business meeting and main presentation. In addition, there is a member
showcase where a different club member “struts their
stuff.” There is also a "knowledge box" where members
present information on various topics, such as mineral hardness, what a
Herkimer Diamond is, identification of various kinds of petrified
Our club's purpose of sharing knowledge and interests in Rocks and Minerals is very apparent at club meetings.
Visitors are encouraged to come by and view workshops and have a tour of the clubhouse..
Member Interests: The
Calaveras Gem and Mineral members have diverse interests. Our members
are interested in some or all of the following: cabbing, faceting,
silver smithing, wire warapping,
beading and bead making, enameling, dichroic glass, suiseki, rock
fluorescent minerals, petrified wood and fossils. Some of the
members collect natural crystals, mineral specimens, thumbnails and/or
micromounts while others like jasper, agate and other cutable materials
to make into a finished piece.
Our group has a strong interest in field trips and offers a wide variety of collecting opportunities to its members and through the club
and an affiliated group, the
Co-op. We have a workshop schedule and use of our lapidary shop is convenient and is encouraged for all members.
Other educational endeavors of the club include:
Library - Members are welcome to partake of the club's library with many journals, reference books, and periodicals.
Monthly Newsletter - The club’s bulletin, The Golden Frog,
is published and sent to members monthly (except July and August) to
keep them informed about club activities. The bulletin includes
articles about gems and minerals, lapidary, historical features, safety
and CFMS activities.
County Library Display - The club has had a display case at the local library and hopes to make this a yearly project.
- The Calaveras club is expanding its services and participation beyond
its membership. Club members have given numerous talks to other
Northern California mineral clubs and, earlier this year,
sponsored a CFMS competitive case and judging workshop at its club
meeting and invited surrounding clubs to attend.
Annual Show Displays - There are usually about 80 display cases at the club's
annual gem and mineral show.
Shows also include vendors, demonstrations and special children's
activities. In 2006, the club hosted the California Federation of
Mineralogical Societies (CFMS) statewide show.
members have the option of entering their cases in competition, which
includes cases of visiting exhibitors. By competing, members can learn
how to improve their collection and lapidary skills and, importantly,
their showmanship skills.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please attend a few regular meetings and then fill out and submit an applicaiton for membeship. All
members must be present when voted into the club and we would be happy to welcome
you as a member. Please contact us if you would like additional information about our club.