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Our Club sponsored panning demo occurs Saturday 9/21 & Sunday 9/22 in Dayton.  The Club asks volunteers be there from 9AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9AM to 4PM on Sunday.  Each day we ask several of us doing duty all day, one or both days.  Thanks.  Please contact Member Wade Lavery. 650.823.8658 Cell  Use an Asterik* if you can stay all day!


Saturday 9/21 First Shift 9AM to 1PM

GEORGE (*), GARY ( ), GERRY ( ), HAMILTON ( ), BILL (*), JIM (*), WADE (*)

Saturday 9/21 Second Shift 1PM to 5PM


Sunday 9/22 First Shift 9AM to 1PM

HAMILTON ( ), JIM (*), WADE (*), GEORGE ( ), TOM (  )

Sunday 9/22 Second Shift 1PM to 4PM

JIM (*), WADE (*)

Monthly Speaker Status 2019

•January 22, we had no speaker.

•Tuesday February 26, the Club welcomed back Member George for a discussion on unique rocks & minerals he has discovered!

•Tuesday March 26, our Club Member Bob invited Don Molde with his presentation on coyotes as our guest speaker.

•Tuesday April 23, the Club welcomed back author Jack Herris for a presentation on Southern Pacific Lines Cab Forward locomotives!

•Tuesday May 28, the Club welcomed back Club Member Webb, one of are most knowledgeable rock hounds for a presentation on prospecting.

•Tuesday June 25, the Club welcomed back author Stanley Paher for a discussion of Central Nevada; i.e. Johnny Mine area, Death Valley area, Rhyolite area and more!

•Tuesday July 23, the Club welcomed back Club Member Webb, one of are most knowledgeable rock hounds for a presentation on identifying ore bodies.

•Tuesday August 27, through our Club Member Bill we welcomed Lacy Trapp, Branch Chief, mineral solids U.S. Dept. of the Interior BLM to be our guest speaker and answer questions from the membership.

•Next up…Tuesday September 24, the Club welcomes back Club Member Webb, one of are most knowledgeable rock hounds for a presentation on plate tectonics and where to discover gold (a theory explaining the structure of the earth’s crust and many associated phenomena as resulting from the interaction of rigid lithospheric plates which move slowly over the underlying mantle).

•Tuesday October 22, our Club Member Bill invited Chris to be our guest speaker on the subject of the geology of hard rock gold deposits.

•Tuesday November 26, our Club Member Bill shall give a presentation on GEOCaching using GPS (Why it is good to learn and do geocaching?).

Traditionally, First Tuesday of December is Club Christmas Party…

•Tuesday December 3, 2019.


•Tuesday January 28, 2020 Open, no speaker yet.


The Club is proud to announce Chris Ralph as returning guest speaker for October 22nd’s Meeting at 7:30PM.  Chris’s presentation will focus on geology of hard rock gold deposits.  His books* and articles** on prospecting can help you understand how gold deposits form, how to gather information on an area and how to prospect efficiently so you can find gold.  Besides, he has been a member of the Club, we all thank you. This will be an excellent talk!

*Fists Full Of Gold, How you Can Find Gold In The Mountains And Deserts (January 2010), Secrets of Successful Prospecting Brand New (April 2019)

** Contributing Editor with ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal (articles & videos)

Using Google Earth to Locate Claims

May, 2015 General Meeting:   Jim Allen shares Google Earth Information for locating claims:

Jim has provided us with link to Google Earth:   The download link for GoogleEarth:


Attached is a “zip” file with a bunch of useful layers that Jim showed at the May 2015 General Meeting.


A note should be added that the Caltopo layers need to be clicked on and allowed to zoom out and open before you move to your desired location otherwise they won’t show up.

Also a note should be made that if a layer doesn’t seem to be working or updating in a timely fashion that they can right click on the layer name in the My Places tab and click “Refresh” to force it to refresh now.