FEBRUARY 2006 MINUTES
10 February 2006
Board members present: Virgil Lueth, Anna Domitrovic,
Tony Kampf, Paul Bartos, Mike Wise, Peggy Ronning, Penny Williamson, Jean
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
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
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
A letter was received in response to the SMMP letter sent
to the Philadelphia Academy of Sciences regarding their attempted sale of their
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
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.