Au Mojave Prospectors of Hesperia
As stated on our HOME page, the Au Mojave Prospectors of Hesperia,CA. Inc. (aka: AuMP). We are a non-profit 501(c)(7) & we were formed as a chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (aka: GPAA) on December 14, 2002 by 18 local GPAA members that got together to establish the Hesperia, CA. chapter.
The AuMP meeting information is on the HOME page as to the place and time and there is NEVER any dues or fees to attend a meeting or function. We are a family oriented club, be sure to bring your children as they are our prospecting future. Our meetings run between 1 - 1.5 hrs, unless we have a speaker.
Our intent is to educate the public on the various ways to prospect as a Small Scale Miner and to be a responsible steward of our lands. Besides participating in GPAA events, we also have booths (generally we have a panning demonstration, sell GOLD concentrates and give out chapter information) at various events held by the towns and clubs in the high desert area.
The following are some of the Small Scale Miner operations we are active with: Panning. dry washing, high bankers (which requires a tub of water), metal detecting ( Gold, Coin and relic shooting) and sluicing. Members have traveled to areas to legally DREDGE, until we are allowed to DREDGE again in California.
Lately there has been an increasing number of members that have shown an interest in hunting for other minerals, such as semi precious rocks and gems, they could get lucky and find high quality gems!
As a non-profit 501(c)(7) we are required to donate to a charity. We have chosen the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, located at 10755 Apple Valley Rd, Apple Valley, CA. 92308
Their History: The Victor Valley Child Abuse Task Force was formed in 1982 with the mission of stemming a rising tide of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and death in the High Desert of San Bernardino County in Southern California. In 1992, the name was changed to the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, to reflect the participation and support of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, King of the Cowboys and Queen of the West.
WELCOME to Au Mojave Prospectors (aka: AuMP)
We strive to educate the public in an environmentally safe way to prospect for minerals. Our meetings are open to the public and we are family orientated plus it is FREE to attend any of our functions.
1- We are Incorporated and a non-profit 501(c)(7) chapter in good standing with the Gold Prospecting Association of America (aka: GPAA) and the Lost Dutchman Mining Association (aka: LDMA).
2- Our Board Members are: Pres.- Robert Barton, V.P.- Will Pallo, Sect.- Robert Downs, Tres.- Richard Root, Claims - Hugo Mietzner, webmaster - Robert Downs.
3- Sign - in We use the sign up sheet for the Door Prize Drawing (it's FREE), we also can keep track of who has attended our meetings. Also check in with the Secretary (Norma Shearer) to fill out our Membership/Liability form.
4- Our Meetings are on the third (3rd) Thurs of each month at 7pm and last no longer than 2 hrs, unless we have a guest speaker. Our meetings are FREE to attend, bring the children as they are our future Prospectors. In order to become and maintain your Au Mojave membership you must attend a minimum of 3 meetings a year or 2 meeting and 1 chapter outing, this requirement is in our By-Laws, the By-Laws can be found on our web site under CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.
5- Drawings: We have 4 drawings to enter into, the door prize is (FREE) we use the sign-in sheet to pick the winners. Three (3) of the drawings which require you to buy tickets at 6 tickets for $5 or $1 each. These are the 50/50 drawing, half the monies collected goes to the person that is holding the ticket that is drawn and the other half goes to the Au Mojave Treasury. The Silver drawing, we take the total $ taken in and divide that by Silver cost to give us the number of Silver 1 ounce rounds or 1 ounce bars to be given out. Then we have the Gold drawing, we take the total $ taken in and divide that by the Gold cost to determine the number of Gold jewel cases (not to exceed ½ gram of GOLD) that are given out. Tickets are sold before the meeting starts, at the break and just before the drawing takes place by our Treasurer. All drawings are held at the end of the meeting.
6- (PLP) Public Lands for the People (plp1.org). They have been a major help in the courts to help keep our mining rights. There are 2 other organizations that are helping with our fight to keep our rights as Small Scale Miners. They are the American Mining Rights Association (AMRA.org) & the Mining and Minerals Advisory Council (MMAC.org) which is working to re-organize the Mining Districts on the Federal level & to reopen our public lands.
7- EDUCATION – During the school year we go to local schools and teach the students and teachers how to pan for GOLD, primarily 4th graders since they are taught California GOLD history in the spring, we show them and let them pan for real GOLD. We also question them on California Gold History and give them a little more information on the History of Gold in the USA.
8- OUTINGS – We have 2 claims that our members can use just as long as one of claim owners are present . We usually have someone out prospecting every weekend in the Coolgardie area which is north/west of Barstow. There are some members that spend most of their time out prospecting. We let members at the meetings know about any up coming outings and as to who, where and when someone is going prospecting.
9- GPAA/LDMA: Au Mojave as stated above is a GPAA/LDMA Chapter. We have GPAA membership kit at the meeting, the cost for the GPAA kits are $84.50 for a years membership. There is a $14.50 savings by getting a kit from our chapter or from the Mining Supplies and Rock Shop @ 9565 C Ave #K, Hesperia, CA. By buying the GPAA kit from the chapter or the shop you are automatic member of AuMP. If you sign up directly with GPAA, you need to tell them what chapter you want to belong to. The chapter gets points for each sign up or renewal, we can use these points for items in the GPAA product catalog. Your kit will contain: a Mining Guide (aka: MG), 14” Gold Pan, DVD (How to get started), a GPAA hat, 2 GPAA stickers, Mag & news paper plus your temp membership card which will allow you to go prospecting right away. The MG has hundreds of gold claims GPAA members have the exclusive right to use and keep all the gold they find on these claims. The (LDMA) is a organization within the GPAA. The LDMA has 13 patented gold baring camps that a member can stay at for up to 6 months at a time and any gold you find you get to keep. For more information ask to talk to one of our chapter LDMA members.
10- Au Mojave Sales: we have T-Shirts w/pocket and the chapter logo and name on the back plus our name on the front for sale at $15 each and a chapter badge with the chapter logo and your first or aka: name on it for $15 each. For additional AuMP items for sale check with our Treasurer.
GOLD CONVERSION CHART
GRAIN GRAM DWT TROY OZ TROY OZ AV
GRAIN 1.0000 0.0648 0.0417 0.0021 0.0023
GRAM 15.4324 1.0000 0.6430 0.0321 0.0353
DWT TROY 24.0000 1.5552 1.0000 0.0500 0.0549
OZ TROY 480.0000 31.1035 20.0000 1.0000 1.0971
ONCE AV 437.5000 28.3495 18.2292 0.9115 1.0000
How Pure Is Your Gold?
24 karats = 100 percent gold 22 karats = 91.75 percent gold 21 karats = 87.5 percent gold
18 karats = 75 percent gold 14 karats = 58.5 percent gold 12 karats = 50.25 percent gold
10 karats = 42 percent gold 9 karats = 37.8 percent gold
Gold prospecting in the High Desert.
Metal detecting in the High Desert.
Gold panning in the High Desert.
Au Mojave chapter has one claim consisting of 60 acres which can be used by chapter members and a coalition of 7 chapter members that has a 40 acre claim that can be used by AuMP members as long as one of the claim holders is on the claim. Both claims are located in the Coolgardie area which is north west of Barstow, CA. AuMP also has a GPAA claim called the Little Crystal located south west in Hesperia, CA. In order to use this claim you must be a member of GPAA. When you sign up with GPAA a claims guide comes with the membership.
Since 12-12-2017 AuMP has had several chapter members out in the Coolgardie area prospecting away. It was reported that one of our members happened to find a small nugget in December and another in January, Others have found their share of gold.
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