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 September 2017The Newsletter of the Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club Vol. 28, No. 8 
The Shore Seekers Artifact & Recovery Club is a proud member of the FMDAC

From The President's Desk

Our August hunt day started out beautiful and ended even better. A few met at the old Fruitland clubhouse and left promptly at 8:30 for the drive south to the Virginia comfort station. After taking a brief break and talking with the other Seekers who met us there, we were ready to make the short journey to the day's hunt spot.

This site was the same as the one we had last month but with different field conditions. I pointed out the boundaries of the fields (which were now as flat as Rt. 50) and explained that we could also hunt the yard of a house in the middle of our search area. The owners had kindly given permission for this and only asked to see what members found on their land. Seemed like a reasonable request to me. As I mentioned before, field conditions were perfect and it didnít take long for people to spread out, some to the near sections of the field, some to the far side almost half a mile away.

I asked members to meet back at the vehicles around 11:30 or 11:45 so we could decide what to do about lunch. Some opted to bring lunch with them and eat at the site while a smaller number ventured to the SubStation which was again open for business. I was asked by the farmer to be present during hunting and I want to thank everyone who stayed for respecting this and not going back into the field. After an hourís break, we were all back ready to find more fabulous stuff.

Finds were great throughout the day. I saw some large American pennies, British pennies, some Spanish reales and lots of Indian heads and wheat pennies. One Seeker found a beautiful old ring and he (or was it someone else) suggested that it might have belonged to Ulysses Grant from the Civil War era.

Hunting continued until about 4:00 when everyone was ready to pack up and head home. The weather and field conditions were great and there weren't a lot of sheep flies and mosquitoes to bother us. Members did a good job of filling holes and taking away trash and cleaning up after the lunch feast.

There's still potential here but it will be planted soon. But when it's harvested, I hope that we might have another opportunity to return because of how well we've taken care of things.

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Be sure to come to the next meeting on September 11 and bring your finds to show to fellow members. We'll try to rush through the business stuff because we anticipate having another fantastic auction led by Craig. Bring in anything you like. You can either donate it outright or set a price and the club gets anything over. Craig is looking forward to it and so am I. I'll be looking for a big turnout and a lot of fun. See you there!

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We usually have our big hunt in October but we're changing it until Spring 2018. The reason is because some of our faithful attendees are going to be in the UK and we don't want them to miss out on the opportunity to take part in this annual event. A Spring date will allow us to accommodate them and to aim for more widespread participation.

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Membership has been opened again. Check the minutes for more details.

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By the time you get this, Assateague State Park will be re-opened to detecting. Remember, this is only on the STATE beach, not the Federal section.

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That's all for my report this month. I'm looking forward to getting together again, both at the meeting and in the field.

Bill Draper,
Huntmaster and President


Club Minutes

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

The winner of the 1964 JFK Commemorative half dollar raffle was Cynthia Fassel. (This drawing brought in $60.)

Magazine raffle winners were Jerry McClymont, Garrow King, Dan Spielman, Cynthia Fassel, Tony Goodyear and Susan Martin. Thanks to Bill Draper, Tony Goodyear, Barbara Peters, Garrow King and Sonny Willing for their donations.

Thanks to Ed Donovan and Wayne and Susan Martin for the refreshments.

Mike Corbin of Millsboro, DE was in attendance as a guest.

CORRESPONDENCE

Extra copies of THE SEEKER were available.

OLD BUSINESS

Minutes were approved as distributed.

The treasurer gave his report.

We have decided to postpone our big hunt from October until Spring 2018. There are no details at this time about location or possible prizes.

NEW BUSINESS

Marty thanked Shore Seekers who helped with the various childrens' camps held during the summer. He also thanked everyone for their donations of fishing sinkers, foreign coins, costume jewelry, old detectors and other items that helped make the camps such a success. Scott MacLane also joined Marty in thanking everyone.

John Rebman showed off a new digging tool from White's.

There will be an auction at the September meeting. You can donate items outright or set a reserve and the club gets anything over your price.

We talked about opening up club membership. Bill supports a suggestion from Marty and ESTC about how they deal with people who don't participate or come to meetings. In future, potential members will be required to attend three meetings before being allowed to join and they would need to be sponsored by at least one member in good standing. After this, he or she would be voted on by the membership (assuming the officers have okayed the applicant), then can go to a hunt and pay dues. Hopefully this will ensure that we have quality people. Various members voiced agreement that potential members need to attend meetings so people can get to know them before joining. Other members mentioned that we might also need to weed out old members who don't really support the club. Bill mentioned that this is just a start and we may modify things as time goes on. We would need to review cases on an individual basis before we start making a lot of changes but there is widespread support for doing what we can to ensure that we have serious members who really support the club.

Carpooling is also something that we need to take seriously. The more cars a landowner sees on his property, the less likely we are to get a return invitation.

Andy and others told about their experiences finding silver money in CoinStar machines.

CLUB HUNT

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

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Susan Martin. She and the club split the $54 pot.

Julie Pryor,
Secretary

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