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 Button Factory Arts (formerly 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, April 5 2019: Alphabetical mineral identification! Walk around and try to identify 26 mineral specimens from "A" to "Z", as you enjoy some delicious desserts. Fun for everyone, and prizes! Also: silent auctions.
- Friday, May 3 2019: Warren Boyd, gemmologist and geologist, will speak about mining sapphires in Montana.
- Friday, June 7 2019: Club picnic and barbecue at Jeff Shallit's house in Kitchener, starting at 6 PM.
If you do not know where this is, contact Jeff by e-mail.
For more past meetings, see here.
- Friday, January 4 2019: Our annual competition for the
best specimens of the year. Desserts from Vincenzo's! Categories are
- Best Fossil
- Best Lapidary or rock art item (non-gemstone)
- Best Gemstone
- Best Photograph with hobby theme
- Best Mineral from Ontario
- Best Mineral from Canada outside Ontario
- Best Mineral from the USA
- Best Mineral outside Canada and USA
- Best Thumbnail
- Best "Yellow" specimen
- Specimen from most obscure location
- Best Garden Rock
- Best Mineral oddity
- Best "Copper" specimen
- Best Specimen Collected by a Kid Under 16
- Friday, February 1 2019:
Johan Wiklund, Visiting Fellow at Environment Canada, spoke
on paleolimnology and heavy metal pollution.
Paleolimnology is the study of ancient (paleo) lakes (limne). More generally, it involves the study of, or reconstruction of, past lake or lake-adjacent environments by collecting and examining lake sediment cores.
Silent auctions -- we will be auctioning off the collection of retired WLU professor Bob Sharpe, including a nice home-made wooden mineral storage cabinet.
- Friday, March 1 2019: Janet Lee-Sheriff, CEO of Golden Predator Mining, was invited to speak about the 3 Aces Gold Mine in the Yukon. Unfortunately, due to weather problems, she was unable to make it.
The Pebble Pups is a kids club created by the KW Gem & Mineral Club aimed at younger kids, aged 7 to 12 years old. We meet the first Saturday of every month between September and June, usually
at The Rock Spa (396 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, Ontario)
from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM.
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
News and Future Events
last updated January 27 2019
Provided as a public service. Details not guaranteed.
Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
April 6-7 2019: Brantford Gem and Mineral Club presents their 47th Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street, Paris, Ontario. Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to
May 4 2019: Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Show, Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., Waterloo, Ontario. Our club's annual show. One day only, 10 AM to 4 PM.
July 19-21 2019: 37th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show, Fri. 5pm-9pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Carmichael Arena, Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, ON. Adults $5.00, Seniors (60+) $3.00, Children 6-12 $1.00 Contact 705-522-5140 or go to: http://ccfms.ca/clubs/Sudbury/Show.php . Sponsored by the Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society .
How to Contact Us
Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
c/o Stephanie Martin
Button Factory Arts
25 Regina St. S.,
Waterloo, ON N2J 1R8 Canada
- Co-Presidents: Gary Winkler (519) 803-4343; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Partlow (519) 836-6515; email@example.com
Treasurer & Membership: Stephanie Martin (226) 868-4367; firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity: Donna Hollander (519) 571-1418; email@example.com
Librarian: Clare Fuller, (519) 584-7055; firstname.lastname@example.org .
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) 497-9710; email@example.com
Kids' Club Coordinator: Robert Maric (519) 503-1722; 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 Button Factory Arts, 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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