— October 2021 —
Table of Contents
- Prez Says
- Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee
- October Program
- 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
It looks like we are back to having regular meetings at the Hub. I enjoyed last month’s meeting even with a small turnout. This month we need to start the work of organizing the gem show. Most of the dealers we have had in the past are coming back. There will be space on the main floor for a few club members. We will need to keep the stage area looking full for the members that have tables there. So, if you want to move, help us find someone to take your spot.
Another thing we talked about was having a club T-Shirt. I would like to get your input. Several our members have yellow vests. Let me know if you have one so we can get a count. If we decide to get shirts, what color do you think they should be? Logo on the front or back?
We do have elections that happen every year. Our Constitution states that Elections for President, Secretary and Second Vice-President will be held during odd-numbered years and elections for Treasurer and First Vice- President will be held during even-numbered years. At this time, I would like to put these off until next year and at that point we can continue the even and odd year rule. We can switch the positions that come up each year by updating the constitution if that is necessary. Next year would be Treasurer and First Vice President as it stands now. Give this some thought, and it will be on the agenda this month.
I hope to see a good group for our October meeting. I will see you there.
Volunteers Needed for Membership Committee
When I agreed to be a part of the Membership Committee in 2015, there were 5 of us on the committee. The main job I agreed to do was to keep up with the membership list, keep our webmaster informed of new members, and update the directory annually. Brenda Smith served so faithfully as chairman until last year when she accepted the position of club secretary. She handled dues and I did the directory. All of the other members left for various reasons. John Crone graciously agreed to make name tags. Judy Adams agreed to help last year as she had just been replaced as secretary, but Judy and Lee have done double-duty and double-positions for Rockhounds. It is time for some other members to step up and fill the Membership Committee. We do not have to have 5 people, but at least 3 are certainly needed.
I am announcing that this will be the last year I will collect dues, document new members, and update the Membership Directory. I would like for at least two people to volunteer to help me in the coming months and accept the responsibilities of this committee into 2022. One needs to be a person who has a computer with data program, preferably Excel. I will give any training needed.
I WILL BE COLLECTING DUES FOR 2022 during OCTOBER-FEBRUARY. Anyone who has not paid dues by February meeting will be dropped from our membership. You can pay at meetings during those months or you can pay at the show. Dues can also be mailed to the treasurer, who will notify me. The new directory will be ready for distribution by the March meeting. My resignation will become effective after that.
Please consider helping with greeting visitors, welcoming new members, and collecting dues. What have you done to serve the club?
Thanks to those in the club who have done many jobs over the years.
- Individual Adult $8
- Junior (under 19 years old $3
- Family $15
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 Membership Form to download or print a PDF copy.
Fredericksburg Rockhounds Meeting Minutes
— August 6th, 2021 —
Frank Rowell opened the meeting at 7:00 PM and asked Andy Anderson to lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Frank told several “you might be a rockhound” jokes such as—You might be a rockhound if–A luggage handler at the airport knows you by name and refused to take your bags.
Lynn Post introduced his son Scott as a visiting guest.
Program “Emeralds of Afghanistan” was presented by Karen Anderson.
Door Prizes (see below)
The minutes from August were approved.
Treasurer, Jim Gedeon, reported he paid the Golden Hub for one year.
The Annual Gem Show –January 15-16, 2022 (unless Covid closes the venue)
Frank Rowell, the show chairman, reported—
- The dealer contracts have been mailed out and it looks like there will be space on the floor for some that would like to move off the stage. Frank passed out applications for those interested in selling from the stage.
- There will be no dealer/vendor dinner at the show.
- Help would be needed setting up tables-several members at the meeting volunteered-more help might be needed-check with Frank.
- A volunteer would be needed for the show raffle, Jim Gedeon volunteered.
- The flyers from last year will work this year-we will tape over the dates.
- Help will be needed taping off vendor spaces on the sales floor.
- Help will be needed laying the electric cord on the sales floor.
- Publicity needs a volunteer.
- The Fredericksburg newspaper and visitors center needed to be contacted with the show information-Tom Mitchell volunteered.
- The silent auction will be discussed at a later date.
The January Fredericksburg Library display will be provided by Frank Rowell and Patti Felts.
Ed Gage asked about official club T-Shirts and is looking into the cost of the shirts.
A membership chair person is needed, Virginia Adian retired from the position. We thank Virginia for all of her hard work.
Until further notice, we will not bring food for sharing at the meeting.
|Lee Adams||Mexican Crazy Lace||Robert Mitchell|
|Lee Adams||Sodalite||Dawn Egger|
|Lee Adams||Petrified Wood (Arizona)||Patti Felts|
|Lee Adams||Amethyst||Kenneth Verstuyft|
|Lee Adams||Picture Jasper||Scott Post|
|John Crone||Red Jasper/Agate|
Brown Thunder Egg
|John Crone||Calcite Crystals||Kenneth DeVos|
|Kenneth DeVos||Calcite Coral|
Urainna Panapa Beach
Maui County, Hawaii
James River/Llano River
Mason County, TX
|Ed Gage||Calcite||Jim Chude|
|Ed Gage||Marble||Kevin VanRenterghem|
|Robert Mitchell||Flint/Bell County||Ed Gage|
|Lynn & Lola Post||Tiger Iron||Lee Adams|
|Lynn & Lola Post||Balmoreh Blue||Frank Rowell|
|Lynn & Lola Post||Dino Bone||Jackie Chude|
|Lynn & Lola Post||Blue Druze Quartz||Carol Gage|
|Lynn & Lola Post||Oregon Thunder Egg||Michael Egger|
|Patti Felts &|
|Apache Creek Agate|
Catron County, NM
—Minutes by Judy Adams for Branda Smith
This Month’s Events
*** Due to the COVID-19 virus, please use the information provided in each listing to contact the presenters to verify the status of the event. As always, BE SAFE! ***
2-3—FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Annual show; Cowtown Gem, Mineral & Glass Club; CERA, 3300 Bryant Irvin Road; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; Free Admission & Parking; Our Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Glass show is held along with the Pottery annual show at the same location.; contact Steve Shearin; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.facebook.com/groups/CowtownGMG
9-10—TEMPLE, TEXAS: Annual show; Tri-City Gem and Mineral Society; P.O. Box 1663 Temple, TX 76503, Mayborn Civic and Convention Center 3301 N. 3rd St. ; Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $5, children (13-17) $3, free admission for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult; Vendors, displays, demonstrations, raffles, and activities for children; contact Ruth Rolston, 106 Ottoway Drive, Temple, TX 76501, (718) 255-9; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
22-24—AUSTIN, TEXAS: Annual show; Austin Gem and Mineral Society (AGMS); Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd; Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-6, Sun. 10-5; Adults $8, military and seniors (60+) $7, children ages 13-18 $2, free admission for children 12 and under; Theme is Quartz; more than 30 vendors selling gemstones, minerals, crystals, fossils, beads, jewelry; exhibits including a touch table and fluorescent minerals; demonstrations and displays; contact Laird Fowler, 6719 Burnet Lane, Austin, TX 78641, (512) 458-9546; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.agms-tx.org
- For more shows at later dates, or outside Texas, visit www.rockngem.com
October’s Birthstone & Flowers
The October birthstone is the opal; the flowers are the marigold and the cosmos.
The word opal is rooted in both Latin (opalus — “precious jewel”) and Greek (opallios — “to see a change in color”). The term opallios is an apt description as opals tend to reflect a vast array of colors depending on the source of light.
Marigolds are symbols of contentment and warmth. They can grow anywhere from six inches in height to over five feet depending on the variety.
Cosmos, the other October flower, stands for order, peace, and serenity. They are annuals that are a good choice for your garden if you want to attract birds, bees, and butterflies.
- Majoros, Martie. “October Birthstone: Color and Meaning.” Almanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. September 18, 2018.
- “October Birth Flowers.” Alamanac.com. Yankee Publishing, Inc. n.d. September 18, 2018.
- Robert Thompson — October 2
- Robert Mitchell — October 6
- Crystal Jensen — October 7
- Mack Brice — October 8
- Brenda Smith, HLM — October 11
- Edward Beauford — October 13
- Glenn Thompson, HLM — October 16
- Marilyn West — October 23
- Maggie Chavez — October 29
*Bernice Snyder’s name was misspelled in the last newsletter. The correct entry for her birthday is: Bernice Snyder — September 28th.
— Please note: If we missed your birthday or have listed it incorrectly, please let us know so we can correct it! firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 – (361) 649-0039
- 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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A copy of the Club MEMBERSHIP LIST is available TO MEMBERS ONLY, via email (or paper mail if necessary). Contact Virginia Adian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830-755-6105
The Club CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS are posted on our website: fredericksburgrockhounds.org/constitution