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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

The Newsletter of the Huachuca Mineral & Gem Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 1596, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636-1596
Web Site: http://huachucamineralandgemclub.info
February 2018
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Business meeting first Monday 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 2018
President………….… Ron Brooks …………. 378-2592
1st Vice-President .....Dave Dechant ……….. 458-8088
2nd Vice-President .…Greg Radzykewycz 520-221-0111
Secretary …………... Tracy Freeman ………. 344-2133
Treasurer ………..…. Glenn Bailey …..…..… 378-6291
Member-at-Large ….. Marty Keller …….....… 803-0667

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS 2018
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

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

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BENCH TIPS FROM BRAD
(fromwww.bradsmithjewelry.com)

MOBILE FLEXSHAFT STAND: A handy mobile stand for your flexshaft can be made easily and quickly from the base of an old swivel office chair. You can find these chairs being thrown out at office buildings and schools. I just asked the custodian of my building to set one aside for me.
To separate the chair from the wheel base, simply remove the spring clip from the center bottom. I use a small screwdriver or a pair of pliers.
To make the stand, you’ll need two pieces of of threaded galvanized steel pipe and a pipe fitting from a hardware store. The first length of pipe is ¾ inch diameter to fit the hole in most chair bases. The second piece is a length of less expensive ½ inch pipe.
The total length of the two pipes should be five feet. I used a two-foot length of ¾ pipe and a three-foot length of ½ pipe. They are joined together by a pipe fitting called a ¾ to ½ reducing coupler.
LOCAL METALS SOURCE: Local companies that use sheet metal typically have barrels of scrap copper, brass and aluminum sheet that they save for recycling. The shop owner/manager will usually let you go through it to select the shapes and thicknesses you want. Prices vary but will generally be close to the wholesale per-pound scrap value. For me at this time, that’s $3 per pound for copper.
I’ve found it’s much cheaper to buy metal this way than ordering from a catalog. There are no shipping charges, and you’ll be supporting a local small business in your community.
Remember to bring your work gloves if you try this. Also useful is a thickness gauge. When I asked if they had any 14 gauge, they didn’t know. Turns out they measure the thickness of copper by its weight per square foot.

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WELCOME A NEW MEMBER

Steven M. Schier, who joined HMGC last month, lives at 520 S. Coronado Dr., #D133. His phone is 520-635-0789 and his e-mail is stevenschier66@gmail.com. Steve is interested in lapidary, field trips, fossils and geology.
Welcome to the club, Steve.

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FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

A very happy birthday to all members who turn a year older this month. They are: Jordan Freeman Miki Waldron, and anyone else who was too faint-hearted to let your editor know you birthday month.

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TUCSON GEM & MINERAL SHOW

For those who attended the 2018 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show this month, we hope you enjoyed yourself, and are looking forward to next year’s show. This event will feature Wulfenite, which should be interesting and informative. It seems the whole city goes crazy the last week of January and the first part of February. More venues were added this year, which made the show even bigger than last year. Prices seemed to be even bigger, too.
All in all, the show was quite spectacular.

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NOTES FROM THE BUSINESS MEETING

The executive board met Monday, February 5, at 5:00 at the Sierra Vista Public Library Conference Room. President Ron Brooks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. Others present were Second Vice President Greg Radzykewycz, First Vice President Dave Dechant, Member Ingrid Baillie, Member Marty Keller, Member Sandy Bates, Treasurer Assistant Maudie Bailey, and Secretary Tracy Freeman.
Maudie gave the treasurer’s report. She brought a motion from Treasurer Glenn Bailey that we take $11,600 out of HMGC savings account. We currently have both the checking and savings at Wells Fargo Bank; however, the interest earned is so low on the savings account it might be better to move a partial amount to another account with higher rates. We will vote on this at the next general meeting per the board – unanimous vote.
The American Federation of Mineral Societies (AFMS) has an endowment fund. They are hosting a raffle for $5 a ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. There will be one winner from each of the federations. Ron will investigate this further and bring up at the general meeting. See AFMS newsletter volume 71, #3 for more info or contact ciervo.neary@gmail.com for donations at AFMS.
The West End Fair is May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The booth charge is $25. Everything needs to be ready to go and turned in by April 26.
AN ad was placed in the SV Herald by Maudie for $96.66 that will show up in the SOCO magazine section. This also includes a free ad for the 4th of July.
Maudie also bought $3 pounds of quartz crystal points, for $60 at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, for upcoming giveaways. Approved by the board at a previous meeting.
Maudie also shared a Rock-Hounding in Arizona brochure put out by BLM. Website www.az.blm.gov. This brochure covers items such as collection rules for federal lands, abandoned mines, public land, artifact collecting, etc.
Maudie said we may have a new member from Clifton. This person would not be at meetings, but is interested in joining us for our field trips.
Maudie said that Dave Kerr is in the Care Center and should be home by February 3. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Scholarships: Dave said that Buena High School should have the scholarship forms; one person was interested that he knew of. Maudie sent information to Jackie Clay, County Superintendent, to add to their newsletter as well.
Newsletter: Ingrid needs Ron’s section. He will send it.
Speaker: for February we will have researcher Tom Kaye as the guest speaker. He will be talking about his group’s investigation on D. B. Cooper with the FBI and how minerals may help with the notorious skyjacking case.
Speaker: For March, we will be making the bags for the West End Fair and other presentations. We need 180-200 bags. The club will provide the supplies to fill the bags.
Maudie told the board that she has finished the vests for the Jr. Rock Hound Club. Thanks you!
Summer picnic: Sandy said it will be July 15. She asked the board to vote on the park fee for the picnic. The city raised the price from $40 to $65 to reserve the area all day. Approved.
Sandy has a doctor’s appointment the day of the meeting, so Tracy and Maudie volunteered to take over refreshments for that meeting. Sandy has the plates, napkins, etc., and Maudie will arrange an earlier pickup.
Field trips: February Greg and Ron went to Washington Camp area (towards Patagonia and Nogales). The site looks good. We will meet February 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Hwy 82 (Sonoita School District). More info will be sent prior to this field trip.
Field trips: There will be 2 field trips in March. The first will work around the Deming, NM, gem and mineral show March 8 to 11. The second field trip will be to Arivaca area on March 25. More info to follow.
Junior Rockhound group: Dakota, Dylan and Olivia still need to pick up their vests from Maudie. Ron has been working on which badges he thinks each child has completed. He sent a few in and will present the badges at the meetings as they come in. Please have your children work on new badges and let Ron know when they are complete.
Teacher kits: Maudie would like the group to work on making these again based on the pictures she took last time. We can add this to the March meeting. She will share the pictures with Ron ahead of time.
Tracy requested a donation for Pueblo del Sol Elementary School and the Dust Devil PTO there for their spaghetti dinner and basket auction February 22. The public is invited. Spaghetti dinner is $4 each and includes spaghetti, breadsticks, salad and a drink. Kona Ice will be selling slushies also. Baskets can be bid on and taken home that night. The board voted to make a donationof a basket with a sedimentary rock collection, mineral collection, mineral identification kit, 2 books (geodes, rocks, fossils), a small box of polished rocks and a small box of fossils. Thank you!
The University of Arizona is trying to set up a gem and mineral collection in the Old Pima County Courthouse. More info to follow.
Tracy mentioned that the Web site http://www.huachucamineralandgemclub.info/ needs to be updated. She will talk to her husband David to see what he can do to work on it too help Maudie.
Old Business:
Library in Duncan: They want to start a Junior Rockhound program out of their library, They are working on getting a grant to fundthis program but need a letter of support from Maudie/Ron. When they have completed all of the above they would like to start joining us on our monthly field trips. Update: Maudie has now sent them the letter they requested. More info to follow.
The next business meeting is Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5:00 at the SV Library Conference Room.
Meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Tracy Freeman, HMGC Secretary
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