About the San Diego Shell Club
operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes and more particularly to
enjoy, promote the study, and further the conservation of Mollusca and associated marine
life, by both lectures, club meetings, and field trips. Our membership is varied and includes
beginning collectors, advanced amateurs and scientists, divers and underwater
photographers, and dealers.
participate in a variety of scientific projects and expeditions. Many donate time as
associates to various museums, such as the San Diego Natural History Museum, the
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Los Angeles County, and the Santa Barbara
Museum of Natural History. Members also serve as guest lecturers at schools, senior
centers, dive clubs, and other organizations.
The San Diego Shell Club has also lent its support to the Greater San Diego Science
Fair since 1972 by awarding prizes in the category of marine life, offered occasional
student grants such as the Anthony D'Attilio grant, and contributed to the Western Society
of Malacologists student grant.
The Festivus: The Club has regularly published The Festivus, a peer-reviewed
publication, since 1970. Each issue of The Festivus includes articles on subjects related to
malacology and shell collecting, as well as updates on Club events and book reviews. The
Festivus is distributed worldwide to both members and member institutions, as well as on
an exchange basis. It is published eleven times each year except December, with
Meetings: The Club has nine regular meetings each year featuring guest speakers
and three social events: an April Auction/Potluck, a September Fall party, and a Christmas
Membership Dues: Membership dues are $20.00 (domestic), $30 Canada and Mexico
(airmail), and $50.00 (overseas, airmail).
Associate Memberships: The San Diego Shell Club is a member of national
organizations such as American Malacological Society, Western Society of Malacologists,
and Conchologists of America.
We welcome inquiries about upcoming Club events, The Festivus, guest speakers, or
membership. Questions about these or other related subjects can be directed to Carole
Hertz or Jules Hertz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month and include a
shell collecting, or general marine science. Non-members with an interest in the evening's
Welcome to the
| Current Events
Club's January 19,
2012, meeting: David
Waller and William
Schramm will present
program on the
Cypraea of the
States and the
For more information
on the latest Club
activities, see the
recent and previous
issues of The Festivus.
Sponsored by the San
Diego Shell Club. Shell
images compliments of
the Georgia Shell Club.
Last update: 15 March
The Festivus 2012
The Festivus 2011