At 7:05 P.M. the September 24, 2013 meeting was called to order by the President, Gary Pennington. Organization officers, Howard Shettle, vice president, Steve Cunningham, treasurer, and our new secretary, Ms. Christine Wisnom was introduced. Christine will be replacing Mr. Alvin “Bud” Lamb, our previous secretary and newsletter administrator.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Alvin “Bud” Lamb for the tireless service, time and talent that he has contributed to our club as past secretary and newsletter administrator. We will continue to enjoy Bud’s company and contributions as an active member.
The treasurer’s report was provided by Steve Cunningham, who indicated that the club currently has $985.26 in the bank.
We welcome new members John Manzari, Dave Denkenberger, Ilario Pogliani, Frank Silva, Dave Miller, Rick Willard and Judy Falanga at our September meeting. Our guests were Daniel Mitchell and Mary Murray.
Treasure hunting is a multigenerational activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, at any age, and the diversity of our club is a perfect example. We welcome all family members.
The president read his report regarding the search for a new location for the monthly club meetings. The Church of the Ascension, located on Wilson Point Road, Middle River, MD., is only a few miles from our current location, and appears to be a good prospect. The meeting room is approximately double the size of the current location and will seat approximately 100 attendees. The church is surrounded by a large grassy area and has ample room for parking. Further details are currently being obtained regarding insurance.
The monthly 50/50 raffle drawing was a big success. A $49.00 cash prize was won by Austin Bialozynski.
Gary Pennington urged members to check out the valuable treasure hunting techniques on YouTube.
The annual club auction was held, and innumerable treasures were purchased by lucky club members. We would like to thank our lively and humorous auctioneer, Mr. Bob Darretta and his two young assistants Gina Stinemire and Austin Bialozynski for an effort that made our auction fun and memorable. We would also like to thank all the members for their donations. It takes teamwork to achieve success. We made $161 which was used to buy food and drinks for our September 28 Treasure Hunt.
The display board contest winners are:
Coins - 1st place - Gary Pennington, 2nd place - Judy Falanga, 3rd place - John Manzari.
Relics - Dave Denkenberger. There were no other entries for relics.
Club Favorite - Rick Pack
Photos of the September 24th meeting can be found here:
Our September 14th members’ hunt at Herring Run Park was a success in spite of multiple sports programs at the park. In attendance were Gary Pennington and his niece Krista, Nancy Jelich and her grandson, James, George Dowell, Steve Cunningham, Rick Pack, Bill Wise, Howard Shettle, and Frank Ziemski. Also with us were Wayne Belt, Steve Zulich, Scott Preto from the M.A.R.S. club, and a guest. Most hunters found plenty of clad coins and Steve Zulich found a silver ring and 100 peso coin.
Photos of the hunt can be found here: http://marylandfreestateclub.com/MemberOutings2013.html
Our Treasure Hunt on September 28th at Gunpowder State Park, Hammerman area, was a beautiful day to get to know each other. In addition to the hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas and water provided by the M.F.S.T.C., several members brought food and desserts to share.
Proceeds from our Treasure Hunt registrations were used to buy silver coins for the first hunt in the sand.
Thank you Gary Pennington our Huntmaster, for is huge effort to organize and officiate the Treasure Hunt. Sarah Pennington and her friend, Juanita Miles,seeded the sand with silver coins and tokens, checked members and family in as they arrived, cooked the burgers, listed the prize winners and took pictures. Many thanks to all three! Sarah and Juanita did a lot of work the day of the hunt.
We had 24 registered hunters. Total attendance was was 51 hunters and family members.
Members found $700 worth of silver coins in the sand and the token prize winners are as follows:
Charles Brandner – Garrett AT Pro, Garrett pouch and shovel
Gina Stinemire – Garrett pinpointer, Metal sand scoop, Minelab hat, display case and 10x magnifier
Gene Dixon – Garrett pinpointer, White’s backpack
Kathy Pine – 2 grams of gold nuggets, tool kit and pouch, Minelab pouch and hat
Dan Beavers – Predator digging tool, Teknetics hat and T-shirt, display case
Lee Taylor – Earphones, American Digger subscription
Trevor Hungunin - Garrett detector bag, earphones, toolkit and pouch, ready shovel and 10x magnifier
Jeff Absher – Garrett detector Bag, earphones, ready shovel and 10x magnifier, display case Garrett pouch and belt, tool kit and pouch, earphones, White’s pouch, scoop and book
Howard Shettle – Display case, Minelab hat, display case, 10x magnifier, Teknetics hat and T-shirt, Display case, Minelab metal detector bag
Dave Miller – Fisher hat and T-shirt, earphones, Teknetics hat and T-shirt
Alvin “Bud” Lamb – Whites jacket, earphones, Garrett metal detector bag
John Manzari – Civil War bullet display, Garrett pouch and shovel, Garrett metal detector bag
Bill Wise – Teknetics hat and T-shirt
Chris Wisnom – Fisher hat and T-shirt
Dave Hugunin – Minelab canteen and Fisher coffee mug, Fisher hat and T-shirt, display case
George Dowell – Lost Treasure subscription
Juan Saavedra – White’s hat and shirt, Fisher hat and T-shirt, display case, Minelab pouch and hat
Bob Darretta – Garrett metal detector bag
Nancy Jelich – Teknetics T-shirt and hat, earphones
Bill Hill – Minelab hat, display case and 10x magnifier, Garrett pouch and shovel, Western Eastern Treasure subscription
Rick Pack – Garrett metal detector bag, Minelab backpack
Austin Bialozynski – White’s shirt and hat.
Congratulations to all!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM. The next meeting will be on Tuesday October 29,2013 at 7:00 PM.
See you at the next meeting,