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.

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Next Meeting:

Date: October 24, 2017
Program: Steve Blyskal and Sigrid Stewart will present “Colorado’s Highway of Legends: from the K-T Boundary to the Spanish Peaks, and Beyond”, with lots of pictures and rocks, of course.

Future Meeting

Date: November 28, 2017
Program: To be announced

Previous Meeting

Date: September 26, 2017
Program:  Dustin Villareal, a PhD candidate at the University of Houston, will present a talk titled “The Pre-Cenozoic Tectonic History of the Pamir” for our September 23rd General meeting.  His geologic interest is understanding the tectonic evolution of orogenic systems (mountain building)  in both an intercontinental and continental-oceanic boundary setting. To conduct his research he integrates regional geologic field mapping, satellite imagery, and structural analysis, with sedimentology and geochronology data to interpret the deformation history of the crust.

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 Shop is open:

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


HGMS Board Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month.

HGMS Holiday Party: December 9, 2017

Due to the crowding during past Holiday Parties, the HGMS Board decided to look for a larger venue. They decided on the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston Church. It is located north of I-10, and the address is 1504 Wirt Road. It also has a full kitchen.

As usual, it is a potluck dinner.The Club will provide the turkey, ham, and brisket. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Setup of the room (using the church’s furnishings), will begin at 3:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Following the auction, please stay to move the furniture back. HGMS is obligated to return the room to its original configuration for the church services the next morning.

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

Date: October 5, 2017
Program: Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Curator of Anthropology – HMNS: Knights in Shining Armor: A Sneak Peek at the New HMNS Exhibit.

Date: November 2, 2017
Program: Gail Larsen Peterkin, Master Docent – HMNS: New Innovations from the Upper Palaeolithic: Late Old Stone Age

Date: December 7, 2017
Program: To be announced

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

Date: October 21, 2017
Program: Continue Bead embroidery. (Click here for instructions.)
Kim Fuselier writes:

  1. I hope everyone is collecting what they want to put in the display boxes at the Houston Gem and Mineral Show in Humble, Texas November 10, 11, 12, 2017. Please bring them to the October meeting because the November meeting is on the 21st, 2017–after the show is over.
  2. We also need someone to represent us at the Board Meeting once a month on 1st Tuesday evening at the clubhouse. Please consider this if you live close to the clubhouse. This would be a great help.
  3. The Gem and Mineral Show is a big event for the club. There will be setup on Thursday morning, November 9, and we will need help, please. I would also like to see some of you at the show to help with beading demonstrations in front of the event for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s simple–you talk to the people interested, and invite them to the meeting the following weekend after the show. Work on one of your current projects. Please help–that is a LONG time to work for only two people.
  4. The project we started at the September meeting will be continued during our October 21 meeting. We attached the backing to the top fabric and stitched and glued on the Cabochon with the 2-bead back stitch around the base of the cab with a peyote stitch to capture the cab onto the base.
  5. Your homework is to think about how you would like your finished bracelet to look. Use the beads included in the kit, and add your own from your bead stash at home. You can draw it or place the objects/beads on the base start of project and take a photo so you remember your design. The Kits were sold for $10.00 each by Diane Sisson. If you have not started yet, we will have a fellow member–Katherine Kelly–step up and help us complete the project during this meeting. She has experience at this and lots of information to share.

Date: November 18
Program: Bracelet–Persian Light

Date: December 16
Program: To be announced

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

Date: October 4, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: November 1, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: December 6, 2017
Program: To be announced

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

Date: October 11, 2017
Program: Education topics for this month will be:
1. Understanding GIA Color Grading,
2. Understanding Specific Gravity and how to use it in gem I.D.
3. Review other Faceting and Gemology organizations where you can get information.

Randy Carlson will have a drawing for members who attend the October meeting–a nice faceting-related giveaway!

Date: November 8, 2017
Program: No November meeting–helping with Show

Date: December 13, 2017
Program: To be announced

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

Date: October 16, 2017
Program: Use Viking Knit to frame a cabochon.

Date: November 20, 2017
Program: Finish framing last month’s cabochon with Viking Knit. Show ‘n Tell–bring your new treasures purchased during our annual show earlier this month. Tell us about them, and let us all “oooh” and “ah.”

Date: December 18, 2017
Program: NO MEETING–Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy New Year!

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

Date: October 4, 2017
Program: Work on school collection sets for Annual Show.

Date:: October 18, 2017
Program: Preparing Fluorescent Display and sale materials for the Annual Show.

Date: November 1, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: November 15, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: December 6, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: December 20, 2017
Program: NO MEETING! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy New Year!

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

Date: October 17, 2017
Program: Chase Jennings will be giving a presentation on Amber from Chiapas, Mexico, based on the mine he is leasing there. The presentation will be at the regular Paleo Meeting and will cover rare inclusions found so far, mining operations, and a plethora of items made of Chiapas amber. There will be many museum-quality specimens, including Butterflies, Flowers, Leaves, Mantises, a feather, water, a centipede, spiders, and other rare inclusions in amber. Don’t miss this exciting presentation where you will also see Glowing amber and other cool UV light tricks!

Date: November 21, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: December 19, 2017
Program: To be announced

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

Date: October 7, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: October 21, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: November 4, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: November 18, 2017
Program: To be announced

Date: December 2, 2017
Program: Christmas Party

Date: December 16, 2017
Program: NO MEETING! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy New Year!