Frequent questions and their answers
General and Administrative
How do I become a member of the Port Moody Rock and Gem Club?
Visit our page on joining our club to learn how to become a member.
What are the membership fees?
Membership fees are $25.00 per person or $45.00 per family. Membership is for one year - from September through September.
When and where do your meetings take place?
The last Thursday of every month with exception of July, August, and December. Meetings are typically held at 7:00 PM in the Port Moody Arts Centre:
Port Moody Arts Centre
If you are attending our meeting for the first time, please contact us in advance to confirm the time and place.
What is your club's mailing address?
Port Moody Rock and Gem Club
Additional contact information is also available.
I'm interested in attending a workshop to see if it is something I'd like to do. Do I need to join the club?
You may attend two observation-only workshop sessions before making a decision as to whether you'd like to join the club. If you decide to join, you will need to pay a membership fee. After joining you will be asked to sign a waiver. Your first two visits to our workshop after joining are exempt from the $1.00 drop in fee.
Can I attend the workshop at any time?
Where is the workshop located and what hours are the classes scheduled for?
See our section on our workshop.
What kind of equipment can I use at your workshop?
Members have access to silicon carbide and diamond grinding/polishing wheels in addition to trim and slab saws.
What kind of stones can I make at your workshops?
Our workshops are focused on creating cabochons. You are also welcome to use the workshops for other stone related projects or ideas, given the approval of the workshop supervisor.
What do I need to bring to the workshop?
To start, just yourself and a willingness to learn. More seasoned members will bring their own slabs and rocks (which can be purchased from local rock shops or found in nature) and basic accessories such as dop sticks and templates.
Is there a fee?
Yes, all workshop users must pay a $1.00 drop in fee. Honourary members are exempt from the fee. New members are also exempt from the fee during their first two workshop sessions.
Can children participate in the workshop?
All members under the age of 18 are considered Junior Members. A Junior Member is either sponsored by the adults within a Family Membership, or by an adult club member in Good Standing. Junior Members must be 8 years of age to access the workshop. Junior Members between the ages of 8 and 12 must be supervised at all times while using the workshop by their sponsor.
Is there a qualification process?
We require all new workshop users sign a waiver and read Workshop Rules and Regulations, Appendix B to our Club Bylaws. New users will be closely mentored by our Workshop Supervisors until they are comfortable using the equipment.
Can I use the workshop for commercial purposes?
The workshop is provided for personal and hobby use. While we do encourage members to sell their work at our annual rock and gem show, excessive use of the workshop for commercial purposes is not permitted.
When and where is your next show taking place?
Our show takes place in October of each year. Visit our section on our annual show for dates and times.
Can I sell items at your show?
It's possible, although we do have a waiting list. Learn more about selling at our show.
What is the entrance fee?
The entrance fee is by donation only. We appreciate your support!