EFMLS Programs & Committees

For more complete information on EFMLS Programs, please see the Standard Operating Procedures and Policies.

Contact the Endowment Chair: Larry Huffman 828-612-4469 ldhuff314@embarqmail.com

Raises funds, the interest of which is to be used to offset the expenses incurred by the AFMS.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Scholarship Chairperson – Steve Weinberger 410-833-7926 cscrystals2@gmail.com


Contact the Ways & Means Chairperson:  Position OPEN

Studies ways and institutes means to raise additional funds for the EFMLS and the AFMS.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact The All American Award Chair: Open

Processes applications from EFMLS member societies entering the AFMS contest. –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Held at the Annual Convention

Chair:  Cheryl Neary 516-499-5341 ciervo.neary@gmail.com

The EFMLS Annual Auction is held in conjunction with the EFMLS Annual Convention and an additional source of funds for Federation general operating expenses.  Items auctioned are typically donated by members of the Federation or by dealers at the Regional Show during the Annual Convention. –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Audit & Review Committee at:  Open

The Audit & Review Committee conducts an annual audit or review of all documents pertaining to the administration of monetary issues of all offices or committees responsible for the collection, maintaining, or disbursement of funds.  Performs other usual and customary duties as may be assigned or prescribed. –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact Cyndy at:

Cyndy Hummel  919-779-6426  mchummel@mindspring.com

Assists neighboring Regional Federation Chairpersons in maintaining good relations between Regional Federations.  -per EFMLS Annual Directory

Ellery Borow 207-547-3154 rocknellery@fairpoint.com


Contact the BEAC Chair:  Open

The Bulletin Editors’ Advisory Committee assists editors and fosters the publication of local newsletters by way of multiple activities, the most visible of which is the annual Bulletin Editors’ Contest.  -per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Bylaws Committee at: OPEN

Reviews proposed amendments from Member Societies, the Executive Board, Past President Advisory Council and Bylaws Committee for clarity and compatibility.  Suggested changes to recommended amendments when appropriate.  Assures that financial implications of proposed amendments are clear and complete and accompany proposed amendment.  -per EFMLS Annual Directory

Bylaws Committee shall retain the services of a legal professional (J.D. or Esq.) when reviewing amendments or changes proposed to the committee.

Contact the Rockhound of the Year Chairperson:
Ellery Borow 207-547-3154 rocknellery@fairpoint.com


Contact the Convention Advisory Chair: Cheryl Neary 516-499-5341 ciervo.neary@gmail.com


The Convention Advisory Committee processes invitations from local societies wishing to host a Federation Show.  -per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Annual Directory Chair: 

Contact the Each One Teach One Award Chair:
Betsy Oberheim  717-469-2243  Aoberheim3@comcast.net

Committee honors the efforts of individual Society members who advance the interests of mineralogy and earth sciences through education, time and effort.  To be considered for the annual award, individuals must provide services without financial gain.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Eastern Field Trip Alliance (EFTA) Chair:  OPEN

A pilot program to increase and share field collecting opportunities among our affiliate member societies.  Go to efmls.org/efta for more info.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory (2020)

Contact the History Committee Chair:  Alan Holmes 781-447-1174 maverick323839@comcast.net



Keeps all important records and documents of the Federation.  –per EFMLS Annual Director

Contact the Acting Insurance Coordinator:  Ellery Borow (Acting)  207-547-3154 rocknellery@fairpoint.com

Arranges for the annual insurance package available to EFMLS Societies.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Legal Advisory Chair: OPEN

Assists the President and Executive Board with legal matters.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Betsy Oberheim 717-469-2243 Aoberheim3@comcast.net

Contact the Librarian/Programs Chair:
Janice Kowalski 516-819-8883  janicekw@Hotmail.com

Maintains and fills request for the extensive EFMLS media library.  List of available programs to sign out can be found at efmls.org/library.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Long Range Planning Committee: OPEN
Committee studies matters which may impact the future of the Federation.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

For full position description, see EFMLS Operating Procedures here:  COMING SOON

RJ Harris

Contact the Facebook Admin – Heather Shields 
Facebook Page:  Facebook.com/EFMLS  


Contact the Technology Group


Contact the Conservation & Legislation Chair:

Purpose is to create an awareness among all Federation members of matters concerning conservation and the environment, and proposed legislation that will affect their interest and activities.  -per EFMLS Annual Directory

For full position description, see EFMLS Operating Procedures here:  COMING SOON

Ellery Borow 207-547-3154  rocknellery@fairpoint.com


Contact the Supplies Chair:  Alan Holmes 781-447-1174 maverick323839@comcast.net

The Supplies Committee keeps, maintains and sells EFMLS and AFMS supplies and materials.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Uniform Rules Chairperson:

Barbara Sky (AFMS Representative of Eastern)
bskysky@aol.com 636-207-8766 mobile: 314-265-7603

The EFMLS representative on the AFMS Uniform Rules Committee assists in formulating the rules used for competitive exhibits and is in charge of AFMS Competition when the EFMLS hosts the AFMS Convention. Oversees the judging and competition of exhibit displays at the EFMLS Convention Regional Show.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Webmaster Heather Shields  hmshields@optonline.net

Sets up, maintains, and helps disseminate information about the Federation via the EFMLS Website.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Contact the Website Contest Chairperson:  OPEN

The committee conducts an annual competition among affiliate member societies. Entries are also submitted to the AFMS national competition.  –per EFMLS Annual Directory

Steve Weinberger, Chair 410-833-7926 cscrystals2@gmail.com
KC Foster 561-968-5287 katrinkaper@yahoo.com
Ken Valko 304-436-8032 sssoapstone@yahoo.com
Mark Kucera, Director 914-432-8360 mark_j_kucera@yahoo.com
Suzie Milligan, Registrar 607-687-5108 smilligan@stny.it

Matt Charsky 703-522-7415 matt2430@comcast.net
Betsy Oberheim 717-469-2243 Aoberheim3@comcast.net
Bob Livingston 315-446-4505 gemguy@Verizon.net


*  Denotes: an affiliated Federation Program