presents the 2009 New Member Orientation Program

This is your Booklet to take with you and keep for future reference.


The Houston Gem and Mineral Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to study in the areas of earth science and related fields and arts. A major focus of the HGMS is education. Through classes offered at the clubhouse and through our scholarship fund, and our new OUTREACH program, the HGMS encourages its individuals and groups to better their knowledge and understanding in these areas. The society is open to all persons with rockhound or fossil "fever." We offer something for every family member, from junior members to senior citizens, and our activities encourage family participation. The HGMS is a member of the Southeast Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS) and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). (The SCFMS and AFMS logos can be seen below, and by clicking on them, on the HGMS Website http://www.hgms.org, it will link you to their Web sites.)