— May 2021 —
Table of Contents
- Prez Says
- The Treas Says
- Wishing Everyone Well
- 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
- Print This Newsletter
Well, we finally had a small meeting last month. We met at Lee Adams shop in Bandera. There was a lot to talk about since we haven’t met in over a year. Joe had put together a good list of questions about the clubs plans for the next year. There were many good ideas discussed. See the minutes for details [The minutes should appear in next month’s issue. –ed.].
I’m still hoping to have a meeting at the Hub soon. It may be possible for us to have the club picnic in June. That would give us a chance to arrange for a meeting. We also discussed a field trip in Kerr County. I will apologize for losing track of the date. I’m still cutting broken limbs and trees from the ice storm. There is still plenty to do here. If you have any questions about what to bring to the picnic, give me a call at 325-248-1067. I’ll do my best to remember when it is.
Till then stay safe and keep looking down.
The Treas Says
This past December, our executive committee decided to award Dinosaur George our club’s annual “scholarship.” George has presented Countless talks to hill country school children. He has given several talks to our club as well. In addition to that, George has also held two large shows with his impressive traveling museum at the pioneer pavilion for Fredericksburg school kids.
George lost a kidney to cancer, thought he had defeated the disease, only to have it return to his lungs. He continues the battle today. Because of the covid 19 pandemic, he has lost almost all of his income. For all these reasons our executive committee, felt he was deserving of our award.
This announcement is delayed due to George’s moving to another town, the Original check being lost in the mail, having to stop payment and reissue A new check. I spoke with George and he was moved, almost to tears, with our Club’s generosity. We should all feel good to reward and to help our friend in need.
Wishing Everyone Well
As you all are no doubt aware, we are under a global pandemic brought upon by a coronavirus named COVID-19. We want everyone to stay safe during this crisis and since it is ever-changing (even by the hour!) here some places you can go online to keep up to date regarding COVID-19.
This first link is for the World Health Organization’s advice for the public:
Next up is a link for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The last two links are specifically relevant for us Texans and they go directly to Department of State Health Service on the Texas.gov website:
May we all gather soon and hunt rocks. Be safe everybody!
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
The meeting minutes for our April meeting will appear in the next issue of the newsletter.
This Month’s Events
*** With health guidelines issued concerning the COVID-19 virus, most shows and events are being cancelled and rescheduled. Before making your plans, please use the information provided in each listing to contact the presenters to verify the status of the event. As always, BE SAFE! ***
21-23—GRAPEVINE, TEXAS: Annual show; AKS Bead & Jewelry Show; Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S Main St; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $5 for the weekend, wholesale free; https://www.facebook.com/aksgemshow/; contact Kay Clift, (504) 265-8830; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.aksshow.com
22-23—TYLER, TEXAS: Show and sale; Keith Harmon ; East Texas Fair Grounds, Building E, 2112 West Front Street; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5, children $1, free admission for scouts in uniform; Many dealers offering jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils, rock, and more; enjoy the famous Rock Food Table display presented by the East Texas Gem & Mineral Society; contact Keith Harmon, (903) 316-2967; Email: email@example.com
29-30—FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Annual show; Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Club; Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; Adults $6, seniors, students and military $5, free admission for children 16 and under; 70th annual gem, mineral, fossil, bead & jewelry show & sale ; contact Janice Craddock, PO Box 123975, Fort Worth, TX 73121; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.fortworthgemandmineralclub.org
- For more shows at later dates, or outside Texas, visit www.rockngem.com
May’s Birthstone & Flowers
The May birthstone is the emerald; the flowers are the lily of the valley and the hawthorn plant.
Lily of the Valley
Today, the emerald is associated with wisdom, patience, and growth though traditionally it signified love, fertility, and rebirth.
Emeralds are deep, rich green and many people associate the color with the vibrant technicolor of The Emerald City in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.
Lilies of the Valley stand for humility, sweetness, and a return to happiness.
Hawthorn Plants are all about supreme happiness and hope.
- Majoros, Martie. “May Birthstone: Color and Meaning.” Almanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. April 19, 2018.
- “May Birth Flowers.” Alamanc.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. April 19, 2018.
- Trapper Hooten — May 1
- Jane Crone, HLM — May 5
- Susan Olson — May 12
- Doris — May 18
- Sabastian Williams — May 18
- Summer — May 20
- Brian Burrer — May 22
— 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.
To print your own copy of this edition of the newsletter, go to the section titled “Print This Newsletter” and follow the simple directions.
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 an officer of the club know and arrangements can be made to assist you.
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
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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