Presidents Message: August 2015

We had a great picnic again this year. The metal detecting contest had a turnout of approximately 40 members. Total turnout was around 60 or more. Still the gold panning contest doesn’t draw that many who try. The winners of both contests are posted at our website. Thank you all for coming, providing the food and camaraderie and glad you all had fun. Those who still do not come, miss a great event.

By the time you read this, SPMA prospecting group will have had their annual picnic and I will be there to have some more fun. They hold theirs at the beach and they also have a gold panning and beach metal detecting contests. While mentioning SPMA, they are having their annual SPMA yard sale, at their meeting place parking lot, on the 18th of August. Be there early, around 5:00pm, to set up. Bring your prospecting gear that you no longer need.

Jerry is working on something new for our table again. Not only does he give away all those great gold nuggets at the drawing, but now he is planning on having a good one on the table drawing too. Come and check it out.

I want to talk to the whole membership about the GPAA, their claims guide and how claims get into the claims guide. The GPAA has asked me if we have any claims available to use in the claims guide. They are looking for some claims in the Imperial Valley area. We have some great claims and they have a great way of compensating claim owners… Further discussion on what claims will be discussed with the claims committee.

Speaking of claims, the prospecting is so good out at the Summit Claims; we have some problems with other individuals over claiming on our claims. We are working diligently to get this mess cleaned up. It may take the rest of this year to do this, but that is what happens when you have good claims on the books. Come to the claims meeting and get the full details.

We have come into the possession of some three gallon buckets. The price was right so we are going to offer them to the membership for a ridiculously low price to make some funds for our association. Come to the meeting and buy a bunch.

We are supposed to have an outing and metal detecting contest at our outing on the 15th of this month. I don’t have all the details here but it is supposed to be at the beach. Hope we get this settled at the general meeting. Then in September, we are planning an outing at the Himalaya Mine for a gem dig.

OK, it’s time for me to give up on this message. Come have fun with us, or call us so we can come have fun with you.

Sourdough Chet

TSS August 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, August 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 Speakers: Earl Sterrett on finding and filing for gold claims.

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
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

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 (September 2015 Meeting):

A Mercury Gold Retort Sluice Box And Pin Pointer

 

 

TSS Newsletter: August 2015

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 2015. 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.

August2015

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July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


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2013 Newsletters


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TSS July 2015 Picnic

A great time was had by all who attended our annual TSS Picnic on July 11, 2015. There was great food, fun activities including Metal Detecting & Gold Panning contests, and best of all was just being together! If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to make it in 2016.

 Winners Of Gold Nugget Raffle

Gold Panning Contest

Metal Detecting Contest

General Pictures

 

URGENT: SB637 Publicity Help Needed

California SB637 – More Red Tape & More Fees

California’s SB637 is another regulatory attack on small scale miners.  Learn more about it here: http://www.stopsb637.org/ We all need to get fired up and act against legislation like this.  Even if you aren’t a miner or don’t plan to be ….YES, we need your help.

Three ways you can help right now:

1) Sign the online petition opposing SB637.  Click Here:

2) We MUST unite against this horrid bill and stand together in opposition.  Don’t just complain………WRITE A LETTER.

We are asking each of you write or fax a letter to the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee in the CA State Senate. The letter you write does not have to be as detailed as ours but it needs to contain the following, that you OPPOSE SB637 for the reasons you decide to list. It can be as simple as “I oppose this bill’ because: The devastating economic impacts of this bill to the poor and rural communities of CA. The science is flawed on suction dredging. Suction dredging is NOT harmful to fish or fish habitat. There already is significant regulation concerning suction dredging. or any other reasons you care to list.

Here is the contact information on each member and the Chair:  We also urge you to look this list over and determine if your individual Assembly member is listed below, if they are, write a separate letter to them as well.  This is highly important folks, this bill is horrible and is yet another scheme to ban mining.

Assembly member Marc Levine 1020 N Street, Suite 160 Sacramento, CA 95814 P.O. Box 94249 Sacramento, CA 94249-00119 Office: (916) 319-2096 Fax: (916) 319-2196

Committee Member List:

Committee Members       District        Office & Contact Information
Marc Levine (Chair) Dem — 10       Contact Assembly Member Marc Levine Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2141, Sacramento, CA 94249-0010; (916) 319-2010

Frank Bigelow (Vice Chair) Rep — 05       Contact Assembly Member Frank Bigelow Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 6027, Sacramento, CA 94249-0005; (916) 319-2005

Matthew Dababneh Dem — 45       Contact Assembly Member Matthew Dababneh Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 4112, Sacramento, CA 94249-0045; (916) 319-2045

Brian Dahle Rep — 01       Contact Assembly Member Brian Dahle Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2158, Sacramento, CA 94249-0001; (916) 319-2001

Bill Dodd Dem — 04       Contact Assembly Member Bill Dodd Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2137, Sacramento, CA 94249-0004; (916) 319-2004

Beth Gaines Rep — 06       Contact Assembly Member Beth Gaines Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2130, Sacramento, CA 94249-0006; (916) 319-2006

Cristina Garcia Dem — 58       Contact Assembly Member Cristina Garcia Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2013, Sacramento, CA 94249-0058; (916) 319-2058

Jimmy Gomez Dem — 51       Contact Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2114, Sacramento, CA 94249-0051; (916) 319-2051

Matthew Harper Rep — 74       Contact Assembly Member Matthew Harper Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2002, Sacramento, CA 94249-0074; (916) 319-2074

Patty Lopez Dem — 39       Contact Assembly Member Patty Lopez Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5160, Sacramento, CA 94249-0039; (916) 319-2039

Devon J. Mathis Rep — 26       Contact Assembly Member Devon J. Mathis Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5126, Sacramento, CA 94249-0026; (916) 319-2026

Jose Medina Dem — 61       Contact Assembly Member Jose Medina Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5135, Sacramento, CA 94249-0061; (916) 319-2061

Anthony Rendon Dem — 63       Contact Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 5136, Sacramento, CA 94249-0063; (916) 319-2063

Rudy Salas, Jr. Dem — 32       Contact Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Jr. Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 2188, Sacramento, CA 94249-0032; (916) 319-2032

Das Williams Dem — 37       Contact Assembly Member Das Williams Capitol Office P.O. Box 942849, Room 4005, Sacramento, CA 94249-0037; (916) 319-2037

3) Lastly, you can help by passing this information to all your friends and family members.

Tell them about it and ask them to sign the petition, and write or fax their letter.  You may need to help them follow through.  You can spread the word and inspire those who know and trust you to help.  But if you do nothing…nothing will change and things will only get worse.  This type of bill is only a symptom of the real problem which is that the politicians only represent their careers, the special interests, and the government.  They do not represent working American people who work for, start, build, or own small businesses, or those who may like to in 5, 10, or 50 years!  They do not strengthen our people or local economies.  This email was inspired by AMRA, American Mining Rights Association.  Please visit them and lend financial and word of mouth support.  They are fighting for us and need your support.  http://americanminingrights.com/

My gratitude to those who are already involved and to those of you who get inspired to get actively involved.  United We Stand!

Aaron Klapka, Treasure Seekers of San Diego Member, American

2015 Bonita Cove Outing

Here are some pictures from the 2015 Bonita Cove outing held on June 20, 2015.

TSS July 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, July 1st 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 Speakers: Robert Cook and Jerry Goldstein on “Roaring Camp Mining Co.” located on Clinton Bar in Mokelumne River Canyon, CA
www.roaringcampgold.com

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
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

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 (September 2015 Meeting):

A Mercury Gold Retort Sluice Box And Pin Pointer

 

 

TSS Newsletter: July 2015

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 2015. 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.

July 2015

Previous Months:

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


Prior Years:

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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Presidents Message: July 2015

And the news just keeps rolling in. We had an event at the Bates Nut Farm the first weekend in June. It went very good. All those TSS members who had extra prospecting gear or any other items they wanted to get rid of had the chance to sell them at the Valley Center Yard Sale. It was noted that those who participated not only sold their items, but also went out and purchased other items from other sellers. So maybe some went home with more than they brought….

Del Mar Fair is now going on. Those TSSD members who are also SPMA members have the chance to sign up and volunteer to help the SPMA at their booth. From the rumors, I think it would have helped the SPMA group if they would have asked for help from non SPMA members. It’s fun and you do get the free pass to be there all day even after your volunteer time.

We also had our beach metal detecting event at Bonita Cove and that went great. Not only did some new members get to learn how to hunt in the sand, but were helped in correctly setting up their detectors for wet, dry and heavily mineralized sand. Detecting contest was done, prizes were awarded, and camaraderie was fantastic. Couldn’t ask for a better time.

We had our annual event up at Julian. This is the Julian Gold Rush, in Wynola, just before you get to Julian. There will be many different old west events. The TSSD group is always asked to put up a booth. We have free gold panning and metal detecting events for the younger generation. We have the kids pan for fools gold that they get to keep and the other main event is the metal detecting event that goes on all day. Kids can’t seem to get enough of this. We salt an area given to us with many foreign coins. The kids get to use a supplied metal detector with assisted help from our TSSD volunteers. Even if we use U.S. coins, the kids want to keep the foreign coins. We will also have prospecting items for sale. Those who volunteered are great. We have as many as 12-14 each day. Many thanks go out to these members. We couldn’t do this without their help.

Our next big event is our annual TSSD picnic. I really want to encourage all those new members to come out. We will have a metal detecting hunt and gold panning contest with prizes to be given out. TSSD will supply the meats and you are encouraged to bring a side dish. This will be at the Dixon Lake park in Escondido. As you enter Dixon Lake, watch for the small park on the left. Saturday, July 11 and come early for all the camaraderie and fun. Our scheduled contest times will be posted when we figure that out.

Most of you have heard that Judge Ochoa denied the motion for injunction relief preventing the Dept. of Fish and Game from harassing suction dredgers in California. It’s was a sad day for us. It seems as if there is some favoritism on the side of the conservationists. None of them were at this final hearing as if they already knew what the verdict was going to be. Looks as if there will be no dredging for 2015.

Well, that’s it for now. See you at the meetings and events. Be good to your fellow TSSD members and let’s support any and all the outdoor clubs and associations to keep our public lands open for us to enjoy.

Sourdough Chet

TSS June 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd 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: Lee Darling: He will be discussing dowsing and map dowsing.

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
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

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 2015 Meeting):

Gold Cube

Gold Cube