— January 2019 —
Table of Contents
- From the Top of the Rock Pile
- Fredericksburg Rockhounds 50th Anniversary
- Linn & Beth Brady — A Biography
- 50th Anniversary Show Flyer
- 2019 Membership Dues
- Club Membership Forms
- Fredericksburg Rockhounds Minutes
- Future Meeting Programs
- This Month’s Events
- January’s Birthstone & Flower
- Newsletter Hard Copies & Mail-Outs
- Club Info
- Club Officers and Committee Chairs
- Monthly Meeting Map
- Newsletter Articles and Club Info
- Print or Save This Newsletter
From the Top of the Rock Pile
Lee Adams — President
A New Year begins again. The club Christmas dinner was a success as far as I could tell. I took at least one notch out on my belt. I saw many smiles and lots of food going away from the serving line. Very little business was conducted (by design) and we all made a joyous noise that I am sure was singing!
The upcoming show will be a challenge because the Federation Convention will be held at the same time. Sometimes I wish I was two people and other times I think I need to be three people. I’m sure with lots of help this year’s show will be great.
As I’m writing this, I can’t help but think that I’m leaving something important out-Oh now I remember-First I want to publicly and very loudly thank John Roup for his contribution as club treasurer and Carolyn for assisting John and for working the food line and vendor dinner. They do a great job for the club!! Secondly, I would like to thank Tom Carswell for being 1st Vice President and both Tom and Judy for the many jobs they do for our group. Every year Tom and Judy lay out the show floor and electric cords and run the silent auction.
Fredericksburg Rockhounds 50th Anniversary
The hobby of rock hounding is so multi-faceted it has the interest of a wide span of people. As part of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds Club’s 50th Anniversary, we are writing a series of biographies for some long time (not old) members. It is our hope you will see the diversity of people that are interested in rock hounding.
This month we feature Linn & Beth Brady.
Linn & Beth Brady
— A Biography —
Linn was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas in 1940. He attended kindergarten in Kansas City, Kansas, elementary school in Cedar Bayou (now Baytown), and Jr. Hi and high school in Baytown, Texas. After graduation Linn attended Texas A&M University where he attained degrees in math (1958-1964) and electrical engineering (1967-1968).
Between stints at A&M, Linn served in the Army where he was stationed in Korea (1964-1965) and at an underground facility in Maryland (1966-1967).
After getting his second degree, Linn started work for the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport. He held positions in computerized process control hardware, Telecomm Manager and Quality and Productivity Manager.
Beth was born in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas in 1946. She attended elementary school in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Baytown. She graduated from high school in Baytown. Beth attended Lee College in Baytown from 1964-1966 where she attained an Associate Degree. She then transferred to the University of Texas (1966-1968) where she majored in math and minored in computer sciences. Because the field of computer sciences was young, there were only enough college courses available to minor in the subject!
After graduating from the University of Texas, Beth began working for the Dow Chemical Company in 1969 as an accounting computer programmer. She later became a pioneering telecommuter from home after the birth of their son in 1977.
In Baytown Linn and Beth had lived 6 houses from each other but didn’t know each other. Linn went to college, into the Army and back to college, all the while waiting for Beth to get old enough to date. Not knowing her meant he didn’t know that that was the reason he was doing all that stuff. They married in June 1968.
Linn and Beth have now been married for 50 years. They have one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren age 14 and 11. Just this last summer, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they took the family to the Galapagos and were treated with a massive, unexpected volcanic eruption. What an affirmation of a marriage well-lived!
From the time they started work in 1968, Linn and Beth had planned to move to the hill country when they retired. That happened in May 1995. They immediately began planning their home and moved to Fredericksburg in 1996. But the house wasn’t finished. They had to live in their pop-up camper in their unheated old-car shed for nine months (including winter) while waiting on completion. It snowed three times that winter!
Linn and Beth are active members of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church and have served on multiple committees over the years.
The Brady’s joined the Fredericksburg Rockhounds in 1996. They have held the positions of secretary for six years, newsletter publisher for some years, treasurer for four years, were on the scholarship committee for a time, do wiring for the show (starting way back when it was primitive) and have provided some presentations/programs to the club based on their travels.
The aspects of rockhounding the Brady’s enjoy most are collecting pretty rocks and wandering around in the great outdoors looking for them.
Linn and Beth also enjoy other hobbies such as camping and traveling. Essentially, they like being out enjoying God’s great world (their earlier travels included all 50 states, 53 countries, all 7 continents and all 5 oceans). Additionally, they enjoy old cars and identifying animals/birds while on trips.
2019 Membership Dues
As we approach the new year, so, too, we approach yearly membership dues. Despite the ever increasing prices of the world today, the cost of membership remains unchanged. Yearly dues are as follows: $3 for junior members (under 19 years), $8 for adult members (19 and over), and $15 for families.
As you renew your club membership, please take a moment to ensure your information is up-to-date. As always, let us know if you need to make a change to anything.
Club Membership Forms
Membership application forms for the Fredericksburg Rockhounds are now available to download and print from our website. Please navigate to the new Resources Page located at this address:
Once there, simply click the link for the 2018 Membership Form to download or print a PDF copy.
Fredericksburg Rockhounds Meeting Minutes
— December 3rd, 2018 —
There were no meeting minutes for December because we had a great Christmas Party instead of a meeting.
A reminder: The 50th Anniversary coffee mugs will be on sale at the January meeting for $7.50 each.
Future Meeting Programs
January 7, 2019 — Our guest speaker will be Larry Tillick, President of the San Antonio Geological Society. He will bring examples of safety items that you need to bring on short and long-distance field trips. (This is a result of our program swap with other clubs).
February 4, 2019 — Don Reinke, a member of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds and former employee of NASA, will be our guest speaker. He will give a presentation about meteorites.
This Month’s Events
— January 2019
January 7, 2019 — FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS: This meeting will take place at 7pm on Monday, January 7th, at the Golden Hub Senior Center located at 1009 N Lincoln, Fredericksburg, Texas. See map here.
January 19-20, 2019 — FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS: The annual SCFMS convention will take place in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Rockhounds 50th Annual Gem & Mineral Show at the Pioneer Pavillion in the Ladybird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg, Texas on the weekend of January 19-20, 2019.
January 25-27, 2019 —TYLER, TEXAS: Annual show; East Texas Gem and Mineral Show; Tyler, Texas, 420 Rose Park Dr; Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5.00, Students $1.00. Free admission for kids under 12 and scouts in uniform.; Our 23rd Annual Show features outstanding vendors offering gemstones, jewelry, minerals, fossils, wire wrapping, decorator items, geodes, and meteorites. The renowned Rock Food Table will be on display, and attendees can enjoy demonstrations and show cases. Fun for the whole family. Contact Keith Harmon, Show Chairman, 9116 US Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: etgms.com
- For more shows at later dates, or outside Texas, visit www.rockngem.com
January’s Birthstone & Flowers
The January birthstone is the garnet; the flower are the carnation and the snowdrop.
The garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel. Garnets form in layers of rock deep underground where they withstand extreme temperature variations. Geologists study garnets to understand the effects of temperature and pressure on surrounding rocks. Although the garnet is commonly associated with a range of red hues, it also sometimes forms in other colors, including greens, yellows, and even blues.
The carnation comes in several different colors, which convey different meanings, much like roses. A pink carnation means affection, while a red carnation means ‘I love you.’
The snowdrop used to be considered bad luck because it always seemed to grow in graveyards, but nowadays, this delicate flower signifies hope and beauty.
- Majoros, Martie. “January Birthstone: Color and Meaning.” Almanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. December 16, 2018.
- “January Birth Flower.” Alamanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. December 16, 2018.
- Mary Jane Morris — January 2
- Virginia Klenzing — January 3
- Sue Burkhart — January 5
- Sarah Johanson — January 7
- Tom Carswell — January 8
- Keith King — January 11
- Mercedes Eckert — January 12
- Yvonne Starr — January 13
- Callie Weaver — January 15
- Sandra White — January 15
- Patti Felts — January 16
- Tom Moyes — January 16
- Carolyn Roup — January 21
- Amanda Payne — January 22
- Patricia (Trish) Wilson — January 30
— Please note: If we missed your birthday or have listed it incorrectly, please let us know so we can correct it! email@example.com
Newsletter Hard Copies & Mail-Outs
The club will no longer mail out hard copies of the newsletter to members. Those who have provided the club with an email address will continue to receive notifications via email when the newsletter is published for viewing online.
Every online newsletter will now feature a link to a PDF version of itself in the section titled “Print or Save This Newsletter” where you can save or print your own copy.
If you need a hard copy of the newsletter each month and cannot access the online newsletters — http://fredericksburgrockhounds.org/newsletter/ — to print your own, then please let the president, Lee Adams, know. He will provide printed copies for those who need them at each monthly meeting.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.
— Josh Hazer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information, please contact the newsletter editors by emailing us at:
- Purpose of the Fredericksburg Rockhounds:
To share knowledge and appreciation of gems, minerals, fossils, and other natural wonders, and the art of jewelry making. We do this through educational monthly meetings, field trips, an annual gem, mineral, & fossil show, and donations to schools. We’re affiliated with the American Federation of Mineral Societies, and the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies.
- Membership and Meetings:
We meet at 7:00 P.M. on the first Monday of each month at the Golden Hub Senior Center, 1009 N Lincoln, Fredericksburg, Texas (except in June, when we have our annual picnic). See map, below.
- Annual dues are $3 for juniors (under 19 years), $8 for individuals, and $15 for families; due in January.
- Newsletter correspondence and newsletter advertising: email@example.com
- All other correspondence: Fredericksburg Rockhounds, 412 S. Adams St, Fredericksburg TX 78624
- Visit our website at fredericksburgrockhounds.org for more club info, field trip news, club photos, resources, and previous newsletters.
Club Officers and Committee Chairs
Club Officers for 2018:
- President: Lee Adams – (830) 796-8890
- 1st Vice President: Tom Carswell – (830) 792-2160
- 2nd Vice President: Patti Felts – (325) 248-6040
- Past President: Andy Anderson – (830) 370-2177
- Treasurer: John Roup – (830) 896-4955
- Secretary: Judy Adams – (830) 796-8890
- Programs: Patti Felts – (325) 247-6040
- Field Trips: Patti Felts – (325) 247-6040
and Sam Rodgers – (210) 240-7721
- Hospitality: Susan Olson – (830) 997-8516
- Membership: Brenda Smith – (830) 895-9630
- Historian: Sara Verstuyft – (830) 998-7350
- Media Equipment: John Crone – (830) 990-9823
- Annual Show: Jim Gedeon – (830) 456-5419
- Newsletter: Josh Hazer
Monthly Meeting Map
Newsletter Articles and Club Info
Articles for each month’s newsletter must be received by the 15th of the month.
Send them to your newsletter editor via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also use the form on our Contact Page to submit your articles:
A copy of the Club MEMBERSHIP LIST is available TO MEMBERS ONLY, via email (or paper mail if necessary). Contact Virginia Adian at email@example.com or 830-755-6105
The Club CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS are posted on our website: fredericksburgrockhounds.org/constitution
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