Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Club

Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

The Bitterroot Conglomerate MAY Volume XXXVI Issue 5

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. 


Vice Presidents Column

May means the Gem & Mineral Show for us and the start of field trips is just around the corner with our first full field trip on June 1st. I would like to thank everyone that was able to make our mini-field trip to get "pet rocks" for the kids table at the show. The show is big but at the meeting this month May 14th at 6:30 we have a lot going on both for the show and for our club, We will have signup sheets if you are unable to use the online form or have problems with it at the meeting (there are lots of spots still needing to be filled), We will also have signups for daily days, and we will be discussing and voting on several motions at this meeting as well as finalizing a few past motions. This will be a meeting you won't want to miss. 


Submitted by, Ed Kubu     

BGMS Vice President 


Minutes from APRIL 9, 2019


President Faith Farley called the meeting to order at 6:29 p.m. and then the Pledge of Allegiance.  We had three new guests attend:  Darci Rainey, and Steve and Roxann Olsen.  They joined the club this evening.  Any new members are to see Dar Williams for name tags.    


There was no treasurer’s report.    

The March minutes were approved and passed by all.  


Faith brought loupes for those that didn’t get one.  


There was no old business discussed at the meeting.

New Business:  As President of the club, Faith made Wayne Farley, Ralph Luther, Margaret Sharp, and Don and Pat Tibbs honorary members and they will no longer pay dues to this club.  We will have a discussion about time with this club and honorary membership at our May general meeting. 


If anyone is interested in Wyoming jade, please see Faith. 


Beverly Gibson talked about how we can sign-up to work at the show this year via the internet program, “Sign-Up Genius”, as we did last year. 


Margaret Sharp reminded members about the Friday, May 17th potluck for vendors and show workers and that we need members to bring chilis, soups, salads, and desserts. The club will provide drinks and cutlery.  We will eat at 5:30 sharp. 


Deb Strickland gave an update on show business: “The Crave” will be at the show Saturday, May 18th, as a food vendor.  We still need another food vendor for Sunday, the 19th. There are 18 paid vendors for the show this year.  A new member, Darci Rainey, has volunteered to be show chairman for next year. Thank you Darci! 


Daly Days (July 26-27):  The booth fee is paid.  Kristin Martinez is heading this up and needs volunteers to man the booth.  There will be three shifts.  See her for more information.  She and Ed Kubu will be on set up.


A motion was made by Beverly Gibson to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m. and Deb Strickland seconded. 


After the meeting, we had the spring potluck instead of a program. The club supplied hamburgers, hot dogs, cheese, condiments, cutlery, and drinks.  Everyone brought side dishes. There was plenty of great food and everyone had an enjoyable time. 


Respectfully Submitted, 

Dana Jong, Secretary 


Field Trip Committee:

The field trip schedule has been posted on the clubs website. If there is a special trip you would like to see the club take, please contact Ed Kubu.


Program Committee:

If someone has a demonstration or talk they would like to see, please contact Faith Farley. Otherwise, we are working on a new projector setup that will allow us to show DVD's for our programs. 


Scholarship Committee:

We have received no applications for our $750 scholarship this year.


Show Committee:

Adult non-competitive show displays for our upcoming show.

Set up: Friday, May 17  9:00 am to 6:30 pm  

Take down: Sunday, May 19  5:00 pm To 6:00 pm  

These are non-competitive displays, so don't worry about being judged. Just show off your collection. If you  have labeled specimens, that's great. If you don't, it's not a problem.  We need to fill about 16 cases. Don't be shy, but don"t dally as we will be issuing the cases out in order of request.  

The cases are 2'x2'x4'. We have fabric covered liners in various colors (first-come, first-served at the time you fill your case). Security will be provided 24 hours a day during the show. 

Contact Bob Gibson to let him know how many cases you'd like. 

gibcott@gmail.com (406) 361-0870


Sunshine Committee:

No Report. 

MT Council Report:

No Report.