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© 2024

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The Monongahela Rockhound News

is a Monthly Publication of the

Monongahela Rockhounds,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A Pittsburgh Area Mineral, Fossil, & Lapidary Club

Monongahela Rockhound News

SCHEDULE UPDATES - Meeting will be in-person only for 2024.

The next regular meeting will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2024 beginning at 7:00 PM EDT.  The meeting will be in-person only. The presentation will be "TBD".  The Show-and-Tell theme is "Your Favorite Specimen".  The theme is only a suggestion, so members and new guests and applicants—share whatever gems, minerals, fossils, and lapidary art finds and creations you wish to tell us more about!

The Club will update members by email about any meeting changes.

THANK YOU.... all Meeting Participants!


Join our next

In-person meeting 

Saturday, June 1, 2024

at 7:00 PM EDT

Upcoming events are:


2024 Fall collecting trip (Date TBD)



2024 Club Mineral Show

Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2024

 at the Skyview Fire Hall

(Free and open to everyone)

To read the current or past newsletters click the link below

(Members Only)

Newsletter Access!

Become a member:  Memberships will provide full access to current and past newsletter downloads and 2020 onward website pages.  There are other perks as well!


Please follow the instructions to MAIL applications and checks if you would like your membership to remain effective through December 2024.  Printed applications are available at all meetings at the Munhall Borough Building for anyone who wants to pay dues with cash or check in-person.

Access to the monthly newsletter, website log-in, and zoom passcodes will remain exclusive to current members and applicants who have submitted their dues.  


If applied online, your email subscription will become effective within 1-4 weeks of your application (by the upcoming scheduled club meeting or event).  However, any Site Member Requests (signing into the website - a members exclusive perk) will not be approved until your dues have been received. - Note: the online application function is not yet fully functional.  On-line applications will be received by the Club but you will still be required to mail or bring your filled out and signed application with payment to a meeting.  Thanks.

Monongahela Rockhounds
PO Box 18063
Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Mission Statement

  • To promote, among its members and the general public, an interest in collection of minerals, fossils, and associated items.

  • To promote their use in lapidary work.

  • To promote the study and classification of minerals, gem stones and other items of such nature.


  • Member: Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc.

  • Member: American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

Meeting Location
new Munhall Borough Building
1 Raymond Bodner Way,
Munhall, PA 15120

General Information

​Club Officers


President Madeleine Waller

1st Vice-President Bret Howard

2nd Vice-President Debbie Braddock

Treasurer Tony Orzano

Record Secretary Albert Hines

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Debbie Braddock

Board of Directors

Frank DeWinter

Theresa Oeler

Chris Hrabos

Webmaster Bret Howard

Newsletter Editor Frank DeWinter

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We normally meet the first Saturday of every month from September through June at 7:00 pm, in the new Munhall Borough Building for a presentation, business meeting and a chance to socialize. There is a major focus on the younger members of our club with portions of the meeting specifically for school aged children.

Presentations & Activities:


Our Virtual Alternative:


About our Annual Show:

Events & Shows


Field Trips

Monongahela Rockhound News is the official newsletter of the Monongahela Rockhounds.

Disclaimer & Release:  To the best of our knowledge, all articles and information presented in this newsletter are true, accurate and free of copyright infringement.  The Monongahela Rockhounds is not responsible for the usage of the information contained in the newsletter.  The Monongahela Rockhounds will consider requests from other non-profit organizations that would like to republish articles from this newsletter for non-commercial usage.  Permission must be granted by the Monongahela Rockhounds, complete source credit is given, unless noted otherwise.

Deadline:  The editor welcomes any and all contributions to the newsletter.  Please provide articles and any other submissions for publication at least 2 weeks prior to the upcoming meeting to be considered for inclusion in that month’s issue.


Please e-mail any newsletter articles to the editor's e-mail:

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