President’s Message: August 2020

Greetings Everyone,

When I addressed you in June I thought for sure we had a 50/50 chance to hold the Annual picnic. The California numbers were in hand and going down, restaurants and business’ were reopening by the day and hope lived eternal. THEN, D614G, the new corona virus strain took over and the numbers all across the sunbelt have soared, everything is closing down again, and quite frankly it is getting downright depressing. For those of you who don’t know, the D614G strain is a mutation of the Italian/European strain that first infected New York and caused the 32,000 deaths there. This new strain has a base pair swap of a G for an A at position 23,486 in the DNA Double Helix. Yada, Yada, Yada….in short, it is less virulent, BUT 6 times more contagious and therefore has led the way to the current spike in numbers and reclosing of Churches, bars, restaurants, and unfortunately continued shutdown of our meeting space and activities. I would like to predict when we can reopen, but my crystal ball is very dusty and I fear the virus still has a few surprises before it is done with us. Also we are in a special category as our attendance numbers are usually over 100.

Temecula Valley Prospectors has experimented with an outdoor masked and distanced meeting, and Southwestern Prospectors and Mining Association has held an outing to their Big Bear claim. My greatest fear is to get too antsy and hold an event that leads to an outbreak or trigger event and have anybody at all get sick after toughing it out for the 5 months that we have endured so far. I have blended bubbles with about a third of our Board of Directors and meet once a week so we can keep contact and plan for the future. Right at the moment our claims are in areas that currently are too hot to visit, but by the third week in October the temperatures will be coming down and the fall season will be upon us. I am in favor of trying an outdoor meeting and organized trip by then, as long as the spike numbers continue to come down. As of this week the numbers seem to be plateauing and the community outbreaks have all been associated with restaurant exposures.

There has been a lot of interest from new people wanting to join during the shutdown, unfortunately, our Bylaws require signing the Liability form and then attending 3 meetings, which can’t be done at this time. It was not anticipated that this hold would have been for most of the year and we would need to change our Bylaws to accomplish this. Stay tuned for new news and contact me for the latest plans as you have been.

For those going on trips to Alaska and or Roaring Camp save up your presentations.  

Stay safe, Stay well, and Continue to take care of each other!

Your Prez,
Jerry Kaplan

Next TSS Chapter Meeting Tba

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, TBA at the Park Avenue Community 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:

Elections tonight for President, 2nd Vice President, & Treasurer

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.

Supporting Our GPAA Chapter

TSSD does not charge dues. There is no cost to check out prospecting equipment, outings are free, prospecting our claims is free, the library is free, and the education and companionship are free. Your membership with TSSD is priceless.

Yet TSSD still has to pay rent, pay the mining claim fees, pay the storage bill for the equipment for you to use, gold and raffle item costs, printing fees and numerous other monthly costs.

Please help support “your” club!


         Buy some tickets!


Items Available For Purchase:

  • “The Desert Magazine” on Disk – 1937 to 1983 – $5.00 for the set. Limit two per family.
  • Drywasher/Gold Panning Test Kit (B.B.’s) – $1.00 per bag.
  • Buckets – 3 gallon with lid – $1.00 each.
  • Membership Card Holders with clip– $2.00 each at Membership table.
  • Engraved Name Tags – $12.00 each
  • Rubber Matt pieces – $1.00 each
  • TSS Claim Guides – $30.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 5 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, $100, & $250

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 2018 Meeting):

One – 10 Troy Ounce .999 fine silver bar!

TSS Newsletter: April 2018

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 2018. 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 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

Prior Years:

2017 Newsletters

2016 Newsletters

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

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.
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TSS Meeting: December 2018

Treasure Seekers of San Diego County (TSS) will be holding their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

We currently meet at the Park Avenue Community Center located at 210 Park Avenue Escondido, CA 92025.

Click Here for a map.