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

Summer is here once again!!
Our next meeting is September 13, 2014

Looking for Tully Monsters

Summer is here and our members are off in every direction to find what interests them. Whether it be rocks, minerals or fossils, I'm sure they are digging up something good. Our next meeting is September 13, 2014. Hope to see you all there! Don't forget to bring any unusual or exciting finds for Show & Tell.

Looking for something to do this summer? Don't forget to visit our Events page to see what shows or other events are going on this summer.

Looking for some place to go summer? Visit our Places to Visit page to find a rockhound destination.

Specimen of the Month
— Spirit Quartz —

Since we are on summer break, we thought it would be nice to show you what it takes to clean quartz or ametheyst specimens. These specimens of Spirit Quartz are from South Africa. After aquiring the mine run specimens, they were power washed to get off whatever loose clay and dirt there was. They were then soaked for a month or so in a mixture of diluted muratic acid. When this process was finished, they were neutralized with baking soda and power washed again. The final photo shows the results. This information is brought to you by Henry & Patsy Schmidt from Mineral Miners. (Thanks for the great photos Rod!!)

Specimen of the Month

This is a mine run specimen. This piece was just dug out of the ground. There is alot of clay and stains that need to be cleaned off of it.

Specimen of the Month

This specimen is about 1/2 way through the cleaning process.

Specimen of the Month

The final results!!

We would like to thank Floyd Bedenart for his presentation on The Geology of the Alps. It was an interesting and beautiful trip through the Alps.

And the Results of the 2014
AFMS's Bulletin Editor's Contest are in!!!

Conratulations to all of our members listed below for their award winning contributions! Keep them coming!! Click on the article if you wish to read it or visit our Artlcles page to read these & other award winning articles by our members.

Original Adult Advanced Articles:
4th Place: Color of Florescence, Part I — R. Beadle
10th Place: The Nature of Earth: Origin of the Universe — Antonio Peso

Jr. Article Under 12:
2nd Place: Phosphorescencing Diamond — Smiley Rock

Jr. Article (12-17):
1st Place: Peacock Ore: Prettiest When Tarnished — Cat Eye

Jr. Poetry:
4th Place: Without Rocks — Cat Eye

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.

Did you miss our May meeting?
Would you like to see the slide presentation again?

Dickinsonia Babinski

Don has graciously allowed us to place a .pdf file of his May presentation on "The Early Animals (Ediacaran) of Earth — Nature's Experiments" on our website. This presentation introduced us to a variety of Earth's earliest Vendian life forms. Click here to see his informative presentation.

CRMS member Donald Baumgartner is a Medical Entomologist employed as a Life Scientist at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chicago. Collecting fossils is his hobby and addiction. Donald is intrigued by Pre-Cambrian and Cambrian life, the Mazon Creek biota, insects, jellyfish, and trace fossils in particular. In addition to local collecting in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, Tribrachidium FossilDonald has traveled far and wide to dig dinosaurs and ammonites in Montana, unearth dinosaur tracks in Massachusetts, hunt for shark teeth and shells in North Carolina and Florida, fossil crabs in Washington, and fossil clams in Oregon. He has also scooped up fossil jellyfish from fossil beaches in Wisconsin, netted fossil insects in Colorado, fished for Green River fish in Wyoming, and dug up trilobites in Utah. Donald earned 1st Place for Advanced Adult Articles in the 2011 MWF newsletter competition for his article, Hunting Fossil "Bugs" (Click here to read his article.) in Utah.

Our Geo Juniors Rock!!!

I can't think of anything to say about our juniors except, "You ROCK!!!" Over the past year, this amazing group of kids filled our newsletters with wonderful articles, presented an entertaining powerpoint presentation on the types of rocks, earned numerous badges in the FRA Badge Program and setup a killer kids' table at our June swap. My pick goes up to each and everyone of you for a job well done!

Check out our Calendar of Events for more great rockhound events!

Upcoming Club Events...

Click on the event for more information.

Geo Juniors
All September
The Geo Juniors will be setting up a display case at the Arlington Heights Library throughout the month of September. It will be located in the cases at the entrance off of Dunton Avenue.
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Facebook Page!

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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 alot, 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
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

Geo Juniors' Display Case

As part of the badge program, the Geo Juniors will have a display case set up at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Along with promoting the club and the Geo Junior program, they will be displaying some of the things they have done to earn their badges along with some of their rock and mineral collections. If you are in the area, drop by to support their efforts. The display will run through the entire month of September.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 - 847-392-0100

New Articles

Visit our Award Winning Articles page to see the latest article posted here. Since not all articles can win an award, we have just added a new section for Other Articles. These articles may not have won awards within the federations but we feel they are just as deserving to share with the rest of the world!