Waco Gem and Mineral Club, Waco, Tx

19.5 A Specimen That is Special to Your Senior Member


19.5: A Specimen That is Special to Your Senior Member

In every senior‘s collection is a specimen (or two or three or four) that is extra special to him or her. It could be a specimen that a parent or grandparent gave to them when they were kids, the very first rock or mineral they ever collected, a spectacular fossil they discovered during a field trip, the first cabochon they crafted or the first pendant they wire-wrapped themselves, a stone they found on a trip to another country, or perhaps a ring or necklace containing a precious gemstone that their spouse gave to them on a special occasion.

For instance, I have an inkwell that‘s kind of beat up. It‘s adorned with different minerals from Colorado (amazonite, pyrite, galena, etc.) that have been glued to the inkwell. It‘s perpetually dusty, most of the minerals are dinged, and some are even missing, but I keep it proudly out on display. Why? Well, it was a gift from my grandfather, who received it from his grandfather, who participated in the Colorado Gold Rush of the late 1850s. I always saw it on display in my grandparents‘ home, and it‘s always on display now in my home.

Have junior members find out what specimens are extra special to their assigned senior members. Then have them write a paragraph describing the specimen and telling why it‘s special. Or have them give presentations about it at a club meeting. If the junior members write about it, have them accompany their paragraphs with photos or drawings of the specimens. If the junior members give oral presentations at one of your club meetings, have the senior members bring those specimens to the meeting to accompany the talks.

Note: Kids who give an oral presentation to the club or whose paragraphs and/or pictures are published in the society newsletter can use this activity to satisfy requirements toward earning the Communication badge simultaneously (Activities 7.1 and 7.2).