Gold Fever!!!      


Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – December 2017


Welcome to the 2017 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.

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President’s Message

   Hi to all hope you had a good Thanksgiving, and that you did better hunting than I did. The weather was so so but I always seem to pick the stand that the deer were avoiding.  Saw my first bobcat this year and a huge porcupine. I did see one small buck when I didn't have my gun in my hand, I would not have shot it anyway too small for what I was looking for. Had 2 doe tags might still go out muzzle loading but I have some meat left from last year.

 The weather is still warm for this time of year and I see on the Minnesota/ Wisconsin web site that some prospectors are still at it on the good days.

 Thanks for reelecting me to another year. I am out of ideas for what to talk about at future meetings. Your suggestions are welcome! Remember to bring a gift to exchange next month. You don't have to but then you won't get one back either. Regular raffles will be held; come and share a meal and companionship with like-minded people. Pray for good weather too. If the weather gets to bad or if a winter storm is supposed to occur on meeting days I will try and contact you to let you know when the meeting will be cancelled  either by email or phone.

See you at the meetings until the creeks flow again Mike Fait  



Upcoming Events

 December 2nd – Wausau Prospectors – Meeting/Annual Christmas Party.

December 16, 2017 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Christmas Party

January 6, 2018 - Wausau Prospectors – Meeting/Program – Fine Gold Recovery.

January 20, 2018 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

February 3, 2018 - Wausau Prospectors – Meeting/Program – Alaska Gold by Dean Race.

February 17. 2018 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes November 18, 2017


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

Last month 13 members in attendance.  

 Richard Niemjski handed out gifts to all the veterans at the meeting.

Treasures report given low funds do to summer activities.

 Mike talked about the gold show in Indianapolis. The Spin It Off looks to work good. Mike wants one. Better than using a magnet. Mike talked about the different booths that were at the show and the GPAA officers that were present. Also about the different lectures attended and information he received. Best part of the gold show!

 Elections: Nominated to stay with all the same officers, seconded by the club. Larry thanked all the officers for the work they do.

Discussion was held on outings for next year. Nugget Lake going to stay in June. 

It was stated that the Greenbush chapter is now the Kettle Moraine Chapter, they now have new officers. We all hope that Wanda Riel has a fast recovery from her illness.

 We welcomed a new member - Dan Broder

Thanks for all the good food and Happy Thanksgiving to all

 New Business:

December meeting on the 16th will be at the Town of LaGrange Tpwn Hall.  The meeting will be the club Christmas Party – the club will provide a ham door prize.

December gift exchange $10- $15 gift to be exchanged with other members. If you give a gift you get a ticket to take a gift back. You do not have to participate if you don't want to or you forget. The gift should be new and for either sex. Prospecting, metal detecting or camping related preferred.


50/50 Raffle Richard Niemjski

Gold Raffle:  Richard Niemjski - gold nugget

                     Gary Morrison - Panning kit and pay dirt

                      Jeff Hastings - Gem Bag

Special thanks to all who brought raffle prizes, Mike forgot to write down all that donated, but it was just about everyone there.

             Gold Price on 11/28/17 was $1,293.40               Silver Price on 11/28/17 was $16.85

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor

Tomah Gold Club e-mail:

Received 10/29/17 from Smith

Hi there Prospectors,

We had our meeting on October 21.  The name for the new club is the Wisconsin Michigan Prospectors.

We volunteered some temporary officers to serve for a couple months then have elections. To be an officer you will need to be member of the Gold Prospectors Association of America though you do not have to be a member of GPAA to be a member of our Wisconsin Michigan organization.

We will need a few more officers to fill some positions so we will discuss this in future meetings. Acting Secretary: Dan Nyman Acting Outings Coordinator: Guy Unger Acting Michigan Representative: Phil Spooner Acting Raffle Coordinator: Terry Knope Acting Vice President: Kevin Konshak Acting President: Ron Smith

We have be decided to associate our organization with the Gold Prospectors Association of America. We felt that it would be a good fit for our growing club. I will start filling out the paperwork to start the process with the GPAA and we can be a chapter within a few months.

Officers please bring your GPAA numbers so we can fill out the paperwork.  There are no dues to become a member of Wisconsin Michigan Prospectors.

We run raffles to meet expenses, and raffles provide some of our entertainment at the meetings.  We accept donations for raffles and door prizes.

If you have ideas for Guest Speaker/ Programs for meetings please share your ideas the same for outings.  We had outings on October 18th and 19th, a little gold and some float copper. The outings were at Beecher, on Marinette County Forest Rd. 403 gravel pit, lots of fun and nice weather.

We have a meeting location for the next few months at Newinghams Supper Club at 722 Main St. Wausaukee, WI 54177.The door to the meeting room is outside the building in the rear lower level. The next meeting will be at 5:00 PM November 11th. There will be a potluck so remember to bring something to pass.

Upcoming meeting dates: November 11th, December 9th and January 20th. The times may be different from the November meeting because we won’t have outings on those days anyway.

See you at the meeting, Ron

Received 11/06/17 from Chuck Riel

Our club has changed it's name earlier this year.

We are officially The Kettle Moraine Prospectors of Wisconsin

We still meet in the Salem United Methodist Church in Fond du Lac on the second Saturday of the month, providing the church doesn't have something else on their schedule.

Thank you, Chuck Riel

Officers – elected for 2018.

President – Michael Fait ( 715-384-9265   (Cell phone to be used only on meeting days = 715-305-8319)

Vice-President – Gary Morrison 715-316-2555

Secretary – Jeanne Morrison 715-316-2555

Newsletter Editor - Diane North ( 608-635-7031

Treasure – Gayle Fait ( 715-384-9265

Outing Chairman – Jeff Hastings (  (608) 637-3097

Claims Director – Richard Niemyjski ( 608-637-3295

State Director – Mike Flint ( 608-372-0694

Wisconsin Area Clubs

The Kettle Moraine Prospectors of Wisconsin – We still meet in the Salem United Methodist Church in Fond du Lac on the second Saturday of the month, providing the church doesn't have something else on their schedule .- 1:00 PM Meetings  Contact: Chuck Riel

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 at the Village Town Hall in Brokaw Wisconsin. Address is: 218 2nd St., Brokaw, WI. Take US 51 north of Wausau and take exit 197. Then go east on county road WW. At the 4 way stop in Brokaw take a right. You are there (just past the Credit Union).  Contact:  Kurt Bublitz 715-340-2831 or e-mail

Wisconsin Michigan Prospectors.GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at meeting location for the next few months at Newinghams Supper Club at 722 Main St. Wausaukee, WI 54177. Contact Ron Smith.