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The meeting was called to order @ 7:30pm by Pres. Mike Pung. Officers present this evening, Vice Pres. Ken Daley, Secretary Teresa Orosco, Treasurer Lester Allen, Claims Director Paul Southerland & Club House Mgr. Bert Cramer.
Twenty-seven members attended tonights meeting. Everyone was reminded to sign in for door prize to be given away after the meeting.
Mike welcomed everyone and introduced two new members, Issac & Lisa Harris. He is brother of Phillip Goodrich.
Mike next showed everyone a Nixon penny and 2 mini Morgan Silvers Bennet donated for tonights raffle.
There were no January meeting minutes to approve due to a weather related cancellation.  Lester gave the treasury reports for December 2016, January & February 2017.  He reported the club made $107 from the X-Mas party silent auction. $60.00 of it was paid to Teresa for mail expenses. Ken made the motion to accept as read, Jon seconded. Motion carried.
Starting in March, we are going to have our gold show committee meetings after the raffles. Plan on staying a little later March 3rd. Bring everything you learned from the show in 2014. Mike is going to meet up with Brandon in Pleasanton, California and will tell us in March what the plan will be. With GPAA or without, we will have a show for our area.  Remember, we are again meeting the first Friday night (Mar.3). Starting in April, we will resume the 2nd Friday again.
The Mangum Rattlesnake Derby & Flea Market will be held Friday April 21-Sunday April 23. We went last year  to introduce our club to some nice folks.  We enjoyed it so much, we are returning again this year. A motion was approved to spend $200.00 for booth rental and parking expenses.
The lodging and camping sites fill up quickly, so get your reservations early.  Quartz Mountain Resort Park has cabins or  rv campsites for staying overnight.
WWW.QUARTZMOUNTAIN.ORG is the website or call 580 563-2424.
Larry Sowder still has a spiral wheel and a trommel to sell. Check with Mike or Teresa if you want his contact info.
Blackburn, Ok. is still on hold according to Bert. The water is still much too cold to get in it.
Mike had some good news about K-River. It seems Chebon and Mel borrowed his Gold Cube & went to Antlers. Believe it or not, they found gold in the sand bars we usually drive across. Mike showed the group a picture of all the gold and one garnet they dug up. This proves," Thar's gold in them thar hills".
The 2017 GPAA gold shows will be at Pleasanton, Ca. Feb 11-12,  Phoenix Mar. 11-12, Puyallup, Washington Mar.18-19, Portland, Oregon 25-26 and then Las Vegas April 22-23.  In between the Pleasanton and Phoenix shows, Mike will be also attending a non GPAA in Monroe, Washington Feb 18-19. for more info on this show. In May, Mike and Paul will be going to Roaring Camp. Last stop, Aug. 19-20 inSonora, Ca.
Bennet has been talking to Mike about having a magnet tool challenge. Everybody has to produce a magnet that will not only pick up the magnetite, but also must have the ability to "let go" the magnetite from the gold bearing sand. The winner will take home a bucket sluice, so bring your entry to the March 3rd meeting.
Mike will be traveling north to Alaska to hang out withTony Beets & Parker Schnabel from the tv show "Gold Rush". He will also operate  "The Christine Rose" from the Discovery channel series "Bering Sea Gold". Next, he will be donning the diving gear for an outing with Vern Adkison on his "Wild Ranger". Will he have to shave his beard to get a tight seal?  Hey Mike, why do divers fall off backwards to enter the water?  If they fell forward, they would still be in the boat. 
After this episode, he will be off with Hank Schimschat, captain and owner of the " AU Grabber" to do some inland mining.  Have a great time, Pres!
Jon Tankersley presented Mike an award for 5 years service to our club. He was presented with an organic 1oz gold moose turd mounted on a ring. Can hardly wait to hear what Pam said about that.
We still have an unclaimed  red OU jacket and 2 hats left at the Christmas party Dec. 19.
Bennet brought a Bazooka dredge to show the group how it works. Most of us had never seen anything like it. Thanks BH.
Our GPAA points total 232,553. We finally have enought to buy a Gold Cube!
Mike adjourned the meeting @ 8:31pm



Officer Phone Email  
PRESIDENT Mike Pung 405-736-6282  
VICE PRESIDENT Ken Daley 405-626-5920    
SECRETARY Teresa Orosco 405-454-6756  
TREASURER Lester Allen 405-769-6237  
CLAIMS DIRECTOR Paul Southerland 405-738-0371