President’s Note: September 24, 2022

 Welcome to September Everyone;
It was a bit of a slow month in August as our outing didn’t come to fruition up in Big Bear. Just a reminder that the General Meeting is Wednesday the 7th, not this week, as the 1st is on Thursday. Another event that I just found out about is the PLP Fall Fest which will be taking place in the Stringers Area south of Randsburg September 27-October 2
Sept 11- Metal Detecting 8:00-10:00 at Imperial Beach
Sept 17- Night Seeded Hunt and beach fire 8:00pm- 10:30 or so

As a special note the Board is adding Freedom to the schedule Oct. 8 – 16. Both weekends and the week in between as Duisenberg is having a metal detecting event coupled up with a Battle of the Trommels, we figure if Treasureseekers are out there it will protect our claims from the Claim Jumping that seems to unfortunately occur during these events.
This replaces Painted Gorge Outing


There were 79 members and guests in attendance. We had updates from AMRA, PLP, Western Miners on upcoming events and happenings in the area. Don Starr did an update on the Reclamation Mining proceedures that PLP has instituted by winning 2 Federal Court cases. Then a great presentation by Michele Silva on metal detecting, our part 3 of the beginners series. A congratulations went out to the new TVP elected officials. Laura Zayats as President, Jeannie Pierce as VP, Judy Lepper as secretary, Ronnie Mc Coy as treasurer, Russ Bender moves over to claims. Kudos to all of them for stepping up, it is very hard to find volunteers these days and these are the people who make it all go. 
The meeting ended with the raffles, and the quarterly prize of the Minelab Equinox 800 was awarded.

This past Sunday September 11th we went down to Imperial Beach for the post meeting Beach Metal Detecting. 4 of us showed up for another morning of metal detecting, volkswagens, bands, and street dancers. I have been holding off on Imperial Beach due to the “no contact” with the water problem they have been having. No really super finds and an unreal number of bottle caps from everyone. Most were higher end craft beers.
Bruce Madson     17 coins, $1.74, key, Zebra pin, Acapulco opener, vape
Donald Brunt        7 coins,$.73 stake
Jerryk                    9 coins, $.39 10 peso coin, sunglasses, 3 stakes,                          
                                                        4 cans, dart, toy car
Brian Brooks          5 coins $.27  earring stud, toy, stake

Next Hunt
No hunt this month with Frank
October 9 TBD


Just for something different and a new twist on a seeded hunt I wanted to try one at night. I have heard the machines work better after the sun goes down, less interference and more sensitivity. Well, mine was indeed different, dimes were much louder and popped right out, pennies screamed, and the tokens really screamed. We had 19 hunters and all told 25 or so for the picnic beforehand. Special thanks to Bruce for his lumpias , Rich for the hot dog chili, and everyone else that brought sides and desert which went well with Chicago Dogs I provided. All told 32 dogs were consumed. A special thanks to JerryG for setting up the hunt field on the volleyball courts and planned out the prizes for the 30 or so tokens. 1300 coins were planted and it was very different using just head lamps to see. Parking was tough, but not impossible early on, and we had to wait for a fire ring for the post hunt beach fire. Things got better as the later it got. I was last out at 11:30.
Numbers wise 1399 coins 10 foreign 8 jewelry 30 tokens
Robert Cook             163 coins   1 token
JerryK                        139 coins  3 tokens besides taking pictures and quitting a little early to give times 
JerryG                        135 coins  3 tokens Donated to those with the lowest numbers and no tokens
Rich Hegyi                  126 coins  3 tokens
Randy Hegyi                85 coins
James Boyd                 85 coins
Bruce Madsen             84 coins  1 token
Robert Waldrip            80 coins  4 tokens
Stephen Keenan          80 coins  4 tokens
John Troseth                74 coins  2 tokens
Souliane Bensamoil     70 coins 3 tokens
Trish Hegyi                   65 coins  1 token
Linda Starr                   55 coins
Neil Weber                   52 coins
Donald Brunt               39 coins  1 token
Don Starr                     29 coins
Bill Pieper                     24 coins
Ginger Pieper               10 coins
Overall find rate of 94% Good Going All


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 October 5th 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: Part 3 of Beginners Series, Metal Detecting w/Michele Silva

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.