November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
Meeting date: November 9th, 2015

There were 21 members and 1 visitor present. Our President, Michael Pabst, called the meeting to order.

Old Business:
Members were reminded of the Christmas dinner in December, and those that wished to attend signed up.

New Business:

The next rock shop opening will be December 19th.

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Program Report:
Scott Duresky gave a wonderful talk and slide presentation on “The Historic
Rutherford Mine – Pegmatite #2”.

Scott talked to us about the
Rutherford Mine, one of the most interesting pegmatite mines in Virginia (now closed).

The mine was opened in 1873 and was officially closed in 1986. Several minerals were mined there, with worldwide uses.

Many samples from this mine are rare or unique. He had some beautiful samples for us to see which included:

Scott gave out door prizes of some of his samples as well.

Additional information about the locality can be found on the
Mindat site or in this reproduction of a Journal of the Mineralogical Society of America article. Images of materials collected from the site and of the mine can be accessed here.

On an email from Scott, he thanked the club for allowing him to present and said:

“The first thing I wanted to share with you is that my presentation contained excerpts from a comprehensive study that, when completed in March and presented to the Micro Mineralogists of the National Capital Area, will be the most complete of its kind since the mid-1990's; that survey will be freely available to anyone who requests it.”

The club looks forward to hearing more from Scott, and those of you that missed his presentation will have an opportunity to meet him in December.

December: We will hold our annual dinner at the church at 6:30 pm. The men’s group will serve. We ask members that want to participate to bring a wrapped gift for a fun gift exchange. Samples of minerals, jewelry, loupes, sample boxes, or any other type of item may be given. Please mark male or female if that applies to the gift. The cost will be $12.50 per person.

If you’d like to present a program, please talk to an officer at a meeting or sign up at this link:

Anyone can sign up to bring snacks for a monthly meeting by clicking this link:

Be sure to keep up with our website and our Facebook page Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society for updates and information.

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Volunteers for Refreshments, 2015:
February: Deborah Grimm & Pat Lantz
Jilly Weigel
July: N/A - Club Picnic
December: N/A - Club Christmas Dinner

Deborah Grimm, Secretary

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Club Officers and Staff 2015
President – Michael Pabst
Vice President – Leo Cloutier
Show Co-Chairs – Dean Hostetter
Educational Outreach -- Deborah Grimm
Secretary/Newsletter -- Deborah Grimm
Field Trip Coordinator - Dean Hostetter
Treasurer – Scott Gregory
Web Site Coordinator – Jack Glenn

Club web site:
Club Facebook page:
Club email:

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