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Rockhound of the Month

Rockhound of the Month for February 2024
Jim Elder

Rockhound of the Month for March 2024
Brody Dymond



"Check out our club meeting, Thursday, April 18 at the VFW!"


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  • Please sign up at a meeting or contact Vice President, Bob White to sign up for short or long programs, or be door prize donator for a meeting.
  • The THURSDAY, April 18 meeting starts at 6:30 at the VFW. The short program will be Pierre LaFoille speaking on "Porcelain". The main program will be Gwen Drews showing slides and talking about a recent rockhounding adventure.
  • The club workroom is in the Carnegie Building (formerly the History Center)on 6th Steet. Cabochon, beginning silversmithing and wire wrapping classes will be held in 2024. Sign up for classes or Monday evening workroom time. Email for classes or workroom time requests.
  • HERE ARE SOME FAVORITE COLLECTING SITES IN THIS AREA (Due to the higher water, some of these sites may be difficult to collect on the beach, you may need to be in the water.)

    Christmas Cove - Northport - A great spot for Petoskey stones along with rocks brought by the glaciers from Canada.

    Peterson Park - North of Northport - Another good bet for Petoskey stones including some large ones.

    Leland - Both north and south of the marina. If going south, walk to Whaleback Point for a larger concentration of stones of all types. North of the marina there are alternating areas of sand and stone littered beaches. Petoskey stones, various fossils and Leland Blue are some of the treasures found here along with a very occasional, rare agate. Higher water has made this and other locations more of a challenge to collect.

    Many beaches from Elk Rapids to Petoskey are good places for Petoskey stones and fossils including: Barnes Park in Eastport, Norwood and Atwood.

    In Petoskey, there are many spots around Little Traverse Bay including the State Park and some local government owned parks.

    These are some of the most famous spots but keep your eyes open all around the area. Rocky road cuts through glacial till, construction sites, road sides, inland lakes and parking lots are other areas with less hunting pressure that can surprise, with Petoskeys and fossils, and other rocks from Canada and the U.P. left by glaciers. The many gravel and borrow pits can be lucky spots but make sure you get the owner's permission for these and any other sites on private property.

    If you need a GTARMC name badge, see Cathy Kowaleski. For $8.00, you can get a pin type name badge or a magnetic badge. This way everybody will know your name.

    NOTE: The Club Equipment Room is open for supervised open sessions on Monday nights. Email to sign up. Make sure to follow any instructions and special notes posted in the workroom. YOU MUST BE A MEMBER AND HAVE TAKEN THE CABOCHON CLASS TO USE THE WORKROOM !!
    Eric Hallman, President
    Bob White, Vice President
    De Elder, Secretary
    Sandie Bull, Treasurer

    Sarah Steel, Field Trip Coordinator
    Lauren Vaughn, Newsletter
    Pierre LaFoille, Education Coordinator
    Lauren Vaughn, Club Show Chair
    Deb Bull & Alinka Lipchinsky, Club Show Publicity
    Lauren Vaughn, Website
    John Noonan, Photographer
    Cathy Kowaleski,Membership
    Jim Elder, Historian
    Jenny Burcroff, Facebook Page

  • Be sure to check the calendar and the GTARMC newsletter for more information!