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.
will be no TCAS meeting in July because Wednesday is July 4th.
Have a Happy and Save Independence
Day (and find lots of "treasures").
28 Members present and 1 guest present.
Need nominations for the TCAS Donation from out Benefit Hunt. Support the
Troops (money for postage), Candlelighters of Brevard and Nana House were
talked about. Local charities are preferred so the donated founds stay
within the counties of Brevard and Indian River.
Minelab and Kellyco sponsored a National Metal Detecting Day. The Central
Florida Metal Detecting Club sponsored a hunt prior to the activities at
Kellyco. Fourteen TCAS members were at the hunt with Mitch King, TCAS VP
taking the most prized from TCAS members.
The day at Kellyco was interesting (at least for me). The tour of the
warehouse was impressive as some items were stacked up to the top of the 26
foot ceiling! They are also expanding their call center and opening up a new
Lunch was served by Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ. There was lots to eat and
Minelab backpacks and several detectors were given away. One winner of a
Minelab detector (sorry I cannot recall the model name) was won by a member
of the Central Florida Metal Detecting Club, who in turn has donated it to
the club and is being raffled off at their December meeting/Christmas Party.
The retail price of this detector is about $1,800!
The Central Florida Metal Detecting Club also invited TCAS members to
their June 8th meeting as Florida Senator Alan Hays was speaking at the
meeting about the State Bill that would have affected our hobby.
Several TCAS members were at this meeting. Senator Hays's discussion was
interesting. He said that the Lake County Water Authority can to him because
someone was defacing property, leaving holes and equipment and generally
creating a mess. He did not want to restrict our hobby and he seemed
impressed by the amount of "trash" and other items that was found!
Senator Hays did pull his bill after the up roar and he did explain
that the bill did get out of control as no one working of the bill was a
If you have any suggestions for him or your state Representative /
Senator, send an email, letter or make a phone call to them.
You can find more on this and your State Representative / Senator on this
Tom Dankoski was the guest speaker.
When hunting on the beach jewelry is what is being looked for, not coins,
with an approximate ratio of one good find in four hundred in dry sand and
Mother Nature being about 95% of the factors in finding items.
The best times to go beach hunting are during a full moon or no moon
because the tides are at there largest swing.
Tom talked about the "Density" of the sand. Items will sink
until they are neutral with the weight of the item and the density of the
sand. Rings will sink in the sand while coins or other broader/flat items
will tumble along the beach.
If 99% of your finds are zinc pennies, move! If you are finding quarters,
dimes, nickels and copper pennies, you are getting closer.
As we know the best time to go hunting on the beach is when there is a
storm that causes erosion. Erosion can remove significant amounts of sand
creating a "cliff" or wall. If you hunt the beach with this cliff
or wall, be very careful of the tides and waves. With a cliff or wall that
you have to climb up and the fast moving tides and waves, this can be a very
dangerous situation! Remember that just as fast as a storm can remove sand
from the beach, it will not take long for the sand to be replaced. So do not
delay hunting a beach that has significant erosion. With beach slopes you
can hunt from 1/4 or 1/3 the way up to the towel line down to the wet sand.
If you find coins with green or black corrosion, stick around. These
coins have been around for a long time.
Tom also told us a story of how he found a class ring, and then the owner
of the ring. The owner was 74 years old and new actually where he lost his
ring, 53 years previously in New Smyrna Beach. Tom found it where the owner
stated he lost it.
Keep your June and July finds separate so both can be voted on for find
of the month. Yes we will vote on June, clear the table and then vote for
the July finds at our August 1st meeting.
Group Coins: Skip Watson
Jewelry: Bob Grubb
Single Coins: Skip Watson
Find of the Month:
50/50: $26/13 Doug Wilsnack
Badge: Skip Watson
T-Shirt: Donna Rothery
Hat: Dale Thesenvitz
Phil Hillrich donated two Minelab bags from the Minelab/ Kellyco event.
Each bag had a Minelab hat that if purchased from Kellyco cost $30.00. The
winners were: Neil Normando and Cindy Watson.
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: Larry King
volunteered to bring the drinks. Thanks Larry.
The meeting adjourned at: 9:33 P.M.
Dale T. Thesenvitz