The Bitterroot Conglomerate November 2017                                                                                    Volume XXXVI Issue 11

Mission Statement
Our purpose is to promote interest and education in earth sciences namely geology, mineralogy, pale-ontology, the lapidary arts and related subjects. We also support promoting and ensuring the right of amateur hobby collecting, recreational rock hunting and the use of public and private lands for educational and recreational purposes related to the earth sciences.

Presidents Column
None Received 

BGMS President Jason Frison

BGMS Meeting Oct. 10, 2017

President Jason Frison called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. New members and Guests were introduced. Minutes from the September meeting were in the Newsletter. There were no additions or corrections to the minutes. Kathy Meuchel motioned to approve, seconded by Deb Strickland and approved by members. Treasurer's report was submitted by Wayne Farley. No corrections or additions. A motion to approve was made and seconded and club members approved the report. Under old business the Sapphire Dig at El Dorado was well attended.

Ed Kubu brought up that the order for name tags was going to be submitted very soon and that any new members needed to sign up for their name tags. The new name tags which are being paid for by the club, should be finished by the end of November. Wayne Farley noted that Past President Don Contraman had passed away. Wayne will take care of contacting the family about the $50.00 Memorial gift. Sharlene will send a card from the club. Jason Frison brought up the suggestion to send a monetary gift to Steve Gurney (now a club member) for all his assistance with the field trip club members did to the Yellowstone River. A short discussion was held. Wayne Farley made a motion to approve sending $150.00. The motion was seconded by Deb Strickland and approved by club members. Past President Darrell Coyle reminded members that during business meetings discussion should be ended before a motion is made. The subject of elections and nominations was discussed. Due to the short time frame between this meeting and the elections to be held at the November meeting a Nominating Committee was not formed. A call for nominations to be brought to board members during the break was suggested by President Jason Frison. The business meeting took a break at 7:00 pm. The business meeting was restarted at 7:30 pm after an extended break. Mark Harris brought in several cut and polished thundereggs he had dug at Richardson's Ranch in Oregon earlier this year. There were no nominations made during the break. There were no nominations made from the floor. A call for volunteers to fill positions of Club Officers and Board positions was made. Faith Farley volunteered for President, Olga Boor volunteered for Vice President, Wayne Farley Volunteered for Treasurer as an incumbent. Sheila Powell volunteered for Secretary. Bill and Kathy Meuchel volunteered for the two Board positions. A second meeting will be held this month to finish the nominating process after Board members approve candidates for Officer positions. It was noted that Wednesday is National Fossil Day and that the Fossil Lab at the University of Montana was offering free tours at 5pm. With no further business the draw on 50-50 was held, Claudette Hoffman won the drawing. Jason adjourned the meeting at approximately 8:00 pm. Show Committee held its first organization meeting after the business meeting.

Darrell Coyle, Acting Secretary

BGMS Special Meeting, October 24, 2017

​President Jason Frison called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Jason announced that the meeting was being held for the purpose of discussing candidates for the upcoming election to be held on November 14th at the regular business meeting. The BGMS Board of Directors had held a meeting prior to the meeting and had approved all the candidates. The candidates are as follows;

President Faith Farley

Vice President Pam Chulick

Treasurer Wayne Farley

Secretary Shiela Powell

Board of Directors (2 Year term) Bill Meuchel, Kathy Meuchel

It was noted that all candidates are unopposed. That a minimum of 15 members need to be present at meetings for a quorum. Absentee ballots can be sent to Darrell Coyle at his email up to the 10th of November.

Other Business: Name Tags should be ready by the November Meeting. Discussion on Membership applications and business cards. A motion to have business cards printed was made by Bill Meuchel and seconded by Faith Farley, unanimously approved. Ed Kubu asked that any members who had fluorescent specimens to bring them to the next meeting early for the Kids Program. They should be labeled so they can be identified and returned. Meeting was adjourned at about 7:30.

Darrell Coyle, Acting Secretary


Board Meeting October 24, 2017

The Board of Directors met on 24 October. Meeting called to order at 6:10 pm. Present were Faith Farley (Chair) Ed Kubu, Darrell Coyle and Club President Jason Frison. The order of business was to determine eligibility of candidates according to By Laws. Faith opened the discussion . The only concern was the longevity of the candidate for Vice President Pam Chulick as she has not been a member for a full year. Darrell proposed that it would be in the best interest of the club to waive the requirement as there were no other nominations or volunteers for the position. Also, the fact that by the time she would take office it would come close to the year requirement. Darrell motioned for the waiver, seconded by Ed Kubu and passed unanimously. There was no other Board business. Motion to adjourn by Darrell was seconded and passed.

Committee Reports:
None received
Field Trip Committee:
There are currently no trips planned for the winter season.
Mining Committee:
Still working on releasing the BGMS Bond.

Show Committee:

Nothing to report.
No Report at this time.

Council & Federation Reports:
No report at this time.

    Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society