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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


April, 2022

SCHEDULE UPDATES - In-person and Zoom for 2022!

The next meeting will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 beginning at 7:30 PM EDT. The meeting will be in-person with attendance via Zoom as an option.  We will not have a presentation in May. Instead, we will have a short business meeting followed by "ROCKO".  Special "Holiday" refreshments will be provided by the club.  For the Show-and-Tell in the upcoming meeting, our theme is "your choice".  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!

Club Officers will keep the website(s) and club members' e-mails informed on any further changes.


All In-person And Zoom Participants!


Join our next

In-person and Zoom meeting

Saturday, May 7, 2022

7:30 PM EDT

New Website Guests:


Next upcoming event is:

The 2022 Club Show


July 23rd and 24th, 2022

The online newsletters for 2021 will change format from the 2020 version for better readability and accessibility for members and future club officers.  Please check your emails for .PDF newsletters until we streamline the member exclusive online access and directory.  Thanks again for everyone’s patience!

(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 will be available at upcoming Fall 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 on 2019-2021 Memberships & 2020-2021 Online Applications:]

  • *2019 - March 2020* Memberships remain ACTIVE until December 2021.

  • *April 2020 - December 2021* online applicants MUST follow-up with their dues via mail (or in person at an upcoming meeting) to attend the upcoming HOLIDAY PARTY.  This is a member-exclusive event that provides food, refreshments, auctions, and potential prizes in which your club membership contribute.

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 (acting)


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