Yooper Coinshooters Annual September Picnic

The yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club held it’s 5th annual picnic at 1 pm at Pioneer Trail park on September 26th 2015. Before the picnic Myself, my wife Sharon Bruner, and Karen Castle, planted the coins for the seeded hunt. We planted 159 specially marked coins of pennies, nickels, and dime denominations. We also planted 19 coins that had different markings that were good for silver dimes, silver quarters, and silver half dollars.

The club rented the pavilion for the picnic for the first time and will from now on so we won’t have to worry if it happens to rain. Also, we won’t have to haul tables and chairs for seating.

Yooper Coinshooters Annual Picnic
Yooper Coinshooters Annual Picnic
We started the picnic with a club meeting. We had 6 new members joining the club: Jared Pepin, Bill Smith, Mark Elder, Liz Eason, Glenn Chenier, and Craig Anderson. They’ll receive their club caps at the October 24th meeting. The October meeting was moved up a week because of Halloween. We also decided to start the meeting at 12:30 pm eastern time. At that meeting, we will vote on possibly making 12:30 a permanent time to start the meetings year round. This will make it better for the out-of-town members, especially in the winter, so they won’t have to travel home in the dark.

Next up was the seeded coin hunt which lasted 1 hour. After the time alloted each member reported to myself, Donna Gillespie, and Lynn Richards, with their totals. The 3rd place prize of a Minelab backpack with accessories went to Bill Castle. Second prize of a White’s pinpointer (donated by fellow member Ron Chouinard), was won by Mark Elder. 1st place prize of a Whites Coinmaster GT metal detector was won by Glenn Chenier. Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners. Most of the coins that represented a silver coin prize were found by various members.

After the hunt we had our annual picnic. The club furnished hamburgers and bratwurst and members brought dishes to pass around. My wife Sharon, and Karen Castle, did some preparatory work to set the food on the serving line and our club chef Bill Castle did the cooking of the burgers and brats. As usual Bill did an excellent job. Thanks to Bill Castle, his wife Karen and Sharon Bruner. The club also furnished coffee, soda, and bottled water to wash the food down.

Some of the great prizes from this years annual picnic.
Some of the great prizes from this years annual picnic.
Next up were the door prize raffle drawings. Lynn Richards and Liz Eason took charge of running the raffles and collected money and issued tickets for the drawings. First in the raffles were three metal detectors and a Minelab pinpointer. I won 2 metal detectors, Minelab Go Find 40 and a Minelab Go Find 20 detector. Linda Richards won a Garrett Ace 350 metal detector and her husband Lynn won a Minelab pinpointer. We also raffled of dozens and dozens of prizes donated by various detecting companies such as Tesoro, First Texas Products, Minelab, Garrett, and White’s. A detector dealer (Indian Nations Detectors in Oklahoma) that Lynn Richards and myself purchase from donated a Minelab Go Find 20 Detector to our club for the raffle. Many thanks to Chuck Marcum. Bill Castle our club treasurer and local White’s detector dealer contacted the regional represenative Mike Brighty for White’s to receive items for the raffle. Bonnie Philips and Donna Gillespie canvassed the Escanaba area and Dan Trenary did the Gladstone area for gifts and gift certificates for the picnic raffles. Bonnie and Donna also made some handcrafted items for the raffles. A really big thank you to all three of these generous members.

The local merchants that donated were as follows: Super One Foods, Walmart, Grams Pasties, Elmer’s County Market, 4 J’s Restaurant, Main Street Pizza, Gladstone Super Value, Brampton Bike & Ski, Great Heights Tree Service, Delona Restaurant, Drifter’s Restaurant, C&C Wholesale, Bink’s Coca Cola, Positively, Sayklly’s, Spot Light Coaches, and Bay De Noc Lures.

That’s it for the picnic and seeded coin hunt. There are pictures of the picnic and hunt in the members gallery section of our site.

Yooper Coinshooters Adopt A Highway cleanup.
Yooper Coinshooters Adopt A Highway cleanup.
Next was the “Adopt A Highway” cleanup followed by the Donut Connection get together.

On September 30th members of the yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club met at the intersection of U.S.2 and 41 and M-69 for our Adopt A Highway 2 mile section of the road cleanup. The following members participated: Bill and Sharon Bruner, Mike and Sharon Hurkmans, Rand and Donna Gillespie, Dan Trenary, Bonnie Philips, Bill Castle, and Tom Robison.

We began with a saftey meeting and donned our vest and gloves and with grabbers in hand we collected 10 large trash bags of garbage and were done in about an hour and a half. The temperature was about 45 degrees and just right for the 2 mile trek. After the cleanup we met at the Donut Connection in Escanaba for refreshments and donuts and a few pictures before going on our way to our daily routines.

There are pictures of that event in the members gallery section as well.

That’s all for both events. See ya at the next newsletter after the October meeting. Oh, one more thing…..(“Don’t forget to cover your holes….PLEASE”).