2017 Show Volunteer Request

Many Volunteers Are Needed for Our Show this October

      We are busy organizing the Club’s annual Gem, Jewelry, & Mineral Show for Oct. 13 – 15 this year.  It will be at the Jaycees Community Building again at 2180 Airport Road S.W. in Huntsville (on Jaycee Way).  Our new location is better, but it still takes lots of help from all of our members to make it a good show.  It’s a great opportunity for members to get together and learn more about gems and minerals, and it can be a lot of fun.  We also get to teach others about our hobby and make money to support the club’s many activities.  So please mark your calendars now for Oct. 11 – 15 (Wed. to Sun.) and plan to help out as much as you can.

There are several different Activities/Areas to help with:

(1) Wed., Oct. 11, we’ll need a few Volunteers to mark the Show Layout on the Jaycees Building floor, and others to load up the Club’s Show Supplies at the Winchester Storage Unit and unload it at the Jaycees Building.

(2) Set-Up Day – Thurs., Oct.12, from 7:30am to about 6pm – we’ll need alot of workers to help unload Club and Dealers’ supplies and equipment at the Jaycees Building and help set them up.

(3) Set-Up Dinner – Thurs., 4:30 on.  The Dinner is at 6:00, for Dealers and Volunteers, and we’ll need workers to set it up, serve it, and clean up after it.  We’ll also need lots of Food Donations for it.

(4) Thursday we’ll need some members to bring in and set up Displays of their collections to put in cases which the Club provides.  If a few members want to combine their treasures in one Display, that’s great, too. Kathy Bowman will be chairing the Displays.

(5 – 10) During the Show, on Fri., Sat., & Sun., we’ll need workers for the Ticket Table, Information Booth, Mining Flume, Gem Dig, Kids’ Activities, and Demonstrations – of faceting, cabbing, carving, jewelry-making, etc.

(11) At 5pm on Sun., we’ll start our Take-Down, and it’ll take alot of workers to take everything apart and load it back up.

We’ll also need to have 1 or 2 Work Days at our Storage Unit on Winchester Road in Aug. or Sept. to repair Display Cases and other items.  And Bagging Sessions will be needed for the Flume material, and other Sessions to break up Gem Dig material and load it into the Cart.  Please watch for announcements of dates and times to help out with these.

We have most of the Chairmen we need.  Caryl Nixon is Chairing the Set-Up Dinner, Shelley Curran is Chairing Demos, Mark Habercom is Chairing the Mining Flume (and would love to train someone to take over for him), Mike Harrison will be Chairing the Info Booth, Ben Carroll will be chairing Tickets, and Joe Bonin will be chairing the Gem Dig.  We still need a Chair for the Children’s Programs, so please think about helping with this.  Feel free to ask me any questions you might have, and let me know if you’re interested.  If you’d like to Volunteer to help with the Show in other ways, please sign up on the Sign-Up Sheets at the meetings, noting the days or times you prefer.  Or you can contact the Chairman of the Area you’re interested in directly, or me.  Shifts during the Show are usually for 2 hours, but any help is appreciated.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Tony Smith, the Chairmen, or me.  My phone # and e-mail address are in the back of the Newsletter and on the Website.     –Joe Bonin, Show Volunteer Coordinator

 

HGMS Presentation: “The Joy of Tumbling” by Mike Harrison

Mike_GlamMike Harrison will be making his presentation on 23 August 2016 at the Huntsville Senior Center, 2200 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama. Mike currently works for Boeing Company and has over 40 years as an engineer in the aerospace industry. He has worked as a Design Engineer, a Productability Engineer, a Quality Engineer, a Program Manager & Scheduler for Lockheed Martin, Phillips Petroleum and the Boeing Company, designing tooling, composite components, structure, and metallic structure for airplanes, satellites, rockets, missiles, unmanned and manned spacecraft as well as wind tunnel models.  His passions are rockhounding, designing & creating, as well as pursuing minerals and precious metals in his spare time.

Mike Harrison will present “The Joy of Tumbling”. Mike will be demonstrating rock tumbling equipment and the media used to polish rocks.  This will be very informal and all are encouraged to contribute what works for them.  Bring your best and favorite tumbled specimen and share how you did it.

The HGMS meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and the presentation begins promptly after.  Hope to see you there!

2016 Huntsville Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

 

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  2017 Huntsville Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

The 50th annual Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society, a non-profit organization and member of the Huntsville Arts Council, will be Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15, 2017.  This is the largest jewelry show in the region, the only rock, mineral and gem show in the region, and a great resource for the school earth science curriculum at all levels.

Location:       The Jaycee Community Center at the old airport, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35801

Dates and Hours: 

Friday, October 13                  10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 14             10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 15               12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  Offerings:     National and International Dealers with every type and quality of  gems, collector specimens, lapidary materials, fossils, finished jewelry (costume to fine), lapidary (rock and mineral) art objects, and jewelry and lapidary supplies.

Lapidary and Jewelry Demonstrations and Displays.

Children’s “gem dig”,  “gem flume”, and presentations

Hourly drawings. Food service.

            Ample, convenient, FREE parking

 

Donation suggested: $3 for adults. $1 for primary & secondary students.

  Children under 5 FREE.  $5 for adult Weekend passes

Web site:   www.huntsvillegms.org                       Contact:  256-534-8803

Past Show Pictures below –

Huntsville Gem Jewelry and Mineral Show

Huntsville Gem Jewelry and Mineral Show

fluorescent gems and minerals at the huntsville gem jewelry and mineral show

fossils at the Huntsville Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show