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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 34 NUMBER 6

JUNE 2009

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. JUNE 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

JUNE MEETING

CLUB HUNT

Our board of directors came up with a list of program
ideas that we can “pull out of the hat” during months
when we either don’t have a speaker scheduled or when
unanticipated last minute cancellations occur. Such “round
table format” discussions have been popular with our
members in the past due to their casual structure and
because everyone gets a chance to participate, if they so
desire. Our June 11th meeting will feature a round table
discussion in which members will be encouraged to share
their vacation memories, whether of trips that were
designed around treasure hunting, included limited
hunting, or that included no hunting whatsoever. It’s up to
you. After all, this is YOUR meeting, so share with us
whichever vacation memories you wish to share. All we
ask is that individual stories be kept brief so that all who
wish to participate will have their chance to do so.
We extend our thanks in advance to new members Ed
D’Amato and Tessa Durand for volunteering to provide
the refreshments and to Nikolay Malchev for agreeing to
try to stump us with the Mystery Item this month.

It's time for our summer scavenger hunt. June, July and
August are not only too hot for many of our members to
hunt; these months are also popular for summer vacations.
Starting on June 11, keep track of your finds and mark
them off the scavenger hunt list provided on page eleven.
Bring the list and those items found from June 11 through
September 10 to the September meeting. The top three
scavengers will win prizes.
If you’re interested in water hunting, summer often
brings better conditions for such hunting, plus water helps
keep skin cool. Try it out! Water hunting experts Nikolay
Malchev and Jason Petenbrink are always willing to
share their tips. Want inspiration to try water hunting?
You are urged to attend a South Florida Treasure Hunter’s
Club meeting at the Hollywood Beach Community Center
at 1201 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Their meetings,
which start at 7 p.m., will be held on the first Thursday in
July and August, then the first Monday for each month
thereafter. (Rumor has it that SFTHC members have gills.)
Ben Smith is planning an independent hunt sometime
during the summer. He has obtained a new appliance,
which he will dismantle. He’ll then hide the pieces so we
can find them, and then determine what the appliance is.

JOIN US AT PA BBQ BEFORE THE MEETING!
A group of us get together for dinner at 5:30 p.m. right
before each club meeting as a way to catch up with
friends, old and new. Join us in the back room of Park
Ave. (PA) BBQ in Lake Worth. (Dinner is Dutch Treat.)

Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Please remember to return books, DVDs and tapes that
you checked out from the GCTC library last month!

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TREASURER’S REPORT: $2,011
* ATTENTION * CHANGE TO VOTING RULE!
The board of directors has agreed to change the voting
rule for the Monthly Best Finds contest. Each member is
entitled to one vote. Members under age 18 are allowed to
vote, but they MUST BE supervised during their voting by
the President or another board member. No exceptions!

MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
President
Mindy Spiroch
561-432-7242
Vice-President
Stacey deLucia
561-687-2310
Secretary
Jan Smirnow
561-735-8921
Treasurer
Ken Lubinski
561-762-0116
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
561-791-7682
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Assistant Hunt Master: Gary McNew
561-718-5523
Sales and Raffle Promoter
Elayne Lynch
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Betty Laur
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Membership: John Lobota and Jim Sharp
Newsletter Co-Editors:
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
Email: gctreasureclub@yahoo.com
Website:www.geocities.com/gctreasureclub/

CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461

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

REILLY’S TREASURED GOLD offers a complete line of
new & used detectors, scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books.
The shop also does custom metal working and laser detailing.
For details, call 954-971-6102.
See their website:
www.rtgstore.com.
TOM LIEBERMAN – Ready to serve your real estate needs.
Call 561-852-7409; email: telieberman@aol.com
ED WESTON – WANTED: Collectable and antique fishing
tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
FRANK and PAULINE NASH – Minelab and Fisher metal
detectors for sale: palmbeachmetaldetectors.com. The
owners are club members Frank and Pauline Nash. When you
purchase a new detector from them or refer a customer to them,
10 % of the net profits will go directly to benefit our club and
its members. Call 561-743-5248.
JERRY LAUR - Stainless Steel Colt 45 cal Pistol: $700;
Stainless Steel Ruger Mark II, 22 cal pistol: $400; Minelab
Explorer metal detector with extra books: $700; Whites DFX
metal detector with extra books: $600. All items are like new
with little use. Bowflex with all attachments for $199. Call
Jerry @ 561-694-7963 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LINDA BENNETT – new Headhunter PiratePRO won at
GSBSO. Brand new, in box with two year warranty. Retails at
$439; asking $350. Call 561-352-4068.
BOB SMIRNOW - Tesoro LObo. Bought in 2006 for $800.
Never used. With headphones. Asking $450. Call Bob
Smirnow: 561-735-8921.
TESSA DURAND - BUY OR SELL AVON. Just imagine, the
CEO of your own Co. Check out my website, order online,
direct shipping right to your door. www.youravon/tdurandowens.com or call 561-358-2252.
GARY MCNEW - “WANTED: I want your unwanted finds,
things like cell phones and other electronics, whole or in
pieces. Any unwanted jewelry of any condition. Coins, tokens
etc. and even those cauliflower pennies. And any other odd
junk you don’t want. I’ll have a container at the meeting for
you to drop stuff in. If you are not sure if I would want it, put it
in there anyway and I’ll go through it later. Also wanted “Dead
or Alive,” your old computers and video games. 561-718-5523.
STACEY deLUCIA – FOR SALE: Antique crystal punch
bowl with 18 matching cups and hand blown dipper. $30 OBO.
Contact Stacey: sdeLuc823@aol.com or 561-687-2310.
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted,
free of charge. Sometimes ads will need to be edited due to
available space. Items do not have to be related to metal
detecting. Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.

MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
(Winners receive a silver quarter and certificate)

Second Place for Monthly Best Finds

Gold – Gary Spiroch (10 Kt Jesus Pendant)

Silver - Mindy Spiroch (Silver Ring)

BEST GOLD – EDDIE D'AMATO

14 Kt Gold Ring with Citrine and CZ's

Most Unusual – Jerry Laur (Religious Medal)

BEST SILVER – GARY SPIROCH

Silver Ring with Decorative Engraving

Best Costume – Paul Hamlin (Cross)

MOST UNUSUAL – TOM LIEBERMAN
Puppet Head

Best Coin – Paul Hamlin (1/2 Israel Shekel)

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COSTUME JEWELRY – GARY MCNEW
Wish Necklace with Pearl

BEST COIN – JIM SMITH
1875 Trade Dollar

Monthly Best Finds Winners
Gary Spiroch, Mindy Spiroch, Paul Hamlin,
Jerry Laur, Tom Lieberman, Jim Smith,
Eddie D'Amato and Gary McNew

MAY MEETING
With 38 in attendance, President Mindy Spiroch
welcomed guests Kathy and Phil Marro from
Hollywood (South Florida Treasure Hunter’s Club
members) and new members Tessa Durand and Ed D'
Amato from Wellington. Carmelo Basilico was the
lucky winner of the $50 Publix Gift Card raffle.
Congratulations, Carmelo!
The board of directors had to think fast to come up
with a program when Jennifer Plant – who was
scheduled to present a much anticipated program on
CPR – didn’t arrive. (Gary McNew later reported that
Jennifer had an accident on the way to our meeting, but
she is, thankfully, alright. We will reschedule.) Members
and guests were invited to share tall tales and tips, which
everyone seemed to enjoy. Highlights are provided
below and elsewhere in this newsletter. Thank you, Ken
Lubinski, for providing wonderful refreshments!

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TALL TALES
John Presslein reported that Irving Smith recently
traveled to Rome for a vacation. He took his metal
detector with him, but was disappointed that he couldn’t
find anywhere to detect – there was no beach!
Stacey deLucia told about metal detecting Palm
Beach during a period of bad rip currents. She witnessed
the rescue of four victims. Unfortunately, one man died.
Jim Smith was asked by a lifeguard at Lantana
Beach to look for an ear cuff style diamond earring that
was lost along the Dunes Café wall. He was
unsuccessful. Jim said the lifeguard snorkels and finds
lost items in the crevices of the rocks just off shore.

******************************************
TIPS
Jason Petenbrink recently got stung in the neck by a
jellyfish while water hunting. He recommends that water
hunters carry ammonia and Benadryl with them to the
beach for first aid, in case they get stung.
Nick Mosca recommends the use of Accent (meat
tenderizer) for a first aid treatment for jellyfish stings.
Just make a paste and glob it on the stung area. Vinegar
is also a good choice.
Joe Cook recommends soaking corroded pennies in a
vinegar and salt mixture for a few hours. This will clean
up the corrosion.
Mindy Spiroch opened an account at BankAtlantic
so she could use the coin counting machine free of
charge. She then deposits the money into her account.
Non-account holders are charged an 8 percent fee for the
service. Mindy also said she deposits any damaged coins
that the machine rejects and the bank reimburses her at
face value for them.
Tom Lieberman has discovered that the coin
machine he uses will keep any corroded dimes instead of
discarding them like it does for other types of coins, but
he doesn’t get cash credit for those corroded dimes.

ELAYNE AND BETTY’S CORNER
AND THE WINNERS ARE!

DOOR PRIZES
Silver Bar – Eddie D’Amato
Minelab Pouch – Gary McNew
Collectibles Software – Paul Hamlin
Minelab Pouch – Jim Smith
Restaurant Coupon – Linda Bennett
Restaurant Coupon – Lydia Cook
Club Pen – Ben Smith
Flashlight – Jerry Laur
Lottery Scratch-off – Stacey deLucia
Wallet – Cheryl Petenbrink
Wallet – Kathy Marro
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! Thank you to the following donors:
Ben Smith – scratch-off lottery ticket; John Lobota –
restaurant coupon.

50/50 DRAWING
Jerry Laur won $46 for his share of the 50/50
drawing. Congrats, Jerry!!!
MYSTERY ITEM
New members often wonder “WHAT the heck is a Mystery
Item?” Each month one club member volunteers to try to
stump fellow members by choosing a secret item (thus the
mystery!) that is revealed after the break. If an item in a
member's Tall Tales Table display matches the mystery item,
that member wins a silver quarter! So it pays to bring ALL
your finds! Sorry gang…the person supplying the Mystery
Item does not get the silver quarter if they stump the club.
BUT, they DO get a free door prize ticket for their effort!

May’s Mystery Item was supplied by Jim Sharp and
he stumped everyone with a collar stay. WTG, Jim!

BIRTHDAYS
May birthday celebrants Trent Bowen and Lydia
Cook both received a gold Presidential dollar for
attending the meeting during their birthday month.
Happy Birthday, guys!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Eddie D'Amato (6/5)
Paul Hamlin (6/9)
Kenneth Lubinski (6/14)
Karen Schneider (6/3)
Margaret Weller (6/16)

MAY CLUB HUNT

CLUB DIRECTORY

Ben Smith hosted another great hunt at Jupiter Beach
with 500 foreign and 500 American coins buried, in
addition to costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items,
including such oddities as binoculars. The thunderstorms
held off, but after 45 minutes of hunting in the relentless
heat, many hunters were wishing for a few rain drops.
Twenty-three club members participated. Seven
members arrived at 6:15 a.m. for breakfast at Cracker
Barrel. Six of the prizes were provided by the club and the
remainder of prizes was donated by Ben. Prize winners
(and number of prizes won) were as follows:
Ed Weston - Four
Tom Lieberman - Three
Gail Hoskins - Three
Eddie D'Amato - Two
Gary McNew - Two
Tessa Durand - Two
Jack Petenbrink - Two
Joe Cook - One
Frank Nash - One
Gary Spiroch - One
Bob Smirnow - One
Karen Larson - One
Paul Hamlin - One
Mindy Spiroch - One
Steve Hoskins - One

The directory is for the personal use of members only.
Names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to
be used only for contact within the club. Notify Jan
Smirnow at 561-735-8921 with errors or omissions.

NEW MEMBER:
Bo Greenwood

2833-H Crosley Drive W.
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
Tel No. 561-966-7397
beaugr@gmail.com
*******************************************
RECYCLING & DONATIONS
Jan Smirnow collects cell phones and used ink
cartridges to raise money for the GCTC. Jan is also
collecting pull tabs that will be donated to the Ronald
McDonald House. Please SAVE yours and give to Jan.
Note from Jan: “Thanks to our members for donating
those ink cartridges for the club. It really helps our
kitty. However, please note that only the real cartridges
purchased from office supply stores qualify for us to
sell. Generic ink cartridges are not accepted. Again,
thanks for those donations and keep them coming.”
Stacey deLucia will continue to collect prescription
glasses and sunglasses for the South Florida Lion’s Club.
John Lobota will accept member donations of metals
such as brass, copper and lead weights that we find while
metal detecting. He will take them to the recycling plant to
sell for the metal content. All cash raised will help to
replenish our treasury, so please see John to donate! Don’t
let all that digging go to waste!
Thanks to Jim Smith for his donation of sinkers at the last
meeting.

*******************************************

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FOREIGN COINS
Our club, along with the South Florida Treasure Club,
continues to collect foreign coins to donate towards a
summer camp for handicapped children. This is a yearround project. If you have coins to donate, please see
Linda Bennett, who will make sure your donation goes to
the right place! Thanks to Jim Sharp who donated metal
cars after reading Keith Wills request in the May
newsletter. All items were mailed June 1.

*******************************************
HAPPY TIDBITS
Jason Petenbrink and Jan Smirnow were recognized
in the Club News & Views section of Western and Eastern
Magazine for being the top THers of Year 2008.

CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE
Pens with Club Name: $3.00
Club Towels: $3.00
Club Patches: $5.00
GCTC Travel Cups: $8.00
Club T-shirts: $12 - $15
NEW: Club Hats with GCTC Logo: $12.00

TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2009
AS OF MAY

DOLLAR AMOUNT: $ 1,838.40
PLATINUM: 5
GOLD: 40
SILVER: 96

HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Jimmy Chodan invites anyone who will visit the state
of New York during the spring, summer or fall to come
hunt with him. He lives 100 miles north of New York City
on the Connecticut-Massachusetts border. If you will be in
the area, give him a call at 518-567-8168.
Tessa Durand and Eddie D'Amato:
The Ice Cream Surprise!!
“Eddie, my two son's & I (Tessa) took a 12 hr trip to
S.C. to visit with my parents up in the Cherokee foothills.
God's country. In our travels we made a pit stop to re-fuel
in a small town off of I-95 just before I-26W called
Walterboro.
My youngest son (15) asked Eddie for an ice-cream.
The cashier proceeded to give Eddie his change when a
dime accidentally hit the counter alerting Eddie to the
familiar distinct sound of silver. Eddie excitedly asked the
cashier if she had anymore. The young lady, not to sure
what to think of the situation, returned momentarily with
four little brown bags of silver mercury dimes. Eddie paid
the nice lady $20.00, took the dimes and we quickly and
not very quietly, made our escape. What a find!! (The
dimes dated from1917-1964 and are worth on the average
about $1 ea. or more.)”
The Hiddenite Gem Mines N.C.
“A beautiful trip to Hiddenite N.C. Gem Mine, Eddie the
boys & I decided to try something different.
We arrived around noon after driving four hrs from S.C.
For a small fee, we were each provided with shovels,
buckets & gloves. We were able to dig in the dirt all day.
We washed off our gems in the ice cold water of the slews
to discover beautiful colored rocks. We found quartz,
Amethyst, Emeralds, Rubies, Topaz and many others just
to name a few. We would recommend the trip to anyone.
We had a blast, as long as you don't mind getting dirty.”

*******************************************
PAUL HAMLIN'S TIP OF THE MONTH
Tired of not finding enough stuff? Buddy up and work
new spots. You can drop one hunter at the north end of
the beach and that person can work south to you. This
covers spots that you cannot cover by yourself. Some
places are hard to get access to. Good Hunting!

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OTHER GREAT FINDS
Seen on the May Tall Tales Table

BURIED COIN CACHE
FIRST CLUE

Once a month we all gather...
SECOND CLUE:
From the parking lot, stroll down the path, passing the
bathroom, which will be on your left, and don't let a
coconut hit you on the head...
Item buried is a small vitamin container 2 3/4" long and 1 1/2 "
in diameter. It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.

Burial of cache and the clues are provided by Mindy and
Gary Spiroch. If found by a club member, that person will
receive a prize of $25 AND earn the right to bury the next
cache! Good luck everyone! Start digging! Be sure to fill all
holes!

*******************************************
MORE MEMBER TIPS
Nikolay Malchev recommends using silicone that is
found at Diver’s Direct to lubricate seals on metal
detecting equipment, especially those machines used in
the water. He also mentioned that most rechargeable
batteries in metal detectors do not have an automatic stop
when the battery is fully recharged, which can shorten
battery life. He recommends a simple timer that you can
buy at hardware stores to charge your battery only for the
time that the manufacturer states in the instruction book.

*******************************************
New Lincoln Penny Debuted
On May 14, the new Lincoln penny went into
circulation. The front side of the coin has Lincoln's face exactly what we're accustomed to. But the “tails” side
shows Lincoln as a young lad, reading a book, during a
break from rail splitting.
This is actually the second new Lincoln penny to debut
this year. The first debuted in February, with the "tails"
side featuring Lincoln's boyhood log cabin.
A third one of Lincoln as a lawyer will come out later
this year, and a fourth will show an unfinished Capital
dome, which represents the site where he took the oath of
office in 1861. Courtesy of http://www.walletpop.com

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GSBSO 2009 BY MUMSZIE ON YOUTUBE
SIX VOLUMES:

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KEVIN VINCENT REILLY
19 July 1954—26 April 2009

Our club, treasure hunters, and metal detector
enthusiasts from all parts of the world lost a kindred Irish
spirit with the passing of Kevin Reilly. Kevin was the
founder of Reilly's Treasured Gold, a successful 20-yearold company in Pompano Beach specializing in the
manufacturing of his innovative sand and water scoops
and selling metal-detecting equipment. Kevin authored
two books on hunting Florida beaches: Hurricane
Treasure: The 1715 Beach Sites, which the McLarty
Treasure Museum in Vero Beach reports is its biggest
seller, and The Beach Bank: Your Treasure Teller. He
also made a video on how to hunt the 1715 Treasure Coast
beaches.
Kevin joined our club in 1987. Even though he was
busy with his business, he supported our club in many
ways. His donations toward club hunts and the Holiday
party kept the budget under control. He also gave a 10
percent discount on most items he sold to club members.
Kevin shied away from formal presentations, but his shop
door was always open for advice and sharing of
experiences with anyone visiting in the area.

Kevin Vincent Reilly was born in Elizabeth, NJ to Daniel
and Veronica Reilly and was raised in Rahway. As an
adult, Kevin lived in California before moving to
Pompano Beach, his final hometown. He is survived by
his stepmother, Mary Reilly of Pompano Beach, seven
brothers, two sisters, and 34 nieces and nephews. His
services were scheduled for 1 May 2009 at St. Coleman
Church in Fort Lauderdale, followed by interment in
Pompano Beach Cemetery
They’d love to see him come, how they’d hate to see him
go.
Jolly Mon...swam into the heavens...stayed up in the sky.
Oh oh oh Jolly Mon sing…oh oh oh make the Heavens
ring.

Reilly's Treasured Gold will continue to do business
as usual in memory of Kevin.
Website: www.rtgstore.com

Following article on Kevin Reilly
permission of Lost Treasure Inc.

Photos by Andy Sabisch

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