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Volume 15, #2                       August 31, 2012

SMMP Meetings
Denver Agenda
President's Message
Best Practices Project
SMMP Grant Program
Meeting Minutes
SMMP Europe
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
Katherine Dunnell
Mineralogy Department
Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada

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:

Julian Gray
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Drive
White, Georgia  30120

Alan Hart
Department of Mineralogy
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD, England

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

Penny Williamson
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522, Australia


Date: Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
Place: Denver Merchandise Mart
Board Meeting: 1:30 - 2:00 PM
Membership Meeting: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Denver Exhibit: "Unusual Copper Localities"
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. SMMP Grant Program Report

  9. Best Practices Initiative

  10. Program Honoraria

  11. New Business

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     Wow, the Denver Show really snuck up fast on me this time. The newsletter is accordingly a little scant and my message will be likewise and not very profound… But, there are a couple of issues that we need to address. A recurring issue has to do with participation in our education case at both Tucson and Denver. Jean DeMouthe puts in significant effort despite the fact the not many of our group participate. It requires only the packing a specimen or two extra and providing data to Jean a couple of weeks prior to the show. We need to discuss the continuation of the education case at the Denver meeting. Please give this a little thought and bring your opinion (and specimens – but tell Jean first).
     Our new Vice President, Kathrine Dunnell, inquired about the offering of honoraria to invited participants for our Tucson program. I can see the pros and cons of paying speakers. The con is, of course, that we are spending money. However, we may be able to attract knowledgeable people that can really provide us information value. I can imagine a short program with a tax lawyer or professional appraiser, for example. Once again, ponder this issue and we can discuss it at the meeting.
     While on the issue of pondering…I was reviewing some past minutes and realized that this is the 10th year that I have been president and Tony Kampf has been past president! I think the membership should think about the direction SMMP has been traveling these 10 years and ponder whether a new pathfinder would be desirable. My board term extends until 2015 and I would be honored to continue to serve the society as president. But, I also think some fresh ideas and enthusiasm would do SMMP some good.

Bien viaje  (pleasant journey),
Virgil Lueth, President


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The first "best practices" documents about research sampling of collections are posted on the SMMP website:

BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1: Research Sampling of Collections


We are looking for more in the series - please submit your idea to the board at the Denver meeting or contact Virgil Lueth (

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The SMMP Grant Program Awards are to support curatorial research and methodologies that address one or more of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) mission statement goals: 1) foster recognition of mineral science collections as essential scientific, educational and cultural resources, 2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use of collections and exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through cooperation in the development, review and dissemination of information. Amounts vary up to a maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined by SMMP Board of Directors. Grant applications are available on request. Applications are due August 1st and award notification on October 1st. Guidelines are available on our website:

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February 2012

Click on the link above to view the minutes.

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SMMP Europe 2012 Meeting


The Annual Joint meeting of SMMP Europe and the IMA-CM
will take place at 16:00 on Friday 2
6th October, 2012
during the
Munich International Mineral Show.

As in previous years, the venue will be
Room A51 on the First Floor of Hall A5
of the Neue Messe Riem, Munich.
Access is from Hall A5.

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American Geological Institute (AGI)

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 worldwide.

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You are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:

Please remember that when you reply to an email sent via our list server, you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the membership.

Tony Kampf processes additions to and deletions from the list server. That way we limit the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that you are only able to send via the list server from your email address that is on the list server. This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.

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SMMP dues are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, 6118 W. Lazy Heart Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. Any directory changes or additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe, dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.

To make paying your dues easier (especially for non-US members), a PayPal account has been established and installed on our website. You can use your credit card or your own personal PayPal account. Just go to our Dues webpage.

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.

Remember to renew your membership. If you are planning to pay dues at the Denver meeting, help Anna by filling out a membership application with your dues payment. Do it beforehand and save time at the meeting!


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