Monday, March 26, 2012

CFMS - Half a Million Nickels Drive!

Hi everybody! My husband, Ray and I are chairpeople for the CFMS Endowment fund.

If you don't know what that is...well, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies is a part of the American Federation, which is a collection of 7 Regional Federations in America! The CFMS covers California, Nevada, and Hawaii! The other seven Federations cover the rest of America. Each Federation is a collection of local clubs from the area that they cover.

So, if you belong to a club or society in your area, you are probably a part of one of the Federations! If not, you should be!

Our job as the CFMS Endowment Fund chair people, is to collect donations for the Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is the life blood of the CFMS, the money goes into a fund that earns interest, and the CFMS lives on the interest earned.

Now, I am sure that you all know what interest rates are these days, so you know that unless our endowment fund is pretty big, we don't have much to live on!!

Ray and I are trying to come up with some fun fund raisers for the year, something that will get all the clubs and societies involved!

This year we have come up with the Half a Million Nickels Drive!  We are going to raise half a million nickels (hence the name) for the Endowment Fund!

That's where you all come in! If you belong to a CFMS affiliate, then you should have already known about the drive, if not, then you do now!
We need each of you to go to your club/society members and let them know of the drive!

There are going to be some really cool prizes for the winning club too! The prizes are currently being collected, and will be announced at the CFMS Show in Riverside in July. The club that collects the most nickels, PER MEMBER, will win!

We are also looking for donations of rock items to sell at the shows. We are running very low on supplies!

I have noticed a whole bunch of estate sales lately, and would like to appeal to all of you that go to these sales, or hold these sales!

If you could find it in your hearts to donate anything that you have left over, or Whatever, it would be greatly appreciated!

Ray and I don't have a lot of free weekends these days, but Ray is retired and can go just about anywhere during the week to collect donations.

I am only asking that you keep us in mind! We have had some really nice donations in the past from private collections, and it really helps us to have SOMETHING to sell during the shows!

I am also collecting show/club pins for an Endowment Fund project, so if you have any old pins from shows or clubs/societies, that you don't want or need, or have found at one of these sales, please consider donating to the CFMS Endowment Fund!

OK, I am done...thanks for reading all the way through, and thanks for your donations*, past and future!!!

CJ and Ray Quitoriano

* if you or your club would prefer to send in a direct donation the form is at: