Appleton - VALLEY ROCK & MINERAL CLUB N9600 Emerald Lane (54915) Meetings: 3rd Thursday, 7:30 pm (Sept.-May) Randall Court Meeting Room 218 E. Randall St.
BRODHEAD Badger Lapidary & Geological Society Inc. (Monroe, WI) www.monroerockclub.org P.O. Box 303 Brodhead, Wisconsin 53520 Meeting Place: Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Ave., Monroe, WI Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of months Aug.-May, at 10AM. Primary Contact: David Zimmerman E-Mail: david[at]innovativeproduct.com Phone:  921-0206 Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
Cumberland- Northwest Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society Federation: Midwest Federation Mailing: Roy Wickman- President 1127 7th Street Almena, WI 54805 Meetings: 3rd Tuesday each month from March-December 7:30pm Barron County Courthouse room 110 Barron, Wisconsin E-mail: Roy Wickman - President Telephone (715) 357-3223
Eau Claire - CHIPPEWA VALLEY GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY 5678 Mischle, Rd. (54701) Meetings: Second Monday of the Month at 7:00 pm. execept June,July, August, Picnic Months Room 127 South Middle School President Roger Goss Contact: Mike Schoenfuss Vice President 715-831-8833
Frederic- Indianhead Gem and Mineral Society Mailing: Dan Beal -President 2767 Jenssen Rd. Frederic, WI 54837 Meetings: 1st Monday each month from March-October 7:30pm Lutheran Church in Lewis, Wisconsin Contact: Dan Beal - President Telephone 715-472-8809
Green Bay - NEVILLE PUBLIC MUSEUM GEOLOGY CLUB 1856 Smith St. (54302) Meetings: 2nd & 4th Wed. (except June-Aug. 2nd Wed,) Neville Public Museum, 210 Mesuem Place
KEWASKUM Wisconsin Geological Society whitehorseaward.com/WGS.aspx 8130 Forest View Rd KEWASKUM, Wisconsin 53040-9222 Meeting Place: Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1260 South 117th Street, West Allis, Wisconsin, LOWER LEVEL, ENTER AT BACK OF BUILDING Meeting Time: Second Monday of the months September thru June, Juniors at 6:30 pm, adult gathering 7 pm, presentation at 7:30 pm Primary Contact: Ellen R. Dettwiler E-Mail: erd[at]msn.com Phone:  335-3852 Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
Jefferson - ROCK RIVER VALLEY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 537 College St., Lake Mills, WI 53551 Meetings: 1st Thursday, 7:15 pm (Feb.-June, Aug.-Dec.) Library Meeting Room
MADISON - MADISON LAPIDARY AND MINERAL CLUB 3011 Waconia Lane, Middleton, WI 53562 Meetings: 4th Tuesday, 7:30 pm 112 N Fairchild St.
MARSHFIELD Heart of Wisconsin Gem & Mineral Society 1403 N. Braodway Ave. Marshfield, Wisconsin 54449 Meeting Place: Marshfield High School Rm# 36 (Oct., Jan., Mar., May) & The Community Project House in Stevens Point (Sept., Nov., Feb., April) Meeting Time: 7:00 PM 2nd Thursday of the month Primary Contact: Cynthia Kelman E-Mail: kelman[at]tznet.com Phone:  387-8782 Secondary Contact: David Marshall Phone:  421-4053 Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
OSHKOSH Oshkosh Earth Science Club 737 Prospect Ave Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901 Meeting Place: Rowland Room, Evergreen Village Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month unless it falls on a holiday, then the 2nd Monday. Primary Contact: Cori Nelson E-Mail: cnelson[at]new.rr.com Phone:  232-0995 Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
Pewaukee- KETTLE MORAINE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY N3OW29315 Hillcrest Dr. (53072) Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, 7:30 pm(Sept.-May, except Dec.) Gethsemane Methodist Church
RACINE - RACINE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY 4733 80th St., Franksville, WI 53126 Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 pm(Sept.-May) St. Michael's Episcopal Church 4701 Eric St.
Stoddard - COULEE ROCK CLUB 606 E. Court St., Viroqua, WI 54665 Meetings: 2nd Sunday, 1:30 pm(Sept.-June) Asbury United Methodist Church
Three Lakes - NICOLET GEOLOGICAL GEM CLUB Meetings: Last Thursday, 7:30pm(April-Sept.) Community Center
Tomah - DRIFTLESS AREA GEM & MINERAL CLUB 8984 Copper Rd.,Warrens Wi 54666 Meetings: 3rd Monday, 7:30 pm Tomah Boys and Girls Club Charlene Hansen President
Tomahawk - LAKELAND GEM CLUB 808 S. Wilson (54487) Meetings: 4th Wednesday, 6:30pm Seventh Day Adventist School E-mail: Bob Stewart Rhinelander
Wausau- RIB MOUNTAIN GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY 1124 Merrill Ave. (54401) Meetings:
WAUWATOSA Wisconsin Geological Society my.execpc.com/~jkrolik/geosoc.htm 2446 N. 69 Street Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213 Meeting Place: Immaculate Heart of Mary's parish hall, 1260 S. 117th Street West Allis, Wisconsin Meeting Time: Second Monday of the Month (except July & Aug.) 7:30 p.m. 6:30 pm (Junior rockhounds) Primary Contact: Lloyd L. brown E-Mail: browniewgs[at]aol.com Phone:  258-5761 Federation (Regional) Affiliation: Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
UPPER MICHIGAN CLUBS
Escanaba - BAY DE NOC GEM & MINERAL CLUB 613 18th St. (49824) Meetings: 2nd Monday, 7:00 pm (Sept.-May) Escanaba Senior High School
Houghton - COPPER COUNTY ROCK & MINERAL CLUB Dept. of Physics, MTU (49931) Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm (except July & Dec. dinners) Location: Michigan Tech, Seaman Mineral Museum
Ishpeming - ISHPEMING ROCK AND MINERAL CLUB, INC. PO Box 102 (49849) Meetings: Marquette Township Hall
White Pine - STONEHEAD LAPIDARY & MINERAL CLUB PO Box 416 (49971) Meetings: 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 pm White Pine Town Hall
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