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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).
2018 Newsletters: Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug -- Oct Nov Dec
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2018 CFMS Calendar
Printable 2018 Planning Calendar
Aug 5 Articles are normallly due for September on 8/5; however, this year there will not be a September newsletter. Next newsletter will be the October issue.
Aug 26 -
Sep 1
Camp Paradise - WEEK ONE: August 26 - September 1, 2018  
PMC Clay and Fused Glass Class:
Week 1: PMC Clay
Sep 2-Sep 8 Camp Paradise - WEEK TWO:  September 2 - 8, 2018    Application
       NOTE: WEEK 2 HAS 23 SPACES AVAILABLE (as of 8/10/18) 
PMC Clay and Fused Glass Class: Week 2: Fused Glass
See Earth Science Studies Camps ("ESS Camps") for more information.
Sep 1 Committee Reports for Directors Meeting are due by September 1.  Email to Executive Secretary. If unable to meet deadline, bring 100 copies to the 9/15 Directors Meeting.
Sep 5 Articles for October 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Sep 15 & 16, 2018 CFMS Logo79th CFMS Convention during the Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society Show, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico, CA.

The CFMS Business Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, 9/15. More about CFMS Convention & FRLMS Show

Advance Registration for Show & Dinners  (DEADLINE: AUGUST 18)
Accommodations Local Attractions Camping Registration Map
Oct 5 Articles for November 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Oct 6 - 7 CFMS-Field Trips North trip to Hawthorne & Mina, NV, for microcline feldspar, copper minerals, black quartz crystals, epidote, epidote in quartz and calcite, cassiterite, grandradite and grossular garnet; possibly fossils and petrified wood. Sponsored by Roseville Rock Rollers. Must sign up by Wednesday,  10/3/18   More information
Nov 1

The AFMS Show will be held in March 2019; therefore, CFMS BULLETIN CONTEST ENTRIES MUST BE SENT BY NOVEMBER 1. 2018. Bulletins to be judged will be for the period of December 2017 through October 2018. 
2019 Bulletin Contest Procedures.  Entry forms will be coming soon.
Nov 5 Articles for December 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Nov 9 - 11 CFMS Annual Business Meeting, Visalia, CA
Dec 5 Articles for January 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
2019 CFMS Calendar
Jan 5 Articles for February 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Feb 5 Articles for March 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 5 Articles for April 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
March 8, 9 & 10, 2019
CFMS LogoMark your Calendars Now!    80th CFMS SHOW & CONVENTION, hosted by the Pasadena Lapidary Society, POMONA, CALIFORNIA.    Details to follow.
March 23-24, 2019
AFMS LogoAFMS/Midwest Federation SHOW & CONVENTION, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA    Details to follow.
Apr 5 Articles for May 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Other events will be posted as announced./td>

2018 CFMS Officers  2018 CFMS Officers
(L/R)  Ellen Ferrell, Secretary,  Jennifer Haley, President;  Tony Fender; 1st Vice President;  Marcia Goetz, 2nd Vice President;  and Juanita Pardun, Treasurer.
Photo taken at the 2018 Installation of Officers, Visalia, California, by John Martin, CFMS Photographer

Earth Science Studies
CFMS offers opportunities to learn lapidary and jewelry-making techniques in two distinctively different settings:
Camp Paradise in Northern California
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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