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October Meeting

posted Oct 12, 2017, 5:15 PM by Sam Angell   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 5:26 PM ]



Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming Membership meeting on October 18th 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.  Unlike, past years, we will only sell 1320 (was 1200) tickets and 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 $100 Gift certificate to Sportsmans Warehouse, third place is $50 Gift certificate to Sportsmans Warehouse, and there will be a host of others prizes to be drawn as well.


We will be raffling off the ¼  oz. Gold Nugget ($2) at the Annual Picnic and Panning Contest on Oct 21st.  You don’t have to be present to win this one.


We will also be selling the steak ($8), hamburger and Hotdog ($2 each) tickets for the annual steak fry on Saturday.  We want everyone to get their steaks grilled correctly, so please let us know on Saturday morning how you want your steak cooked so we can get the well-doners, mediums, etc. on the grill at the appropriate time.  Other than the meat portion, this picnic is a potluck style picnic, so bring a dish to feed 8-10 people.  Here is the listing for this year, if your last name starts with Q-Z, Salad; A-H, Desert; I-P, Side Dish.  This is not a hard and fast rule but keeps us from having too many desserts or other items.


All are welcome to this event.  During the picnic, please help your children get their food, so that things don't get dropped, or have accidents.  We will be doing the picnic/potluck a little differently this year, we will be cooking all the steaks (steaks, burgers, hot dogs will be in warmers) and will serve them and then you will be able to get the other food after getting your desired meat selection.


This months outing is our 21st Annual Picnic and Panning Contest to be held on Saturday, October 21st  at the Friendship claim on the shady side.


We will be having a Friday Night Coin Shoot as well.


Just so everyone has an idea of what and when the Saturday events will occur, here is this years agenda (rough times):


Registration at Camp for the panning contest, pan toss, and coin shoot will begin from around 7:30 to 9:00 AM

9:00 AM Start of the Qualifying Rounds for the Men's and Women's, and Children's  panning contests

10:00 AM Start of the Finals Rounds of the Panning Contest

10:30 AM Getting the fire going for the Steak, hamburger, and Hotdog

11:00 Completion of the Panning Contests

11:00 Pan Toss

11:30 Start Grilling steaks for those that want Well Doners., etc.

12:00 Approximate start of the picnic.

1:15 or so  Start Coin Shoot


2:30 Give out prizes for Panning Contest, Pan Toss, Coin Shoot, etc.


3:00 Convene official club outing.


Many of us will be camping out down on the shady of the Friendship claim starting Thursday Morning.  Anyone wanting to join us is more than welcome. 

For those coming out early, there will a camp stew for Friday nights dinner, if you wish to participate.  Always a great meal and a good time.


Please e-mail or call me if you have questions.

See you at the Meeting and at Camp!!!!



David Steimle

GPAT President



Directions to the Camp Area:

Head East of I-10 to the Sonoita Hwy (Hwy 83) going south on Hwy 83 for approximately 23 miles to the Gardner Canyon Turn off.  Turn right (heading east) onto Gardner Canyon Rd travel for 3/4 mile to Forest Rd 163 turn right (heading north) for 2.1 miles to turn right (again heading north) onto  Forest Rd 4060. Continue on Forest Rd 4060 for about 1 mile, you will be in camp at that point, just find a spot to park.

There will be signs posted once you make the turn onto Forest RD 163 on back to camp.