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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 -- Oct Nov Dec
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2018 CFMS Calendar
Printable 2018 Planning Calendar
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 2018  CFMS BULLETIN CONTEST ENTRIES must be submitted by Thursday, NOVEMBER 1.  Bulletins to be judged will be for the period of December 2017 through October 2018.  Early closing date is due to AFMS show schedule.
See Contests Page for rules and entry forms
Nov 5 Articles for December 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Nov 9 - 11 CFMS Annual Business Meeting, Visalia, CA
Nov 18 2018 CFMS WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRIES must be emailed by Sunday, NOVEMBER 18.  Note: Because web sites are intended to be maintained on a current basis, there is no "entry period."  Entries are generally judged within a 2-month window after close of entry date.
See Contests Page for the 2018 guidelines and entry form
Dec 5 Articles for January 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
2019 CFMS Calendar
Printable 2019 Planning Calendar
Jan 5 Articles for February 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jan 15 2018 CFMS ALL AMERICAN CLUB CONTEST ENTRIES due by Tuesday, JANUARY  15.  This year's contest covers society activities from January 1 through November 30, 2018.  Early closing date is due to the AFMS show schedule.
See Contests Page for the 2018 guidelines and entry form
Feb 5 Articles for March 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 5 Articles for April 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Mar 8, 9 & 10, 2019
CFMS LogoMark your Calendars Now!    80th CFMS SHOW & CONVENTION, hosted by the Pasadena Lapidary Society, POMONA, CALIFORNIA.    Visit the 2019 Show Web Site. Registration Forms are available online.

The location and schedule of the of the CFMS Award Events will be announced.
Mar 23-24, 2019
AFMS LogoAFMS/Midwest Federation SHOW & CONVENTION, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA.   

Details to follow.
Mar 24-31 Camp Zzyzx, near Baker, CA. Annual Earth Science Study events include lapidary and jewelry-making classes.  See ESS page for more information and Registration Form.
DO NOT MAIL REGISTRATIONS PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 1st!   Registrations postmarked prior to November 1st will be placed on the "Waiting List."
Apr 5 Articles for May 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
May 5 Articles for June 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jun 5 Articles for July 2019 CFMS Newsletter Due
Other 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
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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