November Newsletter

Gold Fever !!!           

 Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – November, 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

Thank you for reelecting me as president of the chapter, and I want to thank all the other officers who were elected for their taking on the responsibilities of their offices. I am here to serve you, if you have any ideas on what you want to do at the upcoming meetings let me know and I will try to get them done.

   As expected Marathon County has outlawed prospecting on county land. They are the only county in the state that has done this. Let’s hope it stays that way. or that Marathon county reverses there decision but I don't have my hopes up. William Duncanson the parks director was leading the charge to outlaw us. He was the one person that spoke out against us time after time.

  The November meeting will be on the third weekend like all the other meeting this year as gun deer hunting is on the fourth weekend.

  I'm still working on cleaning up my Lake Superior black sands. I have never seen anything that was this hard to separate the gold out of. I will probably be working on it next spring yet. I will be moving my cleanup table to the basement this month and I don't seem to get much done over winter.

                                                                                      See you in the creeks Mike Fait

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes October, 2014

Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The October meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on October 18th ,  several members and guests attended the October meeting.

Marathon county prospecting ban was talked about.  The law on recreational prospecting and even rock hounding is now law. We cannot pan for gold, pick up a rock or even pick a flower on Marathon County owned land. If you get caught they will prosecute to the fullest even a child. This law was passed today. Warm Regards,  Carl Mauritz , Wausau Prospectors Secretary

Last month Richard Hansons phone # to call about gold cubes. It was the wrong number it should be (608)466-0080.

 New Business:

November’s meeting will be on the 3rd Saturday of November on the 15th at 1:00 pm at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin.   Please bring a dish to pass for lunch.   Steve Miller will be talking about metal detecting in Virginia and any other metal detecting questions you may have.

A joint prospecting trip to South Dakota is being planned for 2015 with the Wausau chapter. Not dates have been set yet.

At the October’s meeting the 2015 elections was held.                                                                                        Elected was President Mike Fait, Vice-president Gary Morrison, Secretary Jennie Morrison,                 Treasurer Gayle Fait. Outings Director Richard Niemyjski,  Claims chairman Richard Niemyjski,                         and Newsletter Editor Diane North  

The speaker was Kim Mickeison talk about emergency medical care in the field.  She covered the A B C's of medical care. Airways, Blood and heart beating, and circulation. She also talked about animal and insect bites. It was quit in depth and more than I can remember now I only hope that this information it comes back to me in my time of need.


Donations to the raffle were from:  Dave Bender, Bev Bender, Larry Bender, Emily Morrison,Mike Fait,Richard Powell, John Schwingle,Wayne Ellifson Sr. Eugene and Tina Taylor,and Val Thompson  hope I didn't miss anyone.


 50/50 raffle winner – John Schwingle

Gold raffle winners: Gold nugget John Schwingle,  Gold bags John Schwingle and Wayne Ellifson

 Gold Price on 10/28/14 was $1,227.70                Silver Price on 10/28/14 was $17.40

 Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

First Aid Kits

First Aid Kits are very easy to put together on your own and cheaper than buying a readymade kit.  Here is what The Red Cross recommends.

The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

    2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

    25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

    1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

    5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

    5 antiseptic wipe packets

    2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

    1 blanket (space blanket)

    1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

    1 instant cold compress

    2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)

    2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)


    1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)

    1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

    5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)

    5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

    Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)

    2 triangular bandages


    First aid instruction booklet

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

  Officers – all officers were re-elected for 2015.


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

 Nov 1, 2014 - Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall – Swap fest & Alabama Gold Camp - 11:00 am

Nov 15, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – Steve Miller Metal detecting  - at 1:00 pm

Dec 6, 2014 - Wausau Prospector Meeting – Cedar Creek Mall – Meeting & Christmas Party - 11:00 am

Nov 20, 2014 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – Meeting & Christmas Party - at 1:00 pm

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