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General Meeting - Dec. 3, 2012

The General Meeting of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society was called to order by President Mark Ascher at 7:35 p.m. Visitors and new members were recognized and welcomed to the meeting.


Wolfgang Mueller gave a presentation on “Arizona Gemstones.” He is a retired geologist who has done field collecting of minerals and whose specialization in ore mineralogy led him into the lapidary field. Wolfgang and his wife Diana specialize in cutting spheres, eggs, and cabochons utilizing less common materials. Their cabochons are incorporated into Diana’s jewelry. Arizona produces the greatest variety of gemstones of all the states which he presented in a list of Arizona Minerals A – Z. He displayed a map of Arizona gem localities most of which are near copper mines. He categorized the minerals as metals, quartzes, jaspers and agates, and leftovers, and described the minerals found in each category at different localities. Photographs of beautiful, polished examples from each category and locality were shown. He also gave tips on “Beware and Be Aware” with examples of manmade and simulated “gemstones.”


Bill Hodgson, Co-Chair with Carol Johnston for the Exhibit Hall Information Booth: This is a good place for new members to start volunteering. Shifts are four hours long and benefits are a parking permit, meal voucher for the day worked and a tee shirt. These benefits apply to all volunteers working four or more hours.

Ed Schaffer, Co-Chair with Jim Etzwiler for the Galleria Information and Sales Booth: Set up is Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sales items include tee shirts, posters, hats, water bottles, tote bags and other items. More volunteers are needed. Anyone interested can sign up in the office.

Dick Gottfried, Chair for School Visits: Need help Friday morning when the schools bring students to the Show to help show them around. Volunteers are also needed to help put together the packages that are given to the schools prior to the visits and to deliver them to some of the schools.

Nancy Howard, Co-Chair with husband John Howard, for Security: Need volunteers to help with move in on Wednesday and move out on Sunday. This involves being a presence in the area to help prevent problems.

Mark Ascher, Chair for Micromounts: Little boxes are needed for specimens for attendees to take home.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys are needed for the Tucson Firefighters to distribute to children for Christmas. Food donations for the Community Food Bank are also needed. Donations can be brought to the Christmas Party on December 19th.

BREAK: Abe and Norma Lackow provided the refreshments including cookies, cake, fruit and vegetables. Many thanks to them.


Field Trips: Kerry Towe announced December 8th is the field trip to Granite Gap and Joy Valley. Meet at TGMS at 7:30 a.m. January 7th there will be a trip to the Tiger Mine. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Minute Mart in San Manuel across from the BHP office. Depending on the number of people the owner will allow, it may be necessary to schedule a second trip. More information will be forthcoming. March 2nd will be a trip to a new area at the Silverbell Mine.

Christmas Party: Carol Johnston encouraged everyone to attend the party on Wednesday, December 19th. The dinner will be catered by Oregano’s and the All Bill Band plus Mindy will provide the entertainment. Happy hour starts at 5:30 p.m. BYOB. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the entertainment at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Hosts are needed to provide refreshments for the February meeting. This is a large meeting and the club provides a larger reimbursement for expenses. Please volunteer for this important meeting. We have many visitors from all over the United States and many other countries who are here for the Show.


Bill Shelton’s Education Class: Wednesday, December 12th from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. The topic will be “Amblygonite, Anglesite, and Arsenopyrite”.

Sale: December 1st – 8th at Arizona Lapidary Gem & Rough, Inc. at 4699 E. Pima.

Mark Candee: The 100 year anniversary show Minerals of Arizona at the U of A Mineral Museum will be closing the 3rd week of December. This is a world class exhibit and all are encouraged to view it before it closes. The new exhibit will be Minerals of China: Ancient and New. Museum hours are Monday- Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

DRAWING FOR DOOR PRIZES: First choice went to Abe and Norma Lackow for hosting the meeting. Drawing winners were Ed Schaffer, Alrene Hibben, Luis Pill, Sugar White and Ron Johnson.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Marilyn Reynolds, Recording Secretary