About the Gemcrafters & Explorers Club


The purpose of the Gemcrafters & Explorers Club shall be to gather knowledge and provide educational benefits to members on geological, archaeological, lapidary, and mineralogical topics of interest, to include assistance to members in all lapidary problems, the study and identification of minerals and gem stones in the rough, the field study of geological formations which produce minerals and gem stones, the collection of minerals and gemstones, and the exploration of any geological or archaeological topic or area which may be of interest to the membership.


The Gemcrafters & Explorers Club is centered in Las Cruces, New Mexico. General meeting are held on the third Friday of the month at Gardiner Hall, Room 118, NMSU campus, Las Cruces, NM at 6:30 pm for social and 7 pm for the meeting. There are no meetings in July and December. Meetings are open to the public. A typical meeting includes a one-hour presentation on a topic of general interest with a Q & A segment followed by the introduction of visitors and a business meeting. The meeting ends with members doing a "show and tell" on their recent excursions. For information on the next meeting, click the Meetings link above or click here.

Field Trips

The Gemcrafters & Explorers Club tries to have at least one field trip per month. Most field trips are single day events and are held on the Saturday following the general meeting (third Friday of the month). Some field trips span several days and accommodate overnight camping. For information on the next field trip, click the Field Trips link above or click here.


The 2016 Officers and Volunteers are listed in the table below along with their contact information. Note that the last line is the club's mailing address and e-mail address.

Position Name E-Mail
2016 Officers and Volunteers
President Matt Durning madtex@q.com
Vice President Orlando Grammatica doorfossil@msn.com
Treasurer Cookie Saathoff imaginethattoo@comcast.net
Secretary Maxine Wyman gambrisina@gmail.com
Historian Don Saathoff auagte2@comcast.net
Programs Eric Fuller gemcraftersandexplorersclub+Programs@gmail.com
Field Trip Director Eric Fuller gemcraftersandexplorersclub+Field_Trip_Director@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor Maxine Wyman gambrisina@gmail.com
Webmaster Charles Combs ChuckyUpchuck@gmail.com
U.S. Postal Address P.O. BOX 3091
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Articles of Organization and Operating Procedures

The Articles of Organization for the Gemcrafters & Explorers Club is available for viewing or downloading by clicking here. Likewise, the Operating Procedures can be found here.

Affiliations and Memberships

The Gemcrafters & Explorers Club is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the Blue Ribbon Coalition and a member of the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

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