Board Members 2018

President: Chuck Borchart

Federation Director: Mike Havarstad

Field Trips: Co-chairs Chuck Borchart and Kevin Grizzard

Membership: Sandee Mahoney

Newsletter: Lawerence Killough

Programs: Barbra 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:

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) 

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 will be getting together on Dec. 3 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. 

Currently the only future trips I'm aware of would be the daily trips at the Quartzsite annual Flea Market/Gem & Mineral Show during the "Pow-Wow" days run by the Quartzsite Gem & Mineral Club.   This happens January 17-21, 2018 and they run daily Field Trips.  The next trip would be the Rockhound Roundup in Demming, New Mexico.  This year it appears to be running March 8-11, 2018 and will have daily field trips for Thunder Eggs, Agates, and much more.  The area is know for some beautiful Thunder Eggs.  Several club members are already planning on going.  About a day and a half to get there, but well worth the trip!

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-  Members Show & Tell

March 8th-

April 21st and 22nd- Pageant of a Thousand Gems held at Borchard Park, Newbury Park, CA

May 10th-

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

Join the club!

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

The 2nd Tuesday evening of every month 6 PM to 8 PM

3rd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 9 AM to 12 PM