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Summer Hours Now In Effect!
From June 29th to September 30th the SMS lapidary shop will be open from 9am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday to help beat the heat.
NOTE: As of January 2018, our date for the meeting has changed to the the THIRD Thursday of the month!
Exception is February - our day was scheduled so February's meeting will be held on the THIRD Wednesday (Feb. 14th - Valentine's Day).
We have educational meetings that are held at the Sacramento County Cooperative building on the THIRD Thursday of every month at 7pm.
The meetings are open to the general public and members alike, if you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see what a meeting is like. Supervised children are also welcome, we merely ask that they do not disrupt the meetings by being unruly or running amuck! We hope to get more children involved in the earth sciences and rockhounding and are working on developing an active kids group so that they can better enjoy the club more as well!
The address for the Sacramento County Cooperative is:
4145 Branch Center Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95827
(map shown below)
What goes on at our education meeting?
Well, we start off with a presentation that runs anywhere from a half hour to an hour.
After the presentation we have a potluck - where our members bring something nice to eat!
While we socialize and enjoy the goodies everyone has brought, members also buy raffle tickets and check out what's up on the auction table and pick up a bidding paddle from the auctioneer table.
We also have a Monthly Challenge every month, where members bring in their entries and every person that has an entry is placed into a drawing to win 3 free shop hours! It's quite fun to see what the members come up with and it changes every month! :)
The raffle is simple, you purchase tickets ($2 for 5 tickets) and then put your tickets into the container that has the number matching the item that you'd wish to win. If your number is called, then you win that item. 12 items are set out every meeting. All non-winning tickets for each of the 12 items are placed into a drawing for 2 additional consolation prizes at the end of the raffle. All proceeds go towards the club to help with our monthly overhead costs.
The auction is a live auction (as opposed to a silent auction) and members often donate or sell items to be auctioned off as a monthly fundraiser for the club.
For the live auction, all proceeds for donated items and a small part of the proceeds for selling items goes as a donation towards the club to help with our monthly overhead costs.
At the very end, we have a Participation Drawing - in which whoever is still present has their names put into a drawing to win the prize. Sadly since Pearson's Lapidary Store has closed, we no longer can offer the $10 gift certificate from that store, and this has been suspended until we can find a suitable replacement.
To see pictures of our educational meetings clink these links:
2015 Educational Meetings
2016 Educational Meetings
Map to the Sacramento County Cooperative: