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, May 4 2018::
George Kourounis, world-famous
Explorer-In-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, will speak on "Extreme Geology and Fearsome Forces".
George Kourounis is an explorer who specializes in documenting the extreme forces of nature. He'll be sharing 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.
Seating will be limited and priority will be given to club members.
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 will tell us about his latest adventures, and will be providing hotdogs, 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.
For more past meetings, see here.
- Friday, January 5 2018:
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 "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, February 2 2018:
Julie Sperling, local mosaic artist, spoke on "Listening to / speaking through stone: mosaic, geology, and storytelling". She writes, "I am a Canadian mosaic artist based in Kitchener, Ontario. My studio practice finds me camped out at the intersection of art, environment, science, and policy, and I firmly believe in the important role that artists play as advocates, activists, and change-makers. I'm happiest when I have a rock in one hand and my hammer in the other." Julie has exhibited in North Carolina, Toronto, San Diego, Michigan, and Kitchener. Julie's website is http://sperlingmosaics.com/about/ .
- Friday, March 2 2018:
Walter and Nancy Marchl spoke on the "stone forests of China". And we watched
a DVD presentation about ammolite.
- Friday, April 6 2018: Club member Jim Reimer
spoke on "Mineral inclusions -- what are they and what do they tell us?"
Examples of minerals with inclusions for a club display.
Mini-talk by Corina McDonald, "How to make snowflake fossils".
Also, our silent auctions for hobby-related items!
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 April 25 2018
Provided as a public service. Details not guaranteed.
Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
- May 5 2018: Our club's annual Show and Sale, at Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., Waterloo, Ontario. One day only, 10 AM to 4 PM. Free admission. Gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, meteorites, jewelry. Fun for everyone! Don't miss it.
- May 26-27 2018: Rock Sale at Al Alward's place, Saturday, May 26th, 2018 10 to 6 PM Sunday, May 27th, 2018 10 to 4 PM. 831 Tracey St., St. Thomas, Ont. (Central Elgin), close to intersection of Elm St & Centennial. For more information: phone: 519-633-3775 or email: email@example.com .
- May 26-27 2018: 49th Annual Kingston Gem Storm. Hours: Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PM. Location: 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. Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club website: http://www.mineralclub.ca/ .
- July 14-15 2018: Gem & Mineral Society of Syracuse, Inc. presents 52nd Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show, Onondaga Community College, SRC Arena, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY, USA. Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM. Admission by donation: $7 adults. For more info visit www.gmss.us .
- July 20-22 2018: 36th Annual Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show,
Fri. 5 PM - 9 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 6 PM, Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM,
Carmichael Arena, Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, ON.
Adults $5.00, Seniors (60+) $3.00, Children 6-12 $1.00
For more info,
contact 705-522-5140 or go to: www.ccfms.ca/clubs/Sudbury/show.htm .
- August 2-5 2018: 55th Annual Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree, North Hastings Community Centre, 103 Newkirk Blvd., Bancroft, Ontario, AND Bancroft Curling Club, 63 Newkirk Blvd. Show hours: North Hastings Community Centre: Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM-5 PM. Curling Club: Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 9:30 AM-6 PM, Sunday: 9:30 AM-5 PM . For more information, visit http:// rockhoundgemboree.ca .
- October 27-28 2018: Rochester Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show & Sale, Total Sports Experience, 435 W. Commercial Street, E. Rochester, NY 14445, USA, just off interstate 490. Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. For more info visit http://www.rochesterlapidary.org/show .
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: Stephanie Martin (226) 868-4367; firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity: Donna Hollander (519) 571-1418; email@example.com
Librarian: Mike Koy, 519-576-6595
Liaison: Stan Jones (519) 658-4394
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) 635-6390; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids' Club Coordinator: Robert Maric (519) 503-1722; 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 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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