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 April 2016The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 27, No. 4 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

As you all know, Bill's son Neil is gravely ill and it's been taking a lot of his time while he helps his son return to health. Having been in the same situation, I know that it is a horrible time, made worse by the fact that it is your child going through the struggle. We all expect that it is ourselves that will be failing in our senior years, not our children. I hope you all will keep Bill and his family in your prayers.

So, here's the hunt report for last month. A large number of members met at Millie's and drove down to a well-known wharf area. Bill got permission not only for two old productive club sites, but a previously off-limits field on the other side of the road which had thick grass planted in it. Members spread out over this huge acreage and results were not long in coming.

Several copper coins were turned up, including a very nice US large cent from the 1840s. Buttons were also plentiful, especially around a high area in the field near one old house site, where I got half a dozen cuff buttons. Other relics included buckles and a piece of a gold-plated necklace. Before we broke for lunch a 1 reale cob from 1702 turned up near the lane to one of the old houses. With the threat of inclement weather, we broke for lunch late and arrived at Millie's around 1.

After a super lunch, the forecast brightened a little and we went back to find more goodies, though in smaller quantities. One member turned up a half reale cob, along with a large copper and an Indian Head Penny. More buttons turned up and the members slowly dwindled as a cold sleety wind-driven rain moved in. All the members seemed to have a good time and would like to return in the future.

As the plow reduces the number of large areas to hunt, Bill is trying to get us into popular spots before they are shut down for the summer, so keep an eye on your emails for special hunts like several we have had lately. There still seems to be a few members who are careless in properly filling their holes. (Ed.'s Note: This carelessness also extends to leaving trash in partially dug holes and on top of the filled holes.) You could be barred from future club hunts if you are caught. Don't be an April Fool and do the right thing so we can keep coming back to great spots.

Bill is still trying to turn up good spots for us, so please help him if you can. With record numbers of members showing up, finding a place for so many people is a real chore. Also, try to show up at the meeting instead of just coming to the hunts, if possible. Your participation in meetings helps make the club stronger with more people helping out. Also, we have lots of raffles and other things, so you are really missing out if all you do is come to the club hunts.

That's it for now. I am hoping Bill can return next month with a glowing report about all the finds we have been making. There is a gold coin in somebody's future, and it just might be you!

Andy


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the collapsible shovel raffle was Jerry McClymont. (This drawing brought in $40.)

Andy’s friend, John King, a Civil War collector, amateur genealogist and historian, was a guest.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There are a few club hats left. These are $15 each. Mitch also modeled a club jacket. The cost for these is approximately $125.

NEW BUSINESS

Andy mentioned how good it was to see original member Doug Wilkerson in attendance.

Andy also told members about a group of detectorists from the Baltimore area who post videos on YouTube, the Hoover Boys. He likes their videos and thinks they might be able to offer us some detecting tips. He would like to invite them to come to a meeting and make a presentation. Many members liked the idea.

CLUB HUNT

There is no spot for the March hunt yet, though a site might be opening up in the Dorchester County area. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Ed Donovan. He and the club split the $101 pot.

After the close of the business meeting we held a very successful auction which netted the club treasury almost $215. Thanks to auctioneer Craig, his helpers Andy and Mitch and to all donors and buyers.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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