TSS March 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 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 Speakers: TBA

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!

    Participate!

         Buy some tickets!

              Win!

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: March 2016

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 2016. 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 2016

February 2016

January 2016


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President’s Message: February 2016

I understand that we did have a few members go out to the Friendly Fox outing. Members did find some gold flakes. I always liked to take kids out to the old horseshoe cave next to our claim. I would tell them the story about some lost miners in the cave and that you could still hear them in the cave. Interesting cave that no one has trashed yet. If you are able to four-wheel out there, you can find many other mines and you wonder how they got all the lumber out there to shore up and build ladders to the deep vertical drops.

We have the GPAA Gold Show coming up on the 20th and 21st. It’s not too late to get together a bunch of members to volunteer to help GPAA set up and to help run the show. We would also need volunteers for Friday to set up all booth spaces. It takes at least 10 volunteers per club for each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We could average around 1,500.00 per club. There is six clubs participating. Also, an indeterminate amount of points from the GPAA to spend on prospecting items for our club. It’s at the Pomona Fairgrounds and would take some commuting. Let us know and please sign the sign-up sheet. You can sign up for any of the three days, but we need at least ten per day and don’t sign up unless you can positively make the commitment.

Also that same weekend, on that Sunday, we are going to the shared with SPMA club members, the Buck Canyon and Buck Canyon 2 claims in the Ranchita area. The claim area contains stream beds, tailing piles and some natural springs with marshy areas. There used to be some old building sites and you may find some old buried trash and building areas. The Montezuma Mine is out there. Most of the mining was hard rock mining with very little placer mining. The start of the public land is rough and needs a high clearance or 4X4 vehicle. Just a bit after passing the rough spot, you can spot the tailing piles of the old Montezuma mine. There are other mine shafts to be careful of. Klaus goes out here frequently and may be talked into being our wagon master. Good place for relic metal detecting too.

On Sunday the 28th, Jim and Sue Jeffrey are going to put on a metal detecting hunt at an old school house area and there is 121 acres to hunt in. There will also be a hotdog lunch. You will have to meet at their store in Temecula at 8:15 am and then caravan to the spot. Great hunting area and no telling what you will dig up. I know we all will meet up with others who like to metal detect and those from other clubs as well.

We also have some local Gold-Show-Like events scheduled this year, including an elementary school or two. The Show-Like events can be done with little or no expense to the volunteers. We can have Show-Like fun and make some funds for our club. I do want to see some of our new members volunteer to help us. Not just the old-timers who seem to do these events every year. May your heart and pan shine with gold.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: February 2016

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 2016. 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.

February 2016

January 2016


Prior Years:

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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TSS February 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, February 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 Speakers: Klaus Gohlke on the Ranchita 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 – $30.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • 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)

 

 

TSS January 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, January 6th 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: TBA

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 (March 2016 Meeting):

TBA

 

 

President’s Message: January 2016

Here we go again. Another new year with the Treasure Seekers. We started some years ago with a membership of around 30 members. Now, we have an average of 150 members coming to our meetings. Our meetings just keep getting better. Our speakers are top notch. Our membership volunteers are the very best. There are a lot of projects to be done to make this run so well. We are going to try some minor changes to make the organization run even better. I have been listening to our members and am taking some of their recommendations to heart. We also have the very best people at our board meeting making suggestions that we are going to incorporate this New Year. You all need to come and participate at our board meetings. Loren would like that.

Anyway, check out our 2016 calendar to see what we have scheduled and which is also subject to change. We also have room for any other outing suggestions.

This year, we are wanting to get more politically involved. All you that love to be outdoors and use our public lands, are being more closed off and shut out. We want to keep our public lands open for everyone’s use. We are working on easier methods for all of us to get involved. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an article from our new political action adviser in this newsletter. Let’s all stay involved while we learn more, have fun with others and recreate more.

Sourdough Chet

TSS Newsletter: January 2016

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 2016. 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.

January 2016


Prior Years:

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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Presidents Message: December 2015

Here it is December. Where did this year go? What did we do this year???

Well, in January, David Rice gave a presentation on the Plaster City trip. Don Starr gave a presentation of a trammel he built for less than $40.00. We also had a field trip to the Hall of Fame claim. Jerry Hobbs had just passed away and I remember we had a moment of silence to honor him.

In Feb. we participated in the Pomona Gold Show. It was good. We shared in the take with four or five other chapters. Our guest speakers at the Feb. meeting were Ralph Lewis and Richard Decheck who both spoke on Kokoweef, the River of Gold.

In March, Betty and Tony Krutch Johnson spoke about their place up in Alaska and how it operates. Our outing was at the Indian Flats campground. Some went metal detecting in the campground and some went hunting for gems and any other exciting finds. We also heard about some other claims up in the Cajon Pass area that is open to GPAA members.

In April Walt Wegner, the new president of PLP was our guest speaker. He talked about many things the PLP was doing and about the passing of Jerry Hobbs. Our outing was at the Freedom claim. We talked about many of the upcoming events and about the election of our new TSSD officers.

In May, we introduced our newly elected officer panel and you know who they are. Sam Radding was our guest speaker and he always has a lot of various prospecting topics, whether it’s drywashing in the desert or sniping in the rivers and streams. We were also asked to put up a TSSD display at the California for the Arts. That went over great and we got a lot of positive comments from visitors to the Center. A number of us participated in re-staking some of our claims out in the Summit Range area.

In June, we were asked to put up a display and participate in the Julian Gold Rush at the Julian Mining Company. We offered ourselves up to give free gold panning and metal detecting events to the children who came to see. We also set up a booth at the Bates Nut Farm for their Valley Center yard sale. Our guest speaker was Lee Darling and his topic was about dowsing. We also had an outing at Bonita Cove. I believe Kalina won the woman’s gold panning contest. I won the men’s we had a pan-off where she won the big title.

Most important event in July is our annual picnic. We have a metal detecting contest and a gold panning contest too. Lots of fun and many showed up. Sometimes, I think the same members show up every year. We need something to bring out the new members.
July, our guest speakers were Jerry Goldstein and Robert Cook. They took us on adventure through Roaring Camp and what they did while there.

In August, our guest speaker was Earl Sterrett and he gave us some very interesting information on filing claims and how to look for claim information on the LR2000.

September, our guest speaker was Michele Silva, Kalina C. and Don Starr. Don talked about the MMAC and Kalina and Michele talked about having a show and tell from the members about their personal crafts and hobbies. Our outing was at the Himalaya Mines for some interesting gems. Some came away with some interesting finds and some came away with very little…

October finally came and the PLP Sleepy Bear Octoberfest event was here. We have been talking about it all year and finally we got to go. Many of our members were present.
Our outing was at the Little Bit claim, and our speakers were our members and their personal crafts and hobbies they work on. Different and very interesting. There is a lot of talent in our members.

November was the TSSD Rendezvous. Don and Linda Starr, Michele Silva, Jerry Goldstein and I put on a very great Rendezvous for five different prospecting clubs. We didn’t have the participation from members as we anticipated but it went over great. If anything, we learned a lot for any future events such as this. Thank you Don and Linda for helping me get this event started.

Our Christmas event is our last event for this year and I would like to see more of the new members there.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Sourdough Chet