Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 5, Issue 7
July 2014

Get your Open Treasure Hunt 2014 registration in before the end of the month when the price jumps from $75 to $100 September first.

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, July 31, 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 7:38 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. Regrettably, Christine Wisnom has stepped down as secretary do to her unpredictable and very busy work schedule. Thank you, Chris, for setting a high standard for our organization, meeting minutes and newsletter.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4745.07 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 Bill Wachter as a new member to our organization. Bill has been a guest at previous meetings and we're glad he joined.

Member Photos: New members are encouraged to send photos of themselves to Steve Cunningham ( for the "Members Only > Members" page on our website so we know who you are at the meetings. The "Members" page lists members' email, city and zip code. The list is sorted by zip code so members can see who lives in their area.

Refreshment Committee: Thank you to Gary Pennington for providing snacks for the evening.

Raffles: Danny Beavers and Alvin "Bud" Lamb manned the silver round and 50-50 raffle tickets and kept track of the money for our raffles. Bob Taylor won the 50-50 and Robert Baranowski won the silver round. Thank you Dan and Bud for volunteering for this frantic task.

Merchandise: Though Gina Stinemire and Olivia Cornwell, our merchandise sales attendances, were absent for our July meeting, we offered t-shirts, club patches, bumper stickers, gloves and various donated items in return for monetary donations to our club.

Meet the Members: This month the focus was on Harold "Sonny" Stewart who has held several official positions for our organization in the past. Sonny, an ex-marine, welder and talented guitarist, has been metal detecting since the sixties. Still an avid, strong and knowledgeable detectorist, Sonny brought in a primitive detector and gave an interesting talk about how he reversed engineered the electronics to improve its performance.

July Program: Steve Cunningham gave a presentation on the function of the transmit signal verses the receiver signal and how targets are detected in all-metal mode and discrimination mode. He stressed the importance of offsetting the ground balance to increase depth by silencing the soil's fickle degree of mineralization. Common questions about metal detecting were answered.

On A Sad Note: Jay Brown reports that he has had to shutter Essex Detector Sales due to his deteriorating health. One of the original members and previous holder of several official positions, including president of the Maryland Free-State Treasure Club, Jay, an avid detectorist spanning four decades, has been in the business of selling metal detectors and accessories since 1975. Those who dealt with Jay Brown can attest to his generosity and friendly advice. Jay has been available to answer questions about his products at our meetings as recently as this year. Jay's gentlemanly and honest manner made customers feel at ease as they learned about metal detecting and various detectors in his well-stocked basement. Jay never tried to oversell his customers.

Metal Detector Raffle: Bob Taylor of Taylor Metal Detectors proposed that the club buy an XP Deus metal detector at a discounted dealer price of $1006 for a club raffle and felt confident that the raffle would bring in some club money for additional prizes. Members voted unanimously in favor. Tickets are slated to be sold for $5.00 each and 5 for $20.00. XP Deus Raffle tickets will be available at the August meeting. Don't miss out on this one.

Open Treasure Hunt 2014: Sunday, October 12 at Sandy Point State Park. Registration is $75 postmarked up to August 31 and $100 thereafter. Please visit our website for more information. Out-of-state registrations are coming in fast. At this writing we have 28 registrants from as far away as Ohio, New york and Massachusetts. See our website for a list of those coming.

Open Hunt Sponsors: The club has purchased from Bob Taylor a Garret AT Pro, two Garrett pinpointers along with other Garrett accessories, a Whites Coinmaster, a Whites TRX pinpointer along with other Whites accessories, and we are expecting Minelab to kick in some nice stuff, too. Of course, copious amounts of sliver and some gold coins are to be purchased.

Open Hunt Contributions: Member John Curtis has donated to Open Hunt 2014 a new Garrett carry bag and a new Garrett headphone adaptor. Any member who has any new items they never really needed, that have never been used, consider donating them to our Open Hunt in October.

Next Club Outing: Sunday August 17 - An unprecedented metal detecting opportunity has been secured by Mike McCullough. Mike has been in touch with the Director of Planning & Community Development for the town of Bel Air and received a one-day pass August 17th from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Previous Club Outing July 20th: Teaching day, the first time we actually buried a variety of silver coins and a Civil War Bullet, was very successful. Those in attendance were: Andy Cooper, Steve Cunningham, John Curtis, Dave Franz, Kurt Franz, Eric and Brady Heilman, Justen Winemiller, Phil Kolocotronis, Tony Kulesza, Alvin "Bud" Lamb, Mike Stinemire, John Vice, and Bill Wise. It seemed like everybody learned new tricks this day.

Trash Drive: Please continue bringing in your trash finds. Up to July, our club members have contributed 320-pounds of dug up trash. Approximately 40 additional pounds have not been weighed. Bring in your trash and deposit it in the tub at the front desk at our meetings. We will also have the trash tub available at our club hunts.

Display Board: Howard Shettle, our vice president, announced the winners of our July display board contest as follows: Kurt Franz came in first for coins, followed by Leo Pollock and Dave Franz respectively. Kurt Franz also took first for relics, followed by Dave Miller and Leo Pollock. Dave Franz won the Club Favorite with a small interesting charm.

Adjournment: The July 31 Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Our next meeting will be held Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 PM. Our mini hunt will start at 7:00 PM.

August Program: The Bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. Member Ed Burgee, a member of Company of Military Historians, will talk about the Battle of Baltimore and the Chesapeake campaign concentrating on Fort McHenry. Ed will show photos of the ordinance from the battle.