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General Meeting - March 3, 2014

The General Meeting of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society was called to order by President Diane Braswell at 7:30 p.m. There were no visitors and new members present.


Shaunna Morrison is a third year graduate student with Dr. Bob Downs at the University of Arizona and is a NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) science team member. She spoke on “Mars and its Minerals” starting with the launch of the Curiosity Rover in November 2011 and the challenges/concerns about the new landing system on Curiosity. The trip took eight months and touch-down was August 5, 2012. The goal is to examine the lower reaches of Mount Sharp using the Che-Min instrument to define the chemical composition of the Mars surface using x- ray diffraction. She showed video clips of various stages from development of Curiosity to diffraction patterns, received from the Rover, one of which shows there was water on Mars at one time.

Shaunna also thanked the TGMS membership for the scholarship she received and spoke of how helpful it was.


Bob and Elaine Royer provided the refreshments of fruit, carrots, tomatoes and cookies. Thanks to both!


Approval of Minutes: MOTION: To approve the minutes of the January 6, 2014 General Meeting as written and distributed with the announcement for this meeting. Seconded and approved.
Field Trips: Kerry Towe reported that the March 7 trip to the Mission Mine will be to two areas. Meet at the mine office at the west end of Pima Mine Road. Collecting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For the March 16 trip to the Purple Passion Mine, meet in Wickenburg at the Mc Donald’s at 10:00 a.m. The fee is $20, half to be paid by TGMS. Areas visited will be the Hogan Claim, Monarch Hill, Amethyst Hill and the Purple Passion. April 5 trip to the Rowley Mine, meet at the mine at 10:00 a.m. which is off of Painted Rocks Road about half a mile. Fee is $15, $5 of which will be paid by TGMS. April 26-27, is the trip to the Oceanview Mine in California. Collection fee for one day is $50. TGMS will pay half for one day only. Possible minerals include tourmaline, kunzite and aquamarine. A trip to Tonopah, Nevada for turquoise will be Memorial Day weekend or the following weekend. For members who wish to join the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Society, they will have a trip June 21-22 to Colorado for smoky quartz.


2015 Show: MOTION: To approve having a 2015 Show. Seconded and approved.

Helen Serras-Herman is home from the hospital and today is her birthday. Please sign the card for her.

UA Mineral Museum: A collector from New Jersey has donated his collection to the museum.


Bob Royer, as meeting host, made the first choice. Drawing winners were Jerry Foley, Martha Erdem, Fred Pfarrius and Denis Menard.

Reminder: Specimens with a story wanted for the May auction. Proceeds will go to the Show case fund.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Marilyn Reynolds, Recording Secretary