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Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc.

MOUNTAIN MINERAL MONTHLY

Volume 86 September 2017 Number 9


S.A.M.S. Annual Meeting, Picnic
and Silent Auction

Sunday, September 24, 2017
Lake Julian Picnic Grounds, Skyland, NC
2:00 pm through 6:00 pm


There is no regular 1st. Monday meeting at Deerfield in September.

Club will provide: Meats
Coffee, tea bags, apple cider, soft drinks, and ice
Plates, cups (hot/cold), plastic flatware, and napkins

You should bring: A covered dish, enough for five or six (a salad, vegetable dish, casserole or a dessert).
There is electric power at the picnic pavilion.
If you have any questions, call Ken Casebeer (828) 277-1779
Item(s) you wish to donate for the Silent Auction.

Schedule: 2:00 pm Set Up and preparation
3:00 pm Social Hour, viewing and bidding on Silent Auction items.
3:45 pm Picnic Time!
4:45 pm Short Business Meeting; Election of Officers and Board Members; Closing of silent auction; Clean-up

Silent Auction: One of the highlights of the Annual Picnic is the Silent Auction.
Bring an item or items to donate to the Silent Auction.
Ideal items will be things of interest to the rockhound and guests. In addition to rocks, minerals, and fossils, mineral oriented books and tools for rockhounding and lapidary work may be donated. The Auction has been a lot of fun in the past, and promises to be the exciting event of the evening. Come prepared to bid!

Details: The Silent Auction is the main fund-raising event that S.A.M.S. holds on an annual basis. In the past, there have been a very wide variety of items up for bid with some items very hotly contested.

Bidding Procedures: 1. All items auctioned are items donated by club members or friends.
2. All proceeds go to the club’s account.
3. Beside each item is a sheet of paper with a description and a pen to note bids.
4. A closing time is announced for selecting the winning bidders.
5. For valuable items a minimum bid may be placed on the item by the donor.
If this amount is not exceeded, the item is not auctioned.
6. Bidding may be continued right up to the time the Chairman announces
that the auction is over.
7. Winning bidders may claim their items by paying the Treasurer the sum they bid.

Directions to Picnic: From I-26, take exit 37; go east on Long Shoals Road (NC-146) about 1 mile to traffic light and entrance to Lake Julian Park on the right.
From Hendersonville Road (US 25) in Skyland, turn west on Long Shoals Road (NC 146) and go 0.7 miles to traffic light and entrance to Lake Julian Park on left.
When you enter Lake Julian Park, follow the main drive around the loop (one way only) to Picnic Shelter No. 2 on the left.



PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Just a brief message. I am still going back and forth to Miami, but my wife is recovering from the latest heart procedure so all is well.
This month is our picnic and election. We will be having our silent auction as usual. Email me if you have items to donate and/or need them picked up. casebeer@law.miami.edu. As of now our next field trip will be Saturday, October 12, to Grovestone Quarry, Black Mountain. It is a three-mile hike. We need to be there by 9:00 am.
By the way, the rock sale recently announced is by Rodney Leftwich, one of our own past Presidents. Rodney has the finest collection of NC specimens that I know of.
Ken Casebeer

SAMS Officers & Directors Ballot 2018
SAMS 2018 Officers & Directors Ballot is included as a PDF sent along with the September newsletter emailing. A printed copy is included with the regular mailed newsletter. Please mail or bring the ballot to the picnic.

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN
MINERAL SOCIETY
Minutes for August 7, 2017

GENERAL
The Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
held its August meeting in the Community
Room of Tuton Hall at Deerfield on Monday,
August 7, 2017. The meeting was called to
order at 7:00 PM by 1st Vice-President Wayne Steinmetz.

The motion was made to approve the minutes of the July 3, 2017 meeting as published in the newsletter. Motion was seconded and approved unanimously. The Treasurers report was read as sent in the absence of Rhonda Ashley. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made, seconded and approved by the members.
13 members were in attendance, as well as 1 visitor.

FIELD TRIPS
There was a report on the July 15 trip for DMC to the Emerald Village in Little Switzerland. One member brought a Geiger-Mueller counter to scan for Samarskite, a radioactive mineral.

The trip to the Grovestone Quarry in Black Mountain has been moved to Oct. 14.

On Aug. 26, Probst Farm will have an open dig day. The cost is $25/ day. It will involve digging in red clay, so a change of clothes is recommended. Minerals to look for include ruby and pink corundum.

Our Picnic will be on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Lake Julian Park. We will have elections of officers and directors as well as a silent auction.

Hey Day will be coming in October. Specimens are needed for the kid’s cups.

The speaker for October will be George Grow talking about National Parks in the West.

The business meeting ended at 7:15 pm.

PROGRAM
Our speaker was David Goode, M.D. from Winston-Salem, who gave a slide presentation on the history of North Carolina Geology going back over a billion years ago. There are 3 physiographic provinces that resulted from intervals of mountain building and eroding and the results of plate tectonics.
The program ended at 7:50 pm.

The winners of the Bob O’Brien raffle (doorprizes):
Ann Enderle – Bladed tremolite
Helen Johnson – Kentucky geode
Dan Hathaway – Labradorite
Andy Worley – Fulgerite
Seth Woodall – Ray mine amazonite

Just a reminder, the winners are requested to
write a write a brief article about their
specimen and submit to the newsletter.

Displays provided by:
Wayne Steinmetz – Agates
Eric Ashley – Agates
Tim Barton – Specimens from field trips
Kathy Munroe - Agates

Refreshments were provided by the staff at Deerfield. Members socialized and viewed specimens brought in by members.

Respectfully submitted.
Kathleen Munroe, Secretary


UPCOMING SHOW

Sep. 1-4 Hendersonville, North Carolina: Henderson County Gem & Mineral Society Show & Sale, Whitmire Center; 301 Lily Pond Rd; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-6, Mon. 10-5; Adults/Seniors $5, Children under 12 free; There will be displays, demonstrations, vendors, exhibits, refreshments,and hourly drawings; Web site: HCGMS.com


Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies Annual Meeting Information
October 20-22, 2017
Sponsored by the Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society
Events:
Friday, October 20th
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies Annual Meeting Information
October 20-22, 2017
Sponsored by the Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society
10 am – 6 pm, Knoxville Gem Show, Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave in Knoxville TN, 37920. Reservation required for admission vouchers.
3 pm – Tour of Jewelry TV, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922, Reservations required.
7 pm – Cracker Barrel, JTV, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922
Saturday, October 21st
10 am – 6 pm, Knoxville Gem Show, Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave, Knoxville, TN, 37920 - Reservation required for admission vouchers
8:30 am – Registration, Delegate verification for Annual Meeting - JTV, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville 9 am Annual Meeting - JTV, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville
7:30 pm Annual Banquet - JTV, 9600 Parkside Dr, Knoxville – Reservations required - $20 for meal. Checks made out to KGMS (Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society).
Menu: Grilled boneless chicken breasts, coleslaw, roasted potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls w/butter,
assorted cookies, sweet and unsweet tea, lemonade, water.

Sunday, October 22nd
11 am – 5 pm, Knoxville Gem Show, Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave in Knoxville TN. Reservation required for admission vouchers
9:30 am, Editors Breakfast - Kerbela Temple, 315 Mimosa Ave in Knoxville – Reservations required - $7.00 for meal. Checks made out to KGMS (Knoxville Gem and Mineral Society).
Menu: Coffee, eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage biscuits and gravy.

Lodging:
Cedar Bluff Best Western – 420 N Peters Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37922 – 865-539-0058. Ask for SFMS Block. $83/night until 9/19/2017. After 9/19/2017 price will be $114.99-134.99 per night.
Cedar Bluff Holiday Inn – 9134 Executive Parkway Dr, Knoxville, TN 37923 – 865-693-1011. Ask for JTV Corporate Rate. $99/night.

2017 Knoxville Delegate Registration Form PDF

 

DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.

THE MOUNTAIN MINERAL MONTHLY
The Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc. is published monthly except in January. Articles and information can be mailed to: The Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc., Post Office Box 15461, Asheville, NC 28813 or e-mailed to: sams@main.nc.us
Disclaimer: Articles are published as received, without technical reviews or edits.
Copyright 2017 by the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc., except for items that are specifically copyrighted by their authors. Other societies may use material published in the Mountain Mineral Monthly, provided that proper credit is given and the meaning of the material is not altered.

September Birthdays

Anna Van Eyk Sep 1
Emily Young Sep 3
Susan Trimm Sep 6

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

An Official Field Trip of the Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society (Knoxville, TN) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
 
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Clarkesville, GA
10:00 AM Eastern (9 am Central)
Fee: $10 per person

TRIP: This location is located in a band of kyanite bearing material. The material has been moved around so the kyanite is not in situ. Small blades are easy to find, but digging and some perseverance is required to find the larger specimens.   This site is fun and productive site for all ages. 

COLLECTING: Kyanite blades and cobbles, small mica books, and graphite specimens (rare). The kyanite ranges from gray to pale blue and may contain graphite. Some of the blades can be polished and, because of the graphite, they have a curious depth and shimmer when they are polished.

FEE: $10 per person

BRING: Small blades can be found weathering out onto the surface. Bigger blades and cobbles are found by digging 8” to 24” deep. You will need scratching tools and baggies for surface collecting, and a shovel and pick for digging. All holes must be refilled. This site can be muddy at times, so a change of clothes would be good too.
FACILITIES: There are no bathroom facilities at the site, but there is a McDonald’s Restaurant in Clarksville and also restrooms at a public park a few miles from where we will be collecting.  The Knoxville Gem & Mineral Society members will have free water and snacks available for everyone.

CHILDREN: This field trip is suitable for children but they must be supervised at all times.

PETS: Because this is a working farm, pets are not allowed.

SAFETY: There are electrified fences on the farm so do not touch any fences. Field trip leads will open and close gates. This is a working farm and there may be animals present – do not approach any of the animals. Do not enter pastures where animals are present.

DIRECTIONS AND WHERE TO MEET:

For members only.

September Calendar
Sep. 24 SAMS Annual Meeting & Picnic p. 1 Sep. 30 DMC Field Trip - Clarkesville, GA p. 5


DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.



THE MOUNTAIN MINERAL MONTHLY
The Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc. is published monthly except in January. Articles and information can be mailed to: The Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc., Post Office Box 15461, Asheville, NC 28813 or e-mailed to: sams@main.nc.us
Disclaimer: Articles are published as received, without technical reviews or edits.
Copyright 2017 by the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc., except for items that are specifically copyrighted by their authors. Other societies may use material published in the Mountain Mineral Monthly, provided that proper credit is given and the meaning of the material is not altered.

Officers:
President: Ken Casebeer ...... 277-1779
1st V.P.: Wayne Steinmetz .... 505-7973
2nd V.P.: Tim Barton ............ 885-8248
Secretary: Kathy Munroe ..... 808-8509
Treasurer/Membership:
Rhonda Ashley ...................... 749-1655
Newsletter & Website Editor :
George Schissler .................... 298-2951
920 Long Branch Rd., Swannanoa, NC 28778, sams@main.nc.us

Ex-Officio: Rudolph Olson III

Directors:
Ann Enderle ............. 670-1996
Joseph Enderle .......... 670-1996
Donald Hathaway ...... 254-8942
Seth Woodall ............. 582-6719


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

Malachite image Copyright