SEPTEMBER 2010 MINUTES
Board members present:
A. Domitrovic, B. Geller, A. Kampf, V. Lueth, J. Newman, P.
called the meeting to order at 1:35 PM, followed by a review of the agenda items
for the general meeting.
A grant proposal from
the Desert Museum in Tucson was submitted and will be reconsidered after
advising the Museum of some revisions for clarification.
practices submission will be moved from a draft to a final phase. E. Raines has
asked to consider a submission, "Scientific Instrument, Tool, Antique, Artifact,
Photograph and Document Collections Management Policy," through the Colorado
School of Mines Geology Museum, for review by the Society. It was suggested that
he revise his work and submit it as a "best practices" draft for the SMMP
President Lueth asked
for comments on A. Hart's email to the membership. He will ask the same of
members at the general meeting.
A. Kampf will
summarize the M&M meeting he attended in Budapest, where he was invited to give
the keynote address.
P. Williamson will
arrange for the program at the Tucson meeting in February, 2011. Suggestions
included "What we (museums) can do for you and what you can do for us," and
misunderstood minerals, which was also suggested for the SMMP's exhibit case.
involved curatorial/museum participation in exhibition at the Denver Show.
The Board meeting
adjourned at 2:00 PM.
A. Domitrovic for J. DeMouthe
President Lueth called the meeting to order at 2:06 PM and invited those present
to introduce themselves and state their affiliations. Twenty-one were in
attendance. Minutes from the Tucson meeting in February were approved as
published on the SMMP website.
Treasurer Domitrovic reported Wells Fargo account balances. The SMMP account was
revised into a business account, which opened a business savings, in addition to
the money market savings account. The change eliminated our monthly bank fees.
It was decided that the membership roster would be purged of those whose dues
are delinquent for three or more years. President Lueth will send an email to
The theme for the Tucson Show 2011 is California minerals. It was decided that
the SMMP case should be "misunderstood" minerals, with asbestos given as an
example. Other suggestions are, of course, always welcome. Topics for the
program included "What we (museums) can do for you and what you can do
asbestos or misunderstood minerals, and early history of the California gold
rush. Other suggestions are welcome. Contact P. Williamson. Williamson will also
contact the publicity chair for the TGMS Show to advertise SMMP activities
during the Show.
A. Kampf summarized the M&M6 meeting in Budapest where he was invited to give
the keynote address which included mineral enhancement and falsifying scientific
data. The SMMP sponsored a social during the meeting, as well as compensated
Kampf, in part, for his expenses. M&M7 will be held in Dresden in 2012. It
was also reported that SMMP Europe and the Commission on Minerals will hold a
joint meeting at the fall 2010 Munich Show.
The Desert Museum in Tucson submitted a grant proposal to defray costs of
holding the Arizona Mineral Symposium at the Museum, March, 2011. The Mining &
Mineral Museum in Phoenix, where the symposium is generally held, is being
revamped in preparation for Arizona's centennial year in 2012. It was advised
that the grant proposal be revised and resubmitted for consideration. The
Mineral Museum at Tucson's University of Arizona has reopened seven days a week.
The Mining & Mineral Museum in Phoenix is in flux.
The next "best practices" suggestion arose from a topic submitted by E. Raines,
collection management policy for non-species collections - artifacts, antiques,
President Lueth encouraged members to carefully read A. Hart's email from the
SMMP server and respond individually, copying P. Davidson. Davidson and Lueth
will decide how SMMP factors in and respond accordingly on behalf of the
Discussion ensued on curatorial/museum involvement in the Denver Show, and if
and how improvements in communication could be made.
Treasurer Domitrovic was available for dues payments at the close of the
meeting, which adjourned but remained open for an informal discussion and
demonstration of newly developed ultraviolet lighting systems through Way Too
Cool UV Lights.
A. Domitrovic for J. DeMouthe