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The Newsletter of the Huachuca Mineral & Gem Club
P.O. Box 1596, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636-1596
Web Site http://huachuca-diggers.tripod.com

THE HUACHUCA DIGGERS
Business meeting first Tuesday each month, Sierra Vista Library Conference Room, 7:00 p.m.
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General membership meeting third Wednesday each month, Kino Hall, 800 Taylor Dr., 7:00 p.m.
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Club field trips generally the Saturday after the club meeting, to be announced
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Business meeting first Tuesday each month, Sierra Vista Library Conference Room, 7:00 p.m.
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General membership meeting third Wednesday each month, Kino Hall, 800 Taylor Dr., 7:00 p.m.
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Club field trips generally the Saturday after the club meeting, to be announced
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CLUB OFFICERS 2009
President ... David Kerr ..... 459-6188
1st Vice-President ... Tom Rogers ... 803-6547
2nd Vice-President .. Sandy Bates ...........378-4468
Secretary ..... Ingrid Baillie .... .... 459-3718
Treasurer .... Anne Nelson .. 459-5211
Member-at-Large .. Wally Murphy ... 378-9618
COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS 2009
Library ... Tom & Myra Rogers .... 803-6547
Newsletter ... Ingrid Baillie .... 459-3718
Education/History .
Programs .
Membership ... Pat Murphy ........ 378-9618
Show ....Maudie Bailey ........... 378-6291
Trips ....Tom Rogers ............ 803-6547
Social ....Karen Devine .......... 378-6102
Scholarships ... Ingrid Baillie .. 459-3718

NOVEMBER MEETING
DECEMBER POT LUCK LUNCHEON

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, ANOTHER YEAR IS ALMOST GONE, AND IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE CLUB'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY MEETING.

We will meet Sunday, December 13, with gathering and setup at 11:00 at the Elks Lodge in Sierra Vista. The meal will begin at 12:00 noon.
The club will provide the turkey and the ham, as well as beverages. Pat Murphy will provide mashed potatoes. Members are asked to provide a hot dish, salad, dessert, or condiments to feed the group. Call Ingrid Baillie at 459-3718 with your offerings so we don't get too much of one thing.
Each person is asked to provide your own tableware, as well as serving utensils for the food you provide.
In addition, there will be a gift exchange, something to do with gems and minerals and $5 to $10 in value. If you bring a gift, you can receive a gift.
Don't forget, Officer elections and installation will be near the end of the meeting. Please consider serving as an officer during 2010. Ballots will be available.

This month's meeting is the second-to-last of the year, and nomination of next year's officers is on the agenda. The nominating committee is calling members to agree to run for office (THE TERMS ARE ONLY ONE YEAR LONG). If you would like to volunteer for an office or committee, please do so at the meeting.

The program will be a discussion of miners' food and their equipment by member Anna Domitrovic.

The meeting will be this coming Wednesday, November 18, at Kino Hall. Anthony Sloan and Kathy Zapperelli volunteered to provide goodies for the meeting. Thanks be to both of you.

FROM THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
The HMGC would like to extend its sympathy to our Secretary, Ingrid Baillie, in the recent loss of her mother, Virginia Elizabeth Nelson, a long-time rockhound and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

NOTES FROM THE BOARD MEETING
The meeting was called to order by President Dave Kerr at 7:02 Tuesday, November 3, at the Sierra Vista Library Conference Room. Others present were Patt Kerr, Show Chairman Maudie Bailey, Larry Nelson, Treasurer Anne Nelson, First Vice-President Tom Rogers, Member-at-Large Wally Murphy, and Secretary Ingrid Baillie.

Show: Ingrid brought up adding a category of six-foot tables to the inside vendors' options, in addition to the eight-foot tables on their contracts. Dave brought up rearranging of the show trailer, and discussed lost items at the show (one visitor lost a bag of jewelry), Anne said the show brought in $5,392.00, of which $2,607.69 was profit for the club. Discussion was held on the need for more signs for the show.
Anne brought up the renewal of Rocky Mountain Federation insurance; asked if the club should use their insurance or stay with the local insurance company. Motion was made and seconded to stay with the local company. Approved.
Election of new officers was discussed. Tom brought up a question on extending the term limits; this will have to be brought before the club. Nominations will be taken at the November meeting, and elections will be at the December luncheon.
Motion was made and seconded to charge $1.50 per year for junior/youth memberships. This will be added to the Standing Rules. A junior member is anyone up through 18 years of age.
Dave will contact Mike Anderson and find out what he would charge for two 10-inch saw blades; the club's blades wore out at the show during the geode cutting.
The Christmas luncheon will be Sunday, December 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Elks Lodge. Ingrid will include the pertinent information in the November and December newsletters. Sandy Bates had guidelines available for members' use since she is out of town for several weeks.
Maudie reported that Shirley DeJournette, of the Good Enough Mine in Tombstone, signed the club up for a display table at Kartchner Caverns Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8. The club will have a 10' x 10' area for an information booth; no cost to us. This is in celebration of the Caverns' tenth anniversary. Ingrid will make approximately 100 flyers. Anne and Larry will have cups, T-shirts, soaps with rocks in them, and old Rock & Gem magazines to give to interested visitors.

Those present signed a card for Vicki Brown.
Maudie reported she wrote thank-you cards to Carey (of the Good Enough Mine) and to Anna Domitrovic for their presentations at the show.
A motion was made and seconded to hold the club's 2010 show on October 9 and 10 at the Elks Lodge. Discussion was held on other possible venues, but it was decided that the Elks Lodge is the best place. Motion approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45.
Respectfully submitted,
Ingrid Baillie, HMGC Secretary

LOST
Kathy Riebock, one of the vendors at our recent show, reported that one of her customers called and told her that she had lost a bag containing two pairs of earrings and a lariat necklace. The items were in a clear plastic bag, wrapped in red tissue paper, and with Kathy's card in it. If anyone happened to pick up the bag, please contact Kathy at 378-9356.

SOME UPCOMING GEM AND MINERAL SHOWS
December 4-6: El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show, El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama, El Paso. For more information call Jeanette Carrillo at 877-533-7153 or email gemcenter@aol.com.

January 8-10: 38th Flagg Gem & Mineral Show, Mesa Community College in Mesa. This show is in collaboration with the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum Foundation, and invites individual clubs to have free space for promoting themselves. For more information go to their Web site , www.flaggshow.info.

January 30-February 14, 2010: Tucson Electric Park RV Gem Show, at Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way in Tucson. This is in conjunction with the all-around-town show at that same time. For more information e-mail teprv.gemshow@yahoo.com.

There are many more shows going on during the next several months. Rock & Gem magazine has a good listing.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION & ROCK TUMBLING
Tom Rogers presented a nice list of "Recommended Tumbling Polishes for Selected Rocks & Minerals" at the board meeting. Anyone wishing a copy can contact Tom or get one at the next meeting. Thanks, Tom, for compiling the information.

Field trip: Wally said that he will discuss field trips at the meeting. There have been very few members going on the field trips, and Wally would like suggestions on where members would like to go hunting so there can be more on the trips. Trips can be taken on Saturday or Sunday, according to Wally.

CLUB FIELD TRIPS
Wally Murphy and Tom Rogers ask that club members tell them where they would like to go on monthly field trips. There has been a decrease in attendance at the field trips, which are usually the Saturday after the meeting.
The trip leaders would like discussion on what the club would like to look for, and if Sunday might be a better day for rock hunting.

PROGRAMS
The same situation applies to the programs for each meeting. Ideas are in short supply, so please have some suggestions ready at the meeting.

OUT HERE . . . TOM

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