Where Rockhounding is Fun!
President: Chuck Borchart
Federation Director: Mike Havastad
Field Trips: Co-chairs Chuck Borchart and Kevin Grizzard
Membership: Sandee Mahoney -email@example.com
Newsletter: Lawerence Killough
Programs: Barbara Duffin
Secretary: Mary Ellen Borchart
Treasurer: Sal Scarpeto
Conejo Gem and Mineral club was founded in 1971, and is a member of both the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
NOTE: "Conejo" pronounced 'kon-a-ho (n) is the Spanish word for "rabbit", hence the logo design, and was the name given by the early Spanish explorers in the early 1700's when they came through the valley and noticed the thousands of jack rabbits that lived here, thus designating this area the "Conejo Valley".
The Conejo Gem and Mineral Club (CGMC) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The Club promotes and extends the knowledge of minerals, geology, fossils, lapidary arts and associated fields.
Operating funds are generated from membership fees and proceeds from our annual show held in April called the Pageant of a Thousand Gems.
We also participate in the Gem and Mineral Department exhibits at the Ventura County Fair,and we actively support other Gem and Mineral Clubs by displaying when we are invited.
We are members of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (regional) and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (national). We serve; Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley and neighboring communities in and near the Conejo Valley area of Ventura County in Southern California.
We are on Facebook!
Please check out our page, feel free to "Like us". We have a FANs of Page on Facebook for CGAMC. Any members that are on Facebook can become a fan and send the link to all of their friends on Facebook and so on... Any fan can then post whatever to the page that might be of interest. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/1CGMC/
Our monthly meetings are held the 2nd Thursday evening at 7:30 PM at Hillcrest Art Center --403 Hillcrest Drive (Off of Mc Cloud), Thousand Oaks (It is across from the Oaks mall) up on the hill.
When we have enough youth to participate; their special class starts at 6:45 PM in the same location same night
Board Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 PM at the Hillcrest Art Center
First year for a family is $45, (this includes 2 name tags) and renewal after this is $30 a year.
Single membership is $28 for the first year and $20 a year for renewal.
Please call Sandra at 805-384-1013, or firstname.lastname@example.org for membership or come to a meeting to join, we would love to meet you.
The Field Trip leaders from all three Ventura County Clubs had a meeting in order to jointly plan trips for 2018. Hopefully, this will give us a nice selection of trip opportunities spread throughout the year. Don't hesitate to offer up suggestions for a trip at any time.
JULY 27-29: CFMS trip to Northern California for Obsidian. They will be going to about 5 different sites in the Davis Creek/Lassen Creek area. If you would like to go on this trip, please contact Dick Pankey no later than 7/23/18. Email: email@example.com (preferred method) or (925)439-7509.
This field trip is cancelled due to the road conditions after last year's fires
Rose Quartz, (near Lake Isabella) to be led by Larry Knapton.
OCTOBER 12-14: Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Show with field trips to lake for Pink Halite, Hanksite and other salt minerals.
OCTOBER 19-21: Clear Creek (above Coalinga) to be led by Chuck Borchart.
NOVEMBER 9-11: Wiley's Well, to be led by Chuck Borchart
Remember that now we are asking everyone to sign up at the www.whoscoming.com/vgms site or let me know that you are coming.
Also, please, if you decide not to come, remove your name from the "whoscoming" site or let the trip leader know so we won't be waiting around for you to show up.
Of course, "waiting around" only means for about 5 minutes after the stated leaving time! We appreciate the communication. www.whoscoming.com/vgms Register, get a passcode, and then use that to sign in from then on.
January 11th- Mike Havastad--How to Put Together a CFMS or AFMS Award Winning Competitive Case. Part 1 - What you need to know about the awards, the rules and how judging is done
February 8th- Diane Cook, President of the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society. Her program will be 'Spencer Opals'.
March 8th- Members Show and Tell
April 12- Sally Bilodeau, on Debris Flows in Southern California- Causes, Preparation and Planning
April 21st and 22nd- Pageant of a Thousand Gems held at Borchard Park, Newbury Park, CA
May 10th- Dick Weber on Fluorite
June 14th- Melissa Baffa- The Adventure of a Lifetime Exploring the Ocean Aboard the E/V Nautilus" specifically on the Channel Islands Adventures
July 15- Annual BBQ and picnic on a Sunday 11 AM -4 PM noon at Old Meadows Park, 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks
Bring side dish, lawn chairs and plates and utensils.
Sal will volunteer for grill master and the club will provide the meat and beverages (soda and wine)
The picnic is open to all members and their families and guests.
This is in place of the July meeting!
Please feel free to join us for a enjoyable Sunday afternoon
Directions to the park; Take Erbes road north from Hillcrest or Thousand Oaks blvd and turn West at Marview Drive. Watch for a small sign on the side of the road for Old Meadows Park. Mareview Drive dead ends at the parking lot of Old Meadows Park... See you there!!!!
August 9th- Ice Cream Social & SALE of Members ONLY creations that are rock or mineral themed.
"Ice Cream Social & Indoor Tailgate"
It's Hot out, do you want to Cool off?
The August Program will be replaced by the club's Annual Ice Cream Social and Indoor Tailgate
It's a great time to socialize and get to know more about fellow CGMC members and their interests. Plus you get to enjoy some great Ice Cream with all the toppings, hot fudge and caramel YUM!
We are also adding a new event. We would like to invite members to participate in an 'Indoor Tailgate' where members can display and sell their own special creations.
This can include jewelry, cabochons, wood carvings, knife handles or any gems, minerals, fossils that you have found on field trips. All of this needs to be something you have made or have found, not something you have bought and want to resell.
If you want to participate in the Indoor Tailgate, please email Barbara Duffin
so that we can plan how many tables need to be set up.
All members please plan to bring cash so that you can purchase any of these items.
Be prepared for many treasured items.
Please bring cash, or some may be able to take credit card charges.
September 13th-Local geology lecture
October 11th- Mary Pat Weber- Australian Boulder Opals
November 8th- Silent Auction
December Sunday 9th- Annual Dinner Get together
with activities for the younger rockhounds in your family
About rocks, gems, geology
Field Trips throughout the year, most in California, but some in different states
We have a small shop located at the Hillcrest Arts Center
We have Genies for shaping and polishing rocks
A large flat lap
A large rock saw
Small trim saws
We have shop foreman that have regular days and hours to open the shop and several who are on call.
Would you like to learn to make the rocks you have collected into something new and pretty?
Our shop foreman will be happy to teach you for free. This service is only for updated paid members of the Conejo Gem and Mineral club
Please contact Eric Stokes for any questions at 805-236-4076
The 1st and last Sunday of every month 12 PM to 3 PM- Eric Stokes
The 2nd Tuesday evening of every month 6 PM to 8 PM- Manny Valdez
3rd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 9 AM to 12 PM- Dick Weber
Kevin Lake- On Call 805-384-1013