Mission: The tar heel gem & mineral club was formed in 1974 as a nonprofit educational organization to investigate, preserve & share knowledge of rocks, minerals & precious stones and to promote interest in mineralogy, paleontology, earth sciences & lapidary techniques.
Programs: Annual 3-day gem, jewelry and mineral show in the kerr scott building at the north carolina state fairgrounds. Vendors of jewelry, gems, minerals, beads and books set up their booths at the show. The club organizes exhibits of gem and mineral specimens, demonstrations of lapidary and other arts and a geode cutting booth. Of all the club9s activities, the show is the most dependent on member volunteers.
a number of activities are oriented toward community service and education. The club coordinates with local museums and university geology departments to foster interest in geology and gemology through participation in public events as well as through monetary donations to education programs.
monthly newsletter, tar heel tailings, delivered by mail to all members and at the club website to the general public.
monthly meetings provide opportunities to meet people, learn about the club and share stories and ideas about the hobby. Some meetings are highlighted by special events, speakers and refreshments.