President’s Note: Jan. 14, 2022

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year,

We had our 4th meeting, post Covid, on January 5th and in spite of the exploding numbers of people with Covid we still had the same number of attendees, 87 members and guests present. It was really great to see everybody. We did a special recognition to Charlene Meyers who has been selflessly helping out the Association for the past 17 years in virtually all of the various capacities from membership to Editor in Chief. She has decided it is time to downscale her responsibilites. Rich Heygi has taken over membership, Bob Dunn the task of Editor of The Finders Keepers, our newsletter, Steve Balboa Claims. Jeannie Pierce was the keynote speaker on identifying rocks in the field.  The next meeting is February 2nd and it will be Member Appreciation night.

Don’t forget all of the many Quartzsite events have started.

I had the pleasure of attending both the TVP Christmas Party and, of course, our own during the weekend of Dec 12 and 13th. Both were about the same size with 46/47 attendees and both had very good food. TVP provided a choice of tri tip or chicken and TSSD turkey and ham with the members supplying the sides and deserts. We then went on to play the gift exchange game that has been a party tradition for many years, a good time was had by all. 

Sunday Jan 9th we went to South Carlsbad Beach for our monthly Metal Detecting. I have been visiting the North County Beaches on purpose this winter as we haven’t hunted them for years as an Association event. On the bright side there was plenty of parking, and in fact, still available spots in the lot by Offshore Surf Shop over the volley ball courts at 10:30 when we were leaving. On the bad side, very slim pickens, in spite of a nice 2-4 foot sand break. Mr. “Lucky” Huberts did the best right at the top edge of the break line. 6 of us showed up for the event.

Frank Huberts  6 targets men’s plated ring, woman’s 925 ring with blue tiger eye   $.41
Paul Mullins     2 targets  woman’s 925 ring, toy 
Bruce Madsen 4 targets ear ring                                                                                $ .36
Donald Brunt  2 targets lock washer                                                                          $ .01
Bob Dunn        2 targets ear ring, paintbrush
Jerryk                 small screw and trash
Moving south  for February 6th location TBA

The weekend of November 20 & 21 we had our monthly outing to our Cargo Muchacho Claims and the weather was picture perfect. 84 degrees during the daytime, 64 at night until 4:30am when it cooled a bit more. Saturday night the east wind came up from the approaching Santa Ana, but tapered off during the day Sunday. We had a showing of 9 members and we were able to do a bunch of metal detecting and drywashing. One of the problems out there is the area is so  large no one has been able to cover all of the ground yet and find the good concentrations of gold. For the past several years I started on claim #1 and have now worked my way into #2 and #5. I am finally finding some color and promising areas, but there are literally thousands of mines, prospects, washes, and dozer push sites to still check out. Also the lay of the land is anything, but flat. I made a lot of progress though.



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.


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