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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
Jul 5 Articles for August 2018 CFMS Newsletter Due
Jul 26-29 CFMS-Field Trips North has arranged a field trip to Davis Creek/Lassen Creek area of Modoc National Forest, to collect beautiful obsidian. Trip will be hosted by the Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society.  Sign up is required.  More information
Jul 31 DinoJuly 31: Deadline for "NAME THAT DINO" CONTEST for JUNIOR MEMBERS. Click here to see more about Contest and get the Application
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   Application
  NOTE: Week 1 has 17 spaces available (as of 6/30/18) 
See Earth Science Studies Camps ("
ESS Camps") for more information.
CLASS UPDATE:  Note that the PMC Clay and Fused Glass Classes will be held as follows:
PMC Clay - Week 1Fused Glass - Week 2
Sep 2-Sep 8 Camp Paradise - WEEK TWO:  September 2 - 8, 2018    Application
  NOTE: Week 2 has 39 spaces available (as of 6/30/18)   
See Earth Science Studies Camps ("ESS Camps") for more information.

 Note that the PMC Clay and Fused Glass Classes will be held as follows: PMC Clay - Week 1Fused Glass - Week 2
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: Aug. 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 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.
Apr 5 Articles for May 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
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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