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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Vern Blausey
Hospitality Hostess: Available
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: John Lobota
Club Mailing Address:
GCTC C/O Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33461
VOLUME 40 NUMBER 4
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 PM APRIL 9
AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE MUSEUM ANNEX
(THE OLD GARDEN CLUB) IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
Club Member, Ed Mitchell, will
be making a presentation on treasure
and treasure hunting. He will have a
display of artifacts and related items
along with some give-aways to select
Please bring your scavenger hunt
finds. A Scavenger Hunt for the
month of March through to the April
meeting was announced and a list of
items to find was handed out to those
interested in participating. There will
be three prizes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd
awarded to those obtaining the most
Karen Larson (4/1)
Club t-shirts will be available
at the meeting. $12 for large/XL
and $15 for XXL.
JOIN US EARLY AT
TOM SAWYER RESTAURANT
at 5:15 p.m. before the meeting.
3208 FOREST HILL BLVD
PALM SPRINGS, FL 33406
Key Hunt will be held on Friday
April 24 at 6:30 pm at the Boynton
Charles L. Garrett —inventor,
entrepreneur, treasure hunter, patriot,
husband, and father—died on April
3, 2015. A native Texan and resident
of Garland, Dr. Garrett and his wife
Eleanor in 1964 founded Garrett
Electronics which grew to become
the world’s largest manufacturer of
metal detection equipment.
6900 N Ocean Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33435-3319
See page 9 for obituary
Dues are $35 a year.
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5, plus:
$35 if joining between Jan. 1st
and the end of June,
or $17.50 if joining between
July 1 and Dec. 31. $5 extra for
BEST FIND WINNERS
Good Will Ambassadors
Performing Random Acts of Kindness
Each month, the GCTC recognizes members who provide
selfless service to our community. The first time a
member returns an item, that individual receives a metal
detecting pin (handcrafted by Steve Hoskins) to wear on
his or her hat, in addition to a certificate of appreciation.
Irving Smith and Steve Hamedl
Best Gold with Stone
ONGOING CLUB PROJECTS
Our club collects eye glasses, foreign coins, miscellaneous
items of costume jewelry/tokens/metal toys, pull tabs, and
empty ink cartridges. Give to Jan Smirnow.
Federation Of Metal Detector
and Archaeological Clubs
Historic Gettysburg, PA
October 23 & 24, 2015 in conjunction with the Autumn
Civil War Show
MEMBER FOR SALE ADS
“The American Dream” by Margaret Weller is
June 8 through 11. Tuition has been reduced to $750.
If interested call Margaret Weller, Lady Gold Diver, 561588-2903 or email: email@example.com
Requests that you join us in
Held at the AllStar Events Center with over 300 tables of
Civil War and Military Collectibles.
FMDAC will have an informational table
Fisher CZ-21 7 months old - like new 12" coil
Jim Smith 561-432-3702 Jiminy1420@att.net
Saturday Morning Open Hunt
Sunday features two hunts, open meeting,
seminars and raffles
18 Inch Coil with Shaft for Minelab Quattro - $50/OBO
Wayne Stephens 352-357-9388
Tour the Gettysburg Battlefield. See Little Round
Top, Devils Den, and Picketts Charge.
In the evening take one of the many ghost tours if
More information will be in the May Newsletter
MARCH CLUB OUTING
Several members of the club led by member John
Lobota, met at the old city hall in Palm Beach to tour the
Richard and Pat Johnson Natural Museum on Saturday
March 28th. And what a visit it was, videos, artifacts, old
maps, old letters and pictures of the old days. A wealth of
information for those of us who enjoy exploring with out
Did you know some of our homes once resided in Dade
County? The southernmost part of Palm Beach County
was separated to create the northern portion of Broward
County in 1915, the northwestern portion became part of
Okeechobee County 1917 and southern Martin County
was created from northernmost Palm Beach County
That is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can learn
by visiting the Richard and Pat Johnson Museum at 300
Dixie Highway in Palm Beach, located inside the original
City Hall. The history of Palm Beach County’s
development! Why care about the history of our
county? Surprisingly enough if you are a park hunter (or
maybe you should be) “to be successful you have to know
your history” (John Lobota). Oh, there are modern things
in the parks too, but silver coins and jewelry in some of
the older parks, especially the affluent ones. Knowing the
history of an area can add up to a rewarding success! So
where do the museums come in to the picture? It is all
right there at your fingertips and just your time is the cost.
What better source could you find for pictures of old
dwellings or what use to be in that vacant field or where
are the deserted beaches? It really surprised me to see
how big the beach behind the Breakers Hotel was 50 years
ago! Obviously the museum is not the only source, the
county records department and public library can all come
in handy when doing research. How many of us use these
resources. And why not, they are there for you!
Our morning of touring and learning was follow by a
luncheon at the Iberia Bar-B-Que (just South of Forest
Hill Blvd on Dixie Highway). A restaurant with fingering
licking Portugal homemade BBQ sauce and open grill
(Imported from Portugal). Frank and his friend Laurie
found the place, tested it and shared it with those in
attendance at the museum! The company was great, the
food inexpensive delicious and plentiful (most of us
shared a plate piled high with rice, black bean, French
fries, BBQ Chicken and Ribs!
Extra Special Thanks go to John Lobota for putting
this event together!
Submitted by Jan Smirnow
TCAS HUNT MARCH 7, 2015
The weather was really perfect with the temperature
in the low 70's. It was cloudy and even though it looked
like it was going to rain, only a few sprinkles occurred.
The first hunt was sponsored by Kellyco. Just thirty
tokens were put in a hunt field and whoever recovered a
token won a Gator Digger (retail $69.95). Only one token
could be found by a hunter; if a token was found, the
hunter immediately left the field.
For the second hunt 4001 tokens were planted in the
field for the Competition Hunt. The first place winner
recovered 226 painted pennies! A pinpointing contest was
held prior to lunch and while the children's hunt was held.
The final hunt was the silver and token hunt. They
planted ten pounds of silver coins in the ground for the
Gary McNew, Linda Bennett,
Irving Smith and Bob Dobski
Silver and Token Hunt
Irving Smith - 2 tokens
Headphones and digger with pouch
Linda Bennett - Reale Token
A new raffle was introduced at the September meeting
which is comprised of a 1/10th gold Eagle, a gold Mexican
Dos and an uncirculated Silver Eagle $. The spots are $5
each. The winners will be designated by drawing, lst the
Gold Eagle, 2nd the Dos gold coin and 3rd the Silver Eagle.
Our March meeting was a great fundraiser for the
club. The donations were terrific and the sales netted the
club $265. Thanks and appreciation goes to all who
attended, donated goodies and helped out with the setup!
We had several guests attend, Len Cohen of Delray
Beach, Andy MCord formerly from Scotland now Delray
Beach, Joe Perrone of Delray Beach and John Kotwas
from Albany, New York, George Anchors (who became a
member), and a gentleman named Stewart (did not get his
last name) from Palm Beach.
President Nash sadly announced the resignation of Jim
Sharp as Vice President. The position of Vice President is
important and the club needs one. Anyone interested,
please call a member of the Board.
The Secretary thanked Laurie Haire for her assistance
in producing the Auction Bid Sheets, public relations
brochures and the Club Directory. She reported that the
ink cartridge donation program has yielded $40 in
November 2014 and $12 so far this year; and said thanks
to those who are participating and asked those in
attendance to please continue to donate the ink cartridges.
Our Treasurer, Nick Mosca, reported a grand total of
$1356 in the bank as of the beginning of our meeting. He
further reported only 19 spots remain on the three coin
Vern Blausey, Librarian, reported that all books prior
to 2014 that have not been returned are now off the list.
Only 2014 and 2015 books will be checked. Please when
you borrow a book from our library, try to bring it back
the following month.
Encouragement was given to those in attendance to
please let the Board know what type of hunts you would
like. This does not mean you will have to put the hunt on
in the future, it just means we are looking for ideas and
value your input.
A Scavenger Hunt for the month of March through to
the April meeting was announced and a list of items to
find was handed out to those interested in participating.
There will be three prizes, 1st, 2nd and 3rd awarded to those
obtaining the most items.
Refreshment Hostess, Gail Hoskins asked the members
who are going to bring in any food items for the break to
please be sure you have a container to hold the food and a
utensil for serving. There are no utensils or bowls in the
New member John Pellegrino provided the mystery
Prize Stumper, an angel embossed coin and Pittsburgh
Railroad Token! Mindy Spiroch had a matching angel
coin and received a Silver Quarter.
Please remember to participate in the Tall Tales Table,
bring in your monthly finds for display (including any
junk), you could win the Mystery Prize Stumper. Gary
Spiroch will provide the April Mystery Prize Stumper.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by John Kotwas of Albany,
New York a grand total of $62.00! Submitted by Jan Smirnow
$5 A SPOT
3 DRAWINGS 3 WINNERS
1/10 GOLD EAGLE
VALUED AT $165 +2nd drawing
1945 Mexican Dos Pesos
valued at $75 +-
2007 American Eagle one oz
Silver uncirculated coin
KEEP IN OUR THOUGHTS
Please remember those who can not metal detect due to
illness or injury: John Presslein.
Obey the law and follow code of ethics
to prevent further signs from being posted!
Central Florida Metal Detecting Club
Central Florida Sunshine Shootout & Relic Hunt
April 11, 2015
Early registration = $99 / hunter.
After April 5, 2014 = $135 /hunter.
All hunts will be held rain or shine.
A badge will be given to you at sign in, this badge must be worn at all of the hunts.
Lunch and Moss Park entry fee is included with each paid registration
Headphones must be worn during the hunts. No pulse machines are allowed. Examples of Pulse Machines
are Tesoro Sand Shark Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Garrett Infinium Garrett ATX Whites Dual Field.
No sand scoops, shovels or picks .Permitted digging equipment is limited to small hand tools such as
probes, Gator Diggers or small hand spades.
You must dig and retrieve your own targets.
Lunch is available for $12 for those not participating in the hunts.
Extra Lunches:________ $ each
Do you want information for future hunts? Please leave email address
No cash refunds! * I acknowledge by my signature that I/we will not hold the Central Florida Metal Detecting
Club or Moss Park responsible for any accident or injury I/we may incur while participating in the Central
Florida Sunshine Shootout April 11, 2015 hunt. CFMDC is not responsible for
any lost or stolen property. I/we have read and understand the rules. I hereby give my full permission for the
use of my name, picture, image, likeness,
actions, voice, or other personally identifiable information, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction
with other images, for the 2015 Central Florida Sunshine Shootout.
I waive all rights of privacy or compensation, which I may have in connection with such use of my name,
picture, image, likeness, actions, voice or other personally identifiable information.
*All prizes are acquired weekly until day of the hunt and cannot be returned.
Please make checks or money orders payable to: CFMDC
3504 Moss Pointe Place Lake Mary, Fl. 32746
Schedule of Events
2015 Sunshine Shootout & Relic Hunt Schedule
8:00 AM -- 9:00 AM
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration (Main Pavilion)
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM -- 10:45 AM
Warm Up Hunt (Kellyco)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
Kellyco Prize awards
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
1ST Raffle Drawing (food pavilion)
1:45 PM -- 2:45 PM
2:30 PM – 2:55 PM (coin counting – turn in coins at table near hunt field)
2nd Raffle (main pavilion)
3:00 PM -- 4:00 PM
Relic Roundup Hunt (buried relics, etc.)
3rd Raffle Drawing (main pavilion)
4:15 PM -- 4:30 PM
4:45 PM -- 5:45 PM
6:00 PM to park close
1715 Fleet Society
Commemoration Week, July 26 – August 2, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
10:00 AM - Book Signing at the Indian River County Main Library
On Monday, July 27, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm there will be a book signing at the Indian
River County Main Library, located in Vero Beach. It is anticipated that the book signing will
attract a number of noted authors who will be available to sign copies of their publications and
visit with the general public. In addition there is going to be displays and Fleet related artifacts
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM – "Treasure Talks" Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, Sebastian, Florida
A group of lectures sponsored by the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM – Self guided tour of the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM – "Meet and Greet" *
Sponsored by the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum (at the museum)
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – 1715 Fleet Symposium (Day 1)
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida. Sponsored by the 1715
Fleet Society. Lectures on topics pertinent to the 1715 Fleet. Lunch from 12:00 PM 1:30 PM (May be optional depending on the number of attendees).
4:30 PM – Special guided tour at the McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian, Florida.
Light refreshments provided by the Treasure Coast Coin Club and
the 1715 Fleet Society
Wednesday, July 29. 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – 1715 Fleet Symposium (Day 2)
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida. Sponsored by the 1715 Fleet
Society. Lectures on topics pertinent to the 1715 Fleet. Lunch from
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (May be optional depending on the number of attendees).
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM – "Meet and Greet" *
Sponsored by the Treasure Coast Coin Club in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Indian River County Main Library Bus Tour
Tour includes a visit to the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, Sebastian, Florida;
The McLarty Treasure Museum, Sebastian, Florida; Tour of the 1715 Wreck sites;
Lunch. Details are in the planning stage. Anticipated to last 4 hours.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – Official 1715 Fleet Commemoration Banquet
Tiffany Room, Captain Hiram's Inn and Resort, Sebastian, Florida
Friday, July 31, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Exhibit and Lectures
The Indian River County Main Library, Vero Beach, Florida. Exhibits, lectures
and a special showing of an archival video featuring original Real 8 members.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM "Meet and Greet" *
Sponsored by the West Bay Trading Company in Vero Beach, Florida
*a “Meet & Greet” is an informal gathering open to the public which features invited guests who have
some association with the 1715 Fleet. This includes noted authors, educators, salvagers, archaeologists,
historians, numismatists and other assorted 1715 Fleet luminaries. There is a “Meet & Greet” scheduled
on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Each “Meet & Greet” has its own sponsor.
The “Meet & Greet” on Monday, July 27, 2015 is sponsored by The Mel Fisher Treasure Museum. The
“Meet & Greet” on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 is sponsored by the Treasure Coast Coin Club. The “Meet
& Greet” on Friday, July 31, 2015 is sponsored by the West Bay Trading Company. Each sponsor gets to
invite the guests who will meet & greet the public.
Charles L. Garrett —inventor, entrepreneur, treasure hunter, patriot, husband, and father—died on April 3, 2015. A native and
resident of Garland, Dr. Garrett and his wife Eleanor in 1964 founded Garrett Electronics which grew to become the largest
manufacturer of metal detection equipment.
Garrett detectors have discovered some of the world’s most valuable buried treasures, and its security equipment has protected
millions of travelers and others, including Olympic athletes and spectators at the Games since 1984. Dr. Garrett was born in
Houston on April 1, 1932, and grew up in Lufkin. After four years of service in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict on
board the USS Bottineau (APA-235), he graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont with a degree in electrical engineering.
A lifelong treasure-hunting hobbyist, Dr. Garrett first developed a metal detector for his own use and because it was so much
superior to others, he and his wife founded a company to sell it.
He pioneered the development of the modern metal detector, demonstrated its capabilities searching for treasure throughout the
world and devoted himself to teaching others to use detectors. He discovered treasure with metal detectors of his own design on
every continent except Antarctica, and he also scanned under lakes, seas and oceans of the world. Many of the treasures and
relics he discovered are displayed in the Garrett Museum at the company’s factory in Garland. In 1984 the company also began
to manufacture walk-through and hand-held security detectors, including the famed Super Scanner®, the world’s most popular
hand-held detector, and revolutionary new walk-through units. As a patriotic American, Dr. Garrett generously donated his
company’s equipment for numerous projects where metal detection equipment was required, including many of the Olympic
He authored some 20 books and wrote literally scores of articles about metal detectors, treasure hunting on both land and under
water and security. Many of his books remain in print. Today, the name Garrett stands as a worldwide synonym for treasure
hunting and security metal detectors. Charles himself has been called the Grand Master Hunter. Along the way, he also became
recognized as an unofficial spokesman for the hobby of treasure hunting and the metal detecting industry through a long list of
honors, personal appearances, books and articles. U.S. Representative Sam Johnson visited the Garrett factory in February 2010
to read and present to Dr. Garrett a copy of the Congressional Record in which he acknowledged the quality and determination
of Garrett’s American-made products. Charles and Eleanor Garrett have been generous contributors to Lamar University and
her alma mater, Sam Houston State University. Both have been granted honorary doctor’s degrees from these schools. Charles
Garrett was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during Lamar’s spring commencement ceremonies in
May 2011. The Charles and Eleanor Garrett Engineering Center was dedicated at Lamar University in April 2012.
Dr. Garrett was an Eagle Scout and an inductee into Eta Kappa Nu, the national Electrical and Computer Engineering honor
society. In 2004, Governor Rick Perry commissioned Charles Garrett as an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy. He was also a
member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and was a Distinguished Alumni of both Lufkin High School and Lamar
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Eleanor; three children, Charles Lewis Garrett, Jr., Deirdre Lynne Garrett
Hasselbach and her husband Timothy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Vaughan Lamar Garrett, his wife, Angela, and their
two children, David and Sydney. Dr. Garrett was a member of the Saturn Road Church of Christ. Dr. Garrett was preceded in
death by his parents, Wayne L. and Stella Barber Garrett; and his brothers, George Wayne Garrett and Donald Bert Garrett.
Visitation will be at Sparkman Crane Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, April 10, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A memorial
service will be held at Orchard Hills Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Graveside
services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 12, at Calvary Cemetery in Trinity County, Texas, east of Crockett on
FM 357. In lieu of flowers, anyone desiring to make a donation can do so in memory of Charles Garrett to: Lamar University
Foundation, P.O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas, 77710.