Thursday, August 28, 2014

Septermber 2014 Calendar of Events

Sept 2014
01: Labor Day: Time to honor America’s work force
04: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room
11: Patriot Day: We Will Never Forget!
18: Board Meeting: 7:30 pm @ The Doyle’s home. (Check your roster)
23: First Day of Fall: My favorite time of the year!
25: Rosh Hashanah: Happy New Year to all our Jewish Friends & Family!

Del Air General Meeting: Thursday Sept 04, 2014
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.

Sept 2014 Program:
The Pilbara Region of Western Australia 
  Presented By: Dick & Mary Pat Weber  

The rocks of the Pilbara region of Western Australia are among the oldest in the world, up to 3.48 billion years old. These rock formations took place when the earth’s atmosphere contained little or no oxygen and long before plants and animals were found on the earth.  Due to these unique conditions, many of these minerals are not seen anywhere else in the world.  Nearly every year a new discovery is made in this desolate area of Australia. This month our speaker will be retired geologist, Dick Weber, who traveled extensively through this region a few years ago.  On display will be many examples of jaspers and ironstones, along with a specimen of the world’s oldest agate?                                                  Emmy Silverman – Program Director     

“Something” of the Month

Club member Jeff Dengrove asks for more info on “Copper Bearing Minerals” 
Find out more at our Sept general meeting. There will be a full color handout available for those of you that have been collecting these info sheets over the past few years 

September 20 - 21: CHICO, CA
Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society, Oroville
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
2357 Fair Street
Hours: Sat 9 - 5; Sun 9 - 4
John Scott, (530) 343-3491
September 27 - 28: MONTEREY, CA
Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Monterey Fairgrounds
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Janis Rovetti, (831) 372-1311

September 27 - 28: SANTA ROSA, CA
Santa Rosa Mineral & Gem Society
Wells Fargo Center for the Art
50 Mark West Springs Road
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Jolene, (707) 528-761S

September 27 - 28: LODI, CA
Stockton Lapidary & Mineral Club
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
413 East Lockford Street
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Jerold Kyle, (209) 368-9411

October 1 - 5: JOSHUA TREE, CA
Hi-Desert Rockhounds of Moronga Valley
Sportsman's Club of Joshua Tree
6225 Sunburst Street
Hours: 9 - 6 daily
Contact: Judy & Roger Thompson, (760) 902-5340

October 10 - 12: RENO, NV
Reno Gem & Mineral Society
Craft Show
Reno Town Hall
Corner of Peckham & So. Virginia Street
Hours: Fri 10 - 6; Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 3
Contact:Theresa Langhans, (775) 475-0842

October 11 - 12: ANDERSON, CA
Shasta Gem & Mineral Society
Shasta County Fairgrounds
Briggs Street
Hours: Sat 9 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Steve Puderbaugh, (530) 604-2951

October 11 - 12: GRASS VALLEY, CA
Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Todd Lawson


Our 2014 Holiday Charity

This year, The Del Air Rockhounds have chosen “Operation Christmas Child”, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, as our holiday charity. We ask all members, friends and guests to “Pack a Shoebox” for an underprivileged child this Christmas. Here’s how it works:
1.      Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box & lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
2.      Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Pick-up a label from club member Emmy Silverman or download one from Use the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.
3.      Fill with gifts. Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child. See below for gift ideas.
4.      Help cover shipping and other costs related to delivering your shoeboxes to children overseas by donating $7 for each gift you prepare. You can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse (note “OCC” on the memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the items inside your shoebox. If you are preparing multiple gifts, please make one combined donation.
  1. Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it to our general meeting on Thursday November 6, 2014 and club member Emmy Silverman will deliver them to Samaritan’s Purse for delivery to children around the world.
Gift Ideas:
  • Toys: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • School Supplies: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • Non-Liquid Hygiene Items: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • Accessories: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A Personal Note: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.