March Meeting Yooper Coinshooters Members


We held our March meeting of the Yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club at my residence in Gladstone and the meeting was called to order at 12:44 pm eastern time.

There was a small turnout as this was Easter weekend and several members called me before the meeting and advised me they were sick and a couple others were vacationing.

We started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the secretary’s report by Donna Gillespie and treasurers report by our new treasurer, Randy Gillespie. Both reports were accepted as read by the membership.

Next on the agenda was a motion made to just have a summer type club cap instead of having both summer and winter caps. The vote was unanimous in favor of having just the summer caps. Donna Gillespie is working on a device for her sewing machine to embroider caps. We could then buy plain caps and she could embroider the club name on them saving a few dollars per cap. We still have a half dozen caps left so she’ll have time to get the kinks out and be ready for the next batch of caps. New members received their caps at the meeting and those not present wil receive them via other members. The new members are Kelly King and Al Marohnic.

We plan to have a special hunt in Ludington park, probably in the latter part of May for members that need assistance with detector I.D. on coins and other objects they detect.

We’re still going to have instruction on coin identification at the April meeting. Lynn Richards will be conducting the tests.

Speaking of Lynn. I’m really happy to inform everyone that Lynn is on the road to recovery from his recent illness. I also hope Mike and Sharon are fully recovered from their bout with the Flu. I talked to Sharon earlier in March and she said Mike was really, really sick.

I’m still waiting to hear from the Forestry department about a spring club hunt in the Whitefish Hill area. I just want to know if any other event may be going on in that same area on the same day.

My first time out detecting was on March 10th, 39 degrees and sunny! I detected in Ludington park a few times in March and found several clad coins and lots of zincon Lincolns plus 2 wheat cents. GREAT TO GET OUT AGAIN!

I ordered and received 500 club cards. Our supply was almost depleted. At the April meeting I’ll pass some out to the members.

I had a phone call from a man who needed help with his White’s XLT detector so I steered him to Bill Castle and Bill informed me at the March meeting that they made contact and misson accomplished………thanks Bill. This is one of the reasons we started the club. To help young and old detectorists with detecting.

We will be having our spring “Adopt a highway” cleanup in April starting at the intersection of M-69 and U.S. 2 & 41 on Friday, April 22nd at 9 am. We’ll have vests and garbage bags to pass out. Some members have grabbers so we don’t have to bend down. We do have some xtras in case a member needs one. We’ll be meeting at the Donut Connection in Escanaba after the cleanup for coffee and donuts.

Next was the fifty-fifty drawing which was won by myself, followed by the silver coin drawings. Bill Castle won a Franklin half dollar, a Mercury dime was won by Donna Gillespie. Sharon Bruner, Tom Robison and Randy Gillespie won Silver Rosie’s. The fifty-fifty drawing tickets are a dollar each with no limit and the silver coin drawings don’t cost anything for 1 ticket per member.


A big thanks to Dan Trenary for bringing cookies to the March meeting and to my wife Sharon Bruner for the Blueberry yum yum, watergate salad, cupcakes and sandwiches. I brought bottled water and made coffee. I also want to thank Dan for getting the monthly meeting announcment in the local paper each and every month.

A motion was made by Donna Gillespie and seconded by Sharon Bruner to adjourn the meeting at 1:40 pm eastern time.

Next meeting of the Yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club will be on April 30th at 12:30 pm eastern time.

That’s it for this one. Happy hunting and don’t forget to cover your holes……….PLEASE.