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 Lions Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener, Ontario.
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, March 13 2020: Micromounting night: we'll provide microscopes so Club members can view tiny specimens and make their own micromounts.
Friday, April 17 2020: Note: not the usual day! (Moved because of Good Friday.)
Stone carver Cindy Presant will discuss the basic geology and characteristics of soapstone, from a functional and artistic perspective. She will then guide participants through a carving workshop to create their own small soapstone carving or pendant. Also: silent auctions.
Friday, May 8 2020: Superstar mineral photographer Michael Bainbridge will talk to us about mineral photography.
For more past meetings, see here.
- Friday, January 10 2020: Our annual club competition for best specimen, with desserts provided from Vincenzo's.
Categories were: best fossil, best lapidary or rock art (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 the USA, best thumbnail, best purple specimen, best radioactive specimen, best garden rock, best mineral oddity,
best specimen containing Iron and Sulphur, best specimen collected by a kid under 16. Finally, there were grand prizes
for the best self-collected specimen and best acquired specimen of 2019.
- Friday, February 14 2020: Karen Fox from our club spoke about "Diamonds from Namibia".
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 March 9 2020
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Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
- April 4-5 2020: The Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society presents the 48th Annual Paris Gem and Mineral Show. 10 AM to 5 PM, both days, Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver Street, Paris, Ontario. Featuring Minerals of Ontario. Adults $6, Kids 12 and under free. Free parking, wheelchair accessible, food truck.
For more information, contact Show Chair Allan Hietapakka, 519 732 9825, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
- May 9 2020: Our K-W Club Gem and Mineral show, 10 AM to 4 PM, at the Lions Arena,
20 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener, Ontario. Giveaways for kids, dealers, and displays.
Everyone is welcome!
- June 6-7 2020: Niagara Peninsula Geological Society presents Geoventure, the Annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show, Heartland Forest, 3215 Heartland Forest Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Saturday 10 - 5 PM, Sunday 10 - 4 PM. Admission $5, $1 off with coupon at http://www.ccfms.ca/clubs/NPGS/show.htm .
July 17-19 2020: Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show, Carmichael Arena, 1298 Bancroft Dr., Sudbury, Ontario. Admission: adults $5, seniors $3, children 6 - 12 $1, children 5 and under free. Northern Ontario's largest gem, mineral, rock, fossil, jewellery, bead, show and sale. Dealers, demonstrators, displays, door prizes, kids' activities, silent auctions, video theatre.
July 30-August 2 2020: Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club presents the 57th Annual Rockhound Gemboree, Canada's largest gem and mineral show. Two locations: 63 Newkirk Boulevard and 103 Newkirk Boulevard, Bancroft, Ontario. Thursday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 6 PM; Sunday 9:30 AM - 5 PM. Admission $15/day; ages 7 to 16 $5/day. Children 6 and under: free. For more info visit rockhoundgemboree.ca .
How to Contact Us
Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club
c/o Stephanie Martin
2 Herlan Ave.
Kitchener, ON N2G 4K3
- Co-Presidents: Stan Jones (519) 658-4394; email@example.com
Gary Partlow (519) 836-6515; firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer & Membership: Stephanie Martin (226) 868-4367; email@example.com
Publicity: Donna Hollander (519) 571-1418; firstname.lastname@example.org
Librarian: Clare Fuller, (519) 584-7055; email@example.com .
Field Trip Chair: Robert Land, (519) 835-7147; firstname.lastname@example.org .
Newsletter Editor: Jeffrey Shallit (519) 743-8754; email@example.com
Meeting Setup: Stanley Lui (519) 497-9710; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Club Show Co-Ordinator: Peter Berwaldt, (519) 766-2444; 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 second Saturday in May from 10 AM to 4 PM .
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
Peter Berwaldt at the coordinates above.
|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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