Board members present:Anna Domitrovic,
Virgil Lueth, Jean DeMouthe, Terry Huizing,
Jeff Post, Penny Williamson, Jamie Neuman,
The meeting was called to
order a by
president Virgil Lueth.He went
through the planned agenda for the general meeting and opened a discussion on
the Tucson show and the SMMP
Domitrovic summarized the
treasurer's report, and discussed deposit insurance.She mentioned that PayPal payment service might make it easier for
members, particularly those overseas, to pay their dues.She offered to set up an account for SMMP with AOL, if appropriate.President VL told her to go ahead.
DeMouthe said that the Tucson case in 2008 would
be on "one hit wonders" American localities that only produced one significant
species or type of specimen.She
also said that she would not be attending
and asked that someone take over the organization of the SMMP case, as well as
the duties of secretary for that meeting.
Lueth said that the first
document for the Best Practices Manual for minerals is finished and available by
e-mail.He asked for comments.
Kampf reported that there
have been problems with messages going through the list server, and the
newsletter went out late.
Lueth discussed the SMMP
grant process, which he feels needs more oversight.The current request will be funded, but we should request a written
report on how the money is spent and the results of the project.
He also mentioned the M&M6
meeting in golden Colorado,
which will be just before the 2008
show.It was mentioned that SMMP
might fund a social at one of the poster sessions.No decisions were made.
Meeting adjourned at .
The meeting was called to
order by president Virgil Lueth at .Introductions
The minutes from the
previous meeting in Tucson
were read and approved unanimously.
Anna Domitrovic gave the
treasurer's report and reminded members about their dues and the web site.There is currently $1,494.36 in the checking account, and $8,600.64 in
the money market savings account.
Total assets are $10,095.00.
SMMP currently has 109 members.AD
also reported on the planned PayPal account for dues payment.
Lueth reported there seemed
to be no collections at risk right now.SMMP had sent a letter to the
collection, but had received no response.
DeMouthe reported on the
upcoming SMMP display in Tucson,
and asked for people to do that case and be temporary secretary.
Lueth said that the Best
Practices draft on specimen sampling was ready for review and asked for input
Kampf reports that LACM has
hired a new collection manager for the mineral collection, Alisa Morgan
Lueth reports that the
first applicant for the SMMP grant is the
ColburnMuseum; and he reminded
members to apply for this grant.
Bruce Geller talked about
the upcoming M&M6 meeting at the Colorado School of Mines, which will be held 7
- 9 September 2008 (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday), right before the Denver Show.
Jim Hurlbut talked about
planned field trips at that meeting, which will be a mixture of one-day trips
and overnights.The second circular
should be on the web by the end of Sept (it's there now).
Domitrovic reports that the Arizona-SonoraDesertMuseum
is establishing a photo archive, which will eventually be up on their web site.They have gotten a $100,000 IMLS grant for this project.
Post reported that he and
George Harlow are working on a written response to the sale of the PhiladelphiaAcademy's mineral collection.The Mineralogical Society of America is going to set up a policy for
making such statements, which will be discussed again at their next council
meeting (Oct. 2007).Post said that
their statement responding to the Mineralogical Record article about the sale
will be forthcoming;they will not
wait for MSA.
Newman said that many
museum people do not appreciate the vulnerability of collections, and they do
not expect this sort of thing (i.e. sale of specimens) to happen.
followed, during which it was revealed that the ANSP has a new director who
wants to start another mineral collection (?!).
Kampf encourage members to
check their own collection policies relative to deaccessions and who has the
authority to approve sales and other transactions
Huizing asked for
suggestions regarding the SMMP program for the 2008 Tucson show.No one responded.