Membership

The Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

Prospective Members

  • Prospective members are asked to attend a monthly general membership meeting to meet and talk with our members.
  • Membership applications are available at the monthly meeting.  

RGMS Monthly Membership Meetings

  • When:  The first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
  • Where:  In the meeting room on the 2nd floor of Baldini’s Casino 865 South Rock Boulevard, Sparks, Nevada on the corner of Glendale and Rock Blvd.
  • Meetings are open to the general public.  The program includes a short member business portion usually followed by an educational presentation which relates to some aspect of the hobby or a related subject.  This is a non-smoking meeting.

Annual Membership Dues

  • $35 for an individual
  • $25 for a student with official student ID
  • $50 for a family (household).  Children, accompanied by their member parents, are invited and encouraged to participate in all of our regularly scheduled activities.
  • Memberships are valid for a calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

RGMS Clubhouse

  • The Clubhouse is where most, but not all, of the Society’s activities take place. RGMS Clubhouse, 480 South Rock Boulevard, Sparks, NV 89431

Field Trips

  • Field trips, for the purpose of learning the location and identification of various materials, are normally scheduled at least once a month, except in the winter.
  • They can be one day or a longer overnight camping trip.

Classes

  • Classes are held in the Clubhouse workshop.
  • For insurance purposes, new members must be approved by the Board of Directors prior to registering for classes.  
  • Depending on the availability of experienced volunteer instructors, classes are offered in lapidary, silver fabrication, casting, carving, beading, wire wrap jewelry and more.

Workshop Open House 

  • Additional time for qualified members to independently work their material is made available during a weekly open house in our well-equipped workshop in the Clubhouse.

Jackpot of Gems Show

  • RGMS holds an annual Jackpot of Gems (JPOG) show. Members, and others, are encouraged to exhibit the materials they have made and/or collected.
  • The Society is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and exhibitors are encouraged to enter their displays in competition under the CFMS rules.
  • There are also dealers selling items such as jewelry, polished and faceted stones, jewelry findings, tools and minerals.  
  • Society members cannot be dealers at the JPOG, however, RGMS holds a spring and fall craft fair so members can sell their hobby items.

Social Functions

  • All RGMS activities are perfect opportunities to socialize and get to know each other.  Other than those listed above, the Society also plans a summer picnic, potluck suppers, a Christmas party, spring and fall craft fairs, and a used tool and craft supply sale.

Revised 10/20/17