Maryland Free-State Treasure Club
Volume 3, Issue 9
September 2015

Maryland Free-State Treasure Club Meeting Minutes, September 24, 2015: The meeting was conducted at the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Rd., Baltimore, MD 21220, 410-887-0258. Minutes were submitted by John Curtis.

Call to Order: At 7:17 p.m. the meeting was called to order by the President, Mr. Gary Pennington. Gary introduced the club officers; Howard Shettle, vice president, who was absent,  (who also oversees the Contest Board), Bill Hill filling in; Steve Cunningham, treasurer; and Dave Miller, secretary, who was absent - John Curtis filling in.

Treasurers Report: Mr. Cunningham reported the M.F.S.T.C. has $4572.64 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.

Attendance: Brad Johns counted 33 People.

Welcome new members: We welcome Gordon Gross, Alan Lewis, McDowell Warner (A previous member from the '70s), and Mike McFadden to our family of detectorists. We look forward to seeing them in the field.

Refreshments: Mike and Gina Stinemire provided a fine meal of meatballs, beans, homemade coleslaw, vegetables, cheeses, fruits, cookies, candy, chips, soft drinks, etc. Many members wait until they arrive to eat dinner.

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

Meet the Member: Andy Cooper, from Bowie, MD and a detectorist of many years, started the hobby with a cheap Radio Shack detector. The machine was soon shelved but his interest endured. In 2012 Andy bought a Tesoro Silver Umax and started finding more than just bottle caps and beer tabs. He had heard of a local detectorist who had been detecting since he was a boy and made an effort to get in touch. He soon met Brad Johns, another member, and they have been teamed up since. Both are current members of the "Hoover Boys," a group of our club members who make videos of their outings (seen on the "Media" link of our website) . Andy currently swings a Garrett AT Pro and for unrelated and inexplicable reasons likes mustard on his fries.

Dealer's Report: Bob Taylor, who owns Taylor Metal Detectors and is a club member, showed us a XP Deus book by Andy Sabisch which he highly recommended. He also had some "American Digger" magazines which is a new item in Bob's shop. There is now available an XP Deus case. Bob reported that Minelab is giving discounts to veterans. There will be an XP Deus boot camp with lessons, a hunt, discounted merchandise and personal instruction on October 24. For more info on this, contact Bob Taylor at

October Open Hunt: Our OPEN hunt Saturday, October 11 needs volunteers to donate food items such as hotdogs, buns, sodas, and ice. If you can donate these items please contact Gary Pennington at

September Outing: A beautiful day and a great group of members managed a semi-steep hill through the woods to get to the hunting spot. Under the vegetation and fallen logs a good amount of treasure was found: No-date cap bust large cent(1793-1796); Flat button; 1907 V- nickel; 2 Indian head pennies; 1916-D wheatie; planted cache containing silver ring, musket ball and some wheats; No date buff nickel; Colonial dandy button; Cuff link (silver?); junk ring; Boy Scout pin; old gun clip that was loaded with bullets; spoon with a bullet hole; pigeon band; several spoons, forks, knives and butter knife; can opener, lots of modern bullets and casings; and cloths pin springs.

Mini Hunt Winners: John Curtis found two tokens and Nick Franz found another. Both won silver coins.

Door Prize Winners: Andy Cooper, Bob Taylor, Lee Taylor, Lou Juliano and Dave Franz won various items from silver coins to hats.

Raffles: Bill Hill won the 50-50 and Chris Wisnom won the silver round. Leg of Gold drawing - Chris Wisnom.

Contest Board Winners: Contest Board, "Leg-of-Gold," and Find of the Year rules are linked from the home page of our website. Monthly contest-board winners receive silver coins as prizes.
Coins: 1st: Brad Johns; 2nd: Andy Cooper; 3rd: John Curtis.
Relics: 1st: Brad Johns; 2nd: Andy Cooper.
Club Favorite: Brad Johns - 1833 bust half-dime.

Adjournment: The September 24 meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m. when members helped stow the folding chairs and tables.

Next meeting: Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. (Mini hunt starts at 6:30 p.m. outside weather permitting) August program: TBA