Thanks for a Great Year!

Thank-You to All for a Great Year! It was a busy Year End as you can see below , but a lot was accomplished, in a very short time!


To ALL a Very Happy New Year!

Let’s work together to make 2016 an even BETTER year!


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Roundup 2016 Flyer…

Get Ready…Just like’s just around the corner!!!


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SALE Flyer

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Library Donation

Our donation to the Marshall Memorial Library was put to good use as seen in the following pictures!

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 Angela Wilds, Marshall Memorial Librarian thanking Barbara Staff, President of DGMS.

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Some of the great kits purchased with donation. Geology Course in a Bucket,  Geology and Rocks and Mineral Games, Rock Identifier Board.

Just a wonderful addition to the library that will spark kids and young adults interest in the Earth Sciences!

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Jornado Del Muerto ( Field Trip)

We had a Great Field Trip with wonderful weather, at least till it started to spit rain, when we decided to get on pavement before a full downpour.

Which I hit at least 4 heavy ones on the way home!

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Members looking for petrified wood (above), and anything else!

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Nice view looking west with more members (above)( still looking!)

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Nice piece of petrified wood! ( Above)

Right off the bat Wayne Myers found a really nice piece of petrified wood. Of course we all tried to find something better. Some of us found small pieces of cornelian, petrified wood, rhyolite and fossils. But Wayne seem to have found the best piece.

(Actually I think he tripped over it getting out of his truck)


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Stuff to look for…

 A couple views of what to look for on or next field trip October 3rd, at the Spaceport Area. These were collected from all over the Jornado-del-Muerto so they look completely different. Top pix all fossilized wood.DSC_0137

Lower pix all Carnelian of various colors, mostly from the arroyos in the Jornado-del-Muerto.


See you there…and GOOD HUNTING!

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Learning Area….

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Ken and company spent some time putting in a “Picking Area”, an area with a wide variety of rock, for the sole purpose of the enjoyment and teaching of young and future ROCK-HOUNDS!

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Just have to keep club members out of it!….( Just kidding 🙂 )




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Some of the things going on around the shop….

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30″ Saw …Took a whole day to clean…

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Don’t know how long it had been since the last maintenance, but will put it this way, the sludge in the bottom of the saw was so old it was dried out!

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Wasn’t fun, but now it’s done!….


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Craft and Home Business Show

Come and join us


A Country Christmas

Hosted by the Deming Gem and Mineral Society

(DGMS Serves to Share Its Knowledge of Earth Sciences and Lapidary Arts)

Craft and Home Business Show

Nov. 14, 2015 from 10 AM To 5 PM


Nov. 15, 2015 from 12 PM To 5 PM

Located at: 4200 Raymond Reed Blvd, Deming N.M.

(next to the Fairgrounds)

For more information or

to register as a vendor contact:

Carol Duncan at (575) 956-5144

Raffle – Donated Items

Grand Prize a Handmade Quilt

50/50 Drawing – $1 Per Ticket

Door Prizes-Every Hour

Baked Goods and Food

Download Registration Here

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SWNM Fair Almost Here!

SWNM Fair and the Club

For those of you who are new to the club or are unaware of our relation with the Fair, here is a brief run down. Our Club has a long history of working with the SWNM Fair. For several years during the 1970’s and into the 1990’s, before we had our own clubhouse and shop, Club members helped maintain the Fairgrounds, picking up trash, mowing lawns, and doing repairs. In exchange for this labor, the club did not pay rent for Fairground use during the Roundup. The Club also was allowed to build a storage building on the Fairgrounds property and given a 99 year lease on its use. The Club was also awarded a Life membership in the Fair Association.

Through the mid 2000’s, a club member was designated as liaison to the Fair Board, attended Fair Board meetings, and reported to the Club. At some point the Club discontinued maintenance activities and began paying rent for the Roundup, and shortly after, stopped having a representative attend Fair Board meetings. Our rent for the Roundup week was $1500 plus $100 for utilities. In 2008, the Fair Board raised our rent to $2500 plus $250 for utilities. To keep our costs down, Jerry Abbey attended a Fair Board meeting, pled our case, and succeeded in getting the rent reduced to $2000 with no charge for utilities. In exchange, the Club agreed to set up booth partitions used during the Fair in building #1 and to take them down after the Fair. In August of 2010, the Club also agreed to manning the gates during the Fair in lieu of paying rent. This keeps our expenses down during Roundup. Ed Edwards is now our representative.

We also set up a booth of display cases and give out information during the fair. Three of the cases are for members to display items for judging. Information on categories will be in the next chips or you can get it at our website. The other six cases are for individuals to display whatever they want. These are also judge for Best of Show, First, Second and Third place.

We will need lots of help to set up the partitions, set up our booth, man the gates and help out at our booth.

Setup day is October 7

The fair is October 8 – 11 this year.

 Download Fair Judging Rules and Display Case Info

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