Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 5, Issue 8
August 2014

NEW MEETING HOURS: Our meetings will start at 8:00 PM starting September 25.

TEMPORARY HOLIDAY DATES: November 20 and December 18

NEW ATTENDANCE RAFFLE: Each member who attends our monthly meetings will get a raffle ticket for a prize drawing of one of three silver coins.

XP DEUS RAFFLE TICKETS are now available at our meetings. Read below.

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, August 28, 2014: The meeting was conducted at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Rd., Baltimore, MD 21220, 410-887-0258. Submitted by Dave Miller.

Call to Order: At 7:44 P.M. the meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. Gary Pennington. Gary introduced the club officers; Howard Shettle, vice president (who also oversees the display board); Steve Cunningham, treasurer; and Dave Miller, secretary. Dave Miller was officially voted in as our new secretary by a majority vote at this meeting.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4476.75 in the bank and $196.72 in petty cash in coins and bills. Gary Pennington reports the M.F.S.T.C. currently has an account balance of $185.00 in the Recreation and Parks account.

New Members: We welcome Gary Lawrence of Essex and Dan Taylor from Silver Spring as new members of our organization.

Refreshment Committee: Thank you to Dan Beavers for providing plenty of pizza for the evening. Dan has volunteered to bring pizza whenever he can. The M.F.S.T.C. club provides sodas and sweets.

XP Deus Metal Detector (or $1000 cash) Raffle: Kenny Michael volunteered to be our chairman for this raffle. See him at the next meeting to pick up a few.

Raffles: Dan Beavers and Alvin "Bud" Lamb manned the silver round and 50-50 raffle tickets and kept track of the money. Dave Miller walked away with $76 for the 50-50 and Gina Stienmire won the silver dollar.

Merchandise: Gina Stinemire and Olivia Cornwell, our merchandise sales attendances, kept track of our sales of t-shirts, club patches, bumper stickers, gloves and various donated items we offer in return for monetary donations to our club.

Meet the Members: This month we focused on Howard Shettle, our vice president. Howard has been metal detecting for many years and has always been available to help those who need to learn more about settings and tips. Howard also oversees our display board and contest for best finds every month. And experienced relic, coin and beach detectorist, Howard has much to offer our organization.

Essex Day: The Maryland Free-State Treasure club will have a display at the Essex Day Festival September 21, 500 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD. Leo Pollock has volunteered to be our contact for rental applications and official details. We will deliver the necessary tables and displays from between 6 AM and 8 AM. Please contact Steve Cunningham if you can man the display tables for an hour or two.

August Program: Edward Burgee, our club historian and member of the Company of Military Historians, gave an excellent talk on the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, Baltimore's role and strategy in repelling the British invasion by working together despite a 25-hour pounding of Fort McHenry with between 1500 and 1800 cannon balls (surprisingly, only four defenders were killed). Ed circulated photos of the 13-inch cannon balls used by the British warships as well as historic maps of the clever fortifications of North Point and Patterson Park. He declared this battle Baltimore's finest hour as only local militia defended Baltimore. He also made several references to the gentlemanly behavior of the British officers and their occasional benevolence. A young Francis Scott Key was trying to secure the release of American prisoner Dr. William Beanes aboard the British flagship HMS Tonnant when he was detained until after the war for overhearing plans of the battle. His poem, Star Spangled Banner, ensued after watching in stunned amazement the bombardment of Fort McHenry from afar.

Open Treasure Hunt 2014: Sunday, October 12 at Sandy Point State Park. Registration is currently $100. Please visit our website for more information. Out-of-state registrations are coming in fast. At this writing we have 60 registrants.

Next Club Outing: Our next club outing will be Saturday, September 20 starting at 8:00 AM

Previous Club Outing August 17: Was a difficult yield but some interesting items were found. Mike McCullough arranged this outing. The caretaker's wedding band was not found. 23 coils swept the area: Kyle Arey; Steve Cunningham; Dave Franz; Kurt Franz; Bill Hill; Tony Kulesza; Bud Lamb; John Manzari; Joe Mertes; Jerry and Albie McCall; Kathy Pine and Mark; Leo Pollock; Frank Silva; Mike and Gina Stinemire; Bob Taylor; John and Elaine Vice; Chris and Ward Wisnom and Frank Ziemski; Mike Thomas, (previous member); and three members of the M.A.R.S. club: Brian Snider, Paul Sweeney and Steve Zulich.

Reported finds: Kurt Franz - 2 bullet casings, lead bullet, bullet speed loader clip, 3 wheaties (1910, 1913, 1919) 2 buckles, and a flat button; Mike McCullough - a Farrington Charga-Plate for Chas. H McComas, a 1902 medallion from the 36th Nat'l Encampment in Washington, D.C., a vintage Master Lock brass key with figure of a lion and a round ball; Leo Pollock - nice 14k gold bracelet and clad; Paul Sweeney - modern coins, silver plated earring and a hunk of lead; John Vice - Indian-head penny, ladies wristwatch, old buckle deep as the Indian head and clad coins.

Trash Drive: Please continue bringing in your dug up trash finds. Don't be disappointed when you unearth a trash target! Every bit of metallic trash is a contribution to our club. Deposit your dug up trash in the tub at the front desk at our meetings. We will also have the trash tub available at our club outings. We currently have about 500-lbs to recycle after displaying it to city and county officials.

Display Board: Howard Shettle, our vice president, announced the winners of our August display board contest as follows: Kurt Franz came in first for coins, followed by Leo Pollock and John Manzari tied for second and Howard Shettle took third place. Kurt Franz also took first for relics, followed by Dave Franz and Mike McCullough respectively. Kathy Pine won the Club Favorite.

Adjournment: The August Meeting was adjourned at 9:23 when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Our next meeting will be held Thursday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. Mini Hunts are cancelled until the spring when the Sun once again shines on the grass outside.

September Program: George Venker will talk about the Garrett AT Pro metal detector, how to find deep targets, VDI numbers, ground balance and adjustments. Questions and comments will follow.