TCAS Monthly Meeting Notes
Minutes of the
Treasure Coast Archeological Society Meeting
April 6, 2011
The next meeting is on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.
The meeting was called to order at 7:421 P.M. by Richard Hart, Sr., President of TCAS.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Will Rose.
The minutes can be read on the club website, www.tcas.us. They are also emailed to members with email addresses on file on the last Wednesday of the month.
Jerry Davis will receive a certificate for his Find of the Month for March at the May meeting. The certificate was not available today because of personal scheduling difficulties.
29 Members and 2 regular guests present.
The President, Richard Hart talked about our Annual Benefit Hunt held on March 12th. The hunt was very successful with only one or two MINOR glitches that were taken care of immediately. Richard and Mitch King, Vice President thanked everyone for their hard work.
The Benefit Hunt made $800 for the club!
Mitch King was ask to update the club website with a picture of the new Secretary.
Richard Hart brought up for discussion that the club should stop giving away silver quarters for the Find of the Month (FOM), but instead should give away a new gold dollar. This is strictly due to the high cost of silver. A quarter cost $7.25 the day of the meeting. Add this to the cost of the room, silver dimes, and all the detectors and other items given away.
A lively discussion followed with one request and two motions following;
1. A budget be made so members can see how much it cost to run the club. Richard will work on this.
2. One motion was made, seconded and voted on: Should the club stop giving silver quarters for FOM and start giving new gold dollars for the FOM.
a. Motion passed with 19 yea's and 4 nay's.
3. The second motion was made, seconded and voted on: The club should stop giving metal detectors way at club hunts (Beach Hunt, Multi-Park Hunt, etc)
a. The motion failed with 3 yea's and 20 nay's
Ted Pankiewicz mentioned that he is the director of Park Place, a 500 home gated community that has a community center that could be used by the club. The club will keep this in mind for the future.
Mary McGee, the club Treasurer had some good and bad news for the club Christmas Party. Marsh Landings double booked December 10th, but offered everyone a free peach cobbler if we would except another date. The Christmas Party will now be on December 11th at 4:00 PM.
Richard Hart brought black lanyards to the meeting with Treasure Coast Archeological Society and the club emblem in white. I have been wearing mine at work since April 7th and it is more comfortable than my old one! Lanyards cost only $2.00.
Guest speakers are always welcome. If you have any ideas for a quest speaker, please let a board member know. Neil Normando will be a guest speaker at our May meeting.
Our scheduled quest speaker could not make it this month, so Mitch King spoke about his recent metal detecting trip to Colchester, England.
King's Metal Detecting Journey to England
Mitch spent about two and a half weeks in the Colchester region. After a long flight to London and then the journey to Colchester, the group would get up at 5:00 AM and then be in the field from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with a break for lunch (and a spot of tea!). They would walk upto 10 miles a day!
The exchange rate for the British pound is $1.60. The price for this hunt was $1,600 a week. And then you add airfare.
The area is farm land and is also used for game hunting. Groups pay nearly $10,000 for eight guns for one day of hunting. There are more than a few shot gun shells in the ground!
On this land there are medieval castle walls and a church built in 1000 AD. There are farm fields and plenty of woods as well.
In England, if something is 50 years old or older, you need an export license to bring it home. Non-coin items have to go to an inquest to determine exactly what the item is.
Items found during the stay by all hunters included:
Lots of shotgun shells, 40mm unexploded shell with the powder gone. 20 mm spent German cartridges from the fighters and bombers.
Hammered silver coin from 1200 AD, 120 coins dated prior to 1900, a silver Roman coin from 140 AD in near perfect condition and four gold coins.
One gold Roman coin from the 2nd century was going to an auction with a starting bid at $10,000.
Because of the number of members present, the find table was not described.
Ring: Ray Ayres Group Coins: Mark Holshoe
Jewelry: Joni Hart Artifacts: Ray Reinholz
Single Coins: Bob Grubb Fossils: Marty Hufnagel
Miscellaneous: Mark Holshoe
Find of the Month: Ray Ayres
50/50: Jacqueline Didier Badge: Jan King
T-Shirt: Jim Stewart Hat: Jim Stewart
Garrett Book Sand and Surf: Terry Shannon, Mark Holshoe & Mike Martin
Metal Water Bottles: Terry Shannon, Marty Hufnagel & Mike Martin
Coffee will be brought by: Kira Thesenvitz
Doughnuts will be brought by: Marty Hufnagel
Cooler with drinks will be brought by the: Ryan Rathbun
The meeting adjourned at: 9:15 P.M.
Dale T. Thesenvitz
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