Welcome to;
The Conejo Gem and Mineral Club

Where Rockhounding is Fun!

Board Members 2018

President: Chuck Borchart

Federation Director: Mike Havastad

Field Trips: Co-chairs Chuck Borchart and Kevin Grizzard

Membership: Sandee Mahoney

Newsletter: Lawerence Killough

Programs: Barbara Duffin

Secretary: Mary Ellen Borchart

Treasurer: Sal Scarpeto

About Our Club

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: http://www.facebook.com/1CGMC/

Meeting Location and Times

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

Field Trips


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. 

April 28:  Lavic Siding/Hector Road (just past Barstow). It also appears at this time that you will have a choice to go to the Cady Mountians if you would prefer. The meeting place and time will be the same, but you will get a choice as to which area you would like to go to. The Cady's are another 20 minutes down the road from the meeting place. There will be leader for both areas. 

May 19:   Afton Canyon and Basin Rd areas (a little ways before Baker). This might be a Saturday & Sunday trip, just depends on whether people want to do just Afton Canyon or also Basin Rd. More info will be coming soon.

June 23:  Himalaya Mine (Tourmaline) - Led by Adrian Ruiz (OGMS) 

September TBD (15-16 OR 22-23):  Greenhorn Mountains (Rose Quartz) - Led by Larry Knapton (OGMS) 

October 20-21:   Clear Creek (Plasma Agate, Serpentine, Nephrite Jade) - Led by Chuck Borchart (CGMC) 

November 9-11:   Wiley's Well - Led by Chuck Borchart (CGMC) 

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.  

Contact info: 

Chuck Borchart 



Luther Brown 



Larry Knapton



Adrian Ruiz 



April 21, 22, 2018 GEM SHOW


It is being held at  Borchard Park  190 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA

Saturaday 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM

Events for the children

Free entrance 

Opportunity table

Door prizes

Food and drink available for purchase.


Silent auctions on a large variety of items throughout both days

Rock specimens for sale, along with finished jewelry.

Raw to finished products, a large variety of vendors that can offer you the "rock" of your dreams and the items to make them yourself! 

Are you missing that "special" rock, if so come down and check us out!

It is a Fun family day, please come out to join us!!!!

2018 Meetings

       Club Calendar 

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- Annual BBQ and picnic on a Sunday 12:00 noon to 4 PM at a local park

August 9th- Ice Cream Social & Show & Tell

September 13th-

October 11th-

November 8th- Silent Auction

December Sunday 9th- Annual Dinner Get together  

About Us

We are a family orientated club

with activities for the younger rockhounds in your family

We have a variety of speakers throughout the year

About rocks, gems, geology

We participate and or host many

Field Trips throughout the year, most in California, but some in different states

For more information-cgmcsecretary@gmail.com

Our Lapidary Shop

Lapidary Shop

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

Shop Schedule

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