WELCOME TO THE HUACHUCA MINERAL & GEM CLUB

THE HUACHUCA DIGGERS

The Newsletter of the Huachuca Mineral and Gem Club, Inc. 
P.O. Box 1596, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-1596
Web site: 
http://huachucamineralandgemclub.info
 November 2017

Business meeting first Wednesday each month, Sierra Vista Public Library Conference Room,

5:00 p.m. Members welcome

General Membership meeting third Wednesday each month, 7:00 p.m., Conference Room, Cochise College Library, Sierra Vista

 

Club field trips generally the Saturday after the club meeting, to be announced

 

CLUB OFFICERS 2017

President………….… Ron Brooks …………. 378-2592

1st Vice-President .....Dave Dechant ……….. 458-8088

2nd Vice-President .…Olivia Cantrell …….…508-7923

Secretary …………... Shelly Cantrell ………. 508-7923

Treasurer ………..…. Glenn Bailey …..…..… 378-6291

Member-at-Large ….. Marty Keller …….....… 803-0667

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS 2017

Library ………..… Tom & Myra Rogers ….... 803-6547

Newsletter …….… Ingrid Baillie …………… 459-3718

Education/History.. Maudie Bailey ………….. 378-6291

                               Ingrid Baillie ………..…. 459-3718

                               Marty Keller ………….... 803-0667

Programs ………....

Membership …..…. Ingrid Baillie..………….. 459-3718

Show …………….. Maudie Bailey …………. 378-6291

Trips ……………... Maudie Bailey …………. 378-6291

Social ……………. Sandy Bates ……………. 378-4468

Scholarships …..….Dave Dechant ……......… 458-8088

 

Business meeting first Wednesday each month, Sierra Vista Public Library Conference Room,

5:00 p.m. Members welcome.

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General Membership meeting third Wednesday each month, 7:00 p.m., Conference Room, Cochise College Library, Sierra Vista

 

Club field trips generally the Saturday after the club meeting, to be announced

 

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CLUB OFFICERS 2016

President………….… Ron Brooks …………. 378-2592

1st Vice-President .....Dave Dechant ……….. 458-8088

2nd Vice-President .…Olivia Cantrell …….…508-7923

Secretary …………... Shelly Cantrell ………. 508-7923

Treasurer ………..…. Glenn Bailey …..…..… 378-6291

Member-at-Large ….. Marty Keller …….....… 803-0667

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS 2016

Library ………..… Tom & Myra Rogers ….... 803-6547

Newsletter …….… Ingrid Baillie …………… 459-3718

Education/History.. Maudie Bailey ………….. 378-6291

                               Ingrid Baillie ………..…. 459-3718

                               Marty Keller ………….... 803-0667

Programs ………....

Membership …..…. Ingrid Baillie..………….. 459-3718

Show …………….. Maudie Bailey …………. 378-6291

Trips ……………... Maudie Bailey …………. 378-6291

Social ……………. Sandy Bates ……………. 378-4468

Scholarships …..….Dave Dechant ……......… 458-8088

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Saturday, December 9

Meet at 4:30, Dinner starts at 5:00

at Ron Brooks’ house, 5406 S. Laguna Ave, Sierra Vista. Call Ron at 378-2592 for directions

FOOD AND FUN FOR EVERYONE

Each family/member provide a side dish (salad, vegetable, desserts) to share, take your own tableware and a lawn chair. Call Sandy Bates at

378-4468 if you plan to attend.

Elections for 2018 offices will be held

Gift exchange: Each member who provides a gift will get a ticket, and be eligible to receive a gift (up to $10 or so) from another member. Gifts should be rock-related and marked whether for man or woman.

A game will be provided, with a prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MEMBERS

Welcome to several new members to our club. They are:

Jack and Sheila Scoby, Miki Waldrun and Hank Scoby, who live at 1202 Windsor Dr. in Sierra Vista. They are interested in field trips, fossils, and gold smithing, as well as field trips. Their phone number is 907-491-1324. And email is jackscoby@gmail.com

Chip and Dawn Manion, who live at 2843 Player Ave in Sierra Vista, have an email of swampy1956@hotmail.com and a phone number of 269-998-9106’ They are interested in almost everything rock-related, and were vendors at our 2017 show.

Ted Sparks, whose email is tjsparks1437@gmail.com, lives at 2587 San Ysidro Dr. in Sierra Vista. He can be called at 520-263-4809. His interests include almost all aspects of our activities.

   Hope to see you at all our meetings.

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BENCH TIPS FROM BRAD

From www.bradsmithjewelry.com

MARKING YOUR TOOLS:  It makes sense to mark your tools if you ever lend them to friends or take them out to classes or workshops. Question is how to mark them permanently. For metal tools, I use a very small ball bur running fast in the Dremel or Foredom to “engrave” my initials. Other times I’ll form the initials with a number of hits with a center punch.

   But for hammer handles and other wooden tools, the country boy in me came back and thought “Why not make a branding iron?” If you’d like to try one, all you need is a little scrap copper or nickel about 22-24 gauge, a piece of heavy brass or copper for a base, about 6 inches of metal rod and a piece of wood for the handle.

   I formed my initials from a couple of 4 mm wide strips of sheet metal. The “S” was one piece and the “B” was three pieces soldered together with hard (remember to form the letters backwards). I then soldered the letters with medium onto a piece of 1/8 inch thick brass bar to act as a heat sink. Finally, I soldered a piece of 1/8 round rod on the back of the brass bar as a shaft to join to a wooden handle.

IDEA: With the holidays upon us soon, we’re all making our lists. If you need a present for someone who does jewelry, consider a book that teaches new skills. See selections at Amazon.com/author/bradfordsmith.

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MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER MEETING

   The meeting was called to order by President Ron Brooks at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15.

   A donation was presented to the Buena High School Robotics Club (NERDS) in appreciation of their helping out at the gem and Mineral show in October. The students and their advisor had brought their latest robot to demonstrate the project that garnered them a second-place at the state level.

   The program was presented by Ted Forte, of the Huachuca Area Astronomy Club on the OSIRIS-Rex project, designed to bring back to Earth a sample of the asteroid Bennu, which comes relatively close to our planet. The project is slated to return to Earth in 2023.

   Maudie Bailey presented the treasurer’s report. It was accepted, subject to audit.

   Ingrid Baillie brought up a donation to the club from member Jay Towsley of more than 20 white plastic 8-foot tables that are located at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista. Jay had bought the tables some years ago, and the Elks has bought new ones. Marty Keller said he can pick them up and store them in his yard, temporarily.

   Refreshments were provided by Sandy Bates and Harold & Ingrid Baillie.

   The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Ingrid Baillie, Acting Secretary

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DIRECTIONS TO CHRISTMAS PARTY

   From the starting point of E Fry Blvd & AZ-92,

  • Head south on AZ-92 E 5.4 miles
  • Turn right onto E Mandan Dr, go 0.6 miles
  • Turn left onto S Laguna Ave, go 0.2 miles
  • Destination will be on the right 5406 S Laguna

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2018 CLUB OFFICERS

   Please consider running for office for next year. Your club needs you.

   We already have volunteers willing to serve in the following positions, which are all one-year terms, renewable for one term: President, Ron Brooks; First Vice-President, Dave Dechant; Second Vice-President. Greg Radzykewycz.

   A volunteer is needed for Secretary, which is a two-year term, renewable for one term. The responsibilities for each office were outlined in the October newsletter. No volunteer is needed for the Treasurer, which is midway through the two-year limit. Nominations will be entertained for any of the jobs, and election will be at the Christmas party.

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DUES ARE DUE

  Dues for the 2018 year are due soon. If you paid during October, November or December, your dues are good for the whole year. Our dues run from January through December and are &20 for individuals and $30 for families (families consist of individuals in one family under the same roof).

   If dues are not submitted by March, members will be dropped.

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