Gold Fever!!!      

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – March 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 everyone

Thanks to Dave Bender for sharing your agate pieces to us. Shows what you can do on your own to turn your passions into fashion.

We talked last month about going to the outings this summer. I have reserved my hotel in Sturgis for the May trip, and have a camping space for Nugget Lake in June

I was able to get a camping spot for camping at Muskellunge Park is $20 a day plus $8 reservation fee. You also need a state recreation passport for all state lands in Michigan. For non-residents it is $9 a day or $32 for the year.  

This month Dean Race will be in to tell us about his mine claim in Chicken Alaska. It is always exciting to hear his stories. He will be bringing some of his concentrate gold bags for sale. They are $50 for the small bags and $150 for the big bags.

  I will miss this month’s meeting as I will be bowling in Sparta on that day and you will most likely be gone by the time I could get there.

                                                  Until the creeks are flowing Mike Fait




Upcoming Events

March 4, 2017 – Wausau Club Meeting – Gold Cube by Kurt Bublitz – at 11:00 am

March 18, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Dean Race, speaker.

April 15, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm

May 19, 20, 21, 2017 – Tomah Club Outing at Sturgis, South Dakota – more details to follow.

June 17, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Nugget Lake – more details to follow.

July 15, 2017 – Tomah Club Meeting at Muskellunge Lake, Mich. – see details in this newsletter.

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes February, 2017


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The February meeting was held at the Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin on February 21st,   24 members and guests attended.

There was not speaker, but everyone had something interesting to bring to the club.  Dave Bender brought a cut & polished Montana Agate and spoke of all the work it takes to get the finished stone.  It takes a lot of time and patience, and something to do during the winter instead of prospecting for gold.  Mike talked about the upcoming outing to South Dakota, Michigan, Nugget Lake and about the Indiana Gold Show on October 21, & 22nd, 2017.

New Business:

Next meeting March 18th at the Lagrange Town Hall at the Town of Lagrange, 22731 Flint Ave. on Route #21 west of Tomah Wisconsin at 1:00pm.  

Dean Race will be our speaker.  He always has great stories about his Gold claims in Alaska.  He will also have Pay Dirt and other things for sale.


Thank you to all that donated items for the Table Raffle – Jeanie Morrison, Mike & Gail Fait, Diane & Bill North, Jeff Hastings, Diane Kollins, Bev Bender, Richard Neimyjski, Merlin Meyers, Wayne Ellefson, & Janice Laubenstien.  Sorry I missed anyone who donated.  Thank you to all. 

50/50 raffle winner – Jeff Hastings

Gold raffle winners:   Nugget – Janice Laubenstien 

Gold Concentrates – Dan Koehler

Gold Price on 2/27/17 was $1,252.10               Silver Price on 2/27/17 was $18.24

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor






Officers – elected for 2017.

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

Greenbush Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – Greenbush Prospectors meet every second Saturday of the month at Salem United Methodist Church   120 Sheboygan St.    Fond Du Lac, WI. 54935 (change of time) 1:00 PM Meetings

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 Northwoods Adventures GPAA Chapter – holds their meetings on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11:00 am, at the Cameron Community Center, 512 W. Main Street, Cameron, WI. Contact Dave “Wire” Heinsohn (715) 353-2261