The Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society (LPGMS) was formed in April of 1997 and is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Society and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
As a club we meet on the first Monday of each month at the Lions Club Building (behind McDonald's and next to the VFW) at 6:30 pm . We have a great attendance and our meetings are fun and lively with lots of show and tell, specimen identification, great door prizes, fun raffle prizes, and usually a program. We'll also be discussing the month's fieldtrip and planning future fieldtrips.
The Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society normally has a field trip each month, typically on the 3rd Sunday. Most of the field trips are in the local area though occasionally they are an overnight collecting trip. The winters find us at lower levels while we escape to higher country in the heat of the desert heat.
What to do with those finds? The LPGMS has its own lapidary shop for the use of the members. Each month on second Monday the LPGMS lapidary shop is opens at 6:30 pm . That night we have skilled members willing to help members with their projects on our equipment, which includes of a 6", 8", 14" and 24" rock saws, a 6" flat lap, a ring saw and a couple of Genie Polishers. We also will be doing programs on soap stone carving, wire wrapping, beading and silversmithing. We also have access to a fused glass and lamp work bead shop which, while privately owned by one of our members, is available with reservation. You can even receive training - the first lesson, is free!
See local specimens at Lone Pine Rock and Gift shop, where we have a club specimen show case. Each summer we have a potluck BBQ and another potluck dinner for Christmas. At all our club functions we have a raffle, auction, or a silent auction. At the Christmas potluck dinner we have an inexpensive, rock-related gift exchange with a twist.
For further information contact LPGMS:
- President Jim Grandegeorge at 760-878-2221
- Vice President Francis Pedneau at 760-876-4319.
- Membership Chairperson Dana Jeffries at 760-876-5427
LPGMS has grown from 6 founding members in 1997 to a membership of 80 members. We hope you will join us as a new member. (Membership Form)