The Gold Nugget

Vol. 7, No. 1
Gold Prospectors of the Rockies
January 2002

Join Us on the Third Wednesday!

Lloyd G. Clements Community Center
1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood, Colorado
(One block west of Wadsworth, one block north of Colfax)

7:00 PM (Board Meeting at 6:00 PM)
Information: (303) 932-1076   <>

Vice President's Corner
by Gary Hawley

      New Year's greetings to all "Gold Prospectors of the Rockies (GPR)" members! We finished 2001 with a great turnout for our pot-luck dinner at the December meeting. Excellent food dishes covered several tables and it was a task to determine what to sample first. The solution was to make several return trips to the tables.
      I would like to thank all of you for your support in electing me to the office of Vice President of the GPR. As many of you know, I have been a club member since the very first meeting that was held. I have watched the club grow into the wonderful organization that it is today. I believe the reason for this growth lies within the supportive nature of the membership. We have members who: attend every meeting, assist with cleanup of the meeting room, plan and lead summer outings and offer to help in any capacity. We even have members who volunteer to be on the Board of Directors!
      My personal "thank you" goes to those brave souls who volunteered for Board positions at our December meeting. I think we again have a compatible group of people that are willing to put forth that extra effort for the good of the club.
      I also want to recognize the success of last year's Board members. It has been your decisions, input and direction that allowed our club to grow and improve. 2002 should be a busy year for GPR members. President Rick Miska and I have discussed several new outings and, by the time this newsletter is received, there should have been a meeting of the Board Members to begin planning the outings and activities for the year. However, we want YOUR suggestions, too! Just write a note outlining the activity or suggestion, add your name and phone number, and give it to Rick or myself. We will contact you for details.
      Check elsewhere in this newsletter for a new section titled "My Favorite Characters and Stories". Each month I will share with you one of my favorite mining history stories.

      Look for another addition to the newsletter called "Vice President's Question & Answer" (VP's Q&A). Answer the question correctly and you could win a free drawing ticket.

      Until next time, may the nuggets you find be worth the effort you put into finding them. P>

My Forgetter

My forgetter is getting better but my rememberer is broke.
To you that may seem funny but, to me, that is no joke.
For when I'm "here" I'm wondering if I really should be "there".
And when I try to think it through, I haven't got a prayer.

Oft times I walk into a room, say "what am I here for?"
I rack my brain, but all in vain; a zero is my score.
At times I put something away where it is safe. But, gee!
The person it is safest from is generally me.

When shopping, I may see someone, say "hi" and have a chat.
Then, when the person walks away, say "Who the heck was that?"
Yes, my forgetter's getting better while my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy, and it isn't any joke.

(Send this to everyone you know, please do!
Because I don't remember who I sent it to!)

Gold Nugget Drawing Winners
Wednesday, December 19, 2001
0.7 gram nugget - Joyce Keith
0.8 gram nugget - Doug Taylor
0.9 gram nugget - Pinie Connel
0.8 gram nugget - Pinie Connel
0.7 gram nugget - Larry Armstrong
0.9 gram nugget - Bob Moeser
0.7 gram nugget - Ada Keim
0.8 gram nugget - Rump L. Stiltskin
0.7 gram nugget - Edward Finney
0.8 gram nugget - Joyce Keith
1.2 gram nugget - Jim Davis
0.8 gram nugget - Larry Boyes

Sincere Thanks To the Club

      Thank you for the PC Monitor. Your thoughtfulness was all I needed to get to thinking of bigger things to come. With your permission, I traded the gifted 15-inch monitor (plus my 13 inch monitor, a scanner, and some change), for a 19-inch monitor. Hopefully you will see an improvement in the newsletter, I sure can!

Carl Sauerland

Arizona or Bust

      Got cabin fever? Are you tired of snow, cold and winter driving? How would you like 65 to 75 degrees and clear sunshine for a week or two. Rich Crist is trying to get a group of interested individuals together just like last year for a Gold detecting trip to Southern Arizona. Tentative plans are for a week to 10 days. (maybe more if there is interest). Time frame is about the last week of January or 1st week of February.
      A possible destination is Quartzsite (where Rich got the 65 and 75 degree average daytime temperatures for January and February from their website). The area around Quartzsite is one of the premium gold detecting areas in the west. And of course Quartzsite also has one of the largest multiple flea markets in the United States from January 15 to February 15.
      Another possible destination is the Lucky Linda claim in Stanton where the 2 pound "Tongue Nugget" was found 2 years ago. (see the cover of Gold Prospector for July/August 2000).
      What we're looking for now is not an immediate commitment but rather an interest in going and some basic information about yourself (we will need a commitment within a week or so though, so we can start figuring out the logistics).
      We need name, phone number and email address if you have one. We're looking for people with RV's, trailers and truck campers, also tenters, and even folks who want to ride along and pay their share of the gas. We also need a 4 wheel drive or two. We need to know if you're a smoker or non-smoker so we can pair up folks. Do you have your own detector and/or a possible spare one for a person who doesn't. Rich will bring his Toyota RV has an extra GoldMaster 4B for someone who needs one.
      Call Rich now with the info if you're interested or better yet email him if you're on line. As a last resort, catch him at the monthly meeting on Wednesday the 16th. Call your prospecting buddies and get a commitment. Lets gowarm up and get some GOLD!

New Games For the Old

      Good hearted Jack Beanny was looking around our club last month and came to a startling conclusion. "Gee", he thought, "some of these guys (most) are getting old. Wonder what I can do to alleviate the situation or make their lives more meaningful?" Well Joe thought and thought. Finally, it came to him, why not take the games that were familiar to them in their youth and create new games adaptable to them when they are older. The wheels got rolling and after much deliberation, here is Jack's list of games for the elderly in our club to play .

  1. Sag. You're it!
  2. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy
  3. Kick the Bucket
  4. Red Rover, Red Rover the Nurse Says Bend over
  5. Musical Recliners
  6. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta
  7. Hide and go Pee
  8. 20 Questions Shouted in Your Good Ear

Lawyer Story

      A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars then insured them against fire among other things. Within a month having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires." The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason: that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion.
      The lawyer sued, and won!
      In delivering the ruling the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The Judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be "unacceptable fire," and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure a lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000.00 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires."

      After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and he was sentenced to 24 months in jail and ordered to pay a $24,000 fine.
      This is a true story and was the 1st place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest.

President's Article
by Rick Miska

      Happy New Year!!!! I am really looking forward to the next year for our club. We have lots of new plans for the club in the works. Look forward to more planned outings and trips, more outside speakers, and some changes in general with many of the club functions. The new club board had a meeting this last Saturday.
      We will have some of the details from that meeting at the regular club meeting, and in the next newsletter. Keep in mind that this club is your club, and that you should feel free to contact me or any board member with any suggestions, updates, etc that you may have.
      The only other thing I wanted to mention this month is what we should all consider and act upon as members of this club:

Friendship - Use the club to make friends. Make a point of introducing yourself to other members that you may not know. For all you know, they could turn out to be a great friend.

Integrity - Follow general rules of ethics. Live by the golden rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. Do the right thing.

Rules - Know the laws for where you are, and follow them at all times. Don't prospect where you are not allowed. Respect private and public property.

Participate - Submit articles and pictures to the newsletter. Volunteer for various

Have Fun - This one is key. We are all here to have fun, both as individuals and as a group. What we put into this club is what we get out of it.

Feel free to send me a note or give me a call anytime.

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The Gold Nugget 

is an official publication of the Gold Prospectors of the Rockies, a Denver-based, Colorado nonprofit organization established in 1995 for the enjoyment of gold prospecting and metal detecting. Club meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Lloyd G. Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow Street, Lakewood, Colorado (1 block west of Wadsworth, 1 block north of Colfax). Individual or family membership fees are $30.00 for the first year, $25.00 for each subsequent year. Non-commercial business-card-sized classified text ads for members are free of charge. Commercial display ads must be detecting, prospecting, or treasure related and are available to anyone at a modest charge: 1/8 page (approximately 2"h x 3.5"w business card size) - $6.00 per month. 1/4 page (approximately 4"h x 3.5"w) - $12.00 per month. 1/2 page (approximately 4"h x 7"w or 8.5"h x 3.5"w) - $24.00 per month. Full page (approximately 8.5"h x 7"w) - $48.00 per month. The Gold Nugget  is open to and gladly accepts submission of information and articles. All article submissions must be received by the editor no later than the first Wednesday of the month for inclusion in the next month's issue. The GPR must receive any required payments for commercial ads prior to their inclusion. Include publication information on articles clipped from other publications. The Editor reserves the right to edit all submissions. Bulletin editors may print any article from this newsletter with credit given to the newsletter and the author. Contact: The Gold Nugget  Editor, The Gold Prospectors of the Rockies, PO Box 621988, Littleton, CO 80162-1988. E-mail: The Gold Nugget Editor.