The club started in September of 1964 with articles of incorporation
as: Alabama Mineral & Lapidary Society, Inc. in Jefferson County,
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
Any reputable person interested in minerals, gems, and the earth
sciences shall be eligible for membership to this Society.
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.
Members of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society, Inc.
participate in field trips or other activities of the Society at their
own risk. Every participant in a field trip shall present to the field
trip chair a written statement releasing both the Society and the
driver of the car from all responsibility for damages or bodily injury
that might arise from riding in the car or vehicle and/or
participating in the field trip, such release to be signed by parent
or legal guardian if the participant is a minor.
The society does not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of
race, color, gender, religion, national origin, pregnancy, disability,