We are in the planning stages for our March 1-2,
2014 Show. We could use your help to make it a success. From
suggesting a Show Theme to volunteering ideas and time...We need
you. So, come on down, Members, to a future Show Committee meeting.
Show dates: Saturday March 2 and Sunday March
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the DMS Club
Show. The theme will be ‘All That Glitters is as Good as
There are a lot of our club members out there who
have interesting specimens and collections. What better
way to share your enthusiasm and your treasures than by
organizing them to exhibit in one of our display cases
at the March show! We provide the display cases, liners
and lighting – you provide the collection to be
If you have never prepared an exhibit and don’t know
where to start, don’t worry, we can help. We have
printed guidelines and experienced exhibitors who are
willing to advise you to enable you to put your first
exhibit together. There are several classes and
categories to choose from. You may choose to
compete(against a standard, not against other
competitors), or to be noncompetitive.
We also have two Club showcases, and are always
looking for interesting specimens from our club members
for these cases. I coordinate the Club Theme showcase.
Items in this display case follow this year’s show
theme. Tom Pankratz coordinates the Club Field Trip
case, which showcases specimens that have been collected
by our members on club field trips.
Please call or email me if you are interested or need
Our Junior Booth Labeling Party was on
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Greenbank Mill from 10:30 AM - 2:00
We had a “Labeling Party” to
prepare donated materials for sale at the Junior Booth for the
2013 show. This get-together was scheduled for a Sunday and will be at the Greenbank
Mill. Pizza and drinks were provided.
Help was needed with identifying specimens,
making and cutting labels, putting prices on the labels (you
don't necessarily need to know prices to label), putting
specimens in soda flats (boxes), and we
needed help creating smaller specimens from larger ones.
We welcomed you to bring soda flats and/or
donations. If you know what you’re donating, please provide at
least one label per type of fossil/rock. Labels were handwritten
or typed and included the specimen name and the collection
location if it is known. Donations were also accepted at the January and February meetings and can be given
to Guy or me.
Hopefully, each of you has spent some time on your
collections this year: looking through them, organizing them and
high-grading them. Thank you in advance for your efforts and
your donations--they will be a hit at the
for our March 2-3, 2013 Show!
Remember, we still can accept and store any donations you
would have over the rest of the year before our 2013 Show. As some of
us cull our collections during early Spring Cleaning, this is a great time, too.
It is a year away, but why wait, when you can declutter, and the club will
happily store them.
If you have any mineral or fossil specimens, lapidary
materials such as cutting material that you would like to donate for the
club to sell at the Junior Booth, please bring them to any club meeting, or
contact any of the Show Committee Officers. Donations are tax
deductible. (We'll supply an official itemized letter for your
Our membership year now begins at the beginning of January. To assure continued member
benefits you should plan to send in your
renewal dues by January 1, 2013. A
half-year membership is available, if you join during our
2-3, 2013 Show,
(or just after
by our March 17th meeting)
Our membership year begins January 1st, so see
Ehrlich, Membership Chairman, to renew.
We welcome new members. Please do invite folks who you would think be interested.
Search for Rock Clubs &
Shops in your Area (or for traveling)
Recently, our club was invited to post info about our club onto an
of the U. S., which now has over 500 clubs posted. Potential show attendees and
new members now have one more place to find us.
For us, we can locate other clubs, rock shops, and shows to enjoy
meeting new people.
We are looking for content for our club's webpages. If you have any
pictures, stories, articles, or ideas you would
like to offer for publication here, please
feel free to contact me at our next meeting, or at