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LDMA Dinner set for Las Vegas this April

LDMA Rides for the Brand Bash

by Dominic Ricci

LDMA Dinner set for Las Vegas this April
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Digger’s Dirt Party in the Dessert!

LDMA Rides for the Brand Bash


Dominic Ricci – LDMA Executive Director of Operations 

Country artist and “Entertainer of the Year,” Luke Bryan says it best …”Kick the Dust Up!”

Growing up on my grandparent’s dairy ranch (Ok, I was there most weekends and summers), one of the ranch tasks we had to do a few times a year was the branding of the livestock. It was a modern-day ranch, so we didn’t have a fire to place the branding irons in to get them “red hot.” Papa (my grandfather) had an electric branding iron. Still hot, still burning into the hide, and making the brand mark stand out on the calves, lambs and pigs.

All the family played a part in the process. Rustling up the heard into the corral. Moving them one by one down the shoe. Ear tag and notch … done! Shots … done! Singe of hair and hide ….. stay still …. Done!

“Papa, why do we have to do this?” I asked when I was young.

Here’s the answer I’ve never forgotten. “Let’s say the calves or sheep get out and go to a party at one of the other ranches. How can we tell the difference whose livestock is who’s? They don’t respond to a name like you and I do. Plus, it may sting or hurt for just a bit now, but they all wear it proudly. None ever come back asking to change the brand. I think some of them like to impress the neighbors with our brand on their hip. Just watch them. Happy and Proud!” This was said with a big smile.

This is an official shout out. The Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association (LDMA) is looking to wrestle up all LDMA members, or at least the first 300 to get through the shoe.

We are having a “LDMA – Ride for the Brand” bash. The party will be in the dessert corral of Las Vegas, Nevada. The date is set for the night before the Gold Prospectors Association of America’s Gold & Treasure Show. Friday, April 20th, 2018 is the night to get your “Brand” on!

It will be held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Branding Barn (banquet room) will open at approximately 5:00pm for a night that you will talk about around the campfire for years to come.


Are you ready for a Digger’s Dirt Party in the Dessert?


Why should you come be a part of it? Vittles …. Sure, bring your appetite. Parched … yah, the dranks will be available. Blah Blah Blah!

Get ready to be entertained, energized and excessorized!

Do you like Gold? One lucky party goer could walk away with one ounce of gold. Others will walk away with nuggets, pickers, or some fines …OH MY!

There will be loads of goodies given out, but you’ll have to mosey on up to the party.

“I must say I’m a bit nervous about what is being planned,” Brandon Johnson, LDMA president was overheard talking to a LDMA member at a recent gold show in Concord, North Carolina. He went on to say, “Dominic (Dominic Ricci – LDMA Executive Director of Operations) does do some “crazy” things, but I also know he has the mother lode of passion for the LDMA and its members. He started calling the events (Outings, detector hunts, boot camps, Diggers Expedition, etc.) he hosts as Dirt Parties and Family Reunions.”

There are multiple ways that LDMA members “Ride for the Brand.” Work projects, helping at the camps, donations, talking to your circle of family and friends to recruit new members, and simply wearing or using LDMA branded merchandise.

LDMA will launch the start of new branded merchandise to be unveiled, and available during Diggers “LDMA – Ride for the Brand” Bash!” All that attend the party will leave with some goodies, and of course you can purchase more.

This is my desire. That family members join me at the “party” which is a celebration of our LDMA members. I crave to hear members exchanging their stories. Laughter, smiles and acknowledgment of members that go above and beyond.

What I really want to see, come the next morning after the dust settles, is LDMA being represented all around the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. I want the general public and non LDMA members wondering what the LDMA is, and to see the pride of its members. I want to see LDMA represented at the GPAA Gold & Treasure show by wearing LDMA apparel.

Let the LDMA brand run wild during the show! Support the LDMA by wearing LDMA. Wear your pride. Please give me one day. April 21, 2018 will be remembered as … the day LDMA took over the gold show. Everywhere someone looks there will be proud passionate LDMA members that Ride for the Brand!

Special Guests? YES! There will be more than a handful of VERY special guests that will be part of the Dinner Bash. People you want to meet. People you want to hear. People that deserve the stage.

Make your plans now to be a part of the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Associations – Ride for the Brand Bash. To register, please call Digger’s Hotline at 888-GOLD(4653)-717.


Review …


LDMA Rides for the Brand Bash

Who: LDMA Members (Must be active and current status)

Primary Member & Spouse/Significant Other

When: April 20, 2018 - Friday Night from 5:00PM to 11:00PM and beyond!

Where: South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa – Main Banquet Barn

9777 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas , NV 89123

(702) 796-7111

Hotel Room Reservation Group Code: GOL0419



Why: Digger wants a party and see members reunite.


E” Rated …..


Master of the Digger Dirt Party Bash – Can’t let it out yet!

Message from the President – Brandon Johnson




Motivational Speaker

What’s Digger been up to?

Special Recognition


Gold, Gold & Gold


Launch of new LDMA merchandise



CALL 888-GOLD (4653)-717 to reserve your spot


What are you waiting for? Call now.


As always, thank you to all our members that “Ride-For-The-Brand.” I hope to see you around the bonfire or playing in the dirt soon.

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