|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
We welcome those with an interest in rocks and minerals to attend any one of our monthly meetings. Families and youth are welcome. Silent auctions are held in February, April, and September.
The main talk will be by Fred "Mick" McPherson, a meteorite hunter and collector. Fred is a native of Belleville, Ontario, and a rockhound since the age of 5. Fred visits schools and clubs throughout the province presenting meteorite talks and outreach programs as "Mick the Meteorite Man". Fred has been featured on CBC television, radio interviews, newspapers and is well respected within the meteorite community.
There will also be giant silent auctions for rocks, minerals, fossils, meteorites, gemstones, and other rock-related items.
For more than a decade, artist Symeon van Donkelaar has traveled across much of Canada to forage rocks and dirt to make pigments and paint. Each trip has been an adventure in creating unique earth pigment colours. From abandoned mining operations, like the O'Donnell Burning Fields in Sudbury, to sacred ochre sites, like the Vermilion Bluffs in British Columbia, the range of different places in Canada from which beautiful, bright colours can be created is vast. In this talk, Symeon will share stories, photos and specimens from some of his favourite "pigment" places across Canada.
Mini-talk by Emmanuel "Manny" van Donkelaar on "Finding Silver in Cobalt". In 2017 Emmanuel van Donkelaar visited friends in Cobalt to search for minerals in Cobalt, Ontario. Over three days, he visited a variety of old mine sites and worked his way through a "ton" of rock. The results of his hard work won him the Best Self Collected Specimen award from the Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club. You can look forward to hearing about the adventure of rock hounding for silver through the eyes of a 10 year old boy.
Michael Gervers is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Toronto. His interests range from English social and economic history before 1300, to the history of Inner Asia (especially Mongolia), to ancient textiles and to the history of Ethiopia. He teaches a course on the history of Ethiopia and has recently introduced the study of Old Ethiopic (Ge'ez) language to the curriculum. He has published widely on the above fields and is currently co-authoring a major volume on the ancient Ethiopian church of Yemrehanna Krestos (near Lalibela, Lasta). A new objective, sponsored by the Arcadia Fund, is to document the contemporary but quickly disappearing highland craft of hewing churches from the rock. His thirty-five years of fieldwork has led to an extensive photographic repertory of Ethiopian art and culture. For a preview of what we will hear about, visit here.
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 "Blue" specimen
11. Best Petrified wood specimen
12. Best Garden Rock
13. Best Mineral oddity
14. Best Quartz specimen
15. Best Specimen Collected by a Kid Under 16
Silent and live auctions, pizza and pop provided by the club.
Friday, May 4 2018:: George Kourounis, world-famous Explorer-In-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, spoke on "Extreme Geology and Fearsome Forces".
George Kourounis is an explorer who specializes in documenting the extreme forces of nature. He shared tales and imagery from his more intense expeditions that feature a geological perspective, including: exploring the Naica Crystal Cave in Mexico, home to the world's largest crystals, where the oppressive humidity and heat are deadly; rappelling down inside active volcanoes in the South Pacific; and his expedition to gather samples from the bottom of the Darvaza flaming gas pit in Turkmenistan, which the locals call the "Doorway To Hell".
Kourounis' expeditions have taken him to some of the most dangerous places in over 65 countries from Greenland to Antarctica, to North Korea, The Congo, and beyond.
Friday, June 1 2018: Club picnic at the Gneiss Guy Warehouse, 820 Gartshore St., Unit #19 Fergus. Contact 519-400-6133 or http://www.gneissguy.ca . Ken Dardano was hoping to tell us about his latest adventures, but illness prevented him from attending. Nevertheless, he still provided us with hotdogs, hamburgers, pop, paper plates, and lots of beautiful minerals and fossils.
The Pebble Pups program is packed with games, hands-on activities, and speaker presentations that get the young kids thinking and inspired about the earth sciences. Over the years that the Pebble Pups program has been operating we have averaged approximately six to nine kids per month. On several occasions the Pebble Pups had a high of sixteen kids at one time! We try to entertain and educate the Pebble Pups through numerous activities, and thus far I think my favourite activity to do with the kids (and one that they get most excited about) is playing ROCKO! The other activity that we get a high turnout for is when the kids make their own mineral box to store personal collections.
The Pebble Pups is always looking for in-kind donations in the form of rocks, minerals, fossils, games, and/or books related to the earth science field. The kids are captivated by actually holding a physical specimen in their hands and especially one that they could take home to keep. The more colorful and unique looking the better! The Pebble Pups is always open for KW members to solicit new members. It is very exciting when we get an e-mail or phone inquiry regarding the Pebble Pups because we know that the 'word' is out on the street and more kids are curious to find out about it. It is definitely worthwhile getting e-mails from parents, whose children have moved on from the Pebble Pups due to age limits, that say that their child(ren) had a blast and will cherish their time with the Pebble Pups!
For more information about the kids' club, contact Robert Maric.
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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 Gary Winkler.
|Club Field Trip to Cobalt|
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.
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