All of the contest forms below are fillable .doc forms. This means you can download the forms to your computer, fill them in by typing the information into the form on your computer, then save it to your computer and print out a hard copy. You can also simply download the forms, print them, and fill in by hand.
All American Club Award Program
NOTE: For 2022 RMFMS entry must be received by DeLane Cox, RMFMS All American Club Competition Chair by February 15, 2022. This early date will allow for judging and then forwarding the top three onto the AFMS Chair.
The All-American Club Award was established to encourage clubs to share their activities and expertise with other clubs within their respective regions and with the clubs of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. This was done by the seven regional federations and the AFMS in 1967. It was also meant to provide an organized approach to an historical record of a club’s activities and provide a means for national recognition of these exceptional clubs.
The Award focuses on the efforts of each club to be a good neighbor, support other clubs and government initiatives, and provide an avenue of learning and growth for its members, among other things. Each report is read and judged for completeness and quality, as well as inclusion of those activities thought to make a well-rounded club. This is not a competition between clubs, but rather a competition of each club against a ‘national standard’, established by a committee of judges and regional chairmen.
The Award is broken into two categories: large clubs (100 members or more) and small clubs (less than 100 members). Junior clubs with five or more members can also submit entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are given, based on a point-count system.
Web Site (aka Webmaster) Contest
Webmasters, please consider entering the RMFMS Website Contest. This is a great opportunity to have your web site evaluated by winning website judges to help improve your web site.
Your club Website serves several functions. Three of the major functions of the Website are:
(1) Attract new members
(2) Provide member information
(3) Assist the Club in fulfilling the Club’s Mission.
This includes public advertising of club activities such as show, rock swaps, and meeting and guest speakers. Advertising is only one of the many functional capabilities to be assigned to the Website. Most clubs have the mission of educating the public, and they find that providing educational materials and links to educational sites for geologic and Earth Science information is a good use for the Website. Therefore, most of the items in this contest are emphasizing these items. This contest attempts to determine the effectiveness of the club’s Website in providing information for these goals, not to determine the quality or capabilities of the club.
2022 Contest Forms (2022 Guidelines, Application and Scoresheet)
Important: To enter the 2022 Website Contest, please use only the 2022 Website Contest Entry Form and 2022 Website Contest Score Sheet. Also, be sure to use Adobe Reader (or Adobe Acrobat) version 9 or newer when filling out the forms. Those versions allow you to fill in the blanks, save the results, and then go back and edit the documents later if needed.
Bulletin Editors Contest
The contest guidelines for the RMFMS Bulletin Editors contest are the same as
the guidelines for AFMS with one exception. RMFMS has an additional Features
category (Photo Collage) that AFMS does not have.
Please use the updated guidelines and fillable entry forms below, which are
designed specifically for RMFMS. You will notice that the new entry forms have
spaces highlighted in blue. The old forms had spaces highlighted in green. If you
do not have a computer, you should be able to access the same information by
going to your public library, visiting the RMFMS website, and printing the pages of
the contest information you want. You can also find some helpful articles on the
AFMS website at www.amfed.org.
Contest Fillable Forms (aka Judging Sheets)
AFMS Uniform Rules for Display Entrants (AFMS Website)
The following are sample forms for display entries. These, or something similar, will be made available prior to RMFMS conventions by the hosting organization. These samples are provided here so you can get an idea of what is likely to be asked on the official forms.