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Cline Jewelers hosting book drive; will travel to East Africa

 

Cline Jewelers hosting book drive; will travel to East Africa

Gina Hawkins of Cline Jewelers has a fairly typical morning commute to work. But in early August, she’ll be boarding a plane to embark on a trip to eastern Africa.

Once there, she will meet not only several local gemstone miners and their families, but also Roger Dery, a Michigan resident, gem cutter, and founder of Gem Legacy, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support education, vocational training, and local economies in East African mining communities.

Dery and Hawkins share some connections. The first should be obvious – they both have a love and appreciation for respons...



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