Shell Club to hold meeting
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club will meet on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel; it will be preceded by a silent auction of shells from 1:30 and 2 p.m. Club member and former Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Board Chair Clair Beckmann will show pictures of shells collected on dozens of collecting trips around the world in a presentation, called “Shells from A (Africa) to V (Venezuela) and the ABC’s of How You may find them on your vacation.” Her first collecting trip was to Fiji with the club over 20 years ago. She has had encounters with airport security who claimed a large murex was a lethal weapon, has been extorted by armed Philippine soldiers for being in a van without seat belts, has bunked on a freezing WW2 barge off the coast of Columbia to shell in Panama, and has had to buy back her camera from natives who expropriated it from a kayak in Fiji. Beckmann also will share her many tips for how to figure out where to find shells when you are on vacation, who and how to ask for help before your trip, and once you are abroad how to maximize your shell finding experiences. Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. The meeting are free and open to the public.