HGMS Presentation: “Mineral Identification: Exploring Crystals” by Myra Soroczak


On 24 May 2016 at 6:30 p.m., Myra Soroczak will present “Mineral Identification: Exploring Crystals”. She will continue our look at mineral identification by exploring Crystal Form and Mineral Habits. She will discuss crystal forms and define the six crystal systems into which all minerals fit. She will show examples of various mineral habits, which sometimes disguise the ideal form of a mineral.

Myra holds a Master Degree in Materials Science from Louisiana State University. Her first courses in mineralogy was in 1977, when TVA sent Myra to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to take Earth Science, Geology, Mineralogy, and Optical Mineralogy. She has also taken Gem Identification and Wire Wrapping Courses at William Holland School of Lapidary Art. Myra recently took advantage of being in her 60’s to take a tuition-free course in Mineralogy at UNA!

At TVA in Muscle Shoals and IBM in Wappinger Falls, New York, Myra spent 23 years doing chemical research and material identification. She then spent another 16 years doing business analysis for TVA.  Myra began her career in 1970 at TVA using a transmission electron microscope to investigate minerals; the lowest magnification of the TEM was 5,000x. Two years later TVA bought a scanning electron microscope with an electron diffraction x-ray detector; she then used the SEM/EDX to analyze the shape and chemistry of all sorts of crystals, minerals, and metals.  At IBM, Myra used a SEM to do failure analysis on semiconductors back when the biggest silicon crystals were only 2.5 inches and the big struggle was to go from one level of metal to two to make computer chips.  At TVA, she also conducted chemical research and holds 3 patents.  Since retiring from TVA in 2009, Myra with her husband Mike have opened M S Enterprises, a small business that sells “Rocks and Things from Rocks.” They sell their wares each First Friday in Florence Alabama and at various Gem and Mineral Shows in AL, MS, GA, and TN, including the Annual HGMS Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show.

You won’t want to miss this one! Should be quite interesting!





Auction Catalog

The Annual HGMS Fundraiser Auction will be held this coming Saturday, April 30, Jaycees building, 2180 Airport Rd., Huntsville, AL.

Viewing starts at 8:30, bidding starts at 9:00.

Food available on site.

Print the attached catalog list and bring it with you.

There are some additional items which came in too late to be included on the catalog.

Auction list.docx


2016 Auction Flyer

Here is the flyer for the 2016 auction. It is available to download under the auction tab. Feel free to print and hand out to interested parties.

HGMS_Auction 30Apr

Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine

Date: May 7, 2016

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

6961 Upper Burningtown Rd., Franklin, NC 28734


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Field Trip Maps and Hotel Information

This is from the Field Trip Chair Brian Burgess. I have Google maps for each of the field trips that are scheduled. Also I have saved a hotels map for those that do not want to get up at the crack of dawn and travel several hours to the dig site. If you would like me to send you the files, please send me an email. My email address can be found on the HGMS website under “About Us” and then “HGMS Contacts”. Google usually provides 2 to 3 routes to a destination, so I will send all routes to you. The routes all begin at the Senior Center. If you would like the hotel information, let me know and I will send it also. Monitor the events that you are interested in for updates and needed information.

Release and Liability Forms

Release Forms are available for you to download on the Activities page under Field Trips. Please print and fill out the Hogg Mine form prior to the dig on April 16, 2016. The liability form is to be completed only if you are bringing a non-member  with you.

Clarksville, GA Kyanite Field Trip

HGMS members come join us for a Kyanite field trip in Clarksville, GA. This trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.

Located on private property, there will be a $10.00 charge to dig. To protect the privacy of the property

owner and to ensure the site stays open to us, this trip is for HGMS members only (general public not allowed).

You will need to email Brian Burgess (bburgess771@gmail.com) of your intention to participate and Brian will send you the information on where to meet in Clarksville.

Charles Carter of the Georgia Mineral Society will be the field trip lead for the dig and will supply us with the information needed and the do’s and don’ts for the site .



Cane Creek Nature Preserve Field Trip

Come join us on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at the Cane Creek Nature Preserve. It is located at

251 Loop Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674

This is open to all HGMS members and those that went last year know what a good time we all had!

Don’t miss this beautiful walk in the woods! Our tour guide will be Jim Lacefield.

HGMS Presentation: “Mineral Identification” by Michael Soroczak

2015091895163959On 22 March, Michael  Soroczak will present “Mineral Identification”.

Michael Soroczak has a Bachelor of Science in Vocational & Technical Education from Athens State College and an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Studies from the Culinary Institute of America.  Mike, as we have all come to know him, is also a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Mike has an interesting background as a jack of all trades but most interestingly, Mike is a prospector for gems and minerals often prospecting over many states over the year.  Many a time we have noticed Mike shows his know-how by the generous haul of aquamarine, beryl, rose quartz from his adventures at the Hogg Mine down in La Grange, Georgia or finding of gold at Gold Camp south of Birmingham, Alabama. Mike has also served on the HGMS Board, volunteered many times in our fundraisers and presentations.  Mike will have many minerals on view.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Please join us for an entertaining evening!  The Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society will start the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Senior Center.


HGMS Presentation ~ “Rock Hounding in the Great NorthWest” by Mike Harrison


Mike Harrison will be making his presentation on 23 February 2016 at the Huntsville Senior Center, 2200 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama. Mike has 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. Mike has recently returned from a two year assignment in the Seattle, Washington area with the Boeing company.  Knowing Mike’s incredible background, HGMS membership recruited and voted Mike in as the President of the Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society.  His passions are rockhounding, designing & creating, as well as pursuing minerals and precious metals in his spare time.

Mike Harrison will present “Rock Hounding in the Great NorthWest”. Mike will share his rockhounding experiences while in Washington State as well as have samples of all that he collected while there.

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