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The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. (VGMS)
WANTED: Good Country Store items.
2013 VGMS SHOW PREPARATIONS.
Still Seeking Donations for Grab Bags & Kids Booth Prizes.
We're making great progress with the Kids' Booth for our 2013 club show! Here's where we stand:
The California State Mining and Mineral Museum
We need your help to spread the word! If you would like more information or have questions, please feel free to contact me: Darci Moore, Curator II, California State Mining and Mineral Museum, (209) 742-7625, email@example.com.
What's Bugging You?
Many thanks to all VGMS members who helped make the 43rd Annual OGMS Show a success over the November 17 weekend. Many members appeared to shop among the dealers, bid in the silent auction, and take in the displays. Other members participated with exhibits, including Frank Boulch, Roy Boulch, Jim & Nancy Brace-Thompson, John & Diane Cook, Lowell Foster, Rob Sankovich, Jeff Miller, Kathryn Davis, Miriam Tetreault, Marie Haake, Nancy Bogart, and Ron & Jean Wise. Rob also helped by serving as a demonstrator for angle grinding, and Steve Mulqueen served as their "official" photographer. Other members helped man various stations, including the Silent Auction, Kids' Booth, etc. Thank you all for being an ambassador to help our fellow gem and mineral societies!
Museum Chair/Education Outreach.
Diane Cook presented a great program on "Spencer Opals". Spencer, Idaho (pop. 37) is the "Opal Capital of America". Opal is in the quartz group, has a hardness of 5 1/2 to 6/1/2 and is considered fragile. The Spencer Opal is only mined 3 months of the year and has many variations and colors. The colors range from precious white pink, yellow, blue, and pink which is very rare as well as the common pure white. The mine was originally discovered in 1948 by 2 deer hunters and was purchased by the Stetler family in 1964 and they still own it. Spencer Opal mine is America's oldest & largest opal claim (approx. 40 acres). Unfortunately it is no longer open to Rock Hounds but you can still purchase the Spencer Opal at local shows.
The Silent Auction was a great success and the club made over $400! Thanks to all those who participated!
The program is replaced by our annual "Holiday Event" on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm. Everyone should bring their favorite holiday potluck dish to share and bring your own plates & utensils. This party is a special time for members to get together and share a meal and holiday cheer. There will also be a gift exchange; see page 1 in the President's Message for details.
JANUARY 2013 Program.
This month's program will be a "Show and Tell" for all members to bring and share with the club their fossils, minerals, gems and all other finds from the past year, whether it's from Quartzsite, other Rock Shops, or from your Rock Hounding adventures.
The January program will also have a brief overview of our upcoming 2013 show in early March.
VGMS Programs Chair.
The November pumpkin feast was DELICIOUS! I am still recovering from all those goodies. Speaking of goodies, it is time to rejoin VGMS for 2013!
Our president, Rob Sankovich, was the first to sign up for 2013 setting the proper precedent. (A little play on words?) So far 27 members have followed Rob and rejoined VGMS for 2013.
The 2013 VGMS membership form is included on the last page of this newsletter. Please complete the form with your latest information with special consideration for your interests. I plan on updating our club member's interest sheet based on the information provided so we can share interests be they minerals, fossils, lapidary, jewelry making, education, etc.
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year with both the VGMS and CFMS shows. It will be a good time to be a member of this AWARD WINNING club. Please bring your payment to the December meeting or mail your membership payment to:
Ventura Gem and Mineral Society,
PO Box 1573,
Ventura, CA 93002.
2013 membership is due before January 1, 2013.
VGMS Membership Chair,
334 Wesleyan Ave.,
Ventura CA 93003,
Got something to sell, trade or barter for? Send your brief articles to the editor by the 10th of the month at VGMSeditor@gmail.com. Payment in moonstone, labradorite, Larimar or dark chocolate (70+ % please) is gleefully accepted! ~AB.
Metal Fabricator/Welder. Recently out of work, resume ready. Extensive experience in metal fabrication for aerospace, commercial food, and structural steel. Please contact Luther Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New member looking for a used but working large tumbler. Please contact Art Balchban at (805) 646-5060.
Used, working lapidary equipment; saws, polishers, etc. Please contact Dick Cox at (805) 642-3579.
WANTED - Leftover Landscaping Materials:
Paving stones of any kind, corrugated tin, edgers, pea gravel, etc., to complete our clubhouse backyard landscaping project so it's safe for kids, and looks nice, too. Bring to the clubhouse on workshop days, to meetings, or contact: Diane Cook at email@example.com, to make arrangements.
HELP WANTED - Sewing Grab Bags for Kids' Booth.
Need fabric bags used to fill with rock, mineral & fossil samples for the Kids' Booth at our show in March. For instructions and information, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Gallon buckets with lids for materials storage. Bring to meetings or workshop days.
HELP WANTED - PLANT SALE COORDINATOR.
Easy show position. Susan Mulqueen can help you get started. Organize, price, and sell plants and cuttings at the March 2013 Show. Prep. Thur. and Fri. before the show. Sell on Sat. and Sunday. Contact Susan at email@example.com.
HELP WANTED - COORDINATOR FOR DISPLAY.
Great position for a new member. Trainee needed to work with Steve Mulqueen coordinating the yearly display at the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single - $20.00,
Couples (one bulletin) $30.00,
18 yrs. and younger with parent - No Charge,
Students /18 yrs. plus (12 units) - $17.00,
12 and Under considered "Pebble Pups" - No Charge.
Fourth Wednesday of the month (except November and December - 2nd Wednesday), 7:30 pm at The Senior Recreation Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA. Anyone is welcome to attend. The December meeting is normally the Christmas party and is held at a local restaurant or a member's home.
First Thursday of the month, 7:30 pm (Note the change in time.) at the California Oil Museum, 1001 East Main Street, Santa Paula, CA. Exit Highway 126 at 10th Street and turn left at the end of the ramp. All members are welcome. NOTE: The meeting location could change any time. Be aware! For instance March meetings are normally held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. That's because it's Show Time.
Third Saturday of each month from 9-Noon at the Museum/Workshop Site, 11969 Creek Road, Ojai, CA. It's across the street from Camp Comfort. (See directions below.)
Directions to the Museum/Workshop Site:
Travel north on Highway 33 for about 4 miles past our old facility and turn right onto Creek Road. Another 4 miles on Creek Road and you come upon Camp Comfort. Our facility is a group of structures on the left (across from the camp) with a large parking area.
The speed of traffic past the clubhouse on Creek Road exceeds the limit for the area. We prefer and advise people to enter and exit the driveway at the point farthest from the clubhouse so it allows the drivers maximum view of approaching traffic as you move onto Creek Road. Your safety is of utmost importance.
The Club's annual show, "The Ventura Gem Show.", is held the first full weekend in March at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. See our Show Page.
Announced monthly on the Field Trip Page and at the Regular Meetings.
The Museum's educational cases are available on loan to schools, etc. Contact the Museum Committee.
|1st Vice President
|2nd Vice Presidents
|3rd Vice President
|Recording Secretary:||Greg Davis,||805-647-9214,
|Membership Secretary:||Richard Slyker,||805-644-2749,
|Federation Director:||Kathryn Davis,||805-647-3096,
|Bulletin Editor:||Angela Brown,||805-649-9657,
|Hostess (Refreshments):||Shirley Layton,||805-717-9226,
|Ways and Means:||Nancy Brace-Thompson,||805-659-3577,
|Web Site:||Jim Layton,||805-717-9226,
by going to the VGMS contact us page.
September 11, 2001,
NOW ! !