Our next meeting is February 14, 2015
Come and celebrate our 69th Birthday!!
Join us for cake & coffee while we celebrate our 69th year. Our historian, Krista, will be showing off the club's scrapbook highlighting the club and it's members. In case you are a little too young to remember the club's start, let me fill in the details. Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
(CRMS) was founded in 1946. The charter members were all in a lapidary class in a
Chicago Park District field house. They discovered they enjoyed each other's
company and began sharing information about various collecting locations
and techniques. This led them to a decision to form a club that would
provide them a chance to give lectures about their specialties and
have guests give talks about the hobby they enjoyed. Here it is
68 years later and the club is still going strong with over 80
We Are Getting Ready For Our
66th Annual Silent Auction
Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 6PM to 9 PM
for an evening of fun, food and great deals.
Click here for the latest information on our 66th annual auction.
Club members are to start filling out their forms
for the auction and bring them to our next meeting.
Photos by: Rod Piechowski
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.
Did you miss our May meeting?
Would you like to see the slide presentation again?
Don has graciously allowed us to place a .pdf file of his May presentation on "The Early Animals (Ediacaran) of Earth — Nature's Experiments" on our website. Don had introduced us to a variety of Earth's earliest Vendian life forms in this presentation. Click here to see this informative presentation.
We would like to thank Dave Rice from the Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society for his presentation to the club on Agates in September. He covered the different types of agates and how they were formed. He also passed around specimens and covered how the dyed agates are dyed their different colors.
2014 Rockhound of the Year!
This past spring, Robert was chosen as our of Rockhound of the Year for 2014. He devoted his life to the study of rocks, minerals, fossils and anything else geologically that found his muse. He was a guest speaker at many meetings, wrote many articles for the newsletter and almost always had something for show and tell. He was a great asset to the club and will be missed by all.
Pictured left: Robert showing off one of his many specimens during show and tell.
And the Results of the 2014
AFMS's Bulletin Editor's Contest are in!!!
Congratulations to all of our members listed below for their award winning contributions! Keep them coming!! Click on the article if you wish to read it or visit our Artlcles page to read these & other award winning articles by our members.
Original Adult Advanced Articles:
4th Place: Color of Florescence, Part I — R. Beadle
10th Place: The Nature of Earth: Origin of the Universe — Antonio Peso
Jr. Article Under 12:
2nd Place: Phosphorescencing Diamond — Smiley Rock
Jr. Article (12-17):
1st Place: Peacock Ore: Prettiest When Tarnished — Cat Eye
4th Place: Without Rocks — Cat Eye
Geo Juniors' Rocked the AH Library
As part of the FRA badge program, the Geo Juniors had set up a display case at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Along with promoting the club and the Geo Junior program, they displayed some of the things they have done to earn their badges along with some of their rock and mineral collections. Upon arriving to take it down, I arrived at their display with new eyes. These kids really did a wonderful job putting the case together. The library staff raved at what a great job they had done.