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|June 2018||The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club||Vol. 29, No. 6|
Last month's meeting was an awesome affair. We raised a good amount of money to plow back into more prizes and events that will unroll in the future. Speaking of which, I know Jerry and Julie have been collecting some neat prizes for our first ever Summer super-raffle to be held in the next few months. Not sure of the final name, but you'll have a chance to win some gold or silver. Look for an announcement either in the newsletter or at the meeting.
Also, look for the return of the gumball machine! That's right, we're dusting off that old novelty piece and loading it up with all sorts of coins and even civil war bullets, so make sure you have a few quarters when it debuts. Of course, you have to show up at a meeting to participate, and the money gets recycled into more prizes, but we are also deciding on whether to have another big hunt or not. If we do, we need volunteers. Think about it, and think about top prizes and give us your suggestions.
Finally, there's a 50/50 chance, due to circumstances beyond my control, that I won't be at the meeting. While that's not finalized, I just want to give you a heads up. I hate missing a meeting and I hate even being late, but sometimes things happen. Ed, Julie, Jerry and Bill will be there to keep things rolling, have no fear.
Anyway, one thing I have been considering for a while now, is seeing how the club feels about not having a monthly hunt during July and August. First off, it's hot, real hot, risking your health hot and second, most of our sites are planted and unavailable anyway. This would save Bill the trouble of finding spots, or anybody else for that matter, since I assume you all have been looking around for club-sized sites to help Bill out, haven’t you?
Anyway, better days are coming and the club is on a sound footing, so come by, share your thoughts, take a chance on some prizes, and see what your fellow Seekers are finding. If I don't see you at the meeting, maybe I'll see you in the field – hopefully one with a covered deck attached to a nice seafood restaurant that carries lots of cold beverages.
Our May club hunt was delayed due to extremely rainy weather. Everywhere I rode, all I saw were lots of wet and unhuntable fields. Luckily for us, though, the weather conditions were excellent the next week. Many of the fields I had hoped for us to hunt were still too wet but I was fortunate enough to come across an old spot that had produced some good finds and, wonder of wonders, it looked dry. I checked this belief by walking on the field and when I realized that there were was no water ponding the surface, I contacted the owner and farmer to get their permission. Now we were set for a hunt.
Fifteen plus Seekers were anxious to hit the trail and find treasures from the past. Our numbers were a bit smaller than usual, but since this was a holiday weekend, it was actually a good turnout. We left the old Fruitland clubhouse promptly at 8:30 and met a handful of additional members at am intersection a few miles away from our hunt destination. Our convoy arrived on-site before nine, parked neatly and once I pointed out the boundaries, everyone spread out to try their luck.
Hunt conditions were good and I saw some excellent finds from both veteran and newer members. Even though the club has hunted here before, we hadn't managed to get it all!
We broke for lunch around 11:30 and drove the short distance to Four Seasons Pizza where we were fortunate to find tables. After lunch and a cooling off period of about 45 minutes, we were on our way back to the hunt field to continue the fun.
We also hoped to carry on finding good stuff. I saw some large American pennies, a few early-date British pennies and a Spanish real. There were also some nice regular buttons and one spectacular cape button that members found. Hunting continued until about 4:00 when the heat started to slow us down and we finally decided to call it a day - and what a fun day it was!
Try to be at the meeting to see some of these great finds.
I want to emphasize that I travelled the roads a lot to find our May hunt spot and most of what I'm seeing is corn and water-soaked fields. There is no promise of a hunt on the Saturday after the meeting unless I'm lucky enough to find a spot. Be advised that summer hunts won't be on a regular schedule but on a basis of when I can find a place to go.
If you have any suggestions or know of a spot and can't talk to the owner, let me or any of the officers know and I'll look into it.
Thanks to Doug Goodyear and Bob Jones for searching for a lost diamond earring. Doug hunted for it on several occasions and Bob drove down from across the Bay to help look for it. I also understand that there may have been several other Seekers who contacted the owner with offers of assistance but I don't know anything more specific than that. Even though no one found the earring, the owner was appreciative of everyone's efforts and plans to let people know that we’re the group to contact if they ever need help finding anything.
That's all for this month's hunt report. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the meeting on the 11th. I'll see you there or in the field.
The last meeting of the SHORE SEEKERS Artifact and Recovery Club was held on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Hermon UMC Community Hall.
There were several coin raffles. Winners were Bill Mills, John Rebman, Bill Draper and Dan Spielman. (These raffles brought in $55.)
Magazine raffle winners were Julie Pryor, John Rebman and Garrow King. Thanks to Sonny for his donation.
Hunter Parsons, Ricky Thomas and Phillip Tyler were in attendance as guests. Following the appropriate sponsorship and votes, all became the newest Seekers.
Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.
Minutes were approved as distributed.
The treasurer gave his report.
Bill mentioned that Marty is leaving the club as his wife has been transferred to a new position in Newark on the campus of the University of Delaware. He will try to check in with us but the distance is too far away for regular attendance. In his absence, we need people to take up the slack for all the help Marty has given in terms or selling raffle tickets, etc. Marty donated all the newsletters he has received since he joined in 2011 to our club library.
Andy thanked Mike Beaman for finding a wellhead so a man could continue with a new septic field. The appreciative homeowner sent in a $100 check for Mike's efforts. Mike receives a silver eagle and 2 points for this. Andy feels that these little "rewards" are a way to try to encourage good deeds.
Marty mentioned two lost and found incidents from last month. Mitch's granddaughter found and returned car keys. Someone asked for Dan's help to find a wedding ring that was lost when he was raking leaves. Dan found and returned the ring. Congratulations to all for their good deeds and kindness.
There is no site yet for the May hunt. Please watch your e-mail for details.
The attendance prize winner was Tab Brannock.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Amy Taylor. She and the club split the $72 pot. John Fassel won the secondary prize of a silver half dollar.
Barbara Peters won the "Hazard a Guess" raffle and received a silver fifty-cent piece. Thanks to Amy Taylor for bringing in this month's item, a jar of sunflower seeds.
Following our meeting we held a very successful auction. Thanks to everyone for their donations and bids.
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