President’s letter, continued
Amazing how much yellow gold I
ve seen come out ofthe ground this month folks! I've never seen so manypeople in one hole at one time, but of course, this is noordinary hole in the ground.
Our New Member outing thismonth produced a lot of interest and unearthed atremendous amount of precious metals. On Saturday the11th of September 38 people worked in shifts and onteams throughout the day. On Sunday our numbersdiminished slightly to a roaring earth moving 22, makingthe pit a little more navigable. Many of the peopleinvolved helped me with the reclamation efforts that theysaw me struggling with on the previous day. My gratitudeto those who so graciously took time out of their playtimeto do so.
Bob Butler: From Buena Vista who sogenerously donated his equipment andknowledge for the weekend for our newmembers to use.Jerry Belver: From Breckenridge, who cameout to help and setup for the weekend.Ron
Novak: From La Veta, drove all that way tohelp setup and break down.Oscar Warner: From the Western Slope, alsovolunteered his equipment to our members forthe weekendJoe
Aldridge: From Arkansas, who helped incoordinating the event and helped everyone,member and nonmember alike, in showingwhere the outing was and how to get involved.
The Denver Gem and Mineral show was a lot offun and my heart felt thanks to all who volunteered andmade the show a relaxing and pleasurable experience.We made some very good friends and relationships thisyear and even had a group from our club after the showvolunteer in helping the show committee indisassembling and packing the display cases in cratesand stacking them on pallets for transport. They fed usdinner and then we helped some senior citizen vendorspack-up their store to help them on their way.Nevertheless we have sparked an interest in many otherclubs as to how we have so many willing volunteers thatseem to enjoy these
sort of activities. The topic of ouroutings came up and the invites we
offer to other cubsfor joint ventures to different claims for various mineralsin Colorado. Not that everyone in our organization has aliking for raw gems, jewels and thousands of otherminerals that riddle our majestic mountain state but itgives us a chance to learn from knowledgeablegeologists and mineralogist's how ouronce volcanic andoceanic home has come to be what it is today.
Our New Member Outing, perhaps my last asPresident if someone else volunteers and is voted in, isgoing to be at Prospector
1 and 2 on the Arkansas RiverNorth of Howard, Colorado. Here we will expect to seeour last outing of the season and unfortunately Imistakenly announced in our last meeting that we wouldhave equipment there to run, but the motorized seasonends on September 30th. We will be learning how to uselong toms and rocker boxes as well as ﬁne tuning oursluicing and panning techniques. Circulatory and electricdevices are welcome and volunteers are needed to dodemonstrations with those units during the non-motorized season.
Thank you to everyone who has made this asuccessful year. It has been a pleasure and honor tohave served you during the procession of our calendarof events. Good prospecting to you and we will see youout there on the mineral trail and in the gold belt.
Sincerely, Big Ben
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