Each May, we cap off the end of our membership year with our annual banquet and installation of officers. This members-only event features hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, cash bar, party favors, door prizes, and a special guest lecture presented by an expert in their field.

The 2021 annual banquet will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, at:
         J’s White Elephant,  1404 Abbott Road,  Lackawanna, NY 14218.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Steve Chamberlain of Manilus, NY. His topic will be “Passing the Torch – The Future of New York State Mineralogy”

Steve Chamberlain collecting at Purple Diopside Mound, Rose Road, Pitcairn, NY

Steven C. Chamberlain

Born – Everett, PA, 1946
Graduated High School – Harrisburg, PA, 1964
Graduated M.I.T. – 1968e; BS in Electrical Engineering, Minor in Mineralogy
Doctoral Studies – Syracuse University, 1978; PhD in Sensory Sciences
Drafted, US Army – 1970 to 1973; Army Commendation & Meritorious Service Medal
Faculty – Syracuse University, 1977 to retirement (2006)

Dr. Chamberlain is the first in his family to collect minerals, so his history as a mineral collector is something of a random walk.  This talk will be an illustrated hop, skip, and a jump through Steve’s evolution as a serious collector, pausing to discuss interesting events that yielded good specimens and helped to guide his development.  At the end, he will briefly outline his thoughts and hopes for the future of mineral collecting in our state.

Steve has published almost 300 papers in several fields of science including more than 100 in mineralogy and 5 in Science or Nature  He has published 3 books on NYS mineralogy.  Steve served as the Chairman of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium from 1986 to 2017, which he passed on to Ray MacDougal in 2018.  In retirement he is focused on cataloging and donating his collection of New York State Minerals to the New York State Museum (27,000 and counting), writing mineralogy papers,  and, with George and Susan Robinson, writing The Topographic Mineralogy of New York State.

Tickets are $20 per person (+optional cash bar). Vegetarian dishes available. Please bring a door prize (a mineral or fossil specimen, book, bottle of wine etc. valued at ~$10-15) for every member of your party. Tickets will not be sold at the door – please reserve your seat by sending your $20/person to Buffalo Geological Society, Inc., % Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee Street, Buffalo, NY 14210.

Doors open at 6 PM with dinner served at 7, followed by our guest presentation and installation of new officers. Door prizes will be drawn intermittently throughout the night; be sure to stay until all the prizes are awarded (we don’t want to take anything back with us)!