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End of Year Banquet

Saturday June 1 at 6:00 PM.
American Postal Workers Union Hall
4409 West Alva Street
Tampa, FL 33614

President's Message

2018-2019 Season Comes to an End… Almost!

It feels like just yesterday that we were busy making plans to start TBFC’s season, and just like that, it’s nearly over. We are beginning to wrap things up, but there are still plenty of events left before TBFC takes a much deserved summer hiatus. If you’re new to TBFC you may not know that we shut down for the summer. TBFC will host our end of the season dinner on June 1, but there will be no regular monthly meetings held in June, July, or August. That doesn’t mean we’re finished though. This will be your last edition of the Chronicles (newsletter) for this season, so be sure to check the calendar and field trip pages as there are still a few TBFC events remaining.

The Badlands
Kim Westberry
May 4, 2019

Kim Westberry is a Florida native who has been hunting fossils for twenty years. She served as president for the Manasota Fossil Club for several years, and became a Board Member for the Southwest Florida Fossil Club for two years. First Kim began hunting for fossils in Florida rivers, land sites, quarries, and beaches. That evolved into hunting for fossils all over the United States.

In 2010 Kim started hunting the Nebraska Badlands with Frank Garcia. She continued fossil hunting, learning bone identification, classification of fossil animals, and fossil preservation with Garcia until the fall of 2015. In the spring of 2016, she began hunting on her own on several new ranchesthe White River Badlands inNebraska.

Have you ever wondered what it was like hunting in the Badlands?How do you know what to look for?How do you prepare it for removal, and transportation?What does it look like all prepped out?Take a trip with Kim to the Badlands at the May meeting. See what it's like to discover, protect, and preserve Oligocene fossils!

TBFC’s End of the Season Banquet
June 1

Don’t let the “banquet” thing impress you too much. It’s just a fancy word for TBFC’s annual, end of the season, informal dinner, and get together (with a scholarship presentation, fossil auction, and some door prizes thrown in for good measure). It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a member of TBFC for ten years or ten minutes, everyone’s invited. The dinner is a great opportunity for fossil friends old and new to get together for a final evening of fun and fossil tales as we wrap up the 2018-2019 season. And there’s always a bunch of great fossils and “paleo” related items in the auction (if you have anything you’d like to donate, just bring it along to the dinner). This is a great event for the entire family and cheap too.

We’ll cater in spaghetti, pizza, wings, salads, dessert and drinks. The cost is just $7 per person which makes for an inexpensive family outing.

TBFC’s End of the Season Banquet will be held at the American Postal Workers Union Hall, 4409 West Alva Street, Tampa Florida 33614 at 6PM on June 1. This location is about a mile from Raymond James Stadium.

RSVP is not required, just show up and pay at the door. But… If you do know in advance that you will be attending, please send me an email to let me know (fossilnerd@msn.com). This will help out a lot with knowing how much food to have on hand when everyone arrives. Don’t miss it! This really, really, is the last event of the season, whew!

Closed for Summer

As I close this edition of the Tampa Bay Fossil Chronicles, the 2018-2019 season comes to an end for this publication. As I have reported to you many times in the past, it is an honor and a privilege to serve and represent the Tampa Bay Fossil Club and its fine members.

I want to thank the great support staff behind me in the Officers, Directors, and many of you members who volunteer to help TBFC excel to the exceptional level it has in both the public and scientific communities. Without all of you, none of what TBFC accomplishes each season would be possible.

Thanks for the adventure TBFC!
Mike Searle
President 2001- Present