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MMS Meetings and Lectures
The Next Few MMS General Meetings:
(All regular club meetings are held on the second Monday of the month - All are welcome to attend to see what the club is about.)
We hope to resume normal meetings in September at Cranbrook!
July 31st: Paradise Pavillion Summer Picnic with Auction and Food!
June 7th: Microminerals with John Jasczak via Zoom at 7:00 pm.
May 10th: Collecting in Arizona by David Joyce via Zoom.
This meeting is planned to start at 7:00 pm.
Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave,
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Event(s) begin promptly at 7:30p.m. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
The Cranbrook Inst. of Science is currently not holding meetings!
What do We Meet and Discuss?
Discoveries & Knowledge
Elements & Physics
Chemistry & Reactions
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General Calendar of Events
All club meetings are held at Cranbrook Institute of Science except January, July, August, and October.
Doors Open at 7 pm with Program starting at 7:30 pm
General Club Itinerary:
January ......................................... Banquet Night
2nd Monday of February ............... Club Meeting
2nd Monday of March ................... Club Meeting
2nd Monday of April ...................... Club Meeting
2nd Monday of May ...................... Club Meeting
2nd Monday of June ..................... Club Meeting
3rd Weekend of July ..................... Annual Picnic (TBD)
Summer Field Trips ...................... TBD
Month of August ............................ No Meeting
2nd Monday of September ........... Club Meeting (Cranbrook Library)
2nd Weekend of October............... Annual Show (Macomb Expo)
2nd Monday of November ............ Annual Auction
2nd Monday of December ............ Club Meeting
April Club Night: Brad Zylman on Color in Gemstones - The Conundrum of Corundum! The presentation is on the member's only page.
March Club Night: "Paleo Joe" to speak on Wyoming fossil collecting via Zoom. Meeting at 7:00 pm
February Club Night: Fabian Wildfang presents his amazing collection via Zoom. This meeting is planned to start at 12:30 pm.
January: Meeting Cancelled.
December Club Meeting: A fine presentation by Elijah Cornish on his mineral collecting.
November Club Meeting: Bob Ruby Spoke on his personal collection, collection documentation, and mining paraphernalia.
October Club Meeting: Monday, October 13th: VP Brad Zylman to present Mineral Habits - A Common Language. This was an online meeting and the presentation is stored on the Members only page.
September Club Meeting: Monday, September 14th, 2020
Ph.D.Ralph Conti spoke on Fossil cleaning and liberation in an online presentation. Thanks, Ralph!
August: Summer Recess
July: Summer Recess
June Meeting: Monday, June 8th, 2020
Presentation on the Dana 8th edition classification of Minerals and the numbering system behind the internationally used system.
May Club Meeting: Cancelled due to the Pandemic
April Club Meeting: Cancelled due to pandemic
March Club Meeting: Monday, March 9th, 2020
MMS Swap & Social Night - Great food, great conversation, and lots of eye candy! Bring your gems, minerals, and fossils to sell or trade.
February Club Meeting: Monday, Feb. 10th, 2020
Speaker John Yellich spoke on the historic lake water levels and gave us a lot to think about how we are all interconnected.
January: Our Club Annual Banquet - January 25, 2020
Our Annual Banquet Night for our Club Members. 4 Billion Years of Great Lakes Geology.
December Meeting: December 9, 2019, THE AUCTION!!!!
Come prepared for an entertaining night of collaboration and bidding upon some fabulous auction items!
November Meeting: THE AUCTION was canceled due to the weather.
September Club Meeting: Sept. 10th, 2018
Club member Ph.D. Ralph Conti Spoke on the Optical effects of minerals and why some minerals look the way they do.
August: No Meeting
July Club Event: Monday, July 22, 2018
The Annual Picnic at MarshBank Park.
June Meeting: June 10th, 2019
Dr. Michael Cherney came and spoke on the new University of Michigan Natural History Museum and the Ice Age extinctions of Mammoths and Mastodons.
May Meeting: May 13th, 2019
Please come for an interesting night where we will be discussing Michigan's energy future from coal to fossil fuels and current plans for a greener state with special guest Robert Elliot.
April Meeting: April 8th, 2019
We hosted Steve Lehto who will be enlightening us on the life of Douglas Houghton. Look up his book Michigan's Columbus...
March Meeting: March 11, 2019
MMS Swap & Social Night - Books, Shells, Coins, Minerals, Fossils galore!
February Meeting: February 11, 2019
We will be hosting Ph.D. Christine Clark as she speaks on February 11th to combine the understanding of the tourmaline-mineral group with the petrology of the environments in which these minerals form.
January Meeting: Banquet Night
Our Annual Club Banquet Night - We learned about Gold Mining and a Gold/Zinc mine opening in Michigan.
December Club Meeting: Monday, December 10th, 2018
Matthew Shrenk from MSU will be speaking on mineral catalyzed reactions and microbial clues to the early evolution of life.
November Meeting: November 12, 2018, THE AUCTION!!!!
Come prepared for an entertaining night of collaboration and bidding upon some fabulous auction items!! We will have the BEST specimens available to our membership to be auctioned off. You will not believe the specimens which could go at a fraction of their worth.
September Club Meeting: Sept. 10th, 2018
Club member Rick Strapple will be speaking on the 7 known groups of Silicate Minerals. It was an excellent presentation!
August: No Meeting
July Club Event: Monday, July 22, 2018
The Annual Picnic at Drayton Plains.
June Meeting: Monday, June 11th, 2018
Club Vice President Brad Zylman spoke on how to make the leap to a digital archive of your collection. He presented several examples of software and shared ideas on affordable ways to document your collection for generations to come.
May Club Meeting: Monday, May 14th, 2018
Explore our current understanding of the origin of the solar system and the remarkable new evidence for conditions on the early Earth with Cranbrook's Science Museum Curator - John Zawiskie
April Club Meeting: Monday, April 9th, 2018
Come and listen to Richard Fox discuss Viking Sunstone and Optical Calcite.
March Club Meeting: Monday, March 12, 2018
MMS Swap & Social Night - Great food, great conversation, and lots of eye candy! Bring your gems, minerals, and fossils to sell or trade. Everyone is welcome!
February Club Meeting: February 12th, 2018
We hosted Ralph S. Conti, Ph.D. Physics, as he presented his collection of radioactive minerals with an emphasis on those collected by his family from the Bancroft, Ontario area. The talk covered the basics of radioactivity, followed by a description of collecting in the Bancroft area from 1958-1975.
January: Our Club Annual Banquet - January 13, 2018
Our Annual Banquet Night for our Club Members.
December Meeting: December 11, 2017
Stan and Priscilla Woollams are coming to talk about Chile and Bolivia.
November Meeting: November 13, 2017, THE AUCTION!!!!
Come prepared for an entertaining night of collaboration, thinking, and acting upon some fabulous auction items!! We will have the BEST specimens available to our membership ever to be auctioned off. You will not believe the specimens which could or could not go for a fraction of their worth.
September Meeting: We got to touch the Moon
Mark Jeffery came to speak on meteorite collecting and the history of meteorite knowledge. He brought many amazing pieces and we
got to touch a meteorite that came from the Moon. A stellar night!
August: No meeting in the heat of summer.
July Meeting: Picnic at Drayton Plains Nature Center (Sunday, July 23rd, 2017)
June Club Meeting: Monday, June 12th, 2017
Dr. Ann Purdy provided us with a fantastic framework on Geologic Time and the Biology of Species. She carefully and cleverly played out the major geologic eras and the life that came (and went) within them. An invaluable guide for fossil hunters and a graphically rich presentation.
May Club Meeting: Monday, May 8th, 2017
Collecting Agates (and other minerals) in the Upper Peninsula through Minnesota with Mike Trelfa and Patti Graves-Wesoloski. An interesting tour of the U.P hot spots for finding our State's beautiful gemstones and many interesting places to see right for the mouths of our own members.
April Club Meeting: Monday, April 10, 2017
Flintknapping (and other materials) expert and amazing artist Mike Cook came out and gave us a live tutorial of his selection and techniques for his fantastic creations. We learned why and how flint and other microcrystalline substances are great for knapping and how this skill was highly prized in our ancient world, as well as today.
March Club Meeting: Monday, March 13, 2017
MMS Swap & Social Night - Great food and lots of eye candy!
February Club Meeting: Monday, February 13, 2017
Larry Bean focused on Collecting Point Prospect Copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula over the course of seven-year up in Michigan's U.P. It was an informative talk on the amount of work it takes to mine copper from exposed matrix as well as the experience of using explosives in surface mining. He brought in beautiful examples of his collection that he shared with the group.
January Banquet: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
We hosted Dr. Daniel Ksepka from the Bruce Museum at Club Venetian on his research on Pelagornis sandersi, the largest bird ever to have lived, which has been covered by over 3000 media outlets as well as the National Geographic documentary “Top 10 Biggest Beasts”.
December Meeting: Monday, December 12, 2016
Hydrothermal Crystal Growth by Vladimir A. Klipov, Chief Research Engineer at Sawyer Technical Materials, LLC.
His presentation was based mainly on the quartz crystal growth in industrial processes developed around the world in the last sixty years. Quartz is the second, after silicon crystals, by volume grown by man for electronic and optical applications. Vlad and his family came over from Russia during the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s and greatly contributed to the development of Sawyer Technologies' success over the last 27 years.
November Meeting: November 16, 2016, THE AUCTION!!!!
Come prepared for an entertaining night of collaboration, thinking, and acting upon some fabulous auction items!! We will have the BEST specimens available to our membership ever to be auctioned off. You will not believe the specimens which could or could not go for a fraction of their worth. Do NOT miss this event!!
Doors open at 7 pm and the auction starts at 7:30.
June Meeting: Monday, June 13, 2016
DR. DAVID J. DOHERTY - “The Experiences and Career of a Geologist”
Past MMS President, Dave Doherty will share his wealth of information and experiences as a geologist. Dave has worked with the USGS, Chevron, & ARCO extensively with the exploration of hydrocarbons and subsurface geology of oil-producing rock. His work has led to the discovery of well over 100 million barrels of oil in the Cook Inlet of Alaska. His expertise was summoned for continuing exploration in the basins of Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, China, & Korea.
Dave retired in 2014 and now resides in St. Clair County. He will center his lecture on his experiences as a petrol engineer as well as other aspects of his research.