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February 2018 Presidents Notes – What do YOU think?

AGMS Rockhounds,

Thank you to all of the members who heeded January’s call to find a way to give back to our wonderful organization. Now, I have a question for you. What is your favorite part of being a member of AGMS? Is it the outreach opportunities to educate children and nonmembers about the beauty and wonders of the Earth that motivated each of us to pursue a lifelong journey of geological interest and education? Maybe it’s the opportunity to learn from members who have established themselves as masters of one or more of the lapidary arts. Perhaps it is the camaraderie and interactions with fellow members during meetings or other AGMS group activities. Or could it be the true bonds of friendship you have formed with some members through such activities? Maybe you are a beginner and just relish the opportunity to use the equipment in our workshops without the costly outlay the purchase of such equipment can bring. Whatever the reason(s), I want to know what they are so that we can work to maximize and enrich the opportunities you have to fulfill them while achieving our educational mission. If each member would kindly email his/her favorite reasons it is fulfilling to be an AGMS member and, even more importantly, what do you think we need to improve and how should we do it, it will go a long way toward helping AGMS to grow and be more meaningful to more of its members. Maybe we should schedule some one day classes that do not require a minimum number of members. Perhaps schedule an AGMS potluck picnic in the spring on or near a nice local collecting site. These ideas are but a few of mine. What are yours?

Please email responses to president@agms-tx.org Subject: Ideas.

Faithfully Your President,

Scott R. Steelman

January 2018 President’s Notes – Welcome to 2018

AGMS Rockhounds,

Last year, as I pondered the many rewarding experiences that I have had as a result of my family’s involvement with AGMS, I wondered what I could do to give back. It wasn’t long before I was presented with an opportunity to do just that as your 2018 President. It is my challenge and opportunity to become more involved and to help enrich our members’ experiences new and old. Unfortunately, I can’t do it. But, happily, WE can. That is why I am asking each and every member from juniors to our most experienced and established AGMS veterans to challenge themselves to find a way to continue to grow their contributions toward our members’ experiences and our society’s goals.  Find a committee on which you’ve never served and join. Maybe you could reach out to make visitors and new members feel welcome. See a need that’s not being met, bring it up to the membership and let’s take it on. Do you want more classes? Ask Joyce Hrapsky how you can help. Do you want more field trips? Talk to Ron Carman about ideas you have and how you could contribute. Would you like to enrich our website’s content and design? Talk to Gary Collins and see how you can provide articles and ideas. Perhaps, write an article for The Stone Chipper or sign-up to bring meeting refreshments. Do you want to make our annual show even better? Talk to Ludie Toles and see what you can do. Do you want to spread your love of Geology, Minerals, Cabbing, Faceting, …etc? Talk to me about outreach events. The opportunities abound. They are but ours to seize.

Faithfully Your President,

Scott R. Steelman