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 MontanaBitterroot Gem & Mineral Society of Montana

The Bitterroot Conglomerate DECEMBER 2019 Volume XXXXVI Issue 12

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. 

2019 Presidents Column

Hello everyone, I wish all the members a Very Happy Healthy Holiday Season!   I want to thank all the members for their support while I was President. It's been a lot of fun. I hope I've added some information and education to the club.   Sincerely, 

2019 President, 

Faith Farley 

Minutes from NOVEMBER 9, 2019

The meeting was called to order by President Ed Kubu at 2:07 p.m., who then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.     

The  October 2019 minutes needed a spelling correction on Pam Chulick’s name.  A motion was made by Deb Strickland to approve the corrected minutes and Faith Farley seconded.  Motion was passed.  


Faith Farley gave the treasurer’s report.  It is now time to pay our annual dues!  They should be paid by December 31st so members can be on the list to get the Northwest Federation Newsletter.  She mentioned that we can now get “hang down” titles (club positions) for our name tags, so see her if you are interested.  She will also need the name tag so she can take it in to get the title attached.  A motion was made by Deb Strickland to approve the treasurer’s report and Jim Hudspeth seconded.  The motion was passed.


Faith Farley gave a report on the college paleontology trip.  It was an outstanding trip and very informative.  Since the club is a non-profit, we were able to view items that the public does not normally see.  Fourteen people attended the event. 

Second reading of the By-Laws:  There were a few changes/additions.  We will be voting on the By-Laws at the December meeting/potluck and also installing officers. 

Case for the Victor Museum:  They are only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day so we will table this project until summer since we can’t get ahold of anyone. 

Nomination of offices:  There are a few changes, so please note.  There is a list of people for positions on our club website, as well as in the newsletter. 

President:  Ed Kubu  

Vice President:  Darci Rainey

Treasurer:  Faith Farley  

Secretary:  Dana Jong  

Board Member 1:  Mark Harris  

Board Member 2:  Ralph Luther  

NFMS Director:  Darrell Coyle  

NFMS Delegate:  Beverly Gibson


Calling/Texting:  Faith Farley

Hospitality:  Pam Chulick  

Kitchen:  Betty Kubu  

Program:  Don Tibbs

Scholarship:  Pat Tibbs  

Historian: Jim Hudspeth  

News Editor:  Faith Farley  

Sunshine (sends cards to sick members): Faith Farley  

Field Trips:  Jim Hudspeth  

Website:  Heidi Gordon  

50/50 Ticket Sales:  Pam Chulick

Kids Club Lead:  Mark Harris

Kids Club Assistant:  Pat Tibbs

Lewis and Clark Caverns Candlelight Tour:  The final chance to sign up was at the current (Nov. 9th) meeting.  Can guests come?  It would be cheaper for them to join the club and then get their ticket paid for.  Guests can only come if we don’t have 40 members signed up.  We may open the  tour to the Missoula club if there is any room.   

Holiday Potluck:  The club will purchase a turkey and ham and all members are to bring side dishes.  We have volunteers already to cook the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy.  There will also be gifts for the kids.  The potluck will be Saturday, December 14th, at the Corvallis Church where we normally meet.  We would like members to come at 12 noon and we will be eating at 1:00 p.m.  Please bring canned goods to donate to the local food banks.  We will also be doing an auction so please bring donated items. 

President Ed Kubu has had several requests for the October meeting to be changed to the second Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.  This would mean that meetings from October through February would be on Saturday afternoons and that the March through September meetings would continue to be on Tuesday evenings.  Ed will check with the church to see if this is permissible.  A motion was made by Wayne Farley to move the October meeting to the second Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. and was seconded by Jim Hudspeth.  The motion was passed. 

Jim Hudspeth would like to take member’s pictures and add them to the membership list.  This is optional.  If you don’t want it done, that is fine.  A motion was made to add member’s pictures to the membership list by Jim Hudspeth and was seconded by Deb Strickland.  The motion passed.   

Federation Director Report:  Darrell Coyle reminded us that the Federation has member’s information and that each club has a copy of this list.  The Federation was selling copies at the last meeting.  Darrell believes our private information should not be for sale.  He would like to send a resolution from our club to protect everyone’s private information.  He wants permission to have a statement added to the Federation Directory.  Faith Farley made a motion that Darrell will write up a proposal to send to the Federation that will ensure that club member’s privacy is protected and not sold.  Deb Strickland seconded.  Motion was passed by all.    

Darrell also mentioned that our club treasurer is to send a list of club members to the Federation by December 31st.  Members have to join by the 31st to get the Federation newsletter. The pictures that will be on our membership list will not be given to the Federation. The Federation Show will be in Ogden, Utah on April 18-20, 2020.  There will be training for judging if anyone is interested.      

We have several members that have brought in specimens to view this evening:  Wayne Farley has three “mimetoliths” for everyone to look at.  They are rocks that look like other things (animals, landscapes, etc.).  Nona Hayes has been around several states collecting this summer and has brought in her finds.  Steve Syphers has also brought in a collection of fossils for everyone to view.    

We broke for refreshments at 3:00 p.m. and were then called to order at 3:29 p.m.  Voting for Officers:  All officers were voted on and approved by all.

We will be transferring the equipment that Wayne Farley has donated to the club shed on Thursday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m.   Mark Harris will bring his trailer.  Faith Farley will send out an email with Wayne’s address and directions.  

50/50 Winner:  Steve Syphers  

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:35 p.m. was made by Deb Strickland and seconded by Jim Hudspeth.  

Respectfully submitted,  

Dana Jong, Secretary  

New & Returning Members:

Please remember to introduce yourself to the new members.

Program Committee:

Scholarship Committee:

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

Show Committee:

Check the minutes above.

Sunshine Committee:

No Report. 

MT Council Report:

No Report.