Who We Are
The Gold Prospectors of the Rockies (GPR) was founded in Denver, Colorado, in 1995. The general purpose of this non-profit, family-oriented club is "the advancement of gold prospecting."
The GPR meets once a month to educate members about gold prospecting, review old and new products, coordinate family outings, participate in drawings for nuggets, and promote the pursuit of gold. Each month, the club arranges a presentation on an aspect of gold prospecting. Also, the club holds on-site training sessions in how to locate gold, panning, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting, and publishes a monthly newsletter.
Membership in the GPR is not limited by nationality, race, color, gender, or creed, but is limited to those who fulfill active membership requirements by payment of membership fees.
GPR Mission Statement
The mission of the Gold Prospectors of the Rockies is to promote education and demonstrate to the community and general public, the value of gold prospecting, creating a safe, fulfilling and enriching environment for prospecting activities while adhering to all Federal, State, County, and Environmental laws.
GPR Code of Ethics
Members of the Gold Prospectors of the Rockies (GPR) adhere to the "Weekend and Small-scale Miner's Code of Ethics" and "Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics."
The GPR meetings are on the third Wednesday, beginning at 7:00 p.m. sharp, at the Lloyd G. Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow Street, Lakewood, Colorado, which is one block west of Wadsworth Boulevard, one block north of Colfax Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to come early to socialize before the meeting begins.
Features of our meetings include a prospecting-related presentation, a short period to take care of club business, and drawings for gold nuggets and other prizes. Refreshments are available during the break.
The Board of Directors meets at 6:00 p.m. in the same location in a side room of the general meeting room.
Interested individuals and families may attend one (only) club meeting with guest status. Active membership is required for further participation in club meetings, activities, and nugget drawings.
Some of the benefits of being a GPR club member are:
- Attending the club's monthly meetings.
- Admittance to the club's workshops, including panning, sluicing, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting.
- Admittance to the clubs outings.
- The option to attend the club's board meetings.
- Use of the club's library of books, magazines, videos, and maps.
- Notification of special activities in gold prospecting and metal detecting being offered by other clubs in the area.
- The opportunity to receive other club members' knowledge and experience in the hobby.
- Fellowship with people who share a love for and an interest in prospecting and metal detecting as a hobby.
- The opportunity to participate in the club as a forum in which you can work to promote and preserve our prospecting and metal detecting hobby.
- One name badge (each additional badge is $10.00).
- A membership card for each member of the family.
Members are in good standing when their fees are paid for the current year.
- Members are required to abide by the Code of Ethics, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the club.
- Members should attend as many meetings and outings as possible.
- Members should be willing to serve on a committee, if asked.
- Members should conduct themselves in a respectable and responsible manner.
- Members are encouraged to participate in activities.
- Members are encouraged to promote fellowship within the club, with other organizations with similar interests, and with the community.
- Members, if eligible, are encouraged to run for any elective office.
Individual or family membership fees are $40.00 for the first year, $30.00 for each subsequent year.
To apply for (or renew) active membership in the GPR, please print the Membership Application, fill it in, and send it to the club with the required membership fees.
The GPR has a Mentoring Program to tutor members club members in the fine art of gold prospecting, which may include any of the techniques that are in common use today (panning, sluicing, dredging, metal detecting, etc.).
Each year, the club and its members plan several activities, including outings to Colorado's historic gold mining districts, prospecting sites. The club also participates in community panning demonstrations. In the recent past, groups of members have trekked to Alaska, Arizona, California, and Nevada on week-long prospecting trips. The club also plans a yearly weekend prospecting/barbecue outing at a remote gold prospecting location somewhere in Colorado.
Each month, the GPR publishes its official newsletter, The Gold Nugget, for distribution to its members. The newsletter seeks to educate and inform members with a feature article related to gold and prospecting; a letter from the club's president; stories and articles submitted by club members and others; notes about the previous month's general and board-of-directors meetings; upcoming club meeting presentations; a club activites list; committee articles; and classified advertisements (both commercial ads and free-to-members non-commercial ads).
Members are alerted via email when The Gold Nugget becomes available on the club Web site (www.goldprospectorsoftherockies.com).
For those members that do not have web access, the newsletters can be mailed at an additional fee of $15 (12 months). Every effort will be made to make the newsletter available one week prior to the next club meeting.
When submitting articles, please include publication information on articles clipped from other publications. The editor reserves the right to edit all articles submitted.
Deadline for submission of articles is five (5) days prior to the month of publication.
Non-commercial business-card-sized classified text ads for members are free of charge and do not have to be treasure-hunting related. Commercial display ads must be prospecting related and are available to anyone at a modest charge.
There is a two-column inch minimum.
Deadline for submission of commercial ads is fifteen (15) days prior to the month of publication.
Commercial Ad Costs per Month 3.6" X 2.0" Two Column Inches (Business Card Size) $ 6.00 3.6" X 9.3" "Four" Column Inches $12.00 7.5" X 4.3" "Eight" Column Inches (Horizontal) $24.00 3.6" X 9.3" "Nine" Column Inches (Vertical) $24.00 7.5" X 9.3" "Eighteen" Column Inches (Full Page) $48.00
As an incentive to run display ads for a year, we offer the 13th month gratis only when the previous 12 months are paid in advance.
Any member may solicit commercial display ads for the newsletter. Camera-ready material is preferred. A setup charge may be assessed to create a commercial display ad from copy that is not camera ready.
For information about The Gold Nugget, to place an advertisement, or to request an advertising sheet, contact the Editor (see the GPR Contact List).
Officers and Board of Directors
Offices and members of the Board of Directors are nominated at the November general meeting, elected at the December general meeting, take office January 1st, and serve a 1-year term through December 31st. The three elected officers are the President, the Vice President, and the Treasurer/Secretary. Traditionally, the President appoints two additional officers, the General Meeting Recorder, and the Board Meeting Recorder.
Our honor roll of official GPR presidents includes:
- 1996-1998 Steve Cychosz **
- 1998-2000 Jim Davis
- 2001-2002 Rick Miska
- 2003-2009 Gary Hawley
- 2009-2010 Aaron Inglalls
- 2010-2011 Gary Hawley
- 20011- James Long
** Pete Callinicos was Acting President in December of 1995 until the first GPR elections were held in January 1996.
Presidents Four - 2004
Steve Cychosz, Jim Davis,
Rick Miska, Gary Hawley
Board of Directors
The three elected Officers and up to seven elected members comprise the Board of Directors of the Gold Prospectors of the Rockies. Up to three board members each serve a 2-year term; the remaining board members each serve a 1-year term. The club also makes provision for Appointed Officers.
The GPR has several Standing Committees and Special Committees that are instrumental to the running of the club, one of which is the annual Ken Barker Award.