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 BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
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 no national elections on the first Tuesday in November this year we will stay with our normal schedule of meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. 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.
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.
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club