Fredericksburg Rockhounds Home Page

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds, a non-profit organization for the study and enjoyment of gems, minerals, and fossils, was founded in 1968. We are affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) and the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS). In addition to informative and fun meetings with door prizes and guest speakers every month, we have— Frequent field trips for rock hunting, museum visits, etc. Rock Swaps Annual gem, mineral, & fossil show (in mid-January, indoors) Annual Picnic (June) Christmas Party (December, of course) We hold our meetings at 7:00 P.M. on the first Monday of each month at the Golden Hub Senior Center [view map], 1009 N Lincoln, Fredericksburg, Texas (except in June, when we have our annual picnic). Visitors are always welcome! For more Club information and history (PDF format), click HERE. For a printable, 2-sided trifold brochure (PDF format) click on BW or COLOR For a printable membership application (PDF format), click HERE. We also have a copy of our CONSTITUTION online (a PDF file).

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– Golden Spread Gem & Mineral Society

The Golden Spread Gem & Mineral Society is proud to announce 2011’s president is Roy Finley of Roy’s Rock Shop in Claude, TX.  He was elected by his peers, out of 30 eligible members of The Golden Spread Gem & Mineral Society.  His wife Wanda is the Golden Spread Gem & Mineral Society Show Chairman as well as GSGMS Editor.  They are vendors at 5 shows a year spanning the Northwest and Central regions of Texas.  When asked how he got involved in such a rare hobby, “My grandfather introduced me to this hobby, when I was about 5 and I never lost interest.”  Roy likes to cut and polish mostly, but he’s very actively involved in the rock hobby and business.   People regularly drive to Claude just to pick out a few ‘rocks’ from him.  Something that may suprise you about Roy is that he is also a State Licensed Home Inspector.   The family has Finley Furs in Claude as well.  No one is ever suprised to find Roy busy tumbling a 10 lb batch of slabs and cutting someone a rare treasure.  He is 62 and stays as busy as ever. Congratulations on being elected president and thank you for taking the time to continue improving the Golden Spread Gem and Mineral Society.  We are honored to have you as president!

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Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society

Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Corpus Christi Texas welcomes you! We are a section 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization for the study and enjoyment of gems, minerals, and fossils.  We were founded in 1953. GCGMS’ Mission The purpose of the society is to promote popular interest and education in the various earth sciences, in particular those dealing with the art of lapidaries and the science of minerals, fossils, and their associated fields.  The society encourages study in these subjects through presentation of public exhibits, field trips for exploration, study and collection of specimens, the presentation of lectures, illustrated programs, demonstrations, and similar programs.  We cooperate with educational/scientific institutions and other groups engaged in increasing knowledge in the earth sciences.  The Owen Hopkins Memorial Kid’s Rock Camp was established by the society to continue Owen’s longtime passion to educate our youth and stimulate their interest in the earth sciences.

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Houston Gem & Mineral Society

The Houston Gem & Mineral Society not only has eight Special Interest Sections (Paleo, Mineral, Lapidary, Faceting, Day Light, Beading, Archaeology, and Youth) meeting on a monthly basis, it also holds a monthly General Meeting during which Club business is conducted. All members are encouraged to attend. The General Meeting is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7:30, and much effort goes into the selection of great programs. The clubhouse is located at 10805 Brooklet, Houston, Texas 77099. Visitors are encouraged, and they are welcome at all of our meetings. You’ll be glad you came! To see a map with our location, click on the “Our Location” link found near the top of this page. Scroll down for information about the General Meeting and the eight special interest Sections. Photo galleries and information sheets are available with most of them. Run your mouse arrow over the photographs and over the links. If the arrow changes to a hand while over a photo or over a link, click on it to see the attached file.   (The SCFMS, AFMS, and ALAA logos can be seen above on the right, and clicking on them links you to their Web sites.)   General Meeting General Meeting Monthly meeting during which Club business is conducted and members from all Sections can get together. A great program follows the business meeting. Clicking on the General Meeting link (above) accesses information about the General Meetings. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos. Archaeology Section The Archaeology Section is the newest HGMS section. It originated as the Archaeology Group in 2010 and was recognized as a Section in 2011. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting focuses on a different archeological topic, and members are encouraged to bring interesting artifacts to show. They are very active and have many field trips each year. Click on the link above to learn more about the Archaeology Section, and click on the points (on the left) for additional information. Interesting Archaeology Links Beading Section Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. A new project is presented almost every month. At our meetings, all levels of expertise are available to assist beginner to advanced. Please come join us. The exhibit case holds many beading projects completed by the members and was displayed at the 2008 HGMS Show. Photos of Beading Section cases displayed during past shows can be seen on the Annual Show page. Interesting Beading Links Day Light Section The Day Light Section of the HGMS consists of members who find it difficult to attend the evening meetings of the Society. Our daytime meetings are usually hands-on with the members working on projects in paleontology, lapidary, jewelry making, silversmithing, and faceting. Occasionally our meetings are travelogues when a member has an interesting trip to relate to the group. We are a social group and always welcome visitors and new members. Clicking on the Day Light Section link accesses information about the Section. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos. Interesting Day Light Links Faceting Section The HGMS Faceting Section meets every second Wednesday at the HGMS clubhouse. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. We would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to our meetings! To see the upcoming topics for the Faceting Section meetings, click on the Upcoming Programs link (near the top of this page) to see information for the various Sections and the General Meeting–then scroll down to the Faceting Section. Faceting Information Interesting Faceting Links Lapidary The Lapidary Section is interested in working stone and metal into finished works of art, craft, and jewelry. This Section includes beginners, experts, and every level in between. The shop in the clubhouse has all the tools you might need to get started, and expert advice is never in short supply. Interesting Lapidary Links Lapidary Section R.O.L.E. Program Lapidary Templates Lapidary Fieldtrips Lapidary Silversmithing Lapidary Projects Mineral Section We are a group of collectors interested in studying minerals in their natural unmodified state, which also includes learning about where and how they are found, how they were formed in the ground, and how they can be extracted from the rocks that shelter and conceal them. Our members range from “pepple pups” just starting their collections to experienced amateur mineralogists whose breadth of knowledge serves as the backbone of the Study Section’s resources. We also have a library that contains mineral-related books, magazines, and articles available for study and research. Clicking on the Mineral Section link accesses information about the Section. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos. Interesting Mineral Links Paleontology The Paleo Section features meetings, programs, classes, trips, and publications concerning fossils. We exchange

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LGMS: Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society 

Whether you’re a gemology or geology professional or just a kid who likes pet rocks If you look for unpolished jewels in unexpected places … if you can’t resist a good treasure hunt … If you dig hiking and would hike to dig … If you are interested in the art of jewelry making …If you are interested in geology and earth sciences …. or if you just plain LOVE rocks … You’ve come to the right web site. The Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society is dedicated to furthering the study of Geology and Earth Sciences in the West Texas region. Our membership ranges from retirees all the way to toddlers — and we always enjoy learning and providing quality educational experiences for our members and the community at large. If you’re interested, please browse our site. You are welcome to attend a meeting the first Tuesday of any month for free! Don’t be shy — we are glad to have you. JOIN THE CLUB ONLINE TODAY Apply for Membership Here Don’t forget to visit our next Meeting on the First Tuesday of next month at Forrest Heights Methodist Church in Lubbock! You don’t have to be a member to attend – visitors are welcome. Come Tonight to Learn About Faceting Stones! September 6, 2016 Uncategorized EdynLewis   No Comments. Dave Swartz will be giving an exciting presentation on faceting tonight – don’t miss it. For tonight’s competition, the JALAF for this evening is  “Mostly Black.” Bring out your obsidians, tuxedo agates, jets, and other ebony stones for all to see. Share this: READ MORE Showcase Your Talents at the SPF August 23, 2016 events, LGMS Youth EdynLewis   No Comments. The South Plains Fair will be from September 23rd to October 1st this year. As usual there is a Crafts and Hobbies section for those interested in displaying their crafts and possibly winning an award for their skills. In Division 60 – Jewelry there are seven categories. 6000 – Belt Buckles 6001 – Bolo 6002 […]

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Midland Gem and Mineral Society – MGMS

Home Welcome to the Midland Gem and Mineral Society. If you’re interested in geology, collecting rocks and natural artifacts, cutting and polishing rocks into gemstones, or faceting jewels, jewelry making, and meeting people with the same interests then you’ve come to the right place. Welcome! We are so excited to show you the kaliedoscopic landscape of Gems & Minerals as seen through the eyes of the Midland Gem & Mineral Society. Within Midland Gem & Mineral Society, we endeavor to provide you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and friendship to more fully pursue your love of gem’s & minerals through meetings, classes, shows, workshops, mentoring, and community.

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Oak Cliff Gem and Mineral Society

Oak Cliff Gem and Mineral Society                                                              Important Permanent Change: Our new permanent monthly meeting location is :   OAK CLIFF UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH                                     3839 W KEIST BLVD                                     Dallas , Texas 75233             Contact: Bill Candler: 214-801-9997 or bill@bcandler.com             Chuck Mcrae: chuck@mcraestudios.net             Matt Reiser: 214-870-3939 or reiserdallas@sbcglobal.net Monthly Meetings:                                                                                                                        Every 4th Tuesday                                                                                                      (7:30 – 9:30 PM )                                                                                                  Social / Refreshments ( 7:00 to 7:30 )   The Arkansas field trip June 28-29; Photo by: Leanne Sparks

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Paleontological Society of Austin

Paleontological Society of Austin, Texas. Come and join us! We go on monthly field trips and if you enjoy fossils you will have a great time. Children are welcome and many of our field trips are suitable for kids. See the field trip calendar. Join us on Facebook. Purpose: The PSoA is a scientific, non-profit community-based organization devoted to the study of fossils. Our goals are: advancing the state of the science, educating the public, and collecting and identifying fossil specimens. Activities include: monthly meetings, field trips, and newsletters an annual fossil show with educational programs for kids irregular technical publications educational presentations exchanges of specimens and information with amateur and professional paleontologists world-wide The focus is primarily on Texas fossils, fossil collecting in Texas and involvement with Central Texas organizations. PSoA is a member of the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies. Meetings Normally 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM But always check the calendar Austin Gem and Mineral Society (map) 6719 Burnet Lane, Austin, TX 78757 (512) 458-9546 The public is invited. Localities Looking for fossils to collect or just to admire? Follow this link and select Texas from the pulldown list for a map to Austin and Texas fossil localities, organizations, museums, and events. Kids Educational games and activities on the web for children. Fossil Fest 26th Annual Fossil Fest: Nov 19 & 20, 2016  rain or shine. Exhibits, dealers & door prizes. Indoors at Old Settler’s Association Headquarters Highway 79, Round Rock, TX (3 miles east of IH-35, next to Dell Diamond) Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit Starting in Fall 2011, Friends of Big Bend National Park set out to raise $1 million in the coming years to create the Fossil Discovery Trail – a new exhibit space and interpretive trail at the existing Fossil Bone Exhibit site. You can help!

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Piney Woods Gem & Mineral Society – Huntsville, Texas

Piney Woods Gem & Mineral Society Huntsville, Texas A not-for-profit educational organization. Member of the South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies www.pwgms.org The Piney Woods Gem & Mineral Society (PWGMS) meets the 4th Wednesday of each month (except November and December). Next Meeting Date:   To Be Announced. Location:   To Be Announced.   Agenda:   To Be Announced. All who are interested in the earth sciences, rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, and the lapidary arts are invited to attend. Interesting presentations, discussions, and activities for family members of all ages will be offered. Education, show-and-tell, door prizes, raffles, and refreshments at every meeting. For More Information:   Email kdf@texasrockhound.net or call Kevin at (936) 594-9876. Meeting Flyer Membership Application (Membership is Free) *Free download of Adobe PDF Reader* The PWGMS Library – Members may check out books/magazines on a monthly basis.   Links You Might Be a Rockhound If . . .

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Pleasant Oaks Gem and Mineral Club

Welcome to the Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Club of Dallas, Texas Home Page NOVEMBER MEETING – The November 3rd meeting will be at Garland Women’s Activities Building. The presentation will be a video entitled Formation of Minerals, and if time permits, a second video Classification of Minerals. The December 1st meeting will be discussed at the November meeting. Possible options include a dinner get-together at Spring Creek Barbeque or a pot-luck dinner and/or a Christmas Party at the Garland Women’s Activities Building. Pleasant Oaks Gem and Mineral Club of Dallas (POGMC) is organized to promote interest in the various earth sciences, in particular those areas dealing with the science of gems, minerals and fossils, the art of cutting and polishing gemstones, metal crafts, jewelry arts, and all related fields.  The club is a not for profit organization established for charitable and educational purposes. Pleasant Oaks Gem and Mineral Club of Dallas is a member of the “South Central Federation of Mineral Societies” and affiliated with the “American Federation of Mineralogical Societies”. The Pleasant Oaks Gem and Mineral Club publishes a monthly newsletter, the Chips and Chatter.  Recent issues of the Chips and Chatter are available from the internet.  For the latest issue of the Chips and Chatter (November 2016)  in Adobe PDF format, click here. The Pleasant Oaks Gem & Mineral Club of Dallas offers a unique way to learn the various aspects of our rock hound hobby.  Every other meeting we have hands-on sessions which could include mineral identification, wire wrapping, gem tree fabrication, and other basic lapidary skills.  If we are not holding a hands-on session then we will have a guest speaker or other presentation of general interest to all members.  The Clubs also sponsors  field trips and shares these trips with other clubs in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Please spend some time looking around our web site and if you like what you see, visit a meeting – visitors are always welcome.  We would love to share our hobby with you.

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Southwest Gem and Mineral Society San Antonio

Southwest Gem and Mineral Society San Antonio, Texas Latest News Thanks For Stopping By Here’s what’s Happening 56 Years and Still Counting ! The Famous Rock Food Table at Our Show Members presenting to 5th grade students in Outdoor Classroom Our Silent Auction table One of Our Past Shows Become a Fan on our Facebook page

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