March 2014 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
March 10th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by Club President, Dean Hostetter. Attendance: 19 members and 2 guests.

Old Business:

* A local vendor was agreed upon for printing club t-shirts; Dean Hostetter will facilitate. Jack Glenn will prepare a logo design option. If you have any suggestions, let Jack know (email address

* Continued discussion to hold business related topics at a separate time or separate meeting and just focus on rock hobby related topics at the monthly meetings.

* Leonard Lance is still working to get access to various field trips with the Kentucky Rock and Mineral Club.

* Jilly Weigel discussed her upcoming (March 15, 2014) workshop on “How to Wire Wrap a Cabochon”

New Business:

* Possible field trip to the Dixie and Kelly-Bank mines early April.

* Possible field trip to the Rutherford mine in late April.

* Suggestion made to attend the Mine Safety course, if offered, in the near future.

Thanks to all who signed up for refreshments (see list below). Suggestions for future programs are needed. If you would like to present a future program, you can use
this form on the web site or please let Dean Hostetter know.

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Program Reports:

Leo Cloutier: Presented an overview of the article in Rock and Gem Magazine on how to display mineral specimens on various stands. Also, highlighted a new book on Agates and Jaspers.

Jack Glenn: “Adventures in On-line Rock Hounding”. There are many “rockhounding” possibilities with eBay and other on-line sources. Jack displayed numerous mineral specimens he had purchased, highlighting the potential pitfalls and benefits of a successful purchase. Numerous areas to explore are listed on the Club's website in the Links and Resources page. Download his
presentation notes and handouts about online rockhounding sources and stabilizing stones by clicking on the embedded links.

Bob Helt: Discussed collecting shale concretions in Highland County (see attached) and trilobites in Bath County. Download his program notes as a PDF file
here. A comprehensive document regarding the shale formations can be found at this link

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April meeting: Monday, April 14th at 7:30 PM
Waynesboro Church of the Brethren
364 Bridge Road
Lower parking lot—Side Door entrance!

Program: Fluorescent Minerals of Virginia collected by Mary Loose DeViney.

“Virginia is not known like New Jersey for its fluorescent minerals, but we have them, and it is fun to explore and find.”

Mary is a member of the club and an active collector; known for hauling out buckets of rocks at various field trip sites.

Refreshments: Phillip and Katherine Phillips

Volunteers for Refreshments, 2014:
February: Calvin and Katherine Phillips
March: Debbie Grimm
May: Feather Stein
June: Jilly Weigel and Jack Glenn
July: N/A - Club Picnic
November: Eleanor Matano
December: N/A - Club Christmas Dinner

Bob Helt, Secretary

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Club Officers and Staff 2014
President – Dean Hostetter
Vice President – Leo Cloutier
Show Co-Chairs – Dean Hostetter and all Club members
Educational Outreach -- Linda Corwin, Bob Helt
Secretary/Newsletter -- Bob Helt (
Field Trip Coordinator - Dean Hostetter (
Treasurer – Scott Gregory
Web Site Coordinator – Jack Glenn

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