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
TURQUOISE            - State Gemstone
WULFENITE            - State Mineral

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


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


June 8, 2017 Program: “Prehistoric Oceans.” Presented by Michael Fleeman, Founder LGF Museum of Natural History.

Our June 8th program speaker is Mr. Michael Fleeman on “Prehistoric Oceans,” focusing on prehistoric marine life, but will also include some terrestrial items as well.

Michael has been a passionate collector of natural history artifacts since he was 8 years old, when he recalls tagging along with his father Larry Gene Fleeman to mineral shows and exhibits.  Little could Larry Gene know what a huge impact this would have on Michael, as his passion for collecting would later become the driving force behind Michaels collecting and founding of the LGF Museum of Natural History in 2011, dedicated to his memory.


St Isaac's

Mr. Michael Fleeman;
© Chris Whitney-Smith.

Carnelian replaced freshwater clams
(Unio arizonensis),
Chinle Formation,
Petrified Forest Area, Near Holbrook,
Apache County, Arizona, USA;
Michael Fleeman Collection & Photo.

Michael has been an avid collector of fossils, meteorites, petrified wood, minerals and Roman Byzantine weapons & tools, and many primitive and prehistoric human tools and weapons for over 30 years amassing a collection with more than 10,000 pieces worth well over $10,000,000 that includes a complete Stygimoloch Spinifer Skull with a head reproduction from Cycad phroductions; a complete Dire Wolf skull from the La Brea tar pits; the only known complete Agriotherium sp skull, several rare dinosaur claws and teeth, over 5000 primitive human tools & artif acts; 43 meteorite main masses; a 90 pound silver ingot from the Spanish shipwreck Nuestra Senora De Atocha, and a complete Tyrannosaurus hind leg, standing over 7 feet tall.

He has lived in Arizona for 23 years and is a successful entrepreneur and small business owner.  Michael received his BS in Biology from University of Michigan, is a member of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences and is a member of Arizona Mineral Minions.




Mineral of the Month CROCOITE
Dr. Raymond Grant

Mineral of the Month for June is crocoite, a lead chromate (PbCrO4).  Color is red, red-orange, or orange, and the hardness is 2.5 to 3.  It is monoclinic and usually needle-like or elongated prismatic crystals.  The best crocoite is from the Adelaide Mine in Tasmania, Australia.  The mine owner comes to the Tucson show every year with amazing specimens.

Crocoite has been found in Arizona; mindat.org has 12 localities.  The only crocoite that I have seen from Arizona came from the Flagg collection.  It had a couple of crocoite specimens from the Black Butte mine, at the junction of Amazon Gulch and Hassayampa River.  The Flagg collection catalog has a note from Richard Flagg stating that a specimen from the Lime Cap mine near Clifton was x-rayed and was crocoite.  It was labeled vanadinite (the specimen has not been found).  I talked to Richard about it, and he said that it was collected as part of the search for vanadium ores and was the best crocoite found in Arizona.  He brought the specimen to a Tucson club meeting in the past, so the Tucson collectors know about it.  This locality is not listed in the Mineralogy of Arizona or on mindat.  In 1881 Benjamin Silliman noted the presence of crocoite from the Collateral, Chromate, Blue Jay, and Phoenix claims near Wickenburg.  The exact location of these mines seems to be lost and an examination of Silliman’s samples at Yale has not yielded any crocoite.

CROCOITE, 6cm, Red Lead mine, Dundas,
Tasmania, Australia; Mike & Sally Bergmann
Collection, © Jeff Scovil.

CROCOITE, 2 cm, Black Butte Mine,
Maricopa County, Arizona, USA;
Michael Cline Collection and photo.

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***







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
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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