Club Info

Objectives of Wasatch Gem Society

The objectives of this organization shall be:

    1. To stimulate interest in the collecting of gem material, minerals, and fossils.
    2. The cutting and polishing of gem material and related arts and crafts.
    3. To disseminate knowledge of the lapidary arts, the collection and classification
       of minerals and fossils and their application to arts and crafts, so that greater
       satisfaction and pleasure can be derived from participation in these activities.
    4. To actively protect gemstone, mineral, and fossil deposits for hobby use including
       the location and acquisition of mining claims and other properties for non-commercial
       purposes.
    5. This corporation is not formed for profit and none of its assets shall be used for
       the pecuniary gain or profit of an individual who is or may become a member thereof.
    6. All of the assets, properties, and funds of the corporation shall be devoted to the
       furtherance of the primary objectives and purposes of the corporation.
    7. These purposes and objectives are basically educational and scientific and within
       reasonable limits incidental thereto recreational and social and concerned with the
       advancement of its members and of the public along these lines.

Annual Dues
Jr. Membership (12-17)         $5.00
Adult Membership (18-up)   $12.00  
Husband and Wife                 $17.00
Family Membership              $21.00

Membership Benefits
*A monthly newsletter delivered either electronically or through the mail.
*Access to a library of books, videos, and dvds on topics of interest to the club.
*Socializing with people who share the same interests.
*Monthly meetings with informative programs.
*Field trip opportunities.
*Being affiliated with a national organization.

Monthly Meetings
Regular meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Sandy Bicentennial Hall, 560 East 8680 South, Sandy, Utah 
October meeting includes Potluck Dinner (7:00 p.m.).  
No meeting in July....August meeting is the Annual Steak Fry at the Midvale Park....
December is The Annual Christmas Party.

*Visitors are always welcome at our meetings

Membership in the Wasatch Gem Society enables you to be part of a nation wide organization.....
Wasatch Gem is a member club of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Rocky Mountain 
Federation of Mineralogical Societies, and the Utah Federation of Mineralogical Societies.  

AFMS Code of Ethics
A large measure of the enjoyment of our hobby consists of collecting in the field. For that reason, the members are proud to 
endorse the Code of Ethics below. It is suggested that field trip Chairs present a copy of this code to landowners when asking 
permission to enter private property.
  • I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owned 
    land without the owner's permission.
  • I will keep informed on all laws, regulations, or rules governing collecting on public lands and 
    will observe them.
  • I will, to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on 
    which I plan to collect.
  • I will use no firearms or blasting material in collecting areas.
  • I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind -- fences, signs, buildings, etc.
  • I will leave all gates as found.
  • I will build fires in designated or safe places only and 
    will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
  • I will discard no burning material -- matches, cigarettes, etc.
  • I will fill all excavation holes, which may be dangerous to livestock.
  • I will not contaminate wells, creeks, or other water supplies.
  • I will cause no willful damage to collecting material and will take home only what I can reasonably use.
  • I will support the rockhound project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all 
    collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
  • I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well the materials I have collected and 
    will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
  • I will cooperate with field-trip leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
  • I will report to my club or federation officers, Bureau of Land Management or other authorities, any deposit of petrified 
    wood or other materials on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations for public 
    educational and scientific purposes.
  • I will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
  • I will observe the "Golden Rule," will use "Good Outdoor Manners," and will at all times conduct myself in a manner 
    which will add to the stature and public "image" of rockhounds everywhere.