WMC March Monthly Meeting, starting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 will be on Zoom and in-person at The Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA. The public is welcome to attend in-person.
After the business meeting, we will have a presentation by Scott Higgins, “PROVENANCE: FROM FIELD TO FUNERAL”. Provenance is Key to Optimizing & Maintaining Optimal Value of Your Collection! Scott conducts this as a discussion and uses handouts and examples. It is a fun interactive session and Scott gets lots of “I wish I learned this when I started collecting” from long-term collectors. Bring an example of a labeled specimen to help the discussion, or one of your specimens with its label.
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WHAT HAVE WE DONE LATELY?
FIELD PROGRAM: WMC is well-known as a Field Trip Club! WMC safely conducted a dozen field trips in 2020; and in 2021 we had a blockbuster field trip season! We enjoyed field trips to 18 different collecting sites in 2021, including fossil sites and our Herkimer Diamond claim in New York, a half dozen collecting sites in Massachusetts, lithium pegmatities in Connecticut and Maine, and 5 mines in New Hampshire, including the famous Ruggles Mine in Grafton, NH. WMC meetings are for members only, and we are on pace for 20 or more field trips this season, with our last trip in the works for November, 2022!
MEMBERSHIPS: Worcester Mineral Club memberships have doubled since March, 2019, attributable in part to a common goal of spreading kindness, sharing knowledge, having a wonderful bunch of member volunteers helping in our committees, an ability to safely find ways to pivot through the challenges of Covid-19, and our technologically advanced on-line system for new member applications, renewals, and payment of membership dues.
AUCTION: We held our in-person annual auction (live and silent) in December, 2021 at the Trinity Episcopal Church after having cancelled the annual auction in 2020 because of Covid-19. The 2021 auction was one of our most successful auctions ever held! Our next club auction is planned for December, 2022.
MEETINGS: At Worcester Mineral Club, we have been navigating the Covid-19 pandemic nearly seamlessly. We only needed to cancel one meeting, in March, 2020. Our monthly meetings were on Zoom by April, 2020 and we haven’t cancelled a meeting since! Meeting presentations resumed shortly thereafter on Zoom and have proven to be quite engaging, informative, and educational. As of June, 2022, we have resumed in-person meetings (address above) which the public is welcome to attend!