April 2014 Elections Complete

voteThe annual elections were held at tonight’s April general meeting of the Treasure Seekers of San Diego County. There were two positions open for election (President & Treasurer) and there were 143 members & visitors in attendance to participate in the vote.

By popular vote, Chester Nowicki was re-elected as President and Jerry Goldstein was re-elected as Treasurer. Both positions carry a two year term.

Congratulations to both of them and we look forward to seeing the organization continue to grow.

TSS Outing 2008-02

Here are some pictures from two TSS Outings way back in February 2008… fun times!

The pictures are displayed using our new Gallery Tool which displays the pictures in a Pinterest type format. If you click on one of the pictures, it will open a picture viewer that allows you to easily browse through the images.

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County visited their first group of second graders at a San Diego school last month to do our Gold Rush Presentation. It went great, the kids were awesome, and we got a write up in the school’s newsletter.

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

Many thanks to our dedicated members for giving the children a lesson about the California Gold Rush.  Robert Cook, Jerry Goldstein, Jim Mears, Chet Nowicki and Michele Silva.

Presidents Message: April 2014

Well here it is time for elections again. Up for election is the President’s position and also the Treasurer’s position. I don’t even know what the nominating committee has in store for us. Like they say everything happens for a reason. We’ll see what happens.

We had a good turnout for the Hauser Geode Beds. I did get to see some of the geodes still coming out of that area. We also had the Temecula Valley Prospectors with us on the outing. Never did hear if anyone stayed overnight.

A few of us did a Gold Rush Presentation for a school of one of our members. That went over great. We got a write up in the school newsletter. Thank you Michele, Jim, Robert, and Jerry. We all had fun.

We are doing a one day event this month. We will be going out to the GPAA Bautista Claim in Hemet. Maps are provided only for those who will be going. It is a GPAA claim so those of you who are GPAA members, bring your Membership Guide and Membership Card. This will be basically for new members who want to learn how to use various types of equipment and how to prospect and mine dry stream placers. The basic equipment needed will be your pans, picks, shovels, classifiers, buckets, panning tubs and panning water. This is snake country and so you will have to be aware of this along with where your friends and children are at all times. A lot has been said and written about lately on prospecting in dry stream beds. This is what we will be learning about. Other equipment handy for this site is a dry washer, spiral wheel, and recirculator.

Well, you know where we will be on May first. We chartered the bus. It will leave the Escondido Transit Center at 0530…….. That’s early for most. We have to be in Rancho Cucamonga by 0800. We will bring our TSS Banner. We will make a brief stop in Temecula to pick some of the TVP members. I want to have a raffle or two along the way. It’s only $12.00 with the tip, for the round trip ride. You can’t beat that price for the gas and someone else to drive. Now we have the opportunity to show support and help bring back our dredging rights. If you don’t support this right, I don’t want to hear any  complaints. If you don’t sign up, there will be no seats saved at the terminal.

We will talk of the Julian Gold Rush Days at our next meeting, but a brief mention here. We have been trying to get ourselves into this event for some years. With the help of some of our members, we are now in. It’s a big yearly event. Something close to our organization, and something we can use to help support the Gold Prospectors Association of America. We have contacted the GPAA and we want to work with them for their memberships and ours as well. We will be setting up on Friday May 30 and the event runs Saturday May 31 and June 1st. There are a lot of events that they will be doing and I know we will be able to do them also. We will have free gold panning and metal detecting for kids and we will be selling items to help support our Treasure Seekers. No doubt there will be a lot going on up farther in Julian. Sign up for those days and help support us.

We also have a school Gold Rush demonstration coming up on May 23 and we will be talking about that very soon. May your gold pan, thoughts and deeds be golden.

Sourdough Chet

TSS April 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 2nd at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Camp Pendleton’s EOD (Explosive Ordinance Detail)

Annual Election: The positions being voted on are President & Treasurer. Be sure to come out and vote for our new officers.

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt - $12.00 per bag
    • Limited to 4 bags per member
    • One in every 10 bags will have a ‘little’ something extra!
    • One in 50 has a picker!

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (June 2014 Meeting):

Gold Magic Logo

Gold Magic

TSS Newsletter: April 2014

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2014. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

April 2014

Previous Months:

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014


2013 Newsletters


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TSS March 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 5th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Thor Strom

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt - $12.00 per bag
    • Limited to 4 bags per member
    • One in every 10 bags will have a ‘little’ something extra!
    • One in 50 has a picker!

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (March 2014 Meeting):

  • Teknetics® Eurotek® 450
  • Features Never Before Seen in This Price Range!
    • Turn-On-And-Go, 3-Button operation
    • Variable Iron Discrimination
    • Lightning-fast recovery speed
    • Motion Discrimination Detector
    • Great target separation; excels in iron-infested sites

Eurotek-450

Presidents Message: March 2014

So many things to remember and so many things I may forget to say here. First, let’s start with the Freedom Claim outing. Randy Oyler was our Wagonmaster out there. Maybe we don’t call them Wagonmasters anymore, but he did such a great job, I’m glad to say he was our Wagonmaster. Got some great calls and emails that he did a great job and everyone found gold and learned how to find it. He gets the thanks from everyone who attended the outing.

Lee Crnkovic passed on Friday the 21st at 9:15 AM. He and Sharon were able to see the check we gave of $840.25 before his passing. They were very grateful and sent us a thank you card. For Lee, there will be a service held at the Emmanuel Faith Church in Escondido at 629 E. 17th Ave. Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 am with a reception and light refreshments after.

Many of you have read about the more than $10 million in gold coins found on a couple’s property this past month. 1,427 coins dated 1847 to 1894. I believe they were not even looking for anything in particular. Just found a can sticking out of the ground. The pair wish to remain anonymous to keep those with metal detectors away from their property.

Also some good press in the news about the Temecula Valley Prospectors on how the drought is making gold prospecting easier. The streams may be dry, but that only makes it easier to get out in the middle of the stream beds, dig under the boulders. We went out to the GPAA Bautista claim and did just that. Some promising pieces were found by the TVP. While typing up this message, I got a phone message of another newspaper writer that they may be interested in doing an article on our  experiences at gold prospecting. Gary Warth did a large article while camping on the Friendly Fox claim in the Cargos.

We went to the Julian Mining Company in Julian to see about having an event with them. They liked us so much that they want us to be a part of the Julian Gold Rush Days and any other event they might put on. We made such a great impression; they contacted the GPAA and let them know that they wish us to represent us, the TSS, as well as the GPAA. So the TSS will have a free booth there on the 31st of May and 1st of June. There will be a sign up at our next couple of meetings. We will have a booth like at the Bates Nut Farm with free events for the kids. They also have some interesting events that I know they will share with us. Ray is helping set us up for the Vista Strawberry festival the weekend before the Julian event. I need to get busy to see if we can also set up for that one too.

We also have the elections coming up in April. We will have the nominating committee set up to look for some new members taking over the positions of Treasurer and President. I know I can’t stay in this position forever and I know you must know someone who may want to step in and do a great job. And there are those who like to handle the treasurer position of this organization.

Temecula Valley Prospectors are going to be with us at the Hauser Geode Beds this month. No use telling you that this outing will be the third weekend of the month. We also have some great speakers lined up for the next few months. Everything is going good for the organization and everything is going great for the president. I know I haven’t mentioned everything here. If I have forgotten anything here, please let me know. See you at the meetings.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: March 2014

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2014. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

March 2014

Previous Months:

February 2014

January 2014


2013 Newsletters


In order to read the newsletters you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader or a compatible PDF reader installed. Click the Adobe link below if you need to install it.
Get Acrobat Reader

TSS Febraury 2014 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 5th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: To Be Announced

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt - $12.00 per bag
    • One in every 10 bags will have a ‘little’ something extra!
    • One in 50 has a picker!

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (March 2014 Meeting):

  • Teknetics® Eurotek® 450
  • Features Never Before Seen in This Price Range!
    • Turn-On-And-Go, 3-Button operation
    • Variable Iron Discrimination
    • Lightning-fast recovery speed
    • Motion Discrimination Detector
    • Great target separation; excels in iron-infested sites

Eurotek-450