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
Shell Show Co-Chairmen:
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.
2021 Club Meeting Schedule
Ocracoke Meeting Cancelled Due to
All Special Auctions have been moved to September Meeting
May 21-23, 2021
Admission Charge $5 Adults
Read Cape Fear Living Magazine's Article about our 2019 Shell Show
Morehead City, NC/
Western Park Community Center - Cedar Point, NC
Silent Auction Preview Click Here
SPECIAL COLLECTING TRIP
"Effective immediately, North Carolina is lifting most of its mandatory mask requirements, Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday afternoon. In most settings, indoors or outdoors, the state will no longer require people to wear a mask or be socially distant.
Mandatory indoor mask requirements will remain in effect on public transportation, in child care settings, in schools, in prisons and in some health care settings.
Health officials still recommend that unvaccinated people in North Carolina continue to wear masks.
In addition to the end of the mask mandate, Cooper said the state is lifting all mandatory capacity, gathering and social distancing requirements.
“Our health experts have guided us with their wisdom and expertise," Cooper said. "This nation’s scientists — including many in NC — showed what is possible if we work toward a common goal. That common goal now, more than ever, is overcoming this pandemic through safe and effective vaccines.”------------ ------ 5-14-21
Sunset Beach, NC
Sea Trails Homeowners Association Club House 201 Station Trail, Sunset Beach, NC
NEW PAGES ADDED:
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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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.
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
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 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:
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)
Ocracoke newspaper article features NC SHELL CLUB weekend!
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See the shells auctioned during the 2018 COA Convention in San Diego.
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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
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NC SHELL CLUB MEMBERS ON COA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karlynn Morgan - Vice President
Amy Dick - Secretary
Everett Long - Trustee
Vicky Wall - Awards Director
Anne Joffe - Convention Co-ordinator
Alan Gettleman - Historian
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To read Vicky Wall's Article which appeared in the March, 2016 issue of American Conchologist, entitled "Shelling the Pearl Islands of Panama"
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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