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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8

    K. Kish

    OGMS Editor

    P.O. Box 246 Oxnard, Ca.


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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8

    The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit organization formed to increase our knowledge in geology, mineralogy and other such related fields in the earth sciences. We classify, cut, grind and polish rocks and minerals for

    our personal collections and to display at club shows. We learn from each other through club speakers, programs and

    monthly fieldtrips. We co-operate with other clubs to encourage others to participate in our activity.

    The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society is a member of the State of California Federation of Mineralogical Society and the

    National Federation of Mineralogical Society.

    Meeting held: 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. Potlucks: 6:30 P.M.

    Pebble Pups meet each month at 6:00 P.M. prior to the meeting

    Place: Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA (Thousand Oaks Room)

    Dues: $15.00 per adult; $2.00 per junior member (age 12 to 18 years)

    OGMS Officers for 2017 President Stephanie Hagiwara 1st Vice President (Program) Stephanie Hagiwara

    2nd Vice President (Show) Diane Cook

    3rd Vice President (Field trips) Bob Driskell

    Recording Secretary Laura Driskell Treasurer

    Miriam Tetreault

    Appointed Officers Corresponding Secretary Laura Driskell


    Displays/Exhibits Open

    Editor Karen Kish

    e-mail:info@oxnardgem.com Education Director Donna Knapton


    Federation Director John Cook

    Historian open Hospitality Janice Albertsen

    Librarian Kathy Scharf

    Member at Large Adrian Ruiz

    Membership Secretary Carolyn Howe Publicity Stephanie Hagiwara


    Pebble Pups

    Laura Driskell

    Louisa Carey

    Refreshments Scholarships

    Candy Marshall Kay Hara

    Sergeant at Arms Larry Knapton


    Shop Steward Ways and Means

    Stephanie Hagiwara

    Jean pSmith Larry Knapton

    Classes: Silversmithing & Casting: Nancy Bogart, Jean p-Smith, Kirsten Meeker

    Lapidary, Opal & Wirewrap: Kay Hara, Brett Johnson

    Location: Durley Park, 950 West Hill Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

    Editor: All members are encouraged to offer an article of interest or any suggestions as to what their interests

    are and what they’d like to see in the Rock Bag. Remember it is your bulletin! Articles can be submitted by

    an e-mail attachment or in writing by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Thanks, Editor

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8

    President’s Message

    At July’s meeting, we dined al fresco during our Summer Potluck. Good food and

    companionship made it a successful evening for all. August is Ventura County Fair Time. I

    am looking forward to seeing all the fabulous projects our members are displaying, hearing

    the bands and visiting the horses. I hope to see everyone there!

    Stephanie Hagiwara – President

    Program for the August Meeting:

    Join us on August 2nd, as we volunteer on the opening day of the Ventura County Fair. It is a pleasure

    sharing the excitement of friends and family finding ribbons on the display case of someone they know.

    Volunteering involves cleaning glass on the display cases and asking that people enjoy their food & drinks

    outside. I consider it an opportunity to look at the display cases without being rushed. Volunteers receive

    free entry to the Fair. Can’t make it on Wednesday? It is possible to volunteer on other days at the Fair.

    Schedule your volunteer time with Diane Cook.

    Stephanie Hagiwara – 1st VP Programs

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8


    We will not be having a Board Meeting on August 9th. We will be having a By-Law Meeting

    on August 16th at 7:00 p.m.. We will be discussing potential changes to our most recent

    version. All Board members will have a voice and vote on this topic.

    Best, Stephanie

    August Pebble Pups Program Calling all Pebble Pups! Wednesday August 2th 2017

    It is time for the Ventura County Fair! The general membership will be volunteering at the county fair in the Gem & Mineral building for a free day

    pass. You are welcome to join up or to come hang with us Pebble Pups at the regular meeting. I have some fun

    projects planned so come join us.

    New comers always welcome and NEVER go home empty handed!

    The meeting will be held in the Thousand Oaks room of the Oxnard Performing Arts Convention Center (800

    Hobson Way, Oxnard) the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm

    Happy Summer, Rocks ROCK!


    Take a class at Oxnard College

    Physical Geology 101 Laboratory, Tuesday Night

    "Where the Laboratory and Field Extraordinaire is Formed"

    The course is a traditional 3-hour laboratory class that uses lectures, a textbook, and field exercises. Students

    explore and study the processes that shape the Earth. The course gives students a hands-on approach to

    learning about mineral and rock and mineral identification, interpretation of topographic maps, and aerial

    photographs, geologic maps, interpretation of surface land features, earthquakes, and geologic processes.

    Field trips will be offered as extra credit to examine local streams and diversion dams, waste water treatment

    plants, beach erosion, and hazardous waste sites, and geomorphic processes.

    Course Details:

    Physical Geology Lab - GEOL RIOIL 002

    CRN: 72953

    Duration: AUG 14, 2017 -DEC 15, 2017

    Days and Time: Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:50 pm

    Transfer Credit: 1 unit to UC and CSU

    For more information contact Joseph Saenz at jsaenz@vcced.edu

    On-line registration at: http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/


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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8

    The Birthstone for August is Peridot

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    OGMS Library – Book of the Month for August 2017

    Title: Gemstone Adventure Series, The Gemstone Journey, Vol 4 Author: Jewelry Television Publisher: America’s Collectibles Network Inc., 2008 The book of the month for August is a 50-minute DVD that provides a general look at “the journey of a gemstone.” It touches on the formation, mining/collecting, grading, treatments, and faceting of many gemstones, as well as the manufacture of synthetics. It is a well-produced documentary that would be a good primer for people of any age starting an interest in gemstones or for those more experienced looking for an hour of entertainment. Take a few minutes to look over the OGMS Library at the next regular meeting – Kathy Scharf, OGMS Librarian

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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8

    Field Trips and Rock Shows

    2017 Field Trip Information (by sponsoring club): (VGMS) Field Trip Leader; Luther Brown. Phone: 805-312-8467 E-mail: ravenwolf2@att.net (OGMS) Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society - www.oxnardgem.com or Facebook Field Trip page: www.facebook.com/OGMS.Excursions/events Use the new sign-up page so we know you plan to come! Pick a trip, get location information, maps, and sign up! http://whoscoming.com/vgms

    (VGMS/OGMS/CGMC) Ventura County Fair –

    Help will be needed with set-up. Display your rocks, minerals & fossils to public. See Diane Cook,


    Tourmaline Mines, San Diego County;

    Himalaya Mine; September 23 ($75/person) Ocean View Mine; September 24 ($75/person). Reservations required. Details coming soon; See member Adrian Ruiz for more information. Also search Internet for the mines’ websites for more detailed information.

    Trona Gem-O-Rama, Searles Lake, CA

    October 15-16. Saturday 7:30AM to 5PM - Sunday 7:30AM to 4PM SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building

    13337 Main St. (corner of Main & Trona Rd.) A fun, if messy, trip. Halite, hanksite, trona and various other salt minerals will be collected. This is a FEE site.

    See flyer for more information at:http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/FLYER.htm



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    Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society, Oxnard Ca. August 2017, Volume 55, Issue 8


    AUGUST 2 – AUGUST 13, 2017

    Fair theme: