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 February 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 2 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

The January hunt day was mixed weather-wise. It had rained earlier in the week but it cleared enough to get us to desire getting out looking for treasures in Dorchester County. I toured the area since we hadn't been there in a while and found three places for us. All had been hunted previously with some excellent finds but this had been a long time ago and I knew there were still things left to find. Two of the spots had different owners than before. Getting up with them proved a chore but I nailed them down and got permission. Two of the spots were adjoining properties right on the water and were some of the first places we hunted before the club was even in existence.

We left the old Fruitland clubhouse promptly at 8:30 and headed west, meeting more Seekers along the way. We then made our way to our first site of the day. It was sunny when we set out, but when we reached our destination it was foggy, cloudy and windy - all things we don't like but here we were braving the elements. I pointed out the boundaries and coins and buttons popped up immediately where one of the old homes was. Others spread out a ways. The ground was "hot" because of the recent rain and this gave us the chance to pick up finds at maximum depths.

We also moved over to the adjoining property, continuing to find coins, relics and buttons. I had asked members to meet back at the cars around 11:30 so we could head to lunch, and though finds were numerous, all agreed that it would be good to take a break.

Lunch was at Millie's in Vienna. Tables were set up when we arrived and waitresses were standing by. Everything was done promptly and in good order. The food was good and within a little over an hour, we were ready to hit the road.

Site number three wasn't far away but most asked to return to our morning spots and I readily agreed. This time we pushed out farther at our second site, where we were still finding coins, buttons and relics of the past.

It was a great day of fun for all of the almost 30 people who attended. I saw some newer members whose previous oldest finds of wheat pennies find pretty Spanish reals, early 1800's half dimes, coppers (both British and American) and a beautiful 1824 silver 50-cent piece. We hunted until about 4:00 when most were ready to give up. A few stuck around, which was fine. I called the owner of site number three and thanked him, even though we didn't go there. He appreciated me letting him know and invited us back. Let's prepare for next month. We might be returning to Dorchester.

The day was a learning experience for a few but all in all each and every one of us had a good time and that's the name of the game. That's all for the hunt.

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I've spoken to Craig and he's agreed to run another auction in March. Donations are accepted and appreciated. You can bring in detector-related items (or otherwise), set a price and we'll try to sell it for you. Anything over your asking price goes to the club.

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Congratulations to our Treasure Hunters of the Year, Marty Pratt and Scott MacLane. Both really help take the pressure off our officers by helping to sell raffle tickets and volunteering for other tasks. They're also a credit to the ESTC with their tireless efforts to introduce children to the hobby. Congratulations also to John Rebman for his Find of the Year, a hoard of Civil War minie balls. All entries were worthy but there can only be one winner.

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2015 was a great year and 2016 is shaping up to be the same. I'll see you at the meeting on the 8th and in the field.

Bill Draper,
President
(and Huntmaster)


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

The winner of the George Washington proof half dollar raffle was Ed Tinus. (This drawing brought in $64.)

Magazine raffle winners were Margaret Bush, Susan Martin, Jerry McClymont, Ron Carter, Mike Holton and Bill Draper. Thanks to Andy Nunez for his donation.

Thanks to Susan Martin and John Rebman for bringing refreshments.

Dave Silveira and Joe Mazza, both from the Dagsboro area, became the newest Seekers.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

The treasurer gave his report.

Bill reminded people about paying their club dues.

Many members thanked Barbara for arranging our Christmas party. She would like to get input on ideas for next year.

Bill and Andy told about the club's history and mentioned past productive hunt sites. There is the possibility of returning to them in the future but Bill reminded people that club hunt sites are not for people to return to individually unless they are the one who got original permission. Bill also encouraged members to let the officers know about potential hunt sites.

NEW BUSINESS

Andy mentioned watching various YouTube videos for detecting tips and also suggested using YouTube for info about various detector models.

We held nominations for officers. There was unanimous approval for letting current present officers stay in their positions. Andy Nunez was also unanimously approved as 2nd Vice President.

Bill nominated the team of Marty Pratt and Scott MacLane as Treasure Hunters of the Year for their willingness to help to sell tickets. Also, as members of the ESTC, they work hard to help children's causes. There were various seconds on the motion and no other nominations. Congratulations to Marty and Scott. (Bill also recognized Dan Spielman, Ron Carter and Tab Brannock for their help in selling tickets.)

We also held the 2015 Find of the Year competition. The winner and entries are listed elsewhere.

Several members suggested that the club should have a Facebook page. Jerry volunteered to set up something. Everyone likes the idea as it will be good visibility and publicity for the club. Bill warns that he doesn't want posts about where club hunts are held because owners don't want strangers knowing where they live, etc.

Ed Tinus is trying to organize a hunt every third Saturday in May in Ocean City to coincide with National Metal Detecting Day. He hopes it's a successful event that promotes family fun. It will be held from 9 to 3 at Caroline St. Since this is the first year, he would like the club to be a sponsor and he also needs help seeking other sponsors and vendors. It will be an open hunt with a suggested fee of $110. Andy suggested that people contact Ed if they’d like to help.

CLUB HUNT

There is no spot for the January hunt yet. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Bob Shaffer. He and the club split the $64 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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