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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.

VOLUME 35 NUMBER 11

NOVEMBER 2010

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. NOVEMBER 11
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Florida
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM

NOVEMBER MEETING
With the price of gold and silver soaring lately, a lot of
folks are eager to get in on the action. Unfortunately,
many unscrupulous scammers want to separate
unsuspecting consumers from their money. Our November
11th meeting will feature a timely presentation by Rechant
Precious Metals: “Buyer (and Seller) Beware! How NOT
to Get Ripped Off When Buying or Selling Precious
Metals.” If you’re even thinking about investing in - or
liquidating - your gold or silver, come and learn how to
avoid being turned into a
turkey this Thanksgiving!
It’s time to start thinking about what dish you’ll bring
to share at the Annual Holiday Party on December 9th.
We’ll have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting.
We thank Mindy and Gary Spiroch who’ll bring
refreshments and Jim Sharp for the mystery item.
JOIN US EARLY AT P.A. BBQ–OUR FAVORITE BBQ JOINT!

Where: Back Room ~ When: 5:15 p.m. ~ Why: Why Not?
Park Avenue BBQ & Grille, 2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida

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NOVEMBER ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Members should have received a reminder email from
Linda Bennett that the Election of Officers will be held
during our November meeting. Volunteers with fresh
ideas are encouraged to run for one of these positions:
president, vice-president, or secretary. The treasurer’s
position is the only elected position that doesn’t need to be
filled. Contact Linda if you’re interested in running for the
board, or want to discuss other volunteer opportunities.

BATTERY CHARGER RAFFLE

There are still chances available to win the “universal
battery charger.” Why throw your money away by buying
new batteries when you can simply recharge them?
Works great on alkaline AND rechargeable NiCad
batteries. Tickets are only $2 each.
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BONUS RAFFLE–SOMETHING WE ALL “KNEAD”
We all LOVE to metal detect, but after a full day - or
even just a few hours - out there swinging, bending, and
digging, many of us end up hunched over in pain.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Licensed Massage Therapist
on call to come to your home to provide a relaxing and
therapeutic hour-long massage? Sharon Cedrone, LMT,
owner of Art of Massage, LLC is donating just such a
service, valued at $100, to the GCTC to help us raise
funds. (Thanks so much, Sharon!) And, yes, she does
make house calls! (Or spa appointments, if preferred.)
Raffle tickets will be available for only $1 each during
the November and December meetings, and the drawing
will take place during our December 9th Holiday Party.
What a great gift this would be for yourself or loved one!
http://artofmassagebysharon.com/ (FL Lic. # MA 40102)
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NOVEMBER CLUB HUNT
Save the date: Sunday, November 14
Details will be available at the November club meeting.
TREASURER’S REPORT (as of 10.19.10) $1,933

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
Eddie D'Amato
561-351-6172
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
561-290-5112
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: Heather McNew
Prize Coordinator: Jan Smirnow
Membership: Jim Sharp
Website Administrator: John Lobota
Newsletter Editor: Stacey deLucia
Email: gctreasureclub@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.apex-ephemera.com/gctc/

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:
www.rtgstore.com.
ED WESTON – WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-301-9062.
TOM LIEBERMAN – Ready to serve your real
estate
needs.
Call
561-852-7409;
e-mail:
telieberman@aol.com.
JAN SMIRNOW – FOR SALE: White's Prizm V
$300; Shadow V with 3 coils $500. Call 735-8921 and
leave message.
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.
STACEY deLUCIA – FOR SALE – THE
HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! Handcrafted custommade-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 samples of my work? Call 561-6872310 or e-mail sdeLuc823@aol.com.
ED D’AMATO – WANTED: Your silver coins and
bars. Call Ed D’Amato at 561-351-6172 or e-mail:
topdawgtrhunter@att.net.
ED D’AMATO – FOR SALE – PRICE REDUCED!
The Kingdom Slot Machine with tokens. Pays out! $450
new. Will sacrifice for $300. Call Ed at 561-351-6172.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV– FOR SALE: Introducing
Team OrcaSound Headphones specifically designed for
water hunters. For info, e-mail: orcasound@live.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.

OCTOBER BEST FINDS CONTEST

BEST PLATINUM (JULY-OCTOBER)

(Winners receive a silver quarter and certificate)

(Winner receives silver half dollar and certificate)

BEST GOLD WITH STONES – Stacey deLucia

STACEY deLUCIA – Diamond Ring

(10K White Gold Ring with Diamonds)

BEST GOLD – Paul Hamlin
(18K Gold Ring)

BEST SILVER – Jim Sharp
(Silver Bracelet)

Second Place for Monthly Best Finds
(Runner up receives a silver dime and certificate)

Gold with Stones – Jack Saint (14K Ring)

Gold – No Entry
Silver – Bob Smirnow (Chain with Cross and Medal)

MOST UNUSUAL – Steve Hamedl
(Jewish Star Rock)

Most Unusual – Gary McNew (LED Glasses)

Costume – Gary McNew (Snake Ring)
No Picture Available

COSTUME JEWELRY – Stacey deLucia

Coin – Jim Sharp (Chile 100 Peso)

(Gem Encrusted Giraffe Bracelet)

OCTOBER MONTHLY BEST FINDS WINNERS
BEST COIN – Steve Hamedl
(Ukraine Coin)

Steve Hamedl, Stacey deLucia (in costume),
Jim Sharp, Paul Hamlin (in costume)

OCTOBER MEETING – HALLOWEEN BASH

If you missed our October meeting, you missed A LOT
of fun! As 30 attendees approached the club house, they
were greeted by a sinister creature rising up out of a
“grave yard,” cobwebs, and other spooky decorations.
Once inside, they were greeted by pirates, metal detecting
monsters, gangsters, ugly old maids, the Great Pumpkin,
and a whole cast of other ghouls and characters.
Our program for the evening, in keeping with the
Halloween theme, was “Tales from the Crypt.” With
lights turned low, members shared scary stories related to
their treasure hunting adventures. Ed D’Amato, dressed
as dashing pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, told of metal
detecting on Juno Beach late one evening under a full
moon when he and a friend saw a circle of women
chanting around a glowing object - a cauldron, perhaps?
Ed cracked: “Are you looking for a sacrifice?” The
women, who apparently took that as an open invitation,
proceeded menacingly toward Ed and his friend, who both
took off running! Other spooky tales were shared. Jim
Sharp found a Voodoo jar buried beneath an old tree, and
Linda Bennett told of a mischievous little girl ghost who
haunts the pediatric wing of the hospital where she works.
Congrats to Ed D’Amato (pirate) and Jan Smirnow
(pumpkin) who TIED for First Place in the Costume
Contest and to Tessa Durand (pirate) for Second Place.
As the party came to an end, president Mindy Spiroch
thanked Stacey deLucia, Jan Smirnow and Ed D’Amato
for bringing the refreshments. Mindy and Gary Spiroch
brought the mystery item this month – a radio antenna.
Gary McNew won – he had the top to one. WTG Gary!

ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
DOOR PRIZES
“And the Winners Are…”
Carmelo Basilico – Reading Light
Carmelo Basilico – Silver Dime
Carmelo Basilico – Headlight
Marilyn Batts – Kellyco Hat
Les Batts – Headlight
Paul Hamlin – Estee Lauder White Linen Perfume Spray
Ron Ketelaar –Navy Cooler
Tim Mooney – Kellyco Towel
Tim Mooney – GCTC Logo Glass Jar
Nick Mosca – Sea Beans Book
Allen Schwartz – Pumpkin Bowl
Jim Sharp – Book: “The World of the Relic Hunter”
Jim Sharp – Plastic Baggies
Wayne Stephens – Patio Fish Ashtray

We thank the following generous donors:
Kellyco Metal Detector Superstore of Winter Park, FL;
Paul Hamlin and Seashore Gifts of Lantana, FL; Nick
Mosca; Jim Sharp; Elayne Lynch; and Jan Smirnow.
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October birthday celebrants Gail Hoskins, Ed
Mitchell, Nick Mosca, and Jan and Bob Smirnow each
received a birthday dollar at the meeting.

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY TO:
Extra Special Thanks go to:
Ed D’Amato, Linda Bennett, Jan Smirnow, Heather McNew,
Elayne Lynch, and Mindy Spiroch for pitching in and decorating.

50/50 DRAWING
New member Timothy Mooney was the lucky 50/50
winner! He won a whopping $31.50! Congrats, Tim!

Leslie Batts (11/27)
Linda Bowen (11/5)
Gay Konnagan (11/14)
Tom Lieberman (11/8)
Frank Nash (11/14)
If your birthday is not listed, and it should be, or if it is listed
incorrectly, please contact Jan Smirnow with corrections.

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Positive Thoughts & Prayers Requested
2010 MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

The directory is for the personal use of members only.
Please make these updates to your copy of the club
directory, and notify Jan Smirnow (jbsmirnow@att.net)
about any necessary changes, errors or omissions.
REVISIONS:
Gary McNew: Gmcnew350@comcast.net
Ed D’Amato: topdawgtrhunter@att.net
561-351-6172

Several of our fellow club members have been facing
illnesses, health challenges and surgeries in recent months.
We wish each of them a speedy recovery and hope to see
them again in the near future. GET WELL SOON!

Joe & Joanne Keeley, Betty Laur,
Frank Nash, Jason Petenbrink,
Jim Smith, Willie Ray

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. The actions of each of our “Ambassadors
of Good Will” enhance the public’s perception of our hobby!
Way to go, gang! You make us PROUD!

REPEAT AMBASSADORS
Returns Recognized at October Meeting

AMERICAN DIGGER MAGAZINE
“Dear members of the Gold Coast Treasure Club:
American Digger, created for detectorists and collectors,
has been in publication for almost seven years. Each issue
contains illustrated articles on the recovery of a wide variety
of excavated items. These include, just in part, military
relics, coins, fossils, antique bottles, and Native American
artifacts. If it can be dug from the ground or recovered
from the water, we like to write about it. I've attached a link
to American Digger's website, which provides more
detailed information on this bi-monthly publication.
Also, please let your members know that American
Digger is always interested in receiving story submissions
concerning metal detecting adventures.
Thank you very much for your time, and happy hunting.”
Bob Roach www.americandigger.com
A complimentary copy of the magazine was sent to the club.
It is available for viewing at the club meetings along with
subscription forms.

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Congratulations to Tom Dankowski

Paul Hamlin
Returned Watch

Jim Sharp
Returned 3 Rings

Paul Hamlin – Returned an 18K diver’s watch that was
lost in the water. This was the second different dive watch
that this individual had lost. A tip from Paul – never wear a
watch in the water that has a Velcro band!
Jim Sharp – Returned a wedding band on August 22 to
Maralee Gardner who had lost her ring on the beach.
He also returned a wedding ring and engagement ring on
September 4 to Caryn Slaysky.

A popular speaker at various metal detecting clubs and
events has a new addition to the family. Tom and wife May
welcome their second child, Maylyn.
Tom has a vast wealth of knowledge in all areas of
metal detecting, especially when it comes to instruction on
how to use your machine. His latest DVD, “Metal
Detecting, Real World Techniques, Inland Coin and Relic
Hunting,” is available for purchase.
Check out his website for valuable information:
www.dankowskidetectors.com/
It has been too many years since we’ve had Tom as a
speaker. Hopefully the club can persuade him to free up
some time from his busy schedule in 2011.

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NOVEMBER CLUB HUNT

TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2010

Details on a club hunt will be discussed at the next
meeting. A hunt is scheduled for Sunday, November 14. If
you can’t attend the meeting, give Linda a call.

DOLLAR AMOUNT: $2,285.43
PLATINUM: 4
GOLD: 137
SILVER: 177

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FOREIGN COINS

As of October

THANK YOU, GENEROUS DONORS!
The club thanks Wayne Stephens for his donation of a
metal detector bag, Jim Sharp for his donation of a prize
used in the Halloween Costume Contest, and Les Batts for
donating items to be used for future door prizes and club
hunt prizes.

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED!

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 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!

OCTOBER CLUB HUNT
Jim Sharp and Paul Hamlin, the designated hunt
masters for the October club hunt in Jupiter, arrived early
on Sunday, October 17. Not early enough to claim our
usual spot on the beach, but still early enough to snag the
second best spot. Jim had collected items during the past
year to plant and that was enough to keep the twelve
hunters busy for the hour long hunt. Allen Schwartz
hunted for the first time with a metal detector loaned by
Bob and Jan Smirnow.
Members were glad to see Betty Laur out and about.
She hasn’t healed enough from her surgeries to swing a
detector yet, but she was able to relax and visit with the
other 15 members who attended. Supportive hubby that he
is, Jerry opted to keep Betty company during the hunt,
rather than participate in the competition.
Prior to the hunt, six early birds met for breakfast at
Cracker Barrel.

Elayne Lynch, Carmelo Basilico with Host
Hunt Masters Paul Hamlin and Jim Sharp

Prize Winners
Linda Bennett (3)
Kathy Ayon (3)
Jack Saint (2)
Mindy Spiroch (2)
Tim Mooney (1)
Les Batts (1)
Jan Smirnow (1)
Elayne Lynch (1)
Alan Schwartz (1)

Carmelo Basilico

Les Batts

Consolation prizes were given to those who didn’t find
tokens.

Bob Smirnow

Tim Mooney

Linda Bennett

Pictures by Jim Sharp and Linda Bennett

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Allen Schwartz, Jan Smirnow

Jack Saint

Mindy Spiroch, Kathy Ayon, Betty and Jerry Laur
(Not shown: Stacey deLucia)

COIN CACHE
After eight months of searching, the coin cache
remains undiscovered. It is officially the longest and
most frustrating hunt in club history! Time will tell –
has the cache been uncovered by a non-member, or
does it still lie where it was buried by Irving Smith?
Irving will be back down south in November and his
first order of business will be to check out the site.
Extra clues have been given out at past club
meetings. If any club member would like to attempt
to locate the coins, just call Linda for clues.

GARY McNEW'S TIP OF THE MONTH
“Summer Beach…Winter Beach”
What is the difference between a summer beach and
a winter beach? One of the biggest differences is the
shoreline. During the summer when the water is much
calmer, the tides deposit sand onto the shore and
extend the shoreline out further. But, during the winter
the water is more turbulent and strips a lot of this sand
away. It is now time to change our strategies when we
go to our favorite beach. With the winter season
approaching, you should always take a water machine
with you, if you have one. You never know what
condition the shoreline will be in when you get there.
There have been times I have been totally surprised by
what I saw at the beach. I had looked at the surf reports
and decided not to take a water machine with me
because the surf report was 3 ft. or less, meaning, not
very big waves, only to get there and see this massive
cut in the beach. So, during this time of year be
prepared to change strategies after you get there. You
never know what you will find; it could be a cut or a
deep scallop left as a result of a rip tide. So, grab you
land machine and your water machine when you go out
to your favorite beach this time of year, watch the
shoreline, but most of all - have fun. Thank You.
Gary McNew

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TREASURE HUNTING LINKS
As editor of The Tinfoil Times, I’m always eager to
share with our readers links to interesting videos,
websites, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. that
come to my attention. One such link that’s sure to
inspire any treasure hunter’s imagination about 1715
shipwrecks was recently aired on WPTV Channel 5:
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_st_lucie_count
y/mother-daughter-treasure-hunters-find-gold
We can file that one under “M” for “must be nice!”
The next link, about an amateur UK detectorist, can
be filed under “W” for “why couldn’t that be ME???”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1320789/IronAge-gold-Amateur-treasure-hunter-lands-windfalloutstanding-time-find.html
Have an interesting link you’d like to share?
Treasure hunting-related links to websites, forums,
etc., and even your newsletter suggestions and guest
articles, are welcomed for use when space allows. Send
them to: sdeLuc823@aol.com. Thank you!
Stacey deLucia

GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB

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PLEASE REMEMBER OUR CODE OF ETHICS:

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