The Bitterroot Conglomerate August 2017                                                                                    Volume XXXVI Issue 6

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 Recieved

BGMS President Jason Frison

New Members:

We welcome our newest members. Please make an effort to get acquainted with them soon. These are the new and renewed members as of today. I hope I didn’t miss any. Thomas, Lora, Daniel and Thomas Hall.

BGMS Meeting July 11, 2017

President Jason Frizon called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM. Treasurer Wayne Farley was present. Vice President and the Secretary were absent. Darrell Coyle, Past President volunteered to take minutes. The Treasurer's Report was submitted by Wayne Farley. Net Value of the General Fund was reported as $9002.86 with an estimated $14,000 in the Show Fund at this time. Pete Myers motioned to approve the Treasurers Report with a Second by Pam Myers. Club members approved the report. On the Subject of Minutes, Pam Myers made a motion to approve, then it was noted by two members that the Minutes from the June 13, 2017 meeting were incomplete and that discussion on the field trips, discussion on amount of payment by the club were not in the minutes. It was noted by Club President that the Minutes needed to be corrected. Pam Myers withdrew her motion and there was no vote. The question was asked if the minutes from the 27 June meeting were available. Those minutes were not submitted before the Newsletter was put out and they should be in the next Newsletter.

The club President then introduced new members and guests. Ed Kubu spoke briefly on the Kids Program. Ed Kubu and Pat Tibbs will be having Kids Meetings at 6PM before the regular meetings. The Kids Program is funded by the AFMS and is a program that has badges awarded to Kids under 18 years of age that complete lessons and projects. It is a proven program much like Scouting. It does require that at least one adult(parent/guardian) be present with their child.

Douglas Kleiger was our Guest Speaker. He gave an informative presentation on how to make bottle stoppers with lapidary material. Jason Frizon brought materials he had gotten at the Snowbird Mine. Ed Kubu and Darrell Coyle brought material from the Thunder Mountain field trip. There was a break after the presentation. Refreshments were brought by Sharlene Farley.

Other Business: The BGMS will not be doing Daly Days, the deadline to sign up had passed and there was a conflict with the Challis Idaho Field Trip. Ed Kubu had a sign up sheet for name tags. The normal price is $20. If club members do a bulk order the cost is $13.00. If you need a name tag get your name to Ed Kubu. There was a sign up sheet for patches from the NFMS Show. There were only two people that signed. It does not appear there is enough interest to order more patches. Steve Syphers won the 50/50 and donated the $20 back to the club but kept the nice crystal from Snowbird that Jason had donated.

Motion to adjourn made by Bob Gibson and Second by Kathy Meuchel. Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:00 PM

By Darrell Coyle for Sativa Vieth, Secretary

Board Meeting Reports:

None received
Committee Reports:
None received

Field Trip Committee:
Monday August 7 Calvert Hill, Over 15 types of rocks to collect.
Saturday August 19 Agate Mountain, Agate
Thursday August 24 - Monday August 28 Sidney (Yellowstone River), Agates

(Dates are subject to change or may be canceled based on weather or access restrictions)
Any Questions you can email me at or call (406)552-4681

Mining Committee:
BLM has promised to inspect the claim as soon as possible.

Show Committee:

Nothing to report.
No Report at this time.

Council & Federation Reports:
The MT Council of Rock & Mineral Clubs held it’s meeting on June 11th at the Butte Gem and Mineral Show.
Educational or Items of Interest:

On Tuesday December 6, 2016, in the lame duck session of Congress, the House passed by unanimous consent a bill (HR 4680) that will eliminate the $10 lifetime Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Pass) which has been available to citizens and permanent residents age 62 and older since 1965. (Your current Golden Age Pass is Grandfathered in) Passes are sold at National Parks, Forest Service, BLM and Bureau of Reclamation offices, National Wildlife Refuges, and Army Corps of Engineers recreation sites. Passes can be purchased online at the USGS Store, but online purchases will incur a $10 service charge in addition to the (for now) $10 price of the pass. Your pass is good for the rest of your life unless lost or stolen. Many people buy an extra to keep in a safe place. Doing so at this time is something to consider because buying a replacement in the future could cost you much more.

The price increase is going to take effect on August 28, 2017. That's well ahead of the previously announced effective date of October 1. So if you are going to attain age 62 before August 28, don't wait - it will cost you eight times more after that date!

    Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society