Associated Organisations, Societies and Websites of Interest
Astronomical Society –
South African Micromount Society: Patrick Barrier 082 902 1123
South African Society for Amateur Palaeonthologists –
The Geological Society of Southern Africa - gssa.irg.za
Websites of Interest
What does FOSAGAMS stand for
It is the Federation of Southern African Gem & Mineralogical Societies
How did this organisation come about and what are its aims and objectives?
In the middle sixties, some very farsighted individuals realized the need and the benefit which could be derived from uniting all the Gem and Mineral Clubs / Societies in South Africa at the time, into a Federation.
This Federation, when founded would elect office bearers and appoint various committees who would be entrusted with the task of carrying out the wishes of the collective Clubs and Societies affiliated to the Federation.
This Federation was then duly formed in Kimberley on the 3rd September 1966. The aims and objects of FOSAGAMS are to assist in the formation of Earth Science Clubs and Societies and, to promote the hobby of lapidary art and mineral collecting and all its associated fields.
The Executive Committee of the Federation consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President. Annual General Meetings are held every year over the Easter weekend, during the annual GEMBOREE.
To bring about close association between the earth science societies of Southern Africa.
To organise, through members, national events and other activities for the benefit of members and the public.
To co-operate with state departments and other organisations in order to promote interest in the mineral resources of Southern Africa, and related disciplines.
To co-operate, and possibly affiliate, with similar federations in the rest of the world.
Some of the major projects which FOSAGAMS is involved in on an ongoing basis are the following
Southern African Gems & Minerals Magazine
Publication of the 'Southern African Gems and Minerals' magazine (formerly 'The South African Lapidary Magazine'), three issues per anum.
Southern African Gemborees
On a roster, Clubs are involved in organising the annual Easter GEMBOREE in different parts of Southern Africa. This GEMBOREE brings together members of Clubs from all corners of Southern Africa, to partake in field trips and social events.
National Gem & Mineral Shows
In the past, National Gem and Mineral Shows have been held at annual and bi-annual intervals, also being organised by specific Clubs in the major centers. In the late nineties, organisational problems were encountered which has somewhat curtailed this activity.
Extended Rockhound Tours
“Extended Rockhound Tours“ have been held at irregular intervals, lasting anything from two to five weeks, with up to 66 participants on one tour. Today the number of participants is limited to between 24 and 40.
Closer co-operation between neighbouring Clubs as far as combined programmes and field trips are concerned e.g. inter-club field trips. Assistance and encouragement by the larger Clubs towards the smaller Clubs, by means of programmes, outings and shows.
Legislation & Compliance
Acts as a voice of the fraternity in relations with Government Departments and local councils.
Executive Committees through the years
We have come a long way
1966 Ronnie Erasmus, Hazel Erasmus, Norman Brittle
1967 Horst Windisch, Florence Voigt
1968 Dirk Murray, Dinnie Murray
1969 Alan Rose, Elizabeth Rose
1970 Charles Brunton, Hazel Brunton
1971 Mike du Toit, Rita du Toit
1972 Horst Windisch, Erika Windisch
1973 Norman Paskin, Robbie Paskin
1974-1975 Graham Reeks
1976 Unknown / Onbekend
1977 Graham Reeks, Norman Paskin
1978 Pat Murfin, Mike du Toit, Horst Windisch, Karin Weiss
1979-1980 Arthur Noble, Arthur Hansen, Joyce West, Nora King
1981 Arthur Noble, Joyce West, Nora King, Arthur Hansen
1982-1983 Pat Murfin
1984 Unknown / Onbekend
1985-1986 Arthur Noble, Horst Windisch, Nora King
1987-1992 Horst Windisch, Ludi von Bezing, Linda Stone, Ray Biram
1993-1997 Ashley Diack, Hildagarde Kemp, Linda Stone, Ray Biram
1998-2007 Horst Windisch, Malcolm Jackson, Linda Stone, Ray Biram
2008-2011 Douw Steyn, Malcolm Jackson, Linda Stone, Dave de Villiers
2012-2016 Linda Stone, Malcolm Jackson, Val Spearman, Dave de Villiers
2017 Linda Stone, Malcolm Jackson, Marietjie van Zyl
2018 Linda Stone, Jannie Swart, Marietjie van Zyl, Sonja Smit
2019 Linda Stone, Jannie Swart, Marietjie van Zyl, Sonja Smit
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