CHAPTER 21 MINUTES/NEWSLETTER
meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mike Pung, President
(turned 55 today).
Other officers present: Ken Daley, Vice
President; Lester Allen, Treasurer; Teresa Orosco, Secretary
(standing in for Karen Yancey); Tammy Daley, Photographer; and Bert
Cramer, Clubhouse Manager.
totaled 23 tonight which included 20 members and 3 guests.
started the meeting by welcoming the members and guests. Ron Busler
and his son Luke came from Chandler. Ron showed the club some
Colorado pay dirt he just brought back. We went straight outside to the
panning trough to see the gold.
Also, we had Steve Venz from
Tuttle checking the club out. They were asked to leave a contact
address so they can be contacted about the gold show next month.
minutes for the August 08, 2014 meeting were not available for
approval. Jerry said Karen had them ready to forward to Mike for
review. Mike told everyone Teresa Orosco, (myself) will be standing
in for Karen as needed to allow her time to deal with some health
issues. It was approved. October's chapter meeting will be the set
up day for the gold show, so there will be no meeting at the
clubhouse until November 14. After the show, there will be an
increase in club memberships which means we may be searching for a
larger place to meet. Tammy suggested a "doublewide". LOL
Allen presented the treasurer's report, and was accepted.>
we discussed how to raise money using resources we have. Mike put
forth a great idea. We can divide our gold into small and large
pieces. Volunteers will quickly sell a certain amount of tickets so
we can draw & announce the winner. We continue this all day. We
can display the larger pieces of gold at our booth, sell those
tickets up until the drawing at the end of the day when the winners
of other major prizes will be announced. Jim & Jon have gold we
can buy and sell as needed. For the panning booths alone we will be
using ½ oz of 60 mesh and under, so we must guard this dirt like
gold, which it is. The troughs can be bought at Lumber 2 and they
agreed to refund our money when returned.
Because of liability
issues, the store is unable to lend them to us. Understandable for
sure! Some rookies have been known to complain of falls after getting
sand in their eyes or dizzy from rocking the pan too long! Nobody
wants anyone to get hurt or sued, so if you're planning on working
at this station, be prepared to catch a few before they hit the
members discussed selling GPAA gear at our booth. At 60% this is a
great profit maker. >
Pam, Lester, Paul and Becky attended the Abilene show and they
learned some things to do and not do for a successful expo. For
instance, at most shows, GPPA has their own booth with television
monitor's and DVD's showing their Alaskan gold camp at Cripple
River. At Abilene, they chose to blend in with another local
chapter's booth. This is not what we want to see at our gold show.
Mike has tried to contact them to determine what level of presence we
can expect from GPAA. We still get the vials of gold for the first
100 paid admissions both days and some posters, but Mike needs to
know soon what else we can expect from them. The GPPA wants us to
sell gear closer to the panning station. We can have two booths; a
booth to sell panning materials next to the station and one to sell
other gear at our chapter's booth. And speaking of booths, WE NEED
MORE VENDORS to fill up the booth spaces. We need to "wow"
the crowd! Get in touch with dealers who sell atvs, metal
survivor gear, jerky, outdoor supplies, or even books about gold. The
booths cost $175 or $225 for a corner section. We want lo's of
recognized dealers in order to resemble a business opposed to a
garage sale. There's 300 emails sent to vendors. Some of them have
responded. Garrett and Fisher want a couple booths each. A vendor
from Ft. Worth is bringing GPS locators. If you get in trouble, this
will get help on the way. There is a vendor form on
to download. Someone wants a space, they can print and pay right
then. That simple! Let us know if you have any questions.>
has a 2014 copy of the "Mining Guide". It comes out every 2
years. He spoke with Walter Eason about re-writing the section on
Oklahoma. This is what Paul meant in case you haven't read it. It
speaks of visiting the Wichita mountains and Grandma at the "Old
Plantation Restaurant". The mountains and restaurant are still
there, but Grandma is not! This is the best opportunity to tell them
what we know about mining in Oklahoma. Jim had and idea to get them
to highlight the mines in Pitcher. The lead tailings are being worked
to recover the gold. Afterwards, the mine shafts will be filled in.
Sounds like a notable event! If anybody knows something else that
could add interest to our section of the guide, please contact
Walter. Next issue will be coming out in 2016.
asked if everyone would turn in their volunteer sign up sheets to him
asap! Volunteers are still needed for all the time slots &
updates will be sent periodically to fill spots with people from
other chapters. Our hope is to fill the time frames with our members
and not need any outsiders if possible.
we had a couple of keynote speakers signed up, but they can't make
it. Emile Rydel from the "Bering Sea Gold" reality television
series, said if they are run off by October 1st, she will
come. Mike is going to do a fine gold recovery demonstration and we
still need more. This is a short list of suggestions for speakers.
Jim McCauliff-metal detecting
6. Sam's Surplus
can use gemologist or mineralogist. Anything natural or "earthy"
works well. Mike suggested we dress the part of the 49er days.
Goodwill and other thrift stores make excellent sources for vintage
clothing. What do you all think of that?
week after the gold show, a new gold series, "Gold Trails" will
be filming here in Oklahoma. This also happens to be the week we
planned the outing at Cramerville. One choice mentioned was to set up
highbankers and dredges at the Cimmarron River where we found gold
last year. Jim reminded us of deer season and said K-River is the
safest place to go. We have until the week after the show to come up
with a place to take Kevin Holden and crew.
we adjourned, some members had questions relating to how to print a
ticket after they pre-register. Paul advised them to go to their
profile page and select "my events" where you will be able to
print one. There will be a printed roster to check off if you choose
Pung adjourned the meeting @8:30 p.m.
summited by Teresa Orosco, Secretary Assistant