling, the stone gets a little dull, so I use my trusty Membership Dues. So if you’re at the Show and electric toothbrush and put a final polish on the stone. need to pay your dues stop by and we’ll take care of Shines up real nice! Source: The Voice – April 2007 – written by Charlie Christensen there. Hope to see you all there. Pliers Marring Your Work? CLUB RAFFLES Use “Plast-Dip”. It’s a liquid rubber coating that’s available at Home Depot and comes in a variety of At our April Meeting we will be Raffling off some colors. Just dip the nose pieces of your pliers into the Gemstones. Opal, fireagate, and others – donated by liquid, pull out and let dry. It’s very durable and Mike Chrisman. So bring your money and buy some when it becomes worn, just peel off and dip it again. tickets. Source: Glacial Drifter – May 2008 via Rock Chips Oct 2008 We still need donations for our Raffles that we hold Lapping Geodes at the meetings every few months. Anything When you are trying to polish a geode on a vibrating Rockhounding related - Picks, Collecting Bags, etc. lap, it is difficult to keep the grit out of the center of Or, Polished Rocks, Jewelry, Mineral Specimens, the geode when it is hollow and filled with crystals. etc. These items are raffled off to raise funds for our One suggestion has been to fill the center with Knox monthly rent at the Bridge Club. gelatin, a product you can buy at any grocery store. It turns to jelly when mixed with water and after a colored banding. I told myself that I was not going to while, will set up good and firm. Pour this into the pick up any that I wanted to find petrified wood but I geode before polishing, and when you are done, just could not walk over the large book shaped specimen wash it out with warm water. It leaves no residue. with great banding. Maybe I had psyched myself out, Source: Sedona Red Rocking News – 5/2008 via Rock Chips Oct not hard if you know me. My pooches do regularly. 2008 Speaking of pooches, a big woof out to Mandy, a good looking German Sheppard, who graced us with her presence. In our group that day we had a visitor from the Las Cruces rock club as well as two members from the Deming rock club. That was great. Networking, sharing information and exchanging FIELD TRIPS field trip information is a great way to go. We also have to let each other know that there is current Note from Your Field Trip Coordinator: Any and legislation that could be detrimental to our interests. all Clubs and their members are cordially invited to Which have been mentioned in e-mails and news join us on any of our Field Trips. If you need more letters. My legislator’s aids know me by name now. information call Matt at (575)382-4301or (915)491- So if you get a chance to go on another clubs field 3244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. trip do so. The Pick and Shovel Field Trip Report That was a good way to say that March’s field trip By Matthew Durning – Field Trip Chair will be to the Deming “Rock Hound Roundup,” show email@example.com 12-15, 2009. Go to their web page www.dgms.bravehost.com for more information. A To all my rocks and to all my rock hound friends, great web page design I must add. They go on daily Happy Valentines Day. This month we had a sweet field trips, three different sites each day. I’ve been on time rock hounding in southern New Mexico. I also them, very cool and very popular. Twenty five plus have to give a big shout out to all the rock hound cars caravanning to the sites are not uncommon. It’s wives and girl friends that get dragged out of bed on not uncommon that people from all over the country Saturday mornings to follow us foolish men into the come for the field trips alone. hills. There are a few women folk who drag their unfortunate men and pooches out too. They get up I have more places planned for field trips in the early, travel a good amount of miles to get dirty and coming months such as to a psilomelane site. I’ve cut to appear enthusiastic about rocks. So Happy and polished some agatized psilomelane pieces that Valentines to all who put up with us, especially to my are very cool. By the way, the hematite cuts and lovely darling wife and understanding friend Linda. polishes very nicely. I’ll show you at the next meeting. Till then, fight for your right to enjoy our Our February field trip was for hematite and agate in public land because we are under attack by a the Southwestern Roblados Mountains of Dona Ana particular N.M. senator. County. The hematite found had large and small boytroidal masses similar to bunches of grapes Note from Editor: Tentative Field Trip for 11 April ranging in size from a millimeter to half dollar. This 09 will be to Lordsburg for the above mentioned particular hematite mineralization can be found in Psilomelane. More info will be given in April’s only three areas, here, West Cumberland and Dean newsletter. England. All of us found great specimens to take home, some were outstanding pieces. From there we traveled about 10 miles north to an agate field I discovered a month prior while looking for the hematite. Now geologically speaking, 10 miles is not that far off. There we found milky white agate masses that contained pink and smoky quartz SCHOOL INFORMATION AND CLASS ENROLLMENT Call 915-562-4268 for information and to enroll in Lapidary and Jewelry-craft classes. The Instructors are volunteers from the school committee of the Society and are not paid in any way by the Society or the students. If you want to enroll in one of the classes, all you have to do is sign up at the Memorial Park Senior Center which is located at 1800 Byron Street, El Paso TX. It is important that you register early because a minimum of three students is needed for a “Go” with a maximum of six students per class. Sign up well in advance as there are usually waiting lists. Each Class has a $20 fee plus a Lab Fee and any other material costs. The $20 fee payment is to be made on the first day of the class to the Senior Center, and the Lab Fee will be paid to your instructor. All other material purchases should be paid for at the time of purchase or delivery. Active Member Instructors: Tony De La Cruz Dorris Brown Pete Beltran Francisco Cuevas Robert Bates Redgie Medlock Art Moreno Ken Raab Greg Berglund Peggy Fontaine Liz Kosturakis Norm Ballou Ron Anderson SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS The meetings are all held at noon in the conference room at the Memorial Park Senior Citizens Center. Anybody who wishes to sit in on any of the meetings is welcome. We recommend that you call Jim at the Center first to make sure that the meeting date has not changed. His number is 562-4268. Wed 28 Jan 2009 Tues 24 Feb 2009 Mon 23 Mar 2009 Tues 21 Apr 2009 Wed 27 May 2009 Tues 23 Jun 2009 Mon 20 Jul 2009 Tues 25 Aug 2009 Mon 21 Sep 2009 Tues 20 Oct 2009 Mon 16 Nov 2009 Tues 15 Dec 2009 Class Schedule: (Classes run from 9 AM to 12 Noon unless otherwise noted) Monday & Wednesday Lapidary 02-23-2009 thru 04-01-2009 04-13-2009 thru 05-20-2009 06-01-2009 thru 07-08-2009 07-20-2009 thru 08-26-2009 Monday & Wednesday Silversmith Beginning 02-23-2009 thru 04-01-2009 Advanced 04-13-2009 thru 05-20-2009 Beginning 06-01-2009 thru 07-08-2009 Advanced 07-20-2009 thru 08-26-2009 Tuesday & Thursday Casting, Faceting, & Wirewrap 02-24-2009 thru 04-02-2009 Classes 04-14-2009 thru 05-21-2009 06-02-2009 thru 07-09-2009 07-21-2009 thru 08-27-2009 Monday thru Friday (NEW) ADVANCED WORKSHOP All the time (see note below) 12:30 – 3:00 PM Friday Beading Held from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Fee $3.00. Bring your own materials. NOTE: ADVANCED WORKSHOP IS FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS. THERE WILL BE NO MATERIAL SALES DURING THIS WORKSHOP. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MATERIALS. The shop at the Memorial Senior Center is open for anyone’s use on Friday’s from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The shop fee for every session is $3.00 to be paid to the instructor in charge of the Workshop. SHOW DATES 6-8--SHARONVILLE (CINCINNATI), OHIO: Show; GemStreet USA; Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Rd.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $7, seniors (60+) and students (12-17) $5, under 12 free, ticket good all weekend; fine gems, jewelry, mineral specimens, fossils, beads, findings, display items, Scout badges, discount coupon on Web site; contact Jane Strieter Smith, (216) 521-GEMS (4367); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.gemstreetusa.com 7-8--BIG SPRING, TEXAS: 40th annual show; Big Spring Prospectors Club; Howard County Fair Barn; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; dealers, demonstrators; contact Jerald Wilson, 707 Tulane, Big Spring, TX 79720, (432) 263-4662 7-8--CALDWELL, IDAHO: Show, "Gems Are Fine for 2009"; Owyhee Gem & Mineral Society; O'Connor Field House, 2200 Blaine; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; dealers, displays, black light, silent auction table, wheel of gems, sand dig, rock bags, grand prize, demonstrators, door prizes; contact Tom Rogers, 208-465-5529; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.owyheerocks.com 7-8--ROBSTOWN (CORPUS CHRISTI), TEXAS: 47th annual show; Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Club; Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, U.S. 77 and Rte. 44; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children under 12 free; minerals, fossils, jewelry, kids' wheel, silent auction, door prizes, dealers and demonstrations; contact Jerrold Simpson, (361) 851-8788 12-15--DEMING, NEW MEXICO: 44th annual show, "Rockhound Roundup"; Deming Gem & Mineral Society; Southwestern New Mexico Fairgrounds; Thu. 9-5, Fri. 9-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-5; free admission; displays, demonstrations, jewelry, rocks, drawings, raffle, field trips, silent auction, live auction; contact Bud Daily, P.O. Box 1459, Deming, NM 88031, (575) 267-4399 13-15--CLEVELAND, OHIO: Show; GemStreet USA; Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Bagley Rd. entrance, 0.5 mile west of I-71 and Bagley Rd.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $7, seniors (60+) and students (12-17) $5, under 12 free, ticket good all weekend; fine gems, jewelry, mineral specimens, fossils, beads, findings, display items, Scout badges, discount coupon on Web site; contact Jane Strieter Smith, (216) 521-GEMS (4367); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.gemstreetusa.com 13-15--OGDEN, UTAH: 58th annual show, "2009 Gemstone Junction;" Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society; Union Station, 2500 Wall Ave.; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $2, students $1.50, children under 12 free with adult; more than 25 dealers, more than 30 display cases, dinosaur bones, fossils, minerals, jewelry, beads, faceted stones, geodes, petrified wood, lapidary tools and equipment, demonstrations, rock bags, wheel of fortune, door prizes, silent auction; contact Richard Gabel, P.O. Box 12835, Ogden, UT 84412-2835, (801) 648-5060; e-mail: email@example.com 14-15--MACOMB, ILLINOIS: 29th annual show; The Geodeland Earth Science Clubs; Western Illinois University, Student Union Ballroom, Murray St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; dealers, minerals, fossils, jewelry, equipment, silent auction, rock, mineral, fossil and artifact identification, activities for kids, Spin & Win game, door prizes, live and recorded programs, lapidary demonstrations, earth science displays, fluorescent mineral display, geode cracking, grand door prize; contact Dennis Bomke, (217) 546-4096; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 14-15--SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA: 51st annual show, "Tournament of Gems"; Pasadena Lapidary Society; San Marino Masonic Center, 3130 Huntington Dr.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; free admission; member displays, demonstrations, dealers; contact Drew Wilson, (626) 298-1534 14-15--SPRECKELS, CALIFORNIA: 63rd annual show; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-5: Spreckels Veterans Hall, 5th St. and Llano St.; displays, beads, finished jewelry, rough rock, fluorescent display, kids' activities, demonstrations, free hourly door prize, raffle, dealers, silent auction, minerals, fossils, lapidary; contact Ernie deFever, (831) 422-3422, or Karin Salomon; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: Salinasrockandgem.com 14-15--TWIN FALLS, IDAHO: Show; Magic Valley Gem Club; Boys and Girls Club, 999 Frontier Rd.; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; contact Harold Waggoner, 3439 N 3300 E, Kimberly, ID 83341, (208) 423-9668; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 20-22--ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: 41st annual show, "Treasures of the Earth Show"; Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club; School Arts/Flower Bldgs., New Mexico State Fair Grounds (EXPO-NM); Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $1 (Fri.) and $3 (Sat. and Sun.), kids under 13 free; more than 35 dealers, mineral displays, demonstrations, door prizes, kids' booth, silent auctions; contact Paul Hlava, (505) 255-5478; e-mail: email@example.com 20-22--SANDY (SALT LAKE CITY), UTAH: Show; Gem Faire Inc.; South Towne Exposition Center/Exhibit Hall 5, 9575 S. State St.; Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; $5 weekend pass; contact Yooy Nelson, (503) 252-8300; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.gemfaire.com 20-22--SPANISH FORK, UTAH: 50th annual show, "Spring Parade of Gems"; Timpanogos Gem & Mineral Society; Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 475 S. Main; Fri. 10-7, Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-5; free admission; contact Don Bagshaw, 210 S 400 E, Salem, UT 84653, (801) 423-2538; e-mail: email@example.com 21-22--CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: 46th show; Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society; Teamsters Union Hall, 5000 J St. SW; Sat. 8:30-6, Sun. 9:30-5; adults $2, students (12-18) 50 cents, youth groups and children under 12 free (with adults); programs, demonstrations, Pebble Pit for kids, silent auctions, displays, 20 dealers, special exhibit theme "Crystals"; contact Leslie Blin, 505 5th Ave., Marion, IA 52302, (319) 377-3339; firstname.lastname@example.org 21-22--SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: 48th show, "Fiesta of Gems"; Southwest Gem & Mineral Society; Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $4, seniors and military $3, students $2, children 50 cents; minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, lapidary, exhibits, silent auction; contact Robert Bowie, 1324 Kings Point Dr., Canyon Lake, TX 78133; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.swgemandmineral.org 27-29--FORT COLLINS, COLORADO: 48th annual show, "Nature's Treasures"; Fort Collins Rockhounds; Lincoln Center, 419 W. Magnolia St.; Fri. 4-8, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $3, $5/weekend, seniors $3, students (under 18) $1, children under 12 free with adult; exhibits, door prizes, grab bags, silent auction, demonstrations, 7 gem and mineral dealers; contact Dave Halliburton, P.O. Box 482, Fort Collins, CO 80522, (970) 493-6168; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.fortcollinsrockhounds.org 28-29--LINCOLN, NEBRASKA: Show, "Gembalaya"; Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club; Pershing Center, 226 Centennial Mall S.; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $5, children under 12 free with adult; rocks, gemstones, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, programs, dealers, youth activities; Charles Wooldridge, Lincoln Gem & Mineral Club, P.O. Box 5342, Lincoln, NE 68505, (402) 416-3233; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: www.lincolngemmineralclub.org FOR A MORE COMPLETE LIST OF ALL SHOWS (I ONLY LIST A FEW) GO TO http://www.rockngem.com/showdates.asp OR REFER TO A COPY OF ROCK & GEM MAGAZINE.