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Next Chapter Meeting:

April 14th, 2017 Meeting:

**Note: location change in April

The March meeting of The Greater Piedmont Chapter of The Explorers Club will be Friday, April 14th.
Our speaker will be Dave Cicimurri and the topic will be “Animals that inhabited the shallow seas during the Cretaceous Period”.
See below for more information on our speaker and the topic.

We will meet at The Palmetto Club at 1231 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Valet parking is available at lunch for $4. There is also a parking garage (Keenan Parking Garage) on the other side of Sumter Street but you have to enter from Marion Street.
You can find more info on the Palmetto Club at: . Cost for the lunch (a plated meal with all the trimmings) is $20.00. Please be advised that The Palmetto Club has a required dress code that states no denim, tennis shoes or shorts are allowed. Appropriate daytime attire consists of collared shirt (golf shirts are acceptable), neat pants and non-athletic shoes for gentlemen. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, appropriate suits or slacks. Hats and caps are not allowed unless required for religious purposes. Please email your attendance plans (by Tuesday the 11th) to David Brinkman at

More on our speaker and the topic:

Join Dave Cicimurri (Curator of Natural History at the SC State Museum) for a captivating talk about some of the animals that inhabited the shallow seas during the Cretaceous Period, a time when dinosaurs ruled the land. Dave will share some of his experiences in discovering and studying those animals through photographs of field excavations and prepared specimens, and artist's reconstructions of what the animals looked like in life. You'll learn the process of discovering how we know what we know about the animals, and hear the fascinating stories behind the artist's reconstructions.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa, Dave spent his high school and undergraduate years hunting the mid-Atlantic states for fossils. After graduating from Temple University with a BS in geology, Dave moved to Rapid City, SD to enroll in graduate school at the SD School of Mines and Technology. While pursuing his degree, he had the opportunity to explore the Great Plains states as part of his thesis research and as an employee for various Federal agencies. After earning his MS in Paleontology, Dave worked for briefly at Badlands National Park before moving to Clemson, SC to become the Campbell Geology Museum's first Curator of Collections. In 2011 Dave and his family moved to Columbia, where he assumed the job of Curator of Natural History at the SC State Museum.


The Greater Piedmont Chapter holds luncheon meetings on the second Friday of each month at 12 noon at the Capital City Club in Columbia, SC.
Cost for lunch is $20.00. Please email your attendance plans to David Brinkman at . Often people show up who have not made reservations. We try to make sure there is more seating than reservations, but please notify us in advance to be assured a place. If you are bringing any guests, please email David their name(s). We like to record who attended each meeting.

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