Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 3, Issue 3
March 2015
New: Leg-of-Gold * Annual Dues Deadline *  Members-Only Treasure Hunt * Monthly Outing * New: Swap and Sell  * 6:30 Mini Hunt resumes * October Treasure Hunts *
And lots More * Next Meeting April 30 *

Canceled meetings: Our January 29 and February 26 meetings were canceled due to weather. Whenever the county schools close for snow or ice, county community centers follow suit.

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, March 26, 2015: 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 7:04 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; and Dave Miller, secretary. Mr. Pennington announced Nichole Venker as our club photographer.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4684.53 in the bank and $196.72 petty cash in coins and bills. Gary Pennington reports the M.F.S.T.C. currently has an account balance of $85.00 in the Recreation and Parks account.

Attendance: Bill Hill counted 53 members, guests and family members.

New Members: We welcome William Pfaff, Ronald Riggs, Derrick Guilbault, Wade Stark, John  & Kathie Gaver; and Thomas Ferrell as new members of the Maryland Free-State Treasure Club.

Free Raffle Tickets: Every attendee to our monthly meetings gets a raffle ticket for one of three silver coins just for showing up!

LEG OF GOLD: New! Free! Every member gets one entry per month. Write your name on the small entry form and place it into the Leg-of-Gold container. One name is drawn per month. The first name to be drawn three times wins a 1/10-oz gold coin.
March Leg-of-Gold drawing was Leo Pollock.

Raffles: Bill Hill and Leo Pollock manned the silver round and 50-50 raffle tickets and kept track of the furious accounting at breaktime. Gina Stinemire walked away with $75 for winning the 50-50, and Kathy Pine added a shiny new 1-oz silver round to her collection.

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

Swap and SellGeorge Venker has revived the "Swap-Sell-Buy" table at our meetings. This is for metal detecting related items only. Bring in anything you want to swap or sell. George will try to maintain this for meetings to come if it is successful.

Membership Dues: $25 membership dues are due. Because of the inclement weather that closed our doors January and February, we have extended the due date to our April 30th meeting.
     To renew by mail: Send $25 check payable to "M.F.S.T.C." and mail it to Steve Cunningham, 4900 Walther Ave, Baltimore, MD 21214. Make sure your name is clearly printed on the check and "dues" is written in the memo. Unpaid members will be dropped from the roster and no longer receive emails.

Contest Board: The rules for the Contest board have been clearly defined by Howard Shettle and Gary Pennington. The Contest Board, Leg-of-Gold, and Find of the Year rules are linked from the home page of our website.

Outside Mini Hunt: Our April 30th meeting will mark the beginning of our summer mini hunts starting at 6:30 p.m. Members bring your detector and pinpointer only - no digging. Search for tokens and money in the grass outside. Prizes are given for various tokens found. This is one of our most popular events.

Members-Only Treasure Hunt: Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m. One hunt. $25 registration fee. The coins and tokens with just be laying in the grass - no digging - same as our mini hunts! Prizes: Bob Taylor has donated five Tesoro metal detectors to our club for prizes in our members hunt and our open hunt in October. This treasure hunt will feature the White's Coinmaster, XP Deus, and Tesoro Tiger Shark. Also look for gold coin, silver coins, silver rounds, silver dollars, Indian head pennies, old nickels and whatever other cool stuff we toss in the grass. The club will be supplying lunch after the hunt. Unless you're standing still, you have a great chance at winning big!
    To register by mail: send a check or money order for $25 made out to: M.F.S.T.C. and mail it to: Steve Cunningham, 4900 Walther Ave, Baltimore, MD 21214. Be sure to write "Member Hunt" in the memo.

October Double-Barrel Treasure Weekend: The Maryland Free-State Treasure Club (M.F.S.T.C.) is hosting our open treasure hunt Sunday, October 11 with the western theme "Old Dakota Mining Town." Information and Registration forms are linked from the home page of our website and will be available at our meetings.

The Maryland Artifact Recovery Society (M.A.R.S.) is hosting their "Silver Frenzy II" open hunt on Saturday, October 10. More information on this soon.

These are serious treasure hunts with lots of valuable prizes at stake and open to the public.

Other upcoming Treasure Hunts: Follow the link to "Treasure Hunts" on our website

Trash Drive: This March meeting was the end of our trash drive. We will no longer be collecting dug up junk. Though the final weight has not been determined, we have plenty for a PR opportunity. We have been collecting it for one year.

New Detector: Bob Taylor, of Taylor Metal Detectors who brings merchandise from his shop for sale at our meetings, announced the Minelab GPZ 7000 with a price tag of $10,000 [some chuckles ensued]. The new Garrett waterproof pinpointer will be available early April.

Meet the Member - Dave Franz: Dave grew up in the Overlea neighborhood of northeast Baltimore and joined the Marine Corps in 1966. He then joined the Baltimore City Fire Dept. where he worked for 36-years. Concurrently, Dave served in the Coast Guard Reserve and achieved the rank of Master Chief before retiring in 1977. Dave is also an experienced woodworker. Just one year into the hobby of metal detecting, he uses a White's DFX detector and has recently found a 1805 half-cent and colonial buttons (several in the same hole).

Get Well Soon: One of our members, Bud Lamb, went to the hospital with gastric pain and was admitted for several days. Though he made an appearance at our meeting, he was too weak to stay. Heal up soon, Bud.

Club Outing March 15: A splendid day for detecting drew nine of our members to a local park where the digging was easy and the wind was chilly. Phil Kolocotronis, Brad Johns, Mike McCullough, Bill Wachter, John and Elaine Vice, Frank Ziemski, Eric Heilman and Leo Pollock attended. Of those who reported in; Mike M. found a beautiful mid-nineteenth-century artillery eagle button, a flat button and the lead finial from the tip of a scabbard drag; John and Elaine Vice found some junk jewelry, a Jeepers token, and a 1957 wheat penny; Leo Pollack found an Eisenhower dollar coin with a hole drilled through, part of an old watch and an apple-shaped keychain; Brad found a turn-of-the-century unmarked button and some junk jewelry; Phil found $1.54 clad, Chuck E. Cheese token and a key. We'll be going back to this park to check other areas.

New Club Coin: The few club coins we have given out to our members are meant to be used as "calling cards" and given to curious onlookers as a lucky token. They are not meant to be buried in parks or elsewhere. This can have a negative impact on our club. Please do not bury them.

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: George Venker; 2nd: Kurt Franz; 3rd: Leo Pollock.
Relics: 1st: Kurt Franz; 2nd: Andy Cooper; 3rd: George Venker.
Club Favorite: Kurt Franz for his very rare slave picker token.

Adjournment: The March 26 meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. (Mini hunt starts at 6:30 p.m. outside weather permitting) April Topic: What to bring on a metal detecting excursion.