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Welcome!

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).
2018 Newsletters: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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2018 CFMS Calendar
Printable 2018 Planning Calendar
Jan 1 2018 Dues/Insurance due by Jan 1. Delinquent if not paid by March 1. (Dues form is posted on Forms page, or click here: Dues/Insurance Form)
Jan 5 Articles for February 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jan 10 New Deadline for 2018 CFMS Web Site Contest is January 10.  Web Site Contest Forms and Rules are available on Contest Page
Jan 18 Sixth Annual ALAA Quartzsite Clean-up.  See Jan 2018 newsletter
Jan 31 CFMS All American Club Contest Deadline 2018 AAC Contest Form
Jan 31 Officer Change Form due 3/31. (Officer Change Form is posted at the top of the "Forms" page, or click here: Officer Change Form)
Feb 5 Articles for March 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
*Feb 17 Field Trip to Lavic Siding (near Barstow) for agates & jaspers. See: Trip Details    (*note correction to date)
Mar 1 Deadline to apply for 2018 Zzyzx Earth Sciences Camp - Zzyzx Application   
(Now accepting applications. This year's camp will be held March 25 - 31)
Mar 5 Articles for April 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 25-31 2018 ZZYZX EARTH SCIENCES CAMP  - Zzyzx Application 
Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. 
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.


CFMS offers opportunities to learn lapidary and jewelry-making techniques in two distinctively different settings:
Camp Paradise in Northern California
and
Camp Zzyzx in Southern California
Visit our CFMS Earth Science Study Camps page for more information.


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.



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