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 February 2024The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 34, No. 1 

From Andy's Desk

Fellow Members,

First of all, not sure that you made the right decision on re-upping the slate of officers, but thanks for your vote of confidence that we are doing a decent job. Looking back, we had some fun in the last quarter with our big hunt and party and looking forward we need to do more activities that more members can participate in. Without club hunts, we need to consider other group activities, like a caravan over to DiscoverSea Shipwreck museum with lunch afterward at someplace like the adjacent Ropewalk Seafood restaurant or down 54 at Papa Grande's Mexican restaurant (which has killer cheesesteak eggrolls). Other possibilities are the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Museum of the Dorchester County Historical Society (where Marty and I have made presentations) or some other driveable venue where we can learn more about the items we find. Or we can invite speakers. I was literally floored by Dorchester County native Terry Crannell's Native American collection that I saw at the Vienna Pow Wow this fall, only to learn that an even bigger collection resides on Smith Island along with a hoard of coins and jewelry found there. There are many possibilities. Regardless, it's your club and you set the pace. Want more club hunts? Give up one of your sites. Want trips? Are you willing to car pool? Want speakers? Who? I have enjoyed our new games and don't forget we have (a very limited number of) scratch offs available also.

Meanwhile, in tech news, Nokta Makro has come out with two junior models designed to compete with the Vanquish line from Minelab. The Score and Double Score are mid-range machines that offer a waterproof case with some of the same technology that drives the Legend. Steve Andrews down near Virginia Beach did a bench test of the Double Score vs. the Legend and the Double Score seemed to go just as deep. He took it to the beach after that big storm and found five rings with it plus a bunch of change. People seem to like the Nokta Accupointer with its LED readout, replaceable tips and rechargeable battery. Nokta has come a long way in the last ten years or so and has now become a serious rival to Minelab in the same price categories. Minelab has moved in both directions, from the inexpensive XTerra which is the best bang for the price of any starter detector, and the Manticore, pricier than the XP Deus but users seem to think it's worth it, including my neighbor across the street who was busily digging up his yard one day with one. The whopping price tag didn't deter him: "$40 a month from Cabela's" he grinned.

So, there you go. That's it for this month. As always, if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Your President,
Andy Nunez

Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church.

OLD BUSINESS

Extra copies of The Seeker were available.

Minutes were approved as distributed.

Guests were Don Mahoney and Tony Brown.

There was talk of Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and several have mentioned the idea of asummer BBQ.

We had more discussion of the members' only hunt in November. It was very popular and many would like to have another one soon. The club has good reach and people have been noticing us through Andy's articles in American Digger and their podcast.

NEW BUSINESS

Tony might try to contact someone to try to arrange a hunt sometime soon.

John has a detector that one of his distributors gave him. Members would like to save it for future idea - maybe a raffle or auction or just as a prize. The detector has a value of approximately $600.

We held our election of officers. No new people were interested in running. Susan made a motion to retain the same officers, Tony seconded and this passed unanimously. We will have the same officers again for 2024.

Tony mentioned upcoming planetarium shows at Parkside.

Seeker of the Year nominees were Julie (nominated by Scott MacLane, seconded by Tony) and Marty (nominated by Julie, seconded by Scott MacLane). Congratulations to Julie who won a Morgan dollar.

Find of the Year entries were an old marine corps button (Phil McCutcheon), Indian banner stone (Marty Pratt), 1652 cut quarter of a MA pine tree shilling (John Rebman), Pres. Harrison button (Dan Spielman), confederate sword hanger (Phil Kemmerlin), watch fob (?), cast iron kettle (Scott MacLane), Masonic button w/ symbols (Don Deraska). The winner was John Rebman who received a commemorative silver half dollar. Congratulations to all entries.

Marty suggested revamping the attendance sheet to include the club logo and a space for refreshment sign-ups. Hopefully having the refreshment list on the attendance sheet will remind people to volunteer.

Thanks to refreshment volunteer Marty Pratt and also to Tab Brannock for his generous donation.

Our raffle winners were Susan Martin (50/50), Julie Pryor (silver half dollar - donated it back) and Susan Martin (attendance).

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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