Gold Fever!!!


Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter – September 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.

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

President’s Message

   I would like to thank Dave Bender for bringing his gold cube, which he has modified to run with a hand pump, to the meeting last month. Thou there weren't many members present all were intrigued by its ease of operation and steady flow of water. I cleaned up the concentrates from half a bucket of black sand and recovered more gold than I was able to pan on the lake in three days of work. The recovery was excellent.

 The weather was probably a little too nice which kept the crowd down. There are only so many nice days in a Wisconsin summer.

  Next month I hope to see many of you at our metal detecting outing in Tomah. We will meet at the hall at 10:00 am. Then pick a destination to detect, after lunch we will try another spot. If you can't get there before we start we will leave a note as to where we will be going on the front door. I hope I don't have to work then I can be there all day otherwise I won't be there until after noon. Richard and Jeff are in charge of this outing.

 If anyone is interested in the trip to the Indianapolis gold show and want to ride with us were are trying to fill a van for the trip. Call me if you are interested 715-384-9265. If we don't get at least 9 people we will take cars instead. Information was in last month’s newsletter as to cost and hotel expenses. We’re going to leave Saturday morning and try to get to the show in time for the Saturday raffle drawings. If you do go to the gold show whether with us or by yourself be sure and preregister with the GPAA for a discount at the door. You can do it on their website.

 I also got an email from Alaina Mv she is looking to sell her LDMA membership at a discount. Not sure if this is a scam or for real I am including the letter to Diane for the newsletter this month if you are interested you can contact her yourself.

 Hope to see you next month Mike Fait

.Upcoming Events

 September 8, 9, & 10 – Wausau Prospectors – Jacob’s & Sheffler’s Geode Mines Outing

September 16, 2017 - Tomah Club Meeting  - Meet at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 10:00 am - metal detecting outing in Tomah

October 7th – Wausau Prospectors – Meeting/Election of Officers/Show & Tell.

October 21st & 22nd – GPAA Gold & Treasure Show in Indianapolis Indiana.

November 4th – Wausau Prospectors – Meeting/Program – How to build a sucker tube by Neil Zastrow.

November 11, 2017 - Tomah Club Meeting at Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 1:00 pm – Election of 2018 Officers

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

Tomah Wisconsin GPAA Chapter Minutes August 19, 2017


Old Business:                                                                                                                                                              

The August meeting was held August 29th with 14 members/guests attending.  

A big thank you to Dave Bender for bringing and demonstrating his hand-pumped Gold Cube.  It look like it was a great way to pan out concentrates.

  New Business:

 The September meeting on September 16, 2017 – members/guests should meet at the Town of LaGrange Town Hall – at 10:00 am.  It will be determined where in Tomah everyone will go to do their metal detecting.  If you are not able to get there by 10:00 am, a sign will be put on the Town Hall door as to where everyone has gone.  Lunch will be on your own and depending on how the metal detecting goes, the group may go to a different location after lunch.

There be NO monthly meeting at Tomah in October, because the GPAA Gold Show is the outing for that weekend.

Details on Gold Show in Indiana - Richard Niemyjski can rent a van that seats 15 people to go to the gold show in October in Indianapolis. We would probably leave from Viroqua on Saturday morning and come home Monday. We would need two nights in a hotel. Plus pay for the van price to be determined by how many go. Probably in the $60 dollar range? There will be a signup sheet at the August meeting or call Mike Fait or Richard Niemyjski. Numbers are in the officers lists.(more details below).


Thank you to all that donated items for the Table Raffle – Gary Morrison, Mike & Gayle Fait, Barb Bublitz, Bill & Diane North, and Diane Kollins.  Sorry I missed anyone who donated.  Thank you to all. 

50/50 raffle winner – Richard Niemyjski

Gold raffle winners:   Nugget – Dave Bender

Gold Concentrates – Larry Bender                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gold Price on 8/30/17 was $1,308.10               Silver Price on 8/30/17 was $17.39

Respectfully submitted by Diane North – Newsletter Editor


GPAA Gold Show:

 There will be a Midwest GPAA Gold & Treasure Show this year in Indianapolis. Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205.

There will be various national and local vendors. Of course there will be the GPAA major prize raffles along with all the vendor and chapter raffles. There’s still booth space for vendors and chapters that would like to be represented. Booth space starting at as little as $200! Private message the GPAA Gold and Treasure Shows Or call direct at (800) 551-9707 ext. 168 for further details and questions. So come out and enjoy all that the gold show has to offer. Hope to see you there!!

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GPAA Gold & Treasure Show Indianapolis Indiana 2017

Information about parking and lodging


The Indiana State Fairgrounds charges a $5 facility charge per vehicle upon entrance to the Indiana State Fairgrounds when public events are being held. There are no In/Out privileges.


The Indiana State Fairgrounds recommends using for the best rates on hotels around the fairgrounds.


The Indiana State Fairgrounds has two campgrounds – the Monon Campground and the 46th Street Campground. The Monon Campground is located on the grounds and has 174 sites and the 46th Street Campground is located just north of the grounds.

Campground rates are $35.00 per space per night. The camping fee begins when the camper enters the property regardless of the occupancy or hookup.

Camping is accepted on a first come first serve basis. There are over 300 campsites available so no reservations are required.

The following terms and conditions must be followed while camping:

• Camping stickers must be displayed on both the camper and vehicle

• Holding or flagging campground sites for other campers is prohibited.

• Camping is only allowed in assigned spaces. Campsite is for sleeping unit only. Campsite space does not guarantee enough room to park any vehicles on campsite. All personal vehicles should be parked in the 46th Street parking lot adjacent to the camping are of other designated parking areas. All other vehicles must park in designated areas. Any vehicle in violation of this condition will be towed at owner’s expense.

• All campers should come prepared with 25’ of water and sewer house and 25’ of electrical cord to reach connections. Also adapters for 50 amp connections are recommended.

• Do not block access to other campers. Do not block roads, fire lanes, or dump stations.

• Be considerate of your neighbors. Excessive noise or any other disturbing behavior is prohibited.

• Open campfires are prohibited. Only contained cooking grills are permitted.

• All trash must be placed in plastic garbage bags, tied, and left in the proper trash containers.

• All animals must be kept on a leash. Please pick up after any animal.

• Water and sewage may not be dumped on the surfaces of the grounds.


2017 Midwest Chapter Summit

You are cordially invited to attend the Gold Prospectors Association of America’s Midwest Chapter Summit on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017. This year’s summit will be held at Clear Fork Adventure Resort, located at 341 Resort Drive in Butler Ohio, just a few minutes from the Swank Claim in Belleville Ohio. We have paired this summit with The Ohio Buckeye Chapter’s 2017 Gold Rush Days; they have averaged over 1,200 members and visitors at Gold Rush Days over the past few years.


We will start with registration at 8:30 AM, with the summit starting at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Breakfast will be served during registration, lunch will also be provided for all attending. This summit is open to State Directors, State Director Board Members, Chapter Officers, and any Chapter Board Members.

The 2017 GPAA’s Midwest Chapter Summit Co-Chairman is Sonny Lucas (330)641-2694 and Jeffery W. Behnke (847)858-2526. For more information on camping, hotels, and lodging during the summit and Ohio’s 2017 Gold Rush Days please contact Sonny Lucas.

Chapter summits are a great place to learn about what other chapters are doing to improve your own chapter and to make contacts from other chapters. We will have members of the GPAA staff available to answer any questions that you may have pertaining to your chapter and the GPAA.

Discussion at this summit will include but not limited to: East Coast Land Leases “Claims”, Chapter and GPAA Membership, Chapter Best Practices, How to Grow Your Chapter, and several other topics including all of your questions and concerns.


Thomas Fowlkes

Indiana State Director


I would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing communicate to your chapter regarding this. I am for some reason unable to post to the forum page of the website and while this is being looked into it was suggested that I reach out to the chapter presidents about my offering. I am looking to offer a transfer of my membership and am in search of an interested party.

I am currently looking to transfer my Lost Dutchman Mining Association lifetime membership. I am offering it at $650. There is also a balance of $810 on the account that would need to be brought current by the interested party and also a transfer fee of $150. The interested party must already have a Gold Prospectors Association of America lifetime membership or acquire one at a cost of $450. I am open to negotiations. If interested please contact me at . Thank you so much for your time.

Alaina Marshall - Vogel


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