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The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. (VGMS)
Rockhound Rambling
August 2009.


Rockhound Rambling Photo of the Month.
This month's photo is by Mary Polacek.

A Color Photo of (maybe) Slag Glass.

Description: I believe this is slag glass. It was collected by my grandfather. My father gave it to me on my recent road trip. Unfortunately, the origin of the specimen is unknown.

Pretty!!!

Rambling Picture of the Month is photographed by a VGMS Member. The subject may be a specimen in their own collection or a rock, mineral, gem or lapidary creation of others, accompanied by the subject origin. Selection is at the discretion of the editor. Submit candidate photos to vgms_editor@roadrunner.com.

If proper credit is given permission is granted to quote any item.

Exchange Editors email to vgms_editor@roadrunner.com or mail to 3063 Bayshore Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001-4125.

For the record, any unsigned articles are by the Editor.


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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE.

A Dinosaur just hangin' around keepin' track of things.

This month, I wish to give thanks to various folks who have been helping in so many ways lately. Stuart Bloom has provided shelves that I was able to use to make two 7-foot bookcases for our library room. Many have been helping renovate the garage and workshop space - I'm probably going to miss some folks here, but I'd especially like to acknowledge Ron Wise, Andy Anderson, Greg Davis, Frank and Roy Boulch, and Luther Brown. Thanks to Rob Sankovich for organizing many successful field trips this summer - I sure wish I could have joined him on the terrific trip to Montana and back! Thanks to Ron and Jean Wise for one terrific Rockhound Rendezvous that I'm sure we'll all be talking about for some time to come. Thanks to all who have been volunteering in the Gem and Minerals Building at the Ventura County Fair, particularly Richard and Shirley Bromser, who have been overseeing the Gem and Minerals Building and to all who entered material into competition. Congratulations to everyone, whether you got a ribbon or not - everyone who entered is a winner in my book! Thanks, as well, to all who have volunteered to serve as floorwalkers during the fair itself. Thanks to both Greg and Valli Davis, who do more "behind the scenes" work than any of us can ever appreciate. Finally, thanks to Lowell Foster, for many California rock and mineral donations to our club museum, and to Steve and Susan Mulqueen for bringing us a 7-foot glass display case to highlight those minerals in our club museum room. Whenever you do a list like this, you're sure to leave someone out. If you know of someone or if you yourself have been helping to improve our club, let me know, and I'll spread the word. Everyone's efforts, great and small, are appreciated and help make us a better organization.

Finally, speaking of making us a better organization, we need your leadership and inspiration! Although it may seem a little early to start thinking about this, we'll be seeking and nominating 2010 officers in the next couple of months for a vote at our November meeting. More than the usual number of folks have indicated a desire to step down or to switch offices for the coming year, so we need more than the usual number of club members to step forward and volunteer for an office. We'll discuss this at our August meeting. Between now and then, think about offering your own skills in one of our formal offices to help our club grow and thrive. As a start, we need a nominating committee, and I'll ask YOUR help with that when I see you at our August meeting on the 26th!

Jim Brace-Thompson.

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PROGRAM REVIEW & SCHEDULE.

July Program: The Great Desert Railway Race, Part 1.

August Program: The Great Desert Railway Race, Part 2.

The movie "The Great Desert Railway Race" by Ted Faye will conclude at the August meeting.

The first part of the movie last month told us how two mining tycoons, William Andrews Clark from Copper Mining and Francis Marion Smith from Borax, wound up in a race to build the first railway into the boom towns of Goldfield, Beatty and Rhyolite. At first the men worked together after a handshake deal, but when Clark then kicked Smith's men off his land for trespassing the race was on. Clark had the head start and reached Goldfield first, while Smith had to battle the Amargosa River.

The race isn't over. The last 20 minutes of the film will tell what ultimately happened to these two determined men and the railroads they built.

The first half was very interesting and the second half portends to be the same.

It is hoped, time allowing, that a brief slide show of material that can be found along these routes will be shown afterward.

Lowell Foster.

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UPCOMING VGMS EVENTS.


Regular Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 pm, Senior Recreation Center.
September Board Meeting: Thursday, September 3, 7:00 pm, The Lexington.
September Workshop: Saturday, September 19, Clubhouse, Creek Road Ojai, 9 am-Noon.
September Regular Meeting: Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 pm, Senior Recreation Center.

If omitted, time, location or address can be found on the VGMS Info Page. (Close the new window to return here.)

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HOSPITALITY.

Thank you Jean Wise and Valli Davis for the July meeting refreshments.

REFRESHMENT SCHEDULE.
September 23: OPEN.
October 28: Stephens Family.
November 11: Pumpkin pot luck.
December 9: Holiday pot luck.

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BIRTHDAYS.


Kylie Timko August 9,
Marie Haake August 14,
Dominic Padula August 18,
Sunny Cross August 19,
Keenan Smith August 23,
Karen Foster August 24,
Shirley Bromser August 25,
Lisa Rittenberg August 25,
Lawrence Narr August 28,
Wendy Holder August 29.
 
Carl Stephens September 8,
Rob Sankovich September 18,
Laura Robinson September 19,
Shana Juarez September 22,
Clint Berkheiser September 23,
Myrle Kirk September 27,
Susan Mulqueen September 27,
Stuart Bloom September 28.

We wish all of you good health and hope you have a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

August Birthstones:
  Modern: peridot.
  Traditional: sardonyx.
  Mystical: diamond.
  Ancient traditional:
    Aurvedic: sapphire.
    Hebrew: carnelian.
    Roman: carnelian.
    Arabic: sardonyx.
    Hindu: ruby.
    Italian: carnelian.
    Polish: sardonyx.
    Russian: alexandrite.
 
Guardian angel: verchiel.
    His talismanic stone: diamond.

Gemstone source:
http://www.gemstonegifts.com/birthstone_chart.htm.

August Power Stones:
  Quartz crystal, amber, sardonyx, ruby, jacinth, carnelian, amber, chrysoberyl, citrine, diamond, garnet, jasper, labradorite, marcasite, onyx, ruby, sapphire, golden topaz, tiger eye.

Zodiac / Talismanic Gemstones:
  Leo: onyx / diamond.
  Virgo: carnelian / zircon.
Ancient talismans were believed to have magical powers toprotect the wearer. Talismans are often, but not always engraved on stones corresponding to the signs of the Zodiac.

August Flower: (Source www.floramex.com/libirth.htm.
  Common Name: Gladiolas.
  Botanical Name: Gladiolas.
  Color: Yellow.
  Meaning: Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators.


Sardonyx / Carnelian:





Sardonyx is an onyx (cryptocrystalline form of quartz) variant in which the colored bands are sard (shades of red) rather than black. Pure black onyx is common, and perhaps the most famous variety, but not as common as onyx with banded colors.












Carnelian (also spelled cornelian) is a reddish-brown mineral which is commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone. Similar to carnelian is sard, which is generally harder and darker. (The difference is not rigidly defined, and the two names are often used interchangeably.) Both carnelian and sard are varieties of the silica mineral chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The color can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration.






The bow drill (made from green jasper) was used to drill holes into carnelian in Mehrgarh between 4th-5th millennium BCE. Carnelian was recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos on Crete in a form that demonstrated its use in decorative arts; this use dates to approximately 1800 BC. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times 2000 years before the present era to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Hot wax does not stick to Carnelian. Sard was used for Assyrian cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek and Etruscan gems. The Hebrew odem (translated sardius), the first stone in the High Priest's breastplate, was a red stone, probably sard but perhaps red jasper.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onyx;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sard;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_drill.

Image author: J. D. Redding; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bow_Drill.png.
A Color Photo of Sardonyx.
Sardonyx (banded agate).
Specimen is 1 inch wide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/File:Agate
_banded_750pix.jpg.


A Color Photo of a Camelian Intaglio with a Ptolemaic Queen holding a Scepter.
Carnelian intaglio with a
Ptolemaic queen holding
a sceptre, early 1st
century BC; gold, garnet.
Photo by: Marie-Lan Nguyen; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki//
File:Carnelian_intaglio
_Prolemaic_queen_
CdM_Paris.jpg.







A Color Drawing of a Bow Drill.

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HOW LARGE CAN A GEODE BE?

How large can a geode be? I thought geodes were generally small and could fit in your hand. According to a Q&A article in Lapidary Journal, a geode has a hard outer shell with a crystal-lined cavity on the inside. The shell must be a different material than the matrix holding it. None of the reference books checked noted how large a geode could be. In 2000, a geode was discovered in Almeria, Spain, that measured 26' x 5.6' x 6.6'. It is so large that 10 people can sit in it! This super geode was formed 6,000 years ago and is full of huge beautiful gypsum crystals. Almeria also has cave houses with roofs, chimneys and regular front walls. The back of the homes are built into the caves. Inside the homes look like your house except that the back walls are carved from the stone walls. Wouldn't it be fun to live in a cave house? I guess geodes can be a lot larger than I thought.
     By Terry McMillin, MLMS Ghost Sheet, February 2008, from a Questions, Answers & Tips article by Tom and Kay Benham, Lapidary Journal, February 2002.

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MEETING MINUTES.

The following meeting minutes were respectfully submitted by Greg Davis, VGMS Recording Secretary.

VGMS Regular Monthly Meeting;
Wednesday, May 27, 2009:

     The regular monthly meeting of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society was called to order by President Jim Brace-Thompson at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center.
     Jim introduced visitors and then asked for corrections, if any, to the previously printed board and regular meeting minutes. It was m/s/c to accept the minutes. Members were led in the pledge to the flag.
     Our next big push will be reorganizing the garage at Camp Comfort to maximize storage of show materials. All available weekends will be spent working there in order to vacate the facility in Santa Paula.
Jim Brace-Thompson: A club breakfast has been scheduled for June 6 at Camp Comfort. More details later. Jim is asking for parents with pebble pups to contact him if interested in scheduling a weekend day for badge programs.
Valli Davis: Membership patches and name badges are available. Contact Valli.
Andy Anderson: It's time to start the groundwork for 2010! Volunteers will be needed.
Ron Wise: Future field trips include North Edwards in June; South Dakota in June; Somis June 13; Lone Pine June 27; and Oak Park July 11. Details will follow as best as possible.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was read and noted that our club is solvent.
Jean Wise: Land use and activities are listed in this month's AFMS bulletin. An effort is under way to reduce camping fees in areas where collecting of minerals is popular. Also, Jim Brace-Thompson edited the June issue of the bulletin. Jean also hopes to schedule a work party at our clubhouse to polish and prepare items for the kids' booth.
Mary Polacek: Rockhound Rambling won't be published until August.
Michele Quistad presented the Ways & Means raffle prizes to the lucky names drawn.
Lowell Foster presented "Touring Route 66", a slide show with narration by Lowell. Great job Lowell!

VGMS Board Meeting;
Thursday, June 4, 2009:

Present: Nancy & Jim Brace-Thompson, Ron & Jean Wise, and Valli & Greg Davis.
     The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society Board Meeting for June 4, 2009, was called to order by President Jim Brace-Thompson at 7:00 PM, at The Lexington, 5440 Ralston in Ventura, California.
Old business: There will be no June or July Rockhound Rambling bulletins. Jim will email from time to time any pertinent updates.
New business:
Jim Brace-Thompson: There are still openings at Zzyzx for those interested in what may be the last held at this facility.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was given. It was m/s/c to accept as written and to pay the ongoing bills. Donations have been made to our club in the name of Nancy's father, John Brace, and will be pooled for use towards purchase of lapidary equipment for our clubhouse.
     Membership meeting times at the Ventura Senior center have been extended to 9:30 PM.
Next general meeting: June 24, 2009, at 420 E. Santa Clara in Ventura.
Next board meeting: July 2, 2009, at The Lexington.
     There being no further business, Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:45 PM.

VGMS Regular Monthly Meeting;
Wednesday, June 24, 2009:

     The regular monthly meeting of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society was called to order by Lowell Foster at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center.
     Lowell introduced visitors and then asked for corrections, if any, to the previously printed board and regular meeting minutes. It was m/s/c to accept the minutes. Members were led in the pledge to the flag.
     Our next big push will be reorganizing the garage at our Ojai clubhouse to maximize storage of show materials. All available weekends will be spent working there in order to vacate the facility in Santa Paula.
Valli Davis: Membership patches and name badges are available. Contact Valli. New members Scott, Linda & Sydney Kennedy and Fred Chase & Martha Moran were welcomed.
Andy Anderson: It is time to start the groundwork for 2010! Volunteers are needed.
Ron Wise: Future field trips include Lone Pine June 27; Oak Park July 11. Details will follow as best as possible. Diamond Pacific will provide a demonstration at our clubhouse on July 18.
     The upcoming Ventura County Fair could use volunteers for set up and judging along with entries from our members.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was read and noted that our club is solvent.
Jean Wise hopes to schedule a work party at our clubhouse to polish and prepare items for the kids' booth.
Michele Quistad presented the Ways & Means raffle prizes to the lucky names drawn.
Lowell Foster presented Desert Ecosystems Fauna & Flora, a slide show with narration by Lowell. Great job Lowell!
     Refreshments were provided by Sharon Cunningham.
Next board meeting: July 2, 2009 at The Lexington.
Next monthly membership meeting: July 22 at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center, 420 E. Santa Clara.
     There being no further business, Lowell adjourned the meeting at 9:20 PM.

VGMS Board Meeting;
Thursday, July 2, 2009:

Present: Nancy & Jim Brace-Thompson, Ron & Jean Wise, Andy Anderson, and Valli & Greg Davis.
     The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society Board Meeting for July 2, 2009, was called to order by President Jim Brace-Thompson at 7:00 PM, at The Lexington, 5440 Ralston in Ventura.
Old business: There will be no July Rockhound Rambling bulletin. Jim will email members from time to time any pertinent updates.
New business:
Jim Brace-Thompson: There are still openings at Zzyzx for those interested in what may be the last held at this facility. An additional display case was delivered to our museum by Steve Mulqueen. Work continues at the new work shop.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was given. It was m/s/c to accept as written and to pay the ongoing bills.
     Membership meeting times at the Ventura Senior center have been extended to 9:30 PM.
Ron Wise: Ventura County Fair is fast approaching and all are encouraged to participate. The workshop/lapidary demonstration by Diamond Pacific will be held at out clubhouse on July 18.
Jean Wise: The Federation is offering a raffle prize of one week's stay at Camp Paradise. Tickets are $5.00.
Valli Davis: It was m/s/c to accept the membership form for Martha, Morgan & Fred Chase.
Next general meeting: July 22, 2009, at 420 E. Santa Clara in Ventura.
Next board meeting: July 30, 2009, at The Lexington.
     There being no further business, Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:45 PM.

VGMS Regular Monthly Meeting;
Wednesday, July 22, 2009:

     The regular monthly meeting of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society was called to order by President Jim Brace-Thompson at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center.
     Jim introduced visitors and then asked for corrections, if any, to the previously printed board and regular meeting minutes. It was m/s/c to accept the minutes. Members were led in the pledge to the flag.
     Our next big push, along with the Ventura County Fair, will be reorganizing the garage at our clubhouse to maximize storage of show materials. All available weekends will be spent working there in order to vacate the facility in Santa Paula.
     Jim next presented Ron & Jean Wise with the "Bright Idea" award for the very successful Rockhound Rendezvous this past weekend at our clubhouse. Richard & Shirley Bromser were awarded a blue ribbon for their tireless hours spent setting up and managing the Gem & Mineral portion of the Ventura County Fair.
     Jim next introduced our latest scholarship recipient, Debbie Bereky, who, with our help, will continue PhD goal in science education.
Valli Davis: Membership patches and name badges are available. Contact Valli.
     The Kennedy family was welcomed as our newest members. Our membership is now over 100!
Andy Anderson: It's time to start the groundwork for 2010! Volunteers ARE needed.
Ron Wise: Future field trips include Jade Cove, August 1. Details will follow as best as possible.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was read and noted that our club is solvent.
Jean Wise: Land use and activities are listed in this month's AFMS bulletin. Jim Brace-Thompson edited the July issue of the bulletin. The latest Federation bulletin also mentions new rules with penalties for our park system. All this can be viewed on-line (http://amfed.org/).
     With the return of our regular monthly bulletin in August, the deadline for submissions is August 9.
Michele Quistad presented the Ways & Means raffle prizes to the lucky names drawn.
Lowell Foster presented "The Great Desert Railroad Race, Part 1", a video and another great presentation by Lowell!
     Refreshments were provided by Jean Wise and Valli Davis.
Next board meeting: July 30, 2009, at The Lexington.
Next general meeting: August 26 at the Ventura Senior Recreation Center, 420 E. Santa Clara.
     There being no further business, Jim adjourned the meeting at 9:15 PM.

VGMS Board Meeting;
Thursday, July 30, 2009:

Present: Nancy & Jim Brace-Thompson, Ron & Jean Wise, Andy Anderson, and Greg Davis.
     The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society Board Meeting for July 30, 2009, was called to order by President Jim Brace-Thompson at 7:00 PM, at The Lexington, 5440 Ralston in Ventura.
Old business: There will be no Rockhound Rambling July bulletin. Jim will email members from time to time with pertinent updates.
New business:
Ron Wise: The Jade Cove trip is this weekend. In October we'll be at Trona for the annual show, and Wiley's Well area in November.
Nancy Brace-Thompson: The treasurer's report was given. It was m/s/c to accept as written and to pay the ongoing bills. We are now paying monthly for the facility in Santa Paula until work is completed at our clubhouse and materials can be relocated.
Greg Davis: It was m/s/c to accept the membership applications for Linda, Scott & Sydney Kennedy, and Patrick Cunningham. This brings our membership to 102 counting pebble pups and juniors.
     We thank whoever cleaned the yard at our clubhouse. It was badly needed and greatly appreciated. Without even being asked, this person(s) cleared the entire back yard of weeds and we owe them a great deal of thanks!
Jim Brace-Thompson: In spite of commitments at the fairgrounds this weekend, a work party will try to get some of the many tasks completed at our clubhouse. Garage electrical, elimination of debris, and cleaning of the library are just a few.
Next general meeting: August 26, at 420 E. Santa Clara in Ventura.
Next board meeting: September 3, at The Lexington.
     There being no further business, Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:05 PM.

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MEMBERSHIP.

Welcome New Members:

A Color Drawing of a Man Rolling Out the Red Carpet.     Michael & Lisa Rittenberg,
     1894 Chapel Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010-7808.
     Interests: CMR, FP, FT, LJ, MH.

     Martha Moran & Fred Chase,
     540 El Sol Ave., Ojai, CA 93023,
     (805) 279-7605 & (805) 640-8639,
     mcmoran@ojaimail.com,
     fchase@ojaimail.com.
     Interests: CMR, CS, F, FP, FT, LJ, M, SS.

     Scott, Linda & Sydney Kennedy,
     5159 Teton Lane, Ventura, CA 93003,
     (805) 639-0211,
     samooc@hotmail.com.
     Interests: CMR, CS, F, FP, FT, LJ, M.

     Patrick Cunningham,
     1135 Seal Ct., Ventura, CA 93001-4247,
     (805) 650-9492,
     pjcun@pacbell.net.
     Interests: CMR, FM, FP, FT, M, MH.

Please add these names and information to your VGMS directory. Our club is now 102 strong, including pebble pups and juniors.

I have VGMS patches to sell for $7.00 each at our meetings and functions. You may also order a name badge for $7.00. Place your order with me with your preferred name for each badge.

We encourage our new members to become involved in our club. That's what makes it so much fun! Step forward and volunteer in areas of interest. Or better yet, place your name in nomination for one of our leadership positions. We need your help. There's no better way to get to know our members, while providing a much-needed and appreciated service to the club as a whole. It takes a lot of effort to make a club the great club we all enjoy. The results are well worth it! Participation makes membership a more rewarding experience.

Thanks to everyone who entered items and/or volunteered at the Ventura County Fair. Hope you all were able to attend and see the wonderful things our members entered. We're very proud of all the ribbons and awards earned by VGMS members. I'd like to give our President Jim Brace-Thompson an extra special thank you for the wonderful publicity case he put together. As Judge Bob Lynn said as he walked up to the case when evaluating the various publicity displays, "This looks like a fun club." He also noted that all areas were represented, including contact info, the annual show, outreach, kids' activities, field trips, workshops, etc.

Good job, Jim!

Again, welcome to all our new members. Thank you for becoming a part of our club. We look forward to getting to know each other better.

Valli Davis, Membership Secretary.

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CLUBHOUSE CHATTER.

Progress Report ... Thanks!
     Many thanks to all members who assisted with the work done on the clubhouse garage. Pavers are being laid so we will have a level floor. Saws are in position and ready to use during the next workshop on Saturday, August 15, 9:00 to noon. Thanks guys for your tremendous effort.
     Two additional Genies (one new purchased by VGMS; one donated) are in place and ready for use. A Lortone combination machine has been donated for use. That makes 7 machines available for use by our members. In addition, we have both small and large flat lap polishers available for check-out by club members to use at home. All you'll need to provide is your own grit!
     Thanks to whomever was so thoughtful to come ahead of activities to clean up the grounds around the clubhouse. We don't know who you are but sure do appreciate your effort. Greatly needed and we appreciate your initiative to get it done.
     Discussion continues on next steps which include improved lighting in the garage and museum, carpet and paint in library/office, shelving for show materials currently in storage and ongoing general maintenance. We'd love to plan another work day very soon but that's difficult to do during the summer. If anyone has a source for carpet for the library/office we'd welcome the contribution.
          Greg and Valli Davis.

Work Still to Do at VGMS Clubhouse.
     While we've made tremendous strides with our clubhouse since signing our lease at the end of last November, there's still much work to do.
     As I noted during our July meeting, I see three primary areas for focus:

  1. Finishing the renovation and organization of the garage to make for efficient workshop space with our rock saws and to effectively utilize the remainder of the space for storage of various club materials.
  2. Painting and finishing off the library and meeting room; the one room in the main clubhouse still in need of significant work. I would like to replace the stained and musty carpet. If anyone knows of a place that might be willing to provide a donation to a nonprofit organization, please contact me with the lead!
  3. Organizing storage space (in the clubhouse, the garage, and the little out-building) for our show cases and other show materials, so that we can vacate the Santa Paula storage unit to stop paying expensive rental fees there.

     We held an impromptu work day on August 1 with Ron, Andy, Greg, and myself. We hope to provide more advance notice for future work days, and we hope you can join us. With just a few more days of concerted, hard work, we should have our clubhouse polished into a true gem!
          Jim Brace-Thompson,
          VGMS President.

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SUPPORT AND PRACTICE
THE AFMS CODE OF ETHICS.


VENTURA COUNTY FAIR.

VGMS Member Awards At The 2009 County Fair.
Thank you to all VGMS members who participated in the 2009 Ventura County Fair competition. Richard Bromser, VGMS member and coordinator of the Gem and Minerals Building at the fair, has provided the following report on the number of ribbons and awards to VGMS members (P.P.=pebble pup):

Member 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Alexandria Pearson (P.P.) 2.      
Angela Ulin   1, 1,  
Angelica Pearson (P.P.)   1, 1.  
David Mautz 11, 5, 3, 1.
Dawn Pearson   1, 3, 2.
Diane Cook   2, 1.  
Frank Boulch     1.  
Greg Davis 2.      
Jean Wise   4, 4.  
Jim Brace-Thompson 6, 2, 2, 1.
John Cook 1.      
Lowell Foster 1,     1.
Lowell Foster School Club 1.      
Luther Brown     1.  
Marie Haake 1, 4, 5, 5.
Miriam Tetreault 6, 2,   2.
Nancy Bogart 1,   1, 1.
Nancy Brace-Thompson 1, 3, 2, 3.
Ron Wise 5, 2, 3, 2.
Roy Boulch   1.    
Sharon Cunningham   1.    
Steve Mulqueen       1.
Susan Mulqueen   1.    
VGMS Club Case 1.      
Wayne Ehlers 7, 3, 1, 2.

Ron Wise won a Director's Choice Award for Gem and Minerals for his case on flint knapping, and I (Jim B-T) won Director's Choice Award for Hobbies, Models & Collections for a wooden train set I made for my daughter (made one new train car each Christmas until she was 18).

If we missed anyone, our apologies - please let us know. We'll list your accomplishments in next month's bulletin.

In addition to these ribbons, Greg Davis won a trophy for best hand-crafted jewelry, Wayne Ehlers won the ribbon for Fair Theme, David Mautz won a trophy for best fossil case and a plaque for best natural specimen, and the VGMS club case (prepared by Jim Brace-Thompson) won a trophy for best publicity case.

Everyone who participated, whether winning a ribbon or not, is to be congratulated on "being there" and participating. You've helped to spread our love of the hobby to the community at large, and here's hoping we might see new members as a result. We'll have club flyers and show flyers in the Gem and Minerals Building throughout the fair. Thank you one and all for a job well done!

Jim Brace-Thompson,
President.

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CHIPS AND BOULDERS.

OGMS September Program.
     On Wednesday, September 2, we will be having our Member Sponsored Silent Auction. Once again, you are encouraged to bring some of your treasures to donate to the Auction.
     Bring your extra minerals, spare cabochons, miscellaneous jewelry, assorted fossils, rough stone that needs some work, slabs ready for cabbing, and other gems of plenty.
     The Auction will start at 7:45 PM, after the announcements and guest greetings. It will continue for most of the evening until the end is called.
     So bring as many of your donations and plenty of cash (small bills, please), because you never know what might be on the table.
          Brett Johnson, VP-OGMS.

Your Ticket to Paradise - Only Five Dollars!
Camp Paradise is sponsored by the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS). The camp is located 45 miles east of Marysville, California, on Highway E-21 (Clipper Mills). Each year here, the CFMS offers classes that often include faceting, gem and soft stone carving, lapidary, silversmithing, wire wrapping, glass bead making, and more. The cost is normally $350, which covers a week of classes, meals, and room. In 2010, two sessions will be offered, one May 16-21 and the other May 23-28. Here's your chance for a week at Camp Paradise for only $5.00! Simply follow the instructions on the ticket below and mail it in with your check for $5.00 for one entry, or $20 for five chances to win. Deadline for entries is October 31.

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$5 CAMP PARADISE RAFFLE TICKET (or get 5 tickets for $20!)

Name:

Address:


Phone:

Club Name:


Checks payable to "CFMS Endowment Fund."
Send to: Ray Quitoriano, 7968 Elder Ave., Rosamond, CA 93560.

For $5 you get a raffle ticket for the drawing for a spot at Camp Paradise. If your club sells $250 worth of tickets, your club gets entered into a separate drawing for ANOTHER space to the camp. That means each person who buys a ticket gets entered in the drawing for ONE of the spots, and each CLUB that sells $250 worth of tickets gets it name entered into the SECOND drawing.

It is not JUST a donation to the Endowment Fund. Any EXTRA money after the Endowment Fund buys the two spots to Camp Paradise will then be donated to the Endowment Fund.

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THIS OLD THING?

The diamond in your ring is undoubtedly older than the gold that holds it. How old is it? Geochemists working in Kimberly, South Africa, believe that diamonds may be more than 3 billion years old. According to a diamond trade journal in Antwerp, Belgium, researchers dated diamonds from the DeBeers Consolidated Mines by dating the included garnets. The garnets formed at the same time as the diamonds and contain trace amounts of radioactive isotopes. Calculations of age can be made based on the ratios of the radioisotopes and their decay products. Diamonds require temperatures above 1,200°C and pressures typical of depths of 150 miles below the earth's surface to form. The diamonds are mined from ancient magma called kimberlite, but it is not known whether they formed from the cooling rock or were picked up as the magma rose from deep inside the earth.

From Isothermal Newsletter date unknown via Del Air Bulletin, 01/07.

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FIELD TRIPS ARE FUN.

By Robert Sankovich.

Saturday, August 1: Jade Cove.
We had a fun field trip. Over 30 rockhounds showed up; some camping, others for the day. Deb and I arrived Wednesday and stayed to Saturday. The weather was overall cool, getting warmer by the weekend. The ocean was calmer this time of year, but there was a lot more kelp on shore, so it was harder to dig on the shore. Most people found some nice pieces. Jeff Miller from the Conejo Club dove for the jade and found some nice specimens. I'll bring mine to the upcoming club meetings. Saturday, we had a pot luck dinner sharing it with the Channel Islands Dive club. There was a lot of great food. I had some of my non-rockhound friends camping with Deb and I. We hand drummed Saturday evening around the campfire. The surprising thing was that when Deb and I arrived Wednesday, the campground was full. We had reserved our campsite months before. The following day I got sites for others that were still driving up, but hadn't reserved campsites. It all worked out. Next year when I know the date for Jade Cove, I will send it out so you can reserve a site beforehand, then I'll send the details for the field trip when it gets closer.
Conejo: Deb and I, Mike, Diane, Brian, Greg Miller, Kevin & Diane Grizard, Jeff Miller, Phillip & Jeanette Veronica, Maddie, & Daniela Gutterrez, Angela, James & Michael Jee, Joel Roush, Linda Barrozo, Juanie, Woodrow, Jacob & Michael Walker, Manny Valdez, Donna & Shel Ewald.
Oxnard: Brett Johnson & Brett Bednorz, Norb Kinsler.
Ventura: Frank Boulch, Lisa, Chris, Destiny & Jonathan Lopez.
Not sure which club: Ralph Rotondo, Justin Fenwick, Lina Cousineau.
Thanks for coming and making it a fun trip.

A Color Photo of Rockhounds on the Oak Park Field Trip.
Sal Scarpato took the above photo (07-11-2009).

Saturday, July 11: Oak Park
We had a great turnout for the Oak Park petrified wood field trip. There were 36 rockhounds from several clubs.
Conejo: Juanie, Woody, Jacob & Michael Walker, Jeff Miller, Sal & Mitty Scarpato, Manny Valdez, Barney Desimone and his friend Don Madden, Karla & Travis Bouck, Kyle, Zachary Mahon, Angela, Dan, Michael, James Jee, Luke, Wes, Carla Reitz, Joe & G Dee Le's, Branden Heaton, Jacob Lusk, Geoffrey, Ralph Rotondo, Lina Cousineau, Justin Fenwick.
Ventura: Ron & Jean Wise, Lee Anderson, Abe & Esther Barshai.
I took the names off my field trip waiver list. Some names I couldn't read, so I apologize for any incorrect spelling.
     The sun was out, not too hot. We hiked up the hill and spread out. I think most people found some wood. I found two pieces, one about size of a golf ball, the other smaller. I've polished them and will bring them in to the August meeting. I saw several nice specimens that others were finding.


Tri-Club Field Trips 2009. *
     The field trips listed below are tentative, they might change. All are Tri-Club field trips (exceptions noted) with either Conejo, Oxnard or Ventura leading.

Month:
   Date(s), Event/Location, Sponsor/Leader, Other Information.

September:
   26, Ojai Sand Dollar Fossils, See leaders below, See article below.

October:
   10-11, 68th Annual Gem-O-Rama, Searles Lake G&MS, Call Jim or Bonnie Fairchild, 760-372-5356.

November:
   TBA, Wiley's Well.    
   7, Afton Canyon,   See article below.

CLUB LEADERS:
   Mike Miller, 805-498-9586,
rockfmdr@att.net,
Conejo G&M (CGMS).
   Robert Sankovich, 805-494-7734,
rmsorca@adelphia.net,
Conejo G&M (CGMS).
   Ron Wise, 805-794-9586,
clintwise@hotmail.com,
Ventura G&M (VGMS).

* Please call your field trip leader to confirm that there is a field trip scheduled in the event of changes.

Please let us know if you are planning to go on a field trip. The weather can change and, if we don't know you are going, we won't be able to contact you if the field trip is canceled. There will be maps and flyers at the club meetings. There are still people who show up for field trips without notifying one of the Contacts. Of course, you can still be part of the field trip, but it IS important that you let us know you are going to attend; e-mail or call us. I have a new truck (white Ford F250 four wheel drive, crew cab). If you are looking for me, look for my truck.

Contacts:
Robert Sankovich (Conejo/Ventura Clubs) 805-494-7734, rmsorca@adelphia.net;
Mike Miller (Conejo Club) 805-498-9586, rockfmdr@att.net;
Ron Wise (Ventura/Oxnard Clubs) 805-794-0737 clintwise@hotmail.com.

Saturday, September 26: Ojai Sand Dollar Fossils.
Ojai Pine Mountain area: We will be looking for sand dollar and oyster fossils, and gypsum. The sand dollars are the size of a dime to a quarter; smaller then the Somis sand dollars. They can be found along the service road in road cuts and in the ravine below. The oysters are in the same area. The gypsum is close by in seams 1/4" to 1", some with nice clarity. We will be parking along Hwy 33 and then walking in. It's a dirt service road, Gypsum Mine road is all up-hill 1.5 miles. This might not be a good field trip for little kids or if you can't walk long distances. The good news is it's all downhill when we leave. Bring water and a hat. It should be nice weather this time of year, but it can be hot or cool. You need an Adventure pass to park along Hwy 33 in the Los Padres National Forest. You can get a yearly pass for $30 or a $5 day pass. Buy them locally at Big 5 and Sport Chalet but call first, or you can buy online at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/.
Directions: NORTH on US-101, to Ventura, EXIT onto Hwy 33 toward Ojai. Continue on Hwy 33 toward Ojai for about 11 miles. Turn LEFT onto Baldwin Road/Hwy 150 (toward Lake Casitas/Santa Barbara). Go 0.3 mile, turn RIGHT onto La Luna Ave. (second road on right) and drive NORTH for about 2 miles. At crest of road (third stop sign), turn LEFT onto Maricopa Hwy (Hwy 33). WATCH FOR CROSS TRAFFIC! Continue NORTH on Maricopa Hwy for about 28 miles. Watch for turnouts on both sides of the road. You will see my white Ford F-250 truck with a CGMC sign. This is where we will park then walk 1.5 miles up Gypsum Mine road (Forest Route 6NO6) to the area to collect. I would suggest car-pooling if you can. It's 41.2 Miles from 101/33 to pullouts/parking.
Meeting: Saturday, September 26, at 9 AM. We will meet at the pull outs before the hike. There will be a short briefing of the site. Please remember to sign the release form to participate in the field trip. This is an easy access, but up-hill walk. You might find fragments along the ravine and creek near the parking, but the best stuff is up the hill.
Tools: Collecting bags, buckets, day pack, digging tools, rock pick, pry bar, eye protection, gloves, shovel, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, newspaper for wrapping fossils, drinking water, lunch or snacks.
Links: Recreation Fees Southern California http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/maps/index.shtml. Adventure pass information http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/welcome.shtml. Purchace pass http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ap/.
     By Robert Sankovich.

It's a Rockhound Wedding!
Adam Dean & Teresa Felix are getting married November 7, 2009, at Afton Canyon Campground. A ceremony at 10 AM will be followed by a potluck lunch. At Noon sharp we will line up for a field trip to rockhound at one of Adam and Teresa's favorite sites near the campground. This is a little-known area with many kinds of rocks in float. There will be agates, jaspers, and even a wonderful plume agate. Easy walking and beautiful rocks! This will be a come-as-you-are event. We would like to welcome all CFMS Members. Members will need all the typical collecting equipment as well as cameras, a chair and a dish for the potluck lunch after the wedding. Please come and celebrate with us at our favorite place. We do not have a registry. If you feel inclined, we will have a money tree at the luncheon.
Directions to Afton Canyon campground if coming from the south (Barstow): North on Interstate 15. Exit on Afton road and make a right. Follow the dirt road 3 miles until you come to a rise in the road. The campground is on the right side just over the rise.
Program GPS: Dunn, California, will get you to Afton Road exit.

From Shep, happy hunting, and from Adam, best wishes and better stones! Shep Koss and Adam Dean are CFMS-South Field Trip Coordinators.

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HINTS AND TIPS.

Saw Coolant Temperature.
One of the lesser known but more important facts about saw coolants is temperature. Coolants should be kept below 100° F. At higher temperature, the steel center in a diamond blade tends to expand, which causes the blade to bind in the cut or even become dished under extreme conditions. This not only slows down cutting but wears the blade.
     From MLMS Ghost Sheet 1987 via MOROKS, 03/09.

Cabochon Removal.
A quick and safe way to remove a cabochon that gets stuck in the bezel of a finding when grinding for a perfect fit: Put the cab on a towel. Boil a cup of water. With needle nose pliers or tweezers, nab the offending cab and dip it in the hot water (a minute is usually enough). Remove the cab and tap it very gently with a pencil and it should drop out free and unharmed. The metal of the finding will expand more quickly than the stone and therefore the stone drops out.
Do NOT try this with opals!
     Original source unknown via The Nugget 09/98.

Cabochons.
To identify and grind out pits in a cabochon, spray the rough cab with red enamel from an aerosol can. Then grind the paint off with a light touch. Pits and lines will stand out as bright red spots, making it unnecessary to wipe the cab to see if the pits are out. This is especially helpful when grinding free-form cabs from fire agate.
     Original source unknown via The Nugget 09/98.

Dopping.

  1. If the dopping wax gets brittle from being reheated and cooled many times, add some shavings of wax from a candle to make it flow more easily.
  2. Do not overheat dopping wax - it is weakened by excessive heat.
  3. Use an old distributor cap to hold dopped stones - depending on the cap you use, it can hold 5, 7, or 9 stones.

     Curt Hays in Gem-Stone Diggings, 03/1998 via The Nugget, 09/98.

Super Fine Jewelry Cleaner.
Mix together 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup household ammonia; 1/8 cup dish detergent (NOT DISHWASHER detergent). Drop jewelry in. Rinse well and watch it shine. This is also good for copper bottom pans and silverware.
     From The Palomar Gem date unknown via Rockhound Rambling, 04/84.

Desert Tire Safety.
After three tires were punctured by sharp edges of broken Creosote bushes, my group was told the following by a longtime tire man: "The sidewalls of a tire are sticky and when a branch is broken it jabs into the rubber with the sharp points. To keep it from doing this, you need to wipe both the inside and outside of each tire with ArmorAll. The liquid will dry, leaving a slick surface. The sharp edges of the brush will slide off." If you're heading across areas of brush, do this each morning before starting out.
     By Keith Wilson, Southern Washington Mineralogical Society via Lithosphere, 11/95.

The club presents these hints and tips for informational purposes only and does not specifically endorse or profess first-hand use or experience with any or all. As always, be aware of your situation, knowledge level and comfort zone before attempting anything new. When in doubt, stop! Get help before you need it.

Keep a log in your shop. Document your techniques and inspirations. You will come up with a journal full of useful tips, and maybe even an educational article or two!! Email hints and tips to vgms_editor@roadrunner.com.

Let us hear your good ideas!

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LET'S BE SAFE OUT THERE.

Bug Control - Mosquitoes and Flies ... Oh My!!

Mosquitoes: I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.

Flies: We went with some out-of-town friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast, and we sat in the enclosed patio section beside the house. We happened to notice a couple of zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! Ms. Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Google. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer! More comments not included here were about pet dogs and fly problems.
     Sue says: Many people swear that a zip-lock bag filled half-way with water and attached over entry-ways will repel flies. No one yet knows how or why it works, but there is speculation that it has something to do with the way the moving water refracts light.
     Ann Says: 10/08/08 - I tried the ziplock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer with full LQ. The flies were very bad this weekend while I was camping. I put the baggie with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer. The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works, but it does.
     Danielle Martin Says: 09/20/08 - Fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight but significant passage way for insects. Ever since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some sort of other insect nest and are threatened by this.
     Maggie Says: 06/07/09: I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on my side porch (our house entry) and all around the basement door. We saw these in Northeast Missouri at an Amish grocery store & have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection & won't come around.
     DJ Says: 05/16/09 - Regarding the science behind ziplock bags of water? My research found that each of the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it's like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are basically prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won't take the risk of being around that much perceived action. I moved to a rural area and thought these "hillbillies" were just yanking my city boy chain, but I tried it, and it worked immediately! We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he doesn't hang around long.
     Snopes says: "Undetermined". Can't hurt to try. . .
          Submitted by Abe Barshai

[Editor's Note: Listerine and water bags with or without pennies are fascinating and seemingly benign pest controls. I am blessed not to battle mosquitoes at my home, however, during my recent road trip I was aggressively reacquainted ... As to the flies ... Hmmmm ... This I may try.

If you try one of these controls please let me know of their effectiveness, as I will you.]

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LET'S GO TO A SHOW.

CFMS Club Shows - 2009.

September 4-7, Fort Bragg, CA - Mendocino Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Town Hall, Corner of Main & Laurel. Hours: Fri. to Sun. 10-6, Mon. 10-4. Don McDonell (707) 964-3116.
September 12-13, Vista, CA - Vista Gem & Mineral Society, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave. Hours: Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4. Fred Wilson (760) 433-8464, Cherie Wilson (760) 941-7073, Lois Harr (560) 724-0395.
September 19-20, Paso Robles, CA - Santa Lucia Rockhounds, Pioneer Park & Museum, 2010 Riverside Ave. Hours: 10-5 both days. Richard Smith (805) 467-2966, jonme2@wildblue.net.
September 19-20, Redwood City, CA - Sequoia Gem & Mineral Society, Redwood City Community Activities Bldg., 1400 Roosevelt Ave. Hours: 10-5 daily. Carol Corden (650) 248-7155, coorden@comcast.net, sgms.driftmine.com/home.htm.
September 19-20, Stockton, CA - Stockton Lapidary and Mineral Club, Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 33 West Alpine Avenue. Hours: 10-5 both days. (209) 946-0113, footsey1@yahoo.com, www.stocktonlapidary.com.
September 26-27, Downey, CA - Delvers Gem & Mineral Society, Women's Club of Downey, 9813 Paramount Blvd. Hours: Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4. Nancy Bird (562) 697-0636, nancyjbird@verizon.net.
September 26-27, Monterey, CA - Carmel Valley Gem and Mineral Society, Monterey Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road. Hours: Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Sky Paxton (831) 262-2492, sky@familystones.net, Janis Rovetti (831) 657-1933, Janis12@sbcglobal.net, www.cvgms.org.
October 3-4, Fallbrook, CA - Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society, Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Museum, 123 W. Alvarado Street. Hours: 10-4 both days. Mary Fong-Walker (760) 728-1130, ikonmiming@gmail.com.
October 3-4, Oroville, CA - Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Club, Oroville Municipal Auditorium, 1200 Myers Street. Hours: 10-5 both days. Connie Rossetto (530) 59-1840 (Webmaster: Bad Phone Number again.), crossetto@aol.com, www.orovillerocks.com.
October 10-11, Grass Valley, CA - Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society, Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road. Hours: 10-5 both days. Kim Moore (530) 470-0388, kmoore160@comcast.net, www.ncgms.org.
October 10-11, Trona, CA - Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society, Searles Gem & Mineral Show Building, 13337 Main Street. Hours: Sat. 7:30-5:00, Sun. 7:30-4:00. Jim & Bonnie Fairchild (760) 372-5356, slgms@iwvisp.com, www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub.
October 17, Woodland Hills, CA - Woodland Hills Rockchippers, First United Methodist Church, 22700 Sherman Way, West Hills. Hours: Sat. 10-5. show@rockchippers.org.
October 17-18, Anderson, CA - Shasta Gem & Mineral Society, Shasta District Fairgrounds, near Redding off Hwy 273. Hours: Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4. Steve Puderbaugh (530) 365-4000.
October 17-18, Lakeside, CA - El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society, Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12684 Mapleview Ave. Hours: 10-5 daily. Carolyn Boland (619) 561-7498, bobpeggy99@aol.com, www.ECVGMS.com.
October 17-18, Placerville, CA - El Dorado County Mineral & Gem Society, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Hours: 10-5 daily. Jackie Cerrato (530) 676-2472, info@rockandgemshow.org, www.eldoradomineralandgem.org, Show: www.rockandgemshow.org.
October 17-18, Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa Gem & Mineral Society, Santa Rosa Veterans Building, 1351 Maple Ave. (Opposite Fairgrounds). Hours: Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5. Kendra Summer_skys_27@yahoo.com, www.gem-n-i.org.
October 24-25, Los Altos, CA - Peninsula Gem & Mineral Society, Los Altos Civic Center Youth Center, One San Antonio Road. Hours: 10-5 daily. Dave Muster (408) 245-2180, mustersgems@yahoo.com.
November 7-8, Concord, CA - Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society, Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road (Corner of Ygnacio & Clayton Rd.). Hours: 10-5 both days. Harry Nichandros, show2009@ccmgs.org, http://ccmgs.org.
November 7-8, Lancaster, CA - Palmdale Gem & Mineral Society, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H, Hwy 14. Hours: 9-5 both days. Susan Chaissin-Walblom (661) 943-1861, SLChaisson@yahoo.com, Website: palmdalegemandmineral.com.
November 7-8, Ridgecrest, CA - Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society, Inc., Desert Empire Fairgrounds, 520 S. Richmond Rd. Hours: 9-5 both days. John DeRosa (760) 375-7905, schiller@ridgecrest.ca.us.
November 14-15, Yuba City, CA - Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society, Franklin Hall, Yuba/Sutter Fairgrounds, 442 Franklin Ave. Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun. 9-4. Bruce Roberts (530) 675-2864.
November 21-22, Oxnard, CA - Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, 800 Hobson Way. Hours: Sat. 9-5; Sun. 10-4. Norb Kinsler (805) 644-6450, info@oxnardgem.com, www.oxnardgem.com.


AFMS Regional Shows - 2009.

Rocky Mountain Federation (RMFMS),
October 2-3, Roswell, NM,

South Central Federation (SCMS),
October 10-11, Temple, TX,
Website: www.scfms.net.

Eastern Federation (EFMS),
October 16-18,
Beals Communittee Center, Bristal, CT,
Website: www.amfed.org/efmls.

Southeast Federation (SFMS),
Website: www.amfed.org/sfms.


Source: http://cfmsinc.org/.

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