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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


October, 2022

SCHEDULE UPDATES - Meeting will be in-person and Zoom for the rest of 2022!

The next regular meeting will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2022 beginning at 7:00 PM EDT (Note new meeting start time). The meeting will be in-person with attendance via Zoom as an option.  Note: the meeting is one week later due to Labor Day. The presentation will be "Calcite". For the Show-and-Tell the theme is also "Calcite".  The theme is only a suggestion, so members and new guests and applicants—share whatever gems, minerals, fossils, and lapidary art findings and creations you wish to tell us more about!

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


All In-person And Zoom Meeting Participants!


Join our next

In-person and Zoom meeting

Saturday, October 1, 2022

7:00 PM EDT

Upcoming events are:


Field Trip to WALWORTH Quarry, NY

in October (pending verification of their open house)



December 3rd at Skyview Fire Hall

(Members Only)

(2022 Online Newsletters)


Newsletter Access!

Become a member:  Memberships will provide full access to current and past newsletter downloads and 2020-2021 website pages moving forward.  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 2022.  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 available.  Please mail your application or bring it 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
Munhall Borough Building
20th Ave. & West Street
Munhall, PA 15120

General Information

​Club Officers

President Frank DeWinter

1st Vice-President Bret Howard

2nd Vice-President Debbie Braddock

Treasurer Tony Orzano

Record Secretary Open position

Silent Auction

Debbie Braddock

Board of Directors

June Epp
Donald Laufer

Johanna Burnett

Webmaster Bret Howard 


Newsletter Editor Chris Hrabos

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We normally meet the first Saturday of every month from September through June at 7:30 pm, in the 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 hereby grants other non-profit organizations the right to republish articles in this newsletter for non-commercial usage as long as 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:  Editor@MonongahelaRockhounds.org