Treasure Coast Archaeological Society
Sebastian, Florida  Indian River County

 TCAS Monthly Meeting Notes

August 2011


Minutes of the

Treasure Coast Archeological Society Meeting

August 3, 2011

The next meeting is on Wednesday,  September 7, 2011.

The  meeting was called to order at 7:44 P.M. by Richard Hart, Sr., President of TCAS.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Richard Hart, II.

The minutes can be read on the club website, They are also emailed to members with email addresses on file on the last Wednesday of the month.

General Notes:

29 Members present with 9 guest present.

Dale Thesenvitz, TCAS Secretary read two thank you notes thanking our club for the donations for two lost family members. One card is from Margaret Baron the sister of Mark Pearson and the second one is from Will and Mary Rose. Mark Pearson and a family member of the Rose's recently passed away.

I also mentioned that when I sent the email for the Monthly Minutes that I included an updated members list. I forgot to change the month in the header of this list. It should by July. Other than that the members list is current.

Richard Hart started the meeting by playing a voice mail message from his cell phone. He said that whenever he wanted to feel depressed he plays the message he received from Skip Watson.  Skip tells the story. He was on vacation up in Findlay, Ohio where they have a very nicely court house lawn. Not wanting to detect at the court house, he went across the street to an old school where he was finding wheat pennies and the object of his phone call to Richard. Skip dug down about eight inches and pulled out a 1839 Dime. Yes, the year is correct, 1839!

Skip also went to a swimming area where he again was in the water as deep as he could get and found some rings. He just could not get to the swim deck that he knew had some good finds waiting for him.

Skip also spent some time in Pensacola, FL. Skip was chest deep in the ocean and dug down 2" - 3" and came up with some blubs of crude oil!  

Skip Watson also spoke about the Multi-Park Hunt which will be on October 8th. It looks like it will be back up in Melbourne because the city of Sebastian wants a far amount of money to "use" their parks. We will meet about 9:00 - 9:30 AM probably at Wickham Park, start the hunt at 10:00 AM to about 12:00 PM and have lunch at about 12:30 PM. Prizes will be given away after lunch. A show of hands has eighteen members interested in the hunt.

Richard asked how many people knew CPR. About a dozen people new with only a few actually certified in CPR. The reason he asked this is because of an incident that happened at Cocoa Beach. A man was removed from the ocean in an unconscious condition. With about fifty (yes that is 50) people standing around LOOKING at this man laying on the beach, no one was doing anything. Richard jumped in and stated for someone to call 911. As it happened, a woman was coming out of her home with a phone already calling 911. Richard had to roll the man on his side to get the water out of his stomach and lungs. Someone in the crowed told him to roll the man onto his back, but when this was done the man's eyes rolled back. Putting him back on his side more water came out. By the time paramedics arrived the man was breathing and talking!

Mary McGee, TCAS Treasurer will see if someone (Red Cross or other organization) could come to our meeting and talk about CPR. Hopefully there will be enough members interested in receiving training and certification that arrangements can be made for a class. As of August 24th, we will have a speaker from the fire department come to the meeting to speak about CPR. Mary asked him to speak for 20 to 30 minutes. Hopefully this will be long enough to give us all the incentives to seek further training on CPR and perhaps firs aid.

Mark Holshoe explained the "finds" table. After the break Mark also explained why Skip Watson could not display his items on the Finds Table. Winners of each category and the winner of the Find of the Month all receive points. At our Christmas Party (December 11th at Marsh Landings in Fellsmere) the person that has the most points is named Master Hunter of the Year. This person cannot display their items on the Finds Table until a new Master Hunter of the Year is named.

Mark also mentioned that if you see someone leaving holes in the sand at the beach (or anywhere) ask them to fill in the holes! It makes all metal detectorist's look good or bad, so let's try to kept our image good.

Mitch King, TCAS Vice-President mentioned that with Tropical Storm Emily (well what was Emily) the weekend of August 6th and 7th should be good for beach detecting. Lets here your stories at the September meeting.

Richard Hart talked briefly about the Molasses Raffle. Each month a new item goes in the chest long with the price of tickets. Each month the price goes up one dollar for five tickets. September will be $7.00 for five tickets.

The chest now contains (at least this is what we are told it contains):

-- Garrett ACE 250 detector

-- Garrett head phones



Find Winners:


Ring: Mark Holshoe                            Group Coins: Frank Hansen  

Jewelry: Mike Kurczy                         Artifacts: Mike Kurczy  

Single Coins: Frank Hansen                Fossils: Marty Hufnagel  

Miscellaneous: Frank Hansen  

Find of the Month: Frank Hansen


Drawing Winners:

50/50:  $44/22 Steve Hodges                                      Badge: Skip Watson  

T-Shirt: Ray Reinholz                                                 Hat: Jan King  

Extra Dime Winners: Marty Hufnagel and Marty Hufnagel. Yes, Marty won twice!



Coffee will be brought by: Kira Thesenvitz  

Doughnuts will be brought by: Marty Hufnagel  

Cooler with drinks will be brought by the 50/50 winner: Frank Hansen


The meeting adjourned at: 9:04 P.M.


Respectfully Submitted,  

Dale T. Thesenvitz

TCAS Secretary



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