27 May 2021

Gold Prospectors Association of America Members and Friends,

(Please read to the end: Elections are in Sep and we would like to see new members help in leadership roles. We have both elected and appointed positions.)

    Our first outing at the Lost Dutchman Mining Association Athens Camp was a perfect digging weekend. Weather was great and everyone who prospected found gold. A couple diggers actually found some pickers. 

    Crossed paths with many familiar faces and met three new families who plan to attend future outings. Most attended on Saturday and a few prospectors attended on Sunday. Over 35 members and friends signed in on Saturday.

    Thanks, again, to LDMA-Athens Tom and Susie for an amazing weekend. Great camp hosts making facility improvements day by day. 

    Next month, on 26 June, we will be at Barkus Campground east of Muir, MI just south of M-21 on Wager Rd. If we are lucky, we will have some of Vern’s dirt from the flood plain where the Maple River empties into the Grand. I’ll talk with his son early in June about delivering a truckload.

    Barkus charges $5 per day per digger during our outings. He normally charges $10. If you want to camp, he has six power (only) sites for $25 per night and numerous tent sites for $15 per night. He has no potable water or a dump station. Nearest free dump station is in Ionia, MI.

    At 4:00 PM on Saturday we will have a potluck dinner. As always, the Chapter provides the meat and members bring side dishes, deserts, or snacks. Our monthly meeting will follow with our gold nugget raffle and a 50-50 drawing at the conclusion.

    Elections are coming up. Please, Please, Please volunteer to help manage the club. Our election will be held during the September outing and we are open for nominations, today. Give Shawn, Alain, or me a call or email and put your hat in the ring. I would like to move on. This is my 10th year as president and we need some new blood who would like to grow the club with new ideas. I will continue as a Director and will help the new President get his/her feet on the ground during the first year if asked.

    Come out for a great Michigan outdoors weekend at Barkus and bring your kids and friends. Join us and make it happen.