Showing posts with label club business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label club business. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A couple bits of news

Submitted by Lee Stockman

Two Items for your attention:

1.  At our meeting tomorrow evening, September 12, Mary Dowse will present a program on her trip to Australia. 

Here is her description of what she will talk about:

"Mary Dowse, Professor of Geology at Western and world traveler, will present a program about her visit to Australia in the Summer of 2012. She spent a week in the Pilbara in Western Australia, sleeping in the bush and looking at very old rocks which she will tell us about. After a week of meetings in Brisbane she headed for the Great Barrier Reef to study learn more about reefs and swim with sharks, little ones."

As always Mary's talks are most informative and entertaining.

2.  Jeannine Weiner, Club Historian would like for  people that took pictures at the show to get them to her so she can put together a slide show for the web page as well as the archives. Maybe those with pictures  could burn them to a CD and bring them to the meeting.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

2013 Officers Elected by Acclamation

Submitted by out-going Club President - Kyle Meredith

I thought that headline sounded impressive, but even with unanimous approval the race was a squeaker, and we still don’t have a Vice President for programs. All our heartfelt thanks go to Albin Chalk for volunteering at the last minute (without being railroaded!) to be the Rolling Stones President for 2013. Mary Soule retains the office of Secretary, Marcia Fisch is still our Treasurer, and Ann Owen is our board member at large. Joining them on the board this year is Jeannine Weiner, Historian (and superb photographer, I might add.)
The appointed board members include Lee Stockman, Show Chair; Ansel Walters, Field Trip Coordinator; and (for now) Karen Murphy, Editor of the Beacon. Although the following position is not an official board position, I want to acknowledge Marcia Andre as our Blog Editor and 2012 Show Advisor. We thank them all for their service to our club!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Rolling Stones Awards Funds to GCEC

The Rolling Stones Board recently awarded Gila Conservation Education Center (GCEC) a check in the amount of $500.00 to be used for the education of students at the Gila Water Festival. For those of you that are not aware of it, the Rolling Stones in the spring of each year has a station at the GCEC Water Festival in which we acquaint the students with information and techniques on how and where to pan for gold. It is a very popular station at the water festival. Students pan for gold (aka brass BB’s) and many of the kids take their treasures home with them.

The Board of the Rolling Stones decided that the GCEC is a worthwhile cause as it educates the students of Grant County in the Ecology and Geology of the Gila River. The award will be used to purchase supplies and to help with transportation costs for the project.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Club Assists Geology Program At WNMU

At the regular meeting of the Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society in 
September a check for $500.00 was presented to Dr Mary Dowse, Professor 
of Geology at Western New Mexico University.  The recent Gem&  Mineral 
Show at the Business & Conference Center is held each year to raise 
funds to provide scholarships for Geology Students at WNMU and other 
educational projects in Silver City and New Mexico.  The Rolling Stones 
are committed to helping students, faculty and the general public learn 
more about geology and the earth sciences. 
Dr. Dowse stated after she was presented with the check by Marcia Fisch, 
Rolling Stones Treasurer, "The recent donation from the Rolling Stones 
Gem and Mineral Society will help to defray some of the extra costs of 
field trips for students.  This fall's donation will cover some of the 
costs of a joint trip with faculty and students from the School of 
Education.  The goal is to strengthen future teachers knowledge and 
interest in geology and encourage them to consider including activities 
related to geology when they begin teaching.  I am deeply grateful for 
the continuing support of the Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society for 
students in the Geology Program at WNMU."
Club Treasurer Marcia Fisch presents check to Dr. Dowse

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thank You Mama's Minerals

We would like to give a big thanks to Mama’s Minerals in Albuquerque for their generous monetary donation to our Club. We are currently studying ways in which to use this donation to further the interest of Rockhounding in New Mexico.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rockhound State Park

Attention all rockhounds:
The New Mexico State Parks Division (NMSPD) has proposed to disallow rockhounding in Rockhound State Park near Deming, New Mexico.   Rockhound State Park is best known for its fantastic thundereggs, some with multicolored agate in addition to well-formed quartz crystals.  Also scattered about the park are rocks and minerals of volcanic and hydrothermal origin; including quartz, chalcedony, agate, common opal and banded and brecciated rhyolite. The 1,100 acre park was established in 1966 as the first in the United States that allowed collecting of rocks and minerals for personal use. 

Check out the new proposed Management Plan .   Comments on the proposal must be received by April 18, 2011.  

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shop at Mama's Minerals in March and Help Our Club

Visitors to Albuquerque in March are encouraged to visit Mama's Minerals where a portion of proceeds this month will benefit our club!    The store is located at 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE at Lomas (San Mateo exit south off I-40 after Constitution).   Mama's is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, so each month has a theme such as Prospectors in January and  Beaders in February.   March will be their Gem and Mineral Club month, and we have been selected to be one of their recipients.  Keep an eye on their web site for more information and just click on 25th Anniversary Specials and Events!   You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also visit the Santa Fe Plaza store at La Fonda Hotel.  Both stores are open every day.  

Mama's is a really fun place to shop, so check it out!  Spread the word and help our Club! 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Benefits of Membership

Members of the Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society are currently conducting a poll to describe the benefits of being a member of our club. Check back to see the on-going results.

Members - You can participate using the submission form for this poll.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Revised club constitution


Grant County Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

Silver City, New Mexico


The Grant County Rolling Stones Gen & Mineral Society Inc shall be dedicated to the advancement and enjoyment of the earth sciences and related subjects. Its primary purpose is the exchange of information and the furtherance of the knowledge of mineralogy, gem cutting, geology, and to stimulate interest in the development of these studies. It is composed of individuals who have chosen gems and minerals, and these afore stated related interests as their hobby.

Article 1: Name

The name of the organization shall be: The Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society Inc.

Article 2: Affiliations

The Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society Inc is affiliated members of The Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc, and The American Federation of Mineralogical Society, Inc.

Article 3: Officers

The Officers of the Society shall be: President, Vice President, Field Trip Chair, Show Chair, Treasurer, Historian, Newsletter Editor and one Member at Large. The Officers of the Society and the Past President shall constitute the Board of Directors. The elected Officers of the Society shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian and Member at Large. Additional members of the Board of Directors shall be Past President, Field Trip Chair, Show Chair and Newsletter Editor. These Members shall be appointed as necessary by the Board. The six elected Officers shall serve for no more than two (2) consecutive years in any one position with the exception of the Treasurer who may serve up to three (3) years.

Article 4: Annual Meeting

The annual meeting shall be held in December at which time the Officers previously elected shall be installed.

Article 5: Right to Vote

Members in good dues standing, 18 years of age or older, are entitled to vote. A majority consisting of at least (25) twenty five members must be present in order to complete any business this Gem and Mineral Society presents at its regular meetings. Proxy voting will be allowed. Proxies must be submitted to the Secretary any time prior to voting.

Article 6 --- Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of the Society, after the payment of all debts and liabilities, the assets of the Society shall inure to the benefit of the Western New Mexico University Geology Division of the Earth Sciences Department for the granting of scholarships.

Revised club by-laws



The Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society Inc.


1.1 The Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society Inc. shall be non-sectarian and non partisan. We shall not discriminate against any person because of race, creed, color or religion.

1.2 Membership in the Society may consist of three classes: Regular, Junior or Life.

1.3 Regular Members are those paying the full amount of current dues.

1.4 Junior Membership shall consist of Dues Paying Members less than 18 years of age.

1.5 Life Membership ‘MAY’ be conferred upon anyone nominated by the Board of Directors and approved by a majority of the members attending.

1.6 When a Member has become two (2) months in arrears in dues he shall be dropped from the membership rolls.


2.1 Dues shall be set by the Board with the approval, at the annual meeting, of a majority of the Members present.


3.1 The Fiscal Year of this Society shall correspond with the Calendar year, from January 1st through December 31st.

3.2 The Annual Meeting shall be the meeting at which the Officers for the New Year are installed and assume their respective offices.


4.1 The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee by August of each year. The Nominating Committee shall select a complete slate of Officers and present their nominees at the meeting which shall be held in October. At this meeting nominations for each Office may be made from the floor. The election of Officers will take place in November and the new slate of elected Officers shall be installed at the December meeting.

4.2 All Members in good dues standing, 18 years of age or older shall have voting privileges.

4.3 All voting at elections shall be by ballot or show of hands. The Officers receiving a plurality of votes for each office shall be elected.

4.4 At least twenty-five Members of voting status must be present to vote and insure a legal quorum.


5.1 The duties of the Officers shall be such as are implied by their respective Titles and such are specified by these Bylaws. All Officers shall keep records of their work and turn these records over to their successor in office.

5.2 The President shall direct all affairs of the Society for the best welfare and in the best interest of the Society. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint such committees as may become necessary to carry on business that is needed for operation.

5.3 The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President and shall be Program Chair.

5.4 The Field Trip Chair shall be in charge of field trips. He/she shall provide/lead monthly field trips for Members and provide/lead field trips at the Annual Show.

5.5 The Show Chair shall direct/perform the duties necessary to put on the yearly Labor Day weekend Show.

5.6 The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings of the Society and shall ensure that they are published in the Club Newsletter; shall incorporate in full all amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws in the minutes of the meeting at which they were adopted; shall ensure that an accurate classified list of the names and addresses of all Members of the Society and of all Chairs and Members of Committees are kept. The Secretary shall also maintain an accurate up-to-date copy of the Constitution and Bylaws as amended and shall furnish Officers and Board of Directors with copies of same. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence of the Society as directed by the President and shall preserve a file of all records and correspondence of value to the Society and its presiding officers. These records are to be given to the successor, in this office.

5.7 The Treasurer shall have custody of all monies of the Society and shall receive all funds, giving a receipt for same. The Treasurer shall pay all expenditures approved by the President subject to review by the Board. After approval of bills by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall keep an itemized record, in a permanent file, of all receipts and expenditures and shall give a report of same at each monthly meeting. The Treasurer shall submit all records to an auditing committee as soon as the books are closed for the past year, but no later than February 1 of the upcoming year, or at any other time as requested by the Board of Directors.

5.8 It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to consider the affairs of the Society in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, and policies necessary to the good welfare of the Society. They shall report matters of interest to the Members. They shall fill vacancies in offices for the unexpired term when no provision has been made by the Constitution and Bylaws.

5.9 The Historian shall keep a complete and accurate history of the Society activities, including honors won by the Society and individual Members. The Historian shall maintain and update a scrap book to be made available to the Members at every meeting.


6.1 Regular and special meetings shall be held as specified by the Board of Directors.

6.2 Special meetings may be called by the President or the Board of Directors or at the request of any five (5) Members, providing the entire membership has been notified of the date and place of such meeting. The call for a special meeting must state the business to be transacted and only that business shall be transacted.

6.3 Executive Board of Directors meetings are called by the President and are contingent with the business affairs of the Society.


7.1 At least (25) twenty five Members of voting status must be present to vote to insure a legal quorum.


8.1 These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a simple majority vote of the Members present, or with submitted proxies, providing a legal quorum has been declared present or represented. The amendment to be voted on must have been read at one (1) previous meeting, published in the Newsletter and read at the meeting prior to the vote.


9.1 In the event of the dissolution of the society, after the payment of all debts and liabilities the assets of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of the Western New Mexico University Geology Division of the Natural Science Department for the granting of scholarships.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Membership grows!

The Club continues to grow with more new members each year. As of this month, according to Club Treasurer Marcia Fisch, we have 218 members, with a total of 138 families. This includes 30 who are Life Members.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Board Meeting Report

As the new Blog manager, I attended a board meeting at BJ’s house on April 15. Board members and attendees, if I didn’t get anything just right, please let me know. Members, please feel free to post comments about these notes.

Ginger Coombs reported out on the annual cost of tumbling our own stones for our Wheel of Fortune as compared to the cost of purchasing the stones. As a result, the Board decided that from here forward we would purchase most stones needed to operate “the Wheel”. Members are still welcome to donate tumbled stones, but the bulk will be purchased.

The Board also decided to not participate in this year’s 4th of July celebration. The cost of the booth would be $50, and the potential profits from the “Wheel” do not justify the expense.

Treasurer Marcia Fisch reported that our current balance is only $1,341.17, the lowest in a long time. We took on additional show advertising with the promise of $2000. from the Chamber. This money has not yet been reimbursed, contributing to the current low figure in our account. Judy Allen reported that every effort is being made to collect those funds.

Marcia also reported that the club has an opportunity to reduce our insurance costs, due to a new type of group policy available through the RMFMS. (Rocky Mtn. Federation of Mineralogical Societies) Note that I have added a new link for the federation over in the links section of the side-bar.

See the blog sidebar for the calendar of events items discussed.

The Board decided that it was time for a review of our by-laws, largely due to requirements associated with our tax-exempt status. Members who are interested and available to serve on a review team should contact BJ. This will be a short-duration project, not a permanent team. Once the team has prepared its recommendations, any changes must be voted on by the membership.

The Board decided to honor Mary Dowse and Jack Cunningham with life memberships. Congratulations to Mary and Jack!

Charlotte Rice, Co-Chair of our annual show, reported out on the Show Committee’s activities and discussed the show budget with the board. Charlotte and Roger will attend an upcoming meeting of the county commissioners to ensure they understand our interest in using the new conference for future events.

The Board would like to extend their sympathy to the Weaver family for the hardship they are currently experiencing.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

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You can also write to the Club at this address:

Grant County Rolling Stones Gem & Mineral Soc.
POB 1555
Silver City, NM 88062-1555