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 August 2018The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 29, No. 8 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

This see-saw weather sure makes it hard to get out. Blistering heat or driving rain seem to be our only options these days. However, don't let all this rain dampen your spirits. The officers are moving forward with plans for the Big Hunt and our Holiday party. At the last meeting, those present voted overwhelmingly for a field hunt instead of a beach hunt, so Jerry's neighbor is letting us use a huge lawn-like field. This means we can set up tents, a port-a-potty and a grill. Parking will be ample (and free).

The list of prizes gets longer every time I turn around, thanks to generous donations by some of our friendly vendors. You will see an announcement elsewhere about a special auction next meeting, thanks to John Rebman’s relative, Mrs. Ida Somers, who used to have the White's franchise here in town. All proceeds go to the club and some of the new in box items may end up as prizes.

The other big surprise is the new in box detector donated by club friend and White's/Fisher dealer Dale Clifton from DiscoverSea Shipwreck museum. Dale gave this model and I'll reveal it at the meeting, so you'll just have to show up to see it. Both of these local dealers have stepped up where others have not and I have appreciated their efforts.

As for the top prizes of the hunt, besides the detector, we will be giving a cash prize and $500 in gift certificates from Kellyco. There will also be some gold coins, silver rounds, and over $600 in silver that will be tossed out. Other prizes include some of the typical items, plus a few unusual things that we think you will appreciate. There will be two hunts, with a break in between for lunch. Thanks to Mike Slovikosky for providing the hot dogs and hamburgers, and we encourage members to bring sides.

As for the Holiday party, you asked for it, and we delivered it. Abbott's stepped up their offerings, so you can now add Prime Rib to your selections. More details at the meeting. So, while I haven't been in the field, I have been doing a lot of hunting elsewhere, and the officers have been keeping me straight and discovering things on their own. If this doesn't get you excited about the hunt, I don't know what else to say!

It's all possible because of your support for the club by participating in our new raffles, plus the generosity of local dealers and diligently searching for good deals. There will be some surprise prizes for odd things, so don't discount anything you find in the field. It may be a token after all.

That's it for this issue. Remember, the hunt fee is still the same low $30, so you can start paying immediately. Tentative hunt date is October 20 after our world travelers get back from England. So, if I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field.

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

Since there hasn't been a club hunt at the time of printing, there is no hunt report. Bill's column will return when the hunts do.


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

There were several coin raffles. Winners were Bob Shaffer, Mike Slovikosky, Cynthia Fassel and Phillip Tyler.

Dick Thompson, a friend of Garrow's, and Margo Ayres, a friend of Ash's, attended as guests.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

There was additional talk about the upcoming pay hunt. We have already begun planning and have ideas of prizes we'd like to have (including a hunt on the Western Shore). Garrow is also looking for coins for us. Scott MacLane and others made suggestions about prizes and field coins based on experiences at other open hunts. We plan to budget at least $1500, which will also give us money for our Christmas party.

After various comments by Scott MacLane, Mike Slovikosky, Ricky Thomas, Tab Brannock, Hunter Parsons and others, members voted to hold the hunt at a field site rather than a beach. A likely hunt date would be in the later part of October. More details will be passed along as they become finalized.

There was more discussion about an upcoming OC beach hunt. Tony had been making arrangements for this. Barbara suggested having something during the last two weeks in August rather than sooner because there are fewer people on beach, etc.

Our picnic will be postponed and might be combined with the pay hunt.

Andy remarked that the DiscoverSea Museum in Fenwick Island is well worth a visit.

NEW BUSINESS

Andy brought up the issue of our holiday party. Some of the places members mentioned as possible locations are Abbott's, Waterman's, Fager's, Carabba's and Laurel Pizzeria. Bob Shaffer and others mentioned that last year's party was very nice - sensational with a good atmosphere. Based on an informal poll, most don't care whether the meal is plated or a buffet and most also don't mind paying a little more. We will check to see where we can get the most for our money and report back at the next meeting. Any party would be held on the regular meeting night in December. Thanks to all those who offered suggestions.

CLUB HUNT

There is no site yet for the July hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.

The attendance prize winner was Manny Ortiz.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Andy Nunez. He and the club split the $81 pot. There was no secondary prize winner as the tickets were inadvertently thrown away. We will draw two names next month if we take in over $50 on the raffle.

Cynthia Fassel won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Jerry for bringing in this month's item, a container of sugar packets.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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