The Friendly Federation

Founded to Serve

Southeast Federation
of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.


SFMS MEMBERSHIP
SFMS 2016 MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Jason Hamilton
7141 Natal Ave
Jacksonville, FL  32254
904-294-4744
Silver-Rocks[]comcast.net


The Federation membership shall consist of the Founding and Charter Clubs and Societies, and all other Clubs and Societies that may affiliate with and maintain membershipin the Federation and whose interest and purposes are compatible with those of the Federation.
FOUNDING CLUBS AND SOCIETIES:
The organizations which joined the Federation on or before January 1, 1976, shall constitute the Founding Membership and are listed in the order of joining: 

Charlotte Gem & Mineral Club, Inc. . . . Charlotte, NC 
Rome, Georgia Mineral Society. . . .Rome, GA 
Central Virginia Mineral Society. . .Lynchburg, VA 
Western South Carolina Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. . .Greenville, SC 
Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, Inc. . . .Asheville, NC 
Cobb County Gem & Mineral Club. . .Marietta, GA 
East Alabama Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. . . .Opelika, AL 
Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society. . .Melbourne, FL
Treasure Coast Rock & Gem Society. . .Vero Beach, FL 
Gem & Mineral Club of Deland. . . .Deland, FL
Piedmont Mineral & Gem Society. . .Hickory, NC 
Forsyth Gem & Mineral Club, Inc. . . .Winston-Salem, NC 
Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club, Inc. . . .Raleigh, NC 
Columbia Gem & Mineral Society. . .Columbia, SC 
Augusta Gem & Mineral Society. . .Augusta, GA 
Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, NC, Inc. . . .Franklin, NC 
Ocala Gem & Mineral Society. . .Belleview, FL 
Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society of Charleston, SC
_____(Charleston, SC) 
New Orleans Society for the study of Earth and Lapidary Sciences, Inc _____(New Orleans, LA) 
Wateree Valley Rock & Gem Society. . . .?, SC 
CHARTER CLUBS AND SOCIETIES:
The organizations which joined the Federation after January 1, 1976 and before May 25, 1976, shall constitute the Charter Membership and are listed in the order of joining:

Sylvanite Mineral Club. . .Brevard, NC 
North Carolina Rock & Mineral Society, Inc. . . .Rutherford, NC 
Tomoka Gem & Mineral Society, Inc. . . .Holly Hill, FL 
Mountaineer Lapidary Guild. . .Waynesville, NC 
Lake Martin Rock & Gem Club. . .Alexander City, AL 
Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society. . . .Jacksonville, FL 
Miami Gem & Mineral Society. . .Miami, FL 
Rockingham County Mineral Club. . .Rockingham, NC 
Eastman Rocks & Minerals Club. . .Kingsport, TN 
Mobile Rock & Gem Society. . .Mobile, AL 
Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society, Inc. . . .Memphis, TN 
Catawba Mineral & Artifacts Society. . . .?, SC 
Calhoun County Rock & Mineral Club. . .Anniston, AL 
Montgomery Gem & Mineral Society. . .Montgomery, AL 
Rock Rovers Gem & Mineral Society. . .?, GA `
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP:
Any organized Club or Society desiring admission to the Federation shall comply with the following procedure: 
A.   An “Application for Membership” form, must be obtained from the State Director or any other Federation Officer, and be completed by the Club or Society Officers desiring membership.
(See Below)

B.   The completed form, “Application for Membership”, shall be sent to the Membership Secretary along with an initiation fee and the annual membership dues as specified in Article VIII of these By-Laws. 

C.   Applicant Clubs and Societies shall submit a copy of their Constitution and By-Laws or, in  lieu of these, a statement of their aims and purposes, at the time the application for membership is submitted to the Membership Secretary.  Approval of the aims and purposes of the applicant Club or Society by the Federation shall be one requirement for admission to membership in the Federation.

NEW CLUB OR SOCIETY:
A Club or Society, upon applying for membership into the
Federation, shall enclose with their “Request for Membership” Form, the following items: 
 A.   THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES:  This dues is reckoned by an amount recommended by the Executive Board and voted upon, after ixty (60) days notice, at the next Annual Meeting, for every individual member, including junior members, on roll of the Club or Society at the time the request for membership is made. 

B.   FEE:  New Clubs or Societies desiring to affiliate with the Federation shall pay five dollars ($5.00) initiation fee.  This is levied only once.


All dues and fees shall be payable to the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc., and shall be sent to the Membership Secretary

SFMS APPLICATION FOR SFMS SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Federation shall be open to all organized Clubs or Societies whose interests are related to the Earth Sciences and upon such terms and conditions as prescribed in the By-Laws governing the Federation.
SFMS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS:
SFMS MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS:
Membership Applicaton Form in PDF format.

Current SFMS Membership Secretary


SFMS Membership Officer's Handbook  (PDF)

 
YEARLY DUES:
Each member Club and Society shall pay to the Federation an annual membership dues of an amount recommended by the Executive Board and voted upon, after sixty (60) days notice, at the next Annual Meeting, for every individual member, including junior members, on the roll of the member Club or Society as of December thirty-first (31) of the year just closed, and this money shall be due and payable on or before the following January first (1). 

                               A.   After January thirty-first (31) of the fiscal year, the member Club or Society shall be considered delinquent and shall forfeit its voting rights at the next Annual Meeting, use of Slide Programs, its Federation-sponsored insurance coverage, and the rights of its members to attend the Federation Workshops, unless such Club or Society is reinstated to full membership upon payment of all dues and fees in arrears. 

                               B.   Member Clubs or Societies suspended from Federation Membership because of non-payment of dues or fees may have such suspension removed by payment of all dues and fees in arrears on or before March first (1) of the fiscal year. 

                               C.   Any Member Club or Society not paying all dues and fees by March first (1) of the fiscal year shall be dropped from the Federation Membership and may be readmitted only by applying for readmission as a New Club or Society according to Article I of these By-Laws and paying all dues and fees as specified in Article VIII, Section 2 of these By-Laws.


 
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