Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Club

Bitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

The Bitterroot Conglomerate JUNE Volume XXXVI Issue 7

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

Minutes from June 11, 2019

Meeting opened at 6:35 pm with Pledge of Allegiance led by President, Faith Farley. 

Amended minutes to delete the word “re-capped” and insert “Deb Strickland gave an account of the upcoming BGMS show”.  Motion to approve change was made by Deb Strickland was 2nd by Deb Butler, voted and approved. Motion to approve adjusted minutes made by Deb Strickland, 2ndby Jim Hudspeth, voted and approved.

Committee Report for 2019 BGMS show was made by Deb Strickland who stated that the vendors were happy with the show and it had good atmosphere.  Final report will be given in July.  Thank you to Kristyn & D'alya Martinez, and Darrell Coyle for help with posters and flyers.  Show date for the 2020 Show will be May 16 & 17.  Darci Rainey will be Show Chair, Faith Farley will be show Secretary, Ed Kubu will be in charge of Kids Table; Darrell Coyle and  Deb Strickland will also be assisting.

Committee Report for Daley Days given by Kristyn Martinez.  Daly Days will be July 26 & 27th.  Volunteers are still needed. Contact Kristyn if you can help.

Treasurers Report was given by Faith Farley in the absence of Wayne Farley.  Motion to approve made by Kathy Meuchel, 2nd by Bill Meuchel, voted and approved.

First 2019 Field Trip report made by Ed Kubu who gave kudos to Jim Hudspeth – it was a great first trip.   

Laptop Purchased by Ed Kubu is a 15” HP and he will order a travel bag and appropriate wires and cords for the unit so it can be used at meetings and presentations.

Old Business: Vests are free, put name and size on sign up sheet. Patches are $20 payable in advance by the 15th.  Faith will coordinate.  



The field trip schedule has been posted on this website. If there is a special trip   
you would like included please contact Ed Kubu. 


Michigan Rock Trade will go to auction at BGMS Summer Picnic.  Faith Farley is sending out our “trade box” on or about the 15th.

New Business: Darrell Coyle reported on the Coeur d' Alene show midyear Meeting.  He picked up directories of all the Federation Clubs and members.  Ken Zahn helped obtain two scholarship awards to Montana Tech in Butte.  The 2020 Federation Show will be hosted by the Golden Spike Club of Utah. A video/slide presentation competition is available, contact Darrell for more info.  There will be a NW Rockhound Retreat held at the Hancock Field Station in Oregon during Labor Day week. Anyone interested in recycling stamps for breast cancer can get further info on the Federation website.

Faith Farley reported she received some notices from the BLM regarding digs and reviewed same.  USFS notice sent to her regarding recreational rock collecting for personal use only (hobby, meaning NON-commercial use).

Faith still has some Club Pins that are for purchase at $5 each; there is a limited number so if you interested contact her asap.    

BGMS Name Tags are available, contact Dar Williams for yours.  Please remember to wear them to meetings and all BGMS functions.

Ed Kubu asked that we all spend some time at the July meeting to paint some rocks that can be distributed by the group. 


Motion to adjourn meeting made by Dar Williams with 2nd by Bill Meuchel, voted and approved.

Minutes Respectfully submitted by Dar Williams, Secretary   


New & Returning Members:

Please remember to introduce yourself to the new members.


Program Committee:

No Report 


Scholarship Committee:

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


Show Committee:

Full report in future General Meeting.


Sunshine Committee:

No Report. 


MT Council Report:

No Report.