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Our next meeting will take place on SUNDAY Jan 26 at 1 PM at the BETTER FAMILIES THROUGH TAE KWON DO ACADEMY located at 6723 SW 81st St. Miami, FL 33143 just behind THE BIG CHEESE, a South Dade dining landmark.  As always, there will be announcements, meet-and-greet, refreshments, and door prizes. OF SPECIAL NOTE: we have resumed one of our most popular traditional activities – the Club Raffle – featuring specimens, gemstones, educational materials, and artisan jewelry (always fabulous values).

The educational presentation will be Gemstones…and Minerals…and Rocks – OH MY! in which we try to separate what you know about this hobby from…fake news and hoaxes. Carats vs karats…onyx vs agate vs jasper…jade vs jade…rockers vs stoners…where will it all end? Perhaps in an urban legend full of schist. Don’t miss it!

Yes, our new lapidary workshop is fully-equipped and up-and-running - for our dues-paid members. Please note – that last phrase is most important: for dues-paid members. Why? Because our $2 million comprehensive personal injury and property damage insurance coverage is in force only for our paid-up members. (Single membership is $15 per year, family $20.) Not sure if you’re paid up? Email us at “webguy@mmlg-inc.org” and we’ll let you know.

We’re still ironing out the kinks of the logistics. What that means is that, at least for the immediate future, all members wishing to use the equipment will go through a basic skills and safety session (regardless of previous experience level) before performing individual work with it. Because our Workshop Co-ordinator has limited hours of availability, all sessions will be scheduled by appointment only.

Any member wishing to get started with sessions needs to contact us by email

(at the above address), and we will verify membership status – and then

connect the member with the Workshop Co-ordinator.

There is no fee to use our MMLG workshop - it’s a membership benefit, and we will provide the initial material to be worked during the basic skills session.

     We look forward to a successful workshop!

Happy New Year!

But first

The next tri-county picnic will be at TY Park in Broward County on Sunday January 19 - pavilion # 9 from 10am to 4pm. (Take the SHERIDAN STREET EXIT westbound off I-95 in Hollywood.) This get-together of the Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Clubs will feature food – fun - fabulous values / minerals – gems – artisan jewelry.

It's a potluck event – the three clubs supply meat entrees, and the attendees bring side dishes and/or desserts for all to share. (There are always enough veggie selections for our vegan friends.) Members will have gems, minerals, jewelry to swap or sell - we'll have Bingo and raffles with hobby-related prizes.

Don’t miss it!