Our next meeting is May 13, 2017
Elections are this June, all positions are available.
Elections will be held at our June meeting. All positions are currently open. We are looking for a new President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested or know someone to nominate for one of these positions, contact us at email@example.com.
Memorial Day is around the corner and we all know what that means...
The CGMA Show Needs Volunteers!!
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!
Kane County Fairgrounds
525 S Randall Rd., St Charles, IL 60174
The show is on Saturday May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2017, do notice the new location. What can you do to help out? Just plain out work the show. For 3 hours of work, you get free admission into the show, plus, a nifty t-shirt. You can be a demonstrator at the show and showcase your talents. Can't be there but still want to help? How about filling a display case. We have people that can set it up for you if you can't get there. Not only would you be volunteering on the club's behalf, but you would also be bringing in funds for the club. Club members who want to help out at the show can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clubs of CGMA are Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society (Skokie), West Suburban Lapidary Club (Elmhurst), Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI, Glen Ellyn), South Suburban Earth Science Club (Park Forest), Des Plaines Valley Geological Society (Des Plaines), Elgin Rock Club (Elgin), and Northeast Illinois Gold Prospectors (Mokena).
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Our newsletter, The Pick And Dop Stick, is always looking for new submissions. If you have an article you would like to submit to the newsletter, a news item, pictures of one of your rockhound adventures, or another contribution, please send it to Rachele.Best@yahoo.com. We welcome all kinds of contributions!
Talk About Digging Things Up!
The club has recently come across old newsletters. We are in the process of digitizing them for posterity's sake. I thought it would be great to post the very first newsletter of our club here for all to see. This newsletter was originally mimeographed (remember the smell of mimeographed pages!) and later zeroxed. With some time and effort, it was scanned in and cleaned up. Click here to see what was going on in the club in October of 1946.
Get Your Tickets Here!!
Be our guest at the International Gem and Jewelry Show, May 5-7, 2017, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. Just download and print our special "Free Admission" ticket to the show. Fill out the form and bring it to the show. For more information about the show visit the month of May in our events calendar. (Tickets are now for 1 person only to enter the show.) Click here to get your free ticket.
Did you miss our February meeting?
At our February meeting, our very own geologist, Ben Chorn, talked to us about Montana Agates. If you missed the meeting, like so many others who decided the warmth of Arizona and the Tucson Show were calling, you are in luck! Ben taped his presentation just for you. See it here or on YouTube. He has also inspired me to add a new page to the website under "References" called "Video Presentations". Get the popcorn ready & enjoy the show!!
Geo Juniors are having thier own meetings!
Starting this September, the Geo Juniors are having their own meetings. The kids' meetings are from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm on the same evenings as our regular meetings, the second Saturday of the month. These budding rockhounds will be learning all about what it take to become one. At the meetings, they will be working on badge work, helping to design and build their website, geojuniors.com, related crafts and a host of other things to help them become the newest generation of rockhounds.
The Latest from the ALAA
The ALAA (American Lands Access Association) is the lobbying arm of the American Federation, working on behalf of rockhounds to keep public lands open and accessible to all, including the elderly and handicapped. Click here to read a few of the hot topics they are working on right now for rockhounds like us. For more information about who they are, a full list of what they are working on on, to become a member, or get involved, visit their website at: http://www.amlands.org/.
Who needs to band together to fight public land closures?
hikers, bikers, rafters, hunters, rock hounds, fishermen/women, equestrians, campers, prospectors, miners, boaters, dirt bikes, rock crawlers, loggers, kayakers, astronomers, bird watchers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, rock climbers, marksmen/women, 4x4s, nature photographers, jeep racers, mushroom collectors, long-range shooters, ranchers/grazers, rural communities