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.
members bring seminars and talks to various organizations, and our educational programs bring the study of geology to various
schools and youth organizations. We also contribute scholarships to full-time students in college studying the Earth
or Life Sciences.
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 Anderson Trophy.
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).
The 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 meetings.
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".
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
we hold our annual holiday dinner party and gift exchange.
Membership fee is $20 per year for an
individual, and $25 per year for a Family.
President: Alicia Benoit 23
Vice President Tobias Lederberg
Treasurer: Dante Caprara 23
Ernie Zielinski 20
Rachel Cesana 21
Lou Fazzina 20
Tony Cesana 23
Bruce Hecker 21
Mary Carlos 22
Don Mello 23
Chairman (to be determined)
Bill Wilson - Past President
Membership: Elena Holden
Coordinator: Alicia Benoit
Librarian: Bill Neal
Assistant Web Master: Claire Cooper
Bowen-Lite Editor:Paul Koczwanski