President’s Message

President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Prescott Gem and Mineral Club. PGMC was formed in 2001 with just 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 that is staffed entirely by volunteers. PGMC is a proud member of the Prescott and Prescott Valley Chambers of Commerce.

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 needed to cut, shape, and polish stones is available for members to use. We have qualified volunteer Foremen at the workshop to teach and assist 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.

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. We have members who are interested in mineral collecting, lapidary, intarsia, beading, wire wrapping, silversmithing, and prospecting; we are happy to teach you and explore ideas and design. For those who love to adventure and going rockhounding, we have monthly outings to various sites where you can find great specimens and materials for collection, or cutting and polishing. The first weekend of each August, we host our annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Findlay Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, and it is the largest show in Northern Arizona!

Our monthly meetings consist of a business portion, which is followed by a presentation relating to some facet of rockhounding. This is a great opportunity to learn and understand more about geology, mineralogy, paleontology, lapidary, or jewelry making. We also hold raffles of items such as specimens, rough material, and slabs that have been donated by our members. 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 with their parents. They also have their own area at our annual show. There are no extra fees for membership for the juniors as it is included in the yearly membership 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 Board members and we will find a position for you. This is a club whose charter fosters learning and teaching. 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 a Board member at a general meeting during New Business. Guests are welcome to attend our monthly general meetings and we hope that any visitors will find a new home with us and join us on your journey in the exciting world of being a rock and gem enthusiast.

James Turner

You can contact the club at:

Prescott Gem and Mineral Club
P.O. Box 3923
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
or via email at presidentpgmc2021@gmail.com
or come to our monthly meeting! YOU are welcome.