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 January 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 1 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

2017 was a great year for the Shore Seekers. I saw some wonderful finds and I certainly hope this holds true for the new year as well! Lately we've had an influx of new members and this also looks likely to continue. My only hope in this regard is that we have members who are genuinely interested in helping the club and not just in what they can get out of it.

We were fortunate to have some good places to go in 2017 and I hope this carries over into 2018. I know it sounds like a broken record, but if any of you have suggestions for possible club hunt spots, please let me know.

We didn't have a big pay beach hunt this year and it's still undecided whether we'll have one in 2018. After things settle down in the next few months we'll be discussing this more and making a decision on whether to have a big hunt or whether to do some kind of detector raffle. Please start thinking about what you would like to do and if you've got other ideas, don't be afraid to put them forward.

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Our January meeting will be a busy one. We'll vote on officers and also Find of the Year. None of the officer positions are for life, though it might seem that way at times. If you have an interest in running for a position, please let us know so we can put you up for nomination at the meeting.

Find of the Year is self-explanatory and can be any item found during the calendar year 2017. You can only enter ONE item in this competition, so please choose carefully - especially if you've found several great things during the year.

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We usually also select the Treasure Hunter/Shore Seeker of the Year at this time but this isn't the case this year. Members voted unanimously several months ago to award this tribute posthumously to John Johnson. During his many years with the club, John was a welcome presence at our hunts and picnics with his Fortune Wheel and his tasty J.J. fries. John never had a bad word to say about anyone and he would always help anyone in any way he could. He will be missed.

(I'd like to offer a big "Thank You" to Jerry McClymont for arranging the wonderful plaque that we presented to John's widow and son at our Christmas party.)

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During our Finds of the Month competition at the January meeting, you may enter ONE item in each category. We didn't have this event in December because of our party. Pick out your best finds made between the November meeting and the January meeting and enter them to receive double points.

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I'm looking forward to a great year of hunting and I hope all members and their families have the greatest of New Years. I'll see you all at what's sure to be a very busy meeting on January 8.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President

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