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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 35 NUMBER 8

AUGUST 2010

THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. AUGUST 12
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

AUGUST MEETING
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Our August 12 meeting will feature a presentation by
Joe Kononchik of Reilly’s Treasured Gold. Joe has been
employed by Reilly’s for ten years and has a wealth of
knowledge concerning metal detecting machinery. He will
bring some of the high quality scoops that have made
RTG famous and explain their uses. Be ready with your
questions, as this will be a great opportunity to find out
what the hottest equipment is and why.
Our August meeting is also traditionally our “What to
Do with Your Finds Contest.” See next column for more
information about this not-to-be-missed annual event.
Thanks in advance to August’s Mystery Item
volunteer, Stacey deLucia, and to Heather and Gary
McNew, our August refreshments volunteers!
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. Please join us for good friends & good food!

Park Avenue BBQ & Grille
2401 N. Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
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$ AUGUST RAFFLE: COIN TUMBLER $
There are still a few chances left to win the Coin
Tumbler that Gail and Steve Hoskins donated. For only
$2 per chance, this essential item can be yours! All
proceeds of our raffles benefit the club.
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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FINDS CONTEST
It’s finally here! Every August, this popular contest
encourages our members to show off their creativity
using items they’ve found while metal detecting. Do you
have a unique way to display your finds? Have you
created “masterpieces” using items you’ve “recovered”
during your hunts? If so, we want to see them! In the past,
we’ve seen jewelry, mobiles, paintings, collages, lamps,
paperweights and other assorted oddities made from club
members’ finds. What can you dream up?
Members who wish to enter must bring a new item (or
items) that they created since the last contest. Previous
contest entries will not be eligible for prizes, but feel free
to show them off if you’d like. The three categories will
be Best Display, Best Wearable Item and Most
Creative. Silver prizes will be awarded.
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NO AUGUST CLUB HUNT
Anyone who has stepped outside in the last couple of
months will know why. It’s just TOO DARN HOT!!! If
you do venture out, be sure to bring plenty of water and
stay hydrated. Be safe, not sorry!
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PRAYERS & WELL WISHES REQUESTED
Our dear friend Betty Laur is scheduled to have
surgery for breast cancer on August 16. Betty would
appreciate everyone’s good thoughts and prayers for her
upcoming surgery. Cards and well wishes can be sent to:

VISIT OUR WEBSITE!
http://www.apex-ephemera.com/gctc/

Betty Laur
260 Riverside Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410

TREASURER’S REPORT (as of 7.8.10) $2,234

(Thank you to Jan Smirnow, who will assume the duties
of Door Prize Coordinator going forward.)

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
561-370-3346
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: Betty Laur
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: 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 aquatikrelm@yahoo.com.
ED D’AMATO – WANTED: Your silver coins and
bars. Call Ed D’Amato at 561-370-3346 or e-mail:
topdawgtreasurehunter@comcast.net.
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: 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.

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

BEST GOLD WITH STONES – Jim Sharp

BEST PLATINUM (MAR-JUNE)
(Winner receives silver half dollar and certificate)

BOB SMIRNOW – Wedding Band

(Diamond Ring)

BEST GOLD – Jack Saint
Gold Necklace with Cross

BEST SILVER – Jack Saint

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

Gold with Stones – Stacey deLucia (10 Kt Ring)

Gold – Steve Hamedl (18 Kt Medal)

Silver Necklace with Cross

MOST UNUSUAL – Steve Hamedl

Silver – Gary Spiroch (Silver Ring)

Fishbone

Most Unusual – Jim Sharp (Spike with Coin)

COSTUME JEWELRY – Jim Sharp
Bracelet
Costume – Gary McNew (US Polo Watch)

BEST COIN – Stacey deLucia
Australian 50₵ Coin

Coin – Tom Lieberman (Chinese Coin)

JULY 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 – Steve Hamedl

Gold with Stones – Jack Saint (Diamond Watch)

18 Kt Diamond Ring (53 Diamonds)

Gold – Steve Hamedl (22 Kt Bracelet)

BEST GOLD – Stacey deLucia
10 Kt Gold Bottom Grill (“Ashley”)
Silver – Bo Greenwood (Silver Ring)

BEST SILVER – Steve Hamedl
Tiffany & Co. Earring
Most Unusual – Jim Sharp (Pipe)

Costume – Steve Hamedl (Hair Clip)

MOST UNUSUAL – Stacey deLucia
Circular Jade Stone Embellished with Metal Dragons

Coin – Stacey deLucia (1947 Canadian Penny)

COSTUME JEWELRY – Jan Smirnow
Maurice Lacroix Watch

MONTHLY FIRST PLACE WINNERS

BEST COIN – Jim Sharp
Silver Abe Lincoln Commemorative Coin

Stacey deLucia, Steve Hamedl, Jim Sharp,
Jan Smirnow

Remember: Only current members can participate
in the Monthly Best Finds Contest!!!

CHALLENGE LEVELS
Level 4: Certificate & Silver Half Dollar

Linda Bennett completed Level 4! Congrats, Linda!
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A big thank you goes out to Jim Sharp for his various
donations that Linda will use for future Hunt Master
awards. Donations are always welcomed!

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! Keep up that good Karma, friends!

REPEAT AMBASSADORS
Returns Recognized at June Meeting:

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TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2010
As of July
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $1,614.27
PLATINUM: 3
GOLD: 84
SILVER: 105
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Paul Hamlin
Returned a Cell 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 add the
following to your copy of the club directory and notify Jan
Smirnow (jbsmirnow@att.net) with changes, errors or
omissions.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Drew and Cindy Van Deventer
8250 96th Court South
Boynton Beach, Florida 33437
Tel. No. 561-740-1443
jovandeventer@hotmail.com

Gary McNew
Returned a Cell Phone
Gary McNew – While metal detecting at South Beach,
Gary found a cell phone. Fortunately, he was able to
locate the owner and return it before leaving that day.

PHONE NUMBER CHANGES:
Carol Presslein: 561-818-6358
John Presslein: 561-385-1824

EMAIL ADDRESS UPDATES:
Jack Saint: aquatikrelm@yahoo.com
Phil Hujar: Verphi5@gmail.com
Jim Smith: jiminy1420@centurylink.net

Another Happy Return!

JUNE MEETING
President Mindy Spiroch welcomed 44 members and
guests to the June 10th meeting, where Margaret “Lady
Gold-Diver” Weller treated the audience to amazing but
true stories about her colorful life treasure hunting with
her husband and dive partner Robert (Bob/Frogfoot)
Weller. Together, over the course of more than three
decades, they recovered priceless gold and silver coins
and artifacts, as well as countless pieces of olive jars, bits
of china and even Emeralds. Margaret brought an
assortment of artifacts and explained what made them
desirable. Everyone’s jaws dropped when she held up an
11 foot long “money chain” made of 23 karat gold.

Margaret Weller unveils an 11 ft. gold “money chain”

ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
DOOR PRIZES
“And the Winners Are…”
Jan Smirnow – Art print by artist Betty Laur
Amy Hamedl – A Lok-A-Bolt
Stacey deLucia – Minelab Hat
Nick Mosca – Cap Light
Linda Bennett – Minelab Digger
Elayne Lynch – Silver Dime
Mindy Spiroch – BBQ Set
Jan Smirnow – Lip Pencil
Elayne Lynch – Bottle of Perfume
Jan Smirnow – Bottle of Perfume
Jerry Laur – Lottery ticket
Amy Hamedl – Lottery ticket
Tom Lieberman – Lottery ticket
Amy Hamedl – “Gold” one dollar coin
Thank you to the following generous donors:
Betty Laur: Art print created and donated by Betty;
Ed D’Amato: “Gold” one dollar coin; Nick Mosca: Lip
pencil, Bottles of perfume; Elayne Lynch: Lottery tickets,
BBQ set; Paul Hamlin: cap light; Minelab: Minelab hat
and digger; Domenic Mucciacciaro and Stacey deLucia:
Door Angel Deadbolt Guard by LOK-A-BOLT. Inc.
http://www.lokabolt.com/.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
June birthday celebrants Ed D’Amato, Paul Hamlin and
Margaret Weller each received a birthday dollar.

Margaret Weller and Ernie “Seascribe” Richards
Having two treasure salvagers in our midst provided a
fascinating opportunity to learn about history and see
priceless treasures first hand.
Mindy thanked Amy and Steve Hamedl for providing
refreshments (it looked like Amy baked for two days!) and
thanked Gary McNew for stumping us with the Mystery
Item – a “finger board,” which no one had on the table.
Glen and Dixie Gamble won the Reilly’s Treasured Gold
$25 Gift Card. Then, in no time flat, we sold out all the
chances for a new $50 raffle of a Gas Card, which was
won by a very lucky Elayne Lynch.
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JULY BIRTHDAYS WERE RECOGNIZED
IN THE JULY NEWSLETTER
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JUNE MONTHLY BEST FIND WINNERS

50/50 DRAWING
Congratulations to Jerry Laur who won the 50/50
drawing at the June meeting. Jerry pocketed a cool $33!
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Jim Sharp recommends:
http://www.historyofgoldandsilver.org/

Jack Saint, Steve Hamedl, Stacey deLucia,
Jim Sharp and Bob Smirnow

JULY MEETING

Vice President Stacey deLucia opened the July 8th
meeting at with the Pledge of Allegiance and a warm
welcome to members and guests, including Drew and
Cindy Van Deventer, who later joined. Welcome!
The program for the evening was a casual round-table
“Members’ Tips and Tall Tales” discussion. Just about
everyone shared their favorite tips, many of which focused
on how to beat the heat when detecting during the dog
days of summer. Suggestions included using water
misters, hydration packs, gel-filled chilled or frozen
bandana collars, and water hunting. Everyone agreed that
sun protection was important due to skin cancer risks
(don’t forget sunscreen with a high SPF, hats, and cover
ups). Too many members have had skin cancer removals.
There were many other helpful tips. In a surprise move,
Stacey drew from a box full of the names of all who
participated. The winner, Gary McNew, was awarded a
Silver Half Dollar just for participating.
Bo Greenwood had an exceptionally lucky evening!
He won a door prize, was the Best Finds Silver runner up,
won a silver coin for participating in Ben Smith’s
Independent Hunt, a silver quarter for having a belt buckle
in his collection of finds, which was this month’s Mystery
Item, and last, but not least, Bo won $35 playing the 50/50
Raffle! Talk about a lucky guy!
Stacey thanked Linda Bennett for bringing the club
sponsored refreshments (Ice Cream Sundaes!) and for
trying to stump us with the Mystery Item. The meeting
adjourned at 9:29 p.m.
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ELAYNE AND HEATHER’S CORNER
DOOR PRIZES
“And the Winners Are…”
Lok-A-Bolt – Ben Smith
Gold Pan – Tom Lieberman
Cap Light – Tim Mooney
Digger – Amy Hamedl
Swiss Army Knife Clone – Jim Sharp
White’s Insulated Mug, goodies inside – Nick Mosca
Plastic Bags – Jan Smirnow
Plastic Bags – Gary McNew
Lottery Ticket – Paul Hamlin
Lottery Ticket – Amy Hamedl
12-piece precision screwdriver set – Paul Hamlin
Level tool – Linda Bennett
Lottery ticket – Jan Smirnow
Lottery ticket – Stacey deLucia
Thank you to the following generous donors:
Elayne Lynch: Lottery Tickets, 12-piece screwdriver
set, Level tool; Paul Hamlin: Cap light; Nick
Mosca: Plastic bags; Ben Smith: Lottery tickets;
Domenic Mucciacciaro and Stacey deLucia: Door
Angel Deadbolt Guard by LOK-A-BOLT. Inc.
http://www.lokabolt.com/.
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50/50 DRAWING
Congrats to Bo Greenwood who won the 50/50
drawing, earning an easy $35!
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Save ALL your pull tabs 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??? We can try!
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SAVE OUR BEACHES!
Stacey deLucia wants to coordinate a GCTC
Community Service Project to clean litter from local
beaches in either September or October. If you are
interested in helping to keep our local beaches clean, drop
Stacey an email at: sdeLuc823@aol.com and/or sign up at
the next meeting. Details to come.

July birthday celebrants Linda Bennett and Ben
Smith both received a birthday dollar at the meeting.

HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAY TO:
Stacey deLucia (8/23)
Tessa M. Durand (8/8)
Steven Hoskins (8/9)
Philip Hujar (8/5)
Peter Schneider (8/25)
Jim Sharp (8/29)
(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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GARY McNEW'S TIP OF THE MONTH
What is your threshold tolerance?
Most modern day metal detectors have what is
called a threshold tone. Some machines give you the
option of turning it off and hunting in silent, others do
not. I have been hearing mixed comments on likes and
dislikes of a threshold, so I thought I would tell my
story. When I first bought my DFX 2 years ago, I
learned that it had a threshold. My original machine
that I had used for many years did not. I almost didn’t
buy it because I was use to not having one, but I
decided that I would get used to it eventually so I went
ahead and got it. After I used it for a while I began to
understand the purpose of the threshold tone. When
you pass over a metal object that is mostly iron, the
tone goes away. If I pass over a bottle cap, the tone
changes to a broken tone mixed with little chirps of
other tones indicating that there is some degree of a
non-ferrous metal mixed in with the target. So I began
to listen very close to the threshold tone with every
target and would actually play a game sometimes of
“Name the Bottle Cap,” and would try to identify what
type of cap it was by the tones it gave. I memorized
these tones and soon was able to tell the difference
between a bottle cap and something other than a bottle
cap, such as foreign coins. There are a lot of coins from
Canada and Europe that have a high amount of iron in
them and sound very much like bottle caps, but if you
listen close you can hear the difference between them,
thanks to the threshold.
So do I regret getting a machine that has a
threshold? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t know how to
hunt without one now. I also have an Excal 1000 that I
use on the surf and in the water, it too has a threshold,
and the same thing applies with it too. So grab your
machine, get out to your favorite beach, and turn that
threshold up to where you can hear it without having to
concentrate to hear it. Have fun and listen to how many
different sound patterns you can identify by the tones
you hear. But most of all have fun.
Gary McNew

BURIED COIN CACHE - $25 REWARD!
FIRST CLUE:
Take Southern off Rte 95.
It will be about 2 miles+ when you arrive.
Search to the west
and hope for the best.
Rhyme Time:
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.
SECOND CLUE:
5 large live Oaks
Line the trail
If you have high expectations
You might not fail.
THIRD CLUE:
If you really want a thrill
Swing the thing
On the morning
Side of the hill
FOURTH CLUE:
A red headed sprinkler
Marks a spot
Go 12’2” north west and
Probe a lot
A shady area will help
You rest
After you pass this final
Test
FIFTH & FINAL CLUE:
Phipps Park is not
Well hidden
Just use these clues
That you’ve been given.
Item buried is a small vitamin container 2 3/4" long and
1 1/2 " in diameter. It is placed in a Ziploc® bag.

P.S. Don’t forget to take plenty of water with you, it
is HOT out here. I take 1 liter water bottles and freeze
them. These will give you cold water for about three
hours. Happy Hunting!

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! GET OUT THERE! Please fill all holes!

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Corrections and/or suggestions
are welcomed by the newsletter editor

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR CODE OF ETHICS:
HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM

Good Hunting! Lost Treasure Online Newsletter 4-20-10

Shown are the recent winners of the Finds of the Month contest for the Gold Coast Treasure Club: Tom Lieberman, Jim Sharp,
Gary McNew, Mindy Spiroch, and Stacey deLucia.

Gold Coast Treasure Club Hunt Master Linda Bennett recently presented the club’s newest annual award, the “Unsung Hero”
Trophy, to Paul Hamlin and Gary McNew in recognition for returning the most number of lost items to their rightful owners.
The impressive trophy, which features the names of all members who returned items during 2009, will be on display during
future meetings. We salute all the Goodwill Ambassadors for their service to others!
All Gold Coast Treasure Club Unsung Heroes 2009
(Numbers indicate items returned to original owners)
Paul Hamlin (4)

Steve Hoskins (1)

Gary McNew (4)

Irving Smith (1)

Jim Sharp (3)

Bob Dobski (1)

Tom Lieberman (3)

Trent Bowen (1)

Frank Nash (2)

Jan Smirnow (1)

Jack Saint (2)
Nikolay Malchev (1)
Gary Spiroch (1)
Pauline Nash (1)


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