Located in the very heart of “Copper Country” in the town of Miami, Arizona, the Gila County Gem and Mineral Society was founded in 1956 by a small group of individuals who shared a love for rocks and minerals. The Globe-Miami area of Arizona is rich in mining history and continues to be a major source of copper, gold, silver and other mineralogical treasures such as turquoise, azurite, chrysocolla and many other rocks and mineral. Today the society is very active with dozens of members from all over Central Arizona, from the west cost to the Midwest, and as far away as Canada. The first Thursday of each month is our business meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm, is when we discuss the state of our club and decide where our next rock hunt will be. All other Thursday we have workshop that runs from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The club members come to work on their rocks or just come to visit. The GCGMS proudly puts on an annual gem and mineral show every January for the past 60 plus years. This is a fun and exciting event for the club members and the community. There are vendors, stunning exhibits and programs for children of all ages.