JANUARY MEETING MINUTES
2014 FMDAC DUES
New President Frank Nash opened our January meeting
with the pledge of Allegiance and greetings to 38
members and guest in attendance. We have New
Members this year and so far they are: Vern Blausey,
Walter Dahlmann, Aaron Cartwright, Jason Johnson,
Robert & Diane Lavoie, Angel & Kevin Piper, Stanley
Zmysto, Victor & Paola Sheppard, Devin Stehr and
Ashley Wedde. Please make an effort to make them feel
FDMAC dues are due this month, $5.00 for the year.
Treasurer, Ed D’Amato reported $1443.15. He further
reported dues are due for 2014. Please pay your dues as I,
Jan Smirnow, would really like to have our 2014
Directory finished for the March Newsletter.
Only three members were in attendance for the January
Meeting Birthday Dollars. Bo Greenwood, Nina Smith
and Irving Smith.
Arrangements have been made for the next meeting to
be held in a different room in the Science Museum. We
will be directed to this temporary location at our next
meeting. The room was viewed at the last meeting by the
members in attendance and a vote was held to try the
room for February. We will be able to use either this
room or the auditorium for future meetings with approval
by the Directors of the Science Museum.
Challenge Levels are still in effect. There are five
levels, and each level has a list of items to be found,
verified by the Hunt Master, Linda Bennett. Like a
scavenger hunt only done by individuals. See any officer
or Linda Bennett for details.
Part of our membership benefits are the Library books.
The books are very informative on the aspects of metal
detecting. Please help yourself, but return it next month.
Return to Rightful Owner Award Certificate go to:
Irving Smith for the return of a gold wedding ring!
The ring was lost in their backyard, Irving recovered it in
5 Minutes. Way to go Irving!
Lori Haire returned Four Rings to the Rightful Owner,
one was Platinum with a large diamond.
Frank Nash got a call to find a lost earring, it was a
barefoot recovery, a clipon worth $12,000 in the grass!
Dr. Paul Nison received a $100 reward for a
recovery in Pompano on a golf course.
Mystery Prize Stumper will be provided by Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson won $49 in the 50/50!
Big thank you to Kristie Petenbrink, White’s Metal
detecting Company, Reilly’s Treasured Gold of Pompano,
Seashore Gifts of Lantana (Paul and Marge Hamlin), Palm
Beach Detectors (Frank Nash) Ben Smith and last but not
least Kellyco of Winter Haven.
Dues are $5 for this national metal detecting
organization. Linda Bennett is collecting money for those
members who would like to join.
The Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological
Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 as a
legislative and educational organization and incorporated,
as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan
The FMDAC's Mission: The FMDAC is dedicated to
the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby
of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
The FMDAC's Purpose: To unite, promote and
encourage the establishment of metal detecting clubs. To
preserve the sport / hobby of recreational metal detecting
and prospecting. To make available to FMDAC clubs and
Independent members information pertaining to the hobby
and to keep members informed as to active legislation.
The FMDAC's Goal is to Educate and inform the
public as to the merits of recreational metal detecting.
Mindy Spiroch and Linda Bennett have been working
on new a style of club t-shirts. Hopefully will have a
prototype and information at the next meeting.
Be sure to check out the two club websites that John
Lobota manages. He welcomes club members to share
stories, local history, videos, photos and other knowledge
2014 NATIONAL PARKS ENTRANCE
On these dates, FREE entrance is available to 133
National Parks across the country that normally charge a
fee. During the free-free days, the parks waive entrance
fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance
fees. Other fees such as reservations, camping, tours,
concessions and fees collected by third parties are not
included in this promotion.
February 15-17, Presidents Day weekend
April 19-20, opening weekend of National Park
August 25, National Park Service Birthday
September 27, National Public Lands Day
November 11, Veterans Day
Remember no metal detecting allowed in National