Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oct 2013 Dates, Info & Events

General Meeting Thurs, Oct 03, 2013
The Meeting Begins At 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at:
Northridge United Methodist Church
9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Guests Are Always Welcome At Our Meetings & Events.
Oct 2013 Program

         Evaporative Minerals of Searles Lake
Presented by: Stephen Mulqueen
Ever been to famous Searles Lake? Ever think of going to Searles Lake for the once a year field trip in October? If so, then this is a program you do not want to miss. Presented by Stephen Mulqueen, a veteran geologist for Kerr McGee Chemical Corporation. They operated the Trona facilities from 1979 to 1982. He will give us an in depth presentation on Searles Valley geography, geology, stratigraphy & mineralogy of the lake beds in addition to the mining history, techniques and industrial chemicals that were produced from this location and their uses. Come and join us for this amazing program.
Emmy Silverman-Program Chairwoman
October 2013 Metal of the Month: Mercury

Please remember to bring any specimens you may have of this month’s metal or any other items you wish to share to the meeting on Thursday.
Del–Air Rockhounds Calendar of Upcoming Events
Oct 2013
03: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room @ Northridge United Methodist Church.
14: Columbus Day: Columbus landed in the America’s in 1492.
17: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm @ The Doyle’s home. (Check your roster for the address)
31: Halloween: Trick or Treat! Scary! Scary! Scary!
Attention All Club Members: 2014 Dues Are Now Due
Please start planning your budgets early so you will be able to turn in your 2014 annual dues to our treasurer, Shellie VanWinkle, no later than December 31st, 2013. You may pay this in person with Shellie at the October or November general meetings or at the December Holiday Party. You may also mail it directly to Shellie. (check your roster for her address) at any time prior to           December 31, 2013. $26.00 members & $13.00 associates
There will be a special raffle drawing in January for all members that have paid their dues prior to Jan 01, 2013
2013 Del-Air Holiday Party     
Our annual Holiday Party will be held on our regular meeting day, the first Thursday of the month, December 5, 2013 beginning with an appetizer and holiday punch social at 6:45 pm with dinner being served beginning at 7:30 pm. Our dinner will be hosted once again by Boston Market and the menu will include your choice of rotisserie chicken or beef brisket along with choice of potatoes and vegetable, Caesar Salad and cornbread muffins and dessert. Beverages will include holiday punch, coffee, hot tea and water. Cost is $25.00 per adult. Children 10 & under are free. Please return this reservation form along with your check made payable to Del Air Rockhounds to Chris Ward either at the November meeting or via mail to
14203 Gilmore St. Van Nuys, CA 91401 absolutely no later than Thursday November 21, 2013.
Please make checks payable to: Del-Air Rockhounds Inc.
News from the AFMS    website:

The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies took 4 honors at the AFMS Convention and Show in Jacksonville Florida this year. They were Cheri George for Beaded Jewelry, Vivian Roberts for Carving, Marion Roberts for Lapidary Spheres and the Del Air Rockhounds took the Bronze Award for the All American Club. Congratulations to all of the CFMS Winners!

November 2013 Del Air Field Trip
Saturday November 16, 2013
Wrightwood, CA

Weather permitting; the Board is currently planning a one day pot luck field trip to Wrightwood, CA for Jaspers and Actinolite. Club members Jim & Shellie Van Winkle have a home in Wrightwood just steps from the collecting area and have generously offered the use of their home as a meeting/staging/planning place. There is plenty of parking and roads are easily accessible with any vehicle. It is roughly an hour and a half drive from Granada Hills. We are encouraging all members to take advantage of this opportunity as field trips are becoming increasingly rare these days. Our July pot-luck-in-the-park was a great success with lots of good food and great camaraderie. We would greatly like to see this success duplicated in this event. We will have a sign-up sheet at the October and November general meeting. Please see member Jeff Dengrove to sign up and advise what you will bring for the pot-luck.