Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 3, Issue 11
November 2015

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL - NOW 'til FEBRUARY : Every year we ask that our members renew their membership by paying the annual dues of $25. We use this money for prizes, literature, refreshments and meeting room rent. Those who do not renew their membership will be dropped from our roster in February 2016.

REMINDER: DECEMBER SCHEDULE CHANGE: Instead of our last Thursday of the month schedule, our Annual holiday meeting and party will be held Thursday, DECEMBER 17 at 7:00 p.m. Officers will be elected and volunteer members will donate food items for our holiday potluck party.

MINI HUNTS: Our pre-meeting mini hunts will be postponed until March 2016.

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, November 19, 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 7:07 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.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4751.82 in the bank (mostly earmarked for our members-only hunt)) 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.

Attendance: Andy Cooper counted 37 attendees.

Welcome new members: We welcome Timmy Streaker and Bob Horst to our family of detectorists.

Refreshments: Mike and Gina Stinemire provided another great meal of Sloppy Joes, meatballs, pasta salad, coleslaw, crackers, cheese, chips, sweets and drinks.

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

Door Prize Winners: All attendees receive a free raffle ticket. This month's winners: John Manzari, Bob Taylor, Mike McFadden, Dave Franz and Ron Riggs won silver coins and donated items.

Raffles: John Manzari won the 50-50 and Rick Pack won the silver round.

Officer Elections: During this meeting Dave Franz headed up the election committee and asked for nominations. Nominees are: president - Gary Pennington; vice president - Howard Shettle and Andy Cooper; Secretary - Dave Miller; Treasurer - Steve Cunningham. Elections will be held at our December meeting.

Club Library: We now have a reference library of books to help ID everything from colonial tokens and coins to Civil War artifacts and projectiles. We also have the 2016 coin red book.

Meet the Member: Ed Burgee, a coin collector and history buff, satisfied his initial interest in metal detecting with a heavy White's Coinmaster 4 which he used for beach and Civil War artifact hunting. After he retired from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department several years ago, he started detecting more frequently and went through a few detectors until he recently settled on a Garrett AT Pro.
     Ed was a Civil War reenactment buff for 25 years representing both sides. His interest in the war of 1812 led him to a job at Fort McHenry which he held for 15 years and is currently an active  member of Pen-Mar Historical Recovery Association, Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, and The Company of Military Historians.

Dealer's Report: Member Bob Taylor, who owns Taylor Metal Detectors in Churchville, MD, Showed us the new kit that will allow the XP Deus detector waterproof to a waist-high depth.
     Bob also talked about the BelMar coin club and how four of our members are also members of that club. 

November 14 Outing: The mystery of the Kent Island picker's checks has been solved. Though only rumored to have existed, none had ever been found or even seen. Doubts were arising among members of the Kent Island Heritage Society as to their existence. Nick Franz found the first and Brad Johns found the second two. The Heritage Society was elated and will follow up with a story in the local paper. These exciting finds were among other artifacts and coins of the period. Tim Lindsay found a huge and very rare crotal bell (in tact).

Awards: Long-time member, Alvin "Bud" Lamb, graciously accepted a Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Lifetime Membership Award for his contributions and volunteerism. Bud has been a gracious emissary for the club and has helped find many a lost item in the name of the club. He has fought hard for the rights of the hobby.

Contest Board Winners: Monthly contest-board winners receive silver coins as prizes.
Coins: 1st: Kurt Franz; 2nd: John Manzari; 3rd: Gary Pennington.
Relics: 1st: John Manzari; 2nd: Kurt Franz.
Club Favorite: Tim Lindsay - Large crotal bell.
Leg of Gold drawing - John Vice.

Adjournment: The November 19 meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. We will elect new officers, have our annual "Find-of-the-Year" contest and our holiday potluck dinner.