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President - Gordon Jackson, PO Box 600, Canterbury, NH 03224, Phone 783-4493
Vice President - Scott Higgins,  15 Charles Lane, Eliot, ME 03903, Phone 439-1107
Secretary - Vince Valade, 35 Plimpton Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045, Phone 497-3935
Treasurer - Don Dallaire, 829 Candia Rd., Chester, NH 03036, Phone 483-8467

January 2004

Volume 4 Issue 5

Capital Mineral Club News

Inside this Issue

Please note A CLUB MEETING TIME CHANGE for the months of

January, February and March:

1:30PM Second Saturday of those 3 Months only


The CMC will meet Saturday, Jan. 10th at 1:30 PM at the Salvation Army Building on Clinton Street in Concord, NH.

Our guest speaker for the January meeting is Jim Ross from Absolute Clarity & Calibration in Terryville, Connecticut. Jim will be talking to us on the specifications and use of a stereo microscope for use in mineral collecting. As part of his presentation we will have available several Palermo micros to view through the microscope and projected on a screen for all to view and learn. The display theme for this meeting will be Palermo minerals and phosphate minerals world wide. Check out his website at

Anyone who would like to donate a mineral specimen to the club raffle please bring it with you.

Refreshments this month will be provided by Charles Forsberg.

As usual, the CMC annual Christmas Party was a wonderful time for all who attended. A pot luck feast, including, ham, turkey and all the holiday trimmings was a treat.

The ninth annual Best Field Collecting and Best Lapidary Contests were held. Winners are posted on page 2.

We also enjoyed a Yankee Swap towards the end of the afternoon. A nice selection of "rockhound" specimens were swapped.

CMC members in attendance thank Gordon Jackson for his help in organizing the event.


DecemberMinutes          Pg 2

Collecting Award Winners


Christmas Letter for        Pg 3

2003 by Pat Barker

Other Mineral Clubs and Meeting Dates


Morrill Book Reprints      Pg 4

New Members


Top Ten Reasons to Try  Pg 5 Micromounting       


Calendar of Events             Pg 6       



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Robin Edgewood-Reece & Steffen Hermanns

Annual Dues Are Due

The 2004 DUES ARE DUE. The dues are $5 single, $10 family. Give Vince Valade a check in the amount of your dues. If you recently joined your 2004 dues may already be paid. If you have any questions please call Vince at 497-3935 or

Could everyone in the club who has an Email address please send it to me, Steffen Hermanns,, so that I can update my records and the web site with the correct information. This will allow me to keep club members better informed via email of upcoming club events, club meeting information and anything else important. Thanks for your input. It will help you, the Club member, to be better informed.