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 January 2015The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 26, No. 1 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our December hunt day was a beautiful day. The hunt was attended by upwards of 30 Seekers. Some of us met at the old Fruitland clubhouse while we met others along the way at a designated area. Our goal this month was Delaware, for a change. Deer season with a high-powered rifle was open in Maryland and I didn't want to expose members to being out on a flat field.

I contacted an old friend, who, along with his mother-in-law, owned large acreage where three old homes once stood. Crops were out and the fields looked good. Once he and his mother-in-law gave permission, the club was good to go.

We arrived at our first site around 9:00. I pointed out the boundaries and where the old house had been and away we went looking for old gold coins from the Yukon (or Laurel, more likely). The second hunt site was across the road from the first location and was where another old home, now torn down, had been many years ago. Since it was within walking distance of the first site, I told members it was okay for them to wander over if things were quiet in the original field.

I saw lots of wheat pennies, a few clad coins, some buttons, a number of unidentified objects and a real pretty engraved crotal bell pulled out of the initial site. Site #2 produced lots of buttons and a few wheaties. Digging was easy and most did a great job of retrieving objects and filling holes.

We broke for lunch around 11:30 in order to get to Chesapeake Country Kitchen by noon. I had made previous arrangements to eat here and our tables were reserved and waitresses standing by when we arrived. The service was good and the food was great and we were ready to get back to our third and final hunt spot in no time.

This property had contained the oldest and most prosperous of the three home sites we were searching that day and I felt that we'd find good stuff here as the owners were wealthy people. Finds here included more wheat pennies, buttons and one nice Walking Liberty quarter but digging was easy. Even though there weren't as many targets as I'd expected, it was still fun.

We wound our activities to a close around 4:00 and it was a fun day for all. Good weather, good food, good fields to hunt and good friends enjoying the hobby: who could ask for anything more?

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This winds up our hunt reports for the year 2014. It was a great year for the Seekers. I've seen some excellent finds and lots of new faces and new members. We've made friends of many property owners who've graciously invited us back as a club. We also had a great hunt and a fantastic Christmas party. Hats off to Barb and Julie for helping to arrange the party, which was attended by almost 50 people. Thanks also to Julie for her crazy "left, right" game at the party. (I imagine that most people ended up with the gift they started with but there's no way of knowing.)

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On with the show...

The year 2015 holds a lot of promise and adventures in store for us. I plan to check - and I hope others will, too - for different types of Civil War hunts where the club can spend a weekend looking for artifacts. We've done this a few times on some property of a friend of mine near Strasburg, VA and we found a few interesting things and had some fun trips.

I'm hoping that members will also share in helping to find hunt spots with their fellow members so that our monthly excursions might be even more fun than they already have been.

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Our January meeting on the 12th will be a busy one. We'll be voting for detectorist of the year and also selecting Local Find of the Year, and Foreign Find of the Year. We are also taking nominations for officer positions. Our existing officers are willing to hang on for another year if members are satisfied. If you're interested in running for an office, let someone know BEFORE the meeting - no floor nominations, please.

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Membership dues for 2015 are now due. Please pay $30 for full membership or $25 (club dues minus Federation fee.) Craig won't take any Federation dues past January and all club dues must be received by February or your membership will expire and you'll no longer receive any newsletter or e-mail notifications.

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That's all for this month. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year.

See you at the meeting on the 12th.

Bill Draper,
(and Huntmaster)

Club Minutes

There were no minutes at our December 8 meeting as this was our Christmas Party. No business was conducted on this occasion.

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No hunt location has been selected for the December club hunt. Watch your e-mail for details.

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The Finds of the Month competition will resume in January. Since there were no finds at the December meeting/party, members may enter ONE find per category of items they found between the November meeting and the January meeting. Each entry will receive double points.

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Club dues are now due. The cost is $30 for Shore Seeker and FMDAC dues, $25 for Shore Seeker dues only. If you havenít already paid, you may bring your money to the January meeting or send a check to the treasurer at his home address.

Craig will not be accepting any FMDAC dues AFTER the January meeting. If you are interested in joining after that date, you must send in your application and fee yourself.

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