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


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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

TSS Newsletter: December 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.

December 2015

Previous Months:

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


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2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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TSS December 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, December 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.

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 (December 2015 Meeting):

A 12.98 gram Gold Nugget Pendant

12.98 gram Nugget Pendant

 

2015 Himalaya Mine Gem Dig

Some really cool finds at our 2015 Himalaya Mine Gem Dig.

 

TSS Newsletter: November 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.

November 2015

Previous Months:

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


Prior Years:

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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Presidents Message: November 2015

The big happening this month is the Julian Rendezvous on Veterans Day, November 11. Over 60 have signed up already. Big prizes for the gold panning contest. Big prizes for the metal detecting contest and those who participate in the metal detecting contest are eligible to do the relic hunt afterwards. Three or four clubs are attending. Lots of camaraderie between clubs. Plus, the Julian Mine Company will be open just for us to enjoy.

Many of us went to the outing in the Randsburg area this past month. I didn’t get the chance to go, so I will have to wait and hear the stories at the meeting. There were many prospectors out in the Duisenburg area at the same time. There was the Sleepy Bear Octoberfest and also a LDMA/Duisenburg outing. Hopefully, everyone was where they were supposed to be…

We only have the one GPAA membership kit left. If you want the single membership, let me know. Only $70.00.

Something new has come up. An event close by at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th. The El Cajon Gem and Mineral Society asked us if we wanted to participate and set up a booth. There’s a lot we could do but like always, it takes volunteers. I’m going to throw it out to the members and let them decide. The gem society is offering us booth space for half the price of only $40.00 for local clubs. Let me know if you want to volunteer. Anyway, if you just want to go see what they have, you have the dates.

Cargos are scheduled for the November third weekend. Some will be there and some may be at the Potholes outing put on by the SPMA organization. And then we have the December Christmas dinner scheduled for the first part of December. Sign up and show up. We still have too many signing up and then we buy the food and they don’t show up. I hope there are signup sheets for all these events.

I believe I have covered it all here. I think there were many other metal detecting hunts at the beaches and parks. We’ll save those stories for the meetings. I know I have been enjoying many park hunts. Found enough for maybe two gallons of gas and also some trinkets and rings. Jerry and I went beach metal detecting. I found the keys to a rental car. We drove thru the parking lot while I pushed the alarm button. We found that the car was still there and we went looking for a potential looser. We found them and we chalked it down to our good deed for the day. That’s it for now. Keep your thoughts and actions golden and karma may take care of the rest.

Sourdough Chet

TSS November 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, November 4th 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 (December 2015 Meeting):

A 12.98 gram Gold Nugget Pendant

12.98 gram Nugget Pendant