The Flatirons Mineral Club meets on the second Thursday of the most months. While most meetings are held at Frasier Meadows at Frasier Meadows, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, CO 80303. During a period of construction at Frasier Meadows some meetings will be at other locations and that information is noted in the meeting description. Click here for more information about the entire year’s schedule.
Different Location! This meeting is our annual rock‐bagging meeting. The club will provide the specimens, labels, and zip‐lock bags. At this meeting, we put the specimens and labels in the bags. At our picnic in August, we will put ten different labeled specimens in each of 1,000 cloth bags. These filled bags are sold at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show in September and our club’s Longmont Rocks & Rails show in December. The proceeds help fund our yearly scholarship to a geology student attending a Colorado college. If you have specimens you are able to donate, please bring them in a labeled (location collected and what you think they are) box or bag. We can also use green plastic newspaper sleeves. Location: The meeting will be at the home of Karen Manley and Fred Hall, located at 4561 47th St., Boulder, 80301 (approximately one mile north of Jay Road on 47th Street). The bagging starts at 7:00 pm and the club will provide refreshments.
ANNUAL FMC PICNIC This year’s annual picnic is on Saturday, August 18 at Harlow Platts Park, located just south of the South Boulder Recreation Center at 1360 Gillespie Drive, Boulder, 80305. The picnic starts at 11:00 am. Folks with last names beginning with A ‐ M are asked to bring a covered dish and folks with last names beginning with N ‐ Z should bring a dessert. BBQ sandwiches and beverages will be provided by the club. As in past years, we will start our get together by filling grab bags and then eat lunch. Afterwards, we will present several awards. One of the awards presented each year is the Rockhound of the Year.
Speaker: Philip Persson Topic: CO-WY Stateline Kimberlite District Philip Persson grew up in Northern New Jersey, 10 minutes from the Franklin-Sterling Hill District. After a visit to the Franklin Mineral Museum's fluorescent room as a 10 year old boy scout, he became 'hooked' on mineral collecting and volunteered regularly at both the Franklin Mineral Museum and Sterling Hill Mining Museum. With mentoring from the Sterling Hill Mining Museum Founder and friend, Dick Hauck, and former Franklin Mineral Museum Curator, John Cianciulli, he assembled a large collection of local minerals, organized field trips and meetings for the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, helped with the two annual mineral shows in the area, and participated in the discovery and documentation of new rare species for the district, including a possible new As-bearing apatite species, genthelvite, pyroxferroite, as well as the first description of johnbaumite from outside the district. After moving to Colorado in 2005 and obtaining a BA in Geology from the University of Colorado, he worked as an exploration geologist in the mining industry, traveling from Idaho to Northern Sweden in search of new mineral deposits. He is currently back in Denver, helping conduct research on Colorado rare earth element deposits with several CU Boulder faculty and managing to make a living hawking rocks (Persson Rare Minerals).
Speaker: Rob Wesson Topic: “In Darwin’s Footsteps” Author of "Darwin's First Theory: Exploring Darwin's Quest for a Theory of Earth" An acclaimed geologist leads the reader on an adventure through the landscape that absorbed and inspired Charles Darwin. Everybody knows―or thinks they know―Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist―on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna. Retracing Darwin’s footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin’s path―literally and intellectually―Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth.
Directions to Frasier Meadows: Exit Foothills Parkway at Baseline and go west. Turn left (south) onto Mohawk Drive and then turn left onto Pawnee Drive, traveling to the east of Burke Park. Take Ponca Place to your left and the Frasier Meadows parking lot will be on the left. When you enter the building, tell the receptionist that you are here for a Flatirons Mineral Club meeting and ask for directions to the elevator and the location of the meeting.