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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 35 NUMBER 6
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. JUNE 10
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
Don’t miss our June 10th meeting, because that’s
when you’ll have a chance to meet guest speaker
Margaret “Lady Gold-Diver” Weller, wife and
companion-salvage diver of Robert (Bob/Frogfoot)
Weller. During an informal discussion session,
Margaret will share a wealth of colorful salvage
stories, show photos and artifacts, discuss special
salvage equipment, and answer your questions.
Bob and Margaret met in 1970 while diving on
treasure ships in the Florida Keys. In 1974, the
couple married and moved to Lake Worth, Florida.
They continued salvage diving in the Fort Pierce area
from 1978 until 2003 when Bob became ill.
Bob wrote fascinating books about shipwrecks,
some of which will be available for sale, including:
Famous Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys - $13
Salvaging Spanish Sunken Treasure - $13
True Stories of Sunken Treasures - $12
Shipwrecks Near Wabasso Beach
Galleon Hunt - $15 (will not be reprinted)
Galleon Alley - $20
Books will be available for purchase individually
or in a “six-pack” at the bargain price of $62.25.
Thanks in advance to June’s Mystery Item
volunteer, Gary McNew, and to Steve and Amy
Hamedl, our June refreshments volunteers!
VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
JOIN US EARLY AT P.A. BBQ!
Several of us get together for dinner and a few
laughs in the back room of P.A. BBQ at 5:30 p.m.
before each meeting. Won’t you join us? Dutch treat!
Park Avenue BBQ & Grille
2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
$$$ RTG RAFFLE $$$
It seems that the last ticket has been SOLD.
For what, you ask?
For the $25 Gift Certificate from
Reilly’s Treasured GOLD!
On June 10th the lucky winner will be ANNOUNCED.
Forgot to buy YOUR tickets?
OH NO! Too bad! You really should have POUNCED!
Ben Smith has once again obtained a household
appliance to dismantle - and hide pieces of - for club
members to find. Ben will plant pieces of said
appliance in time for us to commence hunting on
June 19. The member who has recovered the most
pieces of the appliance AND who can also name that
appliance during the July meeting will earn a silver
dollar. The hunt location will be disclosed by e-mail
on June 18. Or you can call Linda for the details.
TREASURER’S REPORT (as of 5.26.10)
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
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
Newsletter Editor: 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
This column is provided, free of charge, as a courtesy to our
club members. The contents of all advertisements are the sole
responsibility of the members placing the ads. The GCTC does
not imply endorsement, approval or warranty of any product
or service advertised here.
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:
ED WESTON – WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-301-9062.
TOM LIEBERMAN – Ready to serve your real
JAN SMIRNOW – FOR SALE: White's Prizm V
$300; Shadow V with 3 coils $500. Call 735-8921 and
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
STACEY deLUCIA – FOR SALE: Handcrafted
custom-made-to-order beaded jewelry featuring your
favorite semi-precious gems or beads. Design your own,
or let me design a one-of-a-kind piece especially for you
or a loved one. Want to see some samples of my work?
Call 561-687-2310 or e-mail sdeLuc823@aol.com.
JACK SAINT – FOR SALE: Bounty Hunter Pioneer
505. Used only once! Reduced: $125-OBO. (Kellyco sale
price is $299.99.) Includes DVD and “Finds Bag.” Call
561-629-2420 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ED D’AMATO – WANTED: Your silver coins and
bars. Call Ed D’Amato at 561-370-3346 or e-mail:
ED D’AMATO – FOR SALE: The Kingdom Slot
Machine with tokens. Pays out! $450 new. Will sacrifice
for $350. Call Ed at 561-370-3346.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV– FOR SALE: Introducing
Team OrcaSound Headphones specifically designed for
water hunters. For info, e-mail: email@example.com see my website: http://www.teamorcasound.com - or
see me at meetings. Introductory price: $170 (GCTC
members and SFTHC members get 10 percent off!)
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 Stacey (sdeLuc823@aol.com) to
place your ad or to remove it once the item is sold.
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
Second Place for Monthly Best Finds
(Winners receive a silver quarter and certificate)
(Runner up receives a silver dime and certificate)
BEST GOLD WITH STONES – Jack Saint
Gold with Stones – Jim Sharp (Ring with Opal)
14 Kt Mexican Earth Ring (Red, White & Green Stones)
Gold – Jason Petenbrink (14 Kt Gold Necklace)
BEST GOLD – Steve Hamedl
14 Kt Gold Ring
Silver – Gary Spiroch (Silver Ring with Coin)
BEST SILVER – Steve Hamedl
Most Unusual – Jack Saint (Brass Spoon)
MOST UNUSUAL – Stacey deLucia
Costume – Jim Sharp (Pendant)
23 Kt Gold Tooth with Star Cut-Out
Coin – Tom Lieberman (1944 Wheatie)
COSTUME JEWELRY – Stacey deLucia
Silver-Tone Flower Ring with Stones
MONTHLY FIRST PLACE WINNERS
BEST COIN – Cheryl Petenbrink
Cheryl Petenbrink, Steve Hamedl,
Jack Saint, Stacey deLucia
Remember: Only current members can participate
in the Monthly Best Finds Contest!!!
Good Will Ambassadors Performing
Random Acts of Kindness
IN MEMORIAM - RAY LEIST
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
rightful owners. WTG to all of our “Ambassadors of Good
Will” for enhancing the public’s perception of our hobby!
Returns Recognized at May Meeting:
Stacey deLucia and Paul Hamlin
Paul returned a set of keys to a tourist from Hawaii
who worried how he’d get home without them.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Ray
Leist, President of the Central Florida Club and a key
organizer of the Great Southern Beach Shootouts in
Daytona Beach, lost his battle with Cancer on June 4,
2010. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have
known Ray will remember his twinkling eyes, his
welcoming smile and his love of Bingo. Our thoughts and
prayers are with his loving wife, Lonna, and their family
during this difficult time. Condolences may be sent to:
204 El Padre
Edgewater, FL 32141
Tom Dankowski DVDs
Stacey found a total of THREE cell phones on ONE
rainy beach day, and she was successful in returning two
of them to their rightful owners. She hasn’t given up yet
on returning the third phone.
2010 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY
The directory is for the personal use of members only.
Names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to be
used only for contact within the club. Please notify Jan
Smirnow (firstname.lastname@example.org) with changes, errors or
omissions. Remember to check your directory for alternate
addresses for snowbirds who flew home for the summer!
Wally Swartz from the Suncoast Research &
Recovery Club wrote to Linda Bennett to get the word
out about Tom Dankowski’s latest DVDs. Go to the
club’s website www.srarc.com and click on the
"Dankowski DVD" button under “Navigator” for more
information. The DVDs are available as a 2 disc set
(topics: relic hunting & beach hunting) for $16.00. If
paying through PayPal, add $3.50 S&H; if paying by
check via mail, add $3.00 S&H.
Wally says that the 2 discs, which total nearly 4 hours
of very interesting viewing time, grew out of presentations
Tom made to his club. Tom is a renowned expert in the
field of metal detecting technology and has been a popular
speaker at GCTC meetings and other clubs and events
throughout the state.
HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Not many members realized that they were addicted to
competition hunts until this spring. Without the Great Southern
Beach Shootout in Daytona Beach many club members suffered
withdrawal symptoms. A search was on to get a fix. Two hunts
were found – one at Fernandina Beach and the other was at
Virginia Beach. The following stories are true and the names
have not been changed to protect those addicted souls.
Historical Recovery Association of N. FL
Low Country Shrimp Boil/Hunt
Betty and Jerry Laur, Karen Larson, Linda Bennett
and Ken Lubinski attended the hunt sponsored by the
Jacksonville club on May 8.
A total of 45 competitors traveled from all parts of
Florida and Georgia to participate in three hunts, plus a
kid’s hunt. The first hunt was a penny hunt. The top five
hunters with the most pennies received prizes. Karen
Larson recovered 58 pennies and placed third, earning her
a silver dollar. The second hunt was the “runway hunt.”
Prior to the third hunt, lunch was served: Low country
shrimp boil, along with hot dogs, chips, dessert and
drinks. The last hunt was the token hunt, which used
small and large keys as the prize tokens. Items planted in
the hunts were old American coins, including silver, clad
coins, and silver jewelry. All five members found keys.
Karen Larson (1) – Silver Dollar
Betty Laur (2) – Pouch with a Bicentennial Coin and
Stamped Envelope; three scratch-off lottery tickets
(one was worth $10)
Jerry Laur (2) – Two Silver Dollars
Ken Lubinski (2) – Mint Nickel and Silver Dollar
Linda Bennett (5) – Silver Dollar; 2001 Silver Mint
Kennedy Half Dollar; 1974 Set of Coins in frame; 1975
Bicentennial Coin with Stamped Envelope; Pouch with
scratch-off lottery tickets and Tesoro Hat
The Fernandina Beach hunt had great food and a large
number of prizes. Amelia Island is a great place to visit
and only a 5 hour drive. Camping is close by at Ft. Clinch
State Park. Motels were reasonably priced. Not much
was found on the beach or in the water. Betty and Linda
did find toe rings.
Thanks to Betty Laur, Karen Larson, Ina Finn and
Linda Bennett for photography submissions for the two
23rd Annual Hunt
Tidewater Coin and Relic Club
Betty and Jerry Laur, Karen Larson and Linda
Bennett traveled to Virginia Beach for three competition
hunts that were held on May 15. Although the dynamic
duo of Larson and Bennett left 1 ½ hours after the Laurs,
they caught up with Jerry and Betty on the side of I-95 due
to a rear tire blowout near Santee, SC. That is were the
four spent the night. Although they all started off together,
Linda and Jerry’s incompatible driving styles didn’t allow
for caravanning. The early arrival of the dynamic duo
allowed for a side trip on the 17 mile section of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel with sightings of Bald
Eagles and their nests.
32 hunters from the states of Maryland, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington
State attended – many having participated in the past.
These hunts were very organized. So many items were
buried that a hunt lasted 25-30 minutes instead of the
typical 5-10 minutes. Buried items consisted of old
American coins, including silver, clad coins and prize
tokens. No one was rude or racing around the field. Each
participant received a ticket which was for drawings for
three metal detectors. Linda, Karen and Betty recovered
four of the 42 prize tokens
Linda (2) – 2010 Red Book of Coins
2001 U.S. Mint State Quarters Proof Set
Betty (1) – President’s Collection Proof Set
Karen (1) – Silver Love Token.
The GCTC thanks Nikolay Malchev for donating
Orcasound Underwater Headphones, which were
presented to the Tidewater Coin & Relic Club to be
used as a hunt prize. The winner of the headsets was
Warren Hooper from Washington State.
Ina Finn, hunt organizer, along with her husband,
joined us for lunch. She was hoping for a poker game
rematch, but our group had learned from her pirate
winning ways from a previous game at the GSBSO.
We had to make sure we had gas money to get back
home. So Ina joined us for metal detecting on the
Vice President Stacey deLucia opened the May 13th
meeting at 7:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and a
warm welcome to 42 members and guests, including past
president Ernie Bouyoucas. We hope to see Ernie more
often now that he’s feeling better!
In order to allow enough time for our presentation,
Stacey ran a quick meeting, then everyone sat back to
enjoy National Geographic’s video “Lost Gold of the Dark
Ages,” about the discovery of the largest Anglo-Saxon
hoard ever unearthed. Special thanks go to Steve Hoskins,
who had the forethought to copy the movie while it was
on television, to Gary McNew for bringing and running
the A/V equipment, and to Nikolay Malchev for fastforwarding the movie through the commercials.
Secretary Jan Smirnow mentioned BJ’s “Operation
Gratitude” for Military Appreciation Month and reminded
everyone about donating eyeglasses, ink cartridges and
pull tabs to benefit various charities. (See below.)
Stacey thanked Bob and Jan Smirnow for providing
refreshments and thanked Cheryl Petenbrink for trying
to stump us with the Mystery Item – a simple octagonal
nut. Stacey had SEVEN identical nuts in her Tall Tales
Display, proving that it pays to bring in ALL your finds
Congrats to Kazhie Zabriskie who won the 50/50
drawing at the May meeting, earning her an easy $44.50!
ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
“And the Winners Are…”
Green & Gold Pouch with
GCTC Pin, Note Pad & Poncho – Ed Mitchell
“Door Angel” Deadbolt Door Guard by LOK-A-BOLT–
Silver Quarter – Tessa Durand
Swift Sliders – Nick Mosca
BBQ Lighter – Lydia Cook
CD Wallet – Ben Smith
Swivel Head Light – Ben Smith
Tape Measure – Ben Smith
Mascara – Tessa Durand
White Linen Perfume – Jan Smirnow
Scratch-off Lottery Ticket – Paul Hamlin
Thank you to the following generous donors:
Nick Mosca: Perfume and Mascara; Elayne Lynch:
Swift Sliders, Lighter, Swivel Head Light, CD
Wallet, and Tape Measure.; Domenic Mucciacciaro
and Stacey deLucia: Door Angel Deadbolt Guard by
LOK-A-BOLT. Inc. - http://www.lokabolt.com/.
A special thank you goes to Kazhie Zabriskie
for helping out with the door prizes!
May birthday celebrants Lydia Cook, Dixie Gamble,
John Lobota, Elayne Lynch, and Kazhie Zabriskie each
received a birthday dollar at the meeting.
You know the feeling - your detector makes a “perfect
low gold sound.” You’re excited as you dig, knowing that
this is going to be “THE” find. Then you see it in your
scoop. Nope! It’s just another pull tab! Well, don’t throw
it out in disgust. SAVE it. In fact, save them ALL and
bring them to Jan Smirnow, who is collecting them for
the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Do you think we
can collect as many pull tabs as shown in this photo that
Betty Laur took while she was in Virginia Beach???
SAVE FLORIDA’S BEACHES!
The toxic sludge that is killing marine life, destroying
marshes and nesting sites, and ruining countless lives in
the Gulf hasn’t made its way to our coast yet, but when it
does, let’s be ready! Stacey deLucia wants to coordinate a
GCTC Community Service Project to clean litter from
local beaches BEFORE BP’s oil comes ashore. Let’s save
our State – our pristine beaches AND our hobby – before
it’s too late! (More details to come.)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Ed D’Amato (6/5)
Scott Doyno (6/1)
Paul Hamlin (6/9)
Kenneth Lubinski (6/14)
Connie MacNomee (6/14)
Karen Schneider (6/3)
Margaret Weller (6/16)
On June 9th & 10th, 2010 the Lion’s Camp for
Handicapped Children in Texas will put those foreign
coins that you donated to good use. Then the coins and the
children will be gone. Please help Linda Bennett collect
foreign coins for next year’s children’s hunt.
GARY McNEW'S TIP OF THE MONTH
BURIED COIN CACHE
“Just a Swinging”
Ok, I have talked a lot about where to hunt, so here
is a tip on how to hunt. Has this ever happened to you?
You get up very early, drive down to your favorite
beach just as the sun is coming up. You grab your gear,
walk onto the beach, only to find another detectorist is
already there. What do you do? I will go ahead and go
onto the beach and will watch the way they swing their
coil. Within a few swings, I’ll know if I want to leave
or stay and continue to hunt, based solely on how they
I know this has been talked about a lot, but it is one
of the most important lessons that can increase, or
decrease, your finds. Your coil should be level with
the ground and just high enough to prevent dragging it.
Make your swing as far as you can reach from side to
side. Most people will set the length of the shaft so that
the coil is placed just in front of them. Try extending
your shaft out as far as it will go. This will give you
even more reach on your sides. Your swing should be
so natural that you will swing properly, even when you
are not paying attention. If you develop your swing
like this, then your eyes will be free to look around you
in places that are out of range of your coil.
So how can you improve your swing? Try this:
When your favorite TV show is on, get your detector,
stand in the middle of the room and practice your
swing. When a commercial comes on, look at where
your coil is. Is it level? Is it close to the floor? Are you
swinging as far as you can reach to the left and right?
If not, make the corrections. Soon it will become such
a habit that you will swing properly without even
thinking of it. Your detector will become a natural
extension of your arm.
So grab your machine, get to your favorite beach,
and if someone is already there, watch them. If they are
swinging their coil with high, short arcs, like I have
seen so many people do, then I guarantee you, they are
leaving more then they are finding. So, go ahead and
hunt. But most of all have fun.
“THE TREASURE HUNTER’S HANDBOOK”
Pick up your copy of “The Treasure Hunter’s
Handbook…Your Roadmap to Success” by Andy
Sabisch. For each book purchased by a club member
through http://www.SabischBooks.com, $5.00 will be
donated to the Gold Coast Treasure Club! When you
order, enter our club’s name in the field under “Name
or Inscription to Add.” It’s that simple! This book is
packed with great info for the treasure hunter. Why not
order several for the hunters on your gift list?
Burial of cache and the clues are provided by Irving
Smith. If found by a club member, that person will receive a
$25 prize AND earn the right to bury the next cache! Good
luck everyone! Start digging! Please fill all holes!
Corrections and/or suggestions
are welcomed by the newsletter editor
Take Southern off Rte 95.
It will be about 2 miles+ when you arrive.
Search to the west
and hope for the best.
The signal it gave me was very fickle
So I capped off with a nickel
After checking the new signal several times
I swapped the nickel for two dimes.
5 large live Oaks
Line the trail
If you have high expectations
You might not fail.
If you really want a thrill
Swing the thing
On the morning
Side of the hill
A red headed sprinkler
Marks a spot
Go 12’2” north west and
Probe a lot
A shady area will help
After you pass this final
Item buried is a small vitamin container 2 3/4" long and
1 1/2 " in diameter. It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR CODE OF ETHICS:
HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
C/O GAIL HOSKINS
206 RUSSELL DRIVE
LAKE WORTH, FL
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June 10: Club Meeting – Margaret Weller - Shipwreck Treasure
June 19: Independent Hunt Planted by Ben Smith (Details by e-mail on June 18)
March 12, 2011: TCAS Hunt - Save the Date!!!
Thanks to the following contributors:
Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia, Steve Hoskins, Betty Laur,
Gary McNew, Jan Smirnow, Irving Smith
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