Some of the benefits of MGMS membership

MGMS members are eligible to participate in classes, field trips for collecting specimens, and other special activities. After proper training, members may use the lapidary equipment. 

MGMS members may also participate in activities sponsored by the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS) such as monthly field trips throughout the Southeast and educational workshops.


MGMS is a volunteer organization.

It’s amazing what you can learn when you volunteer and how quickly you’ll feel as though you’re really a part of the group. An offer to help is always appreciated.

Without members willing to serve, we wouldn’t be able to offer the opportunities that we currently have. Special talents are welcome, but not necessary. Even something as simple as lending a hand to clean up after a meeting is helpful.


Membership Dues

Membership is effective January through December. 

Dues are $20 per adult. 

Adult Student membership dues are $5 per young adult between ages 18 and 25 who is currently enrolled as a student in a higher learning program.

Junior dues are $5 per eligible child. 

  • A child is eligible from age 6 continuing to age 18. Adults must assume responsibility for the safety and conduct of each junior listed on their application while attending Society functions.


Want to join?

  • Download and complete the MGMS Membership Application.
  • The “Rules” referenced in the application are available below for download.

About the Rules:  MGMS policies and procedures were compiled as “the Rules” in an effort to ensure that everyone has a working knowledge of how the club operates and to keep miscommunication to a minimum. The General Rules for Participation in Activities of Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society (General Rules) provide basic guidelines for member participation and use of basic Lapidary School resources as well as safety precautions. Please note that there are separated rules of participation relating specifically to field trip participation and utilization of MGMS Lapidary School resources.

General Rules for Participation

Rules for Participation in Field Trips

Rules of Use of Lapidary School Equipment and Resources


Renewal dues are payable by the first of January each year.

Current members may complete the Membership Application above to renew their membership.