The club started in September of 1964 with articles of incorporation as: Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society, Inc. in Jefferson County, Alabama.
The primary purpose of this Society is for persons interested in the study, collection and lapidary treatment of rocks and minerals, to associate as members. The general purposes for which this corporation is formed are to stimulate interest in rocks and minerals by furtherance of the activities of the members of this corporation in the earth sciences; to disseminate knowledge, methods and procedures for the collection, identification, classification, cutting, polishing, setting and mounting of specimens for these activities; and to promote good fellowship, proper ethics and conduct in the relations of said members with each other and with members of other earth science societies in pursuit of these activities.
This Society is a private nonprofit corporation, and operates as such by the laws of the state of Alabama relating to private nonprofit corporations.
As a member of AMLS you should plan on coming to meetings as often as practical. You will be expected to participate as well as help in club activities. After you have been a member for a minimum of two years you may be called upon to serve as a chairperson or as an officer. Your club can only be as functional as you are.
Dues are paid annually and shall grant membership for a calendar year (January 1 through December 31). New members pay dues according to this Article through the end of the year in which they join; new members who join on or after June 1 of any year shall pay one-half of the following applicable amounts. Renewals extend membership through December 31 of each year. Dues are payable to the Treasurer at the Annual Meeting in November of each year. Any member with dues in arrears after the January meeting shall be considered not in good standing. Renewal dues shall be paid in the full-year amount regardless of the month in which the renewal dues are paid.
AMLS club members in good standing of are privileged to participate in field trips, the use of the workshop equipment when open, and enjoy rock swaps, auctions and club sponsored shows as a participant.