Michigan Chapter GPAA Members,

   The Executive Committee met on March 18 in Howell, MI and developed our Chapter's 2018 schedule.  We were pleased to see and thank several Chapter members for taking the time to help.

    We decided to hold our outings at some great locations where we found MI gold in past years.  I believe with a little effort, you will find some flour gold at every location and with some luck, possibly a few flakes and a picker or two.

    We're starting our outings at Dale's Place in Portland, MI on May 26.  It is a great place and I am looking forward to digging along your side on Memorial Day weekend.  The property will be open no later than 8:30 am on Saturday.  In the afternoon we will have our potluck dinner at 4 pm followed by the Chapter meeting.  The Chapter furnishes the meat.  Members can bring a side dish, finger foods, or soft drinks.  Dale is making the property available for further prospecting on Sunday & Monday.

    Campers may want to stay at the closest campground:  Lakeside Resort & Campground, 751 E Grand River Ave, Ionia, MI 48846. (616) 527-3216.  I would suggest making your reservation immediately since it is a popular camping weekend.

    The June 9 - 10 event on the schedule is an Ohio GPAA event at Swank Claim (west), Lucasville, OH.  Some members have asked us to identify other Chapters' regional events within a few hours drive of MI's border.  If you're interested, take a look at the GPAA  Claims/Leases Directory for directions.

    One last item:  Our claims committee will be starting once some of the rivers lower in about a month.  If you are interested in participating, please contact both Shane Wilkins (newly appointed Claims Director) and myself in an email and we will include you when the committee picks a location and date to prospect.  If you know of an area you think might have gold, please give Shane & me the owner's contact info and will coordinate directly.