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|February 2019||The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club||Vol. 30, No. 2|
We had a great meeting in January and I was pleased to see the level of finds on the table and I think the Find of the Year was the right choice. An amazing find from one of our favorite sites, what more can you ask for? Back on the subject of hunt sites, some people have come forward with sites, but they haven't been gone over by Bill. So, I wanted to know how members feel. Unknown fields, even if hunted by one or two people (not Bill), are a risk. Do the club members care if this isn't a guaranteed or virgin site, just new to the club? Let us know. Would the fact that the site was way up in Millsboro make a difference?
In other news, as most of you know by now, our friends at the church started a new group on Monday evenings at the hall, so we got the boot (politely). Bill talked to them and after checking to see that our sister club did not meet the same day, decided that the second Thursday of the month would be OK with the church and the membership had no objections last month, so please make a note that our first meeting of the new schedule will be Thursday, February 14. That's right, Valentine's Day. That might be taboo for some folks, but for those able to attend, we will be holding a special Valentine's Day raffle to help ease us into the new schedule.
As announced last meeting, the By-Laws will be at long last updated. Jerry has taken this on personally, and there will be plenty of time for members to examine the draft proposal to make comments before a final vote, but it is necessary to incorporate new things on membership in there.
Also, don't forget to turn in your questionnaires about the holiday dinner. We only have 8 returns so far which means I have a 1 in 8 chance of winning that silver half dollar that will be raffled off to those who turn them in by next meeting.
Please thank Bill, too, for having two great hunts last month. An 18K gold ring at one site and lots of coppers at the other site (plus a Standing Liberty Quarter). Even with family concerns, he is doing a great job finding us places to hunt. Please help him out. OK, that's it for this month. If I don't see you at the meeting (feel free to bring your significant other for Valentine's Day), maybe I'll see you in the field!
It felt good to be back in the field after so many weeks of delays and cancellations due to weather. I was fortunate enough to get permission for us to hunt an old and reliable hunt site close to our meeting house. I had also gotten permission from our friends at the church for us to meet there and leave a few cars on the lot, providing we stayed on the gravel side. Everyone else must have been as eager to get out because there were at least 27 hunters who met there on January 19. After I advised everyone about the hunt fields and how I wanted people to park, we made the short drive to our destination a few miles away.
The weather was good - perfect for the hobby. After parking, I told people that I wanted them to hunt on one side of the road but to split up hunting separate sides of the driveway. They could hunt the opposite side of the driveway and across the road in the afternoon. I also informed people that whoever made the best find of the day (voted on by members at the next club meeting) would receive a $10 reward to be put toward their lunch at the next hunt. A little incentive never hurts.
Hunting was steady and slowly but surely a few finds came to the surface. We've hunted here before with good results and this held true for our January hunt. I saw some old pennies, buttons, pieces of old jewelry (including part of a silver cuff link and an old wedding band) and other good finds.
We took a lunch break, many heading to the Denny's nearby, then quickly returned to hunt the land on the other side of the road.
Afternoon finds were similar to the morning. I didn't check with everyone but I did hear of more great finds like interesting tokens and a nice Standing Liberty Quarter.
All in all it was a good hunt. Members did as instructed with parking and where they hunted and most did a good job with holes and trash removal. Please keep up the good work.
We had another hunt the week before our January hunt. This was at an old club site in Worcester County. Finds here were of the usual variety: buttons, buckles, odds and ends and tons of aluminum. But I do want to highlight a special find that Elaine made. I don't usually mention people by name but she deserves recognition for finding a gold wedding band with a date and inscription inside. Interestingly, the date on the ring was the exact same date as the day of the hunt - though separated by almost 150 years! Elaine's research has revealed the owner's name and further family information. Congratulations on this special find!
Congratulations to all the Find of the Year entries. They were all great. Here's wishing that everyone finds something just as good this year!
Keep in mind that because of the weather and conditions imposed by landowners, we might be hunting on days other than our scheduled hunt days. Any time I can find a spot to accommodate our growing membership, I'll be sure to let you know. Please keep your eyes and ears open about any potential hunt sites and pass them along.
That's it for now. I'm looking forward to the next hunt, wherever and whenever it may be. Mark your calendars for the next meeting on February 14 and for the next hunt, possibly on the following Saturday. I'll see you there - keep looking for spots!
The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, January 14at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.
Ed Donovan won the coin raffle.
Cindy Mancuso, Marcus Lemasters, the Reynold Cortigine family, Jeff Kniffen, Mike White and Mark Welter were in attendance as guests. Following the appropriate sponsorship, Cindy and Marcus became the newest Seekers.
Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.
Minutes were approved as distributed.
The treasurer gave his report.
We had a brief discussion about the Christmas party. Please remember to fill out the party questionnaire in last month's newsletter.
Dan Solow thanked the club for sending him a card following his recent heart attack. He appreciated it very much. Thanks to Dan for donating a very nice picture of Superstition Mountain, site of a lost gold mine.
Andy went over dues and meeting attendance requirements for guests and potential new members. He also suggested that members continue to help Bill look for hunt spots.
Bill mentioned that we have to move our meeting date because the church wants to use the building on Mondays. After checking with our sister club and the church, we have decided to hold meetings on the SECOND THURSDAY of the month at the same place. Our February meeting will be on the 14th.
Bill won the silver half dollar in the big hunt questionnaire drawing.
Scott MacLane presented Bill with an 1864 2-cent piece he won in the ESTC coin raffle, Scott thanked everyone for their support in buying tickets and he thanked Garrow for supplying the coins.
We are postponing the sock, glove and canned good raffle to allow everyone possible the chance to donate.
Ed made a motion for all officers to retain their current positions. Following many seconds, the officers will hold their positions in 2019.
Jerry mentioned that club by-laws need to be modernized. Members will have a chance to give input before a final vote is taken. A written list of these regulations will be provided as soon as a first draft is complete.
Ed helped a friend recover guns, decoys and other items when a boat overturned. He has been put on the Shore Finders list.
We held our Find of the Year 2018 competition. Details are elsewhere in the newsletter.
Andy asked members to consider switching to the digital newsletter to help cut postage and printing costs.
There is no site yet for the January hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.
The attendance prize winner was Skip Hubbs.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Doug Goodyear. Manny Ortiz was the silver half dollar winner.
Tony Goodyear won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle. Thanks to Mike Beaman for bringing in this month's item, a large jar of marbles.
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