June 2017 President’s Notes


The HEAT is settling into Central Texas. As always, be careful when outdoors and stay hydrated. You do have some opportunities to practice your rock craft indoors at the clubhouse. Wednesday nights are a great opportunity to cut and polish. Remember the Gem Caper’s Cab Contest is any material with RED in it. Also, the workshop is open on the third Saturday of the month. The Board is looking at some skills sharing moments in the near future. Watch for these notices soon.

Have you been to a Mineral SIG meetings? Another opportunity to enhance your rock knowledge as well as a good time to introduce youth to rocks and minerals. This month I’ll be talking about the Potter-Cramer Mine in Arizona. I’ll have some samples to give away. Most of the samples are micro minerals, but we’ll have the microscopes out for all to use. Many of the mine’s minerals fluoresce so we will be using the UV lights.

Speaking of summer opportunities, don’t forget the AGMS Social Auction, August 12th. A wonderful time for old and young alike as we visit, enjoy a pot-luck meal then have fun with the live auction. More information to follow next month. Be sure to mark your calendar.

See you at the General Meeting which promises to have a fun presentation.

~Laird Fowler

May 2017 President’s Notes


Summer is at our door step. The opportunity to travel is upon us. Where do your plans take you this year? The higher elevations of the West become available to search for minerals, agates and gems. Many travel to Colorado to visit mines, museums and quaint towns. In August I plan to travel to Leadville and visit the mining museum, take a train ride and perhaps scour a dump or two. Of interest was when I scanned Leadville’s webpages I discovered a few mining podcasts; very interesting and informative.

On other AGMS news, a big THANK YOU to Deborah Johnson and Craig Brant for their tireless efforts in rectifying our IRS exempt status. We are back on track now. We can now accept and process donations.

Also, the AGMS Board will be reviewing membership and eMail addresses. AGMS notices, rock news, etc are sent to many that are are no longer an AGMS member. Please review your membership status. If you hear of anyone who hasn’t received a StoneChipper or AGMS news, their eMail address may be incorrect or they haven’t paid the current dues.

Be safe and we’ll see you at the meetings.

~Laird Fowler

April 2017 President’s Notes


April is a month of COLOR. Our hobby is blessed with the full COLOR array. Minerals, cabs, slabs, stones, leaverites, beads and metal craft show off the beauty of COLOR. When you travel around  this month, stop and notice the wildflower COLOR. One of my favorite wildflower scenes is located in and about the less traveled roads of LLano, Burnet and surrounding counties. If you haven’t  been out in recent years, this year promises to be a great year due to the cold & wet Fall/Winter.

Speaking of COLOR, did you know that AGMS have a Short-Wave and a Long-Wave lights. These lights check for minerals that fluoresce. The lights’ wavelengths excite the electrons in the minerals. When this happens the rock gives off  energy in the form of light. The COLORS are many times intense. The Mineral SIG meets on the second Tuesday and frequently  checking rocks/minerals. To learn more about ‘fluorescence’ visit Nature’s Rainbow site. (www.naturesrainbows.com).

Be sure to show any wildflower and rock COLOR that you discovered in your April travels at our meeting this month.