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August, 2017
Volume 42 Number 8
Frank Nash
Sue Chonoles
Jan Smirnow
Laurie Haire
Ingrid & Jim Orlando
Jack Kazee
Vern Blausey
Prize Coordinator
Jan Smirnow
John Lobota
Website Administrator
John Lobota
Newsletter Editor
Jack Kazee
Contact Us:
Frank Nash
9729 Whippoorwill Trail
Jupiter, FL 33478

The Tinfoil Times
Gold Coast Treasure Club, Inc.
Our code of ethics: Have permission and do no harm

Our next meeting will be
7:00 PM, August 10, 2017
South Florida Science Center
Garden Club Building
4800 Dreher Trail North
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

August Birthdays

August News
Training series continues.
Our Summer Training Series continues on August 10. An instructional video or two will be shown, and there will be an open discussion time afterward.
The discussion topic will be what to bring with you on your
hunts to the beach or park.
Bring your detector if you would like some one-on-one training,
or advice on how to use the settings on your detector for optimum performance.
The topic will be presented by Club President Frank Nash.

Join us before the meeting at
5:15 for dinner.
Flanigan’s back room
330 Southern Blvd
West Palm Beach
Please RSVP by noon
August 9
Laurie Haire
(954) 593-4800
Dutch treat

Dues are $35 per year. New members
pay an initiation fee of $5, plus:
$35 if joining between Jan 1st through
the end of June, or $17.50 if joining
between July 1 and December 31. $5
extra for FMDAC membership.

Kevin Bean (8/20)
Reni Echemendia (/16)
Joe Kononchik (8/13)
Chris Norris (8/14)
Peter Schneider (8/25)
Randy Selnick (8/23)

August 10th is Ice Cream Social Night! Along with our regular
yummy treats, we will have delicious ice cream!

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July Meeting Minutes
Our July Meeting was held in the newly renovated Women’s Garden Club across the street from the South Florida Science Center. The Science
Center has use of the building, and has officially called it the Multipurpose Center (MPC). The building is fantastic as reported earlier this year!
President Nash opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to our country’s flag. Frank purchased the flag with his own funds, so we don’t
have to say the pledge to a pretend flag any more. Thank You Frank!
Several guests were greeted and four joined our membership by the end of the evening.
Please welcome when you meet them: Arnie Steiner of WPB, Ivan Cardoso-Mata of Delray Beach, Juan Echemendia of WPB and Kevin Bean of
Sue Chonoles, our Vice President did not fail in her duties to give us some terrific Tips for metal detecting. Sue is putting together a booklet of all
the tips she and others have given in the past. If you want to add a tip to help others, let Sue know at the next meeting!

Our treasurer, Laurie Haire reported a nice balance of $1900 plus and announced our new raffle for a stagecoach troy ounce of silver. Several
spots are still available, and tickets can be purchased at the next meeting.
Laurie reported that we received another thank you letter from the Ronald McDonald House for the donation of the pull tabs.
Secretary, Jan Smirnow apologized to several members for not having their name tags ready and promised to have them ready for the August
meeting. She advised that the library books will be very few as there is not a lot of room on the shelving above the oven in the kitchen. The
procedure is still pick out a book, sign the card it contains and leave the card in the cupboard. Please return the book at the following month’s
meeting by replacing the card (signed out) in the book.
Jan also announced that Member Devin Stehr has volunteered to chair the Hunt Committee, and those serving with him are Cheryl Petenbrink and
Jan Smirnow. Any other members of the club who wish to help with planning and holding hunts are more than welcome to join. Contact Devin
Stehr at Tel No 561-909-5359 or by email: Eclipse1875@gmail.com. Hunts will start in September.
President Nash started the program for the evening on The Proper way to Metal Detect. He demoed how to swing the metal detector, and talked
about how to use a Minelab Excalibur, and digging and retrieving your finds. Nicely done Frank, and very informative to all members, old hands,
and newbies!
Longtime Member, Ken Lubinski of Altha, FL sent the club a bottle of his own hives honey. The bottle weighed 1 pound and was pure strained honeyno additives. The honey was auctioned off by President Nash starting at $1 and after heated bidding, new member Juan Echemendia won it for $10!
Thanks to Ken for the donation, and to Juan we hope you enjoy it!

Anyone interested in pure honey can contact Ken at Tel No. 561-762-0116 or his email Ken-maryanne@prodigy.net. In addition, according to Ken,
former member Stacey Delucia got him started in Stained Glass and you can check his work out on Facebook it is BEAUTIFUL.

How well do you know Florida?

See how many of these questions you can answer.
The answers are on page 4 of the newsletter. No peeking!

When was Henry Flager’s Overseas Railroad to Key West completed?
How deep is Lake Okeechobee?
Where did the name Pahokee come from?
What makes the St. John river rare?
What is the largest alligator ever cought in Florida?

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July 2017 Best Finds Winners
Best Gold with Stone

Best Gold

Best Silver

Best Costume

Gold Ring with Diamonds
Tripp Cioci

No entries

Silver Necklace

Cross with Bling Stone

Tripp Cioci

Ashley Wedde

Most Unusual Item

Our July 2017 Winners

Best Coin

1923 Silver Dollar

Metal Book Mark

Devin Stehr

Devin Stehr

Congratulations to the July winners! Left to right Devin Stehr, Gage
Stehr, Ashley Wedde, Tripp Cioci.

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The Tall Tales Table is where members can display their best metal detecting finds for the past month at each monthly meeting. The
categories are: Best Gold With Stones, Best Gold, Best Silver, Best Coin, Best Costume Jewelry and Most Unusual.
Each member is allowed to enter one item in any or all of the categories. The membership will vote on what they think is the best
entry (usually done during the break). According to the votes, the best entry in each category will be recognized by the membership
as the winner of that category for the month, and the finder of each category will receive a fifty cent piece.
The members winning the most categories for the year will be in contention for the Honorable Treasure Hunter of the Year Award.
Second place will also be considered for this award as will members who return items lost to the rightful owners.
Mystery Prize Stumper - Each month, a member will bring in a mystery item. The item is kept sealed, so no one can tell what it is,
and is kept by the President.
Members bring in all of their finds to the meeting, including trash, for display on the table adjacent to the Best Finds table. The
mystery stumper item is then revealed by the President. Anyone who has a matching item in their items will win a fifty-cent piece. The
winner then brings in the stumper for the next month’s meeting.
Submitted by Jan Smirnow, Secretary

There are still a few spots left for the raffle of the silver round. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5.
This silver round is beautiful. On the face, it shows a racing stagecoach, with “For When You Have To Get Out Of Dodge”.
The reverse is marked with the weight and purity, and is scored where it can be divided into one-quarter ounce parts.


The average depth of Lake Okeechobee is nine feet, although there are dynamite holes that reach 60 feet.
The Seminoles called the Everglades ‘Pa-hay-okee’, meaning ‘Grassy River’.
The St. Johns river is one of only a few in the U.S. that run north.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee, the state record for the largest alligator
caught is 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches, 654 pounds and it was caught in Lake Washington.
Answers to the Florida Quiz

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July Meeting Highlights

Gold Coast Treasure Club Website
The Gold Coast Treasure Club website is where to go for the latest club information. You will find a lot of interesting and helpful information there. The
website is at http://www.apex-ephemera.com/gctc/.
Some of the information you will find on our website:

Our current newsletter (a newsletter archive is in the works).
Calendar of Club Events.
Links to great online resources, like forums, vendors, blogs, and maps geared for all levels of Metal Detectors.
Other resources, like local tides, weather, precious metals pricing, county parks and recreation, and metal detector manufacturers.

There is lots more there, and the website is being updated frequently, so be sure to check in often!


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CLUB MEETING: August 10, 2017 7:00 PM



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