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2010 November CFMS Newsletter

2010 November CFMS Newsletter

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The November 2010 Newsletter of the California Federation of Mineral Societies.
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XLVIII #10 _____ ________ _____________________November 2010
PRESIDENT’S
MESSAGE
 
Grow the Federation!By Fred Ott
As this may be the last newsletter you receivebefore the CFMS Directors Meeting in Visalia, letme again emphasize the importance of havingeach society’s CFMS Director (or his/herdesignated Alternate) in attendance onSaturday, November 13
th
. Important issues willbe discussed and votes will be taken. The needfor quorum not withstanding, it’s vital that yoursociety is represented and participates in theprocess.Having been associated with the Federation nowfor several years, I must admit that I amcontinually surprised at the number of CFMSsocieties that do not have a representative atthese twice-annual meetings. The Cracker Barrelon Friday evening, the Directors Meeting onSaturday morning, the afternoon committeemeetings and symposiums, the evening’sinstallation dinner and the orientation meetingon Sunday morning are all opportunities toexpand the relationship between the Federationand its member societies. Any society that doesnot have a representative at these events is nottaking full advantage of their membership in theCFMS.An agenda item that is very near and dear to myheart will be the
Sharing the Wealth
forum tobe held on Saturday afternoon. The exact timeand location will be announced at the Directorsmeeting and will be partially dependent uponthe need for a ‘lunch break’ during the Directorsmeeting. So, if you’d like to hear fromrepresentatives of several highly-successfulsocieties on how issues, problems andchallenges are addressed and resolved, be sureto join us at the forum.Also, if you’d like to submit an item forconsideration by the Executive Committee andtheir Friday meeting and/or a New Business itemat the Directors meeting, please contact me assoon as possible.Remember: rockhounding is MORE than a hobby;it’s a PASSION!
-Fred Ott, President 2010
ARTICLE INDEX
President’s Message 1Article Index 1Subscription Info-Contacts & CFMS Calendar……2Executive Secretary/Treasurer Message.2 & 3By Law Committee report3 & 4Sharing the Wealth Forum in Visalia4All American Report4Earth Science Report4CFMS Field Trip South Report5 & 6CFMS Historian – Van Pelt Collection.62011 Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous.7CFMS Insurance Report7 & 8Junior Activities Report8Safety8 & 9CFMS Scholarship92011 AFMS Web Site Contest9ALAA & PLAC joint meeting..102011 CFMS Show & Convention 10CFMS Officers & Committee Roster……..InsertShow Datesinsert
HAPPYTHANKSGIVING!
C.F.M.S. Newsletter
 
CFMS Newsletter—November 2010
NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTIONS
CFMS Newsletter is published 11 times a year bythe California Federation of MineralogicalSocieties, Inc., PO Box 1657, Rialto, CA 92377-1657. Subscription: $5.50 per year, Januarythrough December. Not prorated.
CFMS WEBSITE
CFMS on the Internet is accessible at
www.cfmsinc.org
. Web Master is DonOgden. Editors are invited to downloadarticles for their bulletins from this web site
.
Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Pat LaRuePO Box 1657Rialto, CA 92377-1657(909) 874-5664Fax (909) 874-7430E-mail: bplarue@earthlink.net
CFMS INSURANCE CONTACTS
McDaniel Insurance ServicesPO Box 1294, Ojai, CA 93024805-646-9948 or 800-400-7288805-646-9976 FaxEmail: mcins@west.netwww.mcdanielinsuranceservices.comBud McMillin, Insurance Chair1717 Oakdale Rd. Ste. OModesto, CA 95355-3066(209) 524-3494
REPORTING A CLAIM
Report claims as soon as possible to PattMcDaniel 800-400-7288. If no one is immediatelyavailable, and/or during non-business or weekendhours, call 800-252-4670.
*REMEMBER *ARTICLES FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER ARE DUETO THE EDITOR BY THE 5
th
OFTHE MONTH PRIOR TO THEMONTH OF PUBLICATION!
 Susan Chaisson-Walblom, Editor
 
42122-52
nd
Street WestQuartz Hill, California 93536(661) 943-1861Email:slchaisson@yahoo.comThank You to everyone submitting articles forthis months newsletter. Articles for theNovember Newsletter and important dates for theCFMS calendar should be submitted by October5
th
.
ExecutiveSecretary/Treasurer
CFMS BUSINESS NEWS
Fall Meeting
By Pat LaRue
The annual Fall Business meeting and election of 2011 Officers will be held November 12 - 14, 2010at the Holiday Inn Plaza Park, off Hwy 198 inVisalia, CA. For those who have not been to thislocation in the past, take Hwy 198 exit east fromHwy 99. You will see the hotel located just southof the first off ramp past the airport.
Room reservations at the Holiday Inn
can bemade by phone at
(559) 651-5000
. To receivethe special CFMS rate of $89 per night, tell themyou are with CFMS. Cut-off date for this price is
November 11, 2010
. The first night’s deposit or
2010 CFMS Calendar
Oct. 31 – Report Deadline for Directors packetsNov. 6 - Field Trip South Kramer JunctionNov. 12 – 14 CFMS Meetings Holiday, VisaliaNov. 12 - 7:30 p.m. Visalia Cracker BarrelNov. 13 – 9:00 a.m. Fall Directors' MeetingNov. 13 - Share the Wealth Forum (TBA)Nov. 13 – ALAA & PLAC Meeting (TBA)Nov. 14 – 8:30 a.m. 2011 Organizational MeetingNov. 14 – 21 Camp ZzyzxNov. 25 – 28 Field Trip South - Wiley’s Well
2011 CFMS Calendar
Feb. 28 - All American Books due in to Dot BeachlerMay 13-15 CFMS Show & Convention (Anderson, CA)
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CFMS Newsletter—November 2010
guarantee by credit card must accompany yourreservation.An informal
Cracker Barrel
will be held
Friday
evening at
7:30 p.m.
As in the past, theHoliday Inn policy forbids our bringing snackfoods to any of the meetings. The
BusinessMeeting
will be called to order on Saturday,
November 13, at 9 a.m.
President-elect JimBrace-Thompson will have a brief meeting of his2011 committee chairpersons on Sunday a.m.,time to be announced. 
Banquet Menu: Miner 49er Barbecue Dinner
Mixed Green Salad with Assorted Dressings Vinaigrettes; Country Cole Slaw with a CrackedPepper Sweet Vinaigrette; Country Style Ribswith Home Style Barbecue Sauce; Grilled HoneyGlazed Chicken Breasts & Natural Jus; SpicyBBQ Shoulder Tender; Country Baked Beans;Corn on the Cob and Chili con Carne; Cornbreadwith Honey Butter; Dessert; Coffee and iced teaservice; price,
$36
(includes tax & gratuity). 
Make banquet reservations by November 6,2010
. Mail your check payable to CFMS to:CFMSPO Box 1657Rialto, CA 92377-1657 
-Pat
 
PS Reports for the Directors packet must bereceived no later than 10/31. Chairmenunable to meet this deadline should bring100 copies of their report to Visalia fodistribution at that time.
BylawsCommittee
By Ruth BaileyTheresa Kokinos
“PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGE”
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
This proposed bylaw amendment will  provide immediate liability insurancecoverage for new member societies. Theexisting bylaw provision does not providethe new societies any CFMS benefits until approved at a subsequent Director'smeeting.
Section 2:General Membership(a)Membership in the Federation shallbe open to all duly organized nonprofitmineralogical, lapidary or other earthscience societies or clubs.(b)Any Society desiring to join theFederation shall apply in writing to theSecretary of the Federation, giving itsname, a copy of its bylaws, the names andaddresses of its officers, the number of members, and the month in which officersare elected. A check for the initial duesand insurance premium, based onmembership at the time of application,shall accompany the letter. The ExecutiveCommittee of the Federation shall voteupon the application, and a majorityaffirmative vote shall be sufficient to admitthe applicant to membership. TheFederation Secretary shall inform theSociety of the result of the vote if theapplication is approved. If the applicationis denied, the check for the initial dues andinsurance premium shall be returned atonce to the applicant. The newly-approvedSociety shall be formally introduced at thenext CFMS Directors meeting at which timea Certificate of Membership shall bepresented to their Society Director.
This Operating Regulation addition is proposed by Fred Ott, CFMS President. Thenew Operating Regulation outlines the procedure for new societies joining the CFMS in regards to the proration of dues and insurance, and insurance application fee.Ruth and I have reviewed the new languageand concur for approval.
 
Of course, this Operating Regulation iscontingent on the approval of the proposed Bylaws change to rectify the existing systemof accepting applications for membership inthe CFMS.
MEMBER SOCIETIESS. New Member Societies Initial Dues & InsuranceThe amount of money that must accompany anapplication for CFMS membership shall bedetermined as follows:
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