Club Affiliations

GESCI (Geodeland Earth Science Clubs Inc.)

An organization comprised of eight Illinois clubs:

GESCI's purpose is to provide a show venue for these clubs every year in Macomb IL. in March. Our club’s representatives for this organization are- Tony Kapta, Regina Kapta. Our Club's assigned job for the planning of the show is the program committee. We are also responsible for helping to supply material for the silent auction and the children's spin and win as well as help with the running of the show.


GESCI  2012Poster

The reason we are involved with this organization is to further promote one of our clubs objectives: to help educate people in geology, mineralogy and the lapidary arts.
Further information can be found on the web at

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MWF (Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Societies)

Organized in 1940 and is one of the four founders of the AFMS. The MWF consists of 111 clubs consisting of 5990 adults and 607 juniors located in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Arkansas
Part of our annual dues are paid to the MWF so all of us are also members of this federation thru our club. Our club also is enrolled in the insurance program thru the MWF which is also paid thru part of your dues. The MWF has a yearly show, selected and held thru one of the regional member clubs.
Their website is located at

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AFMS (American Federation of Mineralogical Societies)

Organized in 1947 and consists of 7 regional federations. They are the:

MWF (Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Societies)

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. (over 150 clubs with over 10.000 member from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia),

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. (about 80 clubs from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and some clubs from Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia),

South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies (about 40 clubs from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas),

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies (Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming and the western portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota,

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. (about 150 clubs from California, Hawaii, Nevada and some clubs from Arizona)

Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies (about 80 clubs with over 4400 members from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and some clubs from Utah).

Part of our dues that are paid to the MWF go for dues to the AFMS so again we are all members of the AFMS. They also have a yearly show, held thru one of the regional clubs. Clubs belonging to this group also accept and honor the Code of Ethics for rockhunters.

Their website is located at

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