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 email@example.com Subject: Ideas.
Faithfully Your President,
Scott R. Steelman