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The Sarasota Shell Club was formed to bring together
shell lovers in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.
If you are interested in joining our club,
click here for more information and our Application for Membership

Following are some of the services
included in your membership:


Monthly Meetings

Pictorial Review of Our 2014 Shell Show

Welcome to the 2013/2014 Season!
Don't forget your 2013-2014 Membership Dues are payable NOW

The Sarasota Shell Club meets on the second Thursday of each month from September through April.  The agenda includes a program of interest to shell collectors and a short business meeting.  Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at:

We are located at
Waldemere Fire Station, 2nd Floor
2070 Waldemere Street,
Sarasota, FL 34239

Meeting dates and scheduled programs for the 2013/2014 season.

Date  Scheduled Program
September 12, 2013 Show and Tell
October 10, 2013  
November 14, 2013  
December 6, 2013 Holiday Party and Auction
December 12, 2013 Shoe Box Exhibit Show
January 9, 2014 What else is down there? By Jim Wedge
February 13, 2014 No program - Shell Show
March 13, 2014 Identifying Fake Shells by Doug Jeffries
April 10, 2014 Last meeting until September; Shelling in Australia by Dennis Sargent
If you have any questions about our meetings or need directions, send an e-mail to us at sarasotashellclub@gmail.com


   Field trips led by knowledgeable members.
  Crafters meet often to make shell flowers and other items to sell at our show.
   Monthly Newsletters with interesting articles and facts about shells.
   A Library of shell books – many rare – available only to members. Contact Linda Grenier at sarasotashellclub@gmail.com for more information.
   A yearly Shell Show encompassing many interesting elements of shelling.  Interested exhibitors may obtain information about our categories, awards and rules, and download our entry form.

**Donations from the annual Shell Show profits are given
to various marine research and educational institutions such as
New College of Florida, The Carefree Learner,
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
, South and Florida Museum.


ABOUT OUR LOGO SHELL, Siratus beauii
Siratus beauii, (
Fischer & Bernardi, 1857) Beau's Murex

How did this shell come to be the logo of the Sarasota Shell Club?

At the time the club was in the process of forming, there were a couple of local captains who took their boats into the Gulf of Mexico to dredge in deep waters for shells.  One of the most beautiful shells brought up in those drags was the Beau's Murex, and the Sarasota Shell Club adopted it for their logo.

There are two forms, a slender one with sharp spines and the "winged" form, which is our logo and is shown in the graphic at right.  The "winged" form is by far the rarer of the two. 

Although there are no commercial shell dredging operations in the Gulf of Mexico at the present time, you can sometimes still find Siratus beauii in some older collections, and you also can obtain them from some dealers.