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Volume 12, #2                       September 2, 2009

SMMP Meetings
Denver Agenda
President's Message
Best Practices Project
SMMP Grant Program
Meeting Minutes
SMMP Affiliations
SMMP List Server

Paying Dues

Board of Directors

Virgil W. Lueth
New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Past President & Newsletter Editor
Anthony R. Kampf
Natural History Museum
Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
90007, USA

Vice President
Jamie Newman
Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @79th St.
New York, NY 10024, USA

Jean F. DeMouthe
California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

Anna M. Domitrovic
6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713, USA

Board Members:

Bruce Geller
Colorado School of Mines

13th and Maple St.
Golden, CO  80401, USA


Terri Ottaway
Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA


Jeffery E. Post
Dept. of Mineral Sciences, MRC-119
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560, USA

Penny Williamson
School of Geosciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia


Date: Friday, Sept. 18, 2009
Place: Denver Merchandise Mart
Board Meeting: 1:30 - 2:00 PM
Membership Meeting: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Denver Exhibit: "Pseudomorphs: Minerals replacing fossils"
Please contact Jean DeMouthe
if you are planning to participate in our society exhibit at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.

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  1. Call to Order

  2. Introductions

  3. Approval of the Tucson Meeting Minutes

  4. Treasurer's Report

  5. Membership Report

  6. Collections/Curators Committee Report

  7. Education Committee - Denver exhibit; Tucson program and case

  8. Best Practices Initiative

  9. New Business

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Recession, depression, forced furloughs, budget cuts…so how is your museum doing? I'm sure the severity felt in any particular place depends on the financial situation in that city/state. Out here in New Mexico we never really soar with the boom, nor do we bottom out as deeply during the bust. Regardless, I believe museums and other public services receive a disproportionate amount of cutting when things get tough â€â€Åâ€ÃÃÃââââ