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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 35 NUMBER 5
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. MAY 13
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
MAY 2010 MEETING
Join us on May 13th for an exciting video presentation
that is sure to inspire dreams of discovering untold riches.
If you missed “Lost Gold of the Dark Ages” on TV
recently, this is your chance to enjoy a movie that will
make you drool. The video shares the story about a man in
Europe who acquired a used metal detector and set out as
a beginning hobbyist. The fledgling detectorist had a
friend who owned a farm, so he asked for permission to
hunt the grounds. His friend said “sure,” but wasn’t very
encouraging, since the land had been hunted many times
by other hunters with no success. The hobbyist was
undeterred, and after the two verbally agreed to share
finds 50/50, the man began his hunt. Can you guess the
rest? This lucky son-of-a-gun unearthed the oldest and
most valuable Anglo-Saxon hoard ever discovered – gold
treasures worth several MILLION dollars and of
tremendous historical significance!
Thanks in advance to May’s Mystery Prize volunteer,
Cheryl Petenbrink and to Bob and Jan Smirnow who
have volunteered to provide refreshments.
RTG RAFFLE GOING FAST!
Chances are running out for the $25 Gift Certificate to
Reilly’s Treasured Gold. See Heather McNew at the May
meeting for your tickets. Cost: $1 each, or six for $5.
As of the printing of the newsletter, a May hunt had yet
to be organized. Hunt Master Linda Bennett encourages
any ideas or volunteers willing to host hunts to call her.
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
VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
TREASURER’S REPORT (as of 4.20.10)
Congratulations to our very own “Cover Girl,” Betty
Laur, who was featured in the April 2010 edition of
“Tequesta Magazine!” Her beautiful painting, “Under the
Coconut Tree,” was featured on the cover and there was a
nice article about her on page two. Betty is known for her
tropical Florida oil paintings. Visit www.bettylaur.com
to see more wonderful works of art! WTG, Betty!!!
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
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
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
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! Asking $150 - OBO. (Kellyco sale
price is $299.99.) Includes DVD and “Finds Bag.” Call
561-629-2420 or e-mail email@example.com.
ED D’AMATO – FOR SALE: The Kingdom Slot
Machine with tokens. Pays out! $450 new. Will sacrifice
for $350. Call Ed D’Amato at 561-370-3346.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV– FOR SALE: Introducing
Team OrcaSound Headphones for water hunters. For
info, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or see me at meetings.
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 – Gary McNew
10 Kt Grey Gold Ring with Black & White Diamonds
Gold with Stones – Stacey deLucia
(10 Kt Ring with Diamonds)
BEST GOLD – Gary Spiroch
YOUR GOLD COULD HAVE BEEN HERE!
18 Kt Gold Wrapped Silver Wedding Band
BEST SILVER – Jack Petenbrink
Gold – No Runner Up
Silver – Gary Spiroch (Silver Bracelet, Blue Stones)
Most Unusual – Stacey deLucia (Toilet Bowl Car)
Bracelet with Green Stone
MOST UNUSUAL – Mindy Spiroch
Costume – Mindy Spiroch (Flashing Ring)
Blown Glass Pipe
COSTUME JEWELRY – Gary McNew
Coin – Gary Spiroch (1950 Silver Quarter)
Gold-Tone Ring with Big Red Stone
MONTHLY FIRST PLACE WINNERS
BEST COIN – Irving Smith
1939 Silver Dime
Remember: Only current members can participate
in the Monthly Best Finds Contest!!!
Irving Smith, Mindy Spiroch, Jack Petenbrink,
Gary Spiroch, Gary McNew
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
rightful owners. WTG to all of our “Ambassadors of Good
Will” for enhancing the public’s perception of our hobby!
Level 1: Certificate & Indian Head Penny
Level 2: Certificate & Silver Dime
Level 3: Certificate & Silver Quarter
Level 4: Certificate & Silver Half Dollar
Level 5: Certificate & Silver Dollar
Congratulations to Gary McNew, pictured below,
who completed Challenge Level Four. WTG, Gary!
Returns Recognized at April Meeting:
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 add the following to
your copy of the club directory and notify Jan Smirnow
(email@example.com) with changes, errors or omissions.
Jim Sharp and Gary McNew
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
John, Elise & Scott Doyno
12524 Shoreline Drive, Unit 405
Wellington, Florida 33414
Jim Returned a Driver’s License to a Grateful Dad
Jim Sharp returned a Driver's License that he found at
Delray Beach to the father of a son who had just moved
down here and who had stood in line at the DMV for three
hours to get it! Jim, always an Ambassador, gave the
father one of our club’s cards. The grateful dad thanked
Jim and offered a reward, but Jim respectfully refused.
Gary Made Three Returns this Month!
A Metal Pétanque (Similar to Bocce) Ball
to a Group of Canadian Players
A Blackberry Phone
Willie & Judi Ray
815 N Golf Drive
Hollywood, FL 33021
Remember to check your directory for alternate
addresses when our snowbirds go home for the summer!
PRAYERS & WELL WISHES REQUESTED
Most club members know Ray and Lonna Leist from
hunts with the Central Florida Club and the Great
Southern Beach Shootout. We were sad to hear that our
friend, Ray, is fighting cancer. After an aggressive round
of Chemo, prayers are still needed. We’ll have a card for
members to sign at the meeting. Your cards wishing him
well are also welcome. Send them to:
Ray and Lonna Leist
204 El Padre
Edgewater, FL 32141
President Mindy Spiroch welcomed members and
guests to the April 8th meeting, including John and Elise
Doyno of Wellington, who joined during the meeting.
Welcome to the entire Doyno family!
Jim Sharp, with an assist by Nick Mosca, presented a
great program: “How to sell your gold and not get ripped
off.” Club members learned many important pointers,
such as, sometimes it’s better to sell your gold jewelry as
just that – gold jewelry – NOT as scrap. Depending on the
item, you could get much more money for it that way. If
you’re not sure what your piece is worth, have it
appraised! When selling scrap gold, be sure to separate it
by category (e.g. 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, etc.). Before you head
out to sell your gold, it’s vital that you understand the
difference between DWT and TROY ounces, weigh it, and
know the price of gold for the day you are selling so you
don’t get ripped off. Expect the buyer to take 10 to 20
percent of the value when you sell, as they are in business
to make a profit. Members were given ideas of where they
could sell their scrap gold. Some favorite buyers
mentioned by club members who sell their finds include
fellow member Nick Mosca, Rechant’s Precious Metals at
the corner of Forest Hill and Congress, and Midwest
Refineries. Handouts were passed around that listed these
and other options for those who wish to sell. Additional
information listed on the sheets included a variety of
useful websites and various jewelry markings. If you
missed your copies, ask Jim or Nick at the next meeting.
Stacey deLucia encouraged members to send her
pictures and info about any returns they’ve made, relevant
websites they enjoy, or treasure hunting articles that
members may find of interest. As space allows, your ideas
may be published in a future edition of the Tinfoil Times.
Stacey also encouraged everyone to continue to bring in
prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, which the club
donates to the Lion’s Club. Jan Smirnow mentioned that
she is still collecting cell phones and ink cartridges.
Mindy thanked Marilyn and Irving Smith for
providing refreshments and Stacey deLucia for bringing
the Mystery Item. Stacey stumped everyone for the second
month in a row, this time with a small toy skate.
ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
“And the Winners Are…”
Leather Belt Hook and Plastic Digger – Nick Mosca
Metal Scoop – Mindy Spiroch
Columbia Brand Hat – Bob Dobski
Book: “Coin Hunting in Depth” written by Dick Stout &
Kellyco Towel – Tessa Durand
Cap Light – Bob Dobski
Silver Quarter – Tessa Durand
Estée Lauder Perfume – Ed Morin
Starbucks Espresso – Gary McNew
LOK-A-BOLT Deadbolt Door Guard – Gary McNew
Jar with GCTC Patch – Gary McNew
Basket, Towel, Pot Holder & Cloth – Karen Larson
Coffee Coupon good for 1 lb – Linda Bennett
Coffee Coupons (2) good for 1 lb each – Gary McNew
Yellow Scoop – Irving Smith
Thank you to the following generous donors:
Linda Bennett: Leather Belt Hook & Plastic Digger;
Nikolay Malchev: Metal Scoop; Paul Hamlin: Cap
Light; Nick Mosca: Perfume & Starbucks Espresso;
Bob Smirnow: Columbia Brand Hat; Jim Sharp: Jar with
GCTC Patch; Cheryl Petenbrink: Basket with Kitchen
Towel, Pot Holder & Wash Cloth; Gary Spiroch: Three
free ($9 value) coffee coupons; Irving Smith: Yellow
Scoop; Domenic Mucciacciaro: LOK-A-BOLT
Deadbolt Door Guard - http://www.lokabolt.com/.
April birthday celebrant Karen Larson received a
birthday dollar at the meeting. Happy Birthday, Karen!
Ed Morin won the 50/50 drawing during the April
meeting, earning him an easy $44! Congratulations, Ed!
TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2010
As of April:
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $1,005.64
ON THE MEND
Gail Hoskins is getting stronger every day, following
surgery. We hope to see her soon at a GCTC meeting!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Trent Bowen (5/8)
Lydia Cook (5/1)
Barbara Dobski (5/13)
Dixie Gamble (5/15)
Mark Laur (5/22)
John Lobota (5/14)
Maryanne Lubinski (5/31)
Elayne N. Lynch (5/8)
Ed Morin (5/17)
Allen S. Schwartz (5/21)
Nancy Stephens (5/27)
Kazhie Zabriskie (5/27)
CAMP OKLAWAHA BOY SCOUT CAMP HUNT
Seven club members and four invited guests from the
TCAS club (Mitch King, Skip Wagner, Richard and
Toni Hart) spent Sunday, April 11, metal detecting and
collecting trash as a service project for the Gulf Stream
Boy Scout Council. One brave soul from GCTC, Gary
McNew, hunted the swimming hole, unfortunately
without much success. Members searched for a recently
lost watch and camera, also without success.
Old coins were scarce, but a few were coaxed out of
the ground. Three people found Wheaties: Karen Larson
(1954); Irving Smith (1955); and Eddie D’Amato
(1944). Mitch King of TCAS led the pack in clad coins
found, with Irving Smith following close behind. No
jewelry was found, but Boy Scout items were found by
Irving Smith (4); Mitch King (3); Linda Bennett (2);
Karen Larson (1); and Toni Hart (1). Three of the Boy
Scout items that Irving Smith found were brand new, so
he gave them to the Camp Ranger for future use. Also
returned to the Ranger for future use were tent stakes that
were still in good condition. (Boy Scouts aren’t the only
ones who do good deeds!)
With the Gulf Stream Boy Scout Council in financial
straits and laying off employees in the past few weeks, the
GCTC offered to pay a day fee that is normally waived for
our service project.
Karen Larson and Gary McNew
Real or not?
Tessa Durand, Eddie D’Amato, Karen Larson, Irving Smith
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 year round project that brings joy to children as they learn
how to detect, despite their challenges. If you have coins
to donate, please see Linda Bennett, who will make
sure your donation goes to the right place. YOU can be
a hero to a child in need! Thanks to Jim Smith for his
donation of foreign coins.
E-MAIL UPDATE FROM KEITH WILLS
“For some 13 to 14 years now we have annually
helped many handicapped children learn the pastime of
metal detecting for treasure. Even with their problems, we
can show them how they can still have an outdoor hobby
they can do and enjoy. This year's dates are: June 9th &
10th, 2010, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 8:00
AM. On the 8th a number of us will arrive to install new
batteries and set up tables, etc. to get ready for the 200
kids we'll work with for the next two days.
Before I go any further, let me say this: ‘Everyone is
Invited to Come and Help Us.’ If you can only help one
day, that is great, too. The Lion’s Camp for Handicapped
Children in Kerrville, TX really enjoys us donating our
time and knowledge to these kids and one look at the faces
of these kids and you know they are extremely happy to
see us as well. Not only will the kids learn how to enjoy
metal detecting for treasures, but they will discover that
there is an outdoor hobby they can enjoy even if they are
in a wheelchair, deaf or blind. These children are our
future and their learning the hobby could someday change
it for us all.
Lastly, we need helpers/workers and we 'need Foreign
Coins’ to hide for the kids. This has become an activity for
all campers who visit the camp each year, thus the very
reason why we also teach all the counselors as we are
teaching the kids, so they can continue the activity with
the foreign coins we leave with them and the dozen
detectors that were donated to the camp. Each child will
go home with a handful of foreign coins they found with
the use of a metal detector. Please help this activity for
these kids stay alive by donating your foreign coins, or
you can buy them by the pound at coins shops fairly
If you need any more information or wish to donate
foreign coins, please contact me.
Thank you very much, Keith Wills”
1495 FM 49
Gilmer, TX. 75644
Just some of the trash recovered
If you care about the future of our hobby,
check out: www.wwats.org.
GARY McNEW'S TIP OF THE MONTH
“Watch for the Indicators”
Every time we go to the beach, we can’t help but
wonder how many people have been there, where they
were sitting, and what goodies they dropped for us to
find. There are a few things I look for when I go to the
beach. First thing is those dreaded pull tabs and bottle
caps. Yes, they’re a nuisance, but they can be a great
indicator, as well. If you’re finding them all over the
place, that usually indicates that a lot of people were at
the beach recently. Another indicator I look for is the
amount of trash - not just on the surface, but more so
what is buried. If I dig up a pile of trash, I will work a
spiral pattern around it for about 20 feet. A pile of trash
like that usually indicates that a “group” of people was
in that area. Another indicator of where people were
sitting is bird tracks. Yes, I said bird tracks! Seagulls
are accustomed to being fed by beachgoers, and
sometimes when people leave, they dump food scraps.
Birds collect in that area, leaving tracks everywhere as
they wrestle over every morsel of food.
It’s unfortunate that we live in such a throw away
society. But we do, so make use of it. If you’re not
finding pull tabs, bottle caps, and trash, then not many
people have been there. Pay attention to how many you
find in different areas, slow down and spend more time
around these indicators. So grab your machine, go out
to your favorite beach, and watch not only for the good
stuff, but also these indicators. Most of all - have fun!
BURIED COIN CACHE
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
Item buried is a small vitamin container 2 3/4" long and
1 1/2 " in diameter. It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.
“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?
For an interesting article, pick up the April 2010
edition of Western & Eastern Treasures Magazine. In
it, author Mark Schuessler discusses his memories of
a unique – and somewhat spooky – hunt he
experienced in Voodoo Park with the late Kevin
Reilly. It’s a nice tribute to Kevin, who was a GCTC
member and owner of Reilly’s Treasured Gold in
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!
PLEASE REMEMBER OUR CODE OF ETHICS:
HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
“WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FINDS CONTEST”
In August, members will be encouraged to submit
creative entries made out of items found while
detecting. Silver prizes will be awarded in three
categories: Most Creative, Best Display and Most
Unusual. Participants are not limited to the number of
entries that they can submit and everyone is
encouraged to “think outside the box” and join in the
fun. Tick…Tock….Have you started your project yet?
Corrections and/or suggestions
are welcomed by the newsletter editor
C/O GAIL HOSKINS
206 RUSSELL DRIVE
LAKE WORTH, FL
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May 13: Club Meeting – Treasure Video: “Lost Gold of the Dark Ages”
May 15: Virginia Beach Competition Hunt
May Club Hunt: Not Yet Scheduled – Volunteers are Encouraged to Call Linda Bennett
TCAS Hunt: Save the Date!!! March 12, 2011
Thanks to the following contributors:
Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia, Steve Hoskins, Betty Laur,
Gary McNew, Jan Smirnow, Irving Smith
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