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.

Karlynn Morgan - Webmaster Winston-Salem, NC


Mark Johnson -  President
Wilmington, NC Dan Minior - First Vice President
Hubert, NC

Ed Shuller - Second Vice President
Apex, NC
Karlynn Morgan - Treasurer
Winston Salem, NC
Vicky Wall - Secretary
Mayodan, NC 

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

Shell Show Co-Chairmen:

John Timmerman

Karlynn Morgan



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.

Click this Shell to Read the Minutes From the Most Recent Shell Club Meeting

Click Shell for




2023 Club Meeting Schedule

Ocracoke, NC
March 24-25, 2023

Portsmouth Island Collecting Trip

Click on shell for all information about the Ocracoke Club Meeting, Schedule and Field Trip.



Auction - Click HERE



Shell Show

May 5,6 & 7 2023
Set-up on 4th

See Photos from the 2022 Show!

Morehead City , NC
Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC

Admission Charge $5 Adults
Children 18 and under Admitted Free
Seniors Age 65+ and Military $3

Click on above shell for link to shell club hotel

Read Cape Fear Living Magazine's Article about our 2019 Shell Show


Morehead City, NC/
Cedar Point Area

September 22-23, 2023

Western Park Community Center
Cedar Point, NC

Silent Auction Both Nights!



Click on shell below for information on meeting


Carolina Beach , NC

November 10-11, 2023

Katie B Hines Senior Center
308 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach


Annual Auction and Meeting


Here are the Dates for meetings in 2024 without further details:
Ocracoke: March 22-23
Shell Show: May 3, 4, 5 (First Weekend in May!)
Cape Carteret: September 20-21
Carolina Beach (Auction): November 8-9

New Identification Guide on Ridged Shells
Prepared by John Timmerman
Click on Shell to download or view .pdf




See John Timmerman's Article published in
American Conchologist:

Select components of a shell show exhibit


Dr. Daniel Minior's article "Description of Hyalina cunhai, a new species of Marginellidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from the eastern seaboard of Brazil" appeared in the most recent issue of THE FESTIVUS (Vol. 52, Issue 3) July, 2020

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Click on above image for entire 3-fold pdf flyer

Field Trips June 11
Convention June 12- 16




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.

If you have any news items or an article you wish to have published in the newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor, Ed Shuller.

Annual Auction

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.


Click this shell above for a preview of the shells (WHICH WERE) available during our 2022 Auction!

Didn't make it to the Auction? Click the above shell for Auctioneer John Timmerman's Auction Report




North Carolina Shell Club Officers:

President - Mark Johnson - - - - - - - -Historian - Ruth Drye
1st Vice President - Dan Minior - - - - Members at Large -
Secretary - Vicky Wall - - - - - - - - - - - Scott Fox
Treasurer - Karlynn Morgan - -- - - - - -John and Jan Reaves








Find out about the North Carolina Shell Club's project to display shells at the Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington - organized by John Timmerman and Brady Semmel.

Click HERE for article from Jul-Sep 2017 newsletter



The North Carolina Shell Club has a Facebook Page. Please drop by for a visit and join this group, easily found at:
N C Shell Club on Facebook.


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 pictoral review of the 2022 fossil collecting trip at Maryland's Calvert Cliffs in April, again presented by leader Dora Zimmerman

Click HERE for an interesting look at fossil collecting at Maryland's Calvert Cliffs in April, 2018 presented by Dora Zimmerman


Click HERE for a nice photo essay on the club's trip to Cumberland Island in February 2016 prepared by club member, Vicky Wall.



S. Peter Dance has written a wonderful article about Donald and Eloise Bosch which he has shared with use. You may read it HERE




Article in the Ocracoke Observer about the March, 2018 NC Shell Club meeting and trip to Portsmouth. Click HERE

Club member Art Bogan has had an article published in the Raleigh News & Observer. To read Art's article, click on this link:

Raleigh News & Observer

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)

Interesting Article on Taxonomic Etymology

Ocracoke newspaper article features NC SHELL CLUB weekend!


Click Above Shell
For Tips on Shell Show Exhibits and Labels



See a Photo review of the 2022 Oak Island Shell and Fossil Show!


Click Above Shell
To read Art Bogan's recent article on his field work in Malaysia



Click Above Shell
To read fascinating article on club member Mique Pinkerton


Click This Shell
to Read John Timmerman's article recently published in COA's American Conchologist about our North Carolina Shell Club's Shell Show.


Here is a link to an article (Page 1) about the Shell Club's meeting in Ocracoke published in the Ocracoke Observer April, 2017. Here is Page 2



Click on the above shell to see photos of
our Shell Show 2014



Club Member Dora
Zimmerman makes an
unusual find at Radio Island
August, 2023

Dora's chiton, Chaetopleura apiculata in place on
underside of rock while still underwater.

Closeup view of Dora's beautiful Chiton.

The Happy Collector with fellow shellers Ed Shuller and Jeannette Tysor






North Carolina Size Records
for Marine Mollusks

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.

Current Record Size Listing for North Carolina Shells


New Scotch Bonnet, Semicassis granulata State Record
added at Shell Show in Morehead City!

Tamara Zetka finds record size Semicassis granulata on Portsmouth Island field trip!


Congratulations Art!

At the joint meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FCMS) and
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Commission (UMRCC) recently held at St. Charles, Missouri, Arthur E. Bogan was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the FCMS.
As most N.C. Shell Club members know, Art is a noted expert in the field of freshwater bivalves, not only in this country but also worldwide with several trips to Viet Nam and Malaysia to study freshwater bivalves. He has authored several monographs on state freshwater mollusks, and a checklist for the world’s freshwater bivalves in 2010.
Art has been and is eagerly sought by government agencies, academics, museum personnel, and field workers for his knowledge of this unique and fascinating molluscan fauna He is generous with his knowledge and time to increase the scientific, government, and general public’s knowledge of this important fauna.
The award states: “ Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Lifetime Achieve Award Presented to Arthur E. Bogan for singular accomplishments and long-term conservations that have advanced the conservation and science of freshwater mollusks at a national and international level. By order of the Membership of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society presented in St. Charles, Missouri this 25th day of March 2015.”
_____ - submitted by Alan Gettleman







Karlynn Morgan - President

Dan Minior - First Vice President

John Jacobs - Second Vice President

Vicky Wall - Awards Director

Alan Gettleman - Historian

Greg Curry - Member at Large

Amy Dick - Advertising Manager


NEW!! __ Click Above Shell

To read Vicky Wall's Article which appeared in the March, 2016 issue of American Conchologist, entitled "Shelling the Pearl Islands of Panama"



NEW!! __ Click Above Shell

To view the 2023-24 Raffle Items now available
Tickets only $5 each







Many photos and small articles about members have been moved to a new page "Members News" Click on Link to view.