July Minutes

July 16, 2009

Vice-President Bill Dunlevy called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  41 members attended, 4 are new.

Minutes and Treasurers Reports were read and approved.

Old Business – Conoco-Phillips Family fun Picnic was this afternoon from 3-6. They paid us $2,800 for the salted sand and panning instruction.  We gave out 300 bags of sand to kids and adults. 60 pans were donated to the club.  They served us free food and drinks.  20 volunteers helped with this effort.  The event caterer filled our 20 panning stations with water.  Oxford Assaying brought a gold bar, a heaping mound of gold, and a security guard to show the crowd.  The Alaska Miners Assoc. had informational tables and activities for the kids.  Weather was great, clean up was fast and we all had a good time.  The children had several other activities to do so we were not rushed with the crowd.  Teams put gold in their vials and that helped a lot with the flow of participants

Chicken Outing - This was a huge success.  We estimate Anchorage brought 100 people to the 4th of July celebration.  Some were from the Anchorage Gem and Mineral Society. Individuals and our club brought many prizes for their drawings.  Alaska Mining and Diving (AM&D) sent several big prizes.  We didn’t win as many of the prizes as last year.  LaRae Groves was in a 3-way tie for guessing the weight of a jar of gold.  Brian Webber and his father came in second in the egg toss.  The back roll and catch his father made was truly spectacular.  Reimbursements for fuel costs will be paid at the August meeting.

Gold Show – We will buy more gold to salt bags and plan to do that on Sat. the 18th at Bill Dunlevy’s home.  We need 5 Gallon buckets to anchor the tents.  Set up will be Fri. July31 at 6:00.  Volunteers are needed at 7:00 AM Sat. to hide coins for the detector hunt.  Timers are needed for the Sunday panning competition.  July 30th is the deadline for to be at Bill Dunlevy’s home.  The club purchased a large gold nugget as a major prize.  The Pebble Partnership contributed a Trip for Two to the Pebble prospect.  They value this trip at $4,000.  This trip can be taken through next summer and requires two weeks notice.

Publicity – Bill Bear has contacted the Frontiersman and Anchorage Daily News about ads.  Channel 2 may come Saturday morning for a shoot.  Members need to get those fliers out and pass the word.  AM&D may have Bill Dunlevy talk on their Friday radio spot.

Booths – USGS, AMA, Oxford Assaying and AM&D will have booths.

The Gold Exhibit at the Anchorage Museum ends Sunday August 2nd.  It is wonderful !  Do plan to take it in.

Peggy Bear made a motion to adjourn.  Motion passed and meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Bonnie Tisler, Sec/Treas.

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