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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 35 NUMBER 1
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. JANUARY 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
JANUARY 2010 MEETING 2009 YEARLY BEST FINDS
The New Year is here and that can only mean one
thing. That’s right! 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
in 2009 for the Best Finds Contest. The entries must have
been found between January 2009 and December 2009
and while you were a member of the GCTC.
Categories will be: Best Gold; Best Gold with Stones;
Best Silver; Best Costume Jewelry; Best Toy; Best
Token; Best Foreign Coin; Best Relic; Best Platinum
Jewelry; Most Unusual; and Oldest American Coin.
The Oldest American Coin category will be broken down
into subcategories of oldest penny, nickel, dime, quarter,
half-dollar and dollar. Winners of the 10 major categories
will each receive a silver half-dollar and a certificate.
Winners of the American coin subcategories will each
receive a silver quarter and a certificate. Each member is
allowed one entry per category. Winners are decided by
the same voting system that is used for the Monthly Best
Finds Contest. Of course, voting on the Oldest American
Coin will not be necessary – for obvious reasons!
The January meeting will mark the first presentation of
an exciting new annual award. You won’t want to miss the
spectacular unveiling! Especially if YOU are the winner!
Thanks in advance to January’s Mystery Prize
volunteer, Tom Lieberman, who will do his best to try to
stump us. The GCTC will provide the refreshments.
Please don’t forget to return books, DVDs and tapes that
you checked out from the library last month!
TREASURER’S REPORT - $1,811.04
JOIN US AT P.A. BBQ BEFORE THE MEETING!
Join other club members for dinner in the back room of
P.A. BBQ at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting. Dutch treat!
Park Avenue BBQ & Grille
2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
AWESOME NEW RAFFLE
Want to go “hog wild” and stuff yourself full of
yummy ribs? You can, when you win a $25 P.A. BBQ
Gift Certificate! See Elayne Lynch or Heather McNew
to buy your tickets. Only $1 each or six for $5.
“Where did a year go since I became President of this
Great Club? This year, together with my board members,
we will continue to bring new ideas, leadership, fun, and
hope to have more member participation. A Great Club is
defined by its members and we have, by far, the most
knowledgeable people I know.”
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Due to personal commitments, Linda Bennett is
stepping down as Co-editor of The Tinfoil Times and as
website host. Linda will continue her very active – and
vitally important – role in our club as Hunt Master and
will still contribute related articles with photos for the
newsletter. Stacey deLucia will head up The Tinfoil
Times; Gary McNew and Betty Laur have volunteered to
assist. John Lobota will redesign and set up our new
website, then will host and maintain it. (We’ll send out the
new web address as soon as it is ready.) We thank Linda
for her many years of hard work and dedication. She
makes our club truly shine in the national spotlight!
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Assistant Hunt Master: Gary McNew
Sales and Raffle Promoter
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Heather McNew
Prize Coordinator: Betty Laur
Membership: Jim Sharp
Website Administrator: John Lobota
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
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
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
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. Low prices plus 10%
discount to members! See their website: www.rtgstore.com.
TOM LIEBERMAN – Ready to serve your real estate
needs. Call 561-852-7409; email: email@example.com.
ED WESTON – WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-301-9062.
FRANK NASH – Minelab and Fisher metal detectors for
sale: palmbeachmetaldetectors.com. GCTC will receive 10%
of the net profits of all new detectors purchased by club
members. Call 561-743-5248.
JERRY LAUR – Excalibur 1000 in excellent shape: $800.
IPod Touch with accessories and book; less than 2 hours use:
$160. Treadmill: $30.00. Call Jerry between the hours of 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. at 561-694-7963.
LINDA BENNETT – new Headhunter PiratePRO won at
GSBSO. Brand new, in box with two-year warranty. Retails at
TESSA DURAND – BUY OR SELL AVON. Just imagine
yourself as the CEO of your own Company! Check out my
website, order online, direct shipping right to your door.
www.youravon/tdurand-owens.com or call 561-358-2252.
GARY MCNEW – WANTED: Any unwanted finds, such
as electronics, whole or in pieces, unwanted jewelry in any
condition and even “cauliflower” pennies. I’ll have a container
at the meeting for you to drop stuff in. Also wanted, “Dead or
Alive,” old computers and video games. 561-718-5523.
MINDY SPIROCH – FOR SALE: White's Prism V Metal
Detector. Excellent condition, selling for $300. Call 561-4327242 (Home); 561-329-9984 (Cell).
STACEY deLUCIA – FOR SALE: Excellent condition
Sony Trinitron 37” HDTV. Purchased for $1,693 – sacrifice
for $200. Call or email for photos. Also: Hard-sided detector
travel case with lock and key. Protect your investment! Built
safe to withstand air travel and even the roughest baggage
handlers! Padded interior with “pick & pluck foam” for custom
fit. Only used once. VERY STURDY! ($40) 561-687-2310 or
JACK SAINT – WANTED TO BUY: 5" Stainless Steel
Scoop. Call Jack Saint at 561-629-2420 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org with details and price.
Club members may advertise items for sale or items wanted,
free of charge. The club does not profit unless noted in the ad.
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.
A record breaking number of 82 members and guests
attended the holiday party and enjoyed a great variety of
yummy side dishes prepared by members, decadent
homemade desserts, and some amazing prizes! A short
meeting was held to vote for and induct officers and the
board of directors.
Mindy Spiroch, President
Stacey deLucia, Vice President
Ed D'Amato, Treasurer
Jan Smirnow, Secretary
Linda Bennett, Hunt Master
Gary McNew, Assistant Hunt Master
Betty Laur, Prize Coordinator
Jim Sharp, Membership
John Lobota, Website Administrator
Gail Hoskins, Member at Large
AD HOC COMMITTEE
Steve Hoskins, Club Photographer
Cheryl Petenbrink, Librarian
Elayne Lynch, Sales and Raffles
Heather McNew, Hospitality
SERVICE RECOGNITION AWARD
PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR
SPECIAL SERVICE BY A CLUB MEMBER
Radina Malchev was presented with a plaque from
President Mindy Spiroch in recognition of her help by
recording attendance of members and assisting in drawing
of door prize tickets. Radina is our youngest member and
is also an active detectorist who has won Monthly Best
Finds awards for some of the treasures she has found.
SPECIAL THANKS FOR HOSTING
A CLUB HUNT IN 2009
Engraved marble pen holders or glass photo coasters
were awarded to Ben Smith, John Lobota, Jim Sharp,
Gary McNew, Mindy Spiroch and Gary Spiroch for
hosting club hunts in 2009. Also recognized for their extra
help with planted hunts were Paul Hamlin, Ken
Lubinski, Tessa Durand and Eddie D'Amato. Thanks,
for your hard work!
Ken Lubinski was recognized for his service as
Treasurer in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He was presented with
a weather station and Digital Photo Frame loaded with
pictures from club events. Thanks, Ken! We’ll miss you!
Front row - Mindy Spiroch and Ken Lubinski
Back Row - Gary Spiroch, Eddie D'Amato, Tessa Durand,
Gary McNew, Paul Hamlin, Jim Sharp and John Lobota
(Not pictured - Ben Smith)
Gary McNew was awarded a Digital Photo Frame
loaded with pictures of club events for all of his help as
Assistant Hunt Master this past year.
Nathan McNew, Jarrett Spiroch, Radina Malchev and
Pauline Nash each received holiday stockings
TREASURE HUNTER OF THE YEAR - 2009
At every meeting, GCTC members bring in their finds from the previous month for the club's Show and Tell table
(AKA Tall Tales Table). Members are encouraged to fill out forms listing their various finds. The Hunt Master
awards points based on the Show and Tell worksheets and Monthly Best Finds. A secret tally is kept from January
to November, and then the top hunters are recognized at the holiday party in December. At our December 10th
party, the Top Snowbird Hunter received a trophy and special picture frame; the Top Woman Hunter received a
trophy and tide clock; Second, Third and Fourth Place winners each received a trophy and a tide clock; and five
members were awarded with Honorable Mention ribbons. The Treasure Hunter of the Year award winner
received a plaque donated by Kellyco in addition to a tide clock. An impressive club trophy - on display at every
meeting - lists every GCTC Treasure Hunter of the Year since 1990. Congratulations to ALL of our winners!
GARY WITH PLAQUE
DONATED BY KELLYCO
TOP SNOWBIRD HUNTER OF 2009
TOP FEMALE HUNTER OF 2009
Gary Spiroch, Mindy Spiroch, Ken Lubinski, Nikolay Malchev and Radina Malchev
HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Gold Coast Treasure Club thanks the following
supporters for making our December Holiday Party a huge success!
Garrett Metal Detectors
Kellyco of Winter Park, Florida
Lost Treasure Magazines
Park Avenue Grille (P.A. BBQ)
Reilly’s Treasured Gold (RTG Store)
The Mineshaft of Pompano, Florida
Western & Eastern Treasure
White’s Metal Detectors
Seashore Gifts of Lantana
We want to recognize all of our generous donors. If we inadvertently omitted anyone,
please accept our sincere apologies and let Linda or Stacey know.
The Bennett Family
The Hamlin Family
The Hoskins Family
The Laur Family
The Lubinski Family
The Mosca Family
The Petenbrink Family
The Sharp Family
The Smirnow Family
The Spiroch Family
Winners of these awards were nominated by fellow
members for their “dubious” actions during club events.
Jack Saint earned the Devil Pig Award for
being a bad influence and encouraging fellow
members to partake in a devilishly delicious
dessert at a recent meal after a club hunt. That
hot fudge sundae was sinfully good!
Stacey deLucia, a perennial “dubious award”
recipient, was presented with the Flying Pig
Award for improving her “on time arrival” at
club functions. Some members believed this
would only happen "When Pigs Fly,” but Stacey
proved them wrong on several occasions.
Guy Bachman was credited with having the
best statement of the year. When asked what he
was looking for while using his metal detector at
the beach, he replied, "I’m looking for WWII
landmines!" This remark quickly cleared an
entire section of the beach of sun worshippers.
Guy was presented with a t-shirt that said:
“Danger - Keep your Distance. Looking for
WWII Landmines. Keeping our beaches safe for
Ken Lubinski was presented The Duct Tape
Award. During a competition hunt, his
headphones broke, severely affecting his
recovery speed. With duct tape now in his repair
kit, Ken is ready for anything!
Ken Lubinski also earned a horse on a stick
with an ornament around its neck. The ornament
featured a recording of the song from the 60s TV
sitcom, Mister Ed (the talking horse). Ken
pronounces the word horse - "haas," and we
have no idea what he is saying! We urge him to
sing this song to learn the correct pronunciation!
Frank Nash earned a t-shirt after almost
attacking an endangered species that bumped
into him while water hunting. Frank's t-shirt
sports a picture of a manatee with the statement
“Not all things that go bump in the water are
Joe Cook has received praises from Frank Nash.
Frank is a successful hunter with great finds, but
only when Joe is with him! Joe's t-shirt stated:
“Good Luck Charm for Hire!
Call Joe Cook: 56 Iamlucky
For Testimonials call Frank Nash: 56IneedJoe”
WINNER OF THE BROKEN SCOOP
By popular vote, Guy Bachman received the honor
of winning the 2nd annual Broken Scoop Award for his
dubious, but great, statement that he was looking for
WWII landmines while he was metal detecting.
Guy will have to display this award in a prominent
place in his home until the next Holiday Party in 2010.
Hopefully, he will be able to pass along this award at
that time to another member. The scoop was donated
by Kevin Reilly of Reilly's Treasured Gold, Inc. in
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!
Stella, Ken and Nick
Stella Wheatley – 1st Place: Boston Cream Pie
Ken Lubinski – 2nd Place: Chocolate Pudding with
Nick Mosca – 3
Place – Strawberry Cheesecake
The winner received the Golden Whisk Award, a chef
hat and a certificate. Second and Third place winners
received a certificate and chef hat.
Thanks go to everyone who participated in the
2009 Dessert Contest! Members enjoyed sampling
decadent desserts, making it nearly impossible to vote
for just one! The competition was steep with entries
that were all incredibly delicious and impressive! You
all out did yourselves this time and set the bar even
higher for next year!
Nick Mosca, Tessa Durand, Heather McNew,
Ken Lubinski, Stella Wheatley,
Marjorie Hamlin, Gay Konnagan
The Dessert Committee (Mindy Spiroch and Jan
Smirnow) wish to thank those who participated in the
contest. Also thank to Bob Smirnow for construction of
the Golden Whisk Award.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE FOR 2009
The following members had perfect attendance:
Mindy Spiroch, Gary McNew, Heather McNew,
Nikolay Malchev, Jason Petenbrink and Cheryl
Petenbrink. This feat made them eligible for a drawing
for a free entry into the 2010 American Coin Hunt and
Picnic. The lucky winner was Nikolay Malchev.
LOST TREASURE SUBSCRIPTION
Lost Treasure Magazine graciously donated a one-year
subscription to be used as a door prize at our Holiday
Party. The lucky recipient was Nikolay Malchev. With
two active hunters in Malchev family, whoever gets to the
mail box first will lay claims to reading rights of the
Perfect Attendance Winner - Nikolay Malchev
HOLIDAY RAFFLE WINNERS
Let’s give a round of applause to Elayne Lynch for
creating a Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus and a Snowman out of
Readers' Digest magazines, making a Ginger Bread
House, plus decorating three Sand Dollars as tree
ornaments – all to raise money for our club. Thank you,
Elayne, for using your talent and creativity to make these
generous donations to benefit our club!
Ken Lubinski, Jan Smirnow, Cheryl Petenbrink, Betty
Laur, Pete Schneider, Tessa Durand and Ed Weston.
For the 14th consecutive year, GCTC members
demonstrated their commitment to the less fortunate in our
community. During our Holiday Party, members donated
a total of $210 to benefit Home Safe, a haven for abused,
abandoned, and neglected children. A big thank you goes
out to everyone who donated to this important cause especially in this difficult economy!
Throughout the year members also collected and
donated cell phones and ink cartridges to raise money for
the club, as well as hundreds of prescription eyeglasses
and sunglasses for the Lion’s Club of South Florida. These
spectacles will be distributed locally and internationally
for people who cannot afford prescriptive lenses. More
details about how YOUR donations help others will be
provided in future newsletters.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
Edited Letter from Lee Harris, Publisher
I hope you enjoy the Lost Treasure Magazine
subscriptions we donated to your club.
I'm Lee Harris, publisher of Lost Treasure Magazine,
the number one selling treasure publication in the world.
Our Lost Treasure OnLine website was started in 1996;
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A few weeks ago we added Lost Treasure TUBE to
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Flyer will be available at the January Club Meeting