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GOLD PROSPECTORS OKC CHAPTER 21

NEWLETTER AND MINUTES

AUGUST 12, 2016

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Pres. Mike Pung @ 7:30p. Other officers present; Teresa Orosco, Secretary; Lester Allen, Treasurer & Bert Cramer our Clubhouse Manager.

Twenty-two (22) members signed in tonight. Mike welcomed new members, Dawnavan Crawford, Ray & Pam Marks & Gary Whited. Mike presented the pack with pouches of potentially profitable pay dirt. Everyone was reminded to mention "chapter 21" when they join or renew their GPAA memberships. Our chapter gets points redeemable for equipment in the GPAA catalog. New member kits are available through Lester for a discount rate which saves on shipping cost.

The July 8th minutes were opened for discussion. A copy was available for review. Jon made motion to accept. Dean seconded & motion passed.

Lester Allen read the financial report. Still in the black. Jon made motion to accept, Marcus seconded & motion passed.

OLD BUSINESS

We are getting closer to the May 6-7 gold show next year. We have only nine months to prepare which means we got to get busy. Mike spoke with the GPAA president, Brandon Johnson about location. Brandon likes the fairgrounds, but still open to other options. As we have stated before, the GPAA is paying for this one. We can concentrate now on getting the word out. This means everyone you know and come in contact with should know we are having a gold show. As we did before, we make flyers to handout & makes some calls. Mike was contacted by a man who advertises clubs. He asked if they could come film us sometime. Sounds like a great opportunity to get the news out about our gold expo. TV and radio advertising was discussed and many ideas such as "Talk Radio", Todd Craighead of "Outdoor Oklahoma" and any business or club interested in the out-of-doors. We voted last meeting to have our first gold show meeting tonight following the raffles.

K-River trip was July 15-17. Ken, Tammy & Richard went. No gold reported from the Daleys, but Richard "detected" some coins, so not a total loss. The weather was stifling 2 weeks into the "dog days of summer" (July 3-Aug 11 according to the 2016 Farmers Almanac) but they all managed to have a good time. www.kriver.com for more info about Antlers, Oklahoma.

September 3rd at noon, the club is having a swap & sell, potluck for everyone at Jon Tankersley’s home in Newcastle. The club provides the meat, so bring a side dish, dessert & a lawn chair. Rod & reels are optional.><>

Directions to Jon and Jean’s house is at the end of newsletter. The weather is going to be great & be sure to bring that extra gear/equipment to sell or swap for something you need.

Mike reminded everyone of our presence at the Oct. 29-20 Gem Show at the OKC fairgrounds Hobby, Arts & Craft building. We were offered a great deal…if we pay for a booth, we will get one free for panning. The members have agreed to make some panning kits & pay dirt bags to sell. More ideas welcomed. Plan to be there and help us get the word out about our chapter.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Blackburn, Oklahoma up in Pawnee county is where our Bert Cramer was raised as a child. It’s located on the Arkansas River. A new bridge was built & there’s an area where you can camp by it for a small fee. Bert is going this weekend to ><> & check it out for a future club outing.

Larry Sowder has some prospecting equipment for sale. If you want to contact him sowder.larry@gmail.com for list.

Mike and Pam just returned from Maine & Vermont. They met with the Central Maine Gold Prospectors chapter & went to Coos Canyon & the Swift River. Mike found a little gold in the river & a big black bear cub in a barrel. Next, they went to Vermont. Mike showed the garnets they found. Not the birthstone quality, but still very interesting to have in your collection. Herkimer, New York was the next stop. Mike passed around the Herkimer diamonds they found. Not real diamonds, but a rare, double-terminated quartz crystal with exceptional clarity found only inside solid rocks. Hard enough to scratch glass & metal.

Before Mike closed the meeting, he thanked Randy for his canvas paintings of some of here at chapter 21. Great job! We will display them.

Meeting was adjourned @ 8:41pm.

 

DIRECTIONS TO JON TANKERSLEY’S HOUSE

FROM THE NORTH: FROM THE I-240/I44 EXCHANGE, GO SOUTH ON I-44 TO EXIT 107 (NEWCASTLE EXIT) GO TO 3RD STOP LIGHT & TURN RIGHT. GO ONE MILE AND TURN LEFT ON COUNTRY CLUB. GO ¾ MILE AND TURN RIGHT ON QUAIL RUN. GO AROUND CORNER AND IT’S THE FIRST HOUSE ON THE RIGHT. ADDRESS IS 1801 ON MAIL BOX. PARK ANYWHERE ON THE GRASS OR IN THE SHALLOW GULLY ACROSS THE STREET. WALK AROUND THE HOUSE TO BACK YARD.

FROM THE SOUTH: ON I-44 EXIT OFF AT EXIT 107 (NEWCASTLE EXIT) AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE.

FROM NORMAN AREA: GO SOUTH ON I-35 TO HWY 9 WEST EXIT. GO WEST TO THE NEWCASTLE/BLANCHARD EXIT. GET OFF THERE AND AT THE STOP LIGHT, GO NORTH TO THE FIRST STOP SIGN. TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE.

SEE YOU ALL ON SEPT. 3RD AT AROUND NOON. WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME.


 

Officer Phone Email  
PRESIDENT Mike Pung 405-736-6282 mikeandpam@iglide.net  
VICE PRESIDENT Ken Daley 405-626-5920 kdaley47@msn.com    
SECRETARY Teresa Orosco 405-454-6756 myfatrat@cox.net  
TREASURER Lester Allen 405-769-6237 lesterallok@itlnet.net  
CLAIMS DIRECTOR Paul Southerland 405-738-0371 psoutherland@hotmail.com