The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

The EFMLS Board of Directors (BOD) are the Primary Governing Body (PGB) of the Eastern Federation. The makeup of the Board consists of the Presidents of each affiliated local Mineralogical Society and the EFMLS President. The local Presidents are referred to as the President Directors who make up the majority of the BOD and essentially, are the Governors of the EFMLS.

2021 Directory of President Directors

EFMLS 2020 Bylaws


BOD Updates

7/2/21 – The results of the Ballot mailed on June 4, 2021 to the Board of Directors are in.  Click here for Ballot results.

6/28/21 – Two new Board of Director Officer positions have been created to address the balance of power in Federation with regard to the EFMLS Treasury and Technology Platforms.  Elections for these following positions will be held at the 2021 Annual Meeting on July 9, 2021.

Term: July 2021 – December 2023: Board of Directors (BOD) Officers (2 positions)

Agent of the Treasury
Agent of Technology Standards

The BOD Officer Agent Positions encompass a system of checks and balances of the EFMLS Executive Committee and to a greater extent, a review process on the operations of the internal administration.

-Complete Position Descriptions will be forthcoming in time for the Annual Meeting.

COMING SOMETIME IN JUNE:  (date has not been announced publicly) AFMS to hold their 2021 Annual Meeting.  Sources indicate the meeting is to occur virtually on the 3rd weekend in June, 2021.

6/11/21 – AFMS Treasurer is scheduled to receive the Eastern Federation’s 2021 AFMS Dues.

6/4/21 – The President Directors (BOD), were mailed a Ballot Packet containing information to determine the potential future of the EFMLS.  Click here for the Ballot. (added 6/7/21)

6/1/21 – 2021 AFMS Affiliation Polls Closed.  Polls were made available to President Directors and their members from 5/15 – 5/31.  One Poll for the local Society Presidents (BOD) as well as one Poll for the Stockholder Members (Stockholder Members Page – now Members Only Page).  Unofficial BOD Poll Results indicate the outcome is close, both for and against paying 2021 AFMS Dues.

6/1/21 – Annual Convention Host Society (GMS of Syracuse) officially notifies the EFMLS that  their local 2021 Annual Show (July 9 – 11) has been cancelled.   Show cancellation does not affect the holding of the 2021 EFMLS Annual Meeting due to 2020 Bylaws provision.  Other virtual Convention Events currently under consideration.



3.28.21 [CANCELLED] First Quarter Meeting EFMLS Board of Directors

CANCELLED.  Due to the inability to achieve a registered quorum, the following meeting was cancelled.

2/28/21 AGENDA: Please go here


ONGOING ISSUE – (see 2/26/21 below) Mad House Design attempts to seize control of the official website,

3/25/21  Policy proposal: President Directors to administer EFMLS Regional Zoom Accounts for their local business meetings.  Draft Policy available in April, 2021 (delayed).

Bill Stephens Demand Letter to EFMLS Treasurer, Gary Bergtholdt (doc)
Mr. Stephens (not an elected Officer of the EFMLS per the State of NY) has no authority to demand anything on his or the Executive Committee’s behalf.  NY State Law does not recognize any Board other than the Board of Directors.  In addition, the ratified 2020 Bylaws removed the previous EFMLS Executive Board of its authority in accordance with NY State law.  Note, the former Executive Board did not have this authority under the previous 2016 Bylaws.

Based on the nature and language of said Demand Letter (see link above), and consultation with legal counsel, Mr. Stephens also appears to be acting as a legal attorney.  This act may qualify as a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine as defined by New York State Law.

2/26/21 – The Board of Directors were notified from the EFMLS WebService Group that multiple attempts were made by Mad House Design (a Delaware Web Design Company) to take control of the Official EFMLS Website,  Further and ongoing investigation has determined that Mad House Design has a business relationship with Mr. William “Bill” Stephens.  In fact, Mad House Design previously submitted a quote to contract for web design services with the EFMLS in 2019.  A full report of the investigation will be forthcoming.


The EFMLS Legal Counsel’s opinion of the Purported 2021 EFMLS Officer Election (doc)
This letter was prepared by the EFMLS Legal Counsel, a New York State Attorney.  The EFMLS is a Nonprofit Corporation, incorporated in the state of New York.

January 2021

Second Notice of Request for Records by all EFMLS Administrators (past & present) was sent my Certified Mail.  Outcome: Ignored again.


July 2020

First Notice of Request for Records by all EFMLS Administrators (past & present) was emailed.  Outcome: Ignored.


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