The Rhode Island Mineral Hunters is a non-profit organization, founded in 1962, dedicated
to the appreciation and study of minerals, crystals, fossils, and all aspects of the Earth Sciences. Members can also learn
lapidary skills - fashioning gems, polishing stone from rough rock, silversmithing, and fabricating jewelry. We lecture in
school, and also contribute scholarships to our qualified members enrolled as full-time students in college studying the Earth
The club organizes numerous field trips to quarries, mines and road-cuts to gather mineral specimens, as well
as out-of-state bus trips to museums and other events of interest. We are deeply concerned with the conservation and protection
of the environment and the reopening of digging areas previously closed to amateur mineralogists. Each year we honor the member
who finds the finest mineral or fossil specimen in Rhode Island on a club-organized field trip by awarding them the Birger
We are an informal group from 7 to 85 years of age. All occupations and lifestyles are represented
with members having a common interest: rocks, minerals and fossils. It is never too late to become acquainted (or re-acquainted)
with this hobby and many people start at retirement age when they need an activity that is both mentally engaging as well
as physically active. Please join us some evening, all of our meetings are open to the public, free of charge. We will welcome
you as a visitor or as a new member.
We are Member of the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies
(EFMLS) and American Federation of Mineral Societies (AFMS).
Our Monthly Meetings
RIMH meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except January, February, and August) at 7:00 PM until 8:30-ish, at Community
College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus in Warwick.
Our meeting consists of a program, a break for refreshments and
a brief "business meeting". The programs have included speakers from Harvard University, Brown University, URI,
and other mineral clubs in New England. Many speakers or members give slide presentations and show specimens from their travels.
Also a part of each meeting is a silent auction of members' specimens and the checkout and return of member borrowed books,
magazines, and video tapes from our extensive library. We also have a free drawing at many of the
Our monthly newsletter is "Bowen-Lite", which keeps us abreast of club activities
and other club shows in the area.
The RIMH annual mineral and fossil
auctions are held in April. The auction is open to Public.Picnic
In August, we usually have a picnic.Gem
and Mineral Show - This years theme is "Hot Rocks".
Our very popular Gem and Mineral Show will
be October 27th & 28th. This year will be the 41th Annual in 2012. It will be held at Community College
of Rhode Island, Knights Campus. Holiday Dinner Party
In December, we hold our annual holiday dinner
party and gift exchange.
Membership fee is $15 per year for an individual, and $20 per year for a
President: Steve Emma
Vice-President: Buck Leach
Treasurer: Claire Cooper
Executive Board: Bill Wilson,
Louise & Tom Barbish, Joel Russo, Rachel Cesana,
Membership: Anthony Cessana
Chairmen: Don Fail
Field Trip Coordinator: Joel Russo
Historian: Bill Wilson
Librarian: Joel Russo
Web Master: Bruce Hecker
Assistant Web Master:
Bowen-Lite Editor: Bruce Luscombe