| 2016-2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
(We try to avoid any changes, but please note that these dates are subject to revision if the need arises
please read your current newsletter for the latest version)
Sept 17, 2016 (Sat) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 11:00 am at Greg Herring’s house in
Pioneertown. Come join us for our membership meeting and don’t forget to bring your chair, drinks, and
potluck item. Hamburgers/hot dogs provided by FCM. Enjoy the great scenery and weather in Pioneertown.
Oct 1, 2016 (Sat) – JOSHUA TREE GEM AND MINERAL SHOW – The First Class Miners will be
hosting a Panning Booth for this show in Joshua Tree. Volunteers needed so please let our President know if you are
available. There will also be a sign up roster at the Sept meeting.
Oct 22-23, 2016 (Sat-Sun) Rendezvous hosted by Valley Prospectors at ORD MOUNTAINS – Join Valley as they
host an awesome weekend of family oriented gold propsector events including the famous Treasure Hunt, chili cook-off, and
more. FCM will host the panning contest on Saturday. Great family fun!! Both of our FCM claims will be open to all Valley
and FCM prospectors. Potluck and bonfire too!!
Although this is unimproved camping, you CAN get a motor home to this site.
Nov 6, 2016 (Sun) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 1:00 pm at Tom and Beverly Wolfe’s house in 29
Palms. Bring your potluck item, drinks, and your chair. Hamburgers/hot dogs provided by FCM. Great meeting to make
plans and friends for the winter prospecting season.
Nov 11-13, 2016 (Fri-Sun) – CAMPOUT AT THE HUMBUG CLAIM: Great family campout! Spend the long
weekend or longer on our Humbug claim in the Dale Mining District or just come for the day to drywash and metal detect.
Great opportunity to get familiar with the claim and venture out to our other claim in this area, the Lucky Nugget. Old mining
areas galore to explore in surrounding hills and great fun camping. Four-wheel drive highly recommended for access to the
Dec 3, 2016 (Saturday night) – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DINNER (Christmas party):
6 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in 29 Palms. Come for our annual award banquet and see who wins the “Miner of
the Year” award and the coveted Dowie Award! Doors open at 5 p.m.. All tickets available at the door. Theme will be
Western/Miner with prize for best lady/gent costume. Lots of raffle stuff and gold. Wear your membership BADGE.
Jan 7, 2017 (Sat) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 1:00 pm at Steve Scamman’s home in 29 Palms.
Join us for a day of feasting and raffling as we usher in the new year of prospecting and gold mining. FCM provides
hamburgers/hotdogs. Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and/potluck item.
Feb 11 2017 (Sat) ORIENTATION TOUR TO MIDDLE CAMP – 8:00 am departing from Joshua Tree
National Park Headquarters in 29 Palms. It’s a great opportunity to tour the FCM’s Middle Camp claims in the remote Eagle
Mountain Mining District. High Clearance four wheel drive vehicles highly recommended. Be prepared to pay the Park
entrance fee if you do not have an annual pass, as we will be driving through the Park to access our claim. Come with lunch,
plenty of water and a spare tire! This is an all day event. There will be time to explore and prospect on this day.
Feb 17-20 2017 (Fri - Mon) – PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND CAMPOUT AT THE MIDDLE CAMP
CLAIMS: Come for the weekend, or just the day, to metal detect or dry wash with other FCM members in the beautiful,
remote area of the newly reorganized Eagle Mountain Mining District. Camp, ATV, explore, and enjoy the night sky, clean
air, and the peaceful quiet… Sit around the campfire at night with other members and tell your tall tales. High clearance four-
wheel drive highly recommended. An AWESOME place to get away from it all.
Mar 12, 2017 (Sun) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 1:00 p.m. at Jim Wharff’s house in
29 Palms. Nominations for President, Treasurer, and Sgt at Arms will be accepted at this meeting. Don’t miss out on the
opportunity to select your new president. FCM to furnish hamburgers/hot dogs. Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and potluck
item. Tom Koch will have his award winning hall of fame “mobile museum” of old mining artifacts for all to see.
Apr 7-9, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun) – CAMPOUT AT THE ORD MOUNTAINS. Two club claims here for your
prospecting pleasure. This is the one FCM campout where you can bring any type of trailer or motor home you want. This is
remote camping like our other claims so no hookups. Come and join us at the bon fire each night, pot luck on Saturday, and
the annual FCM Treasure Hunt.
TBD, 2017 (Sat/Sun) SPECIAL EVENT: GPAA Gold Show in Las Vegas. The dates have yet to be posted by the GPAA.
We will post to the website and put a flyer in the newsletter as soon as we know the date. Call GPAA headquarters at 800-
551-9707 for more details.
May 13, 2017 (Sat) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 1:00 pm at Doug and Janet Peercy’s home in
29 Palms Voting will take place for President, Treasurer, and Sgt at Arms so be sure to attend this important
meeting. FCM to provide hamburgers/hot dogs. Please bring your chair, drinks, and potluck item.
May 20, 2017 (Sat) – TOUR OF RATTLESNAKE CANYON CLAIM – 8:00 am. Join us as for the annual tour of
our Rattlesnake Canyon claims. Familiarize yourself with Burns Canyon and the surrounding areas. Meet at Pappy &
Harriett’s Pioneertown Palace (restaurant) in Pioneertown to caravan together. This will be an all day event. 4x4 highly
recommended. Bring lunch, water, and a good spare tire. There will be some time for prospecting too.
June 2-4, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun) - CAMPOUT AT RATTLESNAKE CANYON
Beautiful area in the mountains at 5600 ft elevation. Cool nights (50’s) and nice days (80’s). Great place to camp with other
FCM members and metal detect or dry wash on our two claims. Very popular campout.
July 9, 2017 (Sun) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 1030AM (note early time!) at Susan Simmon’s
home in Rimrock. Welcome in your new FCM Officers and show your support. Don’t forget your chair, drinks and your
potluck item. FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Great location AND…you are right at the entrance to Burns Canyon
and can head to the claim after lunch for a little prospecting!! AND…you won’t have to listen to me speak anymore!!!!!
August, 2017 – Too HOT!!! Hit the maps and the library and do your mining and prospecting research.
Sept 16, 2017 (Sat) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 11:00 AM (NOTE EARLIER TIME) at Susan Simmon’s
home in Rimrock. . Bring your chair, drinks, and potluck item. FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Beautiful location
with typically decent temperatures. Finish up the calendar back where we started.