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Frank Nash
Jan Smirnow
Nick Mosca
Huntmaster: Available
Refreshments: Gary Spiroch
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Vern Blausey
Hospitality Hostess: Available
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: John Lobota
Website Administrator:
John Lobota
Newsletter Editor:
Linda Bennett


JULY 2015


Join us for an ice cream social
at the July meeting. The club will
provide spoons, bowls, cups,
napkins, sodas and three flavors of
ice cream for making Floats or
Sundaes. The memberships is asked
to share their favorite topping.
Suggested toppings are: Cherries,
whip cream, chocolate, caramel and
strawberry syrups, crushed cookies,
fresh fruit etc. Jan is working on
providing Hot Fudge!

George Anchors (7/12)
Linda Bennett (7/23)
Clifford Burke (7/7)
Laraine Reilly-DiMaria (7/6)
Betty Laur (7/23)
Tammy Lobota (7/ 27)
Ben Smith (7/5)

Please RSVP to Jan for those
members who desire to have
sugar free ice cream.
Club Mailing Address:
GCTC C/O Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33461
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
FMDAC membership.

RSVP to Jan Smirnow at

Palm Springs Pizza & Restaurant
3087 Forest Hill Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 257-1394
at 5:15 p.m. before the meeting.
Dutch treat!
(Tom Sawyer Restaurant is on
limited service during the summer)

A hunt is scheduled for the Ft.
Lauderdale area on 8 a.m. Saturday
July 11th. Exact location to meet will
be announced at the club meeting. It
will be a wild hunt with several blue
pennies (small prizes) and a black
and white Penny for a Silver Half
Dollar. Coffee, donuts and cold
water will be supplied by the club.
Sign up by email or on sign up sheet
at July 9th meeting. The hunt will
last for an hour. Prizes will be
awarded. Then you are free to do
your thing. Car pooling is suggested
to cut down on parking expense.
RSVP to Jan Smirnow at


18 Inch Coil with Shaft for Minelab Quattro - $50/OBO
Wayne Stephens 352-357-9388

Our club collects eye glasses, foreign coins, miscellaneous
items of costume jewelry/tokens/metal toys, pull tabs, and
empty ink cartridges. small electrical stuff (nothing bigger
than a large toaster), cell phones, tape recorders, printers
etc. for recycling. Give to Jan Smirnow.

Steve Hamedl and George Anchors
Best Gold
Steve Hamedl

10 Kt Initial Ring
Best Silver
Steve Hamedl

Ring with Diamonds
Best Costume
Steve Hamedl

US Polo Watch

Most Unusual
George Anchors

200 Amp Breaker Bar
Best Coin
Steve Hamedl

2007 Eagle Coin

Second Place
Most Unusual - Switch Blade Knife - Steve Hamedl
Costume - Rosary - Steve Hamedl
Coin - American Dollar Coin - Steve Hoskins

Gary and Mindy Spiroch did the hard work of finding a
location, contacting the owner and setting it up for our
club hunt on June 6th and 7th. Kudos for a job well done!
The first day of the hunt saw 12 members gather to
hunt a large field that has held carnivals for many years.
No tall weeds, just beautifully maintained grass and a few
trees. It was a pleasure to work there!
Right off the bat member and photographer Steve
Hoskins found a spot and dug 26 quarters! Next he found
a dollar coin! By the end of his 3 hour stay he had dug
and collected $10!
Devin Stehr and Ashley Webbe arrived late and
proceeded to find $4 within the first hour!
I do not have a record of what everyone found, but no
one was unhappy and we all are looking forward to
returning in the very near future.
The property is private and you do need the written
permission that Gary Spiroch obtained and a call must be
made 24 hour ahead to advise the owner that you would
like to come in there. Gary and Mindy Spiroch have
additional copies of the permission letter, if you need it.
On Sunday, four members showed up and hunted for 2
hours. More items were found. A large area was left
Submitted by Jan Smirnow, Secretary

Tropical Fruit Tree & Edible Plant Sale at
the South Florida Fairgrounds Agriplex
Saturday, July 18th 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gate 5 on Southern Blvd.
Free Admission/Free Parking.
Presented by the Rare Fruit Council International.
Their meetings are the 2nd Friday 7:30 p.m. at the
Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium
531 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415



Twenty eight members and guest attended our June
Watermelon Meeting. The melons were purchased and
iced by our Treasurer, Nick Mosca, and wonderfully
delicious. Gary Spiroch, Refreshment Committee of one,
supplied the drinks and edibles! Everyone seem to really
enjoy the cold melon and the donuts and chex mix! I
know I did!
Meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance to
our flag. Two guests were greeted and later former
member Stacey DeLucia and friend came in. It was good
to see Stacey. Update on the President, Frank Nash, is he
is presently recovering in the Morris Life Rehab Center
located off of 45th Street, South on Haverhill Road in West
Palm. Frank will be there for approximately a total of 20
days. Frank said “I am sore and weak” but his color is
good! Frank received the club card on that Friday
following our meeting.
Birthday dollars were given out and the Treasurer
reported $1651.00 in the treasury. Rent is due for the
third quarter and the check will be sent mid June.
John Lobota suggested the membership check out Tom
Dankowski’s website. Tom is a former NASA Engineer
who has worked with Fischer Labs and an avid metal
detectorist. His website is Dankowski.com.
Amy Hamedl was absent from this meeting, but her
spouse Steve bought in the Mystery Item for her. It was a
light bulb, no one won! Steve Hamedl will bring in the
Mystery Prize Stumper in July.
Steve Hamedl won the 50/50 a grand total of $16. Paul
Hamlin won almost all of the door prizes.
Secretary Jan Smirnow shared some of her pictures
from her recent visit to Gainesville, Florida with Gem and
Mineral Society’s President, Michelle Rene. Michelle
shared her annual visit with Dr. and Mrs. Hubbell. He has
a huge collection of prehistoric sharks teeth in his home
encompassing a three car garage doubled!
If you are inclined to drive to Gainesville to see for
yourself, you can contact Dr. and Mrs. Hubbell through
his website “tellmewhereintheworld.com”.

If you wanted to go metal detecting in the 70’s and 80’s
you needed to buy (1) a metal detector, (2) cheap
headphones, (3) a carpenter’s apron and (4) a long-handled
screwdriver. Shazam! Done! Get your butt out there and
start swinging.
The good ole days….easy and uncomplicated.
Today…it’s become a bit more complicated. You see we
don’t just need a metal detector. We need an expensive metal
detector! Why? Because the more they cost the more they
find, and of course the more complex they are, the more
expert we will look (or at least it will appear that way to
others). Also if the famous “Lucky Larry” is using a certain
brand and model, its hands down THE best on the
market. Why just look at what he’s finding!! Finally if
it’s available in camouflage, all the better, because camo
machines go deeper, and make us look cool and macho at the
same time.
Then after we make all these thorough and well thought
out decisions, we need accessories. Maybe a cover for it in
case it rains or snows, a bag or hard case to store it in, and
let’s not forget coil covers. Don’t want the bottom to get
dirty or scratched. If we are lucky these too will be available
in cameo. That way we can lose them from time to time, and
have fun pissing and moaning about it, and anyway, no big
deal….we can always buy more and “put it on the
card”. It’s only money!
Next we absolutely have to have extra search coils. Big,
small, wide, narrow and yes, even imported, because the
folks in Abbadabba, Slovenia know how to make coils that
are ‘perfectly tuned’ and ‘made to last’ whereas the
manufacturer of our detector is stupid and doesn’t care about
either of those things. Here’s hoping too that they come out
with cameo coils in the not too distant future, because
we all know they will go deeper.
Hold on now, we are not done yet. We “have” to have a
pinpointer. Doesn’t matter what it cost, at long it has some
orange on it (so we don’t lose it), and is waterproof to 10 feet
(never know when we might fall in a lake or pool). Then of
course we will need a holster for it or a holder that attaches to
our detector. Yeah, that would be real cool. Next comes a
digger, or shovel, perhaps both, so we can recover coins,
buttons, beer cans and bombs. Actually the shovel is very
cool to have when you are knocking on doors. Homeowners
just love ‘em.
Finally if we are going to really look hip and macho, we
need a camouflage outfit, hat and a GoPro camera. That way
we can hide from the public, maybe get shot by a hunter,
scare the hell out of the neighborhood, and if we are really
lucky, get it all on film. The downer of course if that we
can’t spend a lot of time detecting because we will have to
get home to edit the film, post it on YouTube, and share the
link on the 200 detecting forums and Facebook pages. If,
however, we don’t find anything cool we an always repost
the video of the gold ring we found last year. Hell, no one
will remember after all this time.
Last and not least we will need camouflage snake boots.
Ain’t nobody taking care of those tot lots anymore.
Dick Stout https://stoutstandards.wordpress.com/

Respectfully submitted by Jan Smirnow, Secretary

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, 1600 21st Street, Vero
Beach, Florida.
Noted authors who write about the 1715 Fleet and related topics will be available to meet the
public and sign books. Authors include Daniel Sedwick, David Crooks, Robert Westrick, Terry
Armstrong, Timothy Walton, Dr. Eugene Lyon, Sam Milner, Ernie Richards, Pat Clyne, Yvonne
Addario, Tommy Gore, Margaret Weller and Steven Singer. Displays and Fleet-related artifacts
also featured. Music by Al Scortino. Free admission. For information contact Pam Cooper (772)

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM – "Treasure Talks" at the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, 1322 U.S.
Highway 1, Sebastian, Florida.
A group of lectures sponsored by the Mel Fisher Museum. Limited seating. Admission Fee
$20.00. Includes lectures, self-guided tour followed by “Meet & Greet” Reception. For
information contact the Museum at (772) 589-9875.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM – 300th Anniversary Conference on the 1715 Plate Fleet (Day 1). Vero
Beach Museum of Art, Leonhardt Auditorium, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach,
Florida. Sponsored by the 1715 Fleet Society. Lectures on topics pertinent to the 1715
Fleet. Catered lunch provided. Admission fee: $75.00 or $125.00 for both days. For
information call Ben Costello (724) 344-3171 or register online at 1715fleetsociety.com.
4:30 PM – Special guided tour at the McLarty Treasure Museum, 13180 North A1A, Vero
Beach, Florida. Light refreshments provided by the Treasure Coast Coin Club and the
1715 Fleet Society. For information contact the Museum at (772) 589-2147.

11:15 AM – North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian
Boulevard, Sebastian, FL. Children will learn about the 1715
Fleet disaster and make crafts. For information contact Pam
Cooper (772) 770-5060.

Wednesday, July 29. 2015
9:45 AM - 4:00 PM – 300th Anniversary Conference on the 1715 Plate Fleet (Day 2). Vero
Beach Museum of Art, Leonhardt Auditorium, 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach,
Florida. Sponsored by the 1715 Fleet Society. Lectures on topics pertinent to the 1715
Fleet. Catered lunch provided. Admission fee: $75.00 or $125.00 for both days. For
information call Ben Costello (724) 344-3171 or register online at 1715fleetsociety.com.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM – "Meet and Greet"* sponsored by the Treasure Coast Coin Club. Indian
River State College, Building “Y”, Room 102, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Free admission. For information contact Chet Hogan at (772) 563-3344.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st
Street, Vero Beach, FL. Capt. Bonnie Schubert – Exploration
and diving – crafts and snacks. Sam and Seajay Milner – Musical
Treasure. For more information contact Pam Cooper (772) 7705060.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
9:00 am - Indian River County Main Library Bus Tour with Margaret Weller. Meet at the
library located at 1600 21st Street, Vero Bach, Florida. Departure at 9:30 am. tour includes
a visit to the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, the McLarty Treasure Museum, a tour of the
1715 wreck sites followed by lunch. Expect tour to take 4 to 5 hours. Admission Fee:
$55.00. For information contact Pam Cooper (772) 770-5060.

5:30 PM - 9:30 PM – Official 1715 Fleet Commemorative Banquet. Tiffany Room,
Captain Hiram's Inn and Resort, 1580 U.S. Highway 1, Sebastian, Florida. Sponsored by
the 1715 Fleet Society. Reservations: $75.00 per person. For information contact Ben
Costello at (724) 344-3171 or make reservations online at 1715fleetsociety.com.

Friday, July 31, 2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Exhibit and Lectures at the Indian River County Main Library, 1600 21st
Street, Vero Beach, Florida. Free admission. Exhibits, lectures and a special showing of
an archival video featuring original Real 8 members. Speakers include Captain Carl
Fisner, Captain Bonnie Schubert and Captain John Brandon. Music by Al Scortino.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM "Meet and Greet" * sponsored by the West Bay Trading Company, 595
21st Street, Vero Beach, Florida. Free admission. For information contact Steve Hodges
at (772) 794-3200.

*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 and Friday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.

Updated May 28, 2015

The Tinfoil

The Tinfoil Times

Club Meeting: July 9, 2015
Club Hunt: July 11, 2015
1715 Fleet Society Commemoration Week: July 26 - August 2, 2015
FMDAC National Hunt: Oct 23-24, 2015


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