ROCKWOOD ROCKHOUND NEWS for MARCH 2003
We had quite a discussion at our February meeting
on what to do with our surplus. (Can you imagine that!) We decided to donate $1000 to the
Mary Parrott finished
up the meeting with a nice video on the recently opened Natural Bridge Cavern in
Mineral of the Month
Peggy Nuske is recovering from her gall bladder operation and is back at school.
News Form Other Clubs
Is "Permanently Bonded" really
Recently I purchased a beautiful Brazilian agate which was glued to a bolo slide. When I asked the dealer how I could remove the agate so I could display it rather than wear it, he replied that he glued it with epoxy, and it was to Stay.
Later I happened to ask another dealer if he knew of a way I could remove the agate from the tie slide. He said they do it all the time. Just put it in the freezer over night. The next morning use a knife with a thin blade and gently push or pry the blade under the edge of the fastener. The tie slide will just pop off. I followed his instruction and sure enough, it popped right off. I cleaned off the remaining glue with nail polish remover, which was the dealer's second suggestion if the freezer method didn't work. (Via The Post Rock & The Glacial Drifter)
A Bit of Trivia
Linnaeus (1707-1778) proposed the system of binomial nomenclature and named and described many fossils. But he mistakenly assigned them to the mineral kingdom.
Put the Fun
According to Webster's Dictionary, a hobby is an activity or interest that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation in one's spare time. I am certain that is why so many of us became interested in this hobby. It is exciting to go on field trips and find beautiful gems and minerals. What a joy it is to cut a slab and see the beautiful colors and designs, or to clean a mineral and view nature's perfection, or to discover a good fossil specimen. Taking these prizes to a club meeting or a show to share with others brings even more satisfaction.
Gem & mineral collecting is versatile; a person can enjoy it out on the desert, in a shop, at a meeting or at a show. But we have to become involved to gain the pleasure that we are seeking. People can not receive gratification unless they participate.
We have a great hobby-let's put the fun back. Get a little cab making going, a little silver smithing started; get into rockhounding. WE'RE GONNA BE ALL RIGHT! (Via: Cobb-L-Stones, SCFMS News)
Minutes of the Board Meeting
President Joan Schlichter asked for suggestions to increase
membership. She thanked Claudia for her
past work on the bulletin. Treasurer Bob
Morse suggested making business cards to dispense at the B & J Rock
Shop. He offered to make them on his
computer. He said the Association will
soon have a web site which could have a link to our club. Claudia said the March program will be about
Bob Morse gave the financial report. He suggested donating money to the mineral area
museum. It could be given to the state
fund or the Friends of the Museum so it could be used any way thought best by
Art Hebrink. Claudia made a motion that
the board should recommend a donation of $1000 to the Friends of the
Claudia suggested paying our speakers more than the $25 now allotted.
Hank suggested a traveling display by the club to send to schools, etc.
The board meeting ended at Submitted by Marianne
Minutes of the February 20, 2003 Meeting of the Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society
The meeting was called to order by president Joan Schlichter at
Hospitality chairman Helen Heitland reported there were fourteen members and one guest, (Ray Juergenson) present.
Minutes of the
The treasurer's report was presented by Bob Morse.
Coordinator and Science Fair chairman Dianne Larson reported
the suggestion at the board meeting to increase the amount of a prize to the
Science Fair winners. Claudia made a
motion to double the amount to $40 for elementary and $50 for the secondary
prize. Claudia suggested a gift
certificate to a book store instead of the B & J rock shop because
winners who lived at a distance usually did not use their gift certificates
there. Joan suggested a savings bond but
felt the person buying the gift should decide what to get. Dianne said all should bring specimens from
Editor Claudia mentioned $6 was due to the club from Rock and Gem magazine as part of their promotion. Joan said thanks to Claudia for work on the bulletin and other help.
Education chairman Hank Schlichter and Dianne Larson mentioned that a traveling exhibit could be sent to libraries, the Butterfly House, schools, etc.
Joan said we probably need a new historian since Matt Bannon has not participated in club activities lately. The job entails taking photos or getting them from others at events and keeping records of club activities.
Field trip chairman Andy Larson reported that a trip to Bill Thies' house is scheduled for Saturday February 22 at Participants will meet at the Larson's home at Ken reminded us of next month's field trip to Washington University on March 1.
Telephone committee chairman Joyce Erard had no report. Bob Morse promised her a list of paid members (18) soon.
Bob Morse reported that the Association is planning a web page. He recommends putting information on the club on this page to increase participation. There is no charge for this site. The club would have a link and key words on the web site.
Secretary Marianne Toenjes read the recommendation at the
board meeting to donate $1000 to the
Discussion about a traveling display for libraries, schools and shows ensued. Joan suggested investigation of cost, where to store, insurance, etc. Bob Morse, Hank and Claudia volunteered to be on a committee to investigate feasibility.
A discussion followed on raising the amount of payment to speakers. We now give $25. Hank suggested tabling discussion because of current small attendance at meetings.
New Business--Ken said wants to donate geodes to schools and perhaps to scouts at the April meeting. Peggy Nuske would like some.
There was a motion to adjourn at
The winner of the attendance prize was Marianne Toenjes.
Hank Schlichter gave a talk on petrified wood.
Mary Parrott presented a video program on the Natural Bridge Caverns in Texas.
Submitted by Marianne Toenjes, Secretary