WPA Meeting 3/13/2004
The meeting of the Wyoming Prospectors Association started out with
Dennis Tippets from Minex Resources Inc. giving a brief discussion on how
he and his partners started this gold Corporation and some of the things
they did to get started. Dennis's primary purpose was to draw the winning
ticket for the 4 wheeler raffle being's he was an independent person and
didn't have a ticket in the box. The winner was Tom Noonan of Casper. Congratulations
and thanks Tom!
Meeting was called to order by President Scott Luers at 2:05 pm. with
all officers present. Scott asked for every one to introduce them selves.
There were 3 guests and 31 members present at the meeting.
Scott read the minutes of the previous meeting. There was a motion
to accept the minutes as read and put on file. Motion seconded voted on
Deb read the treasures report with the balance of the monies turned
in at the last minute for ticket sales not included. There was a motion
and second to accept as read and put on file. Motion carried
Scott asked for committee reports
Les Armstrong said that the LJG has not yet been taken care of
and that they are thinking of breaking it into 2 claims to take care of
the activity around the area.
Randy stated that he has drawn up the contract and was just waiting
for the board members to approve it so he can propose it to the land owners.
There was no one present from that committee but some discussion on
the place as it is still pending on the lease of the property. It was stated
that Jacque Schmidt will take care of the food and John Mierzwik will cook
for us again. The outing is still being planned for June 25, 26, and 27.
A paper is being drawn up and will be posted on our web page as to volunteers
needed and who to contact.
Being no other committee reports Scott ask for old business
Bonny Hinesley stated that she had got a new list from the Brunow's
and that by her count that there are 151 current paid members and was also
given paperwork for 2 new members today.
Jim Hinesley asked if any more progress had been made on the purchase
of the auger had been done and it was reported that Scott and Randy is
still trying to decide on what size would be the best for us to have. There
was some discussion on what the auger was to be used for and why did we
Randy Hutchison reported that the T shirt (3 Dozen) had been purchased
and will still be $12.00 each because he was able to get them at a discount.
The hats are still yet to be determined and Carl Anderson stated that he
would check out another source to see what kind of pricing he can get them
Being no other old business Scott called for new business
It was stated that the Board of Directors had met and updated the changes
to the Bylaws that had been approved by the members at the meetings. At
the Board meeting it was discussed as to how to get more participation
from the member for club functions. They came up with an incentive program
to see if this would be of interest to the membership. The members at the
meeting seemed to be very receptive to the idea and so it will get started.
The incentive package will be as follows to get started with. A card will
be given to each member and will have an area for the elected officers
to sign. The combination of signatures will get rewards, so far the rewards
are as follows: 5 signatures = WPA patch, 20 signatures = WPA T-shirt,
30 signatures = WPA baseball cap, 100 signatures = Keene Sluice box. These
are some examples of what has been discussed. A signature can be obtained
as easy as attending a meeting = 1, Chair a small committee = 5, file a
claim for WPA members to use = 10 signatures per 20 acre claim or 80 signatures
for 160 acres. This is just some of the examples discussed and can be added
to at any time to make it viable to the membership. It was also discussed
if cards can be combined (family and friends) and it was determined that
they could. This card will be the responsibility of the owner because no
record of them will be kept. Jim Hinesley had a sample of the card and
passed it around the room. Jim will get the supplies necessary for these
cards and have them available for the next meeting. In the board meeting
it was also discussed to have some kind of demonstration after the meetings
for members to learn or try different things. At this meeting Randy Hutchison
had his computer set up so people could learn and try to access information
from the BLM mining records.
At the next meeting, in April, Keith Blair will give a talk and demonstration
on using and reading TOPO maps. If anyone would like to help Keith on this
he would appreciate it.
It was also discussed that for the May meeting day that we could have
the membership show up at the Crusher Claim Bridge and people could work
as teams prospecting the Mary D2, Crusher, and the Mary D 3 claims. This
would help people know where the claims are and maybe where to look for
gold on them.
Being no more new business the meeting date for April was set for April
3 because the normal meeting day, second Saturday of the month, will be
Easter weekend. It will be held at the residence of Randy Hutchison being
that no one present wanted to set up a place for the next meeting.
Meeting was adjourned and the raffle was held. During the selling of
tickets Randy and Jim helped people work with the BLM lr2000 program. There
was a lot of interest in it.
Folding Shovel ------Bonny Hinesley
Finishing pan ------Bonny Hinesley
WPA patch ------Bonny Hinesley
Gold picker ------Peggy Gress
Gold Sand ------Keith Blair
WPA decal ------Larry Noble
Loupe ------Bill Willenbrecht
Scoop ------Deb Palmer
Mercury dime ------Athena Jones
Mercury Dime ------Chuck Brackenbury
2 Sm gold pickers ------Evelyn Willenbrecht
Green gold pan ------Arron Raymond
Keen magnet ------Paula Jones
WPA patch ------Kim Raymond
Gold sand ------Murray Palmer
Gold picker ------Jim Brines
WPA Hat ------Les Armstrong
2 Sm gold pickers ------Bruce Gress
WPA decal ------Joyce Raymond
Finishing pan ------Aaron Raymond
Scoop ------Peggy Gress
Mercury dime ------Bonny Hinesley
Green gold pan ------Brina Snell
2 Sm gold pickers ------Randy Arndt
Congratulations and Thanks to the winners
Respectfully submitted by
Bonny Hinesley WPA Secretary