Garnets?...Darn-it's my upper plate...

S.A.M.S. meetings are usually held on the first Monday of each month except January and September at the Tuton Hall Community Center at 7:00 p.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Here is a Map of the meeting site.

Next Meeting:

S.A.M.S. Holiday Potluck Dinner
Monday, December 4, 2017
Set-up & Socialize 6:00-7:00 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM
River Walk Café in Haden Hall on the Deerfield campus Directions to River Walk Cafe in Haden Hall

Physical Address: 29 Highbridge Crossing.
Enter Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community at 1617 Hendersonville Road.  You will be on Lambeth Road.  Go straight at the stop sign.  Turn left on Highbridge Crossing (you will see a green croquet court).  Continue under building connector to top of hill.  Pass the parking lot on left for Timson.  Stay RIGHT at Y to keep on Highbridge Crossing, and continue to the right until you are in the parking lot facing the Haden Hall building.  Park and enter under the large porte cochere.  
Turn right at the reception desk, and continue straight, past a sitting area to the café on the left.

The December meeting of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society will consist of a potluck dinner followed by a regular, but brief business meeting and the swearing in of the 2018 officers.

FOR DINNER:  S.A.M.S. will provide a sliced ham and hot and cold beverages.

PLEASE BRING:  a casserole, a vegetable dish, salad, dessert, or bread to accompany the dinner.  (We will NOT have access to the kitchen, so please make sure your dish is ready to serve.)

PLEASE RSVP:  If you plan on attending, please RSVP with the number attending in your group by Thursday, December 1 to Ken Casebeer at (828) 277-1779 or casebeer@law.miami.edu.  We need to know how many tables to set up.   You could also let him know what you are bringing, so we can coordinate if there are too many of one item.

MINERAL CONTEST & SILENT AUCTION: We will have two contest categories, Best Find in North Carolina and Best Find Outside of North Carolina. The specimens you bring don’t need to have been found in 2017.

 

PERMANENT MEETING LOCATION CHANGE 

At a Board of Directors Meeting on May 11, 2011 the Board voted to change the location of the Club meeting place from the Murphy-Oakley Community Center on Fairview Road to a meeting room at the Deerfield Retirement Community in south Asheville.  This action was taken after consideration of a number of factors and discussion of alternatives.  The vote by the Board was unanimous to make the change. 

For a number of years we have paid the City of Asheville a rental fee for use of the Murphy-Oakley Center plus additional charges for non-residents of the City attending our monthly meetings.  These charges have increased in recent years to where they are a significant item in our annual budget.  Since the Center is a polling place the first Tuesday of November, it is not feasible to meet there the evening before.  July also presents a problem with the Center being closed if July 4 is on or near our meeting date and the following Monday is not available to us.  This year we would have utilized the Center on the first Monday of the month only eight times although rent was paid for the entire year. 

Our gathering at each meeting requires preparation time before the scheduled start of the meeting for registration, set-up of equipment for the program, and numerous details.  This was not convenient for some time in the past due to another group using the space until our scheduled start time.  Also, we had to clean up and be out of the Center by a 9:00 pm closing time, with no allowance for an extended program or meeting.   

These and other items were discussed by the Board and it was decided that there were a number of advantages, including economic, to change the location of our meetings to the new facility at Deerfield.  The Board was impressed with the facility and several aspects of convenience in conducting future meetings.

Directions to Meeting Location:
1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC

From I-40 - westbound take Exit 50A or eastbound take Exit 50 and turn right.  Go south on US-25 (Hendersonville Road) approx. 3 miles and turn right (across from Walmart) onto Deerfield Campus.

From I-26 - Exit 37 (NC146 / Skyland / Long Shoals Road).  Take Long Shoals Road toward Skyland, (TC Roberson HS).  At first light after HS turn left on Hendersonville Road/US25; Drive approx. 2 miles and turn left at Deerfield entrance (across from Walmart).

Deerfield Campus.  Take Lambeth Drive to stop sign; go straight and turn left on Highbridge Crossing.  Follow under building connector to top of hill and pass the Timson Hall parking lot on the left.  Stay to the left on Salisbury Drive where the road splits.  Follow to open parking lot on left - Tuton Hall. Do not park in Parking Garage or covered parking areas as these spaces are reserved for residents. Deerfield has asked SAMS members to park along Salisbury Drive, across from the Tuton Building parking lot and leading to the parking garage. Parking is so limited that Deerfield residents have complained about not having a place to park when we have a meeting.
Enter through main entrance and the Tuton Hall Community Room is to the left.

Here is a Detailed Map of the Deerfield Retirement Community.

 

Have a suggestion for an upcoming S.A.M.S.
program?
Contact S.A.M.S. President Rudy Olson (828) 891-3571 or e-mail sams@main.nc.us
to share your thoughts.


Here are a few photos from the 2011 Hey Day & the 2011 Annual Meeting & Picnic at Lake Julian. Thanks to Rudy Olson and Judy Presnell:

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day

Hey Day
Hey Day
Hey Day
Hey Day
Hey Day
Picnic
Picnic
Picnic


Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.

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