11AM (NOTE EARLIER TIME!) General Membership meeting will be at Anitra and John's Stud Valley Ranch in Pioneertown. Directions and map will be in the newsletter. Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and your potluck item. FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs.
If your renewal form and dues of 50 dollars are not submitted by this date, you will be dropped from the FCM roster.
Invitational Campout at Ranger Steve’s claim in Holcomb Valley (Big Bear). An unofficial private camp out hosted by Steve, open to all FCM members. Directions will be sent by email. Hit the maps and the library and do your mining and prospecting research. Bring something for the Saturday night potluck.
Gem & Mineral Show
The First Class Miners will be hosting a Panning Booth for this show in Joshua Tree. 9 AM-5 PM. Location is the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club. Volunteers needed so please let our President know if you are available. There will also be a sign-up roster at the Sept meeting.
The FCM will be hosting a panning booth at the Pioneer Days in 29 Palms, 10 AM-5 PM. Location is Lucky Park. Volunteers are needed so please let the President know if you are available. Sign up roster will be at the Sept meeting.
Rendezvous hosted by Valley Prospectors at ORD MOUNTAINS – Join Valley as they host an awesome weekend of family-oriented gold prospector events including the famous Treasure Hunt, chili cook-off, and more. FCM will host the panning contest on Saturday. Great family fun!! Grizzly 4 claim will be open to all Valley and FCM prospectors. Potluck and bonfire too!! Although this is unimproved camping, you CAN get a motor home to this site.
1 PM. General Membership meeting will be at ____________________ in _____________. Map and directions will be in the newsletter. Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and your potluck item. FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Great meeting to make plans and friends for the winter prospecting season.
This is our “Finally get out of the house after the summer camp out.” Great family campout! Spend the weekend or longer on our Humbug claim in the Dale Mining District or just come for the day to drywash and metal detect. Great opportunity to get familiar with the claim and venture out to our other claim in this area, the Lucky Nugget. Old mining areas galore to explore in surrounding hills and great fun camping. Four-wheel drive highly recommended for access to the area. Be sure to brings something for the Saturday night potluck.
5 PM at the Elks Lodge in ___________. Come for our annual awards banquet and see who wins the “Miner of the Year” award and the coveted Dowie Award! Doors open at 5 PM. RSVP’s must be in by _________________. No walk-ins. Lots of prizes including gold, silver, metal detector and other good stuff. Wear your membership BADGE.
1 PM at Steve Scamman’s home in 29 Palms. Directions and map will be in the newsletter. Join us for a day of feasting and raffling as we usher in the new year of prospecting and gold mining. FCM provides hamburgers/hotdogs. Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and/potluck item.
8 AM. Departing from Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in 29 Palms. It’s a great opportunity to tour the FCM’s Middle Camp claims in the remote Eagle Mountain Mining District. High Clearance four-wheel drive vehicles highly recommended. Be prepared to pay the Park entrance fee if you do not have an annual pass, as we will be driving through the Park to access our claim. Come with lunch, plenty of water and a spare tire! This is an all-day event. There will be time to explore and prospect on this day.
Middle Camp Campout
Come for the weekend, or just the day, to metal detect, or dry wash with other FCM members in the beautiful, remote area of the Eagle Mountain Mining District. Camp, ATV, explore, and enjoy the night sky, clean air, and the peaceful quiet… Sit around the campfire at night with other members and tell your tall tales. High clearance four-wheel drive highly recommended. An AWESOME place to get away from it all. Be sure to bring something for the Saturday night potluck.
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