December Newsletter


Gold Fever !!!             Gold Man

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – December, 2013


Welcome to the 2013 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  The Tomah, Wisconsin GPAA Chapter newsletter is your newsletter, please let me know what you would like to see in it, we hope to bring you more information in the coming year.

 I hope you enjoy the information and articles included in this newsletter.   You can receive this Newsletter by mail, by either attended a meeting, or sent a book of stamps for postage.  

We are also always looking for speakers.  If you have taken a trip or just have a story about somewhere, we would like to hear about it.  You do NOT need to be an expert speaker; everyone likes to hear about what other members are doing.

Do not forget the Newsletter and pictures can always be found at :

President’s Message

Thank you Doug Moore, I really enjoyed your talk at the November meeting.

        It was suggested that we bring in old videos, DVD's, and books that members no longer look at to share with other members. I like that idea, but would like someone to volunteer to take care of the books and DVD's bring them to meetings and take them home with them.

  Next month is our Christmas meeting if you can bring a gift to exchange, you get a gift.  The club will make a ham for the meal. Steve Miller hopefully will be here to take about his trip to England metal detecting earlier this year. He is having surgery in late November so if you see him at the club house help him unload his car.

                                                                      Merry Christmas from the Fait's - Mike Fait               



Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes November, 2013

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The November meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange on Route #20 west of Tomah Wisconsin on November 16th.  28 members and guests attended the November meeting.

Mike talked about the December meeting gift exchange- $10.00 gift for either man or a woman (unisex).  If you bring a gift, you will get a ticket to pick a gift. Just like last year if you were there.

It was suggested that we start a library for old DVD's and books on prospecting that we are  (done with to share with other members. Wausau has a similar program. A librarian would be needed for transporting inventory. Any volunteers?

Had a program from Doug Moore on Thunder eggs. A real learning experience. Doug is a teacher at UWSP (University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point) and rock hound for 50 years. He has traveled to Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico and multiple times to Germany to dig for thunder eggs. He had a wonderful full color slide presentation showing how different thunder eggs look from different locations.

 New Business:

December’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of December on the 21st at 1:00 pm.

Guest speaker – Steve Miller will be our guest speaker for Dec. 21st (winter begins). He will be talking talk about his metal detecting trip to England

Donations to the raffle were from:  Dave Bender- Bev Bender-Dan Koehler-Kim Mickelson-Diane Kollins - Capt'n Bob Minshall-Larry Bender- Ted Ehrhardt-Val Thompson and Doug Moore hope I didn't miss anyone.

Everyone is always so generous with their donations, with new and useful items that a lot of you have donated.  We thank all of you.


50/50 raffle winner – Jeff Euler

Gold raffle winners: Larry Kollins and Richard Pawell

 Gold Price on 12/01/13 was $1,252.10                Silver Price on 12/01/13 was $20.03

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Secretary & Newsletter Editor



This story is NOT about what Steve Miller found, but I thought it was a good story to go along with what Steve is going to talk about.


First-Time Treasure Hunter Discovers Trove of Roman-Era Gold Coins

Armed with a basic metal detector, a first-time treasure hunter in Britain reportedly has uncovered a trove of Roman-era gold coins that experts believe represents one of the largest such finds in England’s history.

The cache of coins – Roman solidi dating back to the 4th century – is estimated to be worth £100,000, or about $160,000 in U.S. dollars.

According to the Helmel Gazette newspaper, the man – whose name has not been made public – reportedly bought a beginner’s metal detector from a shop in the Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, area. A few weeks later, the man returned to the shop, showed the shopkeepers 40 gold coins, and asked them: “What do I do with this?”

The shop’s owners, David Sewell and Mark Becher, were stunned. They told the novice treasure hunter to notify authorities of his discovery, the paper added. When he obtained the required permits, Sewell, Becher and others returned with the man to the discovery site.

“We went with them and took with us a couple of slightly more potent machines and we pulled 119 more coins out of the ground,” Sewell told the Daily Mail newspaper. “These are 22 carat gold, they haven’t got any damage and they came out of the ground looking like the day they were made.”

He added: “I’ve found bits and pieces but nothing like this. I’ve got immense satisfaction that the guy came to us and bought the machine from us, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish it had been me.”

The solidus coin dates to the closing years of the fourth century. They typically were buried as a sacrifice to gods when the owner was going on a journey or in times of war, said David Thorold, a curator at the St. Albans’ Verulamium Museum, the Associated Press reported.

The local government said the coins were found on private land. Experts at the British Museum will examine the haul to determine its final value. Depending on their opinion, the amateur treasure hunter could get at least a share of the proceeds, reports said.




Items for Sale:

Tomah Gold Club t-shirts – with Gold Club emblem and created either with your personal name or without your name.  Contact Mike Fait if you are interested.

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Upcoming Events

December 7, 2013 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall in Wausau – 11:00 am

December 21, 2013 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Meeting and Christmas Party.     

January 4, 2013 – Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall in Wausau – 11:00 am

January 18, 2013 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Meeting and Christmas Party.     

 Wisconsin Area Clubs

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 3:00 pm in the Greenbush Town Hall, N644 Sugarbush Rd, Greenbush Wi. – Contact: Ron Smith 920-207-4092

Midstate Metal Detecting Club – meets every 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm at Shooters Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of Hwy 39 and 54, next to the Shell Station.  Contact: Steve Miller 715-572-1845

Wausau Prospectors – meets the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:00 am in the community room at Cedar Creek Mall next to I-39 just north of Gander Mountain.  Take I-39 exit 185.  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at B.S. on Main, 34 N Main St. Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603