The Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society (CCGMS) exists to provided a learning environment and format that is fun, educational, and socially interactive. We seek to share our passions with the community and give back through shows, exhibitions, and classes.

Since 1967, we have brought people with various areas of expertise together to share. with the community. The exciting worlds of mineralogy, earth science, gemstone fabrication, and much more. We also seek to share the enjoyment that comes from learning about our local area through the collection and study of minerals, fossils, and gems.

Our Club Officers


President, Ray Borders

The president presides over the monthly meetings, executive board meetings, and a multitude of other duties.

Ray enjoys family, friends, being a rockhound, and motorcycles.


Vice President, Bob Shively

The vice president arranges our monthly speakers and takes over the duties of the president in his absence.

Bob has been interested in rocks since he was in the US Air Force, having been part of Lockheed Lapidary Club. In 2013, LLC and CCGMS merged and Bob has been part of CCGMS since.

His latest interest is Suiseki (水石), or viewing stones.


Recording Secretary, Lynn Avery

The recording secretary records all of the minutes of the meetings, organizes, and sends them to the newsletter editor for publication.

Once a teacher, always a teacher. Lynn's passion has been teaching children life since, having taught public school for 30 years. She came to CCGMS in her pursuit of learning about minerals and jewelry making.


Correspondence Secretary, Donna Barrett

The correspondence secretary prepares all of the correspondence for CCGMS and is our "Sunshine Person" who communicates with members when they are ill or grieving.

Donna has enjoyed collecting rocks and fossils since her childhood.  She loves making jewelry, collecting rocks and fossils, and enjoys astronomy.


Treasurer, Wayne Dodd

The treasurer is the financial adviser for CCGMS, keeping the club's finances in shape.

Wayne's primary interests are in studying and collecting mineral specimens and meteorites. He has been a CCGMS member since 1994.

Committee Chairs

Field Trips Toby Stewart
Membership Al Sorensen
Newsletter Editor Toby Stewart
Show Chair Mary Ingram
Hospitality Keith & Sandy Johnson
Ginger Lessard
Historian Edna Morris
Door Prizes Bob Hohn
Exibits Lawrence Parker
Dealers Becky Patellis
Webmaster Anthony (AJ) Pesce
Publicity Tami Watkins
Social Media Janie Bailey
Photographer Chris Munson
Workshop Richard Cepurna
Jr. Rockhound Chair Bob Hohn
Jr. Rockhounds Coordinator Ginger Lessard
1st Tuesday Classes Donna Barrett
Class Scheduler Kristina Pesce
Cabbing Coordinator Wes Manley
Faceting Instructor Roy Meade
Audit Jim Haege
Grab Bags Keith & Sandy Johnson
Awards Pat Brown
Clubhouse Facility Chair Richard Cepurna
Clubhouse Events Chair Sarah Christensen
Legislative / Parliament Frank Tichenor

Board of Trustees

Ken Hunt

Becky Patellis

Wes Manley

Pat Brown

Everyone has something to offer. Each one, teach one.
— CCGMS's Motto