Volume 5, Issue 6
June, 2014

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, June 26, 2014. The meeting was conducted at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Rd., Baltimore, MD 21220, 410-887-0258. Submitted by Dave Miller, filling in for Christine Wisnom, secretary.


Call to Order: At 7:42 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 Christine Wisnom, secretary, were not present for our June meeting.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Pennington conveyed the M.F.S.T.C. has $2479.43 in the bank and $300.22 in petty cash in coins and bills. The M.F.S.T.C. currently has an account balance of $185.71 in the Recreation and Parks account.

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

Raffles: Danny Beavers and Bud Lamb manned the silver round and 50-50 raffle tickets and money for our raffles. Bud Lamb won the 50-50 and Mike Stinemire won the silver round.

Merchandise: Gina Stinemire and Olivia Cornwell once again did a great job of selling and accounting for our merchandize.

New Members: We welcome Edward Burgee and Philip Kolocotronis as new members of our organization.

Meet the Members: This month the focus was on Alvin "Bud" Lamb who has detected for 40-years and brings a wealth of experience to the club. A long-time member of the Maryland Free-State Treasure Club, Bud has contributed his time as newsletter editor in the past and mentor to countless new hobbyists. Bud will set up a time to teach metal detecting techniques to any one of our members upon request.

Leo Pollock's Club Raffle: Leo Pollock's M.F.S.T.C. club open raffle was a success and the winners were drawn. The first place winner is Wanda Young of Baltimore who received $200.00. Ed Orefice, also from Baltimore, was drawn second and received $100.00. Thank you to Leo Pollock for adding $430.00 profit to our coffers to be used for prize money in our October treasure hunt. Leo's idea for the raffle was a great way to promote our club and bring in some money.

June Program: Scott Schubert of the Bel-Mar Coin Club gave a presentation about how to care for coins and treat dug-up coins. Mr. Schubert is a coin grader and explained the process and costs of having valuable coins cleaned and officially graded, including sealing the coins along with an official certification. He further explained that potentially valuable dug-up coins should not be cleaned or tumbled by the finder.

Thank you to Bob Taylor for arranging this presentation.

M.F.S.T.C. Open Hunt: Sunday, October 12 at Sandy Point State Park. Registration is $75 postmarked up to August 31 and $100 after. Please visit our website for more information. Out-of-state registrations are coming in fast. At this writing we have 16 registrants from as far away as Ohio, New york and Massachusetts.

Next Club Outing: Sunday, July 20, 10 AM, will be a teaching day for beginners. Various targets will be placed on the ground for target identification and several common targets will be buried six-inches deep to learn the difference between surface targets and buried targets. Digging techniques will be shown. Experienced detectorists may hunt the area, too.

This is what our club is all about and we encourage all beginners to attend. It's an ideal situation where you can get one-on-one experience.

Find of the Year (so far): One of our more intrepid detectorists, George Hendley, was hunting a favorite spot of his and happened to see the glint of an 1855 gold one-dollar coin poking out of the ground. He snatched it up and called it a day.

Trash Drive: Up to June, our club members have contributed 320-pounds of dug up trash. Approximately 40 additional pounds were brought in to our June meeting. At this rate, we'll have plenty to show when the time comes to present the junk to various county and city officials.

Club Hunt June 21: The Club Hunt was a great day for comradery. Lots of friendships were forged. Attesnding were Susan Bauman, Danny Beavers, Charles Brandner, Ed Burgee, Andy Cooper, Steve Cunningham, Dave Franz, Kurt Franz, George Hendley, Nancy Jelich, Brad Johns, John Manzari, Jerry McCall, Justin Schley, Nancy Sommer, Mike and Gina Stinemire, John Vice, Ambrose Wetzelberger, Bill Wise and a neighbor, George Sweetser, who is not a member of our club but saw us detecting and brought his own detector to the field.

Lots of clad was found as well as a few Indian head pennies, war nickels, religious pendants, dog tags, name tags, and George Hendley found a WWI button. The only silver found was a 1944 quarter dug by George Sweetser. John Vice found an Eagle Lock key patented July 26, 1898 in excellent condition with crisp print.

Weird Request: A fellow contacted Gary Pennington requesting a metal detectorist come to his 1850 Harford County original farmhouse and look for buried treasure. A good friend of the fellow is a clairvoyant of some repute and had two separate dreams about treasure beneath the stoop of the front door. The problem was that the front door now leads onto a large concrete pad. Before contacting Gary, the fellow chopped away at the foundation of the nineteenth-century basement under the front door. He encountered large rocks which stopped his progress but didn't want to incur the expense of busting though the concrete until he was certain of the existence of treasure.

Gary and George Venker scanned the fellow's yard and found very little. They then scanned the concrete pad and got some very good signals. After inspecting the hole in the basement wall, Gary found a large hot-rock (curiously metalized rock) which halted his progress, as well. Gary conveyed to the fellow that with the existence of hot rocks under the concrete pad, there was no way of knowing about treasure without digging trough the concrete. The fellow donated $50 to our club.

It turns out that 1) The fellow was a contractor who restores homes; 2) the fellow had sold his home and settled at the end of the month; and 3) the clairvoyant is a concrete contractor.

Display Board: Howard Shettle, our vice president, announced the winners of our April display board contest as follows: Kurt Franz came in first for coins, followed by Bill Hill and Howard Shettle. Kurt Franz also took first place for relics, followed by a tie between Howard Shettle, Bill Hill, and Dave Denkenberger. George Hendley came in third. Don Mueller won the Club Favorite with an interesting bell.

Adjournment: The June Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Our next meeting will be held Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 PM. Our mini hunt will start at 7:00 PM.

June Program:  Our program for June will be "Zeroing in," presented by Steve Cunningham who is more or less a beginner but is not afraid to stand up and talk about why we keep digging up so much trash an not enough good targets.