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.
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, June 3 2016:
Club picnic at 6 PM at the warehouse of Ken Dardano (The Gneiss Guy),
820 Gartshore St., Unit #19, Fergus, Ontario. Opportunities to buy
minerals, fossils, etc. at discounted prices.
Phone: 519 831-3093. There will be a brief talk by Ken, too.
- Friday, September 2 2016:
Our annual welcome-back show and tell meeting. Bring specimens and stories
from summer collecting.
For more past meetings, see here.
- Saturday, January 2, 2016: Note the different day of the week!
Club contest for best specimens of 2015!
Categories: 1. Best self-collected specimen (Canada); 2. Best self-collected specimen (elsewhere); 3. Best fossil; 4. Best lapidary or rock art item (non-gemstone); 5. Best gemstone; 6. Best photograph with hobby theme; 7. Best mineral from Ontario; 8. Best mineral from Canada outside Ontario; 9. Best mineral from the US; 10. Best mineral from outside Canada and the US; 11. Best thumbnail; 12. Best mineral oddity; 13. Ugliest specimen. 14. Best garden rock. 15. Best radioactive specimen.
Each category gets a certificate.
You can submit specimens not collected or acquired this year, but only ones from the past year are eligible for the two big trophies (best self-collected and Silver Pick). The club provides coffee and desserts from Vincenzo's.
There will also be a kid's table and a noncompetitive table.
While the votes are tabulated, there will be a raffle and Peter Russell will give a mini-talk on "Jerome and Clarkdale,
Arizona: Copper Mining with a Canadian Connection".
- Friday, February 5 2016: Chris Yakymchuk spoke on "Hot rocks in a cold place: the joys and hazards of fieldwork in West Antarctica". Chris Yakymchuk is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. His research is multidisciplinary and focuses on the tectonic evolution of the Earth's
continents and the generation and localization of mineral deposits.
Chris has conducted fieldwork on every continent and maintains an active international field-based research program. He was recognized by the Geological Society of London as Young Author of the Year in 2014. Chris received his PhD from the University of Maryland in 2014, his Masters in 2010 from Queen's
University and his Bachelors in 2008 from Dalhousie University. There were
also silent auctions, and a mini-talk by Stan Jones on pyrite.
- Friday, March 4 2016:
Glenn Ferguson, Operations Manager for AECON, spoke on
"The colours of the aggregate cycle: What's happening at the Marmora quarry,
and what's in store for the Caledon quarry?"
Mini-talk by Janine LaMarre,
"Lava trees and lava tubes in Hawaii".
Members brought specimens from their personal collection from Marmora, Caledon, or Hawaii for a display table.
Friday, April 1 2016: The main talk was by Ray McDougall, speaking on "Into the Andes: the Minerals of Quiruvilca, Peru". Club members also brought
specimens of pyrite ("fool's gold" in honour of April 1) to show off.
Synopsis: High in the Andes Mountains in northern Peru, Quiruvilca has produced excellent mineral specimens for many decades. Discovered in the late 19th century and mined on a large commercial scale since 1907, Quiruvilca is one of Peru's oldest and best known polymetallic mines. Among mineralogists and mineral collectors, Quiruvilca is most renowned for world-class specimens of Enargite, Arsenic and Orpiment, the world's finest Hutchinsonite crystals and exceptional Pyrite and Bournonite crystals. This presentation is an overview, with an emphasis on the fine minerals of Quiruvilca, inspired by an adventure into the Andes and into this world-famous mine.
Ray McDougall was born in Montréal, grew up in Toronto, and studied mineralogy and geology while completing a B.A. at McGill University in 1992. He went on to become a corporate/securities lawyer in Toronto for 18 years, where he was a partner of the firm Stikeman, Elliott LLP, working with clients in the Canadian mining industry. Ray was internationally known as an expert relating to Canadian mineral disclosure laws. He retired from law in 2013 to become a full-time mineral dealer (McDougall Minerals - www.mcdougallminerals.com ).
Ray has been an avid mineral collector since childhood and has enjoyed field collecting across Canada and around the world. Now living in the woods near Bancroft Ontario, he travels internationally in pursuit of fine mineral specimens and spends a lot of time in a dark room taking mineral photographs.
- Friday, May 6 2016: Local African importer and world traveller
Paul Wellhauser, of Nharo!,
spoke on "Mineral collecting in Namibia and Zimbabwe". Silent auctions.
Gary Partlow presented Maggie Wilson's slides on
"What happens at a mineral show?"
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
Next meeting is Saturday, September 12th 2015 at 11 AM at The Rock Spa on Victoria Street in Kitchener. We will start the season off with the game of ROCKO! Come out and win a chance at some cool mineral specimens!
News and Future Events
last updated May 9 2016
Provided as a public service. Details not guaranteed.
Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
June 11 2016: 50th Anniversary Niagara Peninsula Geological Society Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale, 10 AM to 5 PM at Heartland Forest, 8215 Heartland Forest Rd, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
July 15-17 2016: 34th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show, Fri. 5PM-9PM; Sat. 10AM-6PM; Sun. 10AM-5PM, Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, ON. Admission: Adults $5.00, Seniors (60+) $3.00, Children 6-12 $1.00. For more information, contact Ed Debicki at 705-522-5140 or go to
July 28-31 2016: 53rd annual Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree.
Thursday-Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM.
Canada's largest Gem and Mineral Show.
For more information, visit http://rockhoundgemboree.ca .
September 30 - October 2 2016: Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead
& Jewellery Show. Location: Ancaster Fairgrounds,
630 Trinity Road, Ancaster, Ontario L0R 1R0. For more info,
visit www.ancastergemshow.com or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Show produced by Robert Hall Originals. Phone: 519-448-1236, 1-800-360-2813.
October 28-29 2016: University of Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show. Friday 12 Noon - 6 PM; Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM. Free admission. CEIT Building, University of Waterloo campus. Parking in "C" Lot along Seagram Drive.
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: TBA
Newsletter Editor: Jeffrey Shallit (519) 743-8754; email@example.com
Meeting Setup: Stanley Lui (519) 635-6390; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids' Club Coordinator: Robert Maric (519) 745-7717; email@example.com
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
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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