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2004 Board of Directors electioN
The three-year terms for three members of the board of
directors end this year. An election will be held during the Tucson meeting to
fill these positions.
expiring in 2004
Jean DeMouthe (secretary)
Tony Kampf (past pres.)
|Term expiring in 2005
Terry Huizing (v.pres.)
|Term expiring in 2006
Anna Domitrovic (treasurer)
Virgil Lueth (president)
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TUCSON MUSEUM EXHIBIT STORAGE
Peter Megaw, exhibits chair for TGMS, offered
last year to provide storage for museum exhibits prior to the main show. The
best course of action is to contact Peter directly (firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com to arrange the type of storage you want. He will make
every effort to find satisfactory solutions.
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Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
9 September 2003 -
Board members present:
Anna Domitrovic, Virgil Lueth, Jean DeMouthe, Tony Kampf, Terry Huizing, Paul
Bartos, Dmitri Belakovski board members absent: George Harlow, Michael Wise
The meeting was
called to order a 1:37 pm by president Virgil Lueth.
gave the treasurers report, which is attached. The money market account is
yielding 1.32% interest, which is an increase from earlier this year. VL said
the treasurers report should be published in the newsletter at least once a
The agenda for the upcoming general meeting was
discussed, members were designated to discuss certain items during that meeting.
AD would remind
members about dues & urge them to check their information on the web site for
accuracy. There was a discussion of how foreign members could pay their dues,
which would be continued in the general meeting.
VL said that AGI
has four committees needing representatives from SMMP, and the following
suggestions were made:
Education comm: Susan Erikkson
Government affairs comm: Mike
AGI Council: Virgil Lueth
Environmental geosciences advisory comm: no suggestions
JD, chair of the
Education committee, reported that there will be two SMMP cases in Tucson for
their 50th anniversary show.
TH suggested the
program consist of several speakers on the subject of gold fakes, one of whom
could be Ed Raines.
VL reported on
the situation at the Denver Natural History Museum, and will draft and send a
letter to their Board of Trustees regarding the mineral collection.
TK suggested the
group ask Pete Megaw about possible methods of transport for gold specimens
coming to the Tucson show.
adjourned at 2:00 pm.
The meeting was
called to order by president Virgil Lueth at 2:05 pm. Introductions followed.
Nineteen members and guests were present.
The minutes from
the previous meeting in Tucson were read and approved unanimously.
gave the treasurers report and reminded members about their dues and the web
Tony Kampf led a
discussion on foreign members and proposed the formation of SMMP Europe to
facilitate payment of dues and the organization of non-US meetings. A
moratorium of a year or more on dues payment was suggested for all members, or
for just foreign members. Since SMMP expenses are minimal, this would not be a
hardship, and would probably encourage more foreign members to join and
participate in SMMP. Jeff Post suggested making dues voluntary.
stated that, before Tucson, the Board would discuss possible changes to the SMMP
by-laws relative to dues. Jeff Post pointed out that there should be some way
to confirm a persons membership, if dues is eliminated. Discussion followed.
VL described AGI
committees and asked for members who would be willing to attend those meetings,
if they were planning to go to GSA in Seattle in November. There were no
reports on the Denver SMMP case, which was on gemstone fakes. There will be
two SMMP exhibits in Tucson: gold fakes and gold from odd localities.
proposed a program on gold fakes, with at least two speakers, one of whom should
be Ed Raines.
reported that Peter Megaw is working on getting secure storage set up for gold
specimens before the Tucson show. Wells Fargo has tentatively offered, as long
as they can deliver the gold all at once using both an armored car and a
stagecoach. Information about this should appear in the Tucson show invitation,
and if SMMP members have problems related to storage, they should contact Peter
described how the USNM has items shipped to and from the Tucson Convention
VL described the
situation at the Denver Museum of Natural History, where mineralogist Jack
Murphy was just laid off. Peggy Ronning of the California Mining & Mineral
Museum also reported that her job as curator of the State collection may be in
jeopardy due to budget cuts. Bill Cook suggested that SMMP encourage Trustees at
various institutions to endow mineral chairs to insure continuous care of
VL described the
Natural Science Collection Alliance (formerly Assoc. of Systematic Collections)
and asked for a volunteer to work with this group. Mark Mauthner tentatively
Questions were raised regarding the upcoming MM V
meeting in Paris. Andrew Sicree suggested that we ask for an MM meeting to be
held in the U.S. Jeff Post suggested that perhaps this could be done as a joint
venture among Harvard, the American Museum, and the USNM.
reported that the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society has asked for suggestions of
other museums that may want to participate in their show, but have not yet done
so. Penny Williamson stated that a lack of travel funds affects foreign
museums ability to participate in U.S. shows. Andrew Sicree suggested that
perhaps one person could bring more than one exhibit, representing several
Belakovski said that new data on minerals is now being published by the Russian
Academy of Sciences, including new mineral descriptions, discussions of museum
collections. These publications are available through Rocks and Minerals.
Penny W. asked
if it would be possible to publish collection-related papers on the SMMP web
site. Mark Mauthner suggested that a database or list of pdf versions of papers
already in print could be put on the web site (with publishers permission).
Tony Kampf suggested that any ideas should be sent to the Education Committee
The meeting was adjourned at 2:54 pm.
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Society of Mineral Museum Professionals is a Member Society of the
American Geological Institute (AGI) and an
Affiliate Member of the Natural Science
Collections Alliance NSCA).
Although the Society of Mineral
Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the
Commission on Museums
(CM) of the
International Mineralogical Association
(IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne,
Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals
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Terry Huizing was the only North American
SMMP member to attend the European Chapter meeting at the Munich Show. One of their agenda items was the review of Tony Kampf's report, which mentioned we were
willing to waive the payment of dues from our European colleagues because of
exchange difficulties. The membership preferred the more traditional sign-up
and pay-up to indicate their interest in, and support of SMMP.
Terry offered to take the dues paid to Peter
Davidson in euros and send a check to the Treasurer in dollars. In addition to
renewing SMMP memberships, six new members joined the society.
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5th International Conference
on Mineralogy & Museums
Paris, France - 5-8 September
The 2nd circular
for the 5th International Mineralogy and Museums Conference is now available at
http://www.ensmp.fr/MM5. All SMMP
members should consider attending these always
enjoyable and informative meetings. The conference provides an excellent
opportunity to get acquainted with mineral museum colleagues from around the
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are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, Arizona-Sonora Desert
Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743. Any directory changes or
additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe,
dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.
Note that you can check your dues
payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates
the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your
dues payment as soon as possible.