|January||22||Regular meeting - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome||Fill bags in preparation for the Science Alive program||Marty Perry & Babe Miller|
|February||4||Club Display from 10 am to 4 pm||Club Display at South Bend Library’s annual Science Alive program|
St. Joseph County Public Library
304 S. Main Street
South Bend, IN
|26||Regular meeting - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome||John Jaworski talked on this trip to Antarctica|
|March||26||Regular meeting - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome||Nick Pellus will talk on "White Gold"|
Training Class - location is the same as the regular MGMS
meetings in the basement of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church,
805 S. 29th St., South Bend, IN - class starts at 2:00 pm and will last about 2 hours.|
Note: if you aren't interested in taking the MSHA class, there will be no April meeting.
MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) training is required for most MGMS field trips and must be renewed annually
|MSHA trainer is Jason Hefner|
|May||21||Regular meeting - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome|
Note: this meeting is the third Sunday of the month
|"How to Make a Gem Tree" by Rev. Larry Calhoun|
|June||-||No club meeting in June||-|
|3||Field trip scheduled for Auglaize Quarry near Paulding Ohio. The trip is
set for June 3rd, 2017 and you should plan to be there by 7AM. We will
collect until around 11AM. Anyone who has collected in this
quarry, knows it is known for the high quality fluorite and calcite.
But you can also find many other minerals along with very nice
You will need to be there at 7AM for registration. We will then head down into the quarry approximately 7:30 and hunt till 11:00. Depending on how you drive and the traffic, this is around a 2 1/2 to 3 hour trip from South Bend. Safety equipment required is safety vest or our green shirts, hard hat, eye protection, hard shoes ( he will not let you in the quarry with tennis shoes on ). Long pants are required, but they should be Blue Jeans. You will be climbing over sharp rocks and will need the leg protection. Note: I was in there a couple weeks ago with another club I belong to and everyone did great, finding some fantastic fluorite and Sphalerite.
Directions from South Bend are: Take US-31 south to US-30, Take US-30 east to I-69 north at Fort Wayne. Take I-69 north to I-469 south, take I-469 south to US-24 east. Take US-24 to into Ohio and get off at the US-127 exit for Paulding. Take US-127 south for around 1 mile and you'll see Hwy 111 going to the east. Take HWY 111 east until you cross a river. This is the Auglaize River. The first road after crossing the river turn south and you'll see the quarry on the left hand side. Drive through the gate and you'll see where we park at the back building.
The State Line Gem and Mineral Show is the same weekend as this dig. Anyone going early and spending the night may want to check it out. It's very close to Auglaize. Llink for this show:https://xpopress.com/show/profile/459/state-line-gem-mineral-show
Note: this field trip is for adults only. They will not allow anyone under 18 to go into the quarry.
|Field Trip Leader: John Davis (cell phone: 574-850-3219)|
|July||-||No club meeting in July||-|
|August||6||Short club meeting & picnic|
Note: the picnic starts at 12:00 pm EST, eat at 1:00 pm
|Annual Club Picnic to be held at the Bertrand Township Community Center, final plans for the annual show|
Bertrand Township Community Center
3835 Buffalo Rd
Buchanan, MI 49107
|18-20||Annual Club Show at St. Joe County 4-H Fairgrounds|
Show hours open to public:
Friday: Noon to 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM
|Annual Club Show|
St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds
5117 Ironwood Rd
South Bend IN 46614
|September||17||Regular meeting - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome|
Note: this meeting is the third Sunday of the month
|Marty Perry will demonstrate wire wrapping jewelry and will show the tools she uses|
|22-24||Three day bus trip to Geode Fest in Keokuk, IA & Hamilton, IL|
Click for information on the bus trip.
|Bus Trip - active members can sign up with Kathy Miller|
|October||22||Regular meeting, election of officers for 2018 - doors open at 1:30 pm , meeting starts at 2:00 pm - visitors are always welcome||Diane Gram will demonstrate making glass beads.|
|November||-||No club meeting in November||-|
|December||3||Short meeting, installation of officers for 2018, pot luck lunch. Open to all MGMS members and their families.|
If you didn't sign up at our October meeting or have any questions, please contact Kathy Miller by phone 574-291-0332 or email Kanbrock@aol.com and let her know what dish you are bringing to share for the pot luck and how many adults/children will be attending so she has a head count and can set up enough tables/chairs for everyone.
As in the past, we will also take donations of non perishable food items to put under the Christmas tree at the party. These food items are then delivered to St. Vincent DePaul as our club Christmas contribution.
Note: we will begin eating at 1:30 PM EST (doors open at 1:00) in the same place as our meetings – Our Redeemer Fellowship Hall. Please bring dish to pass for pot luck lunch & your own plates & eating utensils.