Mineralogical Society
Southern California


MSSC Annual Banquet

January 13th, 2018

Social Hour 5:30 pm: Dinner 6:30 pm: Program 7:30 pm

Oak Tree Room (next to Coco’s)

1150 West Colorado Boulevard

Arcadia, CA 91007

Program : Not so Quick Trip through China

and the 4th International Mindat Conference – Myanmar

Presented by Bill Besse

About us…

The Mineralogical Society of Southern California is dedicated to the dissemination of a general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study and collecting of mineral specimens. Organized in 1931, it is the oldest mineralogical society in the western United States.
The MSSC is a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports the Pasadena City College Geology Department, its associated Dana Club,, and the Field Science Scholarship Fund. Support is also given to the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History and Mindat.
The MSSC is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

About the Program:  Not so Quick Trip through China and the 4th International Mindat Conference – Myanmar Presented by Bill Besse

Bill Besse has been a mineral collector since about 1971 when a college classmate suggested they go collecting. He eventually got an MS (Geology) from California State University Los Angeles. He worked over 20 years as manager for Rock Currier at Jewel Tunnel Imports. As member of the MSSC for many years, he held many positions, including: show chairman, Bulletin editor, and President. He was the original webmaster for the MSSC website, mineralsocal.org. Since 1997, he has been the Associate Cartographer for Rocks & Minerals magazine. He now resides near Tucson, Arizona.

In 2016, he and a few friends decided to go to the 4th International Mindat Conference in Myanmar (formerly Burma). Several gem mines were visited in the Mogok area. To get acclimatized to the change in time zones, the group decided to leave a few days before the conference. This turned into 12 days in China, visiting several mineral areas.

Upcoming Events
  • January 26-28- 53rd annual Pacific Micromount Conference
  • February 16-Larry & Leslie – Opals Part 2
  • March 9th- Walton Wright: Continental Drift/ Plate Tectonics
  • March 25th MSSC Board Meeting at the Carter residence
  • April 13th- Pete Goetz: American Opal Society

The MSSC is pleased to offer:

X-Dana Mineral Spreadsheet