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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General Meeting: April 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.  

Program: Presented by Georgiana Kramer, Ph.D.–Lunar Swirls–The surface of the Moon is covered by many bright (reflective) impact craters and large, darker “seas” of ancient lava flows. But less well-known is that in some locations, the Moon has another surface feature–one that may be unique to it–lunar swirls.



HGMS Shop Days and Hours

The shop is usually open five 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.

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.
Thursday 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 and at 5:00 p.m. before the monthly General 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.

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

Date: May 2, 2019
Program: Bob Moore will speak on “Megalithic Structures in Neolithic Europe.” He will talk about the oldest man-made structures in the world including those in Turkey, Malta, England, Croatia, and Cyprus. Bob will enhance his talk by showing photos taken by Nancy Engelhardt-Moore during their visits to many ancient archaeological sites. Please join us for this fascinating program! Refreshments will be available, and admission and parking are free.

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

Date: April 20, 2019
Program: Our guest instructor is Kathy Jolly, and we will be studying the Ladder Stitch with her. She said that she would bring kits of the project for $20.00, and $5.00 more for the pattern instructions. So come and welcome this lady. We also need to thank Gretchen Cockerill for finding and recruiting this instructor.

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

Date: April 3, 2019 
Program: Mary Ann Mitscherling will teach members how to make a Foxtail jump ring bracelet. The limit of twelve members has already signed up, and no more slots are available. However, signed-up members who are no-shows by 1:15 p.m. on April 3 may free up some slots for additional members to participate. Come early for the program starting at 1:00 p.m. and sign Mary Ann’s participation sheet. There is a $4.00 materials fee for the section. Please bring two needle chain-nose pliers and one round-nose pliers since the Section’s supply of pliers is limited. Flat-nose pliers can be substituted for one of the needle chain-nose pliers.

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

Date: May 8, 2019
Program: Our agenda will include the following:

  1. Extension tubes for macro photography
  2. Common gemstone treatments
  3. How to cut pear-shaped designs
  4. Polariscope test for gem ID
  5. Specific Gravity test for gem ID

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: April 15, 2019
Program: In a hands-on program, Edward Clay will show people how to correctly orient moonstone, sunstone, and labradorite. Attendees should bring a penlight if they have one, and stones on which they would like to work. Moonstone rough will be available for those who do not bring any.

Mineral Section 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday

Date: April 17, 2019
Program: To be announced

In 2019 Mineral Section will meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday.

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

Date: April 16, 2019
Program: James Washington is the speaker, and he’s from the Houston Museum of Natural Science. His topic will be the Paleo Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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

Dates: April 6, and April 20, 2019
Program: Making cabochons