March 2017 Club Meeting

The March 25th 2017 meeting of the yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club was held at Bay View Manor in Gladstone, Michigan. The February meeting had been cancelled because of a bad snowstorm that covered most of the Upper Peninsula.

The meeting was called to order at 12:33 pm.

We started off with the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag which was followed by the secretary report from Donna Gillespie. Ray Roberts made a motion to accept the report as read and seconded by Bill Castle.

Donna’s husband, Rand, did his treasurers report which showed we have an abundant supply of money on hand for some needed expenditures. A motion was made to accept the report as read by Ray Philips and seconded by Bill castle. Both reports were accepted by the membership.

Dave Hall received his club cap. I asked Rand how our supply of club caps were holding up. Rand replied that we’ll soon need to replenish our supply. Donna showed us a cap she picked up at a store in Marquette and how she had embroidered the club name on the cap. She volunteered, with the clubs okay, to purchase 12 summer caps and 12 winter caps and do the embroidery work on them as needed. The price of the new caps are about half of what we paid for the previous caps. Big savings! Thank you Donna.

A motion was made by Dave Hall to purchase the caps and seconded by Ray Philips. We also voted on the color of the new caps and it was unanimous for Forest green with fluorescent green lettering. Kinda like the Green Bay Packers colors.

Donna also informed the membership about our upcoming obligation for our “Adopt a Highway” cleanup on a 2 mile stretch on highway M-69 north of Bark River. We’ll be doing the highway cleanup on Friday, May 5th, and meet at 9am at the intersection of highways U.S. 2 & 41 and M-69 in the parking lot by the railroad tracks. After the cleanup we traditionally meet at the Donut Connection in Escanaba.

Lynn Richards passed out tickets for the silver coin drawings. These five drawings are free to members. The drawings went as follows: A Silver Washington quarter won by Sharon Bruner. The next four drawings were for silver Roosevelt dimes and won by Ray Roberts, Rand Gillespie, Dan Trenary, and Lynn Richards.

Lynn Richards then collected for the fifty-fifty drawing which was won by Ray Philips. Congratulations to all the drawing winners.

We also started making plans for our “Spring Fling” consisting of a meeting, picnic, and coin hunt. We decided to have this years and the subsequent picnics in May. This year it’ll be May 15th at noon at my residence, Bay View Manor in Gladstone. After the meeting and picnic we’ll go to Ludington park in Escanaba for the coin hunt.

We’ve always had our club picnic in September but decided to change to May because of site availability and U.P. weather for that time of the year. We’ll have two coin hunts according to members expertise with their detectors. There will be first, second, and third place cash prizes for each hunt. Lynn Richards will be the hunt master this year and will also plant the coins for the hunt.

The food will be hot dogs and burgers furnished by the club. Members will bring a hot dish or salad to pass around to the members. No alcohol. The picnic is for members and their spouses. No children. I’m hoping Bonnie Philips will emcee the “Simon Says” contest again this year. She did an excellent job last year and knocked most members out in the first minute.

Thanks to the following for the snacks brought to this months meeting: Cake and spam salad – Sharon Bruner, Donuts – Dan Trenary, Bill Castle – cream cheese jalapeno roll-ups and lastly, Dan Hall – delicious beans. I made the coffee and put out the soda.

Occasionally I’m going to print one of the jokes I tell at the meetings. Here’s one for March, 2017:

Sharon Ann had fainted and Bill called 911. The 911 operator said that she would send someone out right away.

“Where do you live”, asked the operator?

Bill replied, “At the end of Eucalyptus street”.

The 911 operator asked “Can you spell that for me”?

There was a long pause and finally Bill said, “How about if I drag her over to Oak street and you can pick her up there”?

A motion to adjourn was made by Ray Philips and seconded by Dan Hall. Meeting was adjourned at 1:28 pm.

The next meeting will be at 12:30 pm on April 29th at Bay View Manor in Gladstone, MI. If you need directions call me at 786-9897 or 241-9150.

OK, That’s it for this one, happy hunting. I think the ground is starting to thaw here. Don’t forget to cover your holes…PLEASE.