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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 38 NUMBER 5
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 PM MAY 9
AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA SCIENCE MUSEUM IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
BURIED COIN CACHE - MIA!
MAY’S MEETING WILL BE A NEW LOCATION
WARMING PARTY! Several members have volunteered to
bring finger foods (small sandwiches, cookies, etc). If you
would like to participate, please feel free to do so. Just please
do not bring food that requires forks or spoons. Parking for
the Science Center will be same parking lot we have used for
the Garden Club with additional parking to the North of the
Science Center in their new parking lot.
Amy Hamedl has volunteer to greet the guest and
members at the Science Center’s Front Desk (wait till you see
that) and we could use another volunteer to help her! You
will not be required to sit there all night, the doors will be
locked upon arrangement with the custodian. Our new
location is spiffy! Plush chairs for all, acoustics to die for,
new restroom facilities etc! It will be a nice change! So
PLEASE JOIN US AND remember to bring a friend (contest
for the member bringing the most guest in 2013, prize in
December a choice of a 2014 membership or a Silver Dollar)!
Cheryl Petenbrink volunteered to bring in the Mystery Prize
Stumper for May! Steve Hoskins will give a detailed report of
the Treasure Hunter's Cookout.
Submitted by Jan Smirnow
The coin cache is "missing in action". Mindy and Gary
Spiroch checked the site that was chosen to bury the cache
and it wasn't there. So far no club member has claimed the
$25 award. The board will table redoing the coin cache till
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
MAY CLUB HUNT
John Lobota will be hosting the club hunt at a private
beachfront site. The hunt is Sunday evening May 19. We will
meet at McDonalds at I95 & Blue Heron Blvd at 4:30 pm.
John's cell number for those attending... 561-628-2629.
Nikolay aka The Bulgarian will be traveling to Bulgaria
soon with Kellyco representatives. They will be meeting
with other detectorists from various countries to discuss
issues that concern metal detecting on a world wide basis.
As a nice gesture, our club would like to give him club
patches to take as gifts. If you have any of the club patches the small ones or the large ones, that you would like to
donate; please bring them to the May meeting or contact
Hopefully this is a step on a larger scale to prevent
appearance of more signs like below.
GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973
HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Even though 4 members wimped out on Saturday, April
20, three of our club members traveled north to Wabasso
Beach for the 5th Annual Treasure Hunter's Cookout. Steve
and Gail Hoskins along with John Lobota reported they had
a fantastic time - great food and meeting a lot of interesting
people. The majority of the people attending are active in
shipwreck salvaging or treasure hunting and were very
willing to share stories, knowledge, tall tales, etc.
The family oriented event had pirates, steel drum band
and plenty of raffle prizes. Pictures and stories can be seen
on www.treasurenet.com/. Go to forums, then shipwrecks.
Steve will give us an account of the event in addition to
some interesting information that he learned. Kellyco also
had a display.
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
John Lobota, Steve and Gail Hoskins
APRIL MEETING MINUTES
Our April meeting was held with a huge out pouring of
donations for the Silent Auction from the membership!
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support! In the
hustle and bustle we had so many donations that I lost
count! I know I missed some great buys and so probably a
lot of us did! But I did come home with some really nice
items. For instance, drawer knobs at a really great bargain
price for my new bath and Braun Electric Toothbrushes
for my grandchildren.
Forty two members participated, some had to leave
early but we ended up with a GRAND Total Income of
$794 added to the Treasury! Without your support and
joint effort we would not have exceeded! Again, thanks
go to all who attended and supported the club’s effort!
President McNew spoke of our NEW LOCATION
FOR THE MONTH OF MAY – THE SCIENCE
CENTER ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE
Jim Sharp won the 50/50 Raffle and took home
$62.00! Everyone was fooled by Mindy Spiroch with a
tiny battery! A Big Thank You goes to Nick Mosca and
Ed D’Amato for greeting the guest and members at the
Nick Mosca showed a 3 troy ounce .99 percent pure
gold piece. He collected scrapings and pieces left over
from his work and it took about 2 years. Tom Lieberman
indicated to the best of his knowledge that Tallahassee is
not showing all of the artifacts that have been collected by
the state, Gary McNew reported that he has lost 30
pounds of weight in six weeks, good work Gary!
Only one guest, Jenna Lee, was in attendance. She was
the guest of Allan Schwartz. Allen gets one point
towards the possible winning of a free membership for
2014 or a Silver Dollar.
Respectively Submitted Jan Smirnow, Secretary
APRIL MONTHLY BEST FIND WINNERS
Gary Spiroch, Steve Hamedl, Paul Hamlin
and Gary McNew
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.
WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE FINDS
Cindy Moran showed her bracelet made from pulltabs
that she purchased in Puerto Rico. She paid $35 for it but
most of it goes to Charity. See the website listed below
for these interesting pieces of jewelry that are Handcraft
Recycled Art by Ann Skydell Harmon
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
Dear GCTC friends,
I would like to thank Jan Smirnow for coming out to the
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind's Yard Sale this past
Saturday to volunteer in the hot sun, as well as Mindy and
Jarrett Spiroch, and the Petenbrink family for coming out
to support the event. Also, to everyone who brought items
to the Gold Coast Treasure Club's Silent Auction last
Thursday, thank you for supporting NOT ONE, BUT
FOUR not-for-profit organizations through your
generosity! Jan and the GCTC board gave me permission
to load up my Honda CRV with the left over auction
items, which I brought to the Florida Outreach Center for
the Blind to sell in their Yard Sale. The sharing didn't stop
there, though. After the yard sale ended, I brought
everything that didn't sell through the yard sale to two
other local charities to sell in their thrift shops.
Here's how we shared the wealth....
FIRST, your auction item donations helped raise
money through the GCTC Silent Auction;
SECOND, remaining items helped the Florida
Outreach Center for the Blind through the
THIRD, remaining items were donated to be sold
through Vita Nova Thrift Shop (helps teens
aging out of foster care through their transition
into independence), and finally,
FOURTH, what Vita Nova Thrift Shop didn't
take (keyboards, electronics), The Salvation
Army gladly accepted.
Thought you all would like to know how many lives you
touched this week... and you thought all you were doing
was cleaning out your closets!
I would like to thank you and Janet Smirnow for
volunteering your time to assist with FOCB's Yard Sale on
Saturday. I would also like to thank the members of the Gold
Coast Treasure Club for donating items leftover from their
auction and for attending the event.
Your efforts helped the Center to make approximately
$300 which will be used to fund our programs. We will be
holding another Yard Sale in November and would
appreciate the support of you and your Club. Thanks again
and take care.
Florida Outreach Center for the Blind, Inc.
Office: (561) 642-0005
Hope you all who are internet savvy was able to view
recognition for our club from Dick Stout's blog on April 6
and Lost Treasure Magazine Online Newsletter April 16,
Dick Stout's blog with note about our April Newsletter can
be found at http://stoutstandards.wordpress.com/
THE “TINFOIL TIMES” FROM THE GOLD COAST TREASURE
I like to share some of the better club newsletters from time to
time, and the TinFoil Times is one of those.
The Gold Coast Treasure Hunters have been in existence now
for 40 years, and that in itself is a great accomplishment.
You can read their April newsletter
by clicking here.
Thanks to, and congratulations to, Linda Bennett, the
Great job Linda!
While you are within the blog, go back to his home page and
check out more interesting reading.
Got an email from William Purkey of Western and
Eastern Treasure Magazine - he will be mentioning our
40th anniversary in a future magazine.
The Lost Treasure Magazine Online Newsletter is
delivered to your email on a weekly basis. If you are not
signed up to receive this free newsletter, you can do so on:
See the next page for their coverage of our club. The
information was obtained from our December 2012
2013 is the 40TH ANNIVERSARY of the Gold
Coast Treasure Club.
REMBERANCES OF OUR PAST
John Lobota displays musketballs, a ship spike and
pottery fragments recovered from the El Infante. Picture
was taken from magazine article "The Wreck of the El
Infante" published in Lost Treasure, September 1989.
C/O GAIL HOSKINS
206 RUSSELL DRIVE
LAKE WORTH, FL
The Tinfoil Times
Club Meeting May 9, 2013
Club Hunt - May 19, 2013
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