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 March 2019The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 30, No. 3 

From The President's Desk

I am beginning to wonder if we will ever see the sun on a Saturday again. Six out of the first eight weekends of the year have been rainy. I am hoping we get a few more club hunts in before the weather turns hot, but that is out of my hands. Investing in more rain gear, boots and a waterproof detector might be worth looking into. On my way to the National Outdoor Show, I stopped by one of our favorite spots on Lewis Wharf Road and there was a lake in one section and that was before the rain started. Then it rained for 24 hours straight.

Speaking of the National Outdoor Show, John Rebman and I had a great time talking until we were hoarse to people who stopped by to see our displays. They were amazed by the variety of relics that John had on display and the variety of silver coins we both had showing. A large number of visitors had machines of their own and our setup encouraged them to consider dusting them off and giving it another go. I think the idea was a success and the club might want to think about showing our stuff at other similar venues. Nobody asked about joining our club by the way, but one fellow inquired about our sister club up the Bay. We also got to view a stunning arrowhead collection which included two cases of metal finds that featured colonial coppers and other items.

In club news, we are still reviewing the updated Bylaws and appreciate the input we've gotten so far. However, we need as much as possible to make sure that what we are doing is acceptable to the club. We think it is and a lot of members think so, too, but if you have concerns, please let us know. We want the club to be as united as possible so we can be a viable, productive community of detectorists.

Before you know it, we'll be having another big club hunt. The price will probably go up a bit, depending on how much we make on various contests, just like the necessary rise in dues to help with administrative costs. Please continue to share your thoughts, ideas for prizes, things like that as we go forward. I understand that a detector as top prize is undesirable, so will be looking at more Kellyco gift cards, gold coins, etc. We were blessed to have a detector donated to us last year, and that is the only way it will show up as a prize.

Finally, if you have a large site that the owner doesn't mind 30 people wandering over and digging holes (and filling them!), please let Bill know. We need some new spots, as always. That's it for this month, if I donít see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field (after I invest in some Muck Boots).

Andy Nunez,
President


Hunt Report

Weather has postponed the February club hunt on multiple occasions. As a result, there is no report at the time of publication.


Club Minutes

The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Thursda, February 14th 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.

Susan Martin won the Hearts and Flowers raffle. Runners-up were Jeff Kniffen, Doug Goodyear and John Rebman. All received candy.

The Reynold Cortigine family, Jeff Kniffen and Tim and Laura Lindsay were in attendance as guests.

Thanks to all who supplied refreshments.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

Former treasurer Craig East's son passed away. We sent a sympathy card.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

The winner of the sock and glove raffle was Elaine Anderson.

The winner of the Christmas party questionnaire raffle was Wayne Martin.

NEW BUSINESS

We discussed the updated club by-laws. A new feature is the requirement that members need to attend the meeting in order to be eligible to attend the hunt. The huntmaster will enforce this policy and will grant exemptions on a case by case basis. Members are encouraged to make suggestions or propose changes and send these to the officers via e-mail or by phone. We will take a final vote at the March meeting.

Jerry and others also wondered if there should be some requirement to attend a certain number of meetings in order to qualify for the discount on the Christmas party fee. Others felt that members who only attend the party should pay full price.(This policy will not be included in the by-laws but will be decided closer to the event.)

Jeff proposed having a suggestion box where members can make anonymous comments. Many agreed that this is a good idea and we will start this next month.

Wayne received notification that the March issue of Western and Eastern Treasures will be the last printed issue. The magazine is switching to an all-digital version. Many voiced their disappointment of this policy. The magazine will offer refunds for those without internet access.

We will be having a raffle next month with a gold coin grand prize. If we sell $100 in tickets, we will also have a gold coin raffle in April.

Dan asked about the possibility of having lunch on-site when we go to places like Virginia so as to maximize hunt time. Jerry asked about appointing a surrogate if Bill is not at the field.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of $10 for the best find of the last club hunt was Bill Mills with a George II penny.

The attendance prize winner was Jim Tamosaitis. John Fassel remarked how good it was to see Jim back in the club.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Jeff Kniffen. Reynold Cortigine was the silver half dollar winner.

Tony Goodyear won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle. Thanks to Elaine Anderson for bringing in this month's item, a large jar of candy hearts.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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