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Connecticut Valley  Mineral Club


Meetings: First Wednesday of Each Month

7:00 - 9:00 pm

January, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December

No Meetings February, July & August
Springfield Science Museum (Doors open at 6:30)

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Dear CVMC Members, I would like to thank you for electing me President of the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club. I am proud to serve in this role and I look forward to working with our Executive Board members as well as club members. I will be relying on the vast expertise and knowledge of our past presidents and Executive Board members to fulfill many of my duties.

I have been a member of CVMC for over ten years, having formerly served as your club Secretary. My interest in mineralogy and mineral collecting is a life-long interest. At the age of twelve, I clipped a newspaper article about Herkimer diamonds which I have kept to this day.

Our primary initiative in the New Year is to poll members for their interest and ideas for meeting topics and activities. Soon you will be receiving a survey via email. It is important to the Executive Board that we provide topics of interest to the entire membership. Some of the ideas that have been brought forth include lapidary basics, crafting, and knowledge-based mineral presentations. What would you add to this list? This year, we will also be seeking new guest speakers as well as featuring some hands-on learning.

If you have an idea, speaker, or activity to offer up, please include them on the survey. You may also email me directly at any time with your suggestions at

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Alyssa Rusiecki


Education Committee - Boston Report by Fred Wilda - June 20, 2018

for the Presentation of the

“Significant Minerals of Massachusetts” State House Display Case!

click photo to the left to read Boston report by Fred Wilda

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By: Patrick O'Connor of “The Republican” newspaper. Published October 25 th 2017

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New Article by Andy Brodeur click picture above to read 

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This years 2016 mineral show raffle prize winners were both CVMC members.
James Donnelly of Chicopee won the Geode and Francis Noyes of Turners Falls won the Smokey Quartz and Microcline specimen. Both of these lucky Club members donated their time for the benefit of the show and it was nice to see them rewarded for their efforts!!

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Special Brag Night Congratulations To:
Dynelle Longto
The Second member to win both the Best Self Collected & Judges Choice Plaques !
Both of her specimens are from Sharon, VT ,,, and from the same day ,,, (What a Good day) ! ! !
The Polymorphic (meaning many distinct shaply forms hooked together) Clay Concretion was very aesthetic. And her Concretion with Leaf Fossil (Populus , most likely P. balsamifera) , was actually very special in form and detail ! ! !
Please click on the 2 Brag Night pages of photo's below:


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CVMC Presented Granby Mass. Library With A $500 Check
2 Articles Courtesy of the Belchertown Sentinel & the Springfield Republican

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<<< click the picture to read the 2 Articles

Hardwick School Case Presentation

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Left to Right: Elecia Bray, 4th Grade Teacher, Fred Wilda, President CVMC
And Jack Marcy, Education Committee Mineral Presentor
Mineral Case Presentation on June 10, 2014 by The CVMC to:
Hardwick Elementary School in Gilbertville, MA

Connecticut Valley Mineral Club presented UMass with a
"Significant Massachusetts Minerals Case"

 - by: Wayne Corwin - March 8, 2014

Jack Marcy, Granby rock collector &
Connecticut Valley Mineral Club member ,
shared his love of minerals at the Chicopee Public Library
View the article in MassLive


The CVMC was presented with a Certificate of appreciation from
the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

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Notice:Long time club member Warren Johansson has passed away.
The CVMC donated a
"Significant Massachusetts Minerals Case"
In Warren's Honor to the Petersham Library 11/12/14.
Fred and Wayne did a short mineral talk also.

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1921 - 2014 **** flowers the club sent

Long time club member, Ron Lucia was honored at a special presentation
by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club of a
"Significant Massachusetts Minerals Display Case"
To the Mount Tom Welcome Center on June 2 nd 2013

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About Us :

The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club was founded in 1940, dedicated to the study, appreciation and preservation of rocks, minerals, fossils and all aspects of Earth Science. We pass on our love of minerals to people of all ages with a special focus on schools with lectures and hands on presentations to students. We recently began a new project with the Significant Massachusetts Minerals Case for Schools that features all the Massachusetts state earth symbols as well as other minerals that were important to the history of the State.
A minimum of 5 of these Case are donated to local schools each year.

We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Science Museum, Tolman Wing at the Quadrangle in Springfield, MA. Our meetings include occasional mineral presentations, general club business, and a room full of people willing to help you enjoy mineral collecting. In addition, we sponsor numerous field trips throughout the season, a yearly club picnic and our annual Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show.
Directions to our meeting location can be found here .

The CVMC takes a special interest in the preservation of local mineral sites and promotes good collecting habits within its membership as well as to individuals. We feel that the future of mineral collecting is our responsibility. Through good relations with land owners, education and ethical collecting habits we strive to keep our hobby alive and leave something behind for future generations of mineral enthusiasts to enjoy.

We are an informal and social group of all ages and backgrounds with a common interest in the earth and its wondrous treasures . We welcome visitors and encourage membership and once you meet us you will realize that you are never too old to get out and get dirty, we look forward to meeting you!

We are Members of the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS) and American Federation of Mineral Societies (AFMS)

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Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies

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New CVMC Logo 2020