As a member of GMS you will enjoy the many activities our club sponsors:
Benefits of Membership
Field Trips: There is at least one GMS sponsored field trip per month and one DMC field trip. In addition, we are often invited to join other clubs on their field trips.
Workshop: Once you are certified by one of our instructors, you can practice your lapidary skills in the workshop at the GMS bulding!
For Kids: GMS has a group (Junior Section) specifically for children! Several times a year there are special field trips and educational events just for the children in the club.
Special Interests: Special interest groups called sections meet monthly or bi-monthly, so whatever your interests may be, there is a section (or 2) for you -- Micromount, Mineral, Gem, Fossil, and Sand!
Special Events: Throughout the year you can look forward to one of our special events!
GMS Building: The club's permanent home is a perfect place for general membership meetings (7:30, first Monday every month), section meetings, workshops, auctions, parties -- whatever we dream up!
Library: The GMS building has a library full of rock, gem, mineral, and fossil books plus maps too!
Camaraderie: One of the most important benefits of membership is being with people who have the same interests as you do!
$25 for one year membership (single or family*).
Dues (New and Renewal)
$35 for one year membership that includes an additional $10 for printed, postal mailed copies of the newsletter (total of $35).
The electronic edition of the newsletter "Tips and Trips" is included FREE with all memberships.
*Family memberships are for people living under the same roof. This includes children of all ages residing with parents, relatives, and extended family. Children younger than 18 years of age are considered junior members.
If you have any questions regarding GMS membership status or have changes in mailing address, telephone number, or email address, please send email to
Topaz var. imperial topaz : Vermelhão Mine, Saramenha, Ouro Preto, Mucury Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil, by Parent Géry [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Citrine with rutile inclusions, Brazil
By Parent Géry [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Welcome, New Members!
Welcome new members! We have had a lot going on in the past month. I hope you have been able to enjoy some of our many field trips and meetings. We will have quite a bit going on in November as well. I can’t wait to see you all out there.
November has two birthstones, Topaz and Citrine. They are both known for their calming energy and are thought to bring warmth and good fortune to those who wear them. The two have been mistaken for each other quite commonly throughout history. Citrine is a yellow to brownish orange. Citrine occurs rarely in nature, so most of what you see on the market is amethyst that has been heat treated. While topaz is commonly yellow, it also comes in every other color of the rainbow. The most prized color is imperial topaz, which is orange with pink undertones.
Executive Vice President Membership
[You can see a list of new members and birthdays in the November Tips and Trips -- webmaster]
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