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: January 22m 2918  David Dobson will present “Sphere Making”

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.

HGMS Holiday Party: December 7, 2019

This year’s party will also be held at the Unitarian Fellowship of Houston Church, 1504 Wirt Rd., Houston, Texas. Everyone enjoyed the venue last year.

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

Date: February 7, 2019

Program: Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout, HMNS Curator of Anthropology, will present “The Ancient Maya in Belize.Hidden in the sugarcane fields, swamps, jungle, and pine forests of Belize are the remnants of many Maya sites. Nature has taken over!  Occasionally, archaeologists uncover portions of these millennia-old cities and find wonderful things. This talk will deal with some of these discoveries.  We will travel to 1500 BC and continue our voyage until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Mark your calendar–the ancient Maya beckon!        

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

Date: January 19, 2019
Program: Kim Fuselier will teach the Right Angle Weave (RAW) Bracelet.

Supplies needed:
Clasp (I used a 1” wide 4 hole)
(60 to 75) 8, 6, 4 mm round beads
(35 to 50) 4, 3, 2 mm crystal beads
11/0 seed beads
Size 12 Beading Needle
Fireline 6lb

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

Date: February 6, 2019 
Program: Charlie Holden will demonstrate flameworking glass to make beads and small figurines. Members may have a chance to make a bead.

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

Date: February 13, 2019
Program: Featured Gemstone: Quartz

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: January 21, 2019
Program: Richard Good will be doing the Lapidary program on healing fractures in stones.

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

Date: January 16 2019 7:30pm.
Program: What’s Hot in Tucson 2018 video.

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

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

Date: January 15, 2019
Program: Paleo has been asked to supply a fossil collection for the Mozambique National Museum with an emphasis on petrified wood.
I will give a presentation of the genera of wood we find in Texas and we will see what donations have arrived
Wood from the Eocene of Texas at College Station will be most important because the forests were full of tropical species in contrast to the temperate ones that are found in the Miocene. We only need reference specimens, not your best stuff. Oak, legume, elm from the Miocene and the tropicals from the Eocene. Do not bring snakewood because they would not appreciate it like we do. Your name will be on each piece you donate. I will ask Scott to check the identifications.
Gary Anderson has already donated a multicolored round of Arizona wood and Nathan has provided a round of conifer from College Station. If you want money for your slab, just ask. I like the idea of having a bit of Texas in Africa.

Al Robb – long time Paleo member, is currently becoming a better person in Mozambique courtesy of Exxon and will do the shipping of the collection.

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

Dates: January19, February 2, and February 16, 2019
Program: Making cabochons