The Reno Gem & Mineral Society (RGMS) is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of creating, developing, and encouraging interest in the earth sciences, rock, gem and mineral hobbies.
We ask that perspective members attend a monthly meeting to meet and talk with our members about our society. Membership applications are available at the monthly meeting. 2017 annual dues are $35 for an individual, $25 for a student with official student ID, or $50 for a family (household). Family members’ children under the age of 18 are dues free. Children, accompanied by their member parents, are invited and encouraged to participate in all of our regularly scheduled activities.
Our Club House:
RGMS Club House
480 South Rock Boulevard
Sparks, NV 89431
Our activities include:
A general membership meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room on the 2nd floor of Baldini’s Sports Casino, 865 South Rock Boulevard, Sparks, Nevada 89431. This is a non-smoking facility. Meetings are open to the general public. The program is usually educational and relates to some aspect of the hobby or a related subject.
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 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 member instructors, classes are offered in lapidary, silver jewelry (hand crafted and casting), carving, beading, wire wrap jewelry and more.
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.
RGMS holds an annual “Jackpot of Gems” (JPOG) show. Our members, and others, are encouraged to exhibit the materials they have made and/or collected. Our Society is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and exhibitors are encouraged to enter their displays in competition under the California Federation 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.
Several functions are held each year including potluck suppers, an annual picnic, and a Christmas party. A fund raising tool and craft supply sale, as well as our craft fairs are also held.