The Ark-La-Tex Gem & Mineral Society is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to promoting interest in the various earth sciences, particularly the art of lapidaries and their related fields. Informational speeches presented at area schools and the presentation of awards and cash prizes at the Public School Earth Science Fair are two of the ways the society achieves its goals. Another contribution to the community is the annual show, held at the Bossier Civic Center. This "Jewelry, Gem, & Mineral Show" functions as a fund raiser for our group and a venue for the demonstrations of gold and silver casting, jewelry making, bead stringing, faceting, cabochon making, and flintknapping (the art of flaking stone tools such as arrowheads). Monthly meetings keep our members informed about the inner workings of our society and provide programs of interest to rockhounds, such as oral and video presentations. Our monthly newsletter, the Rock Rattler, presents information about our society, in addition to current rock-related events and articles. Jewelry making classes, complete the educational objectives of the club.
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