GEMS OF THE SHENANDOAH
Monthly Newsletter of Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society
September 2010Meeting: Monday, September 13, 7:30 PM, Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, 364 Bridge Road
Business: Club Show – final details (last meeting before the Show)
Program: Things of Interest to the Rock Hound – Kelly LaneOne Month to Gem Show – October 2-3 Saturday: 10:00-6:00; Sunday: 12:00-5:00
Things to remember:
1. If you intend to exhibit at the Show, pick up a case from the club room at the September meeting, or on the cleanup day on September 18, or make arrangements to meet someone there another time. No one will have time to leave the Show area on that Friday or Saturday to let you in because those helping to set up will be very busy.
2. If you intend to have an exhibit, let Paul Johnson know, if you haven’t already, so he can plan the space. Also, remember to arrange your items neatly and label them so our visitors will know what the items are and where they come from. This will be the educational part of the Show.
3. The club will be providing a covered dish, pot luck dinner for the dealers Friday evening, October 1. The club buys fried chicken and members bring all the other dishes – vegetables, salads, desserts, drinks. If you can help with this, let Paul know. This is a convenience for the dealers and a time for members to get better acquainted with the dealers.
4. Paul will have signup sheets for ticket sellers available at the September meeting. Sellers are needed Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make the meeting but would be available, contact Paul.
5. Club members are asked to wear a name tag – your name on a rock slab, naturally.
6. Members are needed to help with set up of tables Friday afternoon – for exact time to arrive, ask Paul for it may be different from last year. Members are also needed to help with take down on Sunday afternoon beginning at 5:00. Again, contact Paul if you could help either or both days.
7. Paul’s contact info: email@example.com; phone – 540-942-3864. Paul is co-chair of the Club Show in charge of contacting dealers and making all arrangements concerning the site of the Show and layout of the site.
If you have come across another opportunity for advertising our Show, please let Roland Stetler know immediately – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-463-6098. He has fliers printed which we can hand out and/or post on bulletin boards. Be sure to get some from him and spread the word! Roland is co-chair of the Club Show in charge of advertising.Clean Up Day in the Club Room
Saturday, September 18, will be a general clean up day in the club room at the church. If you can help, please come at 9:00 AM. The fact that we have this room will be advertised at the Show so we want to have it presentable and inviting when guests and new members come to visit it.
Club Room to be Open
Plans are being made to have the club room open on a regular basis on the Saturday following the monthly meetings. Volunteers will be needed to help man the room and give instruction. Contact Paul Johnson if you will be able to help.
Gentle reminder: those who use the club room should leave the room clean. A donation to help with replenishing supplies which were used would be appreciated.Field Trip Canceled
The field trip to Old Sulphur Mine on September 12 has been canceled.
Upcoming Opportunities for Field Trips
Plans are underway for other field trips this fall and winter. If you would like to be on the field trip notification list or have questions about trips, contact Scott Duresky at email@example.com or Dean Hostetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.Next meeting: October 11 – discussion of the Show and what can be made better. As you are helping with the Show, make a mental note of what is great, what is good, what is ok, what definitely needs improvement, and any comments you overhear. Also, make a note of when and where you see our Show advertised in the various media to help us make the best use of our advertising dollars. This is an important discussion, maybe not interesting to some but an important part of the Show nevertheless, for we’d like to have our Show to be one of the “don’t miss it” events in the Valley.Final Thought
Who is it that you could personally invite to attend the Gem Show? Grandkids, co-workers, neighbors, friends? That’s another way of advertising our Show – by word of mouth.Club Officers 2010
President – Kelly Lane Show Co-chairs – Paul Johnson, Roland Stetler
Vice President – Barbara Jesser Library Presentations – Linda Corwin
Secretary/Newsletter – Thelma Miller Field Trip Coordinators – Scott Duresky
Treasurer – Leo Cloutier Dean HostetterPresident Kelly Lane’s email: email@example.com
Web site: shenandoahvalleyrockclub.org
The meeting was called to order by president Kelly Lane with fourteen members present. The minutes of the June meeting were approved as printed.
Paul Johnson reported on items related to the Gem Show. Business-sized cards will be printed giving information about the club and its meetings which will be handed out by the tickets sellers. Additional information about the club will be available at the ticket table, also. Paul handed out samples of the card for the members to make any suggestions. Kelly Lane volunteered to have one thousand cards printed at Staples after Paul emails him the final draft. Eight dealers have signed contracts for the Show.
It was emphasized that members who intend to exhibit at the Show should pick up a case at the September meeting or on shop cleaning day, September 18. No one will be available on Friday or Saturday of the Show to run over to open the room. If you cannot be at either September date, make arrangements with someone to open the room for you. If you intend to exhibit, let Paul Johnson know, if you haven’t already, so he can plan the space.
The club room will be open on the Saturdays following the monthly meetings for those who wish to use the equipment. Volunteers will be needed to help with this. Those wishing to help should contact Paul Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-942-3864.
Leo Cloutier announced that he will order six wheels for the equipment at $880.00 total. Dean Hostetter volunteered to search the Internet for a better price and will contact Leo. Leo moved that the wheels be purchased. The motion was seconded and passed.
Leo commented that the shop needs a thorough cleaning. He also remarked that those using the room should clean up when finished and leave a small donation to be used for replacing items. Paul Johnson moved that Saturday, September 18, 9:00 AM, be a workshop cleaning day. The motion was seconded and passed.
Dean Hostetter and Scott Gregory have been researching some mines in the Vesuvius area and have received actual permission for field trips probably in the winter.Thelma Miller
Meeting: Monday, August 9, 7:30 PM, Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, 364 Bridge Ave.
Business: Gem Show details, if any
Program: Roland Stetler, Scenes from Utah If you have some stunning specimens from Utah,
please bring them to display.
Two Months Until Our Gem Show – October 2-3
The Show will soon be here. Here are three items to think about.
If you intend to have a display case at the show and you have not already done so, please contact Paul Johnson to reserve a case and space. He will need to how many so he can plan the display area. Remember to clearly label your specimens so that our visitors will know what they are looking at and where in the world it came from.
Help will be needed for setting up on Friday afternoon, October 1, and preparing dinner for the dealers. Also, on Sunday afternoon help will be needed to take down the tables. During the show hours we will need ticket sellers. Let Paul know which of the times you will be able to help.
Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Have you run across a good place for us to advertise the Show? Let Roland Stetler know even if you think he might already have the information – maybe he does and maybe he doesn’t! The more widely we advertise, the more people will hear about it and may come. He has some flyers printed for us to distribute as well.
Contact Roland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No field trips are currently scheduled but will surely be this fall. If you are not on the field trip notification list and would like to be, contact Scott Duresky at email@example.com or Dean Hostetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Hostetter will be offering a lapidary workshop at his home in the near future. If you would be interested in this, let Dean know at email@example.com so he can notify you.Next Meeting: September 13Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Minutes June 14, 2010Meeting 14 June; Kelly Lane presidingOld/new items: Picnic —12 July — 6PM — Coyner Springs Park, Waynesboro (directions from Thelma). Bring your own utensils and drinks and something to share. The park has a nice covered/shaded picnic shelter. We always have a great time, and if you want, bring rocks to sell/share/swap. Hope everyone can come.Scott discussed the Lake Anna rock swap and other pending opportunities for potential collecting sites. Stay tuned for more opportunities.Treasures Of The Earth “gem show” will be 2-4 July at Expoland in Fishersville.Leo gave an excellent and timely program on how to setup a display case. He suggested labeling everything (possibly using 1/4 inch molding to hold the labels). Be creative, try to make a nice arrangement; have a theme if you can but have fun. Everyone should wear a pin-back with a rock/cab and your name on it (name tag) at the show. Leo has extra pin-backs. This was a great idea. We all came away with some ideas to show our rocks/gems.This started a good discussion on display cases etc. Paul counted the cases after the meeting and we have approx 20 with glass; some folks have some at home. There are two sizes but in either case they aren’t very tall (not to exceed approx 8 inches). Paul will provide details — if you want a case see Paul. At the Sep meeting you can check out a case and see how to use it. Also the club owns a fluorescent case for use or possibly sharing with others.Leo will check out the grinding wheels and make recommendations for purchase etc.We discussed opening the club workshop on Saturdays for use by interested children/adults who attend the show. Paul will make up a simple card (business size for club info). Also a suggested signup sheet for use of the club workshop. He will email examples to all members.Minutes by Bob Helt
in the absence of Thelma Miller
SHENANDOAH VALLEY GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY
—-GEMS OF THE SHENANDOAH
Monthly Newsletter of
Shenandoah Valley Gem & Mineral Society
April 2010Meeting: Monday, April 12, 7:30 pm, Waynesboro Church of the Brethren
Business: Approval of minutes
Treasurer’s report – Leo Cloutier
Gem Show – Paul Johnson and Roland Stetler
Web Site – Paul Johnson
Library Presentations Committee – Linda Corwin
Field Trips – Scott Duresky and Dean Hostetter
Program: Paul Johnson, Gem IdentificationField Trips
Thirteen club members and guests attended the field trip to JMU Mineral Museum on March 6. In addition seven or eight members from another club attended, also.
Six members went on the trip to the American Rutile quarry in Nelson County April 3.Upcoming trips – For more details or to be added to the field trips notification list, contact Scott Duresky at svgem-min- club@live,com or Dean Hostetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.Friday, April 16-Sunday, April 18 – Natural Bridge/Maysville, KY. Fossil collecting trip sponsored by the Virginia Museum of
Saturday, April 17 (rain date, Sunday, April 18) – The Old Sulphur Mine, Mineral, VA – Leader: Scott Duresky
Saturday, April 24 (no rain date) – The Morefield Mine, Amelia Courthouse, VA – Leader: Scott Duresky
Saturday, May 1 (rain date, Sunday, May 2) – An old copper mine now located on Wintergreen’s property (permission has been
secured) – Leader Dean HostetterA Special Opportunity in May – Dinner with the SpeakerOur Monday, May 10th club presentation will feature Dr. Lance Kearns, Professor of Mineralogy and Geology at James Madison University and Curator of JMU’s Mineral Museum. His topic will be “The Tools of the Mineralogist,” and promises to be a fascinating topic for anyone interested in this aspect of our hobby.
The presentation will be preceded by “Dinner with the Speaker,” which will take place at 6:00pm at Gavid’s Steak House, 1501 West Broad Street, Waynesboro, VA; the telephone number of the restaurant is 540-949-6353.
Anyone attending the dinner will be expected to make a contribution towards Lance’s dinner. Let Scott Duresky know on or before Sunday, May 9, so that he can inform the restaurant of the number of people who will be attending.
Scott may be reached at 434-974-7370, or at email@example.com.
If you need assistance with directions, either to the restaurant, or from the restaurant to the meeting place, please let Scott know.Virginia Minerals Display Case
A reminder: if you have some specimens, especially of Virginia minerals, which you would like to lend to the traveling display case, please contact Linda Corwin, chair of the Library Presentations Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 540-941-8737.Web Site
Our web site is under construction and looking good. You may view it at shenandoahvalleyrockclub.org. If you have comments or suggestions, contact Paul Johnson at email@example.com.Roster for 2010
Attached is the 2010 roster for the club. If there are corrections, please email Thelma Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or see me at the meeting.Officers
President – Kelly Lane Gem Show Co-Chairs – Paul Johnson, Roland Stetler
Vice-President – Barbara Jesser Field Trip Coordinators – Scott Duresky, Dean Hostetter
Secretary/Newsletter – Thelma Miller Library Presentations Committee Chair – Linda Corwin
Treasurer – Leo CloutierNext Meeting: May 10 – Dr. Lance Kearns
Newsletter Deadline: April 29
SHENANDOAH VALLEY GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY
March 8, 2010President Kelly Lane opened the meeting by announcing that information and applications for Wildacres were available.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as printed.
For the Gem Show Paul Johnson stated that vendors will be charged for tables and may pay for extra tables if needed. He then moved that vendors at the Gem Show will have to pay for all tables which they use. The motion was seconded and passed.
Treasurer Leo Cloutier reported that $600 was paid to JMU from the scholarship fund to help three students attend a seminar in New England this spring. He has also paid the Eastern Federation insurance of $100 plus.
The club’s web site address is shenandoahvalleyrockclub.org. It is still being worked on.
Linda Corwin, chair of the Library Committee, has spoken to several libraries concerning presentations. She has had no response yet from club members concerning Virginia minerals for the traveling exhibits. Kelly Lane mentioned the possibility of giving gift subscriptions to Rock and Gem Magazine to libraries. A member suggested giving the subscription to those libraries which invite the club to make presentations.
Scott Duresky, field trip coordinator, gave the following dates for trips:
March 13 – JMU Mineral Museum
March 27 – Martinsville [Note: postponed until the fall.]
April 17 – Old Sulfur Mine, Mineral, VA
April 24 – Morefield Mine, Amelia Courthouse, VA
May 1 – copper mine near Wintergreen
Dean Hostetter announced that collecting is still allowed at Chesnut Ridge in Bath County. For field trips, paid members in another club will be covered for insurance purposes. The club has been given a projector and John Schlabach has a laptop which can be used with it provided someone calls him ahead of time. Bob Helt volunteered to call those members who do not have email when necessary.
Scott Duresky had inquired about non-profit status for the club and found it is costly and time consuming. He also learned that the club cannot sell items to the public, for example, as fund raising.
Charles McLear announced that he is willing to teach wire craft.
Bob Helt presented a program on meteorites.
Newsletter Deadline –If you have information you would like to have in the newsletter, please get it to Thelma Miller on or before the last Friday of the month. This will allow time for mailing to those who don’t have email tmiller at bridgewater.edu.