General Meeting (7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday)

The monthly General Meeting brings all the Sections together each month with a program of special interest. The business meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.. Following that, members are encouraged to exhibit and discuss their Show and Tell items to highlight their current activities. Following a brief break, a guest speaker presents the program topic for the evening. Snacks provided by volunteer members are available during the break.

Take an informal tour of the Clubhouse, view interesting items brought by members, enjoy a social snack break, and see interesting presentations. Every month a door prize drawing is held, and a member or visitor in attendance wins.

Send suggestions for General Meeting Programs to programs@hgms.org.

General Meeting June 26nd, 7:30pm   Sigrid Stewart will present:

“Viking Gold”, a travelog and metallurgical talk on Viking-age hoards of gold and silver found in Scandinavia

HGMS Shop Days and Hours

The shop is usually open four days of the week. An important note is that the Youth Section meets the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. If the Youth are using the shop, adults must wait to use the shop machines until the Youth either are finished working in the shop, or they are not using the equipment that morning.

Days that the Shop is open:   (December exceptions in 2018–Saturday, December 22, Sunday December 23, Tuesday, December 25, Sunday December 30)

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Shop will also be open for use by members at 5:00 p.m. before the monthly Lapidary meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.  Come enjoy the very well equipped facilities open to members of the HGMS.  Usual low fees apply – $2.00 per hour of Shop use and $0.25 per square inch of large rock saw cuts.  Training on use of the machines is available upon request.

 

HGMS Board Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.

 

HGMS Holiday Party: December 8, 2018

Last year’s party was held at the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston Church, 1504 Wire Rd., Houston, Texas, due to crowding in past years. An announcement will be made later in the year as to this year’s location.

Archaeology Section (7:30 p.m. on the 1st Thursday)

Date: The Archaeology Section will not have any programs this summer.
Program: Please watch for future program announcements in the fall. Have a GREAT summer!

Beading Section (1:30 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday)

Date: June 16, 2018
Program: The June Beading Section Meeting will be guest-led by Paul Robles. He will  teach how to wire weave on a cabochon. All materials will be provided. He asks for no money for his supplies, but a donation of $5 to $10 would be a good idea. Hope y’all have fun.
Kim Fuselier

Date: July 21, 2018
Program: To be announced

Day Light Section 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the 1st Wednesday)

Date: June 6, 2018 1:00-3:00 PM
Program: We will be finishing the pots we started last month, and if the weather is nice for planting, we can plant same succulents in them, also.

Date: July 4, 2018–NO MEETING
Program: Holiday–no meeting

Date: Alternate meeting–July 11–one week later
Program Our July meeting will be a design-it-yourself with some wonderful beads, courtesy of Nancy England’s friend.  I will bring some designs we have used before and some ideas from my musings in June. Many of the beads are larger, and we will have copper sheet and wire to play with. Also a bit of brass for the shine. If you have wire, bring it as well as pliers and wine cutters. As always, HGMS will have some tools available.

Gemstones and Faceting Section (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday)

Date: June 13, 2018
Program: Our educational topic will be Diamonds, Part 2. We will look at the Cut, Color, and Clarity grading of diamonds. Time permitting, we will look at a typical grading report and discuss diamond “certificates.”

Date: July 11, 2018
Program: To be announced.

Lapidary and Silversmithing Section (7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Monday)

 

 

Lapidary Section-Designed Templates are available for purchase. Template images and sales information will be available here shortly. Information about the Recognition of Lapidary Excellence (R. O. L. E.) Program also will be coming, as will instructions in creating a cabochon.

Date: June 18, 2018
Program: Mary Ann Mitscherling: Cutting stones into hearts. Techniques to create and polish a good groove.

Date: July 16, 2018
Program: Karen Burns and John Mitscherling: Twisting wire for later use.  Hammered braided copper bracelets.

Date: August 20, 2018
Program: Steve Wilkerson: Use of the spool polisher: Demo and practice on our shop polishers.

Date: September 17, 2018
Program: Nancy English, Karen Burns, Steve Wilkerson: Beginning wire wrap.

Date: October 15, 2018
Program: Margaret Hardman-Muye: Precious metal clay demo.

Date: November 19, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: December 17, 2018   NO MEETING: MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Program: No meeting

Mineral Section (7:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays--September into June)

The Mineral Section will not have regularly scheduled meetings during the summer hiatus. Meetings resume in September.

Special Workshop Program on Mineral and Rock Identification, given by Nathalie Brandes, Professor of Geology, Lonestar College

Date: June 30th at 1:30 – 4:00 PM   This program was given two years ago to rave reviews.

25 seats available: please RSVP to mineral@hgms.org

This is a lecture and hands-on program that will give you a clear idea of the steps needed to do mineral and rock identification.  Dr. Brandes will start with a lecture explaining what a mineral is and what the difference is between rocks and minerals.  There will be a series of handouts on the steps needed to identify rocks and minerals and to tell the difference between them.  There are sets of minerals and rocks for the hands on portion of the workshop.  Mineral Section members will assist participants in the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Paleo Section (7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday)

Date: June 19, 2018
Program: To be announced

Date: July 17, 2018
Program: To be announced

Youth Section (10:00 a.m.-12 noon on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays)

Date: June 2, 2018; June 16, 2018

Date: July 7, 2018; July 21, 2018