The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

April, 2016

It’s a Mystery to Me

The Dry Dredgers welcome Carl Fechko as our featured speaker this month. The title of his program is, “A Mystery Fossil –Historically Significant, Unbelievably Beautiful, and Extremely Interesting.” You will remember Carl from his talk to the Dry Dredgers in November of 2014 when he educated and entertained us with his program on diving for shark teeth and other fossils.

Carl received his B.S. in biology from Xavier University and his Masters in Education from Cleveland State University class of 1988 and has retired after teaching science for 35 years in the Cleveland City Schools. Having taught computer programming at the Cleveland State University College of Education, Carl created the website and is webmaster for The North Coast Fossil Club:

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, April 22, 2016
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
Click here for directions to the meeting room
Click here to see photos of previous meetings.and more info on our meetings

Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

There will be no Beginner’s Class this month as we will be using room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room, as our auction room.

May Field Trip Back to the Ponderosa
by Bob Bross

On Saturday, April 23, at 10:00 AM, we will return to the famed Ponderosa site in southern Ohio. The site exposes fauna of the Bellevue and Corryville Formations. Vinlandostrophia ponderosa, Rafinesquina ponderosa and Hebertella occidentalis can be found here. The site has been nicknamed “Ponderosa Ranch” for its history of fossil bonanzas. Pycnocrinus and Iocrinus crinoids have also been found here as well as Flexicalymene trilobites.

Directions to get to the site can be found in the full April Bulletin that is mailed and emailed to dues-paying members. However, if you are not a member, but would like to join us, please do. We would love to meet you. Email Bill Heimbrock at and he will give you what you need to attend.

Geofair 2016 !
by Anna Ulrich

Geofair is our biggest fund raiser for the year and its time is rapidly approaching. April 30th and May 1st will be our 51st annual show. This year’s theme, Mineral and Fossil Collections of the American Midwest, has attracted new dealers and new exhibitors to the show. We anticipate more spectacular displays by exhibitors than anything we’ve seen in recent years.

If you would like to attend GeoFair this year, and save a little money in the process, sign up to volunteer at the show. Volunteer opportunities will be scheduled in the order that they are received, so submit your volunteer request early at No special skill sets are required to volunteer. Volunteering at the show provides free admission to the show, as well as access to the wholesale area. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up before April 25th.

Annual Auction
by Jack Kallmeyer

The auction is ready to go! The listing of auction items is attached to your E-bulletin. Note that there are no fossils on this list as we didn’t have time to compile them before our deadline. Rest assured, there will be fossils available for bid including trilobites. Of note are numerous books from many State Geological Surveys; despite being from other states, many have Cincinnatian fossils within them. The Dry Dredgers made a special effort to provide a unique item in this auction that was very popular last year - a LEGOŽ Paleontologist. This figure is no longer available from LEGOŽ so we expect this to be very popular again.

We hope that many can join us for our annual fund-raising silent auction. This is our second largest fund raising effort each year. All proceeds go towards our outreach and educational efforts. Items in the auction cover a wide range of values and interests so there should be something for every budget. Items are both adult oriented (no not that kind of adult, the other kind) and child oriented.

Here is how the auction will be run: Preview of items in room 301 will be from 7:15 until the meeting starts at 8:00. Preliminary bidding will be permitted. The final bid process will start after our program at 9:15 and end at 9:45.

Each bid sheet will state if a minimum bid is required and by how much a bid has to be increased. All items will require bid jumps in whole dollars only. To withdraw a bid please draw a line through it rather than erase it. At the end of the auction, winning bidders will bring their items and the bid sheets to Dean Swartz who will handle all payments. Payment must be by cash or check only - no IOUs or Credit cards. If a bidder is unable to pay, the item will then be offered to the next highest bidder at their last bid amount.

Should a winning bidder have to leave before the auction ends, we will inform him by email. The item will be brought to the May meeting for pick-up and payment unless other arrangements are made. We will not ship items.

Any donated item that does not sell becomes the property of the Dry Dredgers unless the donor has previously informed us that the item is to be returned.

More interesting articles are found each month in the Bulletin Emailed to members of the Dry Dredgers. Click here to join.

The password to the members-only area of can be found in the full-version of the bulletin emailed and snail-mailed to paid-up members. Another great reason to join!

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