Your 2018 SPMA Board of Directors: Past President Ed Farley, Senior Director Joe Johanek, Junior Director Joan Rufner, President John Schotsch, Treasurer Brian Winter, and Vice President John Troseth. Thank you for dedicating your time to our association.
The board has decided to make the Assay Newsletter available on-line. Click the link to view and read your ASSAY, with full color pictures. Assay-Newsletter_June2018 Adobe Reader is required to view the file. You can download download and intall Adobe Reader using this link. Adobe Reader
Our biggest fundraiser each year is our annual booth at the Del Mar Fair, now called the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar. The money we raise each summer at this event helps pay the fees on our mining claims. Throughout June, the Fair will be open everyday EXCEPT Mondays and Tuesdays. Each day is divided into three shifts. SPMA members who work six shifts or more receive a Fair Credential (Free Pass) and an SPMA T-Shirt. For more info please call Brian Winter, (619) 787-8458.
Come and enjoy the food and fun of the annual SPMA picnic. The cost is $7 per person, unless you pre-pay then it's only $5. Print out one of these forms and make your reservation today. PicnicForm-PDF.
Our next general meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at the VFW Post Hall in Lemon Grove.
The Imperial Valley Chapter meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM, at the Potholes Claim, except during the summer. For more info please contact Jim Perkey via email.
Our monthly SPMA Board of Directors meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Gem & Mineral Building, Spanish Village, Balboa Park. All members are welcome to attend.
We now have two types of claim forms, a Mail-in Claim Form. and an Email Claim Form. Just click the links for each to check them out. We hope that by making the forms quick and easy to use, more people will send them in. Collecting these Claim Use Forms is important because it shows the BLM that we are actually using our claims. It also shows that we are being responsible stewards of the land. Hauling away old trash and filling in dangerous holes also shows that we're pretty good people to have around. When we apply for new claims, the BLM takes all of this into account.
SPMA members are encouraged to add photos to our photo page slide shows. There are two ways to do this, you can simply email them to Tom, or you can upload them to the SPMA PhotoBucket account. Our slide shows originate from that account. Prints and gift items can be ordered from PhotoBucket. For the PhotoBucket login passwords and other details please contact Tom Heffernan via email.
Check out this recent Union-Tribune article by Gary Warth. He tagged along with trip leader Lee Darling on an SPMA outing to our Potholes claim in early April. Just click the links and enjoy! Article and slide show. If the links should break, here's a PDF copy.
It's time you knew what the PEW Environment Group is up to and how they are lobbying to change the laws that regulate prospecting and mining. Download their 38-page booklet and read their own literature. PEW Environment Booklet.
If you're attending your first SPMA meeting you should know that pizza, snacks, and beverages are available at all our meetings at very reasonable prices.