President’s Note: January 9, 2023

Happy New Year All!
Welcome to 2023.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. If you didn’t make the Party, we had 47 attend and 27 participate in the exchange game. Special thanks to the setup, cooking, and cleanup crews, as well as, to the Escondido Columbus Club for providing us both a party location and home for the last year and a half. Thankyou Patricia, Mike, and Matt. Thanks also to our own Michele Silva who went over the top and was part of ALL of the above, plus ran the exchange game.
Well, the new calendar has been set for 2023, with only a couple of TBA’s. We will basically be following the major events and weather from the low desert to the high desert to the mountains as the temperature changes. Also, for those that want to go to the Gem and Mineral Show in Quartzsite, TVP has Opened their Gopher Gold claims to TSSD members to camp on or bring your RV for the weekend. Thanks to Laura and Jeannie. We are opening our May outing to the Freedom Claim to them in return. This month Jeannie and Steve Wood have put together a presentation of the finding of gold in Arizona after the end of  the California Gold Rush, which ties in perfectly with the upcoming Quartzsite shows and the Ehrenburg area.
Following the recent heavy rain, with more on the way, the desert sands will be damp for awhile, but the metal detecting should be slightly improved.
I am looking forward to seeing everybody at the first meeting of the year.



As I began the party last night(12/18), this is the time of year We Wish for World Peace and Goodwill to All Mankind. First, Good Health, Prosperity, and Luck to all of our members. Then, unfortunately, there is quite a list of countries in chaos and distress that need our prayers and support. More than any year in the recent past that I can remember for quite a while. Ukraine, whose people are being killed and tortured in an unprovoked and unjust  war by Russia where atrocities and totally inhumane methods are being used on a daily basis. Somalia, where a drought and famine of biblical proportions is causing the death and total disruption of life to millions of the population there. Iran, where a radical religious dictatorship is suppressing women’s rights, and then persecuting and executing those that speak out in support of them. Peru, where another dictatorship is suppressing and cracking down on it’s people who are protesting the treatment they are receiving from their government, to the point of a civil war. And finally, as one member pointed out China, where the people have rebelled against Ji Xinping’s total lockdown of the country in the Zero Covid Policy for more than a year with no end in sight.
For these and probably a few that I missed, our thoughts and prayers for the New Year.
I want to take this opportunity to also thank everyone who helped out with the party last night. Those that set up and decorated, cooked and brought food, tore down, and mopped up afterward. It wouldn’t have happened without your efforts. In my book it goes down as a total success. All told we had 47 for dinner and 27 in the exchange game, a great selection of food, turkey, ham, casseroles, lobster salad, special beans, and even homemade rugallah for dessert. It looked like everyone had a good time.
Special Thanks to Patricia, Mike, and the Escondido Columbus Club for providing a home for the Association.
One member at the end of the evening was asking about the Duisenberg Push Hunt Dec 30-Jan1, which is a LDMA/GPAA event and they are charging a fee to participate. Reservations are made through their office.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Enjoy the Holidays and drive careful when traveling.
See you next year for the Jan 4th meeting.


There were 77 members and guests in attendance. A special thanks to Jeannie Pierce for her presentation on where the 1849er’s went after the California Gold Rush. Areas like Virginia City for silver, some of the other lesser areas in California, Ehrenburg and Quartzsite in Arizona. This leads in perfectly for the upcoming Quartzsite QIA Gem and Mineral Show coming up Jan. 18-22.  Even though our outing for the month is to the Cargo Muchacho Claims and there are 8 people signed up, the alternate outing is to Quartzsite for the show. TVP has offered camping and RV parking on their Gopher Gold Claim for TSSD members. It is just off I-10 at exit 11 on Dome Rock Road on the right just a few hundred yards from the exit. It is also just 1 mile to the Loves Truck Stop. The TVP and SPMA Associations are also going to Quartzsite for the shows. The meeting ended with the various raffles.

This past Sunday January 8th we went to Oceanside Beach from the pier going south beyond Tyson street for the post meeting Beach Metal Detecting. 4 of us showed up for a beautiful morning hunt, no wind and clear sunny skies. The tide was up, leaving very little beach, plus a lot of the sand has been sucked off the beach leaving mostly cobbles, which make it tougher to find your targets as the beach scoops don’t work very well in the rocks. After a little while on the beach I mentioned to Alice that a member in the past had done well in the grassy parks. At the tally Alice did the best on coins from the park area. Bruce and I had to go through this area on the way back to our cars and made a stop to check it out. We in fact marked lots of targets everywhere and I spent 20 minutes digging some to verify they were in fact coins. Just in that short stop I found an additional 12 coins for $1.35. I couldn’t even take a full sweep without several new targets popping up. Bring your sod knife and pinpointer to speed up the process. They were almost all old targets that had been there for awhile. 
Bruce Madson      16 coins  $1.85 bracelet charm, ring
Alice Symons        12 coins  $2.49
Jerryk                      9 coins  $.93 silver spider ring….$1.37 in the park afterward in 20 min
Wayne Alderman    1 coin

Next Hunt February 5th 8:00-10:00 in Ocean Beach

Frank’s Hunt Jan. 22nd in Mission Beach 1:00-3:00 to take advantage of the low tide




515 W VALLEY PARKWAY (corner of Center City Pkwy x Valley Pkwy)
the white building with the large American flag painted on it at the southwest corner.

For those of you wondering,  our usual meeting place, Park Avenue Community Center, changed their protocols post pandemic and couldn’t promise us accommodations on a regular monthly basis in the evenings or Saturday daytime, so we had to find a new home.
 The claims have remained open to members in “Good Standing”  for the duration, but now we have begun to update and issue new current membership cards beginning this month November. It will be necessary to fill out your annual paperwork to continue to be a member in “Good Standing”. I will cut folks a little slack, but by January you will need the new card to use the claims.

Stay tuned for more details as they come up.


Click on the President’s Message for the latest.

Next TSSD Chapter Meeting February 1st Wed 6:30pm

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSSD) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday at a NEW LOCATION!!!
The Escondido Columbus Club
515 W. Valley Parkway at the corner of Center City Parkway. The white building with the large American flag painted on it.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Charlene Myers on History of the Cargo Muchacho Mining Area
Plus Recap of Quartzsite Gem and Mineral Show

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)

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

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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.