2018-2019 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)

August 17 -19 2018.  RANGER STEVE INVINTATIONAL CAMPOUT. Invitational Campout at Ranger Steve’s claim in Holcomb
Valley (Big Bear).  An unofficial private camp out hosted by Steve, open to all FCM members. Hit the maps and the library and do your
mining and prospection research.

August 31, 2018.  LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:  If your renewal form and dues of 50 dollars are not
submitted by this date, you will be dropped from the FCM roster.

September 15, 2018.  (Sat) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  11:00 AM (NOTE EARLIER TIME) General Membership
meeting will be at John Ziagos house in Pioneertown.  Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and your potluck item.  FCM to provide
hamburgers and hotdogs.  

October 06, 2018.  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.       
 

October 20, 2018.  Old Schoolhouse Museum:  The FCM will be hosting a panning booth at the OSM in 29 Palms for the Old Timers Reunion, 1200-5 PM.  Volunteers are needed so please let the President know if you are
available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

October 27-28. (Sat-Sun) VALLEY PROSPECTORS RENDEZVOUS:  Rendezvous hosted by Valley Prospectors at ORD
MOUNTAINS – Join Valley as they host an awesome weekend of family-oriented gold prospector events including the famous Treasure
Hunt, chili cook-off, and more.  FCM will host the panning contest on Saturday.  Great family fun!!  Both FCM claim 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.

November 04, 2018.  (Sun) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  1 PM. General Membership meeting will be at Tom & Beverly
Wolf’s house in 29 Palms.  Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and your potluck item.  FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs.  Great
meeting to make plans and friends for the winter prospecting season.

November 16-18, 2018.  (Fri-Sun) CAMPOUT AT THE HUMBUG CLAIM:  Great family campout! Spend the 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 area.  President Wharff will be conducting a historical
tour of the district on Saturday morning.

December 08, 2018. (Sat) 25th ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DINNER:  5 p.m. at the Elks 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.  
RSVP’s must be in by December 1st.  No walk-ins.  Lots of prizes including gold, silver, metal detectors and other good stuff.  Wear
your membership BADGE.

January 12, 2019. (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.
 
February 09, 2019.  (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.  
                                                                                                                          
February 15-18, 2019.  (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 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.

March 10, 2019.  (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 the opportunity to select your new President,
Treasurer and Sgt-At-Arms.  FCM to furnish hamburgers/hot dogs.  Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and potluck item.

April 12-14, 2019. (Fri-Sun) CAMPOUT AT THE ORD MOUNTAINS:  The Grizzley-4 and Stoddard Ridge claims are 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.  

May 18, 2019. (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.

June 01, 2019. (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 07-09, 2019 (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 14, 2019 (Sun) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  1100AM (NOTE EARLER TIME!) at Greg and Susan house 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!!

August 16-18, 2019 (Fri-Sun) Ranger Steve Annual Invitational Campout:  Campout at Ranger Steve’s claim in Holcomb Valley (Big
Bear).  An unofficial private camp out hosted by Steve, open to all FCM members. Hit the maps and the library and do your mining and
prospection research.

September 14, 2019.  (Sat) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:  11:00 AM (NOTE EARLIER TIME) General Membership
meeting will be at (TBD).  Don’t forget your chair, drinks, and your potluck item.  FCM to provide hamburgers and hotdogs.