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The Villages Gem and Mineral Club


Meeting Date: Mar 2012

A regular business meeting of The Villages Gem and Mineral Society was held at Sea Breeze Recreation Center on March 1st, 2012. Club President, Tom Mitchell, opened the meeting at 6:30 pm.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting and made mention of the items laid out on the front table for general perusal.  He re-iterated that membership in our club is $15 per person and $5 for the second person in a household.

The minutes for the February meeting were read and approved.

Officers Reports:

Treasurer, Richard Goodspeed reported:

Beginning Balance    $ 1,298.17
Income & deposits     +   158.30
End of Feb. BAL.     $1,456.47
Cash & checks           +     97.00
Balance to date          $1,553.47

The Treasurer’s report was approved.

Vice President, Bill Collins, just back from Tucson brought piles of catalogs and show directories for any club members who want them.  Bill also brought in a display case with items he acquired in Tucson.

Old Business:

We have donated monies for a rolling mill.  We need to purchase the rolling mill.

New Business:

Dick Goodspeed pointed out that our single cab machine is not keeping up with the demand on our Thursday work nights.  A discussion ensued about cab machines and which one we should buy.

A committee was formed to find our new cab machine.  Tom Mitchell will chair the committee.  Ed Mrak and Dick Goodspeed will be on the committee.


Christine Courtright talked about The Villages Outdoor Expo, March 31st and April 1st, at The La Hacienda Rec. Center.  We will have a horseshoe of tables, multiple display cases with our gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, etc.  The cases will lock so you don’t need to worry about your items.  Chris would also like silversmithing tools and perhaps other tools or items relating to our club.

Judy Mitchell told us about the Ganoskin Project. It is an organization that has compiled reference material

on various jewelry making procedures.  Access is at

She also had printed info on places in Florida to go fossil hunting.  We would need to get individual fossil permits, which would cost $5 per person for an annual permit.

Name badges can be ordered from Ed Mrak for $10.

Tom announced that we would have a special speaker next month.


Ron Hoppe proposed that we consider having our own Gem & Mineral Show to generate income for our club.  Tom agreed and made a broader suggestion that we put on a Gem & Mineral Show with outside vendors.  We would have to hold it “outside” The Villages if we involve vendors.  We can have a club show and sale using our regular meeting time and room at Sea Breeze twice each year.  

It was also suggested we have a “trash to me, treasure to you” sale.  Another suggestion was to bring in a sought after speaker and sell tickets.  Tom pointed out that our club is not really big enough to do these things.

Another suggestion was that we have workshops with a teacher who would be paid.

There was a discussion about Special Interest Groups within our club, i.e. Gem Trees, Faceting, Wire Wrapping, Cabbing, Silversmithing, Etc.  Mary Ellen Lanigan volunteered to chair the Gem Tree S.I.G.


Tom adjourned the meeting after offering everybody a William Holland catalog for classes in Lapidary & Jewelry Arts. 

We had our Chinese auction and show & tell.


Rhonda West,