Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 3, Issue 7
July 2015

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, July 30, 2015: The meeting was conducted at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Rd., Baltimore, MD 21220, 410-887-0258. Minutes were submitted by Nicole Venker.

Call to Order: At 7:19 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 Contest Board); Steve Cunningham, treasurer; Nicole Venker filling in for Dave Miller, secretary; and Ms. Nichole Venker as our club meeting photographer.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $3380.59 in the bank (mostly earmarked for October hunt prizes) and $196.72 petty cash in coins and bills. Gary Pennington reports the M.F.S.T.C. currently has an account balance of $376.00 in the Recreation and Parks account.

Free Raffle Ticket Winners: Bill Hill, Bill Pfaff and Ed Burgee won the free raffle tickets given to every meeting attendee.

Refreshments: The Stinemire family Mike, Renate and Gina provided another fine meal of meatballs, homemade beans and coleslaw, vegetables, cheeses, fruits, cookies, candy, chips, soft drinks, etc. The abundant food is mostly gone by the end of the meetings.

Raffles: Charles Brandner won the 50-50 and Brad Johns won the silver round raffles managed by Bill Hill and Leo Pollock.

Merchandise Table: Gina Stinemire and Olivia Cornwell oversaw sales of bumper stickers, t-shirts, patches and gloves.

Swap and Sell: Members checked in with George Venker to see what metal detecting gear was for sale or trade. Bring your own seldom used metal detecting gear and get some bucks back for it. Well worth a look - George is very organized.

Welcome new members: We welcome Wilber Harris and Eric Ritter to our family of detectorists. We look forward to seeing them in the field.

Meet the Member: Leo Pollock is married and has a healthy 1-year-old boy, Leo Jr. Leo got a yard sale detector at the age of 10. After discovering the coil was bad, he gave up the hobby until six years ago when he met up with Bill Hill and they quickly became a detecting team. He bought a Fisher F2. After finding several wheat pennies they were both hooked on the hobby and found better and better loot in the ensuing months and years.
         Leo eventually bought a Garrett AT Pro and has been using it ever since. Both Leo and Bill joined the M.F.S.T.C. at our November 2013 meeting. Since then each of them have become significant volunteers for just about everything that comes up.
         Eventually, the 2-man detecting team joined the "Hoover Boys," started by members Kurt Franz and Brad Johns, as a very dedicated spin-off from the club. The "Hoover Boys" spend longer than usual time in the field and have the stamina to keep digging for as long as twelve hours (their maximum and most exhausting endurance). Videos of the "Hoover Boys" are linked from the Media page of our website.
         Leo commented that joining the M.F.S.T.C. was the best thing he could have done to pursue the hobby of metal detecting.

Club Outing July 18: 19 members enjoyed a pleasant day for digging with the threat of rain that never came. A gentle breeze staved off the heat. The horse farm in Annapolis, on land that dates back to the 1700s, yielded an Indian head penny; silver quarter; porcelain telegraph insulator; Maryland seal pin; St. John college button from Civil War era; 2 "V" nickels; a musket ball; old worn coin that might date back to the period; large flat button of the period; a license tag from a horse drawn coach; horseshoes; clad and curious old farm iron.

August Outing: There will be no August outing due to heat, dry ground and park restrictions. Saddle up for the middle of September.

Contest Board Winners: Contest Board, "Leg-of-Gold," and Find of the Year rules are linked from the home page of our website.
Coins: 1st: Howard Shettle; 2nd place: John Curtis; 3rd place: John Manzari.
Relics: 1st: Brad Johns; 2nd: Dave Franz and 3rd: John Vice.
Club Favorite: Dave Franz - Silver necklace.
Leg-of-Gold: Brad Johns.

Adjournment: The July 30th meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m. when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. (Mini hunt starts at 6:30 p.m. outside weather permitting) August program: TBA