Conejo Gem and Mineral Club *2013*


(NOTE: "Conejo" pronounced 'kon-a-ho (n) is the Spanish word for "rabbit", hence the logo design at left, and was the name given by the early Spanish explorers in the early 1700's when they came through the valley and noticed the thousands of jack rabbits that lived here, thus designating this area the "Conejo Valley")

Serving Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley and neighboring communities in and near the Conejo Valley area of Ventura County in Southern California

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- Club Membership
- Annual Show
- Pebble Pups
- Links to other Clubs

- Meetings & Programs

- Show Pictures

- Field Trips

- Lapidary Shop

- Code of Ethics


The Conejo Gem and Mineral Club (CGMC) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.  The Club promotes and extends the knowledge of minerals, geology, fossils, lapidary arts and associated fields.

Click here for a map to our Club Meetings & Lapidary Shop

The CGMC was founded in 1971, and is a member of both the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.


Conejo Gem & Mineral Club Information:

Members typically have an interest or involvement in mineralogy, geology, paleontology, rock cutting, faceting, polishing, making cabochons, collect rocks, minerals or fossils specimens. Come to the Conejo Gem and Mineral Club and become a member of one the largest hobby groups in the United States

Club Meetings: The 2nd Thursday of every month, 7:30pm, (Youth program starts at 7pm) at the Hillcrest Arts Center, 403 West Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, CA. Across from the Oaks Mall. These 2-hour get-togethers involve a brief business announcements portion followed by a 20 minute social time serving cookies, juice, coffee. You can check out what was found on the last field trip and what you can find on the next. There is a monthly raffle, Then a 45 minute program given by a guest speaker sharing their knowledge on geology, jewelry making, rock, mineral and fossil collecting, volcanology, paleontology and many other fascinating subjects. There are many different interests for members to check out at our club, we’re not just rock hounds. Members are involved in jewelry, wire wrapping, bead making, geology, fossils, minerals and lapidary arts. During the business section, youths are invited to attend a separate program where they can learn some science or a craft. We have programs for younger members to further their knowledge of earth science, geology and rock/mineral/fossil collecting. Let us know what interests you have and we will introduce you to members with similar interests. We print a monthly bulletin for our members to keep them up to date on club happenings. There is also a modest library for members to freely expand their interests.

Summertime, July Sunday, noon to 4pm. we have a Picnic/BBQ at the park, information below. Ice Cream social in August, Silent Auction in November and in December a Christmas party, they are a lot of fun. Our club is very family orientated so the whole family can participate in a fun hobby together and get some exercise in the out doors. Operating funds are generated from membership fees and proceeds from our annual show held April 2013 called the Pageant of a Thousand Gems (follow the link for more details).

We put on an annual Gem and Mineral show, participate in the Gem and Mineral Department exhibits at the Ventura County Fair, and support other Gem and Mineral Clubs by displaying when we are invited. We are members of the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (regional) and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (national).

Lapidary Shop: Available for members who would like to cut and polish rocks and minerals. We have a 24” saw, a Trim saw, 2 Genie polishing machines, a fine polish wheel, 18" Rociprolap, Large Gripper.

Field Trips: Each month we have field trips, some local day trips, others overnight camping/motel. At the club meeting you can check out the rocks, minerals and fossils that have been collected on field trips. To give you an idea of the rocks, minerals and fossils you might find, check out the specimens brought in to each monthly meeting. You don’t have to be very experienced. There are many members willing to share in their knowledge of collecting rocks, minerals and fossils. We have many different types of field trips for all ages, so there is always something for everyone.

Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions or would like further information not found in this site. Webpage related concerns may be directed to the same e-mail. Contact information is below.



Here are some current & upcoming things involving our club. If you read this or have something to say let me know. My e-mail is below. If you e-mail me things I can probably copy paste and add to the "Happenings"

February 2013:

Club Meeting- February 14th 2013 7:30pm Hillcrest Art Center, 403 Hillcrest Drive. Thousand Oaks Click here for a map to our Club Meetings & Lapidary Shop

Youth programs. Start 7pm, club meeting 7:30pm.

The Board of Directors meeting will be February 21st 7:30pm Thursday, at the Hillcrest Arts Center.

The Prez Sez: Robert Sankovich

Our CGMC show is not too far away, April 20th, 21st with the set up on the 19th. We’re going to need help from members. Right now I'm doing the exhibits forms which are below. I need someone to take that position. I'm doing Show Chair and Dealers Chair. We’re going to have a exhibit in the T.O. Library in April, if you are interested in putting something in, let me know. Publicity is very important. All members can help out with flyers to friends, family, businesses. I would like to see a member be an Asst. Chairman, to learn and become a future Show Chairman. If everyone helps out, it's easier to do our show. It's important that more than one person knows how to do a position, These Chair Committee positions are open; Assistant Chairman, Exhibits Chair, Kitchen Chair, Security, Facilities – Setup/Take down, Facilities - Electrical, Silent Auction, Moving (equipment from and to storage). Any way you can help out is appreciated. It’s our show and that means all members should be helping out. We’re also going to need donations from members for our grab bags and silent auction.When you go on field trips pick up some extra rocks and donate them.

Other shows upcoming: Ventura Gem & Mineral Society March 2nd, 3rd. CFMS Tri Club Show at the Ventura County Fair Grounds May 31st to June 2nd.

We still need these positions filled in our Club: Field trips and Programs.

Our website was down and it took some time to get our domain again. But the website is now up and being updated. Committee chairs, please send me your information for the website.

Reminder! Two Club meeting days have been changed. We will meet on the third Thursday for the months of March and July. Mark your calendars – our meetings will be March 21st and July 18th.

Robert Sankovich

Programs: Deb Sankovich:

Conejo Gem & Mineral Club General meeting will be February 14th at 7.30 at the Hillcrest Arts Center.

Our February Program will feature Arnie Rudman presenting a program on "Fossil Collecting". Arnie is a long time CGMC Club member (since 1988!) and is also a prior CGMC Club President. He is very experienced in looking for and finding fossils.

March - General meeting will be March 21st (instead of March 14th) and the Board Meeting will be March 28th at 7.00 pm.

July - General meeting will be July 18th (instead of July 11th) and the Board Meeting will be July 25th at 7:00 pm.

Deb Sankovich
(805) 494-7734

Mitty Scarpato, Delfina Bucaria, Diane Jorgensen, Ways & Means Chairperson. Our raffle at the meeting

Pebble Pups: Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Dunehew: The youth and club meeting will be at 7:00pm.
We have a new Youth Program Coordinator. Jenny has educational and fun programs for the youths. There is a new time for the youth program, 7pm. This gives members with kids to have the youth program, then have time for the social time with the raffle, and then they can all watch the monthly program. Check out the Youth Program link for more information.

February 14th Happy Valentines Day Pebble Pups! I will not be attending this week’s meeting but member Lisa DeFranco will be hosting. She is going to discuss a fun Pebble Pup off site event that can help us with our Earth Processes badge. During this month’s meeting you will learn about Sea Life fossils and where to find some in our local community. Member Kristie Reiger
will be sharing information on their discoveries.

The badge focus will be on the Earth Resources and Collecting Badge. Here is the Future Rock Hounds of America badge program. The program consists of an FRA membership path, 15 Badges and a “Rockhound Badge” for kids who earn 6 of the 15 badges. Kids earning all 15 badges are awarded an AFMS cloisonné pin and they get join the ranks of “Rock Stars.”

(FRA) Badge Program:
1. Rocks & Minerals
2. Earth Resources
3. Fossils
4. Lapidary Arts
5. Collecting
6. Showmanship
7. Communication
8. Field Trip
9. Leadership
10. Earth Processes
11. Earth in Space
12. Gold panning & Prospecting
13. Gemstone Lore & Legend
14. Stone Age Tools & Art
15. Rocking on the computer

Jenny Dunehew

Community Education Coordinator

Membership: Deb Sankovich VP

Membership dues for 2013 are now overdue and as of March 1st if you have not paid your annual dues for the year, you will no longer be receiving the Rocky Review newsletter or reaping the benefits of the club. CGMS needs to settle our accounts with our larger umbrella organization, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS). A portion of each member's CGMC dues goes as dues to CFMS, as well to the insurance policy provided by CFMS, and the club will need to pay that early in 2013. 2013 is going to be a fun, exciting and active year with both the CGMC show and the CFMS Tri-Club show! Dues are $20 per individual and $30 per family. Please bring your payment to the February 14th meeting or mail your membership payment to Deb Sankovich as soon as possible at the address below. Thank you!


Our current membership as of January 30 th is 115 adult members and 40 Pebble Pups for a total of 155 members. However, of these members only 52 adult members and 11 Pebble Pups have renewed their dues for 2013.

At our January 10th meeting, we had a good turnout for the “Show and Tell” Program” with 35 adult members and 7 Pebble Pup members attending. The Club also had 1 adult guest plus 2 junior guests who have now joined as new members.

A warm welcome to our new members that joined at our February 14th General Meeting:

Angela, Megan & Emma Kanter – Angela as well as Megan & Emma (Pebble Pups) have had a life-long interest in earth science and rock hounding, but who could expect anything else from Nick Duncan’s granddaughter! Their interest in joining the club is for minerals, field trips, lapidary-jewelry arts, and silversmithing.

Deb Sankovich,VP
Membership CGMC
1961 Havenwood Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The following members will serve as elected officers for 2013
President: Robert Sankovich
Programs: 1st Vice-President Open Position
Field Trips: 2nd Vice Presidents Open Position
Membership: 3rd Vice-President Deb Sankovich
Editor: 4th Vice-President Becky Williamson
Treasurers: Jacob Ross, Manny Valdez
Secretary: Jennifer Gary
Federation Director: Mike Havstad

Appointed officers for 2013
Art Council: Camille Van Ast
Community Education: Mitty Scarpato
Historian: To be announced
Librarian: To be announced
Parliamentarian: Roy Foerster
Publicity: Deb Sankovich
Refreshments: Delfina Bucaria
Shop Foremen: Robert Sankovich, Manny Valdez, Mike Miller
Show Chairman: Robert Sankovich
Ways & Means: Mitty Scarpato, Delfina Bucaria, Diane Jorgensen
Website: Robert Sankovich
Workshop Coordinator: To be announced
Youth Program Coordinator: Jenny Dunehew

2/2 Wayne Raven
2/3 Mitty Scarpato
2/4 Diana Miller
2/4 Elizabeth Laroche
2/12 Angela Kanter
2/20 Peter Weinstein
2/20 Tom Kelleher
2/20 Floyd Johnson
2/21 Sandy Hammond
2/25 Paul Laroche
2/26 Audrey Harvey

Field Trips Upcoming: Please let us know if you are going to go on the field trip. The weather can change, if we don’t know your going we won’t be able to contact you if the field trip is cancelled. There will be maps and flyers at the club meetings. There are still people who show up for the field trip without notifying us, you can still be part of the field trip, but it is important that you let us know your going to attend. Please let us know if your going to attend, e-mail or call us. I have new truck, it's a white Ford F250 four wheel drive, crew cab, if your looking for me, look for my truck.
Robert Sankovich CFMS 805-494-7734,
Ron Wise, Ventura/Oxnard Clubs, 805-794-0737

Upcoming Field Trips 2012:

May 28th 2013 Tuesday, Kanan Rd, Agoura, CFMS field trip to collect agate, chalcedony, marcacite, nodules

Field trips for the Tri Clubs, CGMC OGMS VGMS. Lue Brown, David Mautz OGMS, will be 2013 VP Field trip leader. If your interested in being a CGMC co-field trip leader with them contact me, or the nominating commette. I will be the CFMS field trip south leader with Adam Dean. I'll still be doing field trips in 2013. There will be a good variety of field trips next year. There still will be a Tri club field trip to Nevada Trip for ammonites. Adam and I will work out the CFMS field trips for 2013, they will be on our bulletins and the CFMS website and the tri clubs.
See you there.

For more info contact CFMS-South Co-chair:
Robert Sankovich
(805) 494-7734

Mike Havstad Federation Director.

CFMS Tri Club Committee 2013 Show:
Were going to need people to volunteer for show chairs and committee's from the 3 clubs, if your interested let me know and you will be put on the list of the position your interested in. We have all of the Director positions filled. From our club we have Deb and I, and Sal Scarpto as Treasurer.
Robert Sankovich CFMS Secretary and Co Chair Field Trip South

The Tri-Clubs of Ventura County, Conejo, Oxnard, & Ventura Gem & Mineral Societies, will host the 2013 CFMS SHOW & CONVENTION
"California Rocks"
MAY 31 - JUNE 2
Ventura County Fairgrounds
Ventura, CA
Message from Jim Brace-Thompson, CFMS
Juniors Activities Chair

Special Kids Awards Being Offered at 2013 CFMS Show

CFMS President Bud McMillin has announced plans to offer special incentives for kids and juniors to exhibit at the 2013 CFMS Show with the hope that it might inspire at least a dozen (and hopefully more!) kids to participate. In particular, there will be up to four President’s Awards for Outstanding Junior Exhibits. Each award consists of $50, along with a certificate and mineral specimen. All children are eligible, whether entering a competitive or noncompetitive display. The only “catch” is that the child must be present and must set up his or her own display. The four awards will be divided among the following age groups: 10- years-old and under, 11- and 12-year-olds, 13-and 14-year-olds, and 15- through 17-yearolds.
Following are the specific rules:
1. Four one-time awards are to be presented at the 2013 Annual CFMS Convention and Show in an effort to increase junior participation in exhibiting and will become the permanent property of the winners.
2. The awards shall consist of: a certificate-of-achievement; a mineral specimen; and a $50 cash prize.
3. One award each will be presented to juniors defined as follows: a) exhibitors 10-years-old and under; b) exhibitors age 11 or 12; c) exhibitors age 13 or 14; and d) exhibitors age 15, 16, or 17.
4. One award each will be given to the best junior’s case in each of the above age groups, whether a competitive or noncompetitive entry, judged on quality only per the opinion of the CFMS President.
5. The junior must be present at the show and must set up his or her own display; parents, guardians, or other adults may be on hand to help supervise, but the display itself must be set up by the hand of the junior.
6. No separate entry form is required to be eligible for this award.
7. The decision of the donor is final. The 2013 show quickly approaches. It takes place May 31–June 2 and exhibitor applications are due by April 15. You can get applications from our take-one table at our monthly meetings, or you can access them from the CFMS Show Website (, or call me (805-659-3577) and I can mail or email some to you. Thanks to the hard work of Donna and Larry Knapton and other members of their committee, the Tri-Clubs of Ventura County plan to have a huge kids’ area at this year’s CFMS Show, an area focused around a theme of dinosaurs, so there will be lots of fun and informative activities for kids to do after they set up their displays. We encourage all junior members of the Oxnard, Ventura, and Conejo clubs—and all CFMS clubs—to enter a display and go for a President’s Award!
Jim Brace-Thompson, CFMS Juniors Activities Chair

Mike Havstad CGMC CFMS Director

Lapidary Shop:
The 24" saw need some work, All other equipment is operational. If you want to use the shop, contact: Mike Miller 805-530-3744 Manuel Valdez 805-492-1609 Robert Sankovich 805-494-7734 The time is flexible, You call us and we can set up a time that works for you and the shop foreman. I bought a Gripper tool at Quartzsite, it fits into our 24" saw clamp and using a 3 prong type arms it can grip rounded and odd shapped roacks, I plan on using it on my uncut geodes and nodules. I won't have put them in plaster to cut them. I have tried the gripper and it works great, grabs the nodules and makes it a lot easier to cut them in the saw.

Manuel Valdez 805-492-1609
Mike Miller 805-530-3744
Robert Sankovich 805-494-7734

The club has bought a used 18" Rociprolap made by Rose Enterprises. It's cast iron and heavy. The whole thing probably weighs 100lbs. There are two parts, the pan, and the base. We will now be able to polish larger stones, slabs, geode/nodules. It will need to run through several grit stages and polish, that will take time so we will make it so you will check it out and use it at your house. If your interested, contact him. We have to make a user manual.

CGMC IS ON FACEBOOK It will be good to promote our club and show. Check it out. From John:
I set up a FANs of Page on Facebook for CGAMC. Any members that are on Facebook can become a fan and send the link to all of their friends on FB and so on... Any fan can then post whatever to the page that might be of interest. I am fairly new to FB but it works well for my Photography Workshops I am organizing. Hope it works for
the club. Email me if you have any questions.
Here is the link:
Thanks. Take care!


Robert Sankovich
President, Show Chairman

Deb Sankovich
VP Membership



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