Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

Our next meeting is September 10, 2016
We are taking our summer vacations
& will be back in the fall

Hamilton, IL 2015 Geode Fest Dig

Our members are off exploring new places to see what they can dig up next. Some of our junior members are off to Europe to visit family and see what they can find out there. (Any room in those suitcases for me?) We'll see you all in the fall where we can swap stories and maybe even a few rocks.

Elections were held at our June meeting. We still have a few of positions open.
Vice President: The Vice President is the club's Program Chairman who provides speakers for our group.
Recording Secretary: Takes notes of our General Meetings and Board meetings.
Field Trip Chairperson: Finds trips for the group to go on. The trips don't have to be locations far away. Day trips and possibly a trip with an overnight stay. All trips would be approved by the board.
If you are interested in filling one of these positions, let us know at info@chicagorocks.org.

Pictured: Club members on a field trip gathering geodes in Hamilton, Illinois at Geode Fest 2015.


Specimen of the Month
— Vanadinite —

Vanadinite

— from the Acif Mine, Mibladen, Morocco —


Newsletter Contributions

Our newsletter, The Pick And Dop Stick, is always looking for new submissions. If you have an article you would like to submit to the newsletter, a news item, pictures of one of your rockhound adventures, or another contribution, please send it to Rachele.Best@yahoo.com. We welcome all kinds of contributions!


Talk About Digging Things Up!

The club has recently come across old newsletters. We are in the process of digitizing them for posterity's sake. I thought it would be great to post the very first newsletter of our club here for all to see. This newsletter was originally mimeographed (remember the smell of mimeographed pages!) and later zeroxed. With some time and effort, it was scanned in and cleaned up. Click here to see what was going on in the club in October of 1946.


CRMS's 2015 MWF Website and Bulletin Award Winners

We would like to congratulate all of these winners on a job well done! We will be getting all of the articles up on our Articles page soon.

Junior Articles Ages 12-17 — 1st Place:
Running on Fossil Fuel — Mei Poy

Original Adult Articles — 3rd Place:
Ice as a Mineral — Antonio Peso

Original Adult Articles — 5th Place:
Haunting Crystals — Rachele L. Best

New Editor — 1st Place:
The Pick and Dop Stick — Rachele L. Best

Best Website — 1st Place:
ChicagoRocks.org — Alice Kozanecki


Congratulations to our CRMS Members Who Are
2015 AFMS Bulletin Editors' Contest Winners

We would like to congratulate all of these winners on making it through the finals!

Original Adult Articles — 7th Place:
Ice as a Mineral — Antonio Peso

Junior Articles Ages 12-17 — 2nd Place:
Running on Fossil Fuel — Mei Poy

New Editor — 2nd Place:
The Pick and Dop Stick — Rachele L. Best


Geo Juniors are having thier own meetings!

Starting this September, the Geo Juniors are having their own meetings. The kids' meetings are from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm on the same evenings as our regular meetings, the second Saturday of the month. These budding rockhounds will be learning all about what it take to become one. At the meetings, they will be working on badge work, helping to design and build their website, geojuniors.com, related crafts and a host of other things to help them become the newest generation of rockhounds.


ALAA-American Lands Access Association

The Latest from the ALAA

The ALAA (American Lands Access Association) is the lobbying arm of the American Federation, working on behalf of rockhounds to keep public lands open and accessible to all, including the elderly and handicapped. Click here to read a few of the hot topics they are working on right now for rockhounds like us. For more information about who they are, a full list of what they are working on on, to become a member, or get involved, visit their website at: http://www.amlands.org/.

Who needs to band together to fight public land closures?
hikers, bikers, rafters, hunters, rock hounds, fishermen/women, equestrians, campers, prospectors, miners, boaters, dirt bikes, rock crawlers, loggers, kayakers, astronomers, bird watchers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, rock climbers, marksmen/women, 4x4s, nature photographers, jeep racers, mushroom collectors, long-range shooters, ranchers/grazers, rural communities



Utah Pushing to Remove Police Powers from BLM, Forest Service
By Pete Kasperowicz
Senior Editor, Washington Examiner (March 22, 2016)

Posted: 6/1/16

Utah's four House Republicans introduced a bill that would strip the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service of their power to police federal lands, and give that power over to local cops. Rep. Jason Chaffetz and his three GOP colleagues from Utah introduced the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act. The lawmakers say the growth of policing authority in both agencies has distracted them from their main mission of managing federal land, and has created conflicts with local authorities. They also say federal agents are not as trusted as local police, and should be removed. "Federal agencies do not enjoy the same level of trust and respect as local law enforcement that are deeply rooted in local communities," Chaffetz and other lawmakers said. "This legislation will help deescalate conflicts between law enforcement and local residents while improving transparency and accountability." "The BLM and U.S. Forest Service will be able to focus on their core missions without the distraction of police functions. This is a win all around," they added. A letter the Utah Sheriffs' Association sent to Chaffetz shows that federal police agents and their local counterparts are butting heads, and that local police believe the feds are intruding on local authority.

(From the Jan.-Mar., 2016, ALAA Newsletter)


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I would like to give a special
"thanks" to Rod Piechowski
for his help photographing
many of the images in this site.

Our Purpose

The objectives of the Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences - emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. Plus, we tend to socialize a lot, entertain ourselves with fabulous speakers and eat great snacks!

Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July and August) at:

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from
the Skokie Public Library)

If you would like more information about our club,
please contact us at info@chicagorocks.org
or call Jeanine at 773-774-2054.

For more information about our Meetings
and their Location, please click here.

Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society is a not-for-profit organization.

Other News

This Month in The Pick and Dop Stick

This month's issue focuses on Barite.

  • For your Valentine, how about a bouquet of Desert Roses?
  • Just what is Barite used for in the real world? Find out on page 7.
  • Find some great tips on collecting Barite Roses and necessary tools to do so.
  • Marge writes about Amethyst and retells the Greek legend of the origin of Amethyst.
  • In Bench Tips, what are the best blades for cutting molds & how to quickly change different size bits in your foredom.
  • Looking for a place to go? Get information on Columbia College Chicago's Hokin Gallery Project: The Field Notebook. See some of our members' specimens on display.
  • If you are a crafter, find out how to make Valentine Heart Rocks. (Great craft idea for kids!)
  • Missed the last meeting? Catch up on what you missed in January's Meeting Highlights.
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