Prez Says...

by Kenny Reynolds, MSDC President

Hello MSDC members. Welcome to April!

I'm really looking forward to April. It is the time of year when the flowers, trees, and shrubs all come to life with color!!! The reds, pinks, greens, and yellows seem to be everywhere! Strangely enough,  my mineral hobby is all about color, as well. It is definitely what attracted me to the hobby in the first place. I think from the first time I went to the museum and saw the beautiful, colorful minerals that came from the earth, I was hooked.

As I sit here writing this message, I am surrounded by my colorful minerals, the reds of copper, cuprite and hematite; the greens of fluorite, malachite and epidote; the pinks of rhodonite, rhodochrosite and smithsonite; and the yellows of esperite, sulfur, and mimetite. Everyone has different stories about what attracted them to the mineral hobby in the first place and we would love to hear your story!

Ken Rock, our Mineral Minutes editor, is always looking for articles for our newsletter and we would love to hear more about what got you into the hobby. Our thanks to Kathy Hrechka for her contribution to the effort in this month's newsletter!

I would like to share with you some of my memories of March and the fantastic gem, mineral, fossil, and jewelry show that was held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds by our other local mineral club in Maryland, the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County, MD (GLMSMC). It was a wonderful show and the best part was seeing so many of our friends from the mineral community! Please enjoy some of my pictures from the GLMSMC show and I look forward to seeing you all via Zoom April 5th.

MSDC members Sue and Ed Fisher at the GLMSC show.
MSDC members Dave and Leslie Nanney at the GLMSMC show.
MSDC Member John Weidner at the GLMSMC show.
MSDC members and friends at the GLMSMC show. Back row left to right: Bob Cooke, Kenny Reynolds, Dave Fryauff. Front row left to right: Dave MacLean, Kathy Hrechka.
Jeff Guerber teaching children in the science learning section of the GLMSMC show.
Ken Reynolds, Heather, and grandkids at the GLMSMC show in front of Ken's willemite case of specimens from Franklin & Sterling Hill, NJ.