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Posted in response to Re: Re: MAGMA type club in New England from Timothy on July 25, 2007 at 22:03:33:

Re: Re: Re: MAGMA type club in New England

Hi Joe,

I couldn't agree with you more about that group being a cult, although this term should only be applied to its core members. From my own personal experience (yes, I have been out with them on more than one occasion), the majority of the group's members are new to rockhounding and are unaware of the rotten behavior of some of the more hardcore "cultish" members. The same ignorance could also be said about the editor of R&G, who lives on the west Coast. I just checked out their message board and the following is an actual typical message that was posted by a core member:


And if you'd like to judge the character of the group's leader, the following is a typical example of his charm:

"I would like to know who you talked to at the Crabtree this weekend, and i'm curious why my name came up as I was not there, my book does not give anyone special permission to collect there only info on how to get there etc. this person obviously does not know me very well, if he would like to call me a "moron" to my face we'll see how he likes eating through a straw for the next 6 weeks, as usual another mouthy mf when talking about someone behind their back!"

Cult, you say? Check out another actual message posted by the leader of the pack:

" seems that recently, within the past few months, there have been a lot of side trips planned and members from this site have been asked rountinely to cancel their plans for the MAGMA trips to attend the other trips, I don't care where people want to dig, and they can do what they like, as long as it does not involve splitting our members into two different groups, that is not the purpose of this club, and as long as I have to take the time to plan club trips, monitor this board and make sure the clubs best interests are #1, nobody is going to use this site as a billboard for their mine, no matter who it is!, . . . This subject is not up for debate, if there are members who feel that they cannot support our club in its efforts to conduct activities as a club without trying to pull everyone in different directions, then I suggest that those members find another board to join. . . I will not send an email or a private message to explain my actions, and if it continues to happen, I will simply remove that person from the members list."

I don't have an axe to grind against this group as a whole. But rockhounds who would otherwise be unaware should know that it group has more than its fair share of detractors. Applying the MAGMA model elsewhere is a very BAD idea.


From Greg P. - July 26, 2007 at 12:09:59

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