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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 38 NUMBER 2
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 PM FEBRUARY 14
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
2012 ANNUAL BEST FINDS
It’s time once again for the much anticipated ANNUAL
BEST FINDS CONTEST. This is one of the highlights of the
year, so we hope every member will participate. Bring your
best finds recovered between January 2012 and December
2012 and while you were a member of the GCTC.
Categories will be: Best Platinum Jewelry; Best Gold;
Best Gold with Stones; Best Silver; Best Costume Jewelry;
Most Unusual; and Best American Coin.
Winners of the 7 major categories will each receive a
silver half-dollar and a certificate. Each member is allowed
one entry per category. Winners are decided by the same
voting system that we use for the Monthly Best Finds
Amy Hamedl will provide the mystery item. Also
information about club shirts will be available.
BURIED COIN CACHE - $25 REWARD!
I am buried in a "prince of a park" where there are many mini
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
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.
2013 is the 40 ANNIVERSARY
of the Gold Coast Treasure Club.
REMBERANCES OF OUR PAST
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
Club Renewals are now $35
Old club patch 1973-1997.
GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Sales and Raffle Promoter:
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Ed Mitchell
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: Jim Sharp
Website Administrator: John Lobota
Newsletter Editor: Linda Bennett
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
TCAS 26th Annual Benefit Hunt
Saturday, March 9, 2013 Wabasso, Florida
9a - 4p
If you send in a copy of an official hunt form with
payment before March 1st, 2013, the cost is only $75.
After that the price is $85.
There is no charge this year for the Youth Hunt.
Any questions? E-mail the hunt coordinator
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
VA Beach, VA
26th Annual Open hunt
April 27, 2013
Sponsored by the Tidewater Coin and Relic club held on
the beach in front of the Cavalier Hotel 4201 Atlantic Ave.
(757) 425-8555 or (800) 446-8199. Mention club for
special weekend rates ($99.00 plus tax per night) when
booking. Cutoff date for hotel is 3/12/13. Free parking,
lunch is included for all paid hunt participants. Non hunters
pay $10.00. All details and registration on our website
Email email@example.com or call Ina Finn at
May 18 and 19, 2013
Ocean City, NJ
The ECRDA's 2013 hunt, "Four at the Shore," is
scheduled in conjunction with “Go Minelabbing Day”. Your
registration includes three adult hunts each day, a GOLD
hunt on Saturday, and a buffet lunch both days. Of course,
awesome prizes will be awarded!
Hunt Info Will Be Available
At Club Meeting
JIM WARNKE MEMORIAL HUNT/ PICNIC
For more information and pictures - see the below link:
Jim Warnke died in 2004 at the age of 80. He had been
a member for most of the existence of the club and
served in every office. The longest position held was
newsletter editor for which he wrote for 12 years.
This annual hunt and picnic will be held on Saturday
March 2 at Ocean Cay Park in Juno Beach. Planted
items will be American coins. A hunt orientation
meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. A picnic will follow the
hunt and awarding of prizes. The GCTC will provide hot
dogs, buns, condiments, beverages, and all eating and
drinking accessories. Members are encouraged to bring a
side dish. Also, don’t forget to bring a chair, table, and
other items that make a picnic enjoyable. The entry fee
for the hunt is $5 per metal detector. Sign up at the
February club meeting or RSVP by February 27 to
Linda Bennett (561-290-5112) with the number in your
party. This will allow the club to provide enough coins
and food. Only current members may participate, so, if
you haven’t renewed, NOW IS THE TIME! Sorry, NO
coils over 12” or PI detectors allowed! Also,
headphones are required! This is a standing club
policy for planted hunts!
Directions to Ocean Cay Park, 2188 Marcinski Road,
Jupiter, Florida 33477
I-95 to Donald Ross Road exit. Go east on Donald Ross
Road to A1A. Go north on A1A to parking for Ocean
Cay Park on the left. This park is north of Juno Pier.
Karen, Betty and Linda
Gregg(Ocalasix) - organizer
HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Betty Laur, Karen Larson and Linda Bennett
traveled to Mayo, FL on Feb 1 - 3 for a TNET member
hunt at Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort and
Campground, home to Convict Spring. Convict Spring
is a natural fresh water spring that feeds the Suwannee
River. There is a mapped underwater cave system with
an entrance from the spring. The spring was used by
prisoners working in the area in the early 1900's. There
has been some metal detectorists on the property in past
years; but with recent renovations, there have been relics
recovered dating back to the early 1900's and Native
American artifacts as well. Civil War troops moved
through area, on the river running adjacent to the
While the majority of the 25 hunters were from
Florida - some members traveled from LA, TN, NC, AL
Some old coins were found and some jewelry, but no old
relics were found. Great prizes were awarded to all who
participated - with the top prize being a Garrett ACE
Judie (River Rat) serving cakes from the Big Easy.
Pictures by Linda Bennett and Gregg Papallo
Door prizes- relies on donations
Newsletter - stamps: $5.00
Club House: $80
Monthly Best Finds: $15
Yearly Best Finds: $110
Memorial Hunt/Picnic: $400
Holiday Party: $300
Liability Insurance: $119
Corporation Fee: $61.25
Other Hunts: $75
Doesn't include speaker thank you gift/dinner/gas
Donated - website by John Lobota
newsletter printing by Linda Bennett
Door prizes by many club members
JANUARY CLUB HUNT AT JUNO BEACH
15 club members met at 7am to hunt the beach at
Juno Beach Pier on Jan 20. Les Batts found the most
money by hunting the grass strip along the parking lot.
Costume jewelry was found by Steve Hamedl, Stacey
deLucia and Irving Smith. Steve demonstrated how to
hunt a cut. The picture below shows a good example of a
four foot cut.
MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM HOLIDAY
Gail Hoskins and Cheryl Petenbrink
Mindy Spiroch and Betty Laur
Pictures by Steve Hoskins
Irving Smith and Les Batts
Thanks to Ben Smith for hosting a hunt in 2012. He
received a goodie bag full of items to be used while
Unfortunately Ben couldn't attend the
meeting because of an illness.
Pictures by Steve Hoskins
JAN. MONTHLY BEST FIND WINNERS
Stacey deLucia, Irving Smith, Mindy & Gary Spiroch
Missing - Paul Hamlin
Best Gold with Stone
Paul Hamlin Gary Spiroch
Good Will Ambassadors Performing
Random Acts of Kindness
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!
The January meeting of the Gold Coast Treasure
Club of West Palm Beach was held on January 10th.
President McNew reminded the membership and guest
that this is the club’s 40th year, and we will be
celebrating this achievement! In each monthly
newsletter, trivia and other events from the club’s
history will be profiled and a scrapbook will be made to
display the older history. Records from the 70’s are
non-existent, 80’s are scarce, if anyone has some older
80’s copies of the newsletter, please contact Linda
In that the Club’s Treasury is an endangered species,
President McNew asked the membership about raising
the membership dues for the year 2014. It was
motioned, second and passed by the membership present
(43) to increase the annual dues to $35 for renewal,
while still charging new members an additional $5 to
defray the cost of registering for the upcoming year
Treasurer Ed D’Amato reported $1075.19 in the bank
and that dues were due by the 31st of January or there
would be an additional $5 fee for lateness.
Secretary Jan Smirnow thanked the membership for
their donations of eyeglasses, ink cartridges and pull
Linda Bennett, Hunt Master, announced that several
hunts are in the offering for those who like to travel.
Information is available at the hunt master's table Linda
further asked the membership to please fill out the form
for the submission of Best Finds each month and
PLEASE be sure to put your name on the back of the
sign up sheet for each entry in each category.
John Presslein - “Read the directions once a year for
the metal detector you are using, you will learn
something.” John realized by reading the directions for
the umpteenth time that he could hunt really successfully
in the Relic mode for rings.
Mindy Spiroch fooled the participating members with
an electric candle for the Mystery Prize Stumper.
The Fifty/Fifty Raffle was a Grand total of $55.00!
The January meeting was adjoined at 9:30 p.m.
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 Jan
Smirnow or Linda Bennett your donations.
Returned Gold Necklace
Thanks to Karen Larson for her donations that will
be used for our annual hunt.
C/O GAIL HOSKINS
206 RUSSELL DRIVE
LAKE WORTH, FL
The Tinfoil Times
Club Meeting – February 14, 2013
Jim Warnke Memorial Hunt/Picnic – March 2, 2013
TCAS Annual Hunt - March 9, 2013
Virginia Beach Hunt – April 27, 2013
Central Florida Sunshine Shootout – May 4, 2013
New Jersey Hunt and Go Minelabbing Day – May 18-19, 2013
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