Save the date *RGMS Used Equipment Sale*

Our annual ‘Used Equipment Sale’ will be held at the Society’s facility (480 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks) on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have material (equipment, gems, minerals, etc.) you want to sell, I will have the doors open at 8 a.m. on March 16th. The material you bring to sell should be related to our hobbies (lapidary, beading, wire wrap, silversmithing, etc.).
Large ticket items will be handled by silent auction, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Large items you will see include a Master Facet Machine, a double arbor cabochon unit, a Makita Electric Sharpener, a Rock Rascal Trim saw and More !!  John Peterson


NV Energy has accepted the RGMS application for a charitable grant contest!  They are offering up to $10,000 for the organizations that receive the most public votes.  This grant contest is limited to organizations that actively promote sustainability in Nevada.  Well, that’s RGMS!

The voting is conducted online, from September 25 to 28 ONLY, and open to all Nevada residents.  Voting is limited to one vote per person per day.  That could be 4 votes per member (one each day and no age limit).  Please ask your friends and acquaintances to vote, too.  Here is the link for you and your friends to access the voting site.  Please spread the word – this is one very easy way to support RGMS.

We’ll send you one more email reminder on September 24, the day before voting begins.


Membership meeting reminder!

Hope all of our Reno Rockhounds had a great Labor Day! Maybe you even spent it rockhounding or doing one of the many mineral based hobbies? Either way, it’s already time for another general meeting! Tomorrow, Wednesday September 5th, starting at 7pm in Baldini’s Casino we’ll have our monthly, free, and open to the public general meeting. If you came along with one of our society members to a recent field trip or the picnic, or are otherwise interested in learning more about and potentially becoming part of the society, please join us! We cover a lot of topics during our meetings including important announcements, upcoming field trips, get-togethers, and events in addition to having a guest speaker each month that goes in depth on a particular topic. This month we have our member Carl Olsen talking about geologic structures, for example. You can apply to be a member there, as well as see what volunteers we might need. There’s even a small raffle for prizes at our meetings! But most of all, we’re a group of like-minded people who are always happy to have someone new to chat about our hobbies with. Come see us tomorrow night and see what you learn or who you meet!
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Monte Cristo Field Trip

Looking for a camping trip in the desert but with a little more rockhounding and a little less Burning Man? Then we’ve got a trip coming up for you, Reno Rockhounds! We’re headed out to the southern end of the Monte Cristo Range, in the opposite direction of Black Rock but no less Nevada desert-y, we assure you! This site is between Coaldale Junction and Tonopah and will be a camping trip going from this Friday, August 31st, to Monday, September 3rd. Further directions and the location of the campsite can be found in your August Conglomerate. We’ll be leaving camp at 8am each morning to head to collection sites for agate, jasper, and rhyolite mostly with a few other things thrown in. If you’re particularly interested in agate come prepared to do some hard rock mining, but there will be material on the surface as well. As usual with our camping trips, there will be a potluck on Saturday night at 6pm so bring some food to share, lots of water for the daytime, your usual rockhounding tools, and maybe a decked out bicycle if you’re feeling adventurous!
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Summer Potluck Picnic this Saturday, August 25!

It’s time for one of our big get-togethers, Reno Rockhounds! Our Summer Potluck Picnic is happening this Saturday, August 25th, at the Sugarloaf Pavilion in Lazy 5 park out in Spanish Springs. The Sugarloaf Pavilion is the largest but also the furthest back of the picnic pavilions at Lazy 5 so make sure you drive all the way back through the parking lots to get to the right one. The park opens at 10am with lunch served promptly at noon. Hamburgers and hot dogs are on the base menu, but, as with any of our meet ups, this is also a potluck so expect additional food from our wonderful members! Please bring your own plates, silverware, napkins, and cups but if you forget some will be available for a $1 donation to the society. We’ll have bingo with donated prizes going as well and Sugarloaf Pavillion is next to a playground, soccer field, and skate park if you’d like to do something a little more physical. Lazy 5 also has a small waterpark at the other end of the park where you first drive in so bring your swimsuits along if you’d like to cool off after lunch. For newer members this is a great way to start meeting and connecting with people in the society, and even if you’ve been around a while you might make another rocks-loving buddy or learn something new! We hope to see you out there!

This post is copied from our Instagram site written by Rachel Carroll…thank you Rachel!!!

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Welcome to the Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. 480 So. Rock Blvd, Sparks, Nevada The Reno Gem & Mineral Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, organized for the purpose of creating, developing, and encouraging interest in earth sciences, … Continue reading