WE DID IT!!! WULFENITE IS OFFICIAL MINERAL OF ARIZONA!

Arizona Governor Ducey signed HB2092 into law on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The bill amends Section 1, Title 41, chapter 4.1, and article 5 of the Arizona Statutes, by adding section 41-860.04, to read: Wulfenite is the Official State Mineral.

Alex Schauss spearheaded this effort in 2016 and with a mountain of support from across Arizona and a Wulfenite Is Love campaign by Mineralogical Society of Arizona, Arizona has a beautiful mineral to add to official symbols of Arizona.

It has been a pleasure partnering with Alex Schauss and collaborating with Rep. Mark Finchem, Bob Jones, Evan Jones, Lithographie, Don Boushelle, Sen. Gail Griffin, Les Presmyk, Peter Megaw, Bryan Swoboda, Jeff Scovil, Bob Downs, Rob Lavinsky, Paul Harter, Phil Richardson, Bill Yedowitz, Tony Occhiuzzi, Molly Busby, Wyatt Busby, Sam Busby, Jennifer Campbell, Maggie Lyons, John Tibbits, David Tibbits, Stan Keith, Frank Sousa, John Lucking, Mark Hay, Dick Morris, Carole Lee, Pam Wilkinson, Will Wilkinson, Keith Wentz, Danni Sotomayor, Jason New, Imelda Klein, Jim Klein, Anna Domitrovic, and many many more that I apologize if I missed you, but rest assured, Wulfenite would not be Official Arizona Mineral without you and your support. Thank you one and ALL!!!

I shared with Alex and I'll share with you, I will always treasure our journey in igniting a successful Wulfenite Is Love campaign across Arizona, Mineralogical Society of Arizona members visit to Arizona Capitol, installation of historic Wulfenite Exhibition at 2017 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show(R), and a featured segment in 2017 What's Hot in Tucson ... all in awesome support of Wulfenite.

Official Arizona Symbols:
COPPER                  - State Metal
PETRIFIED WOOD - State Fossil
TURQUOISE            - State Gemstone
WULFENITE            - State Mineral

Warmest Regards,
Chris Whitney-Smith
President Mineralogical Society of Arizona

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Welcome to the Mineralogical Society of Arizona!

MSA, along with a Coalition of Rock & Gem Clubs, offer several fun and unique Field Trips throughout the year. We host many interesting Programs & Speakers and you are certain to meet new friends among our Rock and Mineral membership.

Refreshments are served at all MSA meetings and attendees have an exciting opportunity to win Great Mineral Raffle Prizes awarded to one Junior, one Adult, and one Visitor. Members who wear their MSA Name Badges to general meetings are also eligible for an additional raffle.

MSA participates in the annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show in January, Arizona State Fair and Earth Science Day event in October. We look forward to Exploring, Sharing, and Inspiring your participation in our hobby.

Check out the NEWSLETTER for information on meetings, field trips, and other events of interest to Mineralogists and Rockhounds of all ages.

ALERT!!! Be sure to check out MSA website under MSA CLUB for meeting location and time details. Click here for a printable meeting schedule. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, except as noted in the meeting schedule at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale‎ AZ‎ 85253.

New Meeting Format

Junior Members should arrive by 6:40 PM for Junior Education program starting at 6:45 PM.
All other Members can arrive at 7:00 PM with presentation starting at 7:30 PM.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, except as noted in the meeting schedule.
Brief business meeting and raffle after the program, with Refreshments, Silent Auctions, and Buy/Sell/Trade Event.

Contact us via Email: MSAClub1935@msaaz.org

 

September 14, 2017 Program: “Forty Plus Years of Collecting Minerals in Arizona.” Presented by Dr. Raymond W. Grant

Our September program speaker is the great Dr. Raymond Grant about his “Forty Plus Years of Collecting Minerals in Arizona.” The program will feature highlights from Ray’s four decade plus mineral collecting adventures in Arizona.

Ray achieves some impressive milestones in 2017 and especially in September:

  • 200th edition of “The Arizona Mineral Collector” in MSA’s The Rockhound Record (1975-2017).
  • 43years Mineralogical Society of Arizona Milestone Life Member (1974-2017)
  • 43years Mineral Collecting in Arizona

Dr. Grant is currently President of Pinal Gem & Mineral Society and Curator of Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum located in Coolidge, Arizona. Ray is on Mineralogical Society of Arizona Board of Governors as recent Past President.

Ray is a 2014 Mineralogical Society of Arizona Hall of Fame Inductee, MSA Milestone Life Member, MSA President (1976-1977) and (2012-2013), Past Chairman of Flagg Mineral Foundation.  He is author of the Checklist of Arizona Minerals, first edition (1982) and second edition (2007) and co-author with Anthony, Williams, Bideaux and Wilson of the Mineralogy of Arizona, third edition (1995).  Ray has mineral species RAYGRANTITE named in his honor and is featured in Mineral Collections in Arizona (May-June 2013 Supplement) The Mineralogical Record.  He received his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University (1968) and was Professor of Geology at Mesa Community College (1975-2001) and part time (2001-2006).

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DRAWING DR. RAYMOND W. GRANT
Drawing made by one of Rays students Tammy Knight in 1981.
She won Best of Show at Arizona State Fair.
Photo courtesy Dr. Raymond Grant.

RAYGRANTITE, Evening Star Mine,
Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Species named in honor of
Dr. Raymond W. Grant
http://www.mindat.org/min-43868.html
Photo courtesy Hon. Joe A. Ruiz.

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MINERALOLOGY OF ARIZONA, 3rd EDITION (1995)
By John W. Anthony, Sidney A. Williams, Richard A. Bideaux,
Wendell E. Wilson, Raymond W. Grant
www.amazon.com
Photo courtesy Chris Whitney-Smith.

MINERAL COLLECTIONS IN ARIZONA
Dr. Raymond W. Grant featured
(May-June 2013 Supplement)
The Mineralogical Record
www.minrec.org
Photo courtesy Chris Whitney-Smith.

 

 

 


Mineral of the Month CALEDONITE
Dr. Raymond Grant

Mineral of the Month for September is caledonite, a lead copper carbonate sulfate (Pb5Cu2(CO3)(SO4)3(OH)6).  Color is blue to blue-green, and the hardness is 2.5 to 3.  It is orthorhombic and usually found as prismatic crystals. It is an uncommon mineral associated with oxidized lead-copper deposits.

Caledonite has been found in Arizona; mindat.org has 13 localities. It is microcrystals at many of these localities, but good specimens have been found at the Grand Reef mine, Graham County, Rowley mine, Maricopa County, and Mildren mine, Pima County.                 The best caledonite from Arizona and maybe the world is from the Mammoth-St. Anthony mine, Pinal County.

Members are invited to bring one sample from their collection of the mineral of the month and give a brief story about where they collected it or something about the specimen.

***Unknown minerals for identification can still be brought to the meetings***

http://scovilphotography.com

CALEDONITE, Pb5Cu2(SO4)3(CO3)(OH)6 , 11mm,
Reward Mine, Inyo County, California, USA;
Jeff Lines Collection (self-collected),
2016 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show®
Best of Species Award, © Ben Decamp

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CALEDONITE, Pb5Cu2(SO4)3(CO3)(OH)6 , 6mm,
Grand Reef Mine, Klondyke, Graham County, Arizona, USA;
Michael Shannon Collection, © Dawn Boushelle

 

 

 


SILENT AUCTION

BRING CASH OR CHECK  AND BE PREPARED TO BID!

AND, DON'T FORGET THE TERRIFIC RAFFLE PRIZES!!!

Visiting Mineralogists & Rockhounds, please get in touch with us!

Trade Minerals
Members please feel free to bring minerals for trade to next MSA meeting.

The Rules of Etiquette
“EYES ON, HANDS OFF”
From Rockhound Record 1942

At the risk of seeming impertinent, exhibitors of minerals will provide good insurance to specimens if they will display, in a prominent place on their exhibit, the rules of etiquette:

1. Never pick up a piece of material unless it is handed to you by the owner.

2. Always handle carefully – as many specimens are valuable and cannot be replaced.

3. If you cannot see the specimen well, ask the owner to show it to you.


Membership Dues are Due!

Please pay at the next meeting or mail to Mineralogical Society of Arizona, 5533 E. Bell Road Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
Membership form & dues amounts are on website under MSA CLUB tab.



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Designed by Chris Whitney-Smith, one of our members, in commemoration of MSA's 75th Anniversary in 2010. 

 
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