The Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society

Our Goal: To promote rock, mineral, gem and fossil collecting,
 and the lapidary, or jewellery making hobbies for recreational, education and general interest purposes.






Field Trips




About Our Society

The Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society (SRLS) was formed in November 1984. It was incorporated in July, 1991, and currently has about 85 active members including amateurs, hobbyists and professionals. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, lapidary or jewellery making. The Society is dedicated to promoting these collective hobbies for recreational, educational and general interest purposes. Officers of the Society are elected for a one year term with no remuneration for their volunteer work. We are a non-profit organization.

Regular Monthly Meetings are held each month from September through June at the Naughton Community Centre (Old Naughton Public School). A short business meeting and a break with refreshments are followed by a speaker or film, displays or demonstrations, discussions, and draws for door prizes. Guests are always welcome, so please join us at our next meeting!

Club Meetings:

The Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society (SRLS) meets every second Tuesday of each month from September through June, at the Naughton Community Centre (Old Naughton Public School), on Regional Road #55 (old Hwy #17W), 7:30 PM.

Annual Gem & Mineral Show:

The highlight of the Society's activities is its annual Gem and Mineral Show. This event is held in mid July at the Carmichael Arena, and continues to grow each year. The show features dealers, displays, demonstrations, silent auction, video theatre, kid's activities, swapping area, a field trip, and metal detecting and prospecting demonstrations. Hourly and grand door prizes are held as well.


All members receive a ten page newsletter, the Nickel Basin Rockhound. The Nickel Basin Rockhound is published and circulated ten times a year (September to June) and is sent to all members via Canada Post.

Lapidary Workshop:

Our Society has a fully equipped lapidary workshop for the use of the membership at a nominal user fee. During the fall and winter months, courses in lapidary arts and silver smithing are offered according to demand

Field Trips:

Field trips are conducted on a regular basis during the summer to various collecting localities throughout the area.


Cost:  $10 for an individual or family
Dues:   Collected on an annual basis in January of each year 
Benefits: Members receive a monthly newsletter, name tag, and a new member's package of information, plus voting, library, and lapidary equipment use privileges.
Open To:
Affiliations: Members of SRLS automatically become members of CCFMS (Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies)
Mail to: Treasurer Gil Benoit,4092 Lillian Ave., Hanmner, ON, P3P 1A2.

Download a SRLS Application Form

Contact Us

Mailing Address:


Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society
c/o 3171 Romeo St.
Val Caron, Ontario
P3N 1G5

Roger Poulin, President
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(705) 897-6216

Ruth Debicki, Vice-president

Ed Debicki, Secretary
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(705) 522-5140

Gil Benoit, Treasurer

Robert and Betty Thomson, Lapidary Committee

Conrad Church & Joe D/Oliveria, Director

Roger Poulin & Gil Benoit, Field Trips

Ed Debicki, Show Chairman

Erv Mantler, Newsletter Editor 

Ruth Debicki, Librarian


Collecting is one of the most enjoyable activities for many Rockhounds. Before you go collecting you should be aware of a few things:

Collecting sites information:

Upcoming Events and News:


The SRLS is an affiliated member of the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies

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