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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.

GPAT President