The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. (EFMLS)
The EFMLS was incorporated on June 6, 1961 as a Membership-Corporation of the State of New York.
The Mission and Commitment of the EFMLS is to assist our valued Affiliate Member Societies and Mineralogical Related Organizations (MRO’s) to ensure their success in their communities.
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From the beginning
The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. was organized in 1950 as a nonprofit to bring about a closer association of Mineral Societies devoted to the study of geology, minerals, earth sciences and the practice of the lapidary arts and related crafts in the eastern portion of the United States. During the mid-1970’s, several Societies in the Southeastern part of the U.S. left the EFMLS to eventually form the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS).
Beginning with three “founding” Mineralogical Societies and seven “charter” Societies, the EFMLS currently (2021) has 107 affiliated societies, with a combined membership of around 10,000 members.
FOR MORE ON OUR HISTORY & THE LATEST “CALL TO ACTION” ON THE LOST HISTORY IN THE POSSESSION OF PRIOR ADMINISTRATIONS, please go to: https://efmls.org/about-us/history/ (See The Great Rift Page for more on the South East Societies seceding in the mid-70’s)
The EFMLS is currently (2021) a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, an umbrella association for the seven Regional Federations in the United States. The EFMLS joined the AFMS in 1952 (date unverified as of this writing). For more information on the seven other U.S. Regional Federations, see below.