Monthly Club Meeting April 2018

The April 28th, 2018 Saturday meeting of the yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club was called to order at 12:37 pm.

As always, we started the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. Following the pledge I recognized Donna Gillespie, our club secretary, to stand and give her report of the club finances along with a brief summary of the minutes from the March meeting. A motion was made by Ray Philips and seconded by Bonnie Philips to accept Donna’s report as read.

Next was our treasurer Rand Gillespie with the financial status of the clubs income and expenditures leaving the club with a respectable balance. A motion was made to accept the treasurers report by Bonnie Philips and seconded by Ray Roberts.

There was a discussion about possibly having club meetings during the week instead of Saturday’s. A motion was made to bring the suggestion to a vote and the outcome was 9 opposing the change and 6 in favor. The club meetings will continue to be held on the last Saturday of the month unless it interferes with a holiday.

Donna mentioned that the Adopt A Highway pickup date was changed from April to May because of recent snow fall. The members agreed on Friday May 11th at 9:30 EST for the next trash pickup on the first 2 miles of highway M-69.

Dan Trenary informed us of a couple areas for a club hunt. One in the Rock area and another in the Watson area. Dan also donated a couple head nets to use in the raffle at our June club picnic.

I also asked the membership to purchase a package offer from Garrett detectors for the raffle in June. The package is sixty dollars and I’d call Garrett and pay with my credit card and the treasurer would reimburse me the cost. The package includes various detecting items including a metal detector. We’ve done this for the previous 2016 and 2017 club picnics.

The Hurkmans had previously brought in their returnables and during Rand’s treasurers report he said the total was $14.40. Thank you again Sharon and Michael.

Bill Castle had been in Florida for a vacation and told the members of his detecting in the sunshine state. He also mentioned that different cities have different rules on detecting so, if you go on vacation be sure to check with the local authorities on their do’s and dont’s. I also did my usual 2 jokes and they went over with a few chuckles.

I usually call 2 members when there’s a meeting and when I called Matt in Shingleton he mentioned they still had a good 2 feet of snow on the ground. Hey Mother Nature It’s April 28th….let go!

I went detecting in Ludington park in Escanaba last week and only found clad and zincon Lincoln’s Last Sunday (4/29), I went to a school yard and found 17 quarters – 3 dimes – 5 nickles – 10 pennies – a neat whistle – a silver ring and a stainless Spider Man ring. I also broke the headband on my White’s Prostar headphones. I called and was told they still have a lifetime warranty and send a check to cover shipping, etc for $9.50 and they’d do a swap for new ones. I broke a pair last year too! Maybe they could come up with a more pliable plastic in the headbands?

I mentioned that I was going to start taking my 9 year old great grandson detecting next week. His mom and dad bought him a beginners metal detector during the Christmas holiday and he’s really anxious to try it out. I’ll start him out in school playgrounds and then grassy areas to make him proficient taking a plug. The 2 main reasons I started this club in 2010 was to show detectorists how to do coin extraction the proper way and the other reason was to get the youth interested in the hobby.

OK, next was the silver coins drawings. Elaine Harvala won the silver Washington quarter – Her husband Pete and Donna Gillespie each won a Mercury dime and Lynn Richards and Bonnie Philips each won a silver Roosevelt dime. Ray Philips won the 50/50 drawing and Sharon Bruner won the $20 dollar gas card. Congratulations to all the winners.

I want to thank the following for bringing snacks or dishes for the members following the meeting. Sharon Bruner – Dan Trenary – the Hurkmans – Elaine Harvala – Lynn Richards – Bonnie Philips – Ray Roberts and Brian Tepsa. Thanks to all for the food.

Sharon Hurkmans made a motion to adjourn which was seconded by Ray Roberts. Meeting adjourned at 1:27.

The next regular meeting of the Yoopercoinshooters metal detecting club will be May 19th at 12:30 pm EST at 217 Dakota avenue in Gladstone Michigan. If anyone needs directions call me at my cell phone and I’ll email you a map for the location. You can also use this Google Map to access the location online.

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