Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
This year's November Boston Mineral Club meeting will again combine the popular BMC Specimen Competition with our annual business meeting. Since there are national elections on the first Tuesday in November this year we will delay our November meeting to the 2nd Tuesday, 11 November. Merging the competition with the annual meeting has worked well for over a decade. We begin with the specimen competition and then our annual meeting is conducted while we are waiting for the results of the specimen competition to be tallied.
The annual meeting features the election of club officers for 2015, a treasurer’s report, membership report, and committee reports. A time for general discussion of current and future club activities will also be provided. One of the current BMC board members, Anna Golitsyna, has indicated her desire to step down from her position in 2015. Anna has served the club well for several years and I encourage you all to thank her for her contributions to the club both as Vice President and as the coordinator of refreshments for our meetings. The following individuals have indicated their willingness to serve the club next year and are nominated for the offices indicated:
In accordance with our bylaws, additional nominations for any of these offices can also be made by members present at the annual meeting. Any individuals nominated from the floor must verify that they are willing to serve if elected.
This year’s specimen competition once again provides an excellent opportunity for members to show the rest of the club some of their favorite specimens, and possibly get an award in the process. As in previous years, all members will have the opportunity to submit mineral, fossil and lapidary specimens to be judged in various categories. All those who attend have the opportunity to vote for the specimens they like the best in each category using ballots provided by the club. The ballots will be tallied during the annual meeting and awards will be presented that same evening. There are now four parts to a Boston Mineral Club Specimen Competition.
A) A competition restricted to individual self-collected specimens,
B) An open competition of individual specimens that can either be purchased or self-collected,
C) A competition for lapidary items created by club members, and
D) A specimen display competition for displays consisting of 10 or more specimens.
Lists of the competition categories and rules as well as specimen registration forms are available on this website at http://www.bostonmineralclub.org/events/mineral_competition.
To provide more room to display specimens we will meet in the two classrooms off the hallway next to our normal meeting room in Haller Hall. There will be BMC signs to direct you. We have used these same two rooms for several years and they work reasonably well for this event. The basic schedule for the meeting is as follows:
6:30 to 7:15 PM – room preparation & table setup (helpers needed)
7:15 to 8:15 PM – specimen registration and setup (please arrive early if you are entering specimens)
8:15 PM – ballots distributed to members, voting begins (no specimens may be added after this time)
8:15 to 9:00 PM – specimen viewing and voting
9:00 PM – voting stops, all ballots collected
9:00 to 9:40 PM – Annual BMC business meeting while votes tabulated
9:40 to 9:50 PM – Announcement of winners & presentation of awards
9:50 PM – pack up specimens and cleanup room
If you are bringing specimens, please arrive before 7:30 PM so that you will have plenty of time to register your specimens and get set up. Important: Any specimens not set up and registered when voting begins at 8:15 PM cannot be included in the competition. To save time please download, print and fill out the specimen and/or display registration forms from links on the BMC website at http://www.bostonmineralclub.org/events/mineral_competition.
Members are also encouraged to bring in specimen donations for the 2015 BMC Auction to this meeting. We will get them photographed and put up on the website to help advertise the event.
Please note that the Harvard Mineralogical Museum will be open to us from 7 to 8 PM as usual and refreshments will be provided during the meeting. However, due to the tight schedule of events and limited space there will not be a mineral raffle. Also please remember that guests are always welcome at all of our meetings and should be invited to attend this one as well.
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club