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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 38 NUMBER 4

APRIL 2013

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 PM APRI 11
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM

APRIL MEETING
Our final meeting at our current location will be this
month. The club has been meeting here since September
1999. A silent auction will be held of member donation of
gently used items. Please come early with your items to get
the paperwork filled out and item(s) displayed. Donations do
not have to be metal detector related.
Bring a neighbor or friend and participate in our
membership drive. You will get points toward winning a
silver dollar or paid 2014 membership. If your guest
becomes a member, you receive extra points. (1 per guest, 2
for a guest joining!)
Thanks in advance to Paul Hamlin who will be providing
our mystery item. Be sure to bring all items found to the Tall
Tales Table. You never know what the mystery item will be.

RAFFLE
The next club raffle is a Kodak waterproof camera
(donated by John Presslein) and a book "Historic Photos of
PB County" (donated by Jim Sharp). There will be two
winners. Spots are $1 each.
JOIN US EARLY AT P.A. BBQ!
Join fellow club members for dinner in the back room of P.A.
BBQ at 5:15 p.m. before the meeting. Dutch treat!
Park Avenue BBQ & Grille
2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1), Lake Worth, Florida

BURIED COIN CACHE - $25 REWARD!
FIRST CLUE:
I am buried in a "prince of a park" where there are many mini
parks inside........
SECOND CLUE:
"Enter park at the Congress entrance and follow palm tree
line in middle median and see 25 MPH sign. Pass stop sign
and continue straight."
THIRD CLUE:
Pass Stop Sign and at Center Drive Pavilion make left and
park by the fence parking. Follow white path to lonely palm
tree and dig 2 feet in front of palm and the treasure will be
yours.....
The buried item is a small brown medicine container filled
with clad coins.
It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.
Burial of cache and the clues are provided by Mindy
Spiroch. If the cache is found by a club member, that person
will receive a $25 prize AND earn the right to bury the next
cache! Good luck everyone! Please remember - always fill
your holes!

TH

2013 is the 40 ANNIVERSARY
of the Gold Coast Treasure Club.

GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973
President
Gary McNew
561-718-5523
Vice-President:
Frank Nash
786-269-5744
Secretary
Jan Smirnow
561-735-8921
Treasurer
Eddie D'Amato
561-385-3841

UPCOMING COMPETITION HUNTS

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club

First Annual Central Florida Sunshine Shootout
May 4, 2013
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Early registration = $99.00/ hunter.
After April 15th, 2013 = $125.00/hunter.

The registration fee includes a catered mid-day meal
and multiple hunts. The Shoot-Out will be advertised
nationwide and four park pavilions have been reserved.
The hunt will include silver prizes. Kellyco will be a
vendor and we are currently working with other
vendors from around the country. Included will be a
family hunt for a small fee. We want this to become a
yearly event.
http://www.thecfmdc.com/sunshine_13.html

Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Home: 561-290-5112
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068

SEE SEPARATE PAGE FOR APPLICATION AND
MAIL EARLY TO GET REDUCED PRICE

Sales and Raffle Promoter:

Let's travel to Sebastian and spend the day meeting new
treasure hunters. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Cracker Barrel on 45h
Street for breakfast and then caravan north. Since this event
doesn't start till noon - maybe we can metal detect a beach
and/or go to McLarty Treasure Museum.

Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Ed Mitchell
Hospitality Hostess:
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: Jim Sharp
Website Administrator: John Lobota
Newsletter Editor: Linda Bennett
labennettuk@gmail.com
Email: gctreasureclub@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.apex-ephemera.com/gctc/

CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Drive
Lake Worth, FL 33461

Dues are $30 a year.
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5, plus:
$30 if joining between Jan. 1st
and the end of June,
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31

CLUB HUNT

sunshineform

1 of 1

http://www.thecfmdc.com/sunshineform.html

Central Florida Metal Detecting Club

First Annual Central Florida Sunshine Shootout
May 4, 2013
Early registration = $99.00/ hunter.
After April 15, 2013 = $125.00/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.
No sand scoops, shovels or picks.
You must dig and retrieve your own targets.
Lunch is available for $8 for those not participating in the hunts.

Name:_____________________________________ Phone:_____________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
Name:_____________________________________ Phone:_____________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
Emergency contact:_____________________________ Phone:_________________
Extra Lunches:________ $ each

Total enclosed:__________________

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 May 4, 2013 hunt. CFMDC is not responsible for any lost
or stolen property. I/we have read and understand the rules.
Signature _________________________________________

Date _____________________________________

Signature required

*All prizes are acquired weekly until day of the hunt and cannot be returned.
Please make checks or money orders payable to: CFMDC
CFMDC

3504 Moss Pointe Place Lake Mary, Fl. 32746

2/14/2013 7:08 AM

2013 is the 40
LONG TIME MEMBERS
1991:
IRVING SMITH
1992:
WAYNE STEPHENS
1994:
LINDA BENNETT

TH

ANNIVERSARY of the Gold Coast Treasure Club.
REMBERANCES OF OUR PAST

2003/2004: PRESIDENT: KAREN LARSON
VP: RICHARD ZABRISKIE
SEC: STACEY deLUCIA
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1988: PRESIDENT: JIM WARNKE
VP: TED RUDD
SEC: BETTY RYAN
TREAS: AL STOPLER

2002: PRESIDENT: TOM DOOLEY
VP: KAREN LARSON
SEC: STACEY DELUCIA
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1987: PRESIDENT: WARREN
FLANSBERG
VP: JIM WARNKE
SEC: BETTY LAUR
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG

1995:
BEN SMITH

2001: PRESIDENT: TOM DOOLEY
VP: KAREN LARSON
SEC: JOY ST. CLAIR
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1996:
BOB AND GAY KONNAGAN
JOHN AND CAROL PRESSLIEN

2000: PRESIDENT: AL SPENCER
VP: LINDA BENNETT
SEC: CHERYL PETENBRINK
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1997:
GAIL AND STEVE HOSKINS
PETENBRINK FAMILY

1999: PRESIDENT: AL SPENCER
VP: DOUG WOLFMUELLER
SEC: LINDA BENNETT
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1998:
TOM LIEBERMAN

1998: PRESIDENT: LINDA BENNETT
VP:ED BERRIE, JR
SEC: DOUG WOLFMUELLER
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1999:
LES AND MARILYN BATTS
KAREN LARSON
LIST OF OFFICERS
2012/2013: PRESIDENT: GARY MCNEW
VP: FRANK NASH
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: ED D’AMATO
2011: PRESIDENT: GARY MCNEW
VP: STACEY deLUCIA (till Feb
2011)/ELAYNE LYNCH
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: ED D’AMATO
2010: PRESIDENT:]MINDY SPIROCH
VP: STACEY deLUCIA
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: ED D’AMATO
2009: PRESIDENT: MINDY SPIROCH
VP: STACEY deLUCIA
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: KEN LUBINSKI
2007/2008: PRESIDENT: ERNIE
BOUYOUCAS
VP: STACEY deLUCIA
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: KEN LUBINSKI
2005/2006: PRESIDENT: KURT HERRING
VP: STACEY deLUCIA
SEC: JAN SMIRNOW
TREAS: GAIL HOSKINS

1997: PRESIDENT: LINDA BENNETT
VP: DENNIS TAYLOR
SEC: WAYNE STEPHENS
TREAS: JIM WARNKE
1996: PRESIDENT: JERRY FELTON
VP: JIM SCHELL
SEC: LINDA BENNETT
TREAS: JIM WARNKE
1995: PRESIDENT: DOUG LAWHON
VP: WAYNE STEPHENS
SEC: CLAUDIA LAWHON
TREAS: JIM WARNKE

1986: PRESIDENT: EARL WARE
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: EVELYN HO
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG
1985: PRESIDENT: EARL WARE
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: CHICKI CATALANO
TREAS: DOROTHY WARD
1984: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: EARL WARE
SEC: ANNA MAY PROVENZANO
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG
1983: PRESIDENT: ED WELLS
VP: TOM LOTITO
SEC: ANNA MAY PROVENZANO
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG
1982: PRESIDENT: JUDD COULTER
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: ED BILESKE
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG
1981: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: ED BILESKI
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG
1980: PRESIDENT: WARREN
FLANSBERG

1994: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: WAYNE STEPHENS
SEC/TREAS: JIM WARNKE

1979: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: ED BILESKI
TREAS: ESTHER FLANSBERG

1992/1993: PRESIDENT: EDE
MASTERSON'
VP: RICHARD ZABRISKIE
SEC:/TREAS: MARY CAVANAGH

1978: PRESIDENT: SOL HURSCH
VP: WARREN FLANSBERG
SEC: DAWN COX
TREAS: TERRI BROWN

1991: PRESIDENT: MIKE RICHTER
VP: DON CAVANAGH
SEC/TREAS: MARY CAVANAGH

1977: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: SOL HURSCH
SEC: DAWN COX/MICHELE
ANDERSON
TREAS: TERRI BROWN

1990: PRESIDENT: TOM LOTITO
VP: BOB WELLER
SEC/TREAS: JIM WARNKE
1989: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD
VP: FRANK MEADE
SEC: JIM WARNKE
TREAS: AL STOPLER

1974-1976 NO RECORDS
1973: PRESIDENT: TED RUDD

FEBRUARY MEETING MINUTES
On Valentine’s Day evening 32 members attended the
Gold Coast Treasure Club Meeting. President McNew
opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to our
Flag by all members. He then announced that effective in
May the club meetings will no longer be held at the
Dreyer Park Garden Club and at present the board is
looking for a new location. He asked the membership to
help by presenting ideas and information on possible
rental locations. At present the Board is still seeking ideas
and would be pleased to hear from you if you can help.
The program for the evening was the Best Finds of
2012, Winners were Steve Hamedl for Best Platinum,
Best Gold with Stones, Best Gold and Best Silver. Best
American Coin was won by Irving Smith and Most
Unusual by Ed Morin.
Linda Bennett, Hunt Master, received a great letter
with pictures from member Ken Lubinski. Ken wanted
to share the exciting hunting he is doing up in the
panhandle of Florida. The Good Will Ambassador Award
will be presented at the March or April meeting.
Member Irving Smith did a show and tell. He has
been a member for 21 years and has worked with some of
the best metal detecting people in England and France.
Irving showed the members some framed great coins he
has managed to find detecting since 1995. And last but
not least he showed his collection of keys for 21 years.
The collection is as long as he is tall, he could hardly lift
it!
Vice President Frank Nash is absent due to being in
the Jupiter Hospital. Frank is now home and will be
undergoing additional surgery in the near future.
Return Certificates presented to Ed Morin for
returning a cell phone to the rightful owner and Gary
Spiroch for returning a diamond ring to the rightful
owner.
Amy Hamedl fooled everyone participating in the
Mystery Prize Stumper contest with a “SECRETLY
wrapped poker chip”! March’s volunteer is Radina
Malchev.
Paul Hamlin won $40 by playing the 50/50 Raffle!
Thanks go to Marilyn Smith for helping out at the
entrance table! And special thanks to Nick Mosca for his
donations for the door prizes!

FIRE IN YOUR GOODIE BAG!
A 9-volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive
and negative posts are on top, right next to one another.
If the ends come in contact with anything metal such as
aluminum foil, steel wool, paperclip, other batteries, etc.,
this will cause the battery to heat up and ignite a fire.
To store, keep in original packaging or keep ends
covered. For disposal, make sure the positive and
negative posts are safely wrapped in electrical tape.

MARCH MEETING MINUTES
With 37 guest and members present President McNew
called our March meeting to order. Gary McNew,
President presented a discussion on Troy Ounces, DWT
(pennyweights) Grains and Gains with the assistance of
the internet via the club’s projector.
Member Pete Schneider donated an Alaskan gold
nugget for the club’s next raffle. Thank you Pete! The
nugget weights .34 grains. Our present raffle is an Kodak
underwater camera and a photo book of Historic Palm
Beach County. Spots are $1 or 6 for $5.
Marge Hamlin, Gary McNew and Frank Nash were
hospitalized this past month, but apparently recovering
nicely as they were in attendance! Good to see you all!
Vice President Frank Nash spoke of the possibility of
a wild hunt on 5 acres of land in Jupiter. Thanks go to
Frank for getting permission for the club to detect the
property.
John Lobota will be getting back to Frank with some
other locations of abandon homes in the Jupiter area with
the hopes that Frank will be able to get permission for
hunts in the near future.
After presenting the program, Gary showed what
happened to his truck on the screen!
Treasurer, Ed D’Amato reported $780.45 in the bank.
He stressed we need support from our membership by
buying raffle tickets, door prize tickets and 50/50 tickets.
Mystery Prize stumper was provided by Jan Smirnow
– a bulldog clip – no one had the item. Paul Hamlin
volunteered to bring in the Mystery Item in April!
The 50/50 was won by Betty Laur, a cool $48.00!
May’s Meeting will be held in the Science Center
across the street from the Garden Club!
Hope to see you at the SILENT AUCTION in
Women’s Garden Club on April 11th!

GREAT SITE – METAL DETECTING NEWS

The brainchild of Eddy Current, MDN is a website
jam-packed with treasure and metal-detecting news from
around the world; everything from gold mining and
nugget hunting, through to hammered silver coins from
English fields, and just about all else from across the
globe.
Simply log-in to Facebook and search for Metal Detecting
News. Enjoy!

Also check out this website - both the latest news and
his blog.
http://www.stoutstandards.com/

FEB. MONTHLY BEST FIND WINNERS

Good Will Ambassadors Performing

Ernie Bouyoucas, Linda Bennett, Gary Spiroch
and Radina Malchev

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. Future returns
are recognized by additional certificates. Kudos to all club
members who go out of their way to return items to their
owners. The actions of each of our “Ambassadors of
Goodwill” enhance the public’s perception of our hobby!

Best Gold
Gary Spiroch

Random Acts of Kindness

Repeat Ambassador

Best Silver
Most Unusual
Radina Malchev Linda Bennett

Best Costume
Ernie Bouyoucas

Best Coin
Linda Bennett

MARCH MONTHLY BEST FINDS
Gary Spiroch
Diamond Engagement Ring

Ed Morin
Cell Phone

Lisa Howell, Ernie Bouyoucas, Tom Lieberman,
Jim Sharp and Mindy Spiroch
(not pictured Steve Hamedl)

Best Platinum
Steve Hamedl

Best Gold
Mindy Spiroch

Best Silver
Tom Lieberman

Most Unusual
Ernie Bouyoucas

Best Costume
Lisa King

Best Coin
Jim Sharp

The Spirochs were on the island of Antigua during one
of their frequent cruises. A waitress from Sandals lost her
engagement ring when she was waving to someone. One
of the guests that was staying at Sandals saw Mindy and
Gary on the beach metal detecting and asked them to look
for the lost ring. Gary was able to find it and the couple
were rewarded with FREE DRINKS ....

ONGOING CLUB PROJECTS

MARCH 23 JUPITER HUNT

Our club collects eye glasses, foreign coins,
miscellaneous items of costume jewelry/tokens/metal toys,
pull tabs, and empty ink cartridges. Give Jan Smirnow or
Linda Bennett your donations.

18 members showed up to hunt the 4.47 acres that once
held an old house and just recently had been a nursery
before being put up for sell. Most of the area had lots of
fill added that included small rocks and stones that made
digging very difficult. Only clad coins found. But it was
still a success in that members took frequent breaks to
talk with each other and exchange tips.

CHALLENGE LEVELS
Do you enjoy a good challenge? If so, then you should
join the quest to master the five challenge levels! This fun
program offers a coin reward simply for finding a specific
group of targets (much like a scavenger hunt) and showing
those finds to the hunt master (Linda Bennett). You can
find information about the challenge levels in your new
member folder or at club meetings. For questions or
explanations, come early to a meeting and speak with
Linda.

Laurie Haire, Frank Nash, Jonathan Lobota
and Tom Tieberman

How To Exchange Damaged
Or Mutilated Coins:
If coin or any other metal is mixed with the currency,
carefully remove it. Any fused, melted, or otherwise
mutilated coins should be sent to the U.S. Mint at
following address for evaluation:
Superintendent
U. S. Mint
Post Office Box 400
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Frank Nash, property owner, Kathy Ayon examining
Irving Smith's finds

For cases that are expected to take longer than 8 weeks
to process, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will
issue a written confirmation of receipt.
Mutilated Currency Mailing Address:
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
MCD/OFM, BEPA
Room 344A
P.O. Box 37048
Washington, D. C. 20013
All mutilated currency should be sent by “Registered
Mail, Return Receipt Requested.” Insuring the shipment is
the responsibility of the sender.
Personal deliveries of mutilated currency to the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing are accepted between the hours
of 8:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M., Monday through Friday,
except holidays. The BEPs Office of Compliance,
Mutilated Currency Division is located at 14th and C
Streets, SW, Washington, DC.
To obtain information about your mutilated currency
shipment, please contact the Mutilated Currency Division
using any of the following numbers:
(866) 575-2361 (toll-free)
Submitted by John Lobota

Tom Lieberman and Nick Mosca

James Howell

John Lobota discussing Jupiter history
with Archeology student, Travis

Jerry Laur and Mark Laur
Photos by Linda Bennett

WARNKE MEMORIAL HUNT/ PICNIC

The Jim Warnke Memorial Hunt was attended by 24 members on Saturday, March 2nd. Various American coins (V
nickels, clad dimes and quarters, wheat and Indian head pennies, one 2 cent coin, Susan B Anthony and Gold clad dollars
were found by all. Prizes were for token marked pennies, they either a silver half dollar, silver quarter or silver dime. A
lot of laughing was done by the participants, i.e. everyone who participated won a White’s Metal Detecting Water Bottle,
Pen and a silver coin or a White’s Pen and a pair of folding scissors in a gold box! We certainly received a lot of those
items from RTG Store; White’s Metal Detecting Company and Kellyco.
A BIG THANKS goes to Linda for a HUNT WELL DONE!
Submitted by Jan Smirnow

Photos by Steve Hoskins

2012 ANNUAL BEST FINDS
In February, club members voted on the entries for the Annual Best Finds Contest. The winners for the 7 major
categories each received a silver half dollar and a certificate, as well as the honor of having a picture of their
winning find displayed on the website for a year.

Congratulations to our 2012 Best Finds Contest Winners!

Steve Hamedl, Ed Morin, Irving Smith

BEST PLATINUM
STEVE HAMEDL

BEST GOLD WITH STONES
STEVE HAMEDL

BEST GOLD
STEVE HAMEDL

MOST
UNUSUAL
ED MORIN

BEST SILVER
STEVE HAMEDL

BEST COSTUME JEWELRY
STEVE HAMEDL

BEST COIN
IRVING SMITH


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