The Southern Nevada Gem and Mineral Society was organized to promote the interest and education in the various earth sciences, mineralogy and to foster the exchange of knowledge in lapidary techniques. Today's club evolved from the Prospector's Club, a group formed in 1932, which reorganized in 1947 to become the Clark County Gem Collectors. The Clark County Club was officially incorporated in 1950. The year 1970 brought a second club to Las Vegas which would be known as the Las Vegas Gem Club. In January of 2003, the Clark County Gem Collectors and the Las Vegas Gem Club voted to merge the two clubs, becoming the Southern Nevada Gem and Mineral Society.
We are officially incorporated for the purpose of promoting an educational interest in geological and gemological knowledge. SNGMS is a member of the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and also the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
A Newsletter, the Polished Slab is published monthly.The publication provides information about club business, events, and field trips. Original articles and photos by members and the Society's activities are also featured. The latest issue can be downloaded in PDF format from the Newsletter page. Back issues are also available here and older issues are being digitized and added to the library as they are received from the club historian.
Monthly Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month except December. When the first Monday falls on a holiday, the meeting will be on the second Monday. Board meetings are on the Thursday prior to the General Meeting, 6 p.m.at the Club Workshop. Board meetings are open to members only. General Meetings are held in the Eagles Hall at 1601 E.Washington; and the public is invited. There is plenty of free parking in a lighted lot. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, a dinner is available from the Eagles kitchen for a small fee. Beverages are available at the bar. We have a short break for refreshments about halfway through the meeting. If your birthday is the month of the meeting you are requested to bring a snack to share for the refreshment table. Meeting programs include all facets of information about gems, minerals and related subjects. Guest speakers include professional geologists, mineralogists, gemologists, mining specialists, and knowledgeable "rockhounds". An annual awards banquet is held in December.
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