Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – May, 2014


Welcome to the 2014 GOLD FEVER Newsletter.  Another year, another gold prospecting opportunity.  If you have not tried to find gold, you need to give it a try.  Let us know if you need help to get started, there are many people with experience that the help you.

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, we need to help out our great president (Mike Fait).  He has been putting the programs together with very little help.  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

Well I went to the Parish in spring time outing the Wausau chapter had at the end of April. We are still waiting for spring. Saturday morning there was ice on the panning tubs. Friday afternoon went up to pepper creek parked in the snow and got in the ice cold water for the first time this year. I didn't do a clean-up yet of my concentrates but I have faith that I'll see a few specks the others on the creek all got some.

Guy Unger was digging in the same hole as me and he got some. Boy am I out of shape woke up Saturday with a sore back. So I went metal detecting instead of digging. Now I have sore legs to go with the sore back. Went back to the creek Sunday morning there were icicles hanging on the branches near the water when I started. I did see some gold when I cleaned up that morning.  Good thing I have four wheel drive got some mud on the hood of my truck on the way out, wouldn't have made it in a car. It was nice Saturday afternoon for the metal detecting hunt but it started to rain on my way home and I got stuck in my own yard with the camper while I was parking it. Monday night and it is still raining I’ll get it out when it dry's.

   Kurt and Barb Bublitz are heading to Chicken AK. today for the summer, good luck and have a good time.                                                                           

See you in the creeks Mike Fait


 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes April, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The April meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on April 19th.  14 members and guests attended the March meeting.

We are still looking for a Librarian. Let Mike know if you would like to volunteer or we won't have one.

The latest TV gold shows were discussed.

Mike Fait showed the rock and mineral collection that he takes to gold shows. Outings are being planned for June and July, so check your calendars and plan on coming out.


 New Business:


May’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of May on the 17th at 1:00 pm.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.

Guest speaker William Cordua talking about meteors on May 17th. Bring your questions and samples of possible meteorites.

William Cordua, is a Professor of Geology at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and has written many articles about meteors and geology.

Donations to the raffle were from:  Bev and Dave Bender, Larry Bender, Capt'n Bob Minshall, Mike Fait, Richard Niemyjski,Richard Powell,Wayne Ellefson Sr.,Robert Wysocky, and Val Thompson, hope I didn't miss anyone.

 Door Prizes of 1/4 hams were won by Larry Bender and Richard Niemyjski.


 50/50 raffle winner – Dave Bender

Gold raffle winners: Wayne Ellefson Sr. and Richard Powell

 Gold Price on 5/1/14 was $1,282.60                Silver Price on 5/1/14 was $19.01

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

MAY THERE BE GOLD IN EVERY PAN !!!!       0511-1001-1705-4846_Old_Prospector_Panning_for_Gold_clipart_image

6.19-carat white diamond discovered by David Anderson at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park

21 Apr 2014 by Shereen Mohammed

In a news release dated April 16, 2014, the authorities of the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Arkansas, announced the discovery of a significant white diamond weighing 6.19 carats, the largest white diamond discovered in three years, since the 8.66-carat, Illusion Diamond was discovered in April 2011 by Beth Gilbertson of Salida, Colorado. The marquise-shaped, jelly-bean-sized, rough diamond, a clear unbroken crystal, is the 15th-largest diamond found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park since 1972, the year the site became an Arkansas State Park.

The diamond was discovered by David Anderson, a regular visitor to the park and diamond prospector, since 2007. David Anderson first learned of the Crater of Diamonds State Park when he saw Arkansas’s diamond site featured on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places to Find Cash and Treasures.” His curiosity aroused, David Anderson first visited the park in 2007. Since his first visit, he developed a love for diamond hunting and became a regular visitor to the park, calling Murfreesboro his home and searching the park’s 37 ˝-acre search area regularly for diamonds. During the seven-year period he searched for diamonds, David Anderson had discovered more than 400 diamonds in the park, and his latest discovery on April 15, 2014 is the largest discovered so far. He discoverd the diamond in the East Drain area of the search field. However, unlike other diamonds which took David Anderson much longer time to discover, the 6.19-carat white diamond, took a relatively short period of only four hours to recover. This was mainly due to the heavy rains that fell over the weekend over the search area, and Anderson beginning his search on the first sunny day following the rain. The regular ploughing of the diamond search area by park personnel bringing freshly eroded diamond ore to the surface, followed by a heavy downpour that washed away the lighter soil and dirt away, leaving any heavy rough diamonds on the surface, was the ideal condition created by nature, for visitors to find diamonds right on the surface of the search area.

Anderson named his clear, white marquise-shaped diamond the “Limitless Diamond” after the 2014 motto for the charitable organization “Speed the Light.” He plans to donate proceeds from the sale of this diamond to “Speed the Light,” a Christian youth charity.

The search area of the Crater of Diamonds State Park is the eroded surface of the eighth largest diamond-bearing deposit in the world, 37 ˝-acres in extent, ploughed regularly to expose freshly eroded diamond ore, to help the diamond hunters. It is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public to scout for diamonds for a fee, adopting the policy of “finders keepers,” allowing visitors to keep what they find.  

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.

For Sale: Fisher 1220 metal detector with headphones and manual $300 call Ted Ehrhardt (608)985-7360 or (608)415-1661

Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2014.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2160

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2160

Newsletter Editor - 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

 June 21, 2014 - Nugget Lake County Park. Call for camping reservations 715-639-5611

July 18-20, 2014 - Upper Michigan Copper and Rock hunting (Wausau Outing)

July 19, 2014 - Metal Detecting - in Ontario Wis. (Tomah Outing)

July, 2014 - Dredging and sluicing in Indiana (Greenbush Outing)

August 16, 2014 - Dry washing Robert Wysocki

Sept 12-14, 2014 - Snider Lake outing (Wausau Outing)

Sept, 26 – 28, 2014 - Fall in Parrish (Dennis Laubenstein outing)

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 Rice Lake Regional Airport located west of Cameron and west of hwy53 on 19th St., Rice Lake, Wi.  Contact: Mike Wiersma 715-833-7603