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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).
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2018 CFMS Calendar
Printable 2018 Planning Calendar
Mar 1 2018 Dues/Insurance delinquent if not paid by March 1 (were due on Jan 1) Dues form is posted on Forms page, or click here: Dues/Insurance Form
Mar 1 Deadline to apply for 2018 Zzyzx Earth Sciences Camp - Zzyzx Application 
This year's Zzyzx Camp will be held March 25 - 31.  See Earth Science Studies Camps ("ESS Camps") for more information 
Mar 5 Articles for April 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 25-31 2018 ZZYZX EARTH SCIENCES CAMP  - Zzyzx Application
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018. 
Apr 5 Articles for May 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Apr 5 - 9 AFMS Convention, Raleigh, North Carolina. See AFMS web site for Convention information
Apr 6 - 8 AFMS/EFMLS Show, Raleigh, North Carolina. See AFMS web site for Show information
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
Aug 26 - Sep 1 Camp Paradise - WEEK ONE: August 26 - September 1, 2018
See Earth Science Studies Camps ("ESS Camps") for more information. Do not mail applications until April 1.
Sep 2 -
Sep 8
Camp Paradise - WEEK TWO:  September 2 - 8, 2018
See Earth Science Studies Camps ("ESS Camps") for more information. Do not mail applications until April 1.
Sep 5 Articles for October 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due.
Sep 15 & 16 79th CFMS Convention with the Feather River Lapidary & Mineral Society Show, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico, CA. 
The CFMS Business Meetings and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, 9/15. 
 More about CFMS Convention & FRLMS Show
Oct 5 Articles for November 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
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
Other 2018 events will be posted as announced.

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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