Friday, January 18, 2019

Field trip to Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Elmhurst, Il

Good morning everyone, we discussed doing a field trip last night at our meeting to the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmurst, Il.  We were thinking of coordinating with the Badger Rock Club, as they are already going on February 23rd.  I would like to get an idea of how many of you would be interested in going, so if you could email me back and let me know if you are interested in going, I would very much appreciate it.  I am thinking we could carpool to save on transportation cost.  This would be a day trip and a good outing during the winter months.  The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary art is a world class museum and well worth the trip. 

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Jim Richards
Northwest Illinois Rock Club

Friday, November 2, 2018

Annual Rock, Gem, Jewelry, and Fossil Show NOV 10-11 2018


          NOVEMBER 10th 9am to 5 pm
          NOVEMBER 11th 9am to 4 pm

All kinds of interesting rocks, fossils, gems and jewelry to look at or purchase, a great place to find that one of a kind gift! 

Come listen to the speakers, win door prizes, kids games, Geode cracking too! We have a good time every year! The VietNow Vets will be there with lunch! Come check out the treasures! This IS next weekend!

Highland Community College
Freeport Il.

See YOU there!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Annual Rock, Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry Show

Northwest Illinois Rock Club
Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral show and sale
November 11 and 12, 2017
Highland Community College Student/Conference Center

Speakers Schedule:              (All talks are in Rm H127)

                                                 Saturday, Nov 11.

10:30 AM:  Volcanoes and the Landscapes They Produce: on the trail of Vulcan

David Rice, Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society, Rockford, IL

1:30 PM:   Uncovering the lost world of Cretaceous Dinosaurs in the Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana plus How you can participate in a dinosaur dig!

Josh Mathews, Burpee Museum Director of Paleontology and NIU Ph.D candidate

3:30 PM:  Groovin' on Kelleys Island: The World's Most Spectacular Glacial Striations

Jordan Marche, Astronomer, science historian, independent scholar, and adjunct instructor, University of Wisconsin, Madison

                                                 Sunday, Nov. 12

11:00 AM:  Gemstone Energies:  Myth, Legend, or Science?

Pam Jensen, Goldsmith, Jeweler, and owner of Gemorifics in Freeport, IL.                                           
2:00 PM:  Late Ordovician Fossils from the State-line (Illinois and Wisconsin) area: relics of the Lost World beneath our homes.

Michael Henderson, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL                                               

                                       Rock Show Dealer List
Rock Biz from Minneapolis, MN.

Craig’s Crystals from Schamburg, IL.

Brushy Creek Gems and Minerals from Boone, IA.

Mystic Moraine Minerals from Janesville, WI.

Wrap-N-Rock-Gems from Gurnee, IL.

Rock and a Hard Place from Davenport, IA.

Earths Hidden Treasures from Marengo, IL.

Rock Stars from Chicago, IL.

Lavins  Gem and Jewelry from Schiller Park, IL.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

MSHA Training

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Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 10:35 PM

Subject: Re: MSHA Training revisited
Hi Everyone!
I’ve talked to Jeremiah the trainer and he can do the training at Jack Hoxie’s shop in Janesville on February 11th and 12th. This will be a commitment. We have to have 15 people, the more people we can recruit the cheaper it becomes but it will be about 10hrs of training each day.
15 people = $115 each
16 people =  $111.88 each
17 people =  $109.11

Subject: MSHA Training revisited
Hi Everyone
Jeremiah has notified me that if we can get 15 people he will come and give us the MSHA training. It would run about 100-110 per person. I was talking to Tyrell, a club member who goes to Canada quite often to Thunder Bay and he told me that you can’t get into the mine now without MSHA certification. We’re close to 15 if everyone still wants to do this. Is there anyone else you can think of that we could recruit?
Let me know if there’s still interest. He was just layed off at his job so he has the time to do this fairly quickly so let me know
Debbie Wehinger

Friday, October 21, 2016

Northwest IL Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show November 12-13

A little bling, a lot of dazzle, plus the stunning creations of nature will take center stage at the annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Gift Show on November 12th and 13th at Highland College in Freeport. Vendors will showcase fascinating specimens from all over the world; there will be eye-catching gifts for holiday shopping, door prizes, and fun for all ages. A children’s game area, lapidary and wire-wrapping demonstrations, and the ever-popular geode cracking booth are among the highlights at this annual fall event. Show hours are from 9 a. m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Sunday at the Highland Student/Conference Center. Lot A offers plenty of parking. 
Sponsored by Northwest Illinois Rock Club, one of the show’s goals is to educate the public about the spectacular wonders of the geological world. A number of prestigious speakers will be on hand for presentations in their fields of expertise. All lectures are in room H127 with the following schedule: 
10:30 a. m. :  The Most Dangerous Profession
David Rice, retired paint chemist and former coal mine “Shot Firer,” “Roof Bolter” and foreman. 
1:30 p. m.:   Ice Age Fossils of Illinois
Dr. Les Fay, Rock Valley College Geography and Geology instructor, Ice Age Paleontologist and author.
 3:30 p. m.:  Good Fishing at Fossil Lake 
Scott Williams, Director of Science and Exhibits, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL


Sunday, Nov. 13

 11:00 a. m. :  Geologic Evolution of North America
Richard Udell, University of Wisconsin Madison geology student and geology museum tour guide                                                

 2:00 p. m. :  Gold Micro-inclusions in Natural and Laboratory Grown Minerals
Dr. Mark Frank, Mineralogy and Geochemistry Professor, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL                                                  

A free will donation is appreciated to defray the cost of the show. For more information contact  Brian Green at 815-745-2228 or email