The Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 1965. For fifty years, our club has brought together people who have an interest in the lapidary arts and in collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. Members are residents of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and other communities in Waterloo and Wellington Counties, Ontario. The club meets on a monthly basis, usually at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in Waterloo. Meetings include speakers, workshops and the ever-popular monthly raffle for gems and minerals. Special events include picnics, pot-luck suppers and field trips. The club also provides a forum for an exchange of information and ideas about the hobby. We also promote safe and responsible collecting, and we work with other federation clubs to secure more collecting areas. Our club is a member of the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CCFMS).