Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
50 Years of Geological Fun and Education
The Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 1965.
For fifty years, our club has brought together people
who have an interest in the lapidary arts and in collecting
rocks, minerals, and fossils.
Members are residents of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph,
and other communities in Waterloo and Wellington Counties, Ontario.
The club meets on a monthly basis, usually
at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in
Waterloo. Meetings include speakers, workshops and the ever-popular monthly
raffle for gems and minerals.
Special events include picnics, pot-luck suppers and field trips.
|June 2016 club picnic|
The club also provides a forum for an exchange of information
and ideas about the hobby. We also promote safe and responsible collecting,
and we work with other federation clubs to secure more collecting areas.
Our club is a member of the Central
Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CCFMS).
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Celestine and Calcite
Niagara Canal Dumps
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Nipissing 404 Mine
- Friday, May 6 2017: Dr. Emily Chiang from the University of Guelph will speak on "Sustainable solid waste valorization: getting the maximum value and usefulness out of mining waste".
Dr. Chiang obtained her bachelor and master's degrees from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. Since graduation, she worked as a process engineer for the mining industry for five years, and became a licenced Professional Engineer of Ontario. She returned to academia in 2010 and started her doctoral research work on economic value of industrial wastes and residues at KU Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Chiang is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph.
Mini-talk by Stan Jones, "Local minerals under the microscope".
- Friday, June 2 2017: Club picnic at the
Gneiss Guy Warehouse, 820 Gartshore St.,
Unit #19 Fergus, Contact 519-400-6133 or
http://www.gneissguy.ca . Ken Dardano
will tell us more stories about being a
mineral dealer and will be providing hot-dogs,
hamburgers, pop, paper plates, and lots
of beautiful minerals and fossils. You provide
finger food (chips, sweets, veggies and fruit) and lots of money for the minerals. To save the environment, please consider bringing reusable plates and glasses.
- Friday, September 1 2017: Alan Dickin, School of Geography and Earth Science, McMaster University will speak on "Why is Bancroft the mineral capital of Canada?"
For more past meetings, see here.
- Friday, January 6 2017:
Our annual competition night!
See the very best that our club has to offer in minerals, gems, fossils, and other rock-related items. Here are the categories:
1. Best Fossil
2. Best Lapidary or rock art item (non-gemstone)
3. Best Gemstone
4. Best Photograph with hobby theme
5. Best Mineral from Ontario
6. Best Mineral from Canada outside Ontario
7. Best Mineral from the USA
8. Best Mineral outside Canada and USA
9. Best Thumbnail
10. Best "Red & Green" specimen
11. Best Pseudomorph specimen
12. Best Garden Rock
13. Best Mineral oddity
14. Best Fluorite specimen
15. Best Specimen Collected by a Kid Under 16
- Friday, February 3 2017:
Sam Kelley of the University of Waterloo spoke on "Reading Glaciated Landscapes: The Intersection of Geology and Climate".
Sam Kelley grew up in Maine, in a family with two geology professors, and has bounced back and forth across the US-Canadian border numerous times over his academic career. He got a B. Sc. Honors in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie University in 2007, an M. Sc. in Quaternary Geology and Climate Change from the University of Maine in 2009, and a Ph. D. in Geology from the University at Buffalo in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Quaternary Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
I study the way the landscape is shaped by glaciers and ice sheets, and what these interactions can tell me about past changes in past climate. My lecture will look at the field work I have done in Greenland, as well as New Zealand and Patagonia, and what that work tells us about changes in past climate. Focusing on my work in Greenland, we will explore how the Greenland Ice Sheet has been changing in recent times, and what this might mean for the future. Additionally, I will touch on the growing role that the mineral Quartz plays in climate change
- Friday, March 3 2017:
Evan Hastie, Ph. D. candidate from Laurentian University, spoke on "Gold Remobilization". He says, "I am currently trying to improve the way we think about the processes responsible for forming gold deposits. Research during my career has taken me from Greenland to Manitoba, and now back to northern Ontario. My Ph. D. research compares gold endowment across the Abitibi greenstone belt. I am currently working on improving our understanding of gold remobilization and the evolution of high-grade gold deposits. With data from my research area and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), we have come up with some novel ideas about gold transport and enrichment."
- Friday, April 8 2017: Greig Hutton spoke on "Minerals and Gems of Myanmar". Mini-talk by Beth Gilhespy: "Quartz: What's in a Name?". Silent auctions.
Our Kids Club is designed for children 5-16 who are interested in
rocks, fossils, and minerals. We meet monthly at the Rock Spa on Victoria
Street in Kitchener.
For more information about the kids' club, contact
Meetings are typically the first Saturday of each month,
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
at The Rock Spa on Victoria Street in Kitchener. Our next meeting is
September 10 2016.
News and Future Events
last updated May 1 2017
Provided as a public service. Details not guaranteed.
Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
May 6 2017: Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club Annual Show and Sale. Our club's annual event, held at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre, 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo, from 10 AM to 5 PM.
- June 10-11 2017: 51st Annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society. Saturday, Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Fireman's Park, 2275 Dorchester Rd., Niagara Falls, Ontario. For more information, please contact: Ashley Pollock, Show Co-Chair, 905-687-6503 or e-mail to email@example.com .
- June 17-18 2017: 48th Annual Kingston Gem Storm. Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM. Cataraqui Arena, 1030 Sunnyside Road, Kingston, Ontario (just take Sydenham Road exit off Hwy 401). Admission: $5, Children 12 & under are free. For more information, please contact: Les Moss, Show Chair, 613-384-4439 or visit the Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club website: http:// www.mineralclub.ca/ .
- July 21-23 2017: 35th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show. Friday: 5 PM to 9 PM, Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. Location: Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, Ontario. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children 6 to 12 $1, Children 5 & under are free. For more information, please contact: Ed Debicki, Show Chair, 705-522-5140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society website: http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/Sudbury/ .
August 3-6 2017: 54th Annual Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree. Hours: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM. Location: 2 Venues & Outdoor Area:
- Bancroft Curling Club, 63 Newkirk Blvd.
- North Hastings Community Centre, 103 Newkirk Blvd, Bancroft, Ontario
For more information, please contact: Bancroft & District Chamber of Commerce, 613-332-1513 or 1-888-443-9999.
October 27-28 2017: University of Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show. Friday, 12 Noon to 6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. CEIT Building, University of Waterloo campus, 200 University Ave. W., Waterloo. Free admission. For more information, visit https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/ events/university-waterloo-2017-gem-and-mineral-show .
How to Contact Us
Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
c/o Stephanie Martin
Waterloo Community Arts Centre
25 Regina St. S.,
Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8 Canada
- Co-Presidents: Gary Winkler (519) 803-4343; email@example.com
Gary Partlow (519) 836-6515; firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Stephanie Martin (226) 868-4367; email@example.com
Publicity: Donna Hollander (519) 571-1418; firstname.lastname@example.org
Librarian: Mike Koy, 519-576-6595
Liaison: Stan Jones (519) 658-4394
Field Trip Chair: Robert Land, (519) 835-7147; email@example.com .
Newsletter Editor: Jeffrey Shallit (519) 743-8754; firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Setup: Stanley Lui (519) 635-6390; email@example.com
Kids' Club Coordinator: Robert Maric (519) 745-7717; firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Show and Sale
Each year our club organizes an annual show, which is open to the public.
Our show provides an opportunities for people to buy, sell and exchange rocks,
minerals, fossils, gemstones, lapidary material and equipment.
The show is held on the first Saturday in May from 10 AM to 4 PM
at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre, 25 Regina St. S., in Waterloo, Ontario.
Admission is free.
Anyone (including dealers, swappers, clubs, and artists) may participate in
the show. Dealers are not permitted to advertise their business.
The cost for a 6-foot table is currently $30.
To reserve space or to obtain more information, please contact
|Club Field Trip to Cobalt|
Field trips are arranged about twice a year.
Past trips have included
held together with the CCMFS.
- Bancroft for apatite, biotite, and titanite;
- Cobalt for silver and cobalt arsenides;
- Arkona for fossil corals and brachiopods;
- Herkimer, New York, for quartz crystals;
- the Guelph Quarry for sphalerite; and
- the Dundas Quarry for sphalerite, calcite, fluorite, galena, and celestine.
Yearly Live Auction
Each year in December our club holds a live auction for gems, minerals, fossils,
meteorites, and lapidary items. The public is invited.
Each year our club has a competition for the best self-collected
specimen and the best specimen acquired elsewhere (the "Silver Pick" award).
Winners are voted on by members and the winner gets a trophy.
Our annual membership fees are $20
for an individual and $25 for a family. New members are welcome any time.
The Rockblast is published monthly and is currently edited by
Jeffrey Shallit. Members receive the newsletter electronically or
by Canada Post. Our newsletter outlines activities
and includes interesting articles related to lapidary and the rock and
mineral collecting hobby.
We currently exchange newsletters with other clubs.
For some past issues,
see the Rockblast archive.
Our club is sponsored by GemSelect,
a German-Thai company specializing in gemstones in Chanthaburi, Thailand.
Thanks to GemSelect for their support!
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