Awards Program

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Awards for CCFMS Members

Rockhound of the Year  The Ann Sabina Award  The Rolling Stone Award 
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Service and Industry Awards

Outstanding Service Award      Exceptional Service Award Industry Award  
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     Meritorius Service Award  


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Club Show Awards

Mineral Awards Fossil Awards Lapidary Awards


2013 CCFMS Award Winners


Rockhound of the Year: 

Al Newman – Kingston Club


Ann Sabina Award: 



Outstanding Service Award: 

Bob Beckett - Kawartha Rock and Fossil Club


Meritorius Service Award: 

Michael Bainbridge


Exceptional Service Award:



Industry Award:



Nominating someone for an Award

Do you know someone who should be recognized for their contribution to the hobby? There are many within the rockhounding community who have done much to advance the hobby and to help out others. Since we are a group of volunteer organizations, everything only gets done because people are willing to give. If you think someone in your organization deserves some recognition, then nominate them by either:

Writing an e-mail to the CCFMS, or
Filling in the Award Nomination Form and mailing it in to CCFMS, or
Discuss this person with your club executive.

Don't forget to recognize businesses, landowners, government employees or quarry operators who have been friends to rockhounds. Without them, we would not be able to operate as we do.  


CCFMS Awards Program Process

1) Generally, awards shall be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), or at some other acceptable form such as a club show, or a particular club meeting - depending on the award being handed out.

2) The President and any board member may place names for awards as well as clubs can make recommendations to any member of the executive, or at the annual meeting i.e. Service Award or Industry Award.

3) The President and the executive will then review the names submitted and vote accordingly if necessary. (This does not necessarily mean at the annual meeting.)


Showmanship: Key to great displays

Showmanship is the ability of the exhibitor to use the material, lighting arrangement, placing and labeling, to create a display, which will be educational and will attract and hold the interest of the viewer.

Cleanliness:- Do not display a dusty or finger printed specimen or case. Material should be clean as possible with emphasis on the perfection and rarity of the article with correct nomenclature and if rare, brief historic information to make it more interesting to the layman. Be neat, display with no lint, dust or foreign objects to distract the viewer’s observation.

Lighting -Some items are best viewed with back lighting, spotlights are suitable for large spectacular pieces, but in most cases tube lights directly above or inside each case are best. Check for shadows and suggest do not use mirrors.

Background – Make sure your case is inconspicuous as possible, devoting time to risers (Styrofoam is suitable for background risers and is useful in creating split- levels but all should be covered) and background to keep the eye focused on the subject. Materials used as liners and covers should be of such colour and texture as to enhance rather than detract from the theme of the display.

Riser - Styrofoam is suitable for background risers, stands should be unobtrusive. The use light grays, beige or pastel material to cover the risers with the display offer a variety of backdrops. Suggest you do not use satin (reflects too much light) or pattern material as it detracts from the display. To add interest a piece of driftwood or other devices such as sand can be used -use your imagination.

Arrangement –A display has balance good proportion, pleasing colour harmony, design and suitable background. The eye is trained to read in a straight line or follow a curved graceful line. Specimens can be arranged in geometric patterns, curves ovals so long as it is uncluttered. If you have a prized specimens which you are anxious to show off, give them plenty of space. Overcrowding is a sin.

Balance – a display should have its weight towards the back of the display. Thus all large items naturally go to the back, the more spectacular items specimens towards the centre and smaller items in the foreground. Every good display should have margins. Remember bright colours strike the eye before dull colours and the centre of interest is the centre of your case.

Colour – consider colour of every item you display before deciding where to place it in your case. Never use too many bright colours in one case, and mute them with shades or tints, otherwise you will have a busy or jumpy arrangement



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