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The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS) was organized in 1936 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Western part of the United States.

The CFMS includes approximately 110 clubs and societies mostly in California. A few societies in Arizona and Nevada are members due to historical affiliation. Its region also covers Hawaii.  CFMS is one of seven regional federations belonging to the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

To all our CFMS family affected by the fires:
As fires continue to ravage the Southern California landscape, we are concerned about the well fare of our friends.  Our hearts go out to those affected by the fires.
Please know that if there is any way the members of the Federation can aid or assist you in this time of turmoil, please let us know and we will do what we are able to do to assist you.
Jennifer is currently occupied with her own situation, so please direct your situations to me so that we can respond to them rapidly, as I am sure Jennifer would want.
Tony Fender, 2018 1st Vice President    email

2017 Newsletters: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun -- Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  (new deadline)
Printable 2017 CFMS Calendar - key dates
2017 CFMS Calendar
Dec 5 Articles for January 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Dec 28 Deadline has been extended for 2018 CFMS Web Site Contest. New date is January 10*  See Contest Page
Printable 2018 Planning Calendar

2018 CFMS Calendar
Jan 5 Articles for February 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jan 10* New Deadline for 2018 CFMS Web Site Contest is January 10.
NOTE: Contest rules have not changed for the 2018 contest; however, please use 2018 Forms. Forms available on Contest Page
Jan 31 CFMS All American Club Contest Deadline 2018 AAC Contest Form
Note:  Contact information is on the CFMS AAC Contest Form. 
Feb 5 Articles for March 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 1 Deadline to apply for 2018 Zzyzx Earth Sciences Camp  
Camp will be held March 25-31. 
Now accepting applications
Mar 5 Articles for April 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 25-31 2018 ZZYZX EARTH SCIENCES CAMP  - Application    Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.  Now accepting applications
Apr 5 Articles for May 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Apr 6 - 8 AFMS/EFMLS Show & Convention, Raleigh, North Carolina.
May 5 Articles for June 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jun 5 Articles for July 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jul 5 Articles for August 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Aug 5 Articles for September 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Sep 5 Articles for October 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Oct 5 Articles for November 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Nov 5 Articles for December 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Dec 5 Articles for January 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
... Other 2018 events will be posted as announced.

2017 CFMS Officers 2017 CFMS Officers - November 2016 Visalia, CA
L/R,  Margaret Kolaczyk, President; Marcia Goetz, Secretary; Jennifer Haley, 1st Vice President, Al Bolshazy, Treasurer; Tony Fender, 2nd Vice President
Past CFMS Presidents
CFMS Past Presidents - Visalia 2016
L/R: (Back Row) Jack Williams, 2003;  Susan Chaisson-Walblom, 2012; Fred Ott, 2010;  Jim Brace-Thompson, 2011;  Burl LaRue, 2008;  John Martin, 2016.  (Middle Row) Dick Pankey, 2007,  Shirley Leeson, 1987;  JoAnna Ritchey, 2002.  (Front Row) Colleen McGann, 2006;  Pat LaRue, 1996 & 2000; Jennifer Haley, 2014.

Photos taken during  the November Fall Meetings in Visalia, CA, November 2016.

From time to time important rockhounding matters come to our attention. We will post this information as it becomes available. We would appreciate your taking action.  In the meantime, you can read updates on land access issues on the A.L.A.A. site.

CFMS Earth Science Study Camps
CFMS offers opportunities to learn lapidary and jewelry-making techniques in two distinctively different settings:
  • Camp Zzyzx is located in Southern California's Mojave Desert near Baker
  • Camp Paradise is located in Northern California's Plumas National Forest near Clipper Mills
    2018 Camp Zzyzx
    March 25 - March 31
    2017 Camp Paradise (completed)
    Week 1: August 27 - September 2
    Week 2: September 3 - September 9

    More about Earth Sciences Study Camps

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