Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 5, Issue 10
October 2014

New Meeting Time Starting January * New Club Outing Policy * Free Trash pouches * XP Deus Raffle * Meet the Members * Minelab E-Trac * Open Hunt 2014 *  Members Only Hunt * Next Meeting November 20 - CLUB AUCTION

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, October 30, 2014: The meeting was conducted at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Rd., Baltimore, MD 21220, 410-887-0258. Minutes were submitted by Dave Miller.

Call to Order: At 8:15 PM 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.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4133.36 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 Joseph Stallings from Rosedale as our newest member.

Attendance: Brad Johns, our official head counter, reported 38 attendees at our October meeting: 28 primary members; 1 new member; 6 guests; and 3 family members.

Win Silver Coins: Every monthly meeting attendee gets a raffle ticket for one of three silver coins just for showing up!

Refreshment Committee: Thank you Dan Beavers for providing plenty of pizza for the evening. Thank you Nancy Jelich for bringing a large bag of Halloween treats to the meeting for everyone to enjoy. The M.F.S.T.C. club provides sodas and sweets.

Raffles: Bill Hill and Leo Pollock manned the silver round and 50-50 raffle tickets and kept track of the money, John Vice won $38 for the 50-50 and Miss Olivia Cornwell won the silver round.

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

New Meeting Time: Rejoice! Starting in January, 2015, our meeting time and room will change. We will be meeting in the back two rooms at 7:00 PM. Hurray! Family friendly time and plenty of room. We will still meet the last Thursday of every month. It'll be all ours forever and ever (we hope).

Club Outings - New Policy: Our club outing dates will be announced at the meetings only; not via e-mail. The date will be announced and a limit of 15 members may sign up for the event. The location will be e-mailed to those on the list. Outing locations will not be on our website.  Results, but not locations, will be revealed in the newsletters and photos of finds will be uploaded to our website if provided. Note: those who have attended club hunts in the past and cannot attend a meeting, may e-mail Steve to sign up for a club outing. Beginners should sign up for every club hunt if they want to get some practice and learn the latest tips and techniques.

Free Trash Pouches: Thank you Nancy Sommer, who provided us with high-quality two-pouch nail aprons for carrying trash targets in the field. The aprons are stylishly imprinted with our club logo. These aprons are distributed for free to members who need them.

XP Deus Metal Detector (or $1000 cash) Raffle: Tickets are available at our meetings. The drawing will be at our December meeting. Grab as many as you can afford to increase your chances of winning this terrific raffle or sell some to friends. A $2000 detector or $1000 cash is worth risking a few bucks. The winner will be drawn at our December 18 pot luck dinner.

Meet the Members: Dave Miller, our club secretary, who joined the club in September, 2013, is a licensed surveyor from Mt. Airy, MD and has been metal detecting for about two years. Dave's grandfather, an avid detectorist, would take him on Saturday "coin hunting" forays as his official digger.
His interest finally flourished after taking an old Tesoro detector to the beach one year and since has detected Sandy Point, Ft. Smallwood, Ft. Armstead and most of the schools and public parks in and around Anne Arundel County.
Dave likes to hunt for colonial and Civil War artifacts and currently uses a Garrett AT Pro detector with a large Nel coil. He recommends turning the sensitivity to half before ground balancing the Nel coils on the AT Pro to avoid chattering and false signals when the sensitivity is returned to upper levels for search mode.

October Program: Mr. Dave Asbury, friends and customer of Bob Taylor, talked about the Minelab E-Trac metal detector; its settings, menu items and gave a demonstration. Mr. Asbury explained the ferrous and conductive axes of the discrimination window and how they differ from similar past models. He demonstrated the detector's reaction with several objects at different settings. Using beach mode in the preset programs, he was able to discriminate between a nail with conductive iron and silver more reliably. After the program, several members commented on the tips they learned from Mr. Asbury.

Open Treasure Hunt 2014: Sunday, October 12 at Sandy Point State Park was a terrific success. Our pirate-themed competition hunt drew 68 Adults, 6 Kids: 74 Search Coils on the sand and over $5000 at stake. Aaaarrr!  Thank you to those who participated in the event. It was truly a day to remember: beautiful weather; a wonderful crowd; sand full of loot; raffles; and the hot dogs, drinks and snacks flew out of the galley - hats off to Beverly! The metal detecting community really shined this day with cooperation, comradery and laughter. Thank you to those who helped us glide through the day effortlessly.
Thank you Dave Miller, Sarah Pennington and Juanita Miles for greeting our registrants with a smile, registration check-in, keeping track of raffles, awarding prizes, answering questions and making life easier for all of us.
Thank you Beverly Pennington with help from Lee Taylor for keeping a tight and well-managed galley, especially during the lunchtime crunch.
Thank you Bob and Lee Taylor from Taylor Metal Detectors for contributing to the event and setting up shop for the convenience of the detectorists.
Thank you Heather Cornwell and Gary Pennington for the photographs and movie of the event.
Thank you to Leo Pollock, Bill Hill, Kurt, Dave and Nick Franz and all who volunteered to help us with carrying large items and also with setting up and tearing down.
Thank you to Gary Pennington and Steve Cunningham for producing the pirate theme.
Thank you to our sponsors: Taylor Metal Detectors; Minelab Technologies, Garrett Metal Detectors, Whites Electronics, XP Metal Detectors, American Digger magazine, Western-Eastern Magazine, Lost Treasure magazine, Electroscopes by Thomas, Bob and Lee Taylor, John Curtis, Steve Cunningham and the Maryland Free-State Treasure Club.

Photos, winners and movie of the event have been uploaded to our website under the "Photos" link.

Members Only Competition Hunt: We will have a closed hunt (members only) in the spring of 2015. There are three options for this hunt under consideration: A sand hunt using sand scoops like traditional competition hunts; A land hunt for buried objects; Or, a detector and pinpointer surface hunt for coins and tokens that have been cast into the grass. Further discussion and voting will ensue in meetings to come.

Trash Drive: Our October meeting produced a record amount of dug up trash targets for P.R. purposes and recycling for cash which will be used for better loot for our members. Cunningham forgot to bring the trash collection tub so members left buckets, containers and boxes of trash for Steve, who promises to return them. Thanks you all who contributed.

Display Board: Howard Shettle, our vice president, announced the winners of our October display board contest as follows: Kurt Franz and Dave Franz tied for first in the coin contest followed by Bill Hill and Andy Cooper respectively. Kurt Franz also took first in the relic contest followed by Andy Cooper and Dave Franz. Dave Miller won the Club Favorite with a Baltimore shield (badge) followed by George Venker with a $1 gold coin.

Adjournment: The October 30th Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 at 8:00 PM. Note: this is not the last Thursday of the month.

Holiday Dates: Our holiday meeting dates will be November 20 and December 18. Please record this on your calendars.

November Program: We will hold our YEARLY CLUB AUCTION at the next meeting, November 20. Please bring in all that stuff you might bring to the Good Will or Salvation Army. We can generate some money for the club and have a good time. Check your shelves, attic and basement for those dust collectors you're tired of looking at.

Holiday Party: Our holiday party and pot luck dinner will be held December 18 which is a holiday date. We encourage all of our members to bring some of their favorite cuisine to share.