What is the Maricopa Lapidary Society?

The Maricopa Lapidary Society is a group of people with varied backgrounds and ages, who share a passion for Lapidary. Rewarding club experiences are made possible by the efforts of an all-volunteer organization which relies on the time and talents of our members. We encourage everyone to get involved in helping with activities, such as classes, field trips, displays, or our booth at gem shows.

Current Officers

  • President: Sue Bartz
  • Vice President: Rebecca Noel
  • Secretary: Greg Roe
  • Interim Treasurer: Ford Doran

Committee Chairpersons

  • Bylaws: Shirley Cotè
  • Mineral Identification: Joanne Hesterman, Shirley Cotè, Ford Doran and Greg Roe
  • Door Prizes: Bob Holm
  • Hospitality: Rebecca Noel
  • Facilities: Shirley Cotè, Doug Duffy
  • Museum Co: Doug Duffy, Shirley Cotè
  • Programs: Sue Bartz
  • Newsletter Editors: Ann Baker
  • Past Presidents: Paul Finell, Ford Doran, Pedro Chavez, Sue Bartz


The Maricopa Lapidary Society (MLS) was founded in 1948 by a small group of dedicated lapidaries. It was Phoenix's second gem and mineral society. The club supported the Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum and met at the museum until its closure in May 2011. The MLS currently meets at the North Mountain Visitor Center in Phoenix on the third Tuesday of each month, except in July. In 1952, the MLS held its first annual gem show at the Phoenix Armory. This show would be known as the Phoenix Gem and Mineral Show and continued at various locations, such as the Arizona State Fairgrounds and Mesa Centennial Center for over 50 years.

Excerpt courtesy of Desert Magazine and the Desert Magazine Archive


  • Member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
  • Affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies