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    MONTHLY BULLETIN OF THE MINERAL & GEM SOCIETY OF CASTRO VALLEY, INC Visit our website at www.mgscy.com .AE.Mallusatmgacy@yahoo.com

    Fe6ruary 2004

    Board Meetings 7:30 p.m. at the Shop February 9,2004

    March 8, 2004

    General Meetings 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Eden Presbyterian Church, 26236 Adrian Ave., Hayward

    February 11, 2004 Meet Our Scholarship Awardeesl

    Refreshments: J - Q, Finger Goods

    March 10, 2004 Mary Howell's Egyptian Experience

    Remember we need baked goods (pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts) for the Showl

    For other ways to help, see the work signup sheet on page 7, a list of opportunities on page 8, and the case application on page 9.

  • MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY OF CASTRO VALLEY, INC. PETROGRAPH FEBRUARY 2004

    This Is the bulletin of the MINERAL AND GEM SOCIETY OF CASTRO VALLEY, INC., a member of the Califomla Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc., and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

    BULLETIN POLICY

    Anonymous contributions cannot be considered for publication in the Petrograph. However, if requested, the contributor's name will be withheld from the published material. The sources of other material will be indicated for proper credit. Permission is granted to reprint petrograph articles when credit Is given.

    2004 OFFICERS Elected President - Larry Ham ............................................................................................. (510) 547-5906 Vice President- Mary Howell ................................................................................ (510) 537-3702 Secretary - ........... .............. .... ....... ...................... : .......................................................................... . Treasurer - Betty Milam ....... ....................... solldcedar@attbl.com .......................... (510) 732-6717 1 st Year ,Director -'04, '05, '06 - Mark Montgomery ......................... .. ................................. .......... . 2nd Year Director - Jane Panico '03, '04, ' 3rd Year Director '02, '03, '04 - Walt Klas ............................................................... (510) 537-7706 Federation Director '02, '03, '04 - Ron Hasemeyer ................................................ (510) 886-1747 Shop Foreman - Beth Farmer ..................... bethfarrner(i?laol.com .......................... (510) 538-3092 2004 Show Chairman - Ron Miller .................... mllcron(i?laol.com ......................... (510) 538-2397 Membership - Bonnie Andrade ...................... .. .............................. ............ ....... ..... ......................... . Editor - Cheryl Archer '04, '05, '06 ................. claagitta@msn.com .......................... (510) 889-7808 Past PreSident - Arland Stokes ................................................. ... ..... : ....... ...... .............................. ..

    Appointed Shop Steering Committee Chair - Willy Kochendorfer ............................................ (510) 582-7278 Scholarship Chair - Mike Alves ............................... ................ .. ............................. (510) 657-7438 Special Shop Fund Administrator - Willy Kochendorfer .......................................... (510) 582-7278 Librarian - Fern Brown ........................................................................................... (510) 357-1326 Historian - Jamie McDonald ........................ jantares@msn.com ............................ (510) 889-7808 Purchasing Agent - Horace Robertson .................................. .......... .. .................... (510) 278-1085 Education Coordinator - Shirley Buschke .............................................................. (510) 797-0744 Field Trip Coordinator - H.E. Neilson ..................................................................... (510) 784-1262 Parliamentarian - Doc Buschke ............................................... ... ............................ (510) 797-0744 Receptionist - Dolores Barnes ...................................................................... .. .. ..... (510) 635-2481 Host I Hostess - Dolores Barnes ............................................................................ (510) 635-2481 Sunshine Reporter - Mary Howell .......................................................................... (510) 537-3702 Door Prizes - AnneMarie Kochendorfer ...................... ... ....................................... (510) 582-7278 Web Master - David Howell .......... ................. mQscv@yahoo.com ........ ............... ... (510) 537-3702

    4ew •• f PUBLICATION STAFF

    Typists Betty Milam, Beth Farmer, Jane Panico Reporters All MGSCV Members I Rock Rumbles, Gem of the Month Shirley Buschke

    Safety Information Mary Howell, Field Trips/Shows Ron Hasemeyer Silent Auctions/Juniors Jane Panico Assembly Cft')W Charlette Snyder, Jeanette Garetto

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    ... DCoIe.tJrom the !l':re31'tlenf ,.. (An unusual state of qfJairs: The Editor has nothing to say this monthl Fortunately, our President does, so we are turning over our space to Larry Hamfor ajew words about the slale of the club. Please take his words to heart. - Ed)

    Well It's that time of the year we all look forward to so much again. No, I am not referring to that joyous experience known as taxes. I'm talking about SHOW TIME 11111 March 5,6 &7 are this year's dates. As always, we need lots of help beginning on Sunday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. at the shop, when we will be loading the ,large truck. If you have a pick-up truck, please bring it along,

    Of course, we need help all the rest of the week as well. Bonnie Andrade or Ron Miller will be contacting everyone - please be generous with your time. This Isn't really an optional activity - all members are required to work at the show. Please remember that the sum total of our yearly dues doesn't even come close to covering three months of shop expenses. The show is what allows our club to operate for the year.

    For the past several years we have had a terrible time on Fridays staffing the show. With so many of our members retired you would think we could get enough people on a Friday but it just doesn't seem to be so. If you are available Friday the 5th please put in a few hours, (or how about all day?) at the show. Let's not forget about the take down on Sunday the 7th starting at 5:00 p.m .. If we get a big group of people the job goes pretty fast - too small a group and it seems to take forever, so be there if you possibly can.

    Those of us who have been Involved with the show and other club events have become rather concerned lately. As a whole our society is having an unusual amount of trouble filling positions - temporary, ap-pointed and elected. It took us almost two years to find a replacement for Willie Kochendorfer as Beginners Instructor. We still have no Secretary on the Board. This position has been announced for months, we have approached many individuals and no one seems willing to heip. I have spoken to many long-term members and I share their concems. The question is "where will the future leadership of this society come from?" There are only two possible answers, (1) new people will step

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    February 2004

    forward and take up the challenge or (2) the club will soon be a thing of the past.

    I apologize for being so morose, but some-times the job demands It. The club needs new blood to keep going. Let's make this years show the start of something bigger. We have the best show in northem California. we all belong to one of the finest gem and mineral clubs in the world, and we have the best shop west of the Rockies. With some fresh faces we can improve on even these rather boastful - but quite true - statements. See you all at the showl

    One more thing: In the January Petrograph, Mary Button's name was omitted from those who prepared turkeys for our Christmas dinner. It was Mary rather than AnneMarie who prepared one of the turkeys. Our apologiesl n~n~n~n~n~n~n~nJn~n~n~n~n~n~n~n~

    Minutes of the Board and General Meeting. for January were not received before the Petrograph went to pres.. They wflf be

    Included In the March 'ssue. - Ed.

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    "~,, \~d\~".*'" \\d FROM THE SHOP MANAGER BelhFarmer

    Well, last minute work for those show cases have been keeping the shop humming for the past week, and I'm sure that the whole month of February will be the same.

    I'm sure that those members who love our "Genies" will be happy to know that I have ordered new Nova wheels to replace those threadbare ones.

    Likewise, both of the small slab saws for general membership use are back in operation. We have the blades for the 18" sphere blank machine and the 20" slab saw.

    I'm confident we will be changing out the scored or cut 50000 diamond polishing pad. Remember to bevel your stone's back before polishing. This damage is the result of an error like that.

    February 2004

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    FROM THE SHOP MANAGER (continued)

    likewise, the sanding belts are due for replace- ment before the end of January.

    We have a received a box of fresh castable, so get those lost wax items Inside our blue cabinet I Don't forget to pay the incredibly cheap 50 cents per item fee.

    While we are on the subject of shop fees, I notice that we are using a lot more coffee creamer than we should. I know this because few of us are paying for coffee (hint, hint).

    I will be replacing the dop wax pot soon (the top surface won