The North Carolina Shell Club is dedicated to providing a friendly and enthusiastic organization where people of all levels of expertise, ranging from beginner to professional, can meet and share knowledge and information about the fascinating world of shells.
Annual Shell Show
The Club sponsers a judged show each year. Competition is held in a wide range of categories with special groups for novices and juniors. Divisions for shell crafts and photography are included as well. The Club invites the public to attend and vote for their favorite display. For more information, contact
The Club meets four weekends per year. Meeting locations change each quarter and occasionally are out of state. Locations are announced in the club newsletter prior to each meeting. Programs on Friday and Saturday nights feature speakers. During the day on Saturday there is an opportunity to collect shells. The Club invites guests to join us for any of our meetings.
2017 Club Meeting Schedule
Ocracoke Community Center
Trip to Portsmouth Island
Morehead City, NC/
Western Park Community Center - Cedar Point, NC
Annual Shell Show
Sunset Beach, NC
Sea Trails Homeowners Association Club House 201 Station Trail, Sunset Beach, NC
The Club publishes a newsletter four times a year which provides articles on shells, descriptions of field trips, and information on up-coming meetings. The newsletter is now mailed electronically except to those individuals who do not have computer access or require a printed copy.
One of the highlights of the year is the annual fund-raiser held during the November meeting. Shells and shell-related items are offered in both silent and live auctions.
DID YOU KNOW?
The North Carolina Shell Club has a Facebook Page. Please drop by for a visit and join this group, easily found at:
New Scholarship at UNC-W!
Ron and Janie Hill have funded a new scholarship, the Ron & Janie Hill Honors Scholarship at UNC-W in Marine Biology. Within the next three years they hope to have the value of the scholarship reach $6,000 annually. The Hill's daughter, Mandy, studied Marine Biology at UNC-W, obtaining her B.S and Master's Degrees there.
Special Collecting Trips
During the year special trips may be scheduled to local beaches, off-shore islands or fossil sites for collecting.
Click HERE for a nice photo essay on the club's trip to Cumberland Island in February 2016 prepared by club member, Vicky Wall.
Club member Art Bogan has had an article published in the Raleigh News & Observer. To read Art's article, click on this link:
Club member John Timmerman, has written a brief article on NC Shells for "Going Green" magazine's current issue. It can be viewed and downloaded at their website:
This link is actually to the archives section. John's article appears in Vol. 1 Issue 4 (the Winter 2008 issue with his shell photo on the cover)
Click on the above shell to see photos of
North Carolina Size Records
The Club's Records Committee has generated a complete listing of size records for marine mollusks found in North Carolina. The Rules for submitting your own record-size shells, along with the listing itself can be found by clicking on the symbol below.
At the joint meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FCMS) and
Click Shell for
NC SHELL CLUB MEMBERS ON COA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Everett Long - Trustee
Karlynn Morgan - Membership Director
Doug Wolfe - Member at Large
Ed Shuller - Member at Large