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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 32 NUMBER 7
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. JULY12
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
TEST YOUR SKILLS AT THE JULY MEETING
Don’t miss Thursday’s meeting! You will want to bring
your detector (or detectors) to determine which ones have
the best sensitivity, accuracy and pinpointing ease. There
will be stations set up behind the Garden Club where you
can test your knowledge and your skill. Ken Lubinski
will be in charge of the station that will see how well you
can target ID various metal objects. Richard Zabriskie
will test your skills at accurately pin pointing a target.
Linda Bennett will supervise a station that will test your
machine’s target discrimination abilities. These stations
are designed to hone your skills, so come prepared WITH
In case of rain, we will continue our evening of
learning, networking, etc. inside the Garden Club.
Thank you in advance goes out to Linda and Trent
Bowen for volunteering to bring refreshments for our
meeting. Bob Smirnow also deserves a thank you for
volunteering to bring the Mystery Item.
JOIN US FOR SOME PRE-MEETING FUN!
Each month, a group of us gather for dinner at 5:30
p.m. before the meeting. Everyone is welcome! Join us in
the back room of PA BBQ. Dinner is Dutch Treat,
meaning, we each pay our own way. (For directions,
please check a prior newsletter.)
Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Please remember to return any library books or
videos that you checked out last month.
There will NOT be a club hunt in July because it is
TOO DARN HOT. But there will be a scavenger hunt
instead. See the insert for a copy of the items and the
rules. Silver prizes will be awarded at the August meeting.
Ken Lubinski and Betty and Jerry Laur will host a
club hunt on August 12 at Carlin Park. The cost will be
$2/hunter. More details will be in the August newsletter.
Ben Smith and Karen Larson will be hosting the club
hunt in September. The date and details will be announced
in the September newsletter.
Hunt Master Linda is always looking for new ideas
for hunts. If any member would like to host a hunt, give
her a call. She will give you the details.
HUNT MASTER’S EDITORIAL
Many club members have their own special or “secret”
places to metal detect that they like to keep to themselves.
Their time invested in research and actual hunting has
resulted in certain areas that produce consistent finds.
Understandably, they don’t want to tell someone, only to
find that person and others frequenting “their spot.” Some
may not agree, but we ask that you respect the feelings of
those who DO believe in keeping their spots private.
Unwritten treasure hunting etiquette stipulates that you
should not ask the exact area found (i.e. Delray Beach).
Instead, ask was the item found in the water, on the beach
or on land. Do not be disappointed if the individual does
not want to give you a specific area. They are not being
unfriendly. These same members are more than willing to
share general tips on hunting or using a particular metal
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
KEVIN REILLY offers a complete line of new and used
detectors and also scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books.
He also does custom metal working and laser detailing (call
for details). 954-971-6102 or www.rtgstore.com
Has low prices plus 10% discount to members.
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Asst. Huntmaster: Richard Zabriskie
Sales and Raffle Promoter
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Betty Laur
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Membership: John Lobota and Jim Sharp
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
TOM LIEBERMAN: Ready to serve your real estate
needs. Call 561-852-7409 or email: email@example.com
MITZI BERGRUD - Too Expensive living in South
Florida? Gorgeous North Carolina mountain land. Spruce
Pine is the mineral capital with gold prospecting too. Very
private, gentle slope to rolling with a small creek
tremendous mountain views. 3.25 acres for only $75,900.
Email for photos, more information, and driving
directions. Mitzi and Al Bergrud 561-790-3997.
ED WESTON - WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
PAULINE NASH - Farm fresh free ranging eggs for sale
$5 for two dozen. All money goes to Pauline's bank
account for her “Eggucation Fund.” Also available is a
limited supply of fresh organic honey starting at $3 a bottle
to $11 for largest size. Reserve your order for each meeting
by calling 561-743-5248.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV – GREAT MACHINE FOR
SALE: Brand New Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut turn-on-andgo detector with 10" coil. Waterproof to 250 feet!
Saltwater, fresh, or land. Won at Daytona GSBS. Still in
the box. Two year Warranty. Great deal for only $450! Call
Nikolay for details or test run! 561-309-1124.
JERRY LAUR – FOR SALE: Tesoro Cibola, 6
months new, $300. Call Jerry at 561-694-7963.
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted,
free of charge. These items do not have to be related to
metal detecting. Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.
Dues are $30 a year
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5
and $30 if joining between Jan 1st
and the end of June
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
Thanks to the following contributors:
Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia,
Jason Petenbrink, Jan Smirnow
and Ernie Bouyoucas.
GAIL AND BETTY’S CORNER
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
One Troy Oz Silver Round –Ken Lubinski
Head Flashlight – Carl Basilico
Garrett Pouch – Nikolay Malchev
24 Pack AA Batteries – Richard Zabriskie
Lottery Ticket – Jan Smirnow
Visor Headlight – Pauline Nash
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! Thank you for the following
donations: lottery scratch off ticket - Ben Smith;
Head Flashlight by Richard Zabriskie; Visor
headlight and batteries donated by Batteries Plus of
Remember - bring a guest and you receive an extra door
prize ticket; display your monthly finds on the Tall Tales
Table and you receive a door prize ticket; provide
refreshments for the meeting and receive a door prize
ticket; volunteer to bring the mystery item and receive a
door prize ticket - that adds up to four free tickets for the
door prizes drawings!
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
(Winners receive a silver half-dollar and certificate)
BEST GOLD – PAUL HAMLIN
BEST SILVER – PAULINE NASH
MOST UNUSUAL – NIKOLAY MALCHEV
What is a Mystery Item? Each month one club member
volunteers to help stump fellow members with a secret
item that he or she chooses. The volunteer receives a free
door prize ticket for that effort. If one of a member's
displayed finds on the Tall Tales Table matches the
mystery item, that member wins a silver half dollar, so
bring EVERYTHING you find and you might win a prize!
Stacey deLucia stumped the club with a contact lens foil
COSTUME JEWELRY – PAULINE NASH
BEST COIN – PAULINE NASH
Remember - bring all items found. You never know what
will be that month's mystery item!
Carl Basilico won $26 for his share of the
IT PAYS TO PLAY, FOLKS!
And odds are a LOT better than the Florida Lottery!
BEST TOY- TOM LIEBERMAN
JUNE CLUB HUNT
WHO IS THIS DEBONAIR YOUNG MAN?
Sharing good times and good food with fellow club
members always make a successful club hunt even if the
finds are lacking. Seven members shared a hot but fun
day together in Okeechobee. Steve and Gail Hoskins,
Linda Bennett, Karen Larson, Ernie Bouyoucas and
Ben Smith carpooled/caravanned together after breakfast
at Cracker Barrel’s. Wayne Daniels met us at Okee-tantie
Recreation Area after working all night as a paramedic.
The popular recreation/camping area didn’t produce as
much money or jewelry as it has in the past. Anyone
hunting the river banks made sure they didn’t turn their
back to alligators. The last count of large alligators
cruising the river was seven. Lunch was at the Lightsey
Restaurant where Steve’s dad had donated a deer head that
was displayed along with various other animals and fish.
The group moved to a local playground and picnic area
to hunt before hitting the final spot of one of the piers on
Lake Okeechobee. With the lake at a record low, we were
able to hunt under the pier. Coins were frequent along
with keys and other miscellaneous items.
Come to the July meeting and receive a copy of an
article published in 1987 to find out.
Thank you to Jim Sharp for providing the magazine
Our club, along with the South Florida Treasure
Hunter’s club, collects foreign coins throughout the year
to donate towards a summer camp hunt for handicapped
children in Texas.
Keith Wills reports that for the 12th year this event
was held in June at the Texas Lions Camp for
Handicapped Children in Kerrville, Texas. More than 100
kids and 40 counselors were taught how to find treasures
with a metal detector. Thanks to all who made it possible!
Photos by Steve Hoskins and Linda Bennett
HAVE DETECTOR, WILL TRAVEL
Please remember those members who are not able to
metal detect – Don Caplinger, Irving Smith, James
Wilhelm and Dorothy Mills. Calls are always welcome!
Our friend, James Wilhelm, is in Houston, Texas for
continued medical treatment. Keep James in your prayers
during this time and send him a note, as he would love to
hear from you all. (James sends his thanks and misses us!)
Send mail to:
3000 Murworth Drive, Apt. 1809
Houston, TX 77025
Ernie Bouyoucas: I started this trip in Doylestown, PA
(30 miles N of Philadelphia). I only got to hunt my niece's
back yard due to time constraints. I found about 30 cents
in change, including a wheat penny. I also found an old
.50 caliber bullet of unknown origin.
While in Ashburn, VA (a suburb of Washington, DC) I
was shown to the Battle of Dranesville site by Mr. Ron
Zartman, a member of the Northern Virginia Relic
Hunter's Association. I had e-mailed the club prior to my
departure and he was one of a few who responded and
volunteered to take me TH’ing on a Civil War site. Four
hours on the site netted me many modern era cartridge
cases, bullets & shotgun shell casings. I also found a .69
caliber musket ball, a .54 caliber bullet and another
smaller bullet all from the Civil War battle. Gnats, ticks
and barbed wire were also abundant.
This trip was a marked improvement over my January
trip to the same areas when the temperature was 25
degrees and the ground was like concrete. It's tough
enough to dig anyway with its high clay content.
TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2007
AS OF JUNE 2007
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $2790.55
“Look on top of the white boxes on South Beach – I
found a $1.40 in change last time I was there.” Also,
check the beach prints – look for the “butt print” almost
always finds change there.
Paul Hamlin – Anyone using the electrolysis system I
demonstrated last month, please remember to use
LOCKS FOR LOVE
Al Bergrud recently cut his 14 inch pony tail to
donate to Locks of Love. His wife, Mitzi, will miss the
beautiful curly pony tail but she is proud of his dedication
to grow it for children who have developed long-term
medical hair loss. Way to go, Al!
Mission Statement: Locks of Love is a public nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially
disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from longterm medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The prostheses
we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their
confidence, enabling them to face the world and their
For more information on Locks of Love:
Jason Petenbrink - Got up early to hunt a beach “on
the Atlantic Ocean” because the water was dead flat. After
three hours of hunting, he noticed lifeguards waving
everyone from the water. As he made his way to the
beach, a 7 ft shark was cruising between Jason and the
beach. This was a first for Jason, a close up look at a
shark. After the all clear was given, Jason calmly went
back to hunting in the water. Unfortunately no gold was
found, just sharks. Jason shared this information with
Stacey the next day after she had already put in her first
full day of water hunting. Jason didn’t want her to worry
about becoming shark food.
Gary del Rosal – He is a former member that moved
to Alabama. He and his family have been traveling in
Spain, Portugal and Italy for seven weeks. He has kept
me (Linda) updated through emails and pictures of his
trip. Below are photos of a coin found in Sagres, Portugal
while he checking out an old fortress/pousada.
Vice President Stacey deLucia officiated the June
meeting because President Ernie Bouyoucas was out of
town (see “Have Detector, Will Travel”). Five guests and
a new member, Joannie Bracco, were welcomed. Stacey
was successful in selling the Nordic Track that was
donated by Paul Hamlin. $50 was added to the treasury.
Thanks, Paul and Stacey!
Mike McMorrow of the Palm Beach Beach Patrol
gave a talk on beach hazards. He brought informational
pamphlets on Sea Lice and rip currents. Rip currents were
discussed in depth with up-to-date details given about the
problems encountered during this past Memorial Day. He
said the things to remember if you are caught in a rip
current is to not panic, signal with your arm for help and
flow with the current until you do not feel any pull, then
swim back to shore.
For painful Man O’ War stings – use Benadryl and
meat tenderizer. Also, Benadryl will help with Sea Lice.
When you are in the water with Sea Lice present, “wear as
little clothing as possible; the parasite likes tight fitting
places, and one of the life guards I know uses baby oil to
help defray the parasites.”
Mike fielded many questions from the members
regarding sharks, saying “It is more dangerous crossing
the streets.” His presentation related several stories of his
experience as a professional life guard – it was a very
Guests Jason Innes and Jon Consiglio of the
Lantana’s Batteries Plus Store donated a light that
attaches to hat visors and 24 double AA batteries for the
club’s raffle. They spoke to the members about batteries
and a free service they do for rechargeable batteries.
Their equipment can recondition rechargeable batteries in
a three-cycle analysis that takes 24 hours. The process
erases the memory, will take the discharge down far
enough to allow the battery to be recharged to its fullest
potential, and will indicate the retention value of the
battery (i.e. 75% charging retention etc). They further
advised that when using household wireless phones, take
them off the cradle during the daytime, then at night
replace them on the cradle. This will allow the phone to
hold a charge longer. Batteries Plus promised to donate
items on a regular basis, so please be sure to patronize our
sponsor. Batteries Plus is located at 6250 Lantana Road,
Suite 1 (behind the Outback Steak House).
Thanks to Nikolay Malchev for volunteering to
provide the refreshments and to Stacey deLucia for the
Mystery Item. Also thanks to Donna Russo for providing
a contact for our speaker for the August meeting.
If you find a cell phone that is in fair to good condition
but has a dead battery – call Jim Sharp at 561-966-6986.
Jim has all kinds of chargers and will do his best to help
you return the phone.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Certificate presented for returning an item to its
Cheryl Petenbrink – Keys
Bob Smirnow – Cell Phone
Bob Smirnow – Class Ring
Jan Smirnow – Cell Phone
Jan Smirnow – Class Ring
We recognize members who go out of their way to provide
selfless service to our community. Kudos to you for
advancing our hobby by returning items to their owners!
June birthday celebrants Paul Hamlin and Ken
Lubinski received a silver quarter for attending the
meeting during their birthday month. Happy Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Gerard Beaulieu (7/12)
Linda Bennett (7/23)
Janet Felton (7/11)
Betty Laur (7/23)
Tammy Lobota (7/27)
Kevin Reilly (7/19)
Ben Smith (7/5)
Harry Sommers (7/26)
Richard Zabriskie (7/7)
What do the above people have in common? If they come
to the meeting during their birthday month, they each will
receive a gift of a silver quarter!
Thank you to Jon Consiglio of Batteries Plus for the
donation of a visor light and a 24-pack of AA batteries.
Batteries Plus is located at 6250 Lantana Road, Suite 1.
Paul Hamlin – “Last month there was talk about
cigarette packages, well I dug one up at South Beach and
low and behold, inside was a driver’s license and a $10
STILL WANTED: EYEGLASSES, CELL
PHONES AND INK CARTRIDGES
Club members are encouraged to bring in
prescription glasses and sunglasses, which will be
donated to underprivileged people suffering from vision
problems. Stacey collects these during our monthly
meetings so the club can donate them to the South Florida
Lion’s Club. Please bring any unwanted eyeglasses to the
next meeting and deposit them into the collection box at
the back of the room. Thank you!
Jan Smirnow collects cell phones and ink cartridges.
She was able to sell the ink cartridges for $62. NOTE: All
ink cartridges need to be kept enclosed in a plastic baggie
so the cartridges do not dry out. Dried out cartridges are
NOT reusable. She is still researching where to donate the
The directory is for your personal use only. Names,
telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to be used
only for contact within the club. If there are any errors or
omissions, please notify Secretary Jan Smirnow, 561735-8921.
10459 Lake Vista Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Bob and Jan Smirnow:
Cell phone: 561-309-1124
COME TO TREASURE EXPO 2007
Meet some of the best treasure salvagers in the
business. See today's new technologies in metal detection.
Plenty to do: treasure displays, metal detectors, diving
equipment, guest speakers, demonstrations, artifacts,
coins, bottles, books, raffle prices, door prizes and open
July 28: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
July 29: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oceanfront Holiday Inn in Cocoa Beach, FL
Admission: Adults $5, 12-Under Free
For more info: http://TreasureExpo.thunting.com
Brochure will be available at the meeting.
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
There has been confusion about the rules for the
monthly best finds. Listed below are the rules. These also
will be posted every month at the meeting for a refresher.
Any questions will be answered at the meeting.
RULES FOR MONTHLY BEST FINDS
1. FIND OF THE MONTH IS A MEMBER ONLY EVENT.
2. VISITORS ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE FOR THEIR
CHOICE OF BEST FIND.
3. ITEMS ENTERED MUST HAVE BEEN FOUND WHILE
TREASURE HUNTING, WITH OR WITHOUT A METAL
4. ALL ENTERED ITEMS MUST HAVE BEEN RECOVERED
IN THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN THE LAST GCTC
MEETING AND THE CURRENT MEETING. (IF YOU MISSED
A MEETING, ANY ITEMS FOUND DURING THAT MONTH
ARE NOT ELIGIBLE).
5. PLANTED ITEMS FOUND DURING PLANTED HUNTS
DO NOT COUNT.
6. PICTURES CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ACTUAL
7. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AND ENTER YOUR OWN
ENTER ONLY ONE ITEM PER CATEGORY.
9. NO NAMES ON ENTERED ITEM. MUST FILL OUT
DESCRIPTION SHEET FOR THE ITEM ENTERED.
10. NO CAMPAIGNING FOR VOTES.
11. VOTING DONE DURING BREAK. ONLY ONE VOTE
12. PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AFTER THE BREAK.
13. HUNTMASTER WILL NOT VOTE; WILL VOTE ONLY IN
CASE OF TIE BREAKER. IF HUNTMASTER HAS ITEM
ENTERED, THEN A DESIGNATED MEMBER WITH NO
ENTRY IN THAT CATEGORY WILL BREAK ANY TIES.
CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE
Pens with Club Name: $3.00
Club Towels: $3.00
Club Patches: $5.00
GCTC Travel Cups: $8.00
DVD of 2006 Club Pictures: $10.00
Club t-shirts are in the process of being designed.
More information will be provided at the September
Use the list below to keep a total of the items found while metal detecting. The scavenger hunt will start July
13 and end when the meeting starts on August 9. Bring your list and the items to the August 9 meeting for
judging and awarding of silver prizes.
An item can only be used for ONE category check off. For example, a gold bracelet cannot be used for
two separate categories, such as gold AND bracelet.
Make a tally mark for each time the item is found. Yes, that means you can find 10 hot wheel toys and
get credit for each toy.
You must bring the items found and please show items uncleaned. Yes, you can clean enough to
determine the date on a coin.
Any item found for the scavenger hunt is also eligible for the different levels of the challenge hunt and
may be entered into the Best Finds Contest..
HOT WHEEL TOY
# OF ITEMS
ROSIE SILVER DIME
1930’S WHEAT PENNY
SILVER WAR NICKEL
# OF ITEMS
INDIAN HEAD PENNY
GOLD ITEM 10K
# OF ITEMS
CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE
RIFLE SHELL CASING
.925 SILVER ITEM
18 K GOLD ITEM
# OF ITEMS
# OF ITEMS
# OF ITEMS
ANY COIN EARLIER THAN 1865
GOLD CHAIN OR BRACELET
50 POINT CATEGORY
ANY COIN EARLIER THAN 1850
BELOW BOXES LEFT BLANK FOR HUNT MASTER
1 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL
3 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL
5 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL
10 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL
25 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL
50 POINT CATEGORY TOTAL