Presidents Message: May 2015

Still a fast pace for the Treasure Seekers. Got a request from the Palomar Gem and Mineral club to put up a display at the Escondido Center for the Arts. We did this some years ago for our Senior Center and also at the Vista Gas and Steam Engine organization. We set up on May 8 for the display on May 9 and 10. We have also been asked to set up a booth at the Grape Day Festival in Escondido’s Grape Day Park in September. Isn’t it nice that organizations like to see us?

We had our monthly outing at the Freedom Claim. I got numerous calls from members who attended this outing and most were negative. It was said that many of our signs and posts are being painted over and other claims names painted on. Also that some were being told that they were on some other adjacent claim. We know of some of these claims and they were filed after our initial filing. We were also told by the BLM to redefine our claim boundaries and submit changes. Our claims committee is working on these items and are saying that they are taking care of these problems.

We have a great item for our quarterly drawing in June. We got the four stacker Gold Cube this time. It comes with a pump and you can just set in the water and feed it… And as Jerry is in charge of the drawings, he always has great table drawings. That’s the only way we are able to keep our organization going is by our drawings. Wish yourself luck and win the great prizes.

May 13 is our Gold Rush school event at Oak Hill Elementary School. We need volunteers for that. We will have all five classes in the auditorium and then individual classes in the school yard. Good time to volunteer and see how we do this. We also have the Vista Strawberry Festival on Sunday May 24. Probably set up on the 23rd. Come on out and help by volunteering. Very little work but a whole lot of fun.

There is a lot of talk about the BLM closing many of the access roads leading in and around some of our claims and also roads that off-roaders, hikers and horse riders use. I’ve been going around to other clubs and talking about these closures and what we must do to keep this from happening. We have to band together with all these organizations. We have to get letters written by individuals. I need help in suggestions on how to put together form letters that can be generalized and then sent in by every individual before we don’t have any access to any public land. Some clubs think they can do it alone but find that they are losing the battle. Wars are best fought with help from our allies. We also have to support our organizations like the PLP, AMRA, GPAA, MMAC and Sleepy Bear Mining.

OK, that’s it for now. Wishing you good hunting whether it be for gems, gold, metal detecting or just getting yourself outdoors and soaking up some sunshine.

Sourdough Chet

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