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, December 1 2017: Annual holiday party and club auction.
Silent and live auctions, pizza and pop provided by the club.
The club provides free pizza and pop. You provide desserts and finger food (veggies, etc.).
Our traditional live auction features 40 hobby-related items, and our silent auction features about 60 items. There will be fossils, meteorites, rocks, minerals, gemstones, jewelry, books, and neat & useful stuff to organize and house your collection. You should bring cash to pay for your items; we don't take debit or credit.
Kids who are club members will get free money they can use to bid on items (with some parental supervision, please).
Proceeds of the auction go to support the club's activities for the next year, and help pay for our great venue (Button Factory Arts) and to bring in exciting speakers. So bid high and bid often, secure in the knowledge that you're helping to support the club! And it's also a great place to get those special gifts for the rockhound in your family.
For more past meetings, see here.
- Friday, January 6 2017:
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 "Red & Green" specimen
11. Best Pseudomorph specimen
12. Best Garden Rock
13. Best Mineral oddity
14. Best Fluorite specimen
15. Best Specimen Collected by a Kid Under 16
- Friday, February 3 2017:
Sam Kelley of the University of Waterloo spoke on "Reading Glaciated Landscapes: The Intersection of Geology and Climate".
Sam Kelley grew up in Maine, in a family with two geology professors, and has bounced back and forth across the US-Canadian border numerous times over his academic career. He got a B. Sc. Honors in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie University in 2007, an M. Sc. in Quaternary Geology and Climate Change from the University of Maine in 2009, and a Ph. D. in Geology from the University at Buffalo in 2014. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Quaternary Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
I study the way the landscape is shaped by glaciers and ice sheets, and what these interactions can tell me about past changes in past climate. My lecture will look at the field work I have done in Greenland, as well as New Zealand and Patagonia, and what that work tells us about changes in past climate. Focusing on my work in Greenland, we will explore how the Greenland Ice Sheet has been changing in recent times, and what this might mean for the future. Additionally, I will touch on the growing role that the mineral Quartz plays in climate change
- Friday, March 3 2017:
Evan Hastie, Ph. D. candidate from Laurentian University, spoke on "Gold Remobilization". He says, "I am currently trying to improve the way we think about the processes responsible for forming gold deposits. Research during my career has taken me from Greenland to Manitoba, and now back to northern Ontario. My Ph. D. research compares gold endowment across the Abitibi greenstone belt. I am currently working on improving our understanding of gold remobilization and the evolution of high-grade gold deposits. With data from my research area and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), we have come up with some novel ideas about gold transport and enrichment."
- Friday, April 8 2017: Greig Hutton spoke on "Minerals and Gems of Myanmar". Mini-talk by Beth Gilhespy: "Quartz: What's in a Name?". Silent auctions.
- Friday, May 7 2017: Dr. Emily Chiang from the University of Guelph spoke on "Sustainable solid waste valorization: getting the maximum value and usefulness out of mining waste".
Dr. Chiang obtained her bachelor and master's degrees from the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Toronto. Since graduation, she worked as a process engineer for the mining industry for five years, and became a licenced Professional Engineer of Ontario. She returned to academia in 2010 and started her doctoral research work on economic value of industrial wastes and residues at KU Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Chiang is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph.
Mini-talk by Stan Jones, "Local minerals under the microscope".
- Friday, June 2 2017: Club picnic at the
Gneiss Guy Warehouse, 820 Gartshore St.,
Unit #19 Fergus, Contact 519-400-6133 or
http://www.gneissguy.ca . Ken Dardano
told us more stories about being a
mineral dealer and provided hot dogs,
hamburgers, pop, paper plates, and lots
of beautiful minerals and fossils.
- Friday, September 1 2017: Alan Dickin, School of Geography and Earth Science, McMaster University spoke
on "Why is Bancroft the mineral capital of Canada?" Silent auctions.
Alan Dickin received his Bachelor's degree in Mineralogy and Petrology from Cambridge, and his D. Phil. in Isotope Geochemistry from Oxford. His research program over the past 30 years at McMaster has been devoted to using neodymium isotope analysis to understand the history of the Canadian Shield in the one-billion-year-old Grenville Orogenic Belt. His talk will describe a new geological model for the origins of exotic
rocks in the Bancroft area of the Grenville Province.
Also, our annual welcome-back meeting. You are invited to bring specimens that you collected or acquired during the summer, and speak briefly about them during our "Show and Tell". Feel free to bring specimens that you want identified, too.
- Friday, October 6 2017: Main talk by Dr. Kimberly Tait, Royal Ontario Museum, "The Next 100 Years: Minerals and Gems at the Royal Ontario Museum". Mini-talk by Jeffrey Shallit, "Visiting a volcanic island in New Zealand".
- Friday, November 3 2017: Our own club's Karen Fox spoke
on Quartz. Mini-talk, Greig Hutton, on Feldspar.
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
Meetings are typically the first Saturday of each month,
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
at The Rock Spa on Victoria Street in Kitchener.
News and Future Events
last updated November 12 2017
Provided as a public service. Details not guaranteed.
Always check with show venue before heading
out on a long car trip.
- November 17-19 2017: London Gem and Mineral Show, Metroland Media Agriplex, 845 Florence St., London, Ontario N5W 6G6. Friday, November 17, 4 PM - 9 PM; Saturday, November 18, 10 AM - 6 PM; Sunday, November 19, 10 AM - 5 PM. Admission: Adults $6, Children $3. 45 dealers, talks, displays. For more info, visit http://www.gemandmineral.ca or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-400-6133 .
- March 24-25 2018: Buffalo Geological Society presents the
50th Annual Gem Mineral Fossil Show. Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Sunday
10 AM to 5 PM. Erie County Fairgrounds, Market, Grange, & State
Police Buildings, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York. For
more info visit www.bgsny.org .
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; 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: Robert Land, (519) 835-7147; email@example.com .
Newsletter Editor: Jeffrey Shallit (519) 743-8754; firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Setup: Stanley Lui (519) 635-6390; 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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