Treasure Coast Archaeological Society
Sebastian, Florida  Indian River County

 TCAS Monthly Meeting Notes

January 2012


Minutes of the  

Treasure Coast Archeological Society Meeting  

January 4, 2012


The next meeting is on Wednesday,  February 1, 2012.  

The  meeting was called to order at 7:40 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:  

28 Members present and 3 guest present.  

Richard Hart, TCAS President talked about club dues. Club dues are now due and if club membership is renewed before the March meeting your name could be pulled for a refund (free dues for 2012!). Board members are not eligible.  

TCAS Board Member meeting has been changed to January 25th, 7:00 PM at Marty's house because Mitch King, TCAS Vice-President is out of the country. Annual Hunt and the years business is to be discussed.  

Richard Hart needs suggestions for the Molasses Raffle and/or Token Hunt. He would like something a little different than the last few years.  

A Bingo Board was talked about but more information is needed about the workings of this.  

Guest speakers are always welcome. If you have a suggestion or know someone that could talk to the club, tell a board member and give us as much contact information as possible.  

The Master Hunter for 2011 for announced at our Christmas Party on December 11...... and the winner is Mark Holshoe. Congratulations Mark. As the Master Hunter for 2011 Mark is not allowed to put items on the Find of the Month table.  

Mark Holshoe was interviewed for an article in the Florida Sportsman magazine's January 2012 issue. His story is on page 62. "The colder the better to a point," said Mark Holshoe. Mark also stated in the article "When the water readings get down to around 60, or better yet into the high 50's, I know there's a good chance big trout will be in those spots at night." Mark is talking about fishing "...for big seatrout that take sanctuary in deep creeks, canals, harbors and dredge holes."


Skip Watson told members about the Vero Beach Press Journal (newspaper) having a picture of a person metal detecting. It turns out that the lady pictured is from Lakeland, FL. After a little research and a couple of phone calls, I found the picture/article online at:

 In part, the article says "... braves the cold temperature and chilling wind on her day off to scan the dunes with a metal detector at South Beach Park in Vero Beach early Tuesday......Temperatures in Vero Beach dipped down to 42 degrees but wind gusts up to 35 mph..."                       

Only two members brought in their Find of the Month so we could vote on the TCAS Find of the Year, so voting has been rescheduled until the February meeting. All Find of the Month winners, please bring in your finds to be voted on for Find of the Year.  

On a more somber note, Will Rose suffered a heart attack. He is at home now recovering. Our best wishes go out to you Will and please get well soon.  


Terry Shannon told us a story about detecting in the surf zone. Since I was busy when he told the story he sent it to me. This is a revised edition...

            "The seas were smooth today and looked downright friendly. I put on my dive boots to protect myself from jelly fish and sting rays. I took a short piece of rope and fastened my detector to my belt, emptied my pockets and headed for the water at Indialantic. There seemed to be a steep bank going into the water and I was hoping there would be a trough right at the base of the beach that had trapped untold riches laying there waiting for me to arrive. As I stepped off the bank into the trough I went right up to my shoulders (I had waited for high tide because once again I had not thought things all the way through). My first thought was Christ this is deep when a huge wave picked me up and put me back on the beach.   "I figured that my first plan was not working that well so I walked farther up the beach looking for shallower water. In I go again and again I was right up to my shoulders and again another of those damn waves hit me. This time it didn't pick me up like the first one, it rolled me well up unto the beach."



The "finds" table was talked about, but only because there were the fewest finds on it. Could this be because we are doing such a good job detecting on the beaches?


Find Winners:


Ring: Jim Larson                                 Group Coins: Jim Larson  

Jewelry: Mike Kurczy                         Artifacts:  

Single Coins: Mike Kurczy                 Fossils:  


Find of the Month: Mike Kurczy


Drawing Winners:


50/50:  $47.00/$23.50 Mark Holshoe                         Badge: Mark Holshoe  

T-Shirt: Mark Holshoe                                                Hat: Jan King  

Extra Dime Winners: Bob Hayden & Mike Martin.


Dimes to be given to winners at the February meeting.


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: Mark Holshoe  


The meeting adjourned at: 8:57 P.M.  

Respectfully Submitted,  

Dale T. Thesenvitz

TCAS Secretary


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