SEPTEMBER 2009 MINUTES
Board members present:
Virgil Lueth, Jean DeMouthe, Jeff Post, Penny Williamson, Jamie Neuman,
The meeting was called to
order a 1:30 pm 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 program.
Domitrovic was unable to
attend, but had sent a summary of the treasurer's report to VL.
DeMouthe said that the
Tucson case in 2010 should be in keeping with the show theme of "gems & gem
materials." Suggestions were made
for subjects, including "unusual & odd gemstones" or a case of "what is it?"
Geller said that the
meet-and-greet sessions at the special exhibit cases were well-received and that
they plan to do it again next year.
Several people mentioned
that they had trouble getting information about the Denver show, and asked BG if
notifications could be sent earlier.
Williamson displayed a new
book on Australia megafauna.
Meeting was adjourned at
The meeting was called to
order by president Virgil Lueth at 2:01 pm.
There were 31 people present, reprenting 22 institutions, from 9
The minutes from the
previous meeting in Tucson were read and approved unanimously.
Since Anna Domitrovic was
not present, Lueth gave a brief treasurer's report and
reminded members about their dues and the web site.
He urged people to look at the membership list online to see if they have
paid their dues. The membership
list will be culled before Tucson, and people not paying dues will be dropped.
Lueth announced that the
collection manager job in mineralogy at Yale University is open, since Ellen
Faller has retired.
He also mentioned the best
practices series of articles, and asked for submissions or topic ideas.
There is a template on the web site.
There have been no
submissions for the SMMP grant this year.
Peter Davidson reported
that SMMP Europe and the IMA Museums Commission will meet on Oct 31 at the
Huizing reported that next year's (2010) Denver show theme will be Creede,
Colorado, and not Russian minerals as previously thought.
Geller described the meet-and-greet going on at this show, and said the Denver
Society was pleased with the public's reaction.
Several people had been asked at the last minute to give unscheduled
talks on Saturday morning, which were not advertised.
Huizing suggested that
there should be times set for meet-and-greet well in advance, so that people can
make plans. Discussion followed.
Penny Williamson showed the
book on Australian megafauna.
Lueth asked whether people
want to collect data on museum attendance and donations over the last five years
to get a feel for how the economy is affecting various institutions.
He will remind everyone of this on the listerver.
Julian reported that the
Tellus Museum reopened on 1/12/2009 with greatly expanded exhibits.
The Georgia State mineral collection, which dates from the 1890's, is now
at Tellus. It numbers about 4,000
specimens and includes many impressive specimens from the southeast.
reported that the MM7 meeting will not be held at their museum in Edinburgh due
to lack of funding and severe reductions in staff.
Jamie Neuman suggested that
the program in Tucson consist of 10 to 15-minute talks on the display, care, and
cutting of gemstones.
The meeting was adjourned
at 2:40 pm.
J.DeMouthe, SMMP secretary