— March 2020 —
Table of Contents
- Prez Says
- Memberships Due Now!
- Club Membership Forms
- Fredericksburg Rockhounds Minutes
- This Month’s Events
- Birthstone & Flowers
- Newsletter Hard Copies & Mail-Outs
- Club Info
- Club Officers and Committee Chairs
- Monthly Meeting Map
- Newsletter Articles and Club Info
March is here and the weather should be a little better to do some rockhounding before the weather gets hot. So let’s get out and find some new places to hunt. If you have a favorite place to go, please share it with the club so we can set up a group trip. This is also the month for the rock stacking event in Llano, here’s a link for more information. www.llanoearthartfest.org. The festival is on the Llano River giving you a good chance to do some collecting on the gravel bars along the river.
Joe has put together a program on gemstones being presented by Sue & Gail Burkhart. This should be an interesting program. We will also review the gem show this month and discuss the educational purpose of funds raised. I hope to see you at the meeting.
Memberships Due Now!
Any members who have not yet paid their yearly dues must do so before the March meeting or else they will lose their membership status and forfeit all benefits that go with their Fredericksburg Rockhounds membership.
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
— February 3rd, 2020 —
President Frank Rowell opened the meeting at 7 pm. Jeff Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Frank told some jokes.
Membership Chairwoman Virginia Adian introduced new members Jason McMurray and Susan Amos.
Vice President Joe DeHoyos introduced our program on the Hawaiian Islands and Yellowstone Park from the Great Courses series “The Nature of the Earth: An Introduction to Geology.” John J Renton, Ph.D., of West Virginia University, gave an interesting discussion about the volcano action, past and present, in the two featured locations.
After refreshment and door prize drawings, President Frank Rowell started the business portion of the meeting. There was no correction to the January minutes.
Because Jim Gedeon was absent, we did not get a detailed report on the results of January’s gem and mineral show. We look forward to this information at the March meeting. Frank Rowell suggested using rack cards with show dates for several upcoming years instead of the smaller cards we used this time. (There were a lot left over.) Tom Carswell thanked members for their help at the show and for the items they donated to the silent auction. We collected about $1,200 from the silent auction. Virginia Adian thanked Joe DeHoyos and Alicia and Jesse Martinez for judging the display case competition. She also thanked ten members for their time and effort to fill the display cases. John Crone won first place; Virginia Adian won second place; Frank Rowell won third place; and Patti Felts won fourth place. Awards for participation were given to Sara Verstuyft, Ken DeVos, Tom Carswell, Keith King, Shelly Verstuyft, and Steve Perez.
Frank Rowell thanked the members who volunteered in our educational outreach efforts by bringing the Dinosaur George traveling museum to Fredericksburg. Having this event every second or third year seems to be the right timing. Providing funding to Sul Ross University’s geology department and to science teachers in schools was also discussed.
Virginia Adian will be putting the membership directory together in March.
If you want to donate a door prize, go to Lee Adams’ table at the meeting and fill out the slip asking for your name and the name of the item donated and where it came from. If we do not get this information, it will not be published in the newsletter. Below is door prize information from February’s meeting.
|Carl Ashline||Agate cabochon||Sara Verstuyft|
|Steve Perez||Agate||D. Magee|
|Steve Perez||Jasper||Frida Carron|
|Steve Perez||Lace agate||Brenda Smith|
|Steve Perez||Leopard skin jasper (?)||Glenn Thompson|
|Steve Perez||Agate||Jen Burkhart|
|Harold Sohner||Book, “Photos of Earth”||Sue Burkhart|
|Glenn Thompson||Book, “This Island Earth||Lynn Harris|
|Glenn Thompson||Book, “Mission to Earth”||Ken DeVos|
|Frank Rowell||Turquoise||Jason McMurray|
|Lee Adams||Jasper/agate||Frank Roswell|
|Lee Adams||Red jasper||Yvonne Starr|
|Lee Adams||Dumorterite||Carole Gage|
|Frida Carron||Fancy jasper||Ed Gage|
|Jim Chude||Calcite from Terlingua, TX||Jessie Petty|
After a motion was made and seconded, members voted to adjourn at 8:25 p.m.
—Brenda Smith, Secretary
This Month’s Events
7-8—BIG SPRING, TEXAS: Annual show; Big Spring Prospectors Club; Howard County Fair Barn, 2900 Old State Hwy 80; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; free admission; Dealers offering minerals, jewelry, beads, rough rocs, slabs, geode cutting, demonstrations, activities for children; contact Lola Lamb, 2200 Cecilia, Big Spring, TX 79720, (528) 732-3; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://www.facebook.com/bigspringprospectorsclub/
7-8—ROBSTOWN, TEXAS: Annual show; Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society; RMB Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, Exhibit Hall A; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $6, free admission for scouts in uniform and children under 12; 58th annual show, with vendors selling rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, and minerals, lapidary materials, exhibits, demonstrations, and fluorescent display, and activities for children; contact Russell Wheeler, POBox 60781, Corpus Christi, TX 78466, 361-944-7877; Email: email@example.com; Website: gcgms.org
14-15—SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: Annual show; Southwest Gem and Mineral Society; San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $5, military and seniors $3, students $1; 26 dealers, displays, demonstrations, silent auction supporting university scholarships, activities for children; contact Robert Bowie, 1324 Kings Point Drive, Canyon Lake, TX 78133, (830) 387-1766; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: SWGMS.ORG
- For more shows at later dates, or outside Texas, visit www.rockngem.com
March Birthstone & Flowers
The March birthstone is the aquamarine; the flower is the daffodil, also known as the jonquil.
The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.
The March birth month flower is the daffodil, one of the first flowers of spring brings us new beginnings and, as the poet Keats said, daffodils bring “joy for ever”. With their bright yellow petals, daffodils seem the perfect way to say that the sun is always shining whenever your loved one is around.
- Majoros, Martie. “March Birthstone: Color and Meaning.” Almanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. October 17, 2018.
- “March Birth Flower.” Alamanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. October 17, 2018.
- Shay DeVos — March 2
- Bruce Morris — March 3
- Ron Hall — March 4
- Chris Cooley — March 5
- Al O’Neill — March 5
- Brenda Perez — March 6
- Carolyn Edwards — March 7
- Don Shurtz — March 8
- Shelly Verstuyft — March 12
- Gail Bowie — March 13
- Susan Stephens — March 13
- Jackie Chude, HLM — March 16
- Ray Webb — March 17
- Mitchell Ahrens — March 19
- Diane Thompson — March 21
- Kevin VanRenterghem — March 22
- Kallie — March 25
- George Lewis — March 29
- Paula Mulford — March 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 2020:
- President: Frank Rowell
- 1st Vice President: Steve Perez – (817) 404-9789
- 2nd Vice President:Joe DeHoyos
- Past President: Lee Adams – (830) 796-8890
- Treasurer: Jim Gedeon – (830) 456-5419
- Secretary: Brenda Smith – (830) 895-9630
- Programs:Joe DeHoyos
- Field Trips: Patti Felts – (325) 247-6040
and Sam Rodgers – (210) 240-7721
- Hospitality: Susan Olson – (830) 997-8516
- Membership: Virginia Adian – (830) 755-6105
- Historian: Sara Verstuyft – (830) 998-7350
- Media Equipment: John Crone – (830) 990-9823
- Annual Show: Vacant
- 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