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© 2023

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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 2023.

The next regular meeting will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023 beginning at 7:00 PM EDT (Note new meeting start time). The September meeting will be one week later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday weekend.  The meeting will be in-person only. The presentation will be "Amethyst".  The Show-and-Tell theme is "Pyrite".  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, September 9, 2023

at 7:00 PM EDT

Upcoming events are:


July 22 and 23 at Skyview Fire Hall

(Open to the public)


Sunday, July 30 

(Members only)

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 2020-2021 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 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 Frank DeWinter

1st Vice-President Bret Howard

2nd Vice-President Debbie Braddock

Treasurer Tony Orzano

Record Secretary LesMarie Singleton

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 7:00 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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