About GPAT Tucson
The Gold Prospectors Association of Tucson (GPAT) is the only prospecting club in Tucson that is affiliated with the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), a nationwide organization. This affiliation allows us, as a club, to utilize all of GPAA's Gold Claims. We presently have TWELVE Claims within easy driving distance of Tucson and are continually adding more. We are a family oriented organization, many of our members bring their spouses & children to all our outings. GPAT is a non-profit organization. ALL Officers are volunteers and receive no remuneration. ALL operating funds are raised by the sale of prospecting related items, and by the raffling of GOLD & merchandise at our monthly meetings and at our group outings.
Aug 4 Board Meeting @ Village Inn on Speedway - Audit
Aug 17 GPAT Meeting
Aug 20 GPAT Outing – Santa Rita Claims
Sep 1 Board Meeting @ Village Inn on Speedway
Sep 21 GPAT Meeting – Red Ticket Losers Draw
Sep 24 GPAT Outing – Arivaca Claims
The Only GPAA Affiliated Club in Tucson
Interested in joining GPAT?
Third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
VFW #4903 Hall
5320 E. Bellevue St.
This is one block north of Speedway and about a block and half west of Craycroft.
We lost a fellow prospector and friend with the passing of Harold Don on August 2, 2016. He will be missed.
Our prayers are with his family. See the information below for the services.
DON, Harold One man can influence the world. We know this to be true. Harold Don was such a man. Harold was born in Casa Grande; he passed away August 2, 2016. His family moved to Tucson and opened a grocery on Riverside Drive, in the Barrio Hollywood District neighborhood. He attended Menlo Park School, Roosevelt Junior High and Tucson High School. He was an Alumnus of the U of A and was a diehard Wildcat. He held season tickets for many years and never missed a home football game. While in high school Harold joined the Marine Corps Reserves. His company unit was activated in July, 1950 and he was sent to Korea with very little training. He was a member of Easy Company, 13th Infantry Battalion which was the first unit to be activated from Tucson. Harold was a charter member of the Tucson Detachment Marine Corps League. When he returned from Korea Harold married Jean E. Lim. They had two children, Denise and Frederick who both predeceased their father. He obtained his agricultural degree and was employed by the US Agricultural Department at the U of A Bee Research Lab. Mr. Don was a volunteer at the Tucson VA Hospital and was commended by President Reagan for having volunteering 10,018 hours. He volunteered at the Blind Rehab Center, the Tucson Devil Pups Youth Program for America since 1972, and the Chinese Cultural Center. Harold had a positive influence on many young men and women in our community. He was an active member of the Tucson Chapter of the Gold Prospector's Association. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved attending gun shows and actively supported second amendment rights for everyone. Harold is survived by his companion, Rita Ramay; a sister, Stella (Ray) Lim; brothers, Richard (Ellen) and Lenny (Helen) Don; son-in-law, Terry Moffett and grandson, David Moffitt. He was preceded by his sister, Josephine; father, Don Watt; mother, Mary Don; wife, Jean and his children. A Memorial Service will be held 9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road, Tucson. Arrangements are by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
Membership in GPAT is FREE, the only requirement being that you be a member in good standing of GPAA. VISITORS are always welcome at our meetings and may participate in almost all activities, including the GOLD Raffle. The only restrictions on visitors is that they cannot hold office, cannot vote in GPAT elections and can only utilize GPAA Gold Claims or participate in GPAT Outings as a guest of a GPAT member. There are always members available to sponsor guests, especially first timers. Come as a Visitor and if you decide that you would be interested in Recreational Gold Prospecting, we will be glad to sign you up as a GPAA & GPAT member. As a GPAA Member you get to utilize ALL of GPAAs' Gold Claims anywhere in the USA, not just those in the local area.