The Bitterroot Conglomerate SEPTEMBER 2018 XXXV Issue 10

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

Hello everyone,

This will be my last President's column for the Newsletter.   We will be voting for new officers at our Saturday, Nov. 10th meeting. The General meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. There will not be any program for this meeting, however, we would love to see everyone's best Find this year. Please bring it in to share, or more than one if you have it.

I received an invitation from the Hellgate club to join them in their Holiday potluck on Saturday, Dec. 8th and I encourage everyone to join their club as they are our Sister club. Our Holiday potluck would then be on Dec. 1st. We will be discussing our Holiday potluck, time, what the club will buy and what we will need members to bring. We always have such a wonderful holiday get together and I look forward to it every year. I do have a surprise for the members this year. 

We are still looking for a President, Secretary and Field Trip leader for the 2019 offices.

I want to tell you all how grateful I am for your support this year. It has been a year of fun and education. I have grown in experience, self knowledge, and best of all, in friendships. 


A Very Happy Holiday Season to All.

Faith Farley 

BGMS President     


Minutes from October 9, 2018 Meeting

President Faith Farley called the meeting to order at 6:35pm and then led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and motion to accept were made by Wayne Farley; 2nd by Kathy Meuchel and motion to approve was passed. 

Wayne Farley submitted the Treasurers Report. Bill Meuchel motion to approve the report, 2nd by Beverly Gibson. The motion was approved. 

Ed Kubu reported on the Lincoln Jasper hunt led by Doug Kleiger.  Folks were rewarded with their finds of Colored Jasper, white and clear Agates. 

Faith Farley setting up date and time for tour at College of Paleontology. 

Darrell Coyle will handle display case transfer and Kathy Meuchel will also coordinate with Darrell for the Museums.

Faith volunteered to be a Board Member for next year.  We need nominations before the November Meeting and will set up Nomination Committee.

Starting November our meeting dates and time will change to the 2nd Saturday of the Month (November 10th) and begin at 2pm. 

Sean Jackson reported that the Darby Middle School will host a Chili Cook-off on Oct 27th.

President Faith Farley asked that everyone bring 

Faith brought up the subject of upcoming nominations and elections. Wayne Farley volunteered to remain Treasurer. Ed Kubu volunteered to be Vice President as his term on the board is ending. There is still a need for Club President and two new Board Members. 

Scholarship: Discussion on the Scholarship and ways to work with the local schools to attract applicants. Scholarship Chair Pat Tibbs will be allowed to change the application dates to the beginning of the school year. A motion to increase the scholarship from $500 to $750 was made by Pam Chulick seconded by Nona Hayes and approved. Further discussion on the scholarship was to allow students in Earth Science/Geology at the Bitterroot Community College to apply. Also accredited Home School Seniors would be included as being accepted. A motion to open the Scholarship to BR College was made by Pete Myers, seconded by Wayne Farley and approved by members. Ed Kubu as a Board Member pointed out that the dollar amount of $500 is in the by laws and that the increase would have to be voted on annually or the by-laws changed. Also Shawn Jackson volunteered to be a liaison at the Darby High School and Nona Hayes volunteered to be liaison for the Hamilton High School.

A motion to pay the bill for the club's Liability Insurance was made by Bill Meuchel and seconded by Pam Myers, the motion was approved .

Kathy Meuchel motioned to adjourn the business meeting. Members took a refreshment break and looked at materials brought by Ken and Mark. After the break Darrell Coyle gave a presentation on the basics of using an oscillating flat lap. Several pieces of petrified wood in partially polished and final polish were displayed. 

Submitted by Darrell Coyle

Acting Secretary

Field Trip Committee: Local field trips have ended for the season. They will resume in the Spring of 2019.

Program Committee: Need more volunteers to present a short program at our meetings.

Scholarship Committee: Check this Newsletter

Show Report: No report. 

MT Council Report: No report

N.W. Federation Report: No report