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Welcome to the Indian Mounds Rock & Mineral Club Bulletin Board.  

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We remember the following active club members who have been called home by our Lord.

Bob Allen

Bill Ammerman

Nancy Ammerman
Field Trip Chair 1977, 1978, 1979
Sgt. Arms 1977, 1978, 1979

Bob Beauvais
Vice President 1975
President 1981, 1982
Secretary 1995, 1996
Treasurer 1979
Board Member 1978, 1979,2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Ruth Beauvais
Librarian 1983, 1984

Roy Beck
President 1999

Barbara Benjamin
President 1985, 1986
Vice President 1983, 1984
Secretary 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Treasurer 1981, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006

Edward Benjamin
Editor 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Helen Bersma

Clarence Berndt
Editor 1978, 1979, 1980

Barb Bieszka

Crystal Boogaart

Peter Boogaart
Board Member 1997

Mabel Bowers

James Carper

Clara Casterline

Harold Casterline
Vice President 1965, 1966
Treasurer 1970

Don Crabbs

Bill Debakeky

Marie DuPrey
Librarian 1977

Ted DuPrey
President 1969

Art Ferguson
President 1980
Bulletin Editor 1981

Helen Gedritis

Ernie Gifford

Anna Gifford
Treasurer 1971, 1972

Roger Horvarter

Leon House
Treasurer 1978, 1979
Board Member 1981, 1982

Naida House
President 1989, 1990
Vice-President 1986, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001
Secretary 1980, 1981, 1982, 1988
Treasurer 1995, 1996
Librarian 1978, 1979

Ken Jones

Jacqueline Jorgensen

John Kelly

Gert Lemmink
Secretary 1973
Librarian 1971, 1972

Jim Levandowski
Vice President 1991, 1992
Librarian 1991, 1993, 1994

Lois Mersing

William Mersing

Maddy Merwin

Dorothy Myjak

Eldon Potter
President 1975, 1976, 1993, 1994, 1995
Vice-President 1980, 1981, 1982
Board Member 1973, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002

John Potter

Joyce Potter
Secretary 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1991, 1992, 1904, 1905
Librarian 1973

Marge Potter
Board Member 1983, 1984, 1985

Glen Saunier
Board Member 1989, 1993

Peg Saunier
President 1991, 1992
Secretary 1989, 1990
Librarian 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000

Sheila Smith

Jim Splane

Ruth Steele

Lucille Stewart

Robert Tuinstra

Jake Vandermeer
Board Member 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982

Marian Vandermeer
Secretary 1976, 1977

Bernard Vanderbuilt

Jerry Van Duine

Marve Visser

Keith Voss
Field Trip Chair 1965, 1966
Sgt. Arms 1965, 1966
Librarian 1974

Stan Way

Rod Wing

Alex Zellinger



We have honored the following Lifetime Members for their years of service to the club.

Bob Beauvais

Ruth Beauvais
Librarian 1983, 1984

Eleanor Brummel

Harry Brummel
President 1977
Vice-President 1976
Board Member 1989

Jack Cramer
Original President as the club was formed in 1964-5 (W. Stuart Gauthier was the first elected President in 1965).

Marie DuPrey
Librarian 1977

Ted DuPrey
President 1969

Naida House
President 1989, 1990
Vice-President 1986, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001
Secretary 1980, 1981, 1982, 1988
Treasurer 1995, 1996
Librarian 1978, 1979

Arlene King
Librarian 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Roger King
Board Member 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003
Field Trip 2004, 2005. 2006, 2007, 2008

Ron Kragt
Owner of the Alabastine Mine

Lois Mersing

William Mersing

Marge Potter

Eldon Potter
President 1975, 1976, 1993, 1994, 1995
Vice-President 1980, 1981, 1982
Board Member 1973, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002

Joyce Potter
Secretary 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1991, 1992, 1904, 1905
Librarian 1973

Marge Potter

Peg Saunier
President 1991, 1992
Secretary 1989, 1990
Librarian 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000

Dana Slaughter
Field Trip Chair 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Gordon Spalenka
President 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
Board Member 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999

Nancy Spalenka
Vice-President 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010

Don Van Dyke
President 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002 , 2003, 2006 , 2007, 2008, 2012 ,2013, 2014
Vice President 1977
Board Member 1991, 1992, 2015, 2016

Lois Van Dyke
Treasurer 1975, 1976
Field Trip 1986
Librarian 1981, 1982



INDIAN MOUNDS ROCK AND MINERAL CLUB HISTORICAL NOTES 
Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club of Wyoming, Michigan was organized on January 19, 1965, and became affiliated with the Midwest Federation in the same year. In a unique ceremony held underground on June 15, 1965, at the Gypsum Mine of the Michigan Natural Storage Company, Russell Greer presented the Midwest Charter to Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club; the first such ceremony ever held. The first officers were: President, W. Stuart Gauthier; Vice President & Program Chairman, Harold Casterline; Secretary, Norma Zellinger; Treasurer, Marie Spielmaker; Sergeant at Arms, Keith Voss; Historian, Jean Meyers; Liaison Reporter, Anna Gifford.
The new club was an active one and soon 31 members were in attendance. Very early in the history of the club demonstrations and field trips became a regular part of the club’s activities. Speakers were invited and a SWAP was held.
The first bulletin was named “The Red Skins Stone News”. The name was changed to “Indian Mounds Club News”, and finally to the present “Arrowhead News”.
The meeting place changed from Newhall Junior High School to Rogers High School to Sunset Park Church of God to Wesley Park United Methodist Church.
ROCKO was a favorite Christmas Party game even at the first Christmas Party held December 22, 1965 at Pinery Park Shelter House.
As early as May 1966 rock specimens had been donated to school and this project continued for many years.
Raffles and door prizes were an exciting part of each meeting. In September 1967 the present Indian Mounds emblem was adopted.
One professor who lectured to the club took his “fee” in rocks as a donation to his college to enhance their collection.
Twenty dollars was donated to the Rogers High School to help defray the cost of vandalism done to the school in November 1969.

INDIAN MOUNDS LOGO 
In reading some old Arrowhead News, I came across this history of our logo. It was so well written that I thought our current members would appreciate learning how the stone logo was made. The article was written by Clarence Berndt in April, 1984.

From the first moment that the Indian Mounds Logo in stone was conceived as a club project, it was a real challenge. Perhaps the greatest challenge was the test of the club’s unity of spirit and cooperation. The response was amazing! From the initial unanimous vote to the date of completion on March 10, 1984, members, without exception, volunteered to supply the gem material that was needed to produce this beautiful emblem. So that some record of what transpired will exist for the present and future information, the following summary may be in order.
When the club logo, drawn to scale on white tagboard, was presented to the club, “yours truly” had some grave doubts and wondered about the reception it would receive. That night, several members eagerly volunteered to take a portion of the “paint-by- numbers” sketch and reproduce them in stone as their contribution to the effort. Barb Benjamin was first and volunteered to do both the upper and lower peninsula of our state of Michigan in Petoskey stone. And what a beautiful job she did! Next, Don Van Dyke, our president, said he would make the rock hammer of mohawkite and Kingston Lode. It turned out great! Many members, whose names became lost in the rush of volunteers, made sections of the outside and inside circles of Kona Dolomite.
It must be said here that it was agreed from the outset, that the entire project should be made of native Michigan stones. The horizon line is also made of Kona Dolomite. In one month (December), all of this work was completed. I was thrilled!
Things were shaping up! Then came the hardest decision. What about the letters? I thought about mohawkite but the price seemed prohibitive. No fears! The next day, Clara and Harold Casterline called to volunteer the donation of all the material needed to make the letters! What a blessing! Now came the challenge to cut these letters. No place to go but to the president! He knows all the answers. With a little persuasion, Don cut all the letters and had them back to me in a week, ready for polishing.
Fantastic!
The hills were to be made of Kingston Lode, but in the making, one piece fractured and a substitute had to be found. A second set of hills made of Petoskey stone didn’t blend in successfully so a third set was made by yours truly of Antique Verde, becoming the final solution. Pieces were coming in every day. People were getting curious and excited. What was happening in Berndt’s basement?
Well, first of all, the base of slate, made from an old broken piece of blackboard from an old Michigan school house, had to be cut into a 13 ½ inch circle. Have you ever cut slate? This is a dusty job and on a cold January day it had to be done indoors. What a dirty mess. Dust all over—and the Rock Club was coming for a basement tour! Wow!
Well, the assembling began. Piece by piece, the circle developed. Then the inner circle. Things fit very well! The letters were glued on, the hills were put in place, Michigan took its rightful place and the rock hammer completed the picture. Day by day, my anxious fears subsided. It really was going to happen! All that was left was to fill in the area around the letters and the sky and lakes. Ground gypsum, pure white, solved the problem around the letters. This was easy-- -sort of! But where do you find a blue stone for the sky? Nobody knew. Repeated phone calls brought no results. In desperation, I soaked some ground gypsum in Comet cleanser overnight to see if it would turn blue—it turned green!
Imagine! Horrors! Then I bought blue “Rit” and let it soak overnight. The color was awful. Next came oil paint—no! Then common school water colors—and it worked!!! So, that’s what it is, water-colored dyed gypsum. A first! It still took lots of experimentation to get this to stick, but the results really were good.
So now you know the rest of the story. Thanks to all of you for your cooperation, your helpful suggestions, donations of material and your unanimous vote of confidence in the beginning and you approval not that the mob’s done.
THE VICTORY IS NOT IN THE FACT THAT THE EMBLEM WAS COMPLETED IN STONE. THE GREATER VICTORY IS THE CONCERNED COOPERATION, GENEROSITY, ENTHUSIASM AND DETERMINATION TO SEE THE PROJECT TO COMPLETION. THIS MAKES A CLUB GREAT AND YOU DID IT!
Thanks to one and all!
Clarence Berndt

INDIAN MOUNDS ROCK AND MINERAL CLUB CHARTER MEMBERS 

Anne and Ernie Gifford owned The Agate Tree Rock Shop which was housed in their basement.
The following decided to have a club and meet in their house.
Jack & Betty Cramer
Harold & Clara Casterline
Durwood Duprey
Ted & Marie Duprey
W. Stuart Gauthier
Anna & Ernie Gifford
Jean & Jake Meyers
Len & Shirley Jurries
Gene & Virginia Kort
Eldon & Joyce Potter
Marie Spielmaker
Ruth Steele
Curley Voss
Keith Voss
Alex Zellinger
Norma Zellinger

INDIAN MOUNDS ROCK AND MINERAL CLUB TRIVIA 

Curley Voss polished Petoskey stones and sent one to Roy Rogers. In 1972 Curley was requested by the Midwest Federation to make the Petoskey Stone Cabochon that will represent Michigan at the American Federation’s 25 th Anniversary.
There was a contest for the original logo. Jack Cramer designed and won. A Petoskey stone was on the patch near the handle of the rock hammer.
The first club bulletin was named “The Red Skin Stone News”. The September 1971 club bulletin was sent out under the name of “Stone News” and at the September meeting the name was changed to “Indian Mounds Rock Club News”. Finally it was changed to “Arrowhead News.”
After meeting in homes for some time, the club met at Newhall Junior High School. Then it moved to Rogers High School. September 1970 was the first meeting at the Sunset Park Church of God. In January 1997 the meeting place changed to Wesley Park UMC. In May 2017 the meeting place was changed to Blandford Nature Center.
January 1982, the club storage cabinet, which is now houses our club library, was obtained.
December 29, 1983 a plan to establish a “Cookie Corner” to be published in take Arrow Head News was discussed. At each meeting members will sign up to bring cookies and be hostesses for the next meeting. These names were to be published in the Arrowhead News each month.
The first Gem and Mineral Show was held March 30 and 31, 1976, at Eastbrook Mall. The show was moved to the Breton Village Mall for the 2001 and 2002 shows. In April, 2003 the location was changed to Rogers Plaza.

IMRMC ARCHIVES 

STORAGE TUB # 1
Scrapbook
Notes and Pictures from 1979-1982
RED PHOTO ALBUM
Undated
BLUE AND GREEN ALBUM
Publicity Posters for Gem & Mineral Show
Silent Auction
Summer Super Sale
Newspaper Articles
Names in Memorial Plaque
Obituaries
Banquet Programs
WHITE ALBUM
Club Members Profiles
Club News
Obituaries
AUDIT REPORTS
1983-1984
1986-1987
1988-1989
1989-1990
1991
1992

STORAGE TUBE # 2
ARROWHEAD NEWS
1977-1981
1982-1985
1986-1987
TREASURER’S BOOKS
1965-1974
1974-1978
TREASURER’S REPORTS
1979-1980
1980-1982
WHITE ALBUM
Awards and Certificates
1965-2006
SECRETARY’S MINUTES
January 1987 – January 1993
Pages from Arrowhead News were cut out and mounted for this book
CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP
MIDWEST FEDERATION

April 24, 1965
PLAQUE
Recognition of 500% Contribution to the AFMS Scholarship Foundation
1975
PLAQUE
2007
Ed Benjamin
MWF Bulletin Editors Contest
First Place
Large Bulletins

BLUE/GRAY FILE BOX
American Federation Information 1965-1979
Indian Mounds Bylaws
Indian Mounds Guest Book 1970-1981
Midwest Federation Newsletters 1966-1087
Miscellaneous Correspondence 1965-1983
IMRMC & G.R. Mineral Society Rock Swap 1970
Secretary’s Minutes 1970-1986, 1989-1991
Summary of IMRMC Questionnaire 9/28/82
Treasurer’s Report 1984-1985
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES
1975-1977
1981-1992
1997-2003
2005-2014
 

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