Rockbusters Ball – November 17, 2012

Title: Rockbusters Ball 2012

Location: Columbine Country Club

Publication: The Outcrop, January 2013, p. 16

The 90th Anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists was held November 17th at Columbine Country Club. The Awards dinner was a celebration of people and events through the year. Nine were honored with special awards:

Catherine Campbell – Distinguished Service to RMAG
Kirk Johnson and Ian Miller – Journalism – “Digging Snowmastadon: Discovering and Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies”
Larry Anna – Distinguished Service to RMAG
Jerry Cuzella – Honorary Member of RMAG
Neil Sharp – Distinguished Service to RMAG
Tim Ryan – Distinguished Public Service
Orion Skinner – Explorer of the Year
Doug Waples – Outstanding Scientist
Larry Rasmussen – President’s Special Award

More than 100 people attended, with a noticeable increase in our younger members – it was a chance to dress-up a little and socialize. The Don Stone Trio gave us really fine jazz, and we sampled fine cuisine and we had a mellow evening. Plus we enjoyed numerous door-prizes supplied by generous donors. Ron Pritchett – the MC for the evening – delivered a few of the world’s best jokes, though opinions vary. RMAG President Pete Varney reminded us of the important and solemn tasks that attend professional geologists, though most of us were ready to party.

The Rockbusters Ball is no simple event. The blend of activities includes introductions of RMAG officers, awards, door prizes and table-prizes, a rock-candy bar, announcements, disco-dancing, jazz, dinner, a photo-booth and a party crowd near their best behavior. In smooth organization of all this, we credit the RMAG Staff: Emily Tompkins and Carrie Veatch, with help from the Professional Awards Committee.

The Rockbusters Ball is designed to give RMAG members a year-end event for meeting, greeting, and remembering the good works of hard-working geologists. Make plans to attend in November 2013, and count on an enjoyable evening.