The Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club Founded in 1973 by Robert Walker of Marion, and Marion Wheaton of East Williamson, and has brought many fun filled years to the local “rock hounds” and mineral buffs alike. The Club’s first meeting was held on February 6, 1973 at the Marion High School where Robert was a Student. Robert “Bob” and several other local mineral and gem enthusiasts had been traveling 40+ miles each way to attend the only area club which was in Hannibal, NY and it was decided that “someone” should start a local club. Bob and Marion were asked if they would be willing to do so. The first meeting drew in about 30 people. That night many of the attendees joined the new club.
As a non-profit group, the Wayne County Gem & Mineral Club is an educational and recreational organization, affiliated with The Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies, The American Federation of Mineral Societies, Inc. (AFMS), and The Eastern Field Trip Alliance (EFTA).
Their monthly programs are “down to earth” with learn-how sessions, informative speakers, slide programs, videos, exhibits, contests, etc. All find this a fascinating hobby because of its many aspects. Guests are always welcome to attend the meetings. Field trips are taken during good weather (and sometimes when its not so good). Guides show members productive locations and tell them what to look for. Details, Maps, and information are also found in the club’s monthly newsletter, the “Wayne County Gem and Mineral Club News” which each member receives either by email or U.S. Postal service.
Meetings of the Wayne County Gem & Mineral Club are held on the 2nd FRIDAY of each month at 7:00 P.M. Meetings in July & August are held at different locations and will be announced in June and at the website. (www.wcgmc.org.) Meetings are held at the Presbyterian Church, Maple Court St., Newark (North side entrance of church.) The object of the club is to stimulate interest in earth science, the collection and classification of minerals and fossils, the lapidary arts, and gem cutting. Mini-Miners meet at 6:30 PM for a program specifically for them.
Memberships run from Oct. – Sept. The club’s mailing address is: Wayne County Gem & Mineral Club, Inc., P.O. Box 4, Newark, NY 14513-0004.
Next Meeting of the Wayne County Gem & Mineral Club will be April 12, 2013; 6:30 Social & mini-miners. 7:00 PM meeting, Show updates. Field Trips for 2013.
For family fun, Gem Fest 2013 – – Wayne County Gem & Mineral Club’s 40th Anniversary show, will be held on June 1 & 2, 2013 at 320 S. Main Street, the former St. Michael’s School. It runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 10-4 on Sunday.
There will be lots of hands-on activities including soapstone carving and wire wrapping and programs: “UV-Bob” will be back again, Cub Scout (Sat.1-2) geology belt-loop and Girl Scout (Sun.1-2) fun patch. The show’s vendors will offer selections of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry, and more, plus there will be displays by club members, young and old! Field trip schedules for the summer will be available.