Comstock Gold Prospectors Club Board & General Meeting


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Masonic Wadsworth Lodge #25
2425 Pyramid Way, Sparks, Nevada, 89431

6:30 PM Board Meeting
President: Jim Richards
Vice President: Justin Shaw
Secretary: Tracy Nystrom
Treasurer: Teresa Jones
Member at Large: Fred Leissler
Member at Large: Tim Bartlett

6:30 PM Between Board and General Meetings the room is open to all Members and Guests who come early to meet fellow Gold Prospectors to engage in their passion to find the “shiney”, have a coffee and enjoy a small snack or two!

7:30 PM General Meeting begins with The Pledge Of Allegiance started by our Club President Jim Richards.

•Our returning guest speaker for April 23rd’s Meeting at 7:30PM will be Jack Herris.  Jack presented his first time with us his extensive writings of World War One German aircraft.  This visit he shares new passion about Southern Pacific Lines locomotives!

Introduction: Jack has a long history with aviation. His parents started dating while car-pooling together to North American Aviation during WW2. Jack’s father built P-51s, including parts for the first P-51 Mustang ever built, and his mother built B-25s.

In 1971, Jack graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He then served as a Naval Aviator, flying P-3B Orion aircraft with VP-46.

After leaving the navy he worked in the Laser Fusion Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, then worked in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley. He holds CFI, CFI-I, CFI-ME, ATP, and Learjet type ratings. Jack is a long-time member of the League of WWI Aviation Historians, and before that the Cross & Cockade Society, and has written more than a dozen articles on WWI aircraft published in their quarterly journal, Over the Front and has edited several issues of that journal. He brings insight into these aircraft both from his engineering and military pilot experience. In 1992 he founded Flying Machines Press to publish aviation history books and after publishing a number of titles, sold Flying Machines Press in 2000. He became a repeat offender by starting Aeronaut Books, which published its first two new aviation books in November 2010.

For more information, see the website at Jack has written the following books on WWI aircraft: Pfalz Aircraft of World War I SPAD Two-Seat Fighters of World War I Aircraft of WWI: 1914–1918 Development of German Warplanes in WWI German Seaplane Fighters of WWI Nachtflugzeug! German N-Types of WWI Pfalz Aircraft of World War I Gotha Aircraft of World War I Germany’s Triplane Craze Germany’s Fighter Competitions of 1918

Club Notices:
•Sign up to volunteer at Reno Jackpot of Gems show panning demo Sat April 27th & Sun Apr 28th. SIGN-UP clip board at check-in desk.
•Sign up to volunteer at Summer Salute Car Show panning demo Sat May 25th. SIGN-UP clip board at check-in desk.

•Club Member’s Panning class/field trip…
TMCC Class Jun 3rd 7-8:30PM
Field Trip Jun 8th all day
•Club Member’s Sluicing class/field trip…
TMCC Class Jun 17th 7-8:30PM
Field Trip Jun 22nd all day
For more info call 775-829-9010 or go to

•A new Gold shop has opened in town, “American Detectors and Distributors.” Ken Dell, owner attended last meeting and spoke about what his shop offers. He is mainly wholesale but working on getting in more mining equipment. He is located at 851 E. Glendale in Sparks. Call before going to make sure they are there. 775-360-5801

•Bill Vogt has a committed August guest speaker Lacy Trapp from BLM. They would like suggestions on topics she can cover in her presentation. Email Bill Vogt with your suggestions.

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