President’s Message

Welcome to the Prescott Gem and Mineral Club (PGMC). PGMC was formed in 2001 with about 25 members and has grown steadily to about 300 members. Monthly meetings are held the first Saturday of every month at 9:30am at the Moose Lodge in Prescott Valley. We are a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Our club serves the quad-city area with members from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey/Humboldt, Chino Valley, Paulden and surrounding areas. PGMC is a proud member of the Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce.

Our membership is diverse with many facets of the rockhounding hobby represented. We have members who are interested in mineral collecting, lapidary, faceting, intarsia, beading, wire wrapping, silver smithing, prospecting, commercial sales, kids’ activities and more. Whatever your level of knowledge or interest in the gem and mineral field, you are likely to find kindred spirits in our club.

We are proud supporters of Yavapai College, our local junior college. We have a scholarship program available to members who are interested in learning how to do lapidary or make jewelry.

For those who love to adventure and go on rockhounding digs, we have monthly outings to various sites where you can find great specimens for collecting or materials for cutting and polishing. In August, we host our annual Gem and Mineral Show in Prescott Valley, which is great for those not so excited about playing in the dirt.

In 2015 we established our own lapidary workshop complete with slab saws ranging from 10” to 24”, trim saws, grinding and polishing wheels, and a dopping station. Everything you need to cut and polish stones is available. We have qualified volunteer Foremen at the workshop to assist you if you need help. Members who wish to utilize the workshop are required to sign-up and attend a lapidary safety training session prior to use. There is a minimal fee for shop use that goes toward maintaining the equipment. This is an excellent service for those who are not sure if they enjoy this aspect of the hobby enough to purchase costly equipment themselves.

Our monthly meetings consist of business followed by a presentation relating to some facet of rockhounding. This is a great opportunity to learn and understand more about the geology, mineralogy, paleontology, or the lapidary/jewelry making end of this exciting hobby. We also hold raffles of items such as specimens, rough material and slabs, or finished pieces that have been donated by our members. The proceeds from the raffles and the sale of T-shirts and hats at our meetings goes toward funding our club. The August show is our primary income for the year.

Many of our members have children who are also interested in the world of rocks and minerals. For our young membership, we have a Junior Rock Hounding Club where the kids get to participate in their own activities and outings. They also have their own section at our annual show. There are no extra fees for membership for the juniors as it is included in the yearly membership fees for the family.

Elections of officers are held in November. We encourage all members to run for office. There are also many volunteer opportunities and we appreciate any willingness to be of service. If you are interested in volunteering, please communicate your desire with one of the officers and we will find a position for you.

Our membership is growing. As our membership grows, we are evolving. New ideas on how to improve our club are always welcome. Please feel free to voice your ideas with an officer, at a general meeting during New Business, or by asking an officer to be added to the agenda for the board meeting so that your idea may be discussed. Guests are welcome to attend our monthly general meetings and we hope that any visitors will find a new home with us and join in your journey in the exciting world of being a rock enthusiast.

Colleen Denton

You can contact the club at: Prescott Gem and Mineral Club, P.O. Box 3923, Chino Valley, AZ 86323