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


Dan Minior -  President
Hubert, NC

Scott Foxx - Vice President
Apex, NC
Mark Johnson - Second Vice President
Wilmington, 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

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2023 Club Meeting Schedule

Ocracoke, NC
March 22-23, 2024

Portsmouth Island Collecting Trip

Field Trip Cancelled due to Small Craft Advisories

Friday Silent Auction and on Saturday, there will be a




Shell Show

May 3,4 & 5 2024
Set-up on 2nd

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 Shell for Meeting Information




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


Morehead City, NC/
Cedar Point Area

September 13-14, 2024

Western Park Community Center
Cedar Point, NC

Silent Auction Both Nights!

Special Collecting Trip is planned to Shackleford Banks - more information to come.




Click on image for details
you do not have to place an advance order as they will be available at all club meetings in the future.


Carolina Beach , NC

November 15-16, 2024

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

SPECIAL FOSSIL DIG ON SATURDAY is in the works - details to follow

Silent Auction Friday Night
Our Big Oral Auction Saturday Night
from the

Annual Auction and Meeting



Here are the Planned Dates for meetings in 2025 without further details:

BOD Planning Meeting - January 11
Ocracoke: March 21-22
Shell Show: May 2-3
(First Weekend in May!)
Cedar Point: September 19-20
Carolina Beach (Auction): November 7-8

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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COA 2024




Click on above image for entire 3-fold pdf

June 11
Convention June 12- 16

Registration Forms also available at link above




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, Mimi Dill.

ATTENTION: Mimi Dill has assumed the role of Newsletter Editor from our long-time Editor, Ed Shuller. Please send any items you wish to see in the newsletter to Mimi.

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.

Here is a previous Auction Catalog Here



Dora Zimmerman, Diana Yeames and Dan Minior will participate in an outreach event on Harker's Island at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. This event is a two-day event to honor Earth Day and will be geart towards elementary school students. Dora, Diana and Dan will provide education about shells, following the theme of "Reuse and Recycle". - 800 children and adults are expected to attend so this will be a great chance to educate people about shells, our club and the upcoming SHELL SHOW in May!
April 23 8 am - 2 pm and April 24 8 am - 1 pm

Map to the Waterfowl Museum




North Carolina Shell Club Officers:

President - Dan Minior - - - - - - - - - Historian - Ruth Drye
1st Vice President - -Scott Foxx- - - Members at Large -
2nd Vice President - Mark Johnson - - Maria Lloyd
Secretary - Vicky Wall - - - - - - - - - - - -Erin Burch
Treasurer - Karlynn Morgan - -- - - - - -








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




To use the Zelle account our email is

You can use mobile banking or the Zelle app.
If you don't already have Zelle, you can check if your bank uses Zelle and sign up via your bank. See www.zellepay.com

To use the PayPal account our email is
You can sign up for an account at
Many people who buy online already have a PayPal account.

These are the only two non-traditional banking options we will consider using at this time.




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

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.




for Freshwater Mussel ID


click on image for further information to obtain APP