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Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society
PO Box 267
Aiken, SC 29803-0267
The officers and committees for the 2015 year are as follows:
President: Shellie Newell
Vice President: Debbie Baer
Secretary: Dede Biles
Treasurer: Herb W. Martin
Newsletter Ed: Shellie Newell
Editor Emeritus: Barbara Fenstermacher
Field Trip/DMC: John Kolmar
Librarian: Jerry Lipsky and Jim Jewett
Membership Chair: Barbara Fenstermacher
Webmaster: Patti Bennett
Federation Liaison: Barbara Fenstermacher
USCA Liaison: Barbara Fenstermacher
The Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society is associated with the following regional and national organizations:
The SFMS was organized in 1976 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 Southeastern part of the United States. It is composed of 80+ clubs and societies mostly in the southeast region of the U.S.
The EFMLS was organized in 1950 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of the Earth Sciences and the practice of the Lapidary Arts and related crafts in the eastern portion of the United States. Beginning with three "founding" clubs and seven "charter" clubs, the EFMLS has now grown to approximately 150 affiliated clubs and societies with a combined membership of well over 10,000 individuals.
The AFMS was founded in 1947 and is a nonprofit organization composed of seven similar regional organizations. Both the Southeast Federation and the Eastern Federations, described above, are members of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society (AGMFS) was founded September 16, 1962 with eight members. By the end of 1962 the society had 40 charter memberships and 53 people attended the first field trip to the Allendale, SC area on Nov. 17, 1962. Many things have changed since then, the meeting locale has been moved from The Pet Milk Co. on Hwy. 215 to Banksia (original location of the University of South Carolina at Aiken (USCA)) and now to the science building on the campus of USCA. The club has continued with monthly meetings, publishing a newsletter ("The Hound's Howl") and has sponsored many field trips throughout the southeast. The AGMFS has hosted a gem and mineral show since 1963 and has been co-host with the Augusta GMS since 1988. The show is presently held at the Julian Smith Casino in Augusta, Georgia.
The presence of the Savannah River Site and the University of South Carolina at Aiken along with many interesting club members has provided the club with many excellent programs. The club maintains an extensive library of books and periodicals on geology, mineralogy, fossils and lapidary that are available to the members. In addition, the club donates both a scholarship to the geology department at USCA and to the Ruth Patrick Science Center to help fund Earth Science programs. The club also participates in Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED) at the university, Aiken Kids Earth Day in April and provides an annual display at the Aiken County Library. For a complete list of South Carolina clubs go to: www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/clublist.html.