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FEBRUARY 2006 MINUTES

10 February 2006
Tucson, Arizona

 BOARD MEETING

Board members present:  Virgil Lueth, Anna Domitrovic, Tony Kampf, Paul Bartos, Mike Wise, Peggy Ronning, Penny Williamson, Jean DeMouthe               

2:05 pm called to order by president V. Lueth

Lueth asked for approval of the minutes from the 2005 Denver meeting minutes, approved unanimously with no corrections.  

VL went over the agenda for the general meeting, and reported that he had gone to the AGI meeting at GSA.

Domitrovic presented the 12-month budget report.  AD said she would discuss membership and dues at the general annual meeting.

DeMouthe asked to talk at the general meeting about the Soc. for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and a possible affiliation with SMMP.

The theme for Tucson 2007 is Minerals of Australia, and in 2008 American Classics.   The meeting to discuss the latter was announced for Sunday at 11:30.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40.

GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING

Meeting called to order at 3:04 pm by president Lueth.

Lueth welcomed members and guests, made introductions of the Board.  Introductions were made around the room.  He called for a vote on the Denver minutes, which was moved, seconded, and unanimously approved without corrections.

Domitrovic gave the treasurers report (attached).  The long-term accounts are doing better, since interest rates are going up.  $6,000 was moved into a 6-month CD that will mature in March, and then roll over.   Membership last year took in $800. 

AD offered to take membership applications and dues payments, and urged members to check the printed roster for errors and corrections.

Kampf gave a report on the status of the web page, newsletter and updating of the membership roster.  He explained why no telephone numbers are posted.  He asked if members would like to receive the roster via e-mail, and there was a general vote YES.

TK reported that there are still a few (about 6) members who do not have e-mail, which makes it difficult for SMMP to communicate with them.  He urged members to use the listserver for professional communications.

Lueth reminded everyone about the SMMP grant program, and told them to check out the description on the web site.  There have been no applications.

A letter was received in response to the SMMP letter sent to the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences regarding their attempted sale of their mineral collection.  

Dmitri Belakovski thanked everyone who had written letters of support to the Fersman Mineralogical Museum.  The plan to move that museum has (at least for now) been cancelled, and another plan is scheduled to be revealed in April. 

Domitrovic reported that the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has a new curator, Debra Colodner (sp?).

Bill Cook inquired about the status of the Harvard collections, but no one was there who could speak to the topic.

DeMouthe reported that the SMMP case in the main show, Caring for your Collection, was getting good reviews.  Since it is so popular, the same topic will be used for the SMMP exhibit at the 2006 Denver show.

Lueth reported that he attended the AGI meeting, which is held twice yearly.  He went to the meeting of the Affiliation Committee, since SMMP is an official affiliate. 

DeMouthe told about SPNHC and how it can provide support to anyone in the collections management field, gave memberhsip information, and announcement upcoming meeting in Albuquerque.

Harlow urged members to attend the upcoming International Mineralogical Assoc. meeting in Kobe, Japan, in August 2006.

Donna Dirlam described the upcoming Gemological Inst. of American symposium, and urged people to stop by the GIA booth on the 2nd floor to get information.

Paul Bartos reported that the Colorado School of Mines is putting in a proposal to hold the next M&M meeting there in 2008.

Williamson urged people to bring Australian specimens to Tucson in 2007 for the Australian Mineral exhibits, and she will be working on getting government and institutional participation once the TGMS gives her a written invitation.

Lueth described the American Classics project for Tucson 2008, for which 35 famous localities have been chosen.

Brian Jackson reported that there are currently no minerals on display in the Scottish national museum, and the specimens are all being moved.  He asked for letters of support for the collection.

The annual election was held.  Three members rotated off the Board:  Domitrovic, Lueth, and Wise.  There were three nominations:  Anna Domitrovic, Virgil Lueth, and Jamie Neuman.  Since no others were nominated, these people were elected by acclamation.

Election within the Board for officers resulted in the following Board organization:

  • president:  Virgil Lueth
  • vice-president:  Terry Huizing
  • secretary:  Jean DeMouthe
  • treasurer:  Anna Domitrovic
  • directors:  Peggy Ronning, Penny Williamson, Paul Bartos, Jamie Newman, Tony Kampf

The general meeting was adjourned at 3:40 pm.

The general annual meeting was followed by a program on recent innovations in mineral technology, featuring speakers John Rakovan, Jeffrey Post, and Robert Downs.


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