We had our February meeting of the yooperscoinshooters metal detecting club on the 22nd at my residence. There was a fairly good turnout considering the weather and snow we’ve been having.
We started with the pledge of allegiance to the flag and followed with Jason Bernard taking roll call.
As you may already know, Jason is our club secretary and he’s done a fine job since he took the position a year or so ago.
Our treasurer Bill Castle did his report and I asked him and assistant secretary Lynn Richards if they would contact several members about their yearly dues being due. Bill also gave a club cap to Francis Pleaugh. We still owe a cap to one other member.
Last meeting Dan Trenary made a suggestion to donate the clubs portion of the 50/50 money collected from September 2013 to September 2014 to a deserving organization in our area. There were several suggestions as to who would get the money and it’ll be determined at a later date.
I also decided to do a joke or two at a random time during the meeting (when they start yawning, lol.) I try to do jokes that pertain to metal detecting.
We then had the 50/50 drawing and Ray Philips was the lucky winner. I won’t say how much he won. We don’t want the state or federal tax people after him.
Jason Bernard brought a nice white cake with orange frosting to the meeting. Lynn Richards brought some cupcakes and my wife Sharon made some blueberry yum yum. Half the membership will now revise their new years resolution and go on diets because of all the sweets. We also had coffee and soda.
We also acknowledged Liz Eason as our new vice president of the club. Ron Chouinard was the past vice president but, his business (Delta Fence & construction) keeps him too busy to serve as he’d like to.
Hopefully, spring isn’t that far away and we can start planning our members club hunt. The hunt will be in a deserted ghost town about 60 miles from Gladstone, Michigan. We’ll car pool and take lunches. I going to try and have a prizes for the best and second best finds.
I’m not intending this as a plug but more of a FYI. I told the membership that, if they use AA batteries in their detectors, Menard’s in Escanaba frequently has a sale on RAYOVAC batteries. There’s 48 – AA batteries in a box (4 – 12 packs) for $10.99 and you get a $4.00 rebate. Bill Castle brought them to our attention and Bill, Lynn Richards and myself have been using them for a few years now. They advertise on the box that these batteries last as long as Duracell’s. They also have on the box “10 year power Guarantee”. I always have 3 to 4 boxes of 48 on hand at all times.
A week prior to the regular meeting we had an officer’s meeting and drew up our club guidelines. If you want to read them, go on our yoopercoinshooter website at yoopercoinshooters.com go to the home page and click on the “members benefits” section, then, near the bottom of the page and you’ll see “members guidelines” slide to the right and click on the link, “club guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or call me.
OK, that’s it for this one. Don’t forget to cover your holes…..Please.
Bill Bruner is founder and president of the Yooper Coinshooters Club. The club was formed May 3rd, 2010. The main objective is to introduce people to metal detecting and teach the proper techniques of locating buried targets and extracting them while leaving the area as pristine as possible. Happy hunting and don’t forget to cover your holes...PLEASE.