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2018

2018 Membership due now . (click here)

January 3, 2018 ~ Brag Night ~ Click here for full details

It's that time of year again!  The time to see who's been out there digging, scratching, sifting, panning or hard rock digging for new specimens or making jewelry.
There are 20 Blue Ribbons and 3 Plaques to be won ...
'Adult's Best Self Collected Plaque'
'Children's Best Self Collected Plaque'
'Judges Choice Best of Show Plaque'

Note: Dues for 2018 must be paid and you must have been a member in 2017 and you must be present at the JANUARY MEETING to
compete in 2018 BRAG NIGHT competition.

Wednesday, January 3. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


February 2018.. No Meeting in February ..

No Meeting in February. Go to the Tucson Mineral Show instead!


>NO meeting: March 7th, 2018<

Hi All,

The meeting on Wednesday March 7th has been Cancelled due to the impending storm. The speaker for the April meeting is still to be determined.

Stay safe and stay warm! Winter is almost over.

Regards,

Sharon


Wednesday, March 7. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


April 4, 2018 ~
SPEAKER:
Jim Holden, Professor, UMass Microbiology
Topic: Minerals & Microbes in Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

Jim Holden who has had the opportunity to go to the bottom of the ocean floor in the ‘Alvin', off the coast of Washington, to study  Hydrothermal vents  and even manage to bring back a rock along with deep sea microbes and other organisms off the ocean bottom.
( Hydrothermal vents are like geysers, or hot springs, on the ocean floor . Along mid- ocean ridges where tectonic plates spread apart, magma rises and cools to form new crust and volcanic mountain chains. Seawater circulates deep in the ocean's crust and becomes super-heated by hot magma)

Wednesday, April 4. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


May 2, 2018 ~
SPEAKERS: Fred Wilda and Wayne Corwin
"Upcoming Field Trip Review"
Pre- study locations and the minerals found there.
They will also give a talk on proper collecting, safety and go over the rules.


Wednesday, May 2. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


June 6, 2018 ~
SPEAKER: TBA

Wednesday, June 6. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


Gilsum Rock Swap, Gilsum, N.H. ~ June 23& 24, 2018 ~


July 2018.. No Meeting in July ..

No Meeting in July. Go to the Gilsum Rock Swap, Last weekend of June instead !


August 2018.. No Meeting in August ..
Go to the:
East Coast Gem & Mineral Show
instead !

August 10–12, 2018 ... 10 a.m.–6 p.m. FridaySaturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday
(Wholesale closes at 4 p.m. Sunday).
Link


September 5, 2018 ~ Business Meeting
SPEAKER: TBA

Wednesday, September 5. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


October 3, 2018 ~
SPEAKER:
Adriane Lam

"Deciphering plate tectonics from microfossils: Preliminary findings from IODP Expedition 371"

In the summer of 2017, 34 scientists sailed in the Tasman Sea for two months during International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 371 aboard the research vessel JOIDES Resolution. The goal of the expedition was to recover sediment cores from six locations to determine the tectonic history of the Tasman Sea and investigate ancient climates in this part of the world.

The key to unlocking the ocean sediment's story lie not in fancy analyses or through complex models, but rather in microfossils! PhD candidate Adriane Lam from the University of Massachusetts Amherst was a paleontologist on the expedition, and will talk about life at sea, preliminary results from the expedition, and how the recovered sediment cores will be used in her research. 

Adriane Lam

Doctoral Candidate: Ph.D. Geosciences
Department of Geosciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Micropaleontology
Microceanography


Wednesday, October 3. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


November 7, 2018 ~
SPEAKER: TBA

Wednesday,
November 7. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.


December 5, 2018 ~ Elections / Holiday Party ~ short meeting & election of officers

The CVMC Holiday party is our next event at the December meeting. If you're wondering what goes on, here goes. Please bring a main dish, hot or cold dish, finger sandwiches, crock pot, dessert, cheese ‘n crackers, veggie platter etc.

The gift swap is simple, if you want to receive a gift, you need to bring a gift. The gifts have to pertain to the hobby and must be labeled as a mineral specimen, fossil, or lapidary. If you are gifting a mineral specimen please make sure it is one you would enjoy getting yourself! The gifts must be wrapped and you do not need to put your name on the gift. If anyone has any questions about the party, please contact one of the officers and they will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Wednesday, December 5. 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm). Club Meeting. Tolman Wing of Springfield Science Museum. Directions to our meeting location can be found here.