About Us

Member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies 

The goals of the Ark-La-Tex Gem and Mineral Society are to create and stimulate interest in the study of gems, minerals, fossils, beading, geology and the lapidary arts. The organization sponsors gem, mineral and fossil hunting field trips, lectures on the lapidary arts, demonstrations and workshops for the membership and community.

The club is able to provide speakers and demonstrations on the earth sciences and lapidary arts for local schools, scout troops and other organizations upon request.

The club hosts the annual gem and mineral show with special exhibits, demonstrations and dealers with fine jewels, gems, minerals, fossils, etc. to be purchased.

The Ark-La-Tex Gem and Mineral Society was officially incorporated in Louisiana as a 501C3 non-profit educational organization in April 1971 by a small group of 6 members interested in the lapidary arts. Our members include a dedicated group of lapidarists with strong yet varied interests in stone and gem cutting, faceting, flint knapping (making tools, arrowheads, etc. from rocks), gem and mineral hunting (rock-hounding), and fossil hunting.


Membership Benefits

  • Access to the workshop
  • Classes
  • Field Trips (some to private land)
  • Current Rock Rattler newsletter
  • Discounts at Southern Federation gem shows


Yearly Dues

  • Individual $15
  • Couple $20
  • Family $25

Ark-La-Tex Gem Brochure


1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM
Board meeting begins at 6:00 PM

Meetings are open to everyone, so come by and see what we are all about!

February & March 2018 meetings will be held at:
Aulds Public Library
3950 Wayne Ave
Bossier City, LA 71112

After, we will return to:
History Center
Bossier Central Library
2206 Beckett Street
Bossier City, LA 71111

Field Trip
Monthly Meetings

Governing Board

President & Field Trip Coordinator

Del Glasner

Board Member
Nina Hustus

Vice President & Web Master
Lyn Simms

Board Member

Tom Stringfellow

Kathy Haney edited
Kathy Haney

Bill Drotar Board member
Board Member

Bill Drotar

John Autry

Laura McWilliams
Head Shop Steward