As a member of GMS you will enjoy the many activities our club sponsors:
Benefits of Membership
Field Trips: There is at least one GMS sponsored field trip per month and one DMC field trip. In addition, we are often invited to join other clubs on their field trips.
Workshop: Once you are certified by one of our instructors, you can practice your lapidary skills in the workshop at the GMS bulding!
For Kids: GMS has a group (Junior Section) specifically for children! Several times a year there are special field trips and educational events just for the children in the club.
Special Interests: Special interest groups called sections meet monthly or bi-monthly, so whatever your interests may be, there is a section (or 2) for you -- Micromount, Mineral, Gem, Fossil, and Sand!
Special Events: Throughout the year you can look forward to one of our special events!
GMS Building: The club's permanent home is a perfect place for general membership meetings (7:30, first Monday every month), section meetings, workshops, auctions, parties -- whatever we dream up!
Library: The GMS building has a library full of rock, gem, mineral, and fossil books plus maps too!
Camaraderie: One of the most important benefits of membership is being with people who have the same interests as you do!
$25 for one year membership (single or family*).
Dues (New and Renewal)
$35 for one year membership that includes an additional $10 for printed, postal mailed copies of the newsletter (total of $35).
The electronic edition of the newsletter "Tips and Trips" is included FREE with all memberships.
*Family memberships are for people living under the same roof. This includes children of all ages residing with parents, relatives, and extended family. Children younger than 18 years of age are considered junior members.
If you have any questions regarding GMS membership status or have changes in mailing address, telephone number, or email address, please send email to
June birthstones: Pearl, Moonstone, Alexandrite
Welcome, New Members!
Welcome to GMS. Summer is upon us. Hope to see everyone at the annual picnic and auction, we always have a great time. Don’t forget to do some rockhounding on your summer vacations.
June is one of two months with 3 birthstones (Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite). Pearl is the only gemstone created by living creatures. Any mollusk with a shell can create a pearl. Pearls created by bivalves are the most sought after for jewelry, though. Most pearls are a creamy white with iridescence. There are also the more rare black pearls which usually aren’t black at all but green, blue, purple, or silver.
The second birthstone for June is moonstone. Moonstone has a shimmery look to it called adularescence. It is caused by light reflecting off the microscopic layers of feldspar which compose the stone. Moonstone comes in quite a few colors, including various shades of yellow, blue, green, and pink among others.
The final birthstone for June is alexandrite. Alexandrite is a fairly modern gemstone, having only been discovered in the 1800’s. It is somewhat unique because of its color changing ability. It changes from green to red based on the light it is under. Alexandrite is a rare type of chrysoberyl, which contains traces of chromium. Its rarity makes it one of the more expensive gems.
Executive Vice President Membership
[You can see a list of new members and birthdays in the June Tips and Trips -- webmaster]
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