President's Message

Mandarin Calcite, Image Credit: Dennis Buchanan

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President's Message

This month I am again filling in for our President Dennis Buchanan. Dennis is providing home health care for his wife Dot who is still recovering from an illness that affected her earlier in the year.


This is the time of year that most clubs are having monthly field trips. I urge all of you to collect safely during your field trips. It's easy to overlook a safety issue during the excitement of recovering that "perfect" specimen. Please be aware of any unsafe conditions and make sure your fellow collectors are aware.


If you have planned on attending a Workshop at Wildeacres in August or September please sign up as soon as possible. Both sessions are filling up quickly. There is some very exciting news concerning the 2023 workshop sessions that I will not disclose now. I will leave that announcement up to the Education Chair to notify everyone when she feels that it is appropriate.


Don't forget the Annual meeting will be upon us within a few months. The host club meeting coordinator is working hard to make the meeting a success. I have spoken with her several times as she works thru the arrangements. Be on the look-out for the meeting notification from our Secretary, Jerri Heer, and sign up as soon as you can.


If you have any questions for the SFMS President, please direct them to me for the immediate future and cc. Dennis if you send your inquiries by e-mail. I speak with Dennis regularly to keep him as informed as possible.


Thanks again!


Best regards,


Danny Griffin SFMS 1st Vice 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