Who We Are
The North Bend Prospectors, Inc., (NBPI) was founded in Coos Bay, Oregon, in 1995. The general purpose of this 501 c (3) non-profit, family-oriented club is "the advancement of gold prospecting."
The NBPI meets once a month to educate members about gold prospecting, review old and new products, coordinate family outings, participate in drawings for nuggets, and promote the pursuit of gold. Each month, the club arranges a presentation on an aspect of gold prospecting. Also, the club holds on-site training sessions in how to locate gold, panning, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting, and publishes a monthly newsletter.
Membership in the NBPI is not limited by nationality, race, color, gender, or creed, but is limited to those who fulfill active membership requirements by payment of membership fees and support the purpose of the corporation.
The mission of the North Bend Prospectors, Inc. is to further the advancement of gold prospecting:
- Developing an organization that actively encourages camaraderie, fellowship, and personal contact among people with the same interests in gold prospecting.
- Adhering to environmental laws.
- Following the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Army Corps of Engineers laws and doctrines.
- Promote increased public awareness of ecologically sound prospecting and small scale minning for adults, families and childern.
- Teaching club members how to prospect for gold.
- Developing teachers and mentors.
- To educate the general public about the history of gold prospecting in our state and of the importance of mineral extraction.
Code of Ethics
Members of the North Bend Prospectors, Inc., (NBPI) adhere to the "Weekend and Small-scale Miner's Code of Ethics" and "Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics."
The NBPI meetings are on the second Thursday, beginning at 7:00 p.m. sharp, at the North Bend Senior Center, 1470 Airport Way, North Bend, Oregon. Attendees are encouraged to come early to socialize before the meeting begins.
Features of our meetings include a prospecting-related presentation, a short period to take care of club business, and drawings for gold nuggets and other prizes. Refreshments are available during the break.
Interested individuals and families may attend with guest status. Active membership is required for further participation in club meetings, and activities.
Some of the benefits of being a NBPI club member are:
- Attending the club's monthly meetings.
- Admittance to the club's workshops, including panning, sluicing, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting.
- Admittance to the clubs outings.
- The option to attend the club's board meetings.
- A year's subscription to the club's official newsletter, The Nugget, mailed to you.
- Use of the club's library of books, magazines, videos, and maps.
- Notification of special activities in gold prospecting and metal detecting being offered by other clubs in the area.
- The opportunity to receive other club members' knowledge and experience in the hobby.
- Fellowship with people who share a love for and an interest in prospecting and metal detecting as a hobby.
- The opportunity to participate in the club as a forum in which you can work to promote and preserve our prospecting and metal detecting heritage.
Members are in good standing when their fees are paid for the current year.
- Members are required to abide by the Code of Ethics, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the club.
- Members are encouraged to serve on a committee, if asked.
- Members should conduct themselves in a respectable and responsible manner at all times.
- Members are encouraged to participate in as many activities as possile including meetings, outings and community service fuctions.
- Members are encouraged to promote fellowship within the club, with other organizations with similar interests, and with the community.
- Members, if eligible, are encouraged to run for any elective office.
Individual is $25.00 and family memberships fees are $35.00 per year.
To apply for (or renew) active membership in the NBPI, please print the Membership Application, fill it in, and send it to the club with the required membership fees.
The NBPI has a Mentoring Program to tutor club members in the fine art of gold prospecting, which may include any of the techniques that are in common use today (panning, sluicing, dredging, metal detecting, etc.).
Each year, the club and its members plan several activities, including outings to Oregon's historic gold mining districts, prospecting sites. The club also participates in community panning demonstrations. The club also plans a yearly weekend prospecting/barbecue outing at a remote gold prospecting location somewhere in Oregon.
Each month, the NBPI publishes its official newsletter, The Nugget, for distribution to its members. The newsletter seeks to educate and inform members with a feature article related to gold and prospecting; a letter from the club's president; stories and articles submitted by club members and others; notes about the previous month's general and board-of-directors meetings; upcoming club meeting presentations; a club activites list; committee articles; and classified advertisements (both commercial ads and free-to-members non-commercial ads). The newsletter is mailed to all members at least one week prior to the next club meeting.
When submitting articles, please include publication information on articles clipped from other publications. The editor reserves the right to edit all articles submitted.
Deadline for submission of articles is the fifteenth of each month.
Non-commercial business-card-sized classified text ads for members are free of charge and do not have to be treasure-hunting related. Commercial display ads must be prospecting related and are available to anyone at a modest charge.
There is a two-column inch minimum.
Deadline for submission of commercial ads is fifteen (15) days prior to the month of publication.
Commercial Ad Costs per Month 3" X 2.25"
$ 6.00 3" X 4"
$12.00 3" X 8"
$24.00 6" X 4"
$24.00 6" X 8"
As an incentive to run display ads for a year, we offer a 10% discount when paid in advance.
Any member may solicit commercial display ads for the newsletter. Copy ready material is preferred. A setup charge may be assessed to create a commercial display ad that is not copy ready.
For information about The Nugget, to place an advertisement, or to request an advertising sheet, contact the Editor (see the NBPI Contact List).
Officers and Board of Directors
Offices and members of the Board of Directors are nominated at the October general meeting, elected at the November general meeting, take office January 1st, and serve a 1-year term through December 31st. The elected officers are the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Our official NBPI presidents includes:
- 1995-1996 Oscar Johnson
- 1996-1998 Steve Houston
- 1998-2000 George Brown
- 2001-2002 George Brown
- 2003-2005 George Brown
- 2006-2007 Bob Baldwin
- 2008-2009 Frank Kaiser
- 2009-present Bob Baldwin
President - 2007 & 2009
Board of Directors
The elected Officers and up to nine appointed members comprise the Board of Directors of the North Bend Prospectors, Inc. All board members serve a 1-year term. The club also makes provision for Appointed Officers.
The NBPI has several Standing Committees and Special Committees that are instrumental to the running of the club.