GMS     The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc.
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

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Nelson Severinghaus-1952, Hannah Flannigan-1964,
Frank Mayo-1969, Jo Severinghaus-1955, Ben Beckmann-1976,
Dr. Frank Daniel-1935 (who was the first president),
Aubrey Bottoms-1962, and Gil Withers-1941.
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Annis MacRae-1975, Jane Wheeler-1972, Hal Cain-1967,
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Dr. Frank Daniel, first President, looks back. . . 

After reading Georgia Montgomery's account of the first year of GMS, I wanted to add some reflections of my own.  This is a fine idea to put our history together and a laborious task for the historian!


The articles about the early history of the Mineral Society reminded me of some of the out of the ordinary trips and programs that we had in the early life of the Society.
Our first real trip was Ashville, N. C. We visited their society and heard their program which was enjoyed by all present.  Then we were privileged to see the collection of North Carolina gems and minerals of Mr. Burnam S. Colburn, president of a local bank.  I have been told that this collection has since been given to the Cranbrook Institute of Detroit.
Ex-governor Chase Osborne of Michigan made his home in Georgia after his retirement.
He addressed us, telling of his work in developing the mining industry is his state and in prospecting in Africa.  This was the only time that I can remember having our speaker dressed in a tuxedo.  After his presentation, he presented the Society with a nice check.  I think that this check was the nucleus of our savings account that Mr. Cronheim nursed and added to for a long time.
Dr. Horace G. Richards of The Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science was our speaker several times.  His talks were well illustrated and were real travelogues,
Dr. Alfred G. Hawkins, author, teacher, and geologist spent two winters in the Atlanta area.  He attended several of our meetings and visited a number of our best mineral localities.  Dr. Hawkins and I went to the Copper Hill area with Gilbert Withers on his first field trip.  I think that this trip caused Gilbert to give up the Real Estate business.

Dr. Frank Daniel, first President of GMS

The Early History of GMS

For a number of years prior to 1935, there was increasing interest by a growing number of residents of Atlanta in the  polishing of gem stones and the study of local minerals.  Dr. S.W. McCallie, State Geologist of Georgia, was often  asked if he would be interested in helping form a state society to foster interest in minerals among layman.  Before  Dr. McCallie was able to help establish such a group, he died.  His successor staff at the State Geology Department decided to pursue Dr. McCallie's interest of the establishment of a mineral society in Georgia.  Dr. Geoffrey W. Crickmay, Mr. Richard W. Smith, and Dr. Lane Mitchell of the State Geology Department office with the help of Dr. Frank Daniels, compiled a list and sent out invitations to those who had expressed an interest in  forming a society.  An organizational meeting was held on February 11, 1935, at the Atlanta Central YMCA.  The  meeting was attended by the three state geologists, Dr. Daniels, Dr. Poole Maynard, Joe Porterfield, Dr. J.C.  McCrary and H.P. Nelson.  Dr. Maynard moved that the name GEORGIA MINERAL SOCIETY be selected  for the group and that it be made a state organization.  Dr. Crickmay drew up the constitution and by-laws.  Dr.  Frank Daniels, a dentist interested in gem cutting, fossils, arrowhead, minerals, etc., was elected President.  Richard  W. Smith, Georgia State Geologist, was elected vice-president.  Dr. Lane Mitchel, assistant State Geologist, was  elected Secretary-Treasurer.  Annual dues were set at $1.00  The first program was presented by Dr. Mitchell and  Dr. Crickmay on the Staurolites at Blue Ridge, GA. The first field trip was to Graves Mountain on June 29th, 1935.  It was reported that the Rutile was scarce and the Lazulite was hard to get. The first annual dinner was held on  October 7, 1935 in the dining room of the Peachtree Church. The food was prepared by the ladies of the church at a  cost of $0.75 per plate. 

(Summarized from articles by Hal Cain & Georgia Montgomery)

by Georgia Montgomery
GMS Historian - 1977
(Published in installments in "Tips and Trips", Feb. to Dec., 1977)
[With historical additions by Kim Cochran published 1995 in "Tips and Trips"]


On reviewing the history of the GMS, I find I cannot sum up the first ten years in a paragraph. The records of the early years are so filled with the excitement and newness of discovery that it is contagious.

In the fiscal year of 1936, two Junior Societies were established in Junior High Schools which were so successful that other schools requested guidance in organizing their own clubs. The Society voted to assemble and publish a catalog of Georgia Minerals. It was agreed to arrange an exhibit for the State Fair. Members were encouraged to swap specimens at meetings. 

Among the programs presented was as especially interesting one by Lane Mitchell, "Fossil Remains Excavated Near Savannah. " A crew of WPA workers was deepening an old drainage canal and one found a strange tooth "bigger'n any cow's tooth." He took it to the papers hoping to get his picture taken. Instead, only a small notice was printed; however, it was picked up by a knowledgeable person who notified the state geologist. Mr. Mitchell was sent to explore the matter and with an inexperienced crew, they unearthed teeth of at least two mastodons and many other bones. (Article appeared in Atlanta Journal, 1/12/36). At another meeting, Mr. Wm. Pitts, who donated many of the gems and minerals on display at the State Museum, spoke on his discovery of obicular jasper and other experiences as a collector and gemologist. 

Field trips were made to: 

  1. The Holton Granite Quarry and the excavations of the Indian Mounds and village sites near Macon; 
  2. The Pine Mt. area where they hunted for agate at Wilmots' Ravine, kyanite at Crest, limonite at Dunn's Gap, and bauxite and itacolumite at Warm Springs; 
  3. Stone Mountain and nearby quarries where the GMS pioneered one of the first field trips in search of fluorescent minerals. Places were located before dark, followed by a wiener roast, and then revisited after dark with ultraviolet lamps; they found some unexpected materials, several forms of zoisite, calcite, and an unusual mineral, axinite, identified for the first time at St. Mt(??); 
  4. Tate, Canton, and Holly Springs where they looked for rare chlorapatite and fuchsite;
  5. Ducktown, Tenn. Basin for a two day search for copper related minerals.
Other business of the year was to adjust cost of field trips, the following was to be strictly adhered to: Cost of gasoline plus l 1/2 cents per mile should be divided equally by all occupants of the car, including car owner. (It should be remembered that these trips were really expeditions since there were no expressways and many unpaved roads. ) And, lastly, the president, Mr. j. L. Daniel, recommended that the office of Historian be created by constitutional amendment and that the Historian serve for life or during good behavior and willingness to serve. (Ye historian will strive to fulfil the second condition!) 
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The minutes for fiscal year 1937 are not complete, but from President Dr. Crickmay's annual address one of the innovations of the year was the presentation of sound movies. Subjects presented were "Gold Mining in Georgia", "Chasing Minerals in Mexico", and "Kyanite and Mica Production in Georgia". Field trips were taken to White County for gold mining, to Cartersville Mining District, and to the Little Bob Pyrite Mine. 

 One of the highlights of 1938 was a talk by the former Gov. of Michigan, Charles S. Osborn, on Exploration. He had been to Tibet three times, the jungle of Africa three times, and across China sixteen times in search of iron. He usually posed as a hunter to disguise his purpose of prospecting. He had discovered more iron than any living man and his search had taken him into every country in the world. He made a donation to the society to be used $5 annually as prizes to contests.

 This was also the year that a new member, Gil Withers, spoke on his trip to Mt. Vesuvius, Italy, at a time when a minor eruption was taking place. 

 Field trips were taken to: Consolidated Quarries at Lithonia, where epidote, fluorite, magnetite, feldspar, muscovite, biotite, hyalite, and uranophane were collected; Troup County for quartz crystals and chromite Mineral Bluff for staurolites; and Cartersville District for barite and agate. 

 In the annual address by the president, Mr. Cronheim congratulated the society for the fact that no alcoholic beverages had appeared at any meeting or field trip. 

 1939 was the year in which the Georgia Mineral Society was incorporated. This was also the year that radio produced the "Professor Quiz" show, the grandfather of today's game shows. GMS had their Prof. Quiz in the person of Richard Smith; members submitted questions which were put in a hat and drawn at random with prizes given to winning answers. Mr. Wm. Pitts gave a program illustrated with lantern slides he had made from thin sections of various semi-precious stones. 

 Field trips took members to Warm Springs for flexible sandstone and limonite, Buck Creek Corundum Mine, Hog Creek Mine in Towns County for rubies, and Dahlonega for gold. 

 Minutes of 1940 are not complete, however there were several events of note. Prizes were offered to any member finding beryl in Fulton or DeKalb Co. and for the best collection of minerals from Fulton Co. (Note: In my search through these records, I find no mention of the above being accomplished. Can anyone furnish us this information?) Among field trips taken was one taken to several quarries in Lithonia and one to Graves Mountain where specimens found there included a young buzzard. 

 Presidents for 1939 and 1940 were Mr. S. P. Cronheim and Dr. J. J. G. Lester, respectively. 
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1941 was the beginning of the war years and meetings were irregular and minutes incomplete. I think we sometimes forget what an effort it was to get to a meeting in those days. Not everyone had cars, and even if one did, gas was rationed which made field trips next to impossible. While most meetings were held at the YMCA, many were held at various other places such as Tech, Emory, even private homes, therefore, street car directions accompanied each notice. 

 Many of the programs from 1941-43 were geared to the times, such as "Mining and Geology in War Time", and "Russian Oil". Field trips were confined to areas close to home. In the minutes of Dec. 1943, the following appeared "We learned that a member of our society purchased the world's largest star sapphire, "Star of Artaban", and has presented the stone anonymously to the National Museum in Washington." The minutes have preserved the anonymity of the donor. 

 The above was the last set of minutes recorded until the GMS was reactivated in March, 1946. By June, it was functioning smoothly again and had nominated a slate of officers for the 1947 fiscal year. Some of the programs presented during this 11 year period were "Mica - Mining, Fabrication, and Uses", "Prospecting with a Geiger-Counter", "Scouting for Strategic Minerals", "Circling the Caribbean", and "Gem Hunting in Mexico". Field trips were well attended and there was active participation among the junior members. 

 A stand was taken by the Society to preserve the integrity of the Ga. Dept. of Mines, Mining and Geology, in protest of a proposed bill that would do away with special training and qualifications of the State Geologist. This bill would have made the position of State Geologist purely political. The bill was defeated. 

 As is mentioned so many times in these old records (and newspaper items back this up), Mr. Mitchell, in his annual address, called for continuing publicity."No meeting should be left unannounced beforehand to the newspaper nor fail to be reported afterwards to mineralogy magazines. The scheduling of any exceptionally prominent visitor should call for considerable publicity beforehand in the daily papers. The annual meeting of the society should be the occasion for editorial comment in the newspapers." (Note: while speaking of the banquet, one cannot help but notice that ever creeping inflation, 1946 banquet $1.50, 1947 banquet $1.60.) 

 Presidents for the years covered in this article were 1941 - Gil Withers, 1942-46 - S.P. Cronheim and 1947 - Lane Mitchell. 
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1948 was another special year of achievement and activity for the GMS. This -year marked the birth of the "Georgia Mineral Society Newsletter". Gil Withers has presented a bound, volume of these to the club in memory of Dr. Gronheim. Please avail yourselves of these-, they have been placed in the library. They are tilled with all kinds of "goodies": field-trips, mineral identification, articles on geology, paleontology, archaeology, caverns, places of scenic interest and amusing anecdotes. 

Among the 10 programs presented was "Brazilian Mineral Localities" by Dr. F.H. Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in N.Y. At another meeting, the speaker gave a road map of N.C. on which to plot a tour of their gem and mineral occurrences. 

The Society accomplished 9 field trips that year with an average attendance of between 40-60. Some of the places of special interest were Randolph Creek, Muscogee Co., for fossilized wood (chalcedony and opal), pyritized wood, lignite and amethyst; Buckhead for amethyst; gold panning in Lumpkin Co. 

One of the outstanding achievements of the year was the organization of a Gemmology Section, chaired by E.E. Joachim. The object of the section was to foster and encourage the study and appreciation of gems and gem material in all phases, specifically including the following: 

(1) Study and identification of gem stones
(2) Study of lapidary work
(3) Promotion of gem collecting 
(4) Encouragement of the exchange of gems and gem materials
All members in good standing of the GMS were eligible for membership in the Gemmology Section upon payment of 50 cents dues. They held 7 meetings during their first year with informative programs on the above subjects. 

Because of the growth of the Society and the greater extention of activities and interest, a committee composed of Mr. S.P. Cronheim, Dr. Frank Daniel and Dr. Lane Mitchell was appointed to review the Articles and By-Laws of the Constitution. They submitted a new constitution to the Society which was approved on June 7, 1948. 

1949 was a year of prominent guest speakers on a variety of subjects from "Arctic Canada" to "Precious Stones of Australia." A Prospectors and Explorers Section was organized and six field trips took GMS members searching for staurolite, gold and corundum.

The Earth Science Museum of the Georgia Mineral Society was created and housed at Georgia Tech until such time as the Society will have its own museum building. Dr. Furcron made a trip to Washington, D.C., while the National Museum was being renovated and modernized. They had specimens for which they had no room. Their policy did not permit them to be thrown away, given away, or sold; however they could be loaned to a State survey. So, Dr. Purcron spoke for the GMS museum (to be shipped at a later date.) 

1950 saw the Society carrying out established programs and procedures. The president pointed out that "our meeting places are so varied one needs a Rand McNally map to keep up with them." In spite of this, membership had swelled to 208. They enjoyed programs on uranium metals, Incaland, diamonds, minerals in pottery making and other subjects. Field trips took them to Rome, Mineral Bluff and Troop Co. It was a long standing joke among members that Dr. Furcron always said, "It never rains on the Georgia Mineral Society"; somehow, it always seemed to rain just before or just after but they were really rained out at Talking Rock (reason- he'd forgotten to include his famous statement on his field trip notice. ) 

Presidents for these periods were: 1948-Dr. A.S. Furcron, 1949-Capt. Garland Peyton, 1950-Mr. Chas. A. Wilkins. 

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The highlight of 1951 was an open house at the new Geology Building at Emory University which was well attended by GMS members, unaware that this would be our new home within a year. 

 At the March meeting Dr. Frank Daniels showed Kodachrome slides taken on former field trips. Other meeting topics were radioactive minerals, meteorites, and a "Pig in the Poke" meeting with 5 members speaking for 10 minutes each on a subject of his choice. The Gem Section discussed stones of one color at each meeting, i.e. , red stones, green stones, etc. The February program on amethyst and other purple stones prompted a trip to North Georgia for those beautiful dark amethyst crystals. The club also went searching for corundum, asbestos and chlorite in Gainsville, and for jasper, chalcedony, agate and fossils in Haskinsville. On a gold panning trip along the Chestatee River in Lumpkin County the temperature soared to 100+! It was so-o-o-o hot that - - - (see newsletter): 

  1. "You could spit on a rock anywhere and watch the water boil."
  2. "Picknickers were not disturbed by ants because they were all standing in the heat and panting with their tongues hanging out."
  3. A tremendous cloud burst ensued but the water evaporated before it reached the ground"
  4. etc., etc., etc.
 The minutes of February 1952 were the first to mention meeting at Emory's new Geology Building. The Constitution underwent another revision this year, reducing the Executive Committee from 16 to 8 members and created a Board of Trustees to act as the financial and legal representatives of the Society. 

 1952 was also the year the Gem Section changed its name to the Gem Club. 

Some of the program subjects were Alaskan Mining, Physical Properties of Minerals and their Internal Structure, Minerals North of the Mason-Dixon Line by Dr. A.C. Hawkins, author of Hawkins Book of Minerals, and The Second Stone Age, the latter presented by Mr. Quick, founder and editor of the Lapidary Journal. He said rockhounding was the 3rd largest hobby in the U. S. 

Field trips were taken to:

  1. Kennesaw Mt. where members found albite, pink feldspar, epidote, part of a clear topaz and one minie ball.
  2. Hogg Mine in La Grange for rose quartz and beryl. 
  3. Alpharetta for gold panning. 
  4. Cartersville for barite.
  5. Graves Mt. for all the "good" things one finds there, too numerous to list.
 By 1953 the GMS was really shining its light nationally. The Lapidary Association of America, meeting at Long Beach, California,, exhibited a bracelet of Georgia granite by Nelson Severinghaus, a butterfly of gems by E.E. Joachim, a star quartz ring by Janie Morris, and other pieces by Sam Knox, Erna Mason, and Nettie Donaldson. 

 Programs ranged from "Types of Ore Deposits and Minerals Gleaned from Them" to Show and Tell. 

 Miners found a wide variety of quartz formations at Statham. In July they met with the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society to screen for rubies in Cowee Valley; the overburden had been bulldozed off for better pickins'. In August they panned for staurolite and gold in a stream in Fannin County. The stream sands were full of clean staurolite and coarse gold was found in the soil near the stream. For .25 cents each, one could pan all day. 

 Presidents for the above years were; 1950-51 - H.W. Straley, 1951-52 - Nelson Severinghaus, 1952-53 - Roy Chapman. 
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The minutes for 1954* are not complete but the programs that are recorded were (1) the 1953 International Meeting of Scientists in Switzerland (with slides) by Dr. Sowers of Georgia Tech, (2) A Trip to Italy and the Balkans, which reported on the geology and archeology around Rome, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Turkey, (3) Cuban Asphalt, and (4) Minerals of North Carolina was presented at the annual banquet ($2.35).  The only field trip recorded was a night trip for fluorescents.

One cannot encapsule the history of any organization without capturing the personalities and that little somethin' extra that runs through the records.  J. Roy Chapman was secretary of GMS for several years, sending postcard announcements of all meetings and field trips.  His humor ran rampant all through these, but his "Yours truly" were something else so, I'll share with you his "greetings of meetings" and his "trips with quips" (ouch) for the year 1955.

Among program subjects for the year were Meteorites (MOst Meteormindedly Yours), Mineral Movies (Most Emphatically Cinematically), Gold (Yours on the Beam for that Yellow Gleam) which led to a field trip to Gainesville for same, (Yours agleam in a Golden Dream), Radio Active Minerals (Yours with a Clickety-Click-Click-Click), Display by Summer Field-Trippers of the Society (Most Mineralmindedly Yours), Prospecting Experiences in Alaska (Yours Along the Far Flung Frontiers), Arabia Mountain Minerals, (Yours for Lisnin' and Lookin'), and a movie by the telephone company entitled "Crystal Clear" (Yours with a Lean Towards the Silver Screen).

Other field trips were to Franklin, N.C. for Rhodolite garnets and rubies (Yours aimed like a bee for good ol' N.C.), to Calhoun, Ga., for agate, oolite and other minerals (Yours Rollin' for the Rendezvous), to Allatoona and Cartersville for siderite, pyrite cubes in matrix, fluorescent slag and barite (Yours for a Clear Day and a Long Stay), and Arabia Mountain for 18 different minerals known to be found there (Yours for Beatin' on Boulders).  The group also visited Mitchell Co., N.C. to mine for aquamarine, emerald, beryl, and tourmaline as guests of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society.

"A Rock-Polishing Demonstration Course" was made available to members of the society
for the first time (Yours for Showy Specimens).  There were six sessions for a registration fee of $5.00 And we cannot leave 1955 without noting that the annual banquet is now $2.40

In 1956, Article 3 of the Constitution was amended as follows The membership committee shall be composed of the President, the Recording Secretary, and the Treasurer.

Bob Daniels and his Toccoa Group invited GMS to a field trip in their area to look for quartz crystals and tourmalines.  Other trips took members to Gordon County for fluorite and black marble, Helen, Ga. for Gold and rhodolite garnets, Verde Antique Marble Quarry for serpentine, talc, and apatite, and return visits to Hawkinsville, Cowee Creek, North Georgia, and Arabian Mt.

Programs spanned a variety of subjects from Jade to Progress of Oil Search in Georgia (Yours on the Hum for Pet-ro-le-um), to Dr. Horace Richards' report on "An African Journey" as a delegate to the Pan-African Congress on Pre-History.  There were reports on mineral localities in Virginia and Georgia and mining in Ducktown, Tenn., also, a "Geologic History of Georgia" (Yours for Elucidation of the Situation).  Banquet $2.50.

Presidents for these years were :  1953-54 Romeo J. Martin, 1954-55 Mrs. Nelson Severinghaus,
1955-56 Roy Chapman

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By 1957 there were 375 members enrolled in GMS, scattered over 13 states and 2 foreign countries. It was another year of "first." This was the year it was voted unanimously to affiliate with the Eastern Federation of Mineral Societies. At their September meeting, members held their first competitive mineral exhibit, consisting of specimens collected on field trips during the year. An adult and junior prize was awarded for each of 3 categories:  (l) Most Interesting Georgia Specimen 

(2) Best Group of Georgia Specimens 

(3) Best Specimens Collected Outside of Georgia 

Dues were raised to $3 for GMS membership and .50 cents for Gem Club.

Many informative programs were presented. Of special interest was "Marble at Your Doorstep," researched by Janie Morris, showing slides of the wealth of colorful stone to be seen in the metropolitan area, and "Accessible Mineral Localities" with highway maps furnished for marking routes. Some of the other topics were Uranium in Georgia, Meteorites in Georgia, Quarrying Granite, Land of the Cherokee, Earth Satellites, and Metamorphism In Minerals of Metamorphic Origin. 

Field trips included a tour of the Etowah Indian Mounds, on to Cedartown for cacoxenite, dufrenite, beraunite, and strengite, and visits to old faithful sites such as Stone Mt., Allatoona, Cowee Valley, and Blue Ridge. 

The Eastern Federation held its 8th Annual Mineral Show at Ashville, N.C. in 1958. This was the first show in which the exhibited as a club and we came home with a second place ribbon in the category of "One Locality Groups M-4" which consisted of all Georgia minerals, of course, and with 5 certificates of merit. Gil Withers was a featured speaker at the show. 

During this year the society voted to grant the request of the Athens Rock and Mineral Club to affiliate with GMS. The Gem Club continued the popular cabochoning classes under the capable instruction of Bill Wade. 

Field trippers continued their search for gold, rose quartz, beryl, agate, petrified wood, garnets, kyanite, and sdecimen minerals. They visited Hiawassee Mountain Fair, and on another occasion met with the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society at Ashland, Ala., where they found some nice turquoise. They also joined the Georgia Academy of Science for a geologic and botanical trip to Arabia Mt. with everyone collecting something, "rocks, flowers, rare plants, turtles, tadpoles, and sunburned noses." 

Programs took them on trips through geologic time, into caves, and to collecting sites both old and new (new being to Blackbeard Island where old ships abandoned their ballasts). 

A very lively session followed the 1958 banquet in which Dr. Daniel, Dr. Furcron, Dr. Mitchell, and Mr. Withers reminisced over the early mineral localities in Ga. "Before the session ended, ruby corundum as big as plates and beryl crystals as large as the dining table had been found!" 

1959 was a traditional year with good programs and good field. trips. The outstanding program of the year was "S.P. Cronheim Night." Mr. Cronheim served 14 years as treasurer of GMS and kept the society going through the war years. He was also honored for his valuable contributions to the mineral museums of Oglethorpe University, Emory, and the state of Georgia. (He was-later to be honored for serving 30 years as Treasurer) 

Collecting areas, field identification of minerals, the many uses of feldspar, jade, and synthetic stones were subjects discussed through the year. Some of the "new" localities explored were the kaolin pits near Macon for fossils; Preston, where the famous paint pot are found; and Maysville, for clear quartz crystals in singles or clusters, with some doubly-terminated. 

 Presidents guiding these years were: 1956-57, Harlan Cofer; 1957-58, Sam Stevens, 1958-59, H.L.Chamberlain. 
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1960 - 62

In 1960 the GMS walked off with first prize for its cabochon exhibit and second place ribbons for faceted stones and handmade jewelry at the Eastern Federation Show in Ashville, N.C. There was much time, effort, and talent spent by many people in preparation of these prize winning cases. 

The daily paper published an article about the lapidary classes and field trips being conducted at Campbell High School at Fairburn. These were inspired by Ken Arwood, a junior member of GMS, and his science teacher. Originally an all male class, the girls asked to join and the boys couldn’t think of a reason why not, so, at the time of the article, the girls outnumbered the boys. (Don’t say it, men!) 

Through the eyes of speakers, members visited emerald mines in South America and diamond mines in Africa, prospected for opals in Australia, took a Safari through Egypt, and rockhounded in Arizona. We were reassured (?) that there was a misconception about the number of snakes, tarantulas, etc., in the desert areas, for they are rarely seen. Members were addressed on the crystal classification of minerals and on the difficulty of setting a value on gems. Rockhounds enjoyed fieldtrips every month, finding a good quality of green feldspar at Monticello and rutilated, tourmalinated, and blue star quartz west of La Grange. 

A Junior Essay Contest on "Why I Enjoy Being a Pebble Pup" was held in 1961 with Steve Hunter winner for the 12 and under age group and Bob Brady, Jr. winner of the 13-17 age group. 

Hunter (Sr. this time) won the field trip flag design contest over a field of 13 entries. It had a yellow ground with black lettering printed on both sides of a rubberized or plastic pennant. 

Wheeling and dealing preceded each meeting with swappers coming our early.

Sources of energy (today’s favorite issue), geology and mineralogyof the Copper Basin, Tenn. diamonds, and quartz were some of the topics of discussion. At one program, Mr. Bottoms displayed a vast selection of Georgia material, noting that we had every mineral North Carolina had except hiddenite. 

Two months later, a notice appeared that hiddenite had been found at Laurel Creek. 

On a trip to Ringgold, Ga., hunters found banded agate and a fine quality of red jasper. A native of the area, driving by, stopped and told them of a nearby fossil bed that proved fruitful. 

On another trip to Ducktown, Tenn. (which was named after an Indian, Chief Duck), local persons, seeing the large number of cars, thought there had been a mining accident and rushed to help. All parties laughed with relief when they learned the nature of the visit. Here, once again, one cannot help but be touched by the love and care man has for his fellowman. 

In 1962 the Rome Club was organized and became a branch member of the GMS. The Atlanta Educational TV station asked to make a film strip on cabochoning with Mr. & Mrs. LaCour demonstrating. The Atlanta Journal & Constitution gave the full page cover of the Dixie Living section to the GMS featuring Janie Morris. 

The Society decided not to exhibit as a club at the EFMS show held in Durham, N.C., but did encourage individuals to do so; in fact, it was voted to allow $15 per exhibitor toward expenses. At the Spruce Pine, N.C. show, Bob Brady, Jr. won a first and second prize in the Junior Division. 

As usual, the programs were interesting and diversified; from Life in an Alaskan Oil Camp to Old Home Week for Past Presidents. However, the highlight of the year was the Gem Club meeting and picnic at the home of Dr. & Mrs. A. Worth Hobby. After supper he took the group (6 persons) on a tour of his workshop and showed them the tools and procedures he used to make his beautiful jade carvings. On display were the cups featured in the Lapidary Journal and an opal butterfly alighting on a black jade rose. He gave each family a jar of honey on parting. 

The monthly field trips were profitable to all those attending except Mr. Belser, who had the misfortune to fall and break his ankle at Graves Mt. However, Maysville, Lithonia, Monticello, Hiawassee, Stone Mt., and Wa.lkerGo. were visited without incident. 

Presidents for these years were 1950-60, Frank Gleasonj 1960-61, Carl Fox; 1961-62, Aubrey Bottoms 

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1963 found Mr. Cronheim and Henrietta Berg working on a case of 72 minerals with the GMS furnishing the case. This was presented to the Fulton County School System to be passed from one school to another. 

Jack Everitt, a junior member, won the Bell Telephone award in recognition of his project in the Atlanta Science Congress. His prize was a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Bell Experiment Laboratories. 

Programs spanned the depths to the heights with discussions from oceanography to space geography and geology and between these areas were such subjects as Brazilia, Greece, Hong Kong, and the effects of detergents in water. The Gem Club discussed cutting and faceting and participated in question and answer sessions. 

 Mineral identification classes were held before meetings for those interested and enjoyed good attendance. 

 Ten field trips added a few more tons of rocks to each collector's cache. 

The January through September 1964 minutes are missing, however, meeting and field trip notices are intact and one can reconstruct most of the ground covered through them. The Society gave $150 to Dr. Lester to buy equiptment for the Geology Department of Emory. Some of the meeting topics were; A Critical Look at Diamonds, Speleogenesis, Geology of the Andes (by Dr. Furcron who had just returned from S.A. ), How to Orient Rose Quartz, and Fancy Agates with Inclusions. 

On a trip to Clayton, Ga., guides led rockhounds to amethyst, rhodonite, and kyanite. At Hillsboro, the owners of the property being mined, served a chicken barbeque dinner, with potato salad, branswick stew, pickles, and beverage for $1.25 (Droolin"?) 

In 1965, Dr. Hobby's beautiful jade and opal carvings won first place in the Northwest Federation show and the Plaque for Lapidary Achievement in the American Federation show, both being held in Yakima, Wash. His entries were carved jade cups and saucers, an urn and stand in black jade with opal insets, and a 10 in. plate embellished with dragons. They are on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Wash.,D.C. 

 Dr. Cronheim retired from the Office of Treasurer, a position he had held since the Society was orgnaized in 1935. 

 The Augusta Mineral Society was admitted as an affiliate chapter of the GMS. 

The newly established DeKalb College made a plea for specimens for their geology class. 

In the latter part of the year, the tradition of awarding door Drizes was begun. Again, a wide variety of programs was presented, such as Industrial Minerals of Georgia, slides of volcanoes, and Operation Mohole which concerned drilling under the sea in an attempt to penetrate the earth's crust. 

Monthly expeditions included Cloudland for plant fossils, Big Buck Gold Mine (owned by GMS member Ed Boyd), Villanova for lacy agate, and some of the other popular hunting grounds. The Macon Club invited us to look for shark teeth with the stress being on bringing down some swap material. 

Presidents for these years were: 1962-63, Miss Erna Lee Mason; 1963-64, Mrs. J.M. Flanigan; 1964-65, Mrs. A.A.Lacour. 
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 On July 16, 1966, the Georgia Mineral Society held its first show at the Atlanta Water Works, spearheaded by Bill Wade with Hal Cain and Bob Brady serving as the exhibit committee. Although there had been shows of vacation finds before, this was the first competitive show using AMF rules for exhibiting and judging. We still weren't brave enough to invite the public; however, there was a membership turnout of 116 to enjoy a picnic and beautiful day. Gold cups and blue ribbons were awarded to best in show winners, John Henry-Minerals, Horace Shaw-Lapidary, Gary Ford-Juniors, and Dr. Hobby-noncompetitive. 

 The GMS by-laws were revised to satisfy our tax-exempt status. The club purchased its own film Projector and the Gem Section purchased a refractometer and polariscope, and an all important snake bite kit. Several "traditions" were started that survive today: 

  1. The AFMS endorsed the "Stamps for milk" program
  2. Door prizes became accepted as part of each meeting.
  3. Members started meeting for dinner at the Emory Cafeteria for fellowship and swapping.
Another "tradition", that has since died, was passing the hat (really a hat) at each meeting for the AFMS Scholarship Fund which was usually laden with "copper" after its rounds. 

Our affiliated club in Augusta, Ga., sponsored the EFMLS show which was well attended by our own members. Carl Fox gave a short educational series on minerals each meeting. Other program subjects ranged from opals and emeralds to faceting potatoes. 

Rockhounders collected quartz at Gainesville, amethyst at Clayton, smokey quartz at Hillsboro, doubly terminated crystals at Eatonton, chert at Summerville, rubies at Franklin, and many minerals at Kings Mt. 

All the years of dreaming, planning, and hard work came to fruition in August, 1967, when members finally gained the courage to present the "First Southeaster Gem and Mineral Show" at the North DeKalb Mall, replete with dealers and competitive exhibits. It was a monumental undertaking by president Hal Cain, committee chairmen Bill Wade, Frank Mayo, Gil Withers, Horace Shaw, Bob Brady, Florence LaCour and Pat Anderson, and many, many more. It was a great success and the society shall forever be grateful to them for paving the way to the fine shows that followed. 

1967 also say the birth of "Tips and Trips" with Ethel Cain as its first editor. It was named in a contest by Georgia Montgomery. It quickly became a newsy and informative bulletin of several pages. 

Robert Cook, of Atlanta, was the recipient of the 1967 AFMS Scholarship Foundation award. He was granted $500 a year for two years of studying at the U. of Ga. 

The April and May meetings were livened by an auction for the building fund which netted $102.95. Carl Fox was auctioneer with everything from gold pans to finished jewelry Passing under his gavel. In fact, it was so much fun and so profitable that it was continued as part of the meetings for several months. In other programs, the Gem Section started a "Gem of the Month" series and Dr. Mitchell spoke on clay minerals. 

Field trips were interesting and well attended. We went to Copperhill in Feb. and it was so C-0-L-D (3 degrees), to Girard for Savannah River agate, to Marietta for olive green quartz, Lake Lanier for moonstone, Huber for fossils of the Eocene Age, LaGrange for rose quartz, and to some of the other old standbys. 

In 1968, the Georgia Mineral Society won the "All American Federation Club" award at the National Convention in Normal, Ill. 

Our Second Annual Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show was held in August at the Greenbriar Shopping Mall with show committee chairmen being Frank Mayo, Bob Brady, Horace Shaw, Bill Wade, Elbert Gladden, Carl Fox and Winnie Mayo. There were 30 dealers, 32 competitive and 38 not-competitive exhibits, 15 lectures, and 3 printed field trips. Another success!! 

The Scholarship Committee sponsored a picnic and rock swap at High Falls with many Macon club members joining in on the fun. This was followed by another rock swap and covered dish luncheon out under the trees at the home Horace Shaw. 

It was voted to consolidate dues for membership in the Mineral Society and Gem Section. Hal Cain took the historian records to the State Dept. of Archives for microfilming. 

Tips and Trips continued to grow and-was brightened by a series of Rockhound cartoons by Inez Montgomery 

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1969 seemed to be a year of committees.  A membership and an inventory committee were added to the list of GMS officers.  A committee was appointed to work on a "touch and feel" exhibit --For the blind at the new Fernbank Science Center.  And, probably the most important committee was one to recommend to the legislature that a. state gemstone, rock, fossil and mineral be adopted.
The Third Annual Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show was presented.  at the North DeKalb Mall.  It was preceded by many sessions of the do's and don'ts of exhibiting and how cases are judged.  The winners of the Best in Show were: Non-Competitive Exhibits - Dr. Worth Hobby for his opal carvings; Competitive exhibits - Mrs. Phillip.  Mitchner; Lapidary - David Magowan; Minerals - Ben Crawford; Fossils - Georgia Montgomery; Junior Classification Hugh Wilkie; and Indian Artifacts - George & Gary Lassiter.  Some interesting, programs were brought to us on tektites, the continental drifts end, of course, rockhounding in various parts of the world.  L. Harris Ogden, who won many international awards for her creativity in jewelry, showed some of her original works and fielded questions from members.  Field trips were numerous, fun and well attended.

The year 1970 started off with the excitement of planning committees, discussion meetings over covered dish suppers, and all the hubbub that accompanied the hosting of the Eastern Federation Show for the first time.  The number of committees and the details covered were staggering.  Mr. Anthes and Mrs. Wertz from EFMS came to Atlanta for workshops and viewed the facilities at the Merchandise Mart., Bumper stickers were distributed for cars, We had.  articles in the lapidary magazines and. newspaper coverage.  The May 1970 Lapidary Journal carried an especially fine article on staurolite, by Forrest Cole.  Gov.  Maddox officially opened the show and allowed us to exhibit the rock brought from the moon that had been given to the state of Georgia.  A beautiful $10,000 Linde Star Sapphire gown was modeled every two hours.  There were working demonstrations of every possible phase of the hobby, 12 lectures by outstanding speakers (including our own Gil Withers, Forrest Cole, Dr. Lane Mitchell., and Dr. A.W. Hobby), 63 competitive exhibits and 51 special exhibits.  GMS's "Best in Show" winners were Solange Hawkins and Hugh Wilkie.  Pat Anderson was show chairman and steering committee members were Frank Anderson, Horace Shaw, the Bob Bradys, the Harold Caymons, the Bill Brades, the Carl Foxes, and Thomas Wolfe and all of these were backed by a hardworking membership.
During the year Mr. Severinghaus told us of some of the uses of marble, Gil Withers brought us a program on the King Solomon mines, and Mr. Spnears, of Tiffanys, brought a $10,000.00 tanzanite ring and explained its unusual properties.
Hardy rockhounds went to S.C. for amethyst and to Tenn. for geodes and. horse mountain agate and then traded their finds at the Corgerama Rock Swap.

In 1970, we hosted the Eastern Federation Show at Merchandise Mart.  There were a total of 114 exhibits.  [by Kim Cochran/1995]

When 1971 rolled around, the membership had given so much of themselves and their time in preparation for the EFMS show that it was decided to dispense with a show for that year.
Members were urged to write their senators and congressmen in regard to a Mineral Heritage Postage Stamp.  An auction for the scholarship fund netted $456.00, with machinery, emeralds, and gold specimens being among the many generous donations.  Emory offered two classes, Gemology" and "Rocks and Minerals".
Dr. Hobby, with the use of slides, showed us the machinery he developed for use in his delicate carvings.  We saw the life story of the pearl, the crown jewels of Iran, and studied environmental geology and pegmatites in Georgia..  Field trippers collected spodumene, apatite, tourmaline, rodochrosite, vanadinite, amethyst, agate.quartz crystals, and barite plus some scratches and a good share of chiggers.

Presidents for these years were 1968-69 - Frank Mayo; 1969-70 - Horace Shaw; 1970-71 - Robert Harris.

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        After a year's rest, the Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show made a reappearance at the Georgia State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall in the happy atmosphere of the "1972 Paintin' and Pumkin' Arts and Crafts Show".  Norman Blihovde as Show Chairman brought in many interesting dealers.  Exhibits, though not competitive, were plentiful, beautiful, and educational.
The American Federation of Mineral Societies celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 1972 with a huge birthday cake decorated with cabochons from each state.  Pat Anderson, Bob Brady, and Lou Arcuri sent cabs from the GMS; all the cabs ultimately went to the Smithsonian.
A contest was held to design a tiara for the "Miss Georgia" Pageant using all native stones.  Mary Beth Smith's entry, featuring rose quartz was chosen for this crown, ( Historian's note: Unfortunately, this undertaking was never accomplished; however, the preliminary work and sincerity of purpose is worthy of a place in our history.)
A variety of programs were presented during the year, such as talks on Brazil, Georgia Rivers above the Fall Line, Gemstones of the Bible, and discussion groups of common interest..
We added more staurolite, onyx, carnelian, rubies, quartz, and fossils to the growing piles in our yards, carports, and closets on several successful field trips.
1972 saw our show being held at the State Farmer's Market.  The Amfican Federation celebrated it's 25th anniversary.  A cake decorated with cabs for each state was eaten.  Pat Anderson, Bob Brady and Cor Arcuri provided cabs from GMS.  The cabs then went to the Smithsonian.[by Kim Cochran/1995]

In 1973 the GMS prepared two exhibit cases for the EFMS show at Charlotte, N.C. Orlan Swennes and Harlan Dorman volunteered to transport them in a rented van which promptly broke down about 20 miles out of Atlanta.  After hasty calls, a replacement was sent and the boys made the set-up time by just one half-hour.  On the way back home (Sunday night, 1O PM) in a thunderstorm no less, the lights of the truck went out.  Fortunately,, Fay Swennes had been following them in her car and she led them to a service station with her lights.  In spite of all this they said it was a great show.  (Oh, the exhibit cases?  Sorry, they didn't win!)
During the year we were privileged to see a 3-part video tape program on the Gcology of Georgia; we learned how archaeologists go about a dig, and we discussed creative art design in jewelry.  An auction increased the scholarship fund by another $237.  Sam Cronheim celebrated his 92nd birthday with us in June.  Fay Swennes became editor of TIPS & TRIPS, replacing Betty Ronan, who had served so very well in this demanding post since 1967.
On a guided fossil hunt in the Macon area, a member found a 15 pound whale bone in good condition, plus many small sharks teeth.  The Thanksgiving field trip to the Withlacoochee River for agatized coral was probably the most enjoyable of the many trips of the year, yielding ample material for all.

The 1974 Southeastern Gem and Mineral Show was held at the most appropriate location possible, the largest exposed monolith in the U.S., Stone Mountain.  Don Nahser was Show Chairman.  The weather held beautifully which made for a very good attendance.  Working exhibits were especially popular.
In June, 1974 the beautiful Mineral Heritage postage stamps were issued in 4 designs amethyst, rhodochrosite, tourmaline, and petrified wood, (It does pay to write to your senators and congressmen)
Another auction was held, but this time the $300 proceeds were used to build an exhibit case and buy some additional Georgia Specimens for our all Georgia display.
Education was featured during the year with Emory University offering a course, "Principles of Rock and Mineral Identification". The GMS paid the first $10 of the $25 tuition fee for members as part of the educational program.  The executive committee voted to grant a $350 scholarship to Robert Weimer, on the recommendation of Sam Pickering, State Geologist.  Mr. Weimer was doing some geological mapping of the Brevard the Georgia-Alabama line for the State Survey, while working toward his doctorate at University of Georgia.
Rachel McCutcheon assumed the duties of bulletin editor, a job she handled well until her retirement and move from Atlanta made it necessary to resign.
Our programs ranged from Rocks- Coast to Coast, to Volcanoes of the World, to Anthropology of Georgia and Alabama. Many enjoyed the picnic and rock swap at Lake Lanier.  Long distance travelers went to Wartrace, Tenn. for carnelian, and to Copperhill.  But the highlight of the year was the 4-day trip to Hot Springs, Ark.  The Hot Springs club hosted the group, extending hospitality in many ways all week-end.  Noteworthy was a trip on flat bed trucks over dirt logging roads to diggins for black quartz crystals.  When the radiator sprang a leak they plugged it up with chewing gum and refilled the tank with creek water.  The tadpoles scooped up with the water didn't seem to make much difference in the operation.  The group made it safely back to the motel with the black quartz crystals.
1974 saw our show at Stone Mountain.  Alw the 1st Mineral Heritage stamps were issued by the U.S. Postal service.  GMS members had been among the thousands who wrote to request this stamp issue.  Our 1st bus trip to Hot Springs, AK was held in April.  We were hosted by Wilton Fickle and the Hot Springs Club.  On one of the days, the members were herded into a cattle truck which took us up a long and very bumpy road up a mountain for morion.  A leak occurred in the radiator.  It was plugged up and the radiator was refilled with muddy water complete with tadpoles.[by Kim Cochran/1995]

Presidents for these years were 1971-72 Jane Wheeler; 1972-73 Orlan Swennes; 1973-74 Helene Blihovde.
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President 1976-77

The Annual gem shows seem to get bigger and better each year as new experience is gained..  With Gene Pope as the 1975 show Chairman , we joined the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Paula Busch as Publicity chairman was a hard act for future appointees to follow.  Seven articles by GMS members appeared in nationwide magazines.  Inez I Montgomery was awarded a silver tray ( lst. place-author) by EFMS for her poem, "The Dingaling and Her Faceting Machine" which was first Published in TIP AND TRIPS.  We lost Rachel McCutcheon as editor of T&-T but she was ably replaced by Alice Beckman and Carol Sponsler,
Dues were raised to $5.00 for single members, $9.00 for a couple, and $1.25 for Juniors.  The Scholarship Fund auction raised $400.  $300 was given to the Emory Geology Department.; a short wave light case was built for GMS; and a typewriter was purchased for the editor of TIPS AND TRIPS.
Members enjoyed a rockswap and picnic at Mathis Dairy.  They also swapped rocks at the Tobersofkee Recreation Area near Macon as guests of the Mid-Ga.  Mineral Society and collected fossils the next day at Huber.
Programs covered movies of field trips, show and tell, and even a crime prevention program presented by the DeKalb Police department.
In 1975, we joined the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  Inez Montgomery received a silver tray for wining 1st place in Eastern Federation competition on the "Dingaling and her Faceting machine".  [by Kim Cochran/1995]

Presidents for these years were: 1974-75 Annis MacRae;
In 1976, our country's bicentennial year, Annis MacRae announced that Bill 517 had been massed by the Georgia Legislature naming the official state gemstone-quartz crystal, mineral-staurolite, and fossil-sharks tooth.  Annis and Margaret Brewer, EFMS representative and member of the Mid-Georgia Mineral Society, along with other members of our club and other Georgia Clubs had worked magnificently for several years toward this goal.
The membership voted to stay with the Eastern Federation of Mineral Societies rather than join the Southeastern Federation at this time.  $1000.00 was given to Emory University for laboratory equipment.
TIP AND TRIPS was again recognized by EFMS giving awards to Dr. Marcella Wood for her article on "Snakes" and Annis MacRae for the article "Disposing of Your Collection".  Alice Beckman won a third place plaques from both EFMS and AFMS for bulletin editors.
Ben Beckman introduced a "Member of the Year" award and "Gold Nugget" awards recognizing members who have made contributions to the GMS or geology, over and above their elected posts, winners to be determined by the membership.  Mary Beth Smith and Annis MacRae tied for "Member of the Year", each receiving a silver tray.
North DeKalb Mall was again the site of the Annual Show with Bill Russ as chairman and, as usual, was a great success with many willing hands working behind the scenes.  Bill also transported the three rockhound dioramas by Inez Montgomery to the St. Petersburg show at the invitation of their show chairman.  The club again went to Arkansas, to the swap at Macon and to 5 or 6 other locales but the 'fun" event of the year was the Thanksgiving trip to Withlacoochee with 70 persons partaking of an outdoor turkey roast.
1976 was our bicentennial.  Our members among others from around the state had pushed for Geological symbols for Georgia.  Annis MacRae announced to us that Bill 517 had passed and that Quartz was our state gemstone, Staurolite was our state mineral, and Sharks tooth was our state fossil.  Our membership voted to stay with the Eastern federation rather than to join Southeastern.  Marcella Wood won a federation award on snakes and Annis MacRae won an award for disposing of you collection.  Member of the Year and Gold Nugget awards were started We had 70 members celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner at Withlacoochie.  The Fossil section was formed.  Gene Harris exhibited faceted stones at the St Petersburg show. [by Kim Cochran/1995]

The 1977 Annual Show was chaired by Charles Longley at the North DeKalb Mall with Clay and Dudley Wade, Kim Cochran, and all the other faithful backing him up.  TIPS AND TRIPS found a new editor, Annis MacRae was assistant editors Frieda Duffey and Paula Busch.  They started a page for Juniors and Wade Mullin contributed a series of articles, "Tips".  The Outdoor Activity Center in SW Atlanta was the recipient of a fine cabinet of mineral, specimens from GMS and the children enjoyed a "Salting of the Earth" program, in which mineral specimens had been hidden, much like Easter Eggs, for them to find.
A fossil study group was organized, meeting at interested members homes. Gene Harris exhibited his beautiful faceted stones at the St. Petersburg show.
Mary Stover, one of our hardest working rockhounds was named "member of the Year" at the annual banquet.  For those of you keeping track of inflation, the banquet was $5.00 and a bargain at that.
Programs this year were presented by members covering amber, calcite, sand-painting, Belair Fault, Brazil Stones, Soapstone Ridge, Show and Tell, Ga.  Rocks, and Colombia.
The rains came to the April field trip to Clayton, Ga. and will be long remembered by those in 14 cars that got stuck in the mud.  They went up a hill on a one-track mud road and the creek rose behind them; the last car got stuck in the mud and had to be turned around before the others could descend.  As the last car reached the highway, the sun came out.  Mary Stover's grandchildren got so muddy she took them to the nearest Laundromat and threw their clothes in the washer while they sat in their raincoats. 
Channel 30 was to televise the trip but was also rained out; however, they made up for it with two programs, one the trip to Hillsboro, and one to Hal Cain's shop where he faceted material found at Hillsboro.
1977 saw a 2nd vote on Federation membership, GMS remained with Eastern.  We bought a trailer to haul our show equipment The problem with that was that it became so heavy that only one member had a truck powerful enough to pull it.  Tips and Trips won Ist Place for Small Bulletins.  Annis MacRae was Editor. The history of the Gerogia Mineral Society written by Georgia Montgomery won a certificate. [by Kim Cochran/1995]

Presidents for these years were: 1975-76 Benjamin Beckman; 1976-77 Eugene Pope
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Charles Longley
 President 1977-78

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1983 President - Martin Zuber

1980 saw GMS charter a bus to the Federation show m Charleston, W. Virginia.

In 1981, Dr. Marcella Wood undertook a project to provide items and supervise jewelry making by the children at Egleston Hospital.  At the Annual picnic, one member noticed a dog stealing away with a whole pie that I had baked.  Edward Sheffield won Ist and 2nd place in Federation Competition

1981: Edmond Sheffield became the 1st Junior to sit on the Executive Board as Juror Section Chair Tips and Tips won 1st place in Eastern Federation Competition.  At the picnic held at the Mathis Dairy, Georgia Montgomery received a bite on the rear from a goose.  While turning around to find out the source of the pain, another goose ate Georgia's slice of cake from her plate.

1983 was Georgia's 280th Birthday.  All of the GMS members joined together to exhibit Georgia Minerals at the Capital.  During a luncheon held at The Garden Room, the members were informed on the opening of the Weinman Mineral Museum set to take place 2 months later.  A caravan left Atlanta for Amelia Courthouse in Virginia for Amazonite.  It was amazing just how much stopping power a tree stump hidden in the weeds can do to an International Travel-All.  Each day it was a rush to the showers.  Only the 1st 3 people would have hot water.  We also enjoyed a steak dinner(not hamburger steak but a large steak) for $2.95.

1984 saw GMS pushing for a Georgia Council of Minerals Secretary.  An organization to  coordinate field trips, program, and other events with other Georgia Clubs.  It would allow for a close working relationship between the Georgia Clubs.  Each club was visited and with the exception of Athens, every club voted to send representatives to a meeting in Macon to organize.  After two attempts to or with virtually no one arriving, the matter was dropped.

1985 saw us celebrating our fiftieth anniversary.  Eleven past presidents attended that meeting.  [by Kim Cochran/1995]

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A Final Word. . . 

There are no longer any of our membership who were present on that first night in February of 1935 when GMS was born.  For that matter, there are very few members who were here in the sixties and none from the fifties.  The names Furcron and Cromheim are names totally unfamiliar to most of us.  To many of our older members, the name Withers brings back fond memories of a fine distinguished gentleman who blessed us with many fine programs and who was one of the cornerstones of our club.  We were fortunate to have had such people in our infant years.  Now as then, GMS is not something that you can see or feel.  GMS exists in its people.  Though it is true that there were more great people in our past, we have many knowledgeable and talented members now.  We also have members who are developing and have developed into leaders and who will be looked back upon with the respect held by our founders.  We have done an excellent job in carrying out our chief goal-Education.  We are carrying on the job that was begun sixty plus years ago.  A few of us will see the Diamond Jubilee anniversary, but as with the past years, there will be others to carry on our work after we are gone. 

Kim Cochran
GMS President 
1984-87, 1991-92, 1995
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