CHAPTER 21 MINUTES/NEWLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 13, 2015
meeting was called to order by President Mike Pung @ 7:30pm. Other
officers present were:
Daley, Vice President; Treasurer Lester Allen; Teresa Orosco
standing in for Secretary Karen Yancey; Tammy Daley, Photographer.
Nineteen (19) members signed in tonight.
opened the meeting by welcoming 2 new members, Paul Bender from
Wichita, Kansas, Hank Poe from Shawnee. They were all presented pay
dirt from Lake Superior.
Allen gave the treasury report:
report was approved, Tammy first & Dean seconded.
January newsletter did not get sent out. Mike apologized for the
oversight. A copy was provided for members to review. The newsletter
was approved by all members present.
inviting everyone to Cold Springs, California. He's leaving March 3 and
staying until the 18th. You will
go south of Sacramento & east a little to Sonora. Hwy 108 goes
right through Cold Springs. Everyone going needs to get on the club
website and call Mike & leave a message. Saturday March 7 is a gold
show in Stockton, California. This is the first time Mike will not be
working a show. He's going to just enjoy the show & try to win some
prizes. That's on the 7th for those
wanting to go. Sunday the 8th Mike plans
to prospect. He will be leaving for home on the 15th and may
stop in Stanton, Arizona.
weren't at the meeting, Jon & Dean are going to the
Stanton-Congress area leaving March 14th for 2 weeks
& everyone is welcome to go.
is planning to prospect the Hillsboro, New Mexico area sometime in
is the Las Vegas gold show. Mike plans to be prospecting the 27th & 28th. For those
considering running for positions in the club, Officer Summit will be
offered Friday, April 24.
May 16 &
17 is the date set for the Denver gold show. Mike will play in the dirt
@ Clear Creek & Big Bend. Lots of gold up there. Don Findley &
Dakota Red will get us on the gold for sure.
Memorial Day weekend is the date for the WWATS Rendezvous Two Day Open
Hunt @ K-River Campground in Antlers, Ok. More information @ www.wwats.org.
has been set for outing to Cramerville on the Cimarron River near
Cushing, Ok. It's a beautiful place to camp about 70 miles from OKC.
!Bert Alert! Has anyone seen Bert lately? He seems to have disappeared.
Last on the
agenda we get to July. Mike's family will be having their Christmas in
July Reunion up on Lake Superior in Michigan. Everyone is invited to
join him July 13-24th to camp out
a week or two before the reunion. No filming just prospecting this
year. He would like to go to Copper Harbor for some copper nuggets.
Unwrapped copper brings around $3.00/lb. It's a 4 hr drive from camp,
but a lot of fun.
Club member Joe Stout has put some
pictures on Facebook of the material he pulled out from under a rock
crusher at a cement company near Davis. He has a vial of gold from it.
They weigh your vehicle before and after you get your dirt & charge
accordingly. Gravel pits and rock quarries are where they get to the
bottom where the good stuff is.
Mike shared a tip on ways to find out
if there is gold in the desert or New Mexico area by panning the ant
hills & varmint holes. Just be careful of the fleas & snakes!
Next the discussion turned to
Telluride, Colorado. It's one of the richest ore conditions you can
find. It's called Chalcopyrite which is pyrite fused with gold. These
tellurides (name after the city) are so heavy, a 5 gallon bucket filled
up half way weighs over 100lbs. Pyrite is 5x heavier than water &
same density as black sand (iron).The gold is trapped in sulpher &
you have to roast it after grinding which gives off H2SO4 or sulfuric
acid. It's very toxic & expensive to get the gold. Lots of
tellurides have been left behind because it's a pain in the butt to get
the gold out of it. Mercury & sulfur don't fuse, so it's not an
When asked if anymore prospecting
trips are planned, Jon suggested planning a day to check out a culvert
in Newcastle like seen on "Gold Fever" episode from LA. He's thinking
about panning an area that comes out of a gravel pit through a culvert.
Looks like 2015 is going to be a busy year with many outings and gold
Jon asked what was happening with
PLP. Results from the Rhinehart Decision were published, but the
opposition to us challenged it & they are trying to get it
unpublished. Paul said if it makes it to the Supreme Court, they will
only hear it if unpublished. Mike said they have already admitted they
have no authority to confiscate and or ticket people. To be on the safe
side, know where you are & follow the rules.
GPAA claims are in the Mining Guide.
Join a local club if in doubt, they'll explain the rules & keep you
out of trouble. Rules are different depending on where you are. Some
places are just hands & pans. In California, if you're in the water
& getting material from the water & putting it back, that's
neutral & ok. If you got your sluice in the water & you're
getting material from the bank, that's high banking or adding material
& it's not ok, Mike suggested if we want to high bank, just
re-circulate the water in tubs to be in compliance.
the meeting was adjourned, Mike demonstrated "dry panning". It
takes time & practice, but it's the only thing you can do with
limited water resources. Shake, rock, swirl, spin, tilt, tap &
blow. Got it? There may be a pop quiz...
the meeting was adjourned, since tomorrow is Valentines Day, Mike
shared some words of wisdom by saying, Love is like a fart, if
you have to force it, it's probably crap!
meeting will be another Friday the 13th, so be careful &
we will see those who are not able to go on the March prospecting
outings. And for those who are superstitious, remember it's all in
was adjourned by Mike Pung @ 8:25pm.