We had a great turnout at our beach coin hunt this past month. It was put together on the fly and it worked out perfectly. Thank you Jerry G. and John H. for setting it all up and making it a great success at such short notice. We had this large hunt area with 20-25 members signing up for the hunt. There was well over 4,000 coins and a lot of silver with tokens for special prizes. Some members even brought their own tokens and prizes. You can’t beat that for member participation.
Speaking of member participation, we are in need for help with our claims committee. Right now, it is a committee of two. One doing most of the leg work with all the paper signing and signature gathering. The other doing the legal writing and claims location work. With the BLM putting in more restrictions and requirements, it is no longer an easy task. And since this organization is an educational one, this is the time to learn how locate, file for and maintain claims. We need a committee of at least four to help each other. One of our members is going to set up a presentation on how to find areas open for claims, how to file for claims and how to maintain the paperwork necessary for keeping the claims. We will need a committee of at least four for this.
September is going to be very busy for us. Right off, we have an event set up in Julian again. Our first event will be at the Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Drive. Take the Banner Grade Road past Julian and turn left on Wynola Road and you’re almost there. This will be the Julian Grape Stomp Fiesta. One day, Saturday Sept. 6, 11:00 AM till 7:00 PM. We will be the main attraction for the kids with the metal detecting and gold panning. We will also be selling our items to make the funds to keep our programs going. Come help us and sign up.
Next will be the Stewart Mine, Gems of Pala, Gem hunt. Blue Sheppard will be there to give us a talk about the mine. We need an accurate count so we want only those who sign up at our meeting to show up. If we have too many and those who don’t sign up will have to wait. It is $20.00 for their bucket full but may be well worth the outing. Further information at the meeting.
Then, our most important outing is the Bates Nut Farm event on Sept. 27-28. We will be setting up Friday the 26th. Plenty of kids to teach how to pan for gold, coin hunting with metal detectors and we will be selling our items to support our education expenses. I am also planning of displaying some of our prospecting tools. We always have a great time and there is a lot of other booths with interesting items to purchase.
OK, that’s it for now. See you at the meeting and we’ll all have fun.