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MARCH MEETING- CANCELED

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:50 PM by Sam Angell

All,

After consulting with the GPAT Board, we have come to the decision to cancel this months' Regular Membership meeting scheduled for this Wednesday.

We will have our meeting next month on April 15th.  Hopefully, we can get Jim Brisco to be the guest speaker in April.  Remember that April is also the Annual Common Dig, so get prepared to go digging and have a great time camping.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or call me.

Thanks,
David 

January 2020 Meeting

posted Jan 13, 2020, 5:31 PM by Sam Angell

All,

 

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on January 15th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  Our meeting will be at the VFW Hall at 5320 E. Bellevue.

 

I want to thank all of you for coming to the Christmas dinner, I think everyone had a great time.


No Guest Speaker signed up at this time, but working on several contacts.  Anyone that has an idea for a subject for discussion, bring it.


At this meeting, we will also be voting in all nominations for officer positions.  The open positions are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and the two positions for Three Board Members.   Nominated for President is David Steimle, for Vice-President is Ken Summers, Jan Carden for Treasurer, Secretary is Michael Andrews, and the two Three Year Boards Members are Chuck Keyes, Earl Colvin, and John Stutz.  That means there will be a vote for the Three Year Board Member positions.  All three of these guys would be great as board members.  Come help us decide.


We will start the sale of the tickets for the 1/4 oz. nugget this meeting with the drawing to be held at the April Common Dig.


This month's outing will be on Saturday (1/18) at the Polaris claim and the meet time is now back to the 8 AM time.  We will meet at the Mile Post 7 turn off Arivaca Rd.  Maybe the weather will cooperate with us this time.


Thanks,

David Steimle

GPAT President

DECEMBER MEETING

posted Dec 14, 2019, 3:04 PM by Sam Angell

All,

 

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on December 18th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  We will be having our December Meeting/Christmas Party at the Fountain of Life Church at 710 S. Kolb Rd. 

 

MAKE SURE YOU COME TO THIS ONE FOR THE OLD TUCSON BBQ DINNER AND THE METAL DETECTOR RAFFLE.  That's right, we will be raffling off the GMT Metal Detector at this meeting, so come early to get your tickets or more tickets if you have already purchased some.

 

We will continue selling the Christmas $1.00 Raffle Tickets for the GMT Metal Detector.  You don't have to be present to win.  The tickets can be sold to anyone.  You can get tickets to sell to your friends, family, or acquaintances.  The second-place prize is a $100 Gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse, third place is a $50 Gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse, and there will be a host of others prizes to be drawn as well.

 

We will also be accepting nominations for officer positions.  The open positions are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and the two positions for Three Board Members. 


I hope to see you all there and wear your Christmas best hat, shirt, sweater, etc....and pants.


This month's outing will be over in the Arivaca Area between Christmas and New ears.  Plan on camping out near the Polaris Claim starting the morning of Thursday, December 27 through December 30 or something like that.  There will be no outing on the Saturday following the Wednesday night meeting.


If you have any questions, please contact me.


Thanks,

David Steimle

GPAT President 

November Meeting

posted Nov 14, 2019, 10:09 AM by Sam Angell

All,

 

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on November 20th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  Our meeting will be at the VFW Hall at 5320 E. Bellevue.

 

This is the start of the cooler weather for prospecting, yeah!

 

We will continue selling the Christmas $1.00 Raffle Tickets for the GMT Metal Detector.  You don't have to be present to win.  The tickets can be sold to any one.  You can get tickets to sell to your friends, family, or acquaintances.  The second place prize is $100 Gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse, third place is $50 Gift certificate to Sportsman’s Warehouse, and there will be a host of others prizes to be drawn as well.

 

Starting this month, we will also be accepting nominations for officer positions.  The open positions are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and the two positions for Three Board Members. 


I hope to see you all there.


This months outing will be at the Polaris claim and the meet time is now back to the 8 AM time.  We will meet at the Mile Post 7 turn off of Arivaca Rd.


Thanks,

David Steimle

GPAT President

July Meeting

posted Jul 15, 2019, 7:45 PM by Sam Angell

  • Hi All,

    Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on July 17th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE VFW Hall 5320 E BELLEVUE. The Hall is just one block north of Speedway and block and a half west of Craycroft Rd.

    I hope everyone had a safe and great Fourth of July.

    Tonight's meeting will be our Ice Cream Social, so come with you sweet tooth!

    No guest speaker available at this time, if you have a story or what to discuss an event, let's do that. 

    We start selling tickets for the next 1/4 oz. nugget, remember the tickets are $2 a piece.  This nugget will be raffled off at our Annual Picnic and Panning Contest in October.

    Reminder, for those interested in attending the GPAT Board meetings, our location for the meeting has changed to the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club building at 3118 N. Dale.  The meeting time is still at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4th at this location.

    Our monthly outing is scheduled for Saturday July 20th at 7:00 AM.  We will be going to the R Double J claim in the Santa Rita Mtns.  We will meet at the Greaterville turn off of Hwy 83 ( Sonoita Hwy) at 7:00 AM.  Let know before the meeting and I can resend this e-mail out to all.

    Please e-mail or call me if you have questions.
    Thanks,
    David Steimle
    GPAT President


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June Meeting

posted Jun 15, 2019, 11:22 AM by Sam Angell   [ updated Jun 15, 2019, 11:27 AM ]

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on June 19th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE VFW Hall 5320 E BELLEVUE. The Hall is just one block north of Speedway and block and a half west of Craycroft Rd.

Our guest speaker will be Kent from Kent Tools.  He will discuss the variety of hobbies that his stores support from prospecting, rock hounding, lapidary, etc.  He will also have a host of items to sell at the meeting as well.

We will continue to sell tickets for the Opal/Silver Pendant that Robert Grant made.

Reminder, for those interested in attending the GPAT Board meetings, our location for the meeting has changed to the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club building at 3118 N. Dale.  The meeting time is still at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 4th at this location.

Our monthly outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 AM.  We will be going to the Hercules claim.  We will meet at the Mile Post 7 turn off Arivaca Rd. at 7:00 AM.  It going to be hot, so if there are interest and a consensus, we can change to one of the claims in the Santa Rita Mtns.  Let know before the meeting and I can resend this e-mail out to all.

Please e-mail or call me if you have questions.
Thanks,
David Steimle
GPAT President

May Meeting

posted May 12, 2019, 6:58 PM by Sam Angell

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on May 15th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  THIS MEETING WILL BE AT THE VFW Hall 5320 E BELLEVUE. The Hall is just one block north of Speedway and block and a half west of Craycroft Rd.

We currently do not have a guest speaker, so speak up if you have something to present or would like to discuss any specific issues.  We currently looking for someone to replace Ken Willits as our Guest Speaker coordinator.   

I hope that all of you that attended the Annual Common Dig in April had a great time.  I know that I certainly did.  Remember, for those that attended and worked at the Common Dig in April, we will be raffling off the gold that was recovered by the whole group.  You will need to be present to possibly win the gold.

Reminder, for those interested in attending the GPAT Board meetings, our location for the meeting has changed to the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club building at 3118 N. Allen.  The meeting time is still at 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is scheduled for June 7th at this new location.

Our monthly outing is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 AM.  We will be going to the R Double J claim.  We will meet at the Greaterville Rd exit off of the Sonoita HWY (HWY 83) at 7:00 AM.

Please e-mail or call me if you have questions.
Thanks,
David Steimle
GPAT President

APRIL MEETING

posted Apr 14, 2019, 1:43 PM by Sam Angell

Just thought I would e-mail all a reminder notice of the April 17th meeting on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM at the VFW #4903 at 5320 E. Bellevue St.
 

Our Guest speaker will be Hudson Bay and the status on the Rosemont Copper Mine.

We will continue selling tickets for the 1/4 oz. Nugget at $2 per ticket a This 1/4 oz. Nugget will be raffled off at this April's Annual Common Dig outing, so make sure you get your tickets.
 
We continue to purchase gold nuggets from our members at the meeting.  So, if anyone has gold nuggets that they want to sell, remember to bring them to the meeting. We are particularly interested in the size of nuggets that we give out blue and red ticket raffles.

 
Reminder the weather is starting to warm up, so make sure that you start hydrating extra a few days prior to the outing.

The outing this month is our Annual Common Dig (23rd Annual) on Saturday, April 20th.  Registration for the event will be at the camp right up to the 8:00 AM hour when we will travel to the Polaris claim for the common dig.  We will have Wet sluices and dry washers set-up for the dig. 

We will also need a few wet wash sluices and plenty of water, so if you can bring water for the wet systems, that will be great.  In the past, we have consumed several hundred gallons for the Common Dig, so bring what you can.

Camping is available and free (free, because the club paid the permit with the BLM, otherwise free).  There will be a few rules for camping to keep everyone safe.  All dogs must be kept on leashes/chains at all times within the campsite for the period of the campout (Thursday morning through Sunday PM), no exceptions.  Also, be mindful of others and pick up after your dogs, if they do their business within the campsite area. Generators can be used from 6 AM to 10 PM. 

There will be the normal Friendship Stew on Friday night.

We also are having a NIGHT COIN SHOOT on Friday night.  Rules, there will be a $1 entry fee for all those in the coin shoot.  If you find this Money nugget, you are done for the event.  There will be a nugget with a $ sign that will represent the cash prize.  This should be a great enticement to metal detect.  The same will also happen for the Saturday afternoon Coin Shoot as well.
 
The Hot Dog Ladies will be selling hot dogs/chips ($2) at lunch.  You can also bring your own lunch.  Make sure that you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, etc. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail.

The weather should be pretty good and we will have a great time, so come out and join us.

Saturday's Events/Agenda:
 
Registration up to 8:00 AM
Safety Rules and Information 8:00-8:10 AM
Common Dig 8:15 to 11:00
Clean up/fill in the holes will start around 10:45 AM
Come back to Camp for Lunch 11:30 to 12:30 PM 
(It won't be served any sooner so make sure that you stay at the dig and help with the cleanup.)
Coin Shoot
Pan Toss
Blue/Red Ticket Raffle
1/4 Oz Nugget Raffle
Bags of Concentrates given out

Directions to the Common Dig:

South on I-19 to the Amado Exit (48), turn right, then right again onto the Frontage Rd.  Turn Left onto Arivaca Rd. (just past the Cow Palace and the General Store). Travel west on Arivaca Rd. to .3 mile past the Mile Post 7 marker.  Turn right onto the dirt road (heading North), follow the road for about 1 mile to the intersection with the Las Guijas Cerro Colorado Rd and make a left (heading west), the camp is about 2.5 miles from the turn.  There will be GPAA/GPAT signs out just as you get onto the dirt road and at key locations.  the first 1.5 off of Mile Post 7 is a little rough, so take your time coming in and plan for a little longer travel time.

If you have any questions, please contact me by e-mail or phone.

 
Thanks,
David
GPAT President  

March Meeting

posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:13 PM by Sam Angell

All,

 

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on March 20th Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.  Our meeting will be at the VFW Hall at 5320 E. Bellevue.


How was the Gold Show in Phoenix?  I hope everyone enjoyed it. 


More wet weather is making for poor dry washing conditions this winter season.  It's a tough go, even for wet washing, the is just too wet.


We will continue the sale of the tickets for the 1/4 oz. nugget this meeting with the drawing to be held at the April Common Dig.


I will be bringing more of the loaner books on Mining/Prospecting to the meeting this month.  For those that borrowed books last month, please remember to bring them to the meeting to give others a chance to read them.


I want to start asking for volunteers for the upcoming Common Dig in April.  We are in need of someone to be the Wet Operations Master and we will need several Dry washers as usual.   Is anyone interested?  If anyone has other ideas for the Common Dig, let's hear them.  Let's make this year better, we always have a great time.


Our outing this month would be scheduled for one of the claims in the Santa Rita Mtns.  I am thinking that we should go over to the Arivaca claim, Polaris and make sure the Road to the claim will be passable for the Common Dig.  Please send me some feedback.  




Thanks,

David Steimle

GPAT President

February Meeting

posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:12 PM by Sam Angell

All,

 

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on February 20th Wednesday Night at 7:00 PM.  Our meeting will be at the VFW Hall at 5320 E. Bellevue.

 

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.  I hope yours was special.


More wet weather is making for poor dry washing conditions this winter season.  It's a tough go, even for wet washing, the is just too wet.


We will continue the sale of the tickets for the 1/4 oz. nugget this meeting with the drawing to be held at the April Common Dig.


Also, remember that the GPAA Gold Show will be in a few weeks on Mar. 2-3 at the Arizona State Fair Grounds. 1826 W. Mc Dowell Rd Phoenix.  I hope to see you all there.  


This months outing will be on Saturday (2/23) at the Hercules claim and the meet time is now back to the 8 AM time.  We will meet at the Mile Post 7 turn off Arivaca Rd.




Thanks,

David Steimle

GPAT President

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