About Us

October 2012:

The Vernon Placer Mining Club was originally founded by Clare Hewson about 26 years ago. We are a non profit club, so once a year we have our fundraiser “The BC Open Gold Panning Championship”. We sell raffle tickets, and have many games. All our prizes are real gold! To get the feeling of the gold rush era, most of the club members, and some of the guests and contestants dress in period costume.

President……………………..Ernie Erickson
Vice President……………….Lorne Tkaczyk
Secretary……………………..Karen MacKenzie
Treasurer……………………..Mary Erickson
VP Membership……………..Donna Smith
Phone Committee Chairman…Jerry Stainer
Refreshments………………..Pat Yonkman & Karen MacKenzie
Political Liaison & Information Committee Representative…Rick Peterson
BC Open Gold Panning Championships Chairman……Lorne Tkaczyk

We participate in community events/panning demonstrations/panning courses/and have club outings. Some of our outings are to other members claims. To come along, you must be a paid up member. We have a club picnic and camping weekend in July, and a Christmas dinner together. We have one raffle a year to raise funds to keep the club operational and cover our insurance. The BC open is entirely run by volunteers, so thank you to all of you! Without your help, this would not be possible. Many businesses in the community also help out our club year after year, so please shop locally and thank them for their support!

TROPHY SPONSORSHIPS  for 2016 are:


The Pantry
Roko Services
Swan Lake Motors
Centre Dry Cleaners
Fisher’s Hardware
Enderby Chamber of Commerce
Boston Pizza

Coldstream Equipment

And personal trophy donators are:

The Scott Family in honor of their mother Muriel
Ernie and Mary Erickson in honor of Martha Woolford
Sherie LaVallie in honor of Clare Hewson
Merv and Barb Mathers in honor of Gil Schofield

John and Betty Stelfox in honor of Henry Stelfox