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Greetings from the 47th State (admitted one month
before AZ, on the 5th try...) - otherwise known as the Land of
First, I want to remind everyone who plans to attend
the Tucson Show that we changed the times of the meetings. Everything
starts later than in previous years in accordance to our discussions at
the last meeting in Tucson. The later meeting times give us more time to
complete our business on the floor during the first day of the TSMS
show. No excuses for being late, you will only need one if you're early.
Please remember the board of directors terms expire for Anna Domitrovic,
Jamie Newman, and me.
Normally I try and introduce my latest "plans" for the
SMMP during this message. Lo and behold, I have none for this year (my
latest resolution). Instead let me highlight some of the work of our
members, often unnoticed, but essential to our success. Please take time
to thank them for their efforts.
Penny Williamson has prepared and coordinated a
program on "What will happen to your collection?"
She has geared the panel presentations for the general public and
the program descriptions are included the TGMS show publications and
advertising. Hopefully we will see a large audience at this program of
both curators and collectors. I'm sure a number of us have experienced a
few trials and tribulations over donations and their donors over the
years. I think this educational program will help both donors and donees
understand the process, and each other, a little better. Penny hopes to
use some of the information derived from this program to develop a "best
Once again Jean DeMouthe is coordinating our display at Tucson while
serving as our secretary. Both the displays and her meticulous notes
attest to the care and dedication Jean has shown to the SMMP over many
Membership and money, two things we cannot live without as a society,
have been under the purview of Anna Domitrovic since I can remember.
Anna has handled the busiest job in the Society with the utmost
competence and good humor (two other important ingredients to a
successful organization and treasurer).
Finally, Tony Kampf has run out website, the stolen mineral hotline, and
helped with the newsletter since I have been president (and before). I
have always found the website current and attractive; essentially a
seamless operation. I'm sure it is not as easy as Tony makes it look.
Jim and Gail Spann are again sponsoring a "meet the curators"
social during the Tucson show right after our meetings and program. Also
hosting this year is Jorde Fabre with regulars from his web forum. Last
year was great fun and good camaraderie. Please RSVP to me by Feb. 7
if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org
I will check email up to the last minute). This is an invitation only
event, and if you belong to SMMP, you're invited with one guest.
Finally I'd like to thank the participation of our members at meetings,
conferences, and via the list server. If you are inclined, think about
how you might improve our group via ideas or actions. We would greatly
appreciate your efforts.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Tucson,
Virgil Lueth, President
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BEST PRACTICES PROJECT
"Best practices" documents are posted on the SMMP website:
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1:
Research Sampling of Collections
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 2: Moving
We are actively looking for more volunteers to
author other best practice documents.
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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 and more details are posted on our website:
Grant proposals are due: August 1, 2012
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MINUTES OF THE
Click on the link above to view the
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
Three board member terms will
be expiring this year.
Please be prepared to nominate candidates and vote.
Board members whose terms
expire this year are:
Term expiration dates of the other board members are provided in
parentheses in the sidebar.
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American Geological Institute (AGI)
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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SMMP LIST SERVER
are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:
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
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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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,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.
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
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 Tucson
meeting, help Anna by filling out a membership application with your dues
payment. Do it beforehand and save time at the meeting!