Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Club

Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of MontanaBitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

The Bitterroot Conglomerate FEBRUARY 2020 Volume XXXXVII Issue 2

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. 

Minutes from January 11, 2020

The meeting was called to order by President Ed Kubu who then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

A discussion ensued about having the presentation/program either at the beginning of the business meeting or at the end. Some presenters may not want to sit through the business meeting and may want to do their program beforehand. A motion was made by Bill Meuchel for the presenter to choose whether they want to do the presentation/program before or after the business meeting each month. It was seconded by Katelyn Lester and approved by all. 

Don Tibbs is today’s presenter, and he chose to do the program before the business meeting. He discussed “Rock Identification” and gave everyone a handout entitled, “What Mineral Is It?” Everyone chose a rock to identify, using the chart on the handout. It was a 30 minute presentation and was very informative. Thank you Don! Next month’s program will be on cabbing. Don Tibbs is asking everyone to bring something to cab. 

The business meeting was started at 2:52 p.m. by President Ed Kubu. A motion was made by Bill Meuchel to approve the November and December 2019 minutes. It was seconded by Jim Hudspeth and the motion was approved by all. 

Faith Farley gave the treasurer’s report. A motion was made by Don Tibbs to accept the treasurer’s report and seconded by Kathy Meuchel. Motion was approved.  


Potluck report:  Everyone had a very good time and thanks to all for helping with the cleanup! The club received “thank you” notes from the food banks for our contributions that came from the proceeds of the auction. 

Lewis and Clark Caverns trip report:  An amazing trip and very worthwhile! All who went had a wonderful time. 


President Ed Kubu wants to thank everyone who stepped forward to fill the positions in the club! It takes all of us to run the club. 

Case for the Victor Museum:  Darrell Coyle found a case that we can use, and it is only $20. The expenditure was approved because we had already decided to provide funds for the case.  

Equipment usage:  Does anyone have a location? Does anyone want to step up and look into that for us? We will talk about it again at the next meeting. 

Signing of the By-Laws:  Signing will happen next month when Deb Strickland is available.  


Don Tibbs requested an expenditure of $100 for the cabbing program for the February meeting. President Kubu ok’d the request. Don just needs to present a receipt for his expenses.  

Club shed:  There are repairs that need to be done when the weather clears up. Some of these repairs need to be done to keep the wasps out and should be completed before spring.  

Excess potluck supplies:  They have accumulated over time. Faith Farley, Ed Kubu and Debra Butler will go to the shed and look over the supplies to determine if we need to downsize. 

Yearly audit:  Darrell Coyle and Don Tibbs will do the audit this year. They will work with Faith Farley to pick a date later.  

Faith Farley read a letter from the American Lands Access Association concerning the public collecting area, Crystal Park, in western Montana. The club is a member of this  association ($50/year). 

Field trips:  They will be posted on the website  and in the newsletter. There has been a  tentative list made by Jim Hudspeth, and it is   similar to last year’s. 

Dar Williams had name tags available for pickup for new members.

Our 50/50 winner:  Beverly Gibson; total was $49 and Beverly won $24.50

A motion was made by Faith Farley to adjourn the meeting at 3:25 p.m., and it was seconded by Bill Meuchel.

Respectfully submitted,  

Dana Jong, Secretary  

New & Returning Members:

Please remember to introduce yourself to the new members.

Program Committee:

Check the minutes above for Don Tibbs.

Scholarship Committee:

We have received at least one application for our $750 scholarship this year. Pat Tibbs is our chairman.

Show Committee:

Check the minutes above.

Sunshine Committee:

No Report. 

MT Council Report:

No Report.