Dear Fellow Miners, Friends and Sister Chapters,
My name is Jenny Whitmore, State Director for GPAA in Idaho.  I have been working with the Snake River Region Chapter of the GPAA located in Twin Falls Idaho, in developing the Snake River Invitational at Blue Bucket LDMA in Oregon.  This event is a multichapter, multi-state event and we would like to invite and encourage any member of GPAA, LDMA, any member which has not joined the national GPAA as well as any friends or family to attend and learn more about mining.  Our goal is to edify the chapters and strengthen the local miner. 
There will be a minimal charge to each attendee.  The cost for this weekend of enjoyable mining entertainment is $25 per attendee or $50 per family (immediate family).  Blue Bucket has room for many RV trailers, but there are only 24 hook-up sites.  The available connections are 50/30/20 Water & Electric $15 daily, 30/20 Water & Electric $12 daily, 30/20 Electric $8 daily, 50/30/20 Electric $10 daily and Dry Camping is $3 daily. Sites can be reserved on a first come first serve opportunity by calling the Blue Bucket Camp Hosts. Once all sites are reserved all other attendees will be assigned to dry camping. Water is available for participants, along with access to the club house and restrooms (showers are closed during events). Each trailer would need to be an individual unit.  Non-LDMA members may arrive one day prior to event (May 31, 2018) and stay one day after event has ended (June 5, 2018), but you will be subject to the daily site.  We would appreciate it if you would arrange this with the Blue Bucket camp at bluebucket@goldprospectors.org, or by calling the caretaker Robert “Squirrel” and Julie Fegan at 541-869-2455. (The Fegan’s are overseeing LDMA Stanton Camp until May 1st, so please call 928-427-9908 to make your reservations for Blue Bucket Invitational Event.)
The Snake River Invitational will be held on June 1-4, 2018 for all participants to enjoy.  At this adventure will be a common area to obtain your material for processing during the morning and then we are hosting a recreational time from two to four in the afternoon.  During the recreational time, there will be some games for the children, as well as classes for any miner to attend.  You may pair up with a friend or process your own material, either way, our desire is to enjoy the fun and comradery of fellow miners.  If you have any trouble or want some help in improving your skills as a miner, we will have many seasoned miners present, including a state director and a former state director please ask any of us and we will be more than happy to assist you in improving your recovery.
Our itinerary for this event is
Friday, June 1
Arrival and welcome
Settle in and set up
7pm. Welcome at the clubhouse
Saturday June 2
Morning Mining Time
2 pm. Kids Games and Metal Detecting with a treasure hunt involved.
6 pm Invitational Picnic and raffle-Bring your plate, silverware, chair,
drink and a dish to pass.



Sunday, June 3
Morning Mining time
2 pm. Kids Games and Equipment question and answer time.  The class will be covering  
            High Bankers, Gold Cubes and Power Sluices.
9 pm. Bonfire and marshmallow roast for the kids if you have chapter
questions feel free to bring them.
Monday, June 4
Morning Mining time
Your departure is on your schedule.  If you need assistance connecting and
leaving, please ask.
Our desire is to edify, strengthen and empower every chapter and member so we are working on inviting vendors to attend our invitational.  If you would like to invest in a new piece of equipment or purchase your national membership, they will have those available. 
A new development we have this year is the Snake River Invitational has been paired with the Blue Bucket LDMA National Dig for an even greater mining adventure. On May 23-27, 2018, there Blue Bucket LDMA will host its national dig. We hope you will attend this adventure and stay for the Snake River Invitational the next weekend.  During the four days in between these adventures, we will have short day trips planned to the Sumpter Dredge, Rockhounding Expeditions and possibly more.  If you desire to attend both adventures you will be responsible to pay for your site for the days between the outings and dry camping will cost $3 per day.
We would ask that if you are desiring to attend our Invitational, please complete the pre-registration, including your payment, form attached to this letter, so we can begin our plans.  Please send it to our chapter President, Eric Whitmore, at 3887 North 2600 East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.  When you arrive, each participant will need to check in at the clubhouse where you will receive the rules of the property and we can maintain an accurate count in case of an emergency.  I would appreciate your information returned to me by May 1, 2018, to be able to make our plans and preparations appropriately.  After May 1, 2018, you are welcome to come, please be advised that the fees will be $40 per person and $80 for the family.  If anyone desires to attend after that date I would simply ask that they contact us either by email or phone.  Our contact information is Eric-snakerivergpaa@hotmail.com, Jenny-aststdrgpaaid@gmail.com or a phone call at 208-316-3495.  We will be more than happy to accommodate them but must adjust our plans.  We want everyone to have a wonderfully enjoyable experience and hopefully make some more friends. 

Strengthening our Mining Community, family, and friends,
Eric and Jenny Whitmore
Eric and Jenny Whitmore
Idaho State Directors for GPAA