| 2017-2018 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)
Aug 18-20, 2017: Invitational Campout at Ranger Steve’s claim in Holcomb Valley (Big Bear). An unofficial private
campout hosted by our VP, open to all FCM members.
Sept 16, 2017 (Sat) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 11:00 am at Greg Herring & Susan Simmons house in
Rimrock . 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 Rimrock.
Oct 7, 2017 (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 27-29, 2017 (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 5, 2017 (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.
Dec 9, 2017 (Saturday night) – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DINNER (Christmas party):
5 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. Lots of raffle stuff
and gold. Wear your membership BADGE.
Jan 13, 2018 (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 10 2018 (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 17-19 2018 (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 11, 2018 (Sun) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: “25 Anniversary of FCM General Membership Meeting”. 1:
00 p.m. at Jim Wharff’s house in 29 Palms. Nominations for Nominations for Vice President and Secretary 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.
16-18 Mar 2018 (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 area.
Apr 13-15, 2018 (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.
Apr 21-22 (Sat-Sun) GPAA Gold Show 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 12, 2018 (Sat) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 1:00 pm at Doug and Janet Peercy’s home in
29 Palms Voting will take place for Vice President 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 2, 2018 (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 8-10, 2018 (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 8, 2018 (Sun) – GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 1100AM (note early time!) at Greg Herring & Susan Simmons
house in RimrockWelcome 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!!
17-19 Aug 2018: 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.
Sept 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.