Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

Summer is here once again!!
Our next meeting is September 12, 2015

Looking for Tully Monsters

Summer is here and our members are off in every direction to find what interests them. Whether it be rocks, minerals or fossils, I'm sure they are digging up something good. Our next meeting is September 12, 2015. Hope to see you all there! Don't forget to bring any unusual or exciting finds for Show & Tell.

Looking for something to do this summer? Don't forget to visit our Events page to see what shows or other events are going on this summer.

Looking for some place to go summer? Visit our Places to Visit page to find a rockhound destination.

Specimen of the Month
— Scolecite With Green Apopyllite —

Specimen of the Month

Glitter Cat Litter

For Cat Lovers...Glitter® Cat Litter

In our April newsletter, Rachele has dug up this amazing cat litter! I know everyone in my house will now be fighting over who cleans the litter box! The geniuses behind Glitter® Litter have added up to one troy ounce of gold to each box of litter. After your feline has done its duty, you can seek your booty through traditional panning methods or with the use of the patented Litter Sluice®. For more information on this cat litter, visit their website:

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.

Special "Thanks"

Our 66th Silent Auction was a HUGE SUCCESS! We had many new visitors this year who heard about our event through publications, our banner outside, club newsletters, and word of mouth. Our success wouldn't have been possible without the support, hard work, and dedication of our members and friends. A heart felt THANK YOU goes out to each and every one of you!!!

In Memoriam...
excerpted from several issues of The Pick and Dop Stick

This year we have lost more that our share of members. Here is a little on more of the members we have lost.

Another one of CRMS's treasured members, Lucille (Lucy) Backus, passed away on February 16, 2015. She and her husband Lyle were fixtures of our club for many years, attending meetings, taking part in field trips, working with the club at shows. While Lyle demonstrated opal cutting, Lucy, who was extremely artistic, demonstrated loom weaving. She also created exquisite pictures using tumbled stones and cabs. For the past few years, health problems have kept them from attending as many club functions as they would have liked.


On November 29, 2014, we lost one of our most dedicated members Dorothy McMahan. She had been an active member of CMRS since the early 1960s. During this time she had held several offices, including President, Editor of The Pick and Dop Stick, and Historian. She and her husband, Mac, were involved in forming the area-wide Chicago Gems and Minerals Association so that the clubs could join and put on a spectacular yearly show. Dorothy also was instrumental in having our club take part in several Chicago Flower Shows where our club displayed "Flowers of the Earth" and, from its inception, the International Gem and Jewelry Show. She has always generously shared specimens, knowledge and the love of our hobby with everyone.


On October 26, 2014, we lost Edith Snyder. Edith was a longtime member of our club, attending almost every meeting for the last thirty years. She diligently helped with hospitality and was always in the kitchen. She loved rock hunting and even smashed a few fingers in her day. Edith was an active member of the Midwest Historical Research Society and always collected pennies for burn victims for Pennies from Heaven through the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance. She loved seeking treasure with her metal detector. Edith's interests and enthusiasm were contagious.

Those we love don't go away.
They walk beside us everyday.
Unseen, unheard but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- Unknown

To each of our guardian rockhound angels, we will miss you.

Geo Juniors Just Keep Rockin'!

Earth EagleSmiley Rock

At our Silent Auction, Geo Juniors Earth Eagle and Smiley Rock were presented with their two latest achievement badges, Leadership and Showmanship. Keep up the great work!

Check out our Calendar of Events for more great rockhound events!

Upcoming Club Events...

Click on the event for more information.

CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Silent Auction
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Rock Swap
CRMS Meeting
CRMS Meeting at 7:30pm!
Speaker: TBD

Come cast your vote for next year's Officers.

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I would like to give a special
"thanks" to Rod Piechowski
for his help photographing
many of the images in this site.

Our Purpose

The objectives of the Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences - emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. Plus, we tend to socialize a lot, entertain ourselves with fabulous speakers and eat great snacks!

Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July and August) at:

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from
the Skokie Public Library)

If you would like more information about our club,
please contact us at
or call Jeanine at 773-774-2054.

For more information about our Meetings
and their Location, please click here.

Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society is a not-for-profit organization.

Other News

This Month in The Pick and Dop Stick

  • Antonio Peso finds truth in his grandmother's Halloween stories; the spirits of the recently departed abandon their bodies and tombs in blue flames. The truth to this phenomena is explained in "Learning to Teach: Phosphorus — A Poisonous Element".
  • Rachele finally admits to being a "Coprolite Fanatic". In her article, she covers the many aspects of these interesting specimens.
  • Also learn "How Phosphorus Cycles through our Environment".
  • Get the details on helping out at either our June Swap or the CGMA Show. Find out how you can volunteer, demonstrate and more. CGMA is hosting the Midwest Federation's Convention and helping them celebrate their 75th anniversary this year.
  • In Bench Tips, learn how to use dividers to help you layout & measure your work. Some uses for leather are also mentioned.