SOCGEMS Monthly Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7:15pm in the multipurpose room at the San Clemente Community Center, at the corner of Avenida del Mar and Calle Seville – next to the library. They are free and open to the public – we encourage you to participate!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at 7:15pm

The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is proud to welcome Guest Speaker Debi McKee

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Meetings of SOCGEMS are held the third Wednesday of the month, 7:15 pm in the San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente (next door to the library). Guests are welcome at no charge. Speaker presentation is preceded by hospitality and refreshments, a raffle and brief business meeting. SOCGEMS Members are invited to field trips, special auctions, classes in lapidary, Junior Rock hound activities and more.

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Debi McKee, a 7th generation healer, and native Californian, will be presenting about 12 different crystals and minerals and discussing their subtle properties and energy bodies, at the monthly South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society meeting, 7:15 pm, Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at the San Clemente Community Center.

According to McKee, every crystal has unique combinations of minerals, just as humans are different combinations of minerals and water. She believes that everyone reacts differently to each crystal depending on the individual’s needs, deficiencies and emotional status. She will bring a variety of crystals to pass around and demonstrate how to “feel” or interact with each one.

Precious stones and crystals have been thought of as healing objects by a variety of cultures worldwide, including the Hopi Native Americans of Arizona and Hawaiian Islanders. The Chinese have traditionally attributed healing powers to jade.

McKee plans to discuss the properties of citrine, amethyst, black tourmaline, jasper, chrysocolla, lapis, hematite, quartz and others. She will also provide a handout and will have some crystals for sale after the presentation.

McKee has a B.A. in Textile Merchandising and Fashion Design, and a Graduate Degree from I.C.I. Institute of Denver Colorado. She spent 29 years in the fashion Industry worldwide and 20 years practicing and teaching crystal healing energy.

“I learn so much about gems and minerals from members of the SOCGEMS club, and they learn things from me as well,” she said. She thinks this will be a different type of program from the typical SOCGEMS presentation.


Speakers, Field Trips, and More!

Join our resident Rock Hounds on one of our monthly field trips! Check here and (probably more up to date) the SOCGEMS facebook page for upcoming rock hounding field trips!

Andy Koch
Excursions Director

Andy Koch Excursion Director
Andy on a field trip


South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society members pursue our hobby with responsibility.
Code of Ethics per The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies:

*   I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owner land without permission from the owner.
*   I will keep informed on all laws, regulations and rules governing collecting on private lands and will observe them.
*   I will to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
*   I will use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting areas.
*   I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind, such as fences, signs, building, etc.
*   I will leave all gates as found.
*   I will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
*   I will discard no burning materials – matches, cigarettes, etc.
*   I will fill all excavation holes, which may be dangerous to livestock.
*   I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well, the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
*   I will support the Rockhound Project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
*   I will cooperate with Field Trip Leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
*   I will report to my Club or Federation Officers, Bureau of Land Management or other proper authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other material on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations and for public educational and scientific purposes.
*   I will appreciate and protect our heritage of Natural Resources.
*   I will observe the ‘Golden Rule’, will use Good Outdoor Manners, and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.

Save the Date!

Guests and visitors are welcome at all General Assembly Meetings.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR here’s what’s coming up …

NOVEMBER: Debi McKee, Crystal Energy
DECEMBER: Member Holiday Party!
JANUARY: Renee Newman, 21st Century Jade
FEBRUARY: Patrick Keegan, Lapis Lazuli
MARCH: Dennis Carey, Quartz

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Each month it’s something new and interesting – we enjoy renowned speakers, field trips, and the pleasure of the company of other gem and mineral enthusiasts!