Regional Chapters

Colorado Chapter

2021 Officers

  1. President: Bob Hembree    email address:
  2. Vice President: Dan Zellner
  3. Secretary: Ed Pederson
  4. Treasurer: Gloria Staebler
  5. Representative to the Denver Gem & Mineral Show Council
  6. Dave Bunk; Alternative: Mark Ivan Jacobson
  7. Representative to the Denver Gem & Mineral Show committee: Larry Havens

The Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy meets bimonthly in Jan-Mar-May-Sep-Nov, normally on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Although meetings are currently suspended due to Covid -19,  when the meetings restart they will be held at Colorado School of Mines Campus, School of Mines, Berthoud Hall,  Room 109 (lower level), 1516 Illinois St. Golden, CO. Annual dues (which include national membership in Friends of Mineralogy) are $15. Meeting dates and speakers for each year can be found on the chapter website.  In addition, an annual silent – voice auction of minerals and related materials, is traditionally held the second weekend in May at the Clement Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood, CO, 12 noon to 3 p.m.  This auction, similar to all our meetings, is open to non-members to buy and sell/donate.

Chapter website:
Chapter mailing address: Friends of Mineralogy – Colorado Chapter
P. O. Box 234
Arvada, CO  80001-0234

Midwest Chapter

  • President – Vacant
  • Vice President Programs – Vacant
  • Vice President Field Trips – Reggie Rose
  • Secretary – Frank Konieczki
  • Treasurer – Jeff Spencer
  • Liaison Officer  with National Friends of Mineralogy – Randy Marsh,
  • Fund Raising (Committee Chair) – Vacant
  • Newsletter (Committee Chair) Tom Bolka,

For additional Chapter information go to the Chapter website:

Mississippi Valley Chapter

For Chapter information, contact Lawrence Nuelle, President,


New Jersey Chapter

For Chapter information, contact:

Chapter website at:

Pacific Northwest Chapter

For Chapter information, contact Toby Seim, President,
E-mail: anotherlevelfit @

Chapter Website:

Annual Symposia:  See the Symposia page for current details.

Current projects include update of Washington State Locality Index and an Oregon State Locality Index to provide information on rare minerals and obscure localities, please contact Aaron Wieting.

(Oregon) pdxpounder @, and John Lindell (Washington) lindell4 @ .

Pennsylvania Chapter

For Chapter information, contact: William Stephens, Chapter President [Professional Geologist], at

Chapter website:

Friends of Mineralogy – Pennsylvania Chapter


Mineral Collecting Enthusiasts Meet and Learn

Symposium November 12, 2022 Field Trip November 13
Bright Side Opportunities Center, Lancaster, PA
Please Register in Advance

The Friends of Mineralogy – Pennsylvania Chapter will hold their 2022 Symposium and field trip on the second weekend in November. Mineral collectors in attendance on Saturday will check in at the Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603. Activities, including several talks by knowledgeable speakers on minerals, geology and mining in Pennsylvania and beyond, are planned. Online attendance is also being planned. On Sunday, a field trip for those registered for the symposium will provide an opportunity for mineral collecting at the National Limestone Quarry No. 2 and the Lime Ridge Wavellite Locality at Mount Pleasant Mills. The field trip is open only to symposium registrants. Safety equipment will be required.

All interested mineral collectors are invited to register and attend. As usual, a few invited mineral dealers will be present, and there will be a silent auction, give-away table, refreshments, and plenty of opportunities for visiting with fellow enthusiasts. Lunch is available at restaurants within short driving distance, and there is adequate parking. Arrangements are still being made, so please see the web site for any updates, details, and the registration form.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 12-13, 2022
Location: Saturday, Nov. 12: Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.
Sunday, Nov. 13: collecting trip to the National Limestone Quarry No. 2 and the Lime Ridge Wavellite Locality at Mount Pleasant Mills
Registration: $25/person for non-members (or join for 2023 and get the member rate),
$15/person for current FM-Pa members; free for students. Parents must provide supervision of minors.
Please register in advance; a form will be available on the web site.
Professional Geologists: lecture attendance qualifies for Professional Development Hours toward license renewal.

Web Site:

Contact: e-mail: <>

Presentations on Pennsylvania minerals or mineral localities, or other topics of interest to mineral collectors, are invited. Abstracts may be up to two pages and should include a title and the author’s name and affiliation as they should be presented. The final abstract for publication may include illustrations of sufficient resolution to look good in print; a biographical sketch and photograph of the author are also welcome, within the two-page limit. We provide an honorarium of $100 for each presentation.
Contact Bill Stephens <> or another Board member

Order now! Reminiscences of a Mineralogist by Arthur Montgomery.  Price: $6 (plus $0.36 tax for PA residents) and $4.00 shipping and handling via USPS Media Mai.  Make checks out to “F.M., Pa. Chapter.”  Order from:

Friends of Mineralogy Pennsylvania Chapter Inc.
15 Oak Road
Schuylkill Haven, Pa 17972-9330

Southern California Chapter

For Chapter information, contact Dr. Don Buchanan, President, email:

Virginia Chapter

FMVA 2020 Leadership Team

Club Contact Info:     Email: 
                                                Phone: 540-529-4506 (President)

President:                   Thomas Hale,

Vice-President:           Alex Venzke,

Secretary:                   Kelley Finch,

Treasurer:                  Tom Girton,

About Us:       FMVA is a project-oriented organization comprised of various committees dedicated to specific topics such as safety, education, historical preservation, and research.  FMVA meetings are held bi-monthly starting in January and will be on the last Friday of the month at 7:00pm Eastern  Time. All meetings will have a virtual component, in addition to the physical meeting location, allowing people from across the community to attend. Locations are TBD due to COVID-19, but meetings when they restart will alternate between two different locations within the state to allow the spread out members to attend some meeting.

Meetings for the remainder of 2020 will be held on Zoom.

 Social Media: Check us out on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts.


Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

Contact, TGMS Office at tgms @ or visit their website:

TGMS is not a Friends of Mineralogy chapter, but TGMS and FM have similar missions and also work together to produce a Symposium at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® each February.

The Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council

Info about the Denver Show and Council can be found on their website:

The Greater Denver Area Gem and Mineral Council sponsors the Denver Gem and Mineral Show which is organized independently by the Denver Gem and Mineral Show Committee. Although the GDAGMC is not a Friends of Mineralogy Chapter, it is a 501c(3) educational organization. The Denver Gem and Mineral Show has in times past hosted (not sponsored) one-day symposia of the Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter.

Friends of Mineralogy – National Members “at-large”

See membership application if you live away from one of the chapters listed above.