Irma Estrada

I am sorry to report that we have recently lost of of our members, Irma Estrada.  She and her husband, John, joined the club in 2014 and have been very active members in the past.  The extended Estrada family has been part of WEPC for nearly two decades.  Please keep John and his family in your prayers.

Happy New Year!

Greetings, WEPC members,

Happy New Year!  I sure hope 2022 is better than 2021 for everyone.  I know I did not find much gold this year, but I did have a lot of fun trying.  We have a lot to cover in this message.  The first important item is that we have decided to cancel the 1/4/22 General Meeting.  COVID Omicron is spreading at an enormous rate and is so much more contagious than Delta (which was much more contagious than the original COVID).  I think it is best to pass on a meeting this month until things settle down.  

The club has signed up for a booth at the gold show in Pomona in 6 weeks.  However, we shall see if this is cancelled or if the club decides to sit this one out.  We will know more in a few weeks.

Some other big news is our new club officers.  We had many people end up serving almost 3 years of a one-year term due to COVID.  I am turning over the reins to our new President, Marshall Holman.  Many of you know him well and the club is in good hands.  He has served as president in the past and helped me enormously in the last almost 4 years I have been serving.  Our new Vice President is Ben Wilbur.  Secretary will be me (Kevin Regli).  Treasurer will be Julia Wilbur.  Board members will be Bob Ashe, Pat Ashe, Dmitri Maslov, Zoe Regli, Sharon Dahl, Fred Dahl, Alex Rocco, and Lyle Majeska.  We have some new faces and it will be nice to get some new ideas.  I want to thank Nikki Brady, Bill Brady, and Doris Holden who are retiring from the board for all the hard work they have done for the club.

This is my last message as president as the new board members will serve 18 months starting 1/1/22.  Remember we have 9 great claims and I have been seeing many nuggets found in the past 6 weeks at our various desert claims.  Even I finally found a little one at Randsburg after years of finding flakes and pickers there.  Keep looking for gold!

Kevin Regli, President West End Prospectors

Member in need

Unfortunately, there is some bad news to report.  One of our long-time members, Irma Estrada (wife of John) has been dealing with a very serious health condition.  Here is a link to a Go-Fund-Me page if anyone wants to learn more and help out.



Event date: 
Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 6:00pm
Saturday, December 4, 2021, 6 PM to 9 PM
Doors open by 5 PM
Corona City Hall, 815 West 6th Street, Corona
DINNER ITEMS NEEDED for the potluck:  YOUR FAVORITE holiday casserole, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cole slaw, vegetables, green salad, fruit salad, dinner rolls & butter, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, relish tray, dessert, etc.  WEPC will supply the turkey and ham.
Please bring your own plates, eating utensils and beverage.
If you want to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift valued at $20.00.
Participation is voluntary,  Bring a gift, get a gift.
Be sure to wear your WEPC member badge.

October General Meeting!

We are finally having a general meeting!  It is at 730 PM on Tuesday, October 5th.  We have a new location at the Circle City Center in Corona.  It is found by taking the north Main Street Exit from the 91 Freeway.  Doors open at 7 PM.  We are in meeting room B on the 2nd floor.  They have an elevator and plenty of parking.  We will have drawings, finds of the month, and start nominations for new officers.  Refreshments will be served! 

Address:  365 North Main Street, Corona CA 

Urgent Message September Outing Cancelled!

URGENT MESSAGE/BREAKING NEWS:  The state has just announced that they are closing ALL of the California National Forests as of Tuesday 8/31. 
It appears this will be in place until 9/17, but may last longer depending on the fire situation.  This affects many of our claims.  For a more practical matter, this means our Outing/General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, 9/4, to held at the Buckshot Claim in the Holcomb Valley/Big Bear area is cancelled.  You may recall they closed Big Bear last year at this time.  I am worried this may become a yearly tradition.  
We are working to secure a site for general meetings and really hope to have a general meeting in October.  Watch for emails and the website in the future as we get more information.  The deserts are still open and hopefully will be cooling off soon to allow prospecting at those claims.
Thanks for your patience!
Kevin Regli, President West End Prospectors

No dues for 2021-2022!

At our recent board meeting, we voted to waive the $50 dues for the period of 7/1/21 through 6/30/22.  This will apply to current members.  If you have already paid ahead, that money will be applied to the next fiscal year.  This will be a one-time event due to the COVID situation affecting so many members.  


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