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2010 Symposium
(36th Annual Symposium)

October 15-17, 2010

This year's annual symposium is scheduled for October 15-17 and once again will be held at the Red Lion Motel at Kelso, WA.

This year's Symposium theme has been selected as "Minerals of Australia".

We have confirmed renowned and excellent speakers:

  • Penny Williamson  has over 30 years experience as a geological curator in Australian universities.  She is passionate about educating, particularly in promoting the quality and diversity of Australian minerals, and is dedicated to preserving Australia’s mineral heritage.  She has authored articles and given national and international talks about these favourite passions.

    Penny’s first major quality themed mineral display, at the University of Tasmania in 1992, was in honor of her colleague, mineralogist Ramsay Ford, who died suddenly.  In 2000 she had the opportunity to design & execute the display of the Howard Worner Collection at the University of Wollongong.  Howard Worner, editor of  "Minerals of Broken Hill", had the pleasure of seeing his collection permanently displayed for the benefit of all.  Since 2002 Penny has been invited to exhibit Australian minerals at Tucson and Denver Mineral Shows.  She coordinated Tucson’s "Minerals Down Under" in 2007 and Munich’s "Australia" in 2008.

  • John Sobolewski  is Polish by birth and Australian by nationality.  He has been living in the USA for the past 40 years as a professor and administrator at several research universities in the USA.  He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Computer Science.  He started mineral collecting in Australia at the age of 12 and now that he is retired, he is working on getting rid of unwanted specimens and cataloging his collection.  He believes that the hobby has allowed him to keep his sanity while working at academic institutions.

  • Harvey Jong  was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and moved to Arizona in 1983.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from M.I.T. and a Master of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara; both degrees are in electrical engineering.  After working in the microprocessor industry for over 17 years, he decided to pursue his passions for photography and minerals.  He started a digital media studio, Digital Panoramas, that specializes in virtual reality, and he collects carbonate minerals with a special focus on rhodochrosite.  He is the Secretary for the Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum Foundation.

  • Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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The 2010 registration form (118KB) is stored in Adobe® Acrobat Reader PDF format.  You may download a free copy of the viewer from ADOBE.  Click here Acrobat Reader Icon, select "Download", and follow the instructions.

Symposium Committee Members:

    George Gerhold
    ggerhold @
Facilities Coordinator
    Le Snelling
    csnellin @
Set up / Tear down / Audio-Visual
    Wes Gannaway
    debnwes @
Speakers / MC
    Allan Young
    allanyoung @
    Ray Lasmanis
    ray.lasmanis @
    Karen and Gary Hinderman
    gkmhind @ comcast,net
    Al Liebetrau
    liebetrauam @

Past Symposium Topics can be found on this link.

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