Grab Bag Work Day will be Wednesday October 7 …12:00 to 4:00
At Sue Shrader’s House. Call Sue for any questions 803-736-9317
7719 Wessex Lane
Columbia, SC 29223
Bring yellow street signs to the meeting to be updated
Bring rocks, fossils, shark’s teeth, and crystals to the meeting for grab bags.
Pass out show flyers and post on social media.
Volunteer Sign-up Sheets will be at the September meeting and in the newsletter.
TheGem Stone Connectionby Louis Dezeran (first President of the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society), published in South Carolina Wildlife Magazine January/February 1978
Workshop IS CURRENTLY under Construction!!!!
MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!
To use the rock saws or cabochon machines...call Gary Hert 794-9362. Please provide as much advance notice as possible. Gary’s work schedule varies from week to week. Plus the equipment is being held temporarily at a Club members home and we will need to coordinate a time for the work!
Refer to the checklist prior to using the equipment. The checklist has reminders about important aspects of equipment operation in order to keep them in good operating condition.
$ To Be Determined per hour workshop user fee for all use of the workshop including classes. You must have paid your 2015 dues in order to use the workshop.
For more information call Fred Meetze at 803 -360-7114
Meetings the second Monday of the month at Fred Meetze's workshop, please call Fred if you plan to attend.
GravesMountain "Rock Swap and Dig"
"You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!"
Friday October 2, , 2015
Saturday 3, October , 2015
Sunday October 4, , 2015
The caretaker in charge of GravesMountain, Clarence Norman Jr., has announced plans to hold two three day digs and rock swaps on the Mountain during the current year. He will have the mountain open to collecting from to each day. All participants must stop at the welcome table in the Hospitality tent to sign a liability release and make a small contribution to defray the cost of opening the mountain and providing port-o-lets. There will be several golf cart type, four wheeled vehicles available to transport those participants who have trouble walking long distances. The dig will cease and everyone is expected to be off the mountain by around each day. Participants will be allowed to park in a designated area on the mountain.
Rock Swap and Hot Food/Drinks: Junior will set aside an area in the upper parking lot for tables to be setup for daily rock swaps. Anyone who would like to setup a table(s), please contact Junior at the phone numbers listed below. Hot food cooked on the grill, cold drinks and chips will be available for purchase on the mountain during all three days of these events. Don't forget to bring some extra money to buy the special "Graves Mountain Rock Swap and Dig" T-shirt!
THESE DIGS ARE OPEN TO ALL. NO NEED TO SIGN-UP, JUSTSHOW UP FOR ALL "ROCK SWAP AND DIGS"! Mark your calendar and tell all your friends about these great events!
Contact Information: Clarence Norman Jr. (Junior) - 706.359.1544 (his business) or 706.401.3173 (his cell)
GravesMountain is accessible and open for mineral collecting by colleges, universities, and gem and mineral societies. Groups as small as two INDIVIDUAL mineral collectors can now reserve the mountain!
All of the mineral societies that come here to collect, offer the caretaker Clarence “ Junior ” Norman a donation for his trouble and effort in keeping the mountain open and assessable to them. Please consider what it is worth to your mineral society to be able to field collect minerals at Georgia's premiere mineral location!
GravesMountain code of conduct!
Park your vehicle in the designated area(at the end of the paved access road but not much beyond the woods to the right of this road).
NO child under the age of 12 years old is to be allowed on the mountain because of all the dangers involved. ALL CHILDREN WILL BE ALLOWED DURING THE "Rock Swap and Digs" IF EACH CHILD IS UNDER STRICT ADULT SUPERVISION!
ALL pets must be kept under control and on a leash.
The caretaker, Junior Norman, has final and absolute say as to where you may safely work.
Ladders or power tools of any kind will not be allowed. (HAND TOOLS ONLY!)
STAY AWAY FROM ALL HIGH WALLS!!
NO REPELLING OFF OF ANYTHING!
NO ONEIS ALLOWED TO DRIVE THEIR VEHICLE ON ANY PART OF GRAVESMOUNTAIN BEYOND THE PARKING AREA! (The caretaker must accompany anyone driving beyond the parking area!)
EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE OFF THE MOUNTAIN BY DUSK. (Absolutely no one is allowed on GravesMountain after dark.)
Area Gem Shows
September 18-20—Richmond, VA:Retail show; Treasures of the Earth, Inc., Richmond Raceway Complex; 600 E Laburnum Ave.; Displays and demonstrations by the Richmond Gem & Mineral Society ; Jane Westbrook (804) 285-4281; e-mail:
; Web site: www.treasuresoftheearth.com
Sept. 25 - 27, 2015Jacksonville, FL 27th Annual Show Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society in conjunction with
1st Annual Florida Faceters Frolic, Hosted by the TOMOKA FACETERS GUILD Morocco Shrine Auditorium 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224 web site : www.jaxgemandmineral.org/ Show contact: Jason Hamilton, Show Chair, 904-294-4744,
http://www.jaxgemandmineral.org/show.htmlTom Mitchell 352-446-4866
October 2 – 4, Dallas, NC 37th Annual Gaston Gem & Mineral Show Dallas, NCGaston County Park 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, DallasNC. 28034 (HWY 279) or GPS 120 Leisure Lane, Dallas, NC28034Rick Perkins, (704) 915-8366; e-mail:
October 9-11—Huntsville, AL: Annual show; Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society, JayceeCommunity Center; 2180 Airport Rd. Lowell Zoller, (256) 534-8803;
; Web site: www.huntsvillegms.org
October 16-18—Franklin, NC: Retail show; Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC, Robert C. Carpenter Community Building; 1288 Georgia Road; 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree Linda Harbuck, (800) 336-7829;
; : www.visitfranklinnc.com
November 20 – 22, Columbia, SC
The Columbia, SC Gem & Mineral Society will hold its