President's Message

Mandarin Calcite, Image Credit: Dennis Buchanan

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President's Message

Most of you already know but I’d like to make an official announcement of the passing of David Wayment. Dave was a past SFMS and AFMS President and was currently the Director of the Wildacres Workshops and AFMS 2nd Regional Vice President. Anyone who knew Dave also knew he performed many, many, many other duties for both the AFMS and SFMS. Dave is surely missed and it will take a long time to find competent replacements for all that Dave has been doing.

Leslie has asked that anyone wanting to provide a memorial please make a donation in Dave’s name to the Mayo Educational Foundation. There is a Memorials and Honors Donations form on the SFMS website (click HERE) under the Mayo Educational Foundation menu item. Please contact the SFMS Webmaster if you have problems finding the form.

The SFMS Workshops still have openings for the June, August and September sessions. However, there are many classes that have already filled. Go to for a list of available classes and the application. If you’re thinking about taking a class get those applications in fast.

I would like to remind those going on field trips to be safe and make good decisions. No specimen is worth an injury while trying to collect it.

Danny Griffin, SFMS President

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Mandarin Calcite

This beautiful calcite from North Carolina fluoresces a stunning bright pink-red color under medium wave UV light.

Image Credit: Dennis Buchanan