Club meetings provide opportunities to meet people, learn about the club, and trade stories and ideas about the hobby. Meetings also provide a forum for late-breaking updates on upcoming events that may not be covered in the club newsletter. A typical meeting includes a presentation by an invited speaker, refreshments, transaction of official club business and "birthday babbles" in which club members recount their lifelong romance with rocks. Some meetings are highlighted by special events, such as the August ice cream social, filling of grab bags for the annual show and the November election of officers. Guests and prospective members are always welcome.

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As specified in the by-laws of the club, the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month except December, which has no meeting. Exceptions to this schedule are generally noted in the club newsletter, although adverse weather may force a last-minute cancellation.


The meeting site is the N.C. State University Crafts Center, The Crafts Center is located on the first floor of Thompson Hall

map of the Crafts Center on NCSU Campus
map of the Crafts Center on NCSU Campus


Directions from within the Raleigh area:
from the beltline (I-440), take either the Western Blvd. exit or the Hillsborough St. exit heading toward NCSU & downtown Raleigh (inside beltline), then


Directions from Western Boulevard:

  1. Turn left onto Pullen Drive
  2. Turn left onto Dunn Ave
  3. Turn left onto Jensen Drive.
The Crafts Center entrance will be on your left, directly opposite to the parking deck entrance on your right.

Directions from Hillsborough Street:
  1. Follow Hillsborough to Watauga Club Drive, shortly before the NC State Bell Tower
  2. Turn right onto Watauga Club Drive
  3. Turn right onto Pullen Drive
  4. Follow Pullen Drive through the traffic circle & over the railroad bridge
  5. Turn right onto Dunn Avenue
  6. Turn left onto Jensen Drive
Crafts Center is on the left and parking deck is on the right.