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February Update


THOTY and MOTY

In case you missed it, our 2017 Treasure Hunter of the Year is Steve Crundwell. Our 2017 Member of the Year is Lynn Roma. Congratulations to you both!

Don't forget we are meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at our new location. Information on the location can be found below where it was previously posted.

The Find of the Month tables will be open and ready for your entries. You may enter only one find in each category, but this month, those finds can be things you found after our November 2017 meeting which was the last time we had Find of the Month voting.

The web site banner has been updated with the 2017 Finds of the Year.

The club is in the process of obtaining silver coins for the spring beach hunt. We will purchase silver coins from members at 100% of the coinflation price at our meetings. Get the best value for your unwanted silver coins by selling them to the club!

See you at the meeting!




January 2018 Meeting Summary


Check presentation

Thank you to Sandra Sullivan, Dale Snyder, and others for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

The club is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, and two decorated cakes commemorating the occasion helped us celebrate!

Voting was held for 2017 Finds of the Year. There were a lot of great finds in the running, but unfortunately only one in each category could win. The winners are:

Don Sutton - U.S. Coins 1909 And Earlier - 1893 Colombian Expo Half - June

Tom Howell - Artifacts - Sterling Silver Stamp Case - March

Gene Zschernitz - Gold And Platinum Jewelry - 24k Gold Ring - February

Tizoc Moctezuma - Silver And Other Jewelry - Silver Dragon Ring - February

Mark Becker - U.S. Coins 1910 And Newer - 1946 Quarter w/Bullet Hole - February

Tom Howell - Multiples - Barber Hat Trick Half/Quarter/Dime - September

Tizoc Moctezuma - Tokens - J.S. Kirk & Co. Token Chicago - July

Jan Kilanski - Foreign Coins - 1874 Danish 5 Ore - September

Congratulations! Your winning finds will soon be displayed on the Web site banner until next year.

The calendar is posted on this site with a heading that states some dates are tentative. It will be updated as things change, and I'll post notice of changes here.

The date for the spring beach hut was set for May 6th - if we can get permit and insurance, etc.

The bake sale will be held in March. It's Lent, but unless the Board changes it at the last minute, it will stand as is.

The club is in the process of obtaining silver coins for the spring beach hunt. We will purchase silver coins from members at 100% of the coinflation price at our meetings. Get the best value for your unwanted silver coins by selling them to the club!

From the board meeting: A review of the costs related to mailing of newsletters to our members over the past two years shows that the club has historically exceeded the amount of funds collected from those members for the purpose of mailing newsletters by more than 100%.

The club cannot afford to absorb such cost overruns when funding is already limited. Because of that, we will be implementing the following measures to reduce those costs.
(1) The use of black ink only.

(2) Newsletters will be mailed in standard business envelopes to reduce postage costs - hopefully will also prevent damage to those newsletter caused by USPS processing/sorting equipment.

(3) President Ben and his wife Marie, also a member, will take over the printing and subsequent mailing segment of newsletter production. We feel we can do this at a far lower cost to the club (i.e. $0.00 for printing). Otherwise we will be forced to either increase the membership contribution for mailing of newsletters, or stop mailing out newsletters altogether.


BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW CLUE BELOW FOR THE MHRS TREASURE HUNT!!!




New Clue - MHRS Treasure Hunt!

Sponsored by Ben Boggess

In celebration of our 50th year, I will be sponsoring a new monthly column. This column is titled "MHRS Treasure Hunt". The column will contain a clue as to where a "Hidden Treasure" is located. Yes, you read it right, a "Hidden Treasure". Here's the catch, there is always a catch right? Not only must members read the newsletter and visit the web site to get the clues, some clues will only be given out at our monthly meetings! In order to acquire all the clues (trust me you'll need them all), you need to show up to the club meetings. Here is the second clue:

"The journey begins by putting one foot in front of the other."

Good luck on your hunt!



Finds of the Year Voting This Month!

January is the month we vote for Finds of the Year from all the monthly first place winners in 2017. Finds of the Year are displayed on the Web site banner for one year. You are allowed multiple entries in each category, as long as each one was a 2017 first place winner. Bring your winning finds and good luck!

Here is a list of the 2017 first place winners by category: 2017 FIRST PLACE WINNERS




MHRS Treasure Hunt!

Sponsored by Ben Boggess

In celebration of our 50th year, I will be sponsoring a new monthly column. This column is titled "MHRS Treasure Hunt". The column will contain a clue as to where a "Hidden Treasure" is located. Yes, you read it right, a "Hidden Treasure". Here's the catch, there is always a catch right? Not only must members read the newsletter and visit the web site to get the clues, some clues will only be given out at our monthly meetings! In order to acquire all the clues (trust me you'll need them all), you need to show up to the club meetings. Here is your first clue:

"Before this treasure can be uncovered, there's a lot more you'll have to discover. Long before you can swing your coil, you will need to burn the midnight oil. Many clues you will need to be reading, and time you will have spent; for the first hint begins with a single "cent."

As you can tell by the above clue, this is not going to be your typical "arm chair treasure hunt."

Good luck,

Ben




NEW MEETING LOCATION!!!

Due to an increase in room rental rates for the Norwood Park Community Center, a new location was selected for our 2018 meetings. Starting with our January 28, 2018 meeting, we will meet at the following location:

Niles Memorial VFW Post 3579
6839 N Milwaukee Ave #100, Niles, IL 60714

It is on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue between Touhy Avenue and Devon Avenue. There is plenty of parking, and I've been assured that the building is air conditioned in the summer. Plug the address into your phone or GPS to get there.

Park on the side where the VFW hall sign is which is on the opposite side of the building from the entrance to the White Eagle Restaurant. You can also park in back where all the restaurant patrons do. The parking on the VFW side (west side) is sufficient to accommodate the entire club membership that normally shows up without having to walk across the entire parking lot. The lots are all continuous so one lot is connected to all the other lots for parking. Whether you enter the lot from the west or the east is up to you.

Here is a link to a map: Niles Memorial VFW Post 3579

Membership meetings start at noon.

We look forward to checking out our new "digs" and seeing you there!




2017 Election Results and Board Members

We held the election for new officers in the fall. In case you missed it, here are the results: President: Ben Boggess, Vice President, Dave Turner, Treasurer, Kristy Albertson, Secretary, Rose Kilanski.

Thank you for stepping up to serve our membership. I'd like to send a big thank you to our departing officers, President Jan Kilanski, Vice President John Ramoska, Treasurer Art Hundreiser, and Secretary Genevieve Ryan. Well done!

New Directors: Jan Kilanski & John Ramoska

Sergeant at Arms: Harold Trester
Membership Coordinator: Kristy Albertson
Raffle Coordinator: Jan Kilanski
Find of the Month Coordinator: Tim Lopez
Hospitality Coordinator: Danielle Ramoska
Newsletter Editors/Publishers : Michael Szymczak & Linda Estes
Webmaster: Neil Loewe
Social Media Coordinator: John Ramoska
Recycling Coordinator: Dale Snyder
Picnic Coordinators: Danielle Ramoska & Kristy Albertson
Club Huntmasters: Ben Boggess, David Turner, John Ramoska, & Jan Kilanski
Christmas Party Coordinators: Danielle Ramoska & Kristy Albertson




2017 Christmas Party

2017 Christmas Party

Another Christmas party is in the books, and this one was a resounding success. It was held at Crystal Palace Banquets in Mt. Prospect. The board sought a new location this year as a result of complaints about previous locations that hosted our party. For those who were unable to attend, a survey of members revealed that the food was better, the service was more friendly, the coffee was more delicious, and parking was easier than at previous spots.

The staff did something I've never seen done before at a banquet. There was extra food as a result of some members who paid but didn't attend. Crystal Palace packed it up in bags containing individual servings for people who wanted it to take home.

Thank you to John Ramoska and everyone else who helped make this event the success that it was! We look forward to patronizing this great business again in the future!

Congratulations to Steve Crundwell on being named Treasure Hunter of the Year, and to Lynn Roma for being named Member of the Year!



November 2017 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan and Tim & Gail Lopez for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!




September 2017 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Pam & Jeff Hungerford, James Berganski, John Granias, and Sandra Sullivan for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!




September Update


Important Announcement

Want photos and enlargements from the fall beach hunt? Good news! Here's a new and easy way to get them.

Since 2004, long before I was detecting, the club has used Photobucket.com to store our event photos. If you go to the "Pictures" link on the main menu, you get a page of Photobucket links. I continued that practice when I took over the Web site, and have noticed that Photobucket has added so many pop-up ads that it has become aggravating to use.

I think I found an easy and painless way to allow you to order prints and enlargements of our event pictures using Walgreen's Photo Service. I have uploaded the Fall 2017 Beach Hunt pictures to my Walgreen's Photo page and am sharing the folder they are in via a Web link. If you click on the link below, it should take you to that folder containing the hunt pictures. All you have to do is log in to your Walgreen's Photo account or create one if you don't already have one. Then you will be able to order prints and enlargenments of the photos as if you had uploaded them from your phone, camera, or computer.

I'm doing this on a trial basis. Let me know if you use the Walgreen's service to order prints from the hunt.

IF I DON'T GET FEEDBACK THAT YOU USED AND LIKED THIS OPTION, I'LL DISCONTINUE IT!

Like the monthly contests, this requires extra work on my part and if no one is taking advantage of it, there won't be any reason to keep doing it. If you want prints, order them soon. I'll keep the album up until the next event, which is the Christmas party, then take it down to make room for those photos. Here's the link:


2017 Fall Beach Hunt Photos

Before anyone asks "Why don't you use Shutterfly?" - I'm doing this for the convenience of our members. I think we all live near a Walgreen's store. If any of you don't, they will also ship to your home. I'm on Walgreen's, not Shutterfly.






August 2017 Meeting Summary


Check presentation

A representative of the WWII Submarine Veterans' memorial accepts a $500.00 donation from the club and its members. MHRS will be represented at the memorial on a 10" x 10" engraved brick. Thank you for your donations.

Thank you to Tim & Gail Lopez, Terry Spann, Dale & Bob, Sandre Sullivan, Carolyn Bury, Genevieve Ryan, and Neil Loewe for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

The subject of the meeting was about tuning your detector for optimum performance. Most people have problems when it comes to properly tuning their detector for the best performance and proper discrimination. Sample target sticks were created for members to use to determine the correct settings for finding a coin surrounded by junk like nails or pop tops. The sample target sticks will be available at the next meeting so if you want bring your detector with and practice with the sample sticks after the meeting.

The other issue with tuning detectors is that many people don't understand or are unfamiliar with digital detectors versus the analog ones they have been using for years. Changing types and learning how to use a new detector can seem daunting or scary but it doesn't have to be. Start with the #1 RULE when dealing with detectors. DO NOT CHANGE MORE THAN ONE SETTING AT A TIME UNTIL YOU PRACTICE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT SETTING DOES. If you were not able to attend the meeting read the text of the presentation on the website.

If you were not able to attend the meeting, read a summary of the presentation here:
Tuning Your Detector

Camp I Am Me (Burn Camp): A representative of the burn camp was not available to present the donation this month because our meeting coincided with their family day. We will be making a presentation to the camp of $1,000 at the September's meeting. Thank you one and all for your donations.

REMINDER: We are looking for members to run for elected offices in the club. We need individuals to run for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Recorder. Candidates are introduced to the club in October and elections are held in November. If we cannot get a slate of candidates to run the club. The club will be dissolved the left over funds will be dispersed. This is YOUR club. We NEED participation to be successful!

FALL CLUB HUNT - Gilson Beach Wilmette Park District, September 10, 2017. This event is free to all paid up members. We are planting over $2,500 in silver on the beach plus tokens for a lot of great prizes prizes. This is the big hunt of the year. The first hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m.

WEBMASTER'S REPORT: I made a presentation about the Web site at our January 2017 meeting. At that time, I announced that I was looking for more members to participate in the Web site contests that I run. I agreed to keep running them on a trial basis to see if more would take advantade of the benefit. The reason I started them was to drive members to the Web site. Participation increased, but only marginally. Due to the amount of work it took to put the contests up on the site, and because participation never reached levels I hoped it would, I have decided to end the contests. The August contest was the last one.

Only Ten members entered the August Web site contest. Silver dimes were awarded to Michael Barrett and Juan Fragoso. The third dime wasn't awarded because it would have gone to the twelfth entrant, which we didn't have. Pam Hungerford won the drawing for the silver quarter. Here is a list of those in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be September 24, 2017 at the Norwood Park Field House. The subject will be Concentric versus D-Double D Coils - What is the Difference? Size versus response.

See you at the beach hunt!



July 2017 Meeting Summary and July Update

Thank you to Tim & Gail Lopez, Terry Spann, and Genevieve Ryan for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

The subject of the meeting was coin collecting and what makes coins valuable. The presentation revolved around the characteristics that make coins a key or semi-key date or just a common coin. One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that age has everything to do with value. This is false. Coins are categorized based on mintage (how many were made) and how many people where saving coins. So it all boils down to mintage, year and mintmark and how many people saved some coins which can change the population. If you were not able to attend the meeting, read the text of the presentation here:
What Determines Coin Values

Camp I Am Me (Burn Camp): James Dabisch of the Farmers Insurance donated $50.00 to the burn camp fund. Let's remember our commitment to the kids and the camp. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We will be making a presentation to the camp of $1,000 at the August meeting.

REMINDER: We are looking for members to run for elected offices in the club. We need individuals to run for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Recorder. Candidates are introduced to the club in October and elections are held in November. If we cannot get a slate of candidates to run the club. The club will be dissolved the left over funds will be dispersed. This is YOUR club. We NEED participation to be successful!

FALL CLUB HUNT - Gilson Beach Wilmette Park District, September 10, 2017. This event is free to all paid up members. We are planting over $2,500 in silver on the beach plus tokens for a lot of great prizes prizes. This is the big hunt of the year. The first hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The July contest was a short one. members had only a few days to enter. Even so, eight members made it in. Silver dimes were awarded to Terry Spann, Gene Zschernitz, and Michael Barrett, and Ben Boggess won the drawing for the silver quarter. I'll give you two weeks to enter this month's contest.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be held on Our next meeting will be August 27, 2017 at the Norwood Park Field House. The subject will be setting and tuning your detector. Bring your detector to the meeting.

Some of you older members might remember a 1966 song by Bob Lind called "Elusive Butterfly." I have it on good authority that there are two elusive butterflies hiding somewhere on this site. Happy Hunting!



July Update


Spring 2017 beach hunt

Let's give away some silver - specifically, the coins shown above. It's been a pretty busy month for me. I usually have the contest posted a week or two before the monthly meeting. You have been looking for it, as a couple of you even tried entering the June contest. This month, it's another one designed to get you exploring our Web site.

To enter, send an email to the Webmaster with the first and last name of the member who is in tenth place according to the June FOM table results listed on the club Web site. Don't know where to find that info? Here's a hint - check the "Finds of the month" page. You can list the member's name in the subject of the email or in the body.

As always, this contest is open to paid up members only, only one entry per member. You have until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 to get your entry in. The first, second, and third person to enter will win a silver dime. As usual, there will be a drawing for a silver quarter at the July meeting later that day. Good luck!



June 2017 Meeting Summary

Javier's vest

Javier's daughter wanted to wear her dad's vest to her quinceanera, but sadly, it was destroyed in the crash. Our members collected $340 for "Javier's vest fund", including the Batman patches and Batman button like the ones he always wore on it. This is what was put together, and all it needs are the MHRS patches. Thank you, members, for making this possible for Javier's family!

A moment of silence was held to mourn the passing of our good friend and former club member Javier Castrejon. Javier was killed in a car accident through no fault of his own with an alleged drunk driver. The club and numerous members made donations for his burial through his go-fund-me page. Thank you to all who donated!

Thank you to Tim & Gail Lopez, Sandra Sullivan, Rose-Marie Kilanski, Carolyn Bury, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

We had a great Spring Club Hunt with an attendance of 76 people. That is unusual for a spring hunt. We normally see between 50-60 members in the spring hunt. Thank you for attending.

Our next club function will be the Club Picnic at Busse Woods Grove 4 on July 9, 2017 at 10:00AM. The club will supply the meats and buns. Bring a side dish to share. Check with Danielle Ramoska to see what is needed. Games will be provided for both the kids and adults. Leave your metal detectors at home since this will be in the Cook County Forest Preserve, but bring your smiling faces to the picnic. We look forward to seeing you there.

Lynn Roma presented the club $225.00 from the Timber Ridge Bowling League toward the Burn Camp fund. She also reminded us of our commitment to the burn camp and why we collect these funds. It takes $2,500.00 for one child to attend the camp. Last year we donated $1,000.00 in June to the camp. This year it will be July before we can donate and then with the help of $310.00 from the bowling league. Let's remember our commitment to the kids and the camp. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

While the meeting topic was going to be coin collecting, that discussion was put off to a later date to allow guest speakers from the Submarine Veterans Memorial Group to give a prsentation. They spoke about the Submarine Memorial being built in Chicago to commemorate the WWII submarine veterans who served. They presented a slide show about the submarine service and the submarines which were built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. A collection was taken up to buy a brick in the club's name for the war memorial. We raised $460 for the WWII submarine Memorial project. Just $60 more and we can have a 10"X10" brick representing MHRS. Consider what you'd like it to say. Your input on this is welcome!
For more information on this, see Crashdivebase.com

We are looking for members to run for the various elected offices in the club. We need individuals to run for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Recorder. Candidates are introduced to the club in October and elections are held in November. If we cannot get a slate of candidates to run the club. The club will be dissolved the left over funds will be dispersed. This is your club, and we need participation for it to continue.

Twelve members entered the Web site contest. Silver dimes were awarded to David Turner, Michael Barrett, and Pam Hungerford. Terry Spann won the drawing for the silver quarter. Here is a list of those in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

Our next meeting will be July 23, 2017 at the Norwood Park Field House. The subject will be setting and tuning your detector, so bring your detector to the meeting.



June Update


Spring 2017 beach hunt

The Spring Beach Hunt pictures are now on the Web site. Thanks to Terry Spann for clicking away once again with his camera. You can find them by going to the "Pictures" page on the menu above.

More items have been added to the "More finds" page. There are finds that are worthy of further display or explanation. There is a late contest this month. To enter, go to the "More finds" page and click on the last new item added, the Barclay #780 lead soldier. If you can't see it, put your mouse cursor anywhere in that table, right click, and click on "reload frame." Send an email to the Webmaster with the name of the member who found that soldier in the subject line of the email. Paid up members only, only one entry per member. You have until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017 to get your entry in. The second, fourth, and sixth person to enter will win a silver dime. As usual, there will be a drawing for a silver quarter at the June meeting later that day. Good luck!




Please click the picture for the gofundme page.

Javier & Maribel

We are deeply saddened to announce that friend and member Javier Castrejon was killed in a car crash by an alleged drunk driver in Chicago on June 11th. His wife Maribel was seriously injured and is in the hospital in intensive care with blood clots in her heart.

A gofundme page has been set up to help cover costs the family is encountering because of this tragic incident. Anyone interested in donating can find it by clicking on either picture.


Javier & family




April 2017 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Dale & Bob, Tim & Gail Lopez, Genevieve Ryan, Terry Spann, and Neil Loewe for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

We are continuing our membership renewal drive for 2017. Membership dues are $30.00 for individuals and $50.00 for couples. If you have not yet renewed there is now a $5.00 late fee added to your membership dues. As of April's meeting we had 111 members. NOTE: If you didn't renew by the end of the April meeting, you ARE NOT be eligible to participate in the Spring Club Hunt May 7, 2017. We will not be accepting membership dues at the Club Hunt!

SPRING CLUB HUNT - Gilson Beach, Wilmette Park District, May 7, 2017. Registration (sign-in) for the event starts at 9:00 A.M. The hunt events begin at 10:00 A.M. This event is free to all paid up members. We are planting over $2,000 in silver on the beach, plus 20 tokens for prizes during the big hunt. Prizes include silver rounds, silver dollars, Garrett pinpointers and other metal detector accessories. Bring a lunch and enjoy the day with the club and find some silver.

CLUB MEETING: The subject of the April meeting was Water Detecting. Tom Halek gave the presentation, discussing the equipment he uses - waders, scoop, Fisher CZ-21 water detector and other items. Tom also brought a couple of display cases showing the gold and silver finds he has made over the years. One of the issues brought up by Tom and other water hunters was safety. Caution needs to be exercised when wearing waders, as they can become filled with water if you fall while in the water. Wearing a belt to limit the rate at which the waders fill would help, along with wearing a personal floatation device or inflatable flotation device. That could save your life should you fall in or walk over the edge of a steep drop off. Enjoy the hobby but enjoy it safely.

Fifteen members took part in the April Web site contest. That's a record number. One member entered for the first time, and won a silver dime for his efforts. Dimes were awarded to Ben Bogess, Allen Landau, and Harold Adams. Michael Barrett won the silver quarter drawing. Congratulations!

Here is a list of those in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

Our next meeting is June 25, 2017 the subject will be coin collecting.



April Update

Happy April - good detecting weather is here!

Have you gone on an Easter egg hunt yet? You might want to.

Ours doesn't end until 9:00 a.m. on April 23rd.

Good luck!




March 2017 Meeting Summary

There were 44 members and 1 guest at our March meeting. Thank you to Dale & Bob, Tim & Gail Lopez, and Genevieve Ryan for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

Lynn Roma presented an $85 donation on behalf of the Timber Ridge Bowling League to the Burn Camp Fund. A thank you letter will be going out to the ladies of the bowling league for their generosity.

We are continuing our membership drive renewal for 2017. Membership fees are $30.00 for individuals and $50.00 for couples. If you have not yet renewed there is now a $5.00 late fee added to your membership dues. As of March's meeting we have 106 members. Fifteen members have not yet renewed. NOTE: If you have not renewed by the end of April's meeting you will not be eligible to participate in the Spring Club Hunt May 7, 2017. We will not be accepting membership dues at the Club Hunt!

SPRING CLUB HUNT-Gilson Beach Wilmette Park District, May 7, 2017. This event is free to all paid up members. We are planting over $2,000 in silver on the beach plus tokens for a lot of great prizes prizes. The first hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Just nine members entered the Web site contest. Silver dimes were awarded to Dave Turner, Ben Bogess, and Tom Howell, who were the first, third, and eighth members to enter. Gene Zschernitz won the drawing for the silver quarter.

Here is a list of those in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

After our regular business was conducted, our annual Bake Sale/Auction fundraiser began. Three tables of edible goodies were baked by members and auctioned to raise funds for club activities. All funds go back to our members through these activities. The Bake Sale/Auction raised $1,064 for the club, which is a new record. Thank you to all members who participated.

Silver Dollars were presented to members who had the highest bid offered for their sale item in both enhanced and non-enhanced categories for both single items and multiples. The winners were:

Genevieve Ryan - Multiple Non-Enhanced
Lynn Roma - Single Non Enhanced
Steve Crundwell - Multiple Enhanced
Art Hundrieser - Single Enhanced

Our next meeting will be held on April 23, 2017. The subject will be water hunting.




March Update!


2016 Bake Sale offerings

Our next meeting on March 26, 2017 is our Bake Sale Auction!

This is a big club fund-raiser, so please PARTICIPATE! Bring baked goods and money to bid! Please mark your bake sale items as follows: If the item has nuts of any type and if so, which type, and whether the item is enhanced or not enhanced, enhanced meaning that there is a coin or other inducement offered with them for auction.

Three more recent finds have been deemed "Webmaster's Choice" finds and added to the "More finds" page. There's a lot of history behind the company that produced the vintage fishing scale that Kristy Albertson found. Click on that picture to see what I'm talking about. There is a lot of information listed for many of the finds shown there, and it's just a click away.

Hopefully you've been able to take advantage of our unseasonably warm weather when it was here to get out and find some treasure! Speaking of treasure, there might be some hiding on this Web site for members interested in finding it. Happy hunting and good luck!




February 2017 Meeting Summary

February raffle prizes

These prizes were awarded to lucky winners of our monthly raffle.

Thank you to Dale & Bob, Jim Berganski, Tim & Gail Lopez, Genevieve Ryan, Pam Hungerford, Sandra Sullivan, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

The topic of this meeting was "Your best day detecting." We asked a few members to pick one day of metal detecting that stood out above the others they've experienced and to give a brief talk about it. Each presenter talked for five or ten minutes, and some brought displays of their finds from their favorite day. It was a very interesting feature of the meeting, to say the least. It was awesome to see the level of success our members have reached with their detecting. Thanks to Tom, Mark, Neil, Steve, Jeff, Andrew and Dale.

Mark Becker offered to make custom size coin rings for members of the club, with proceeds going back to the club. These are beautiful pieces, and his prices are quite reasonable compared to online prices for purchased rings. If anyone is interested in seeing how these rings look, see Mark or Neil at a meeting.

Our next meeting will be March 26, and it's the date of our annual bake sale/auction. Bring lots of money so you can return home with some great treats and perhaps a nice enhancement. Proceeds from the sale directly benefit you, our members, as the money we raise during the bake sale is used to provide silver coins for our two beach hunts each year.

We had a record number of entrants for the Web site contest, but would still like to see more people participate. Fourteen members entered the contest. Silver dimes were awarded to Bill Berning, Doris Patitz, and first-time entrant Tommy Decker, and a drawing was held for for the silver quarter.

Here is a list of those in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

Keep checking back for another contest in March. It's going to be a little harder to find than the last one. You'll get a hint that it's here when you see the March update. Be sure to find it and enter!





February Update


2016 Gold coin winner

Member Kevin Templeton is all smiles as he proudly displays the gold coin he won by entering the MHRS fundraising raffle. His name was drawn at the Christmas Party in December, making him the proud owner of this beauty. Congratulations, Kevin!!!

Prizes were awarded for our first Web contest of the year that was held in January. Three silver dimes were awarded to members who entered, and a silver quarter was awarded to one member whose name was drawn from the names of all who entered. Here is a summary of the contest winners so far this year: WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH


As you can see, there is plenty of room on the chart for additional member's names. I hope to fill it with names and find the need to expand it to hold even more. To that end, let's have another contest. This one isn't hidden, to make entering easy for first-timers.

All you have to do enter this month's contest is be a paid-up member of the club and send an email to the Webmaster with the words "I wanna play, too!" in the subject line. Use the email address listed on the front page of the newsletter - it's the same one shown at the bottom of the "About" page of this site. You can also use the email address listed in the membership roster. When I get your email, I'll send a response so you'll know you're "in". You have until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2017 to enter. That's the day of our next membership meeting.

The FIRST club member to enter will win a 1941 Mercury dime. The THIRD and FIFTH club member to enter will also receive a silver dime. At the February meeting, I'll put the names of all members who entered into a bowl, and one name will be drawn for a silver quarter! Winners need not be present. We'll hold your prize until you can get it. Free silver - get it here!

All who enter this month will receive one entry in the Christmas party drawing for a silver eagle grand prize! Good luck, and happy hunting to all!

This contest started on February 12th at 10:05 a.m.



January Meeting Summary

Thank you to Gen Ryan, Doris Patitz, Sandra Sullivan, Dale Snyder, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break! Please sign up at the next meeting to take a turn bringing something in.

There were 50 members and 3 guests at the January meeting.

The meeting started with unfinished business from the Christmas Party. The one ounce 2009 Gold Buffalo coin from the raffle was awarded to member Kevin Templeton. The Member of the Year certificate was awarded to Tom Howell, and those hunters who finished in the top 10 for Treasure Hunter of the Year and weren't at the Christmas party received their certificates.

We are continuing our membership drive renewal for 2017. Membership fees are $30.00 for individuals and $50.00 for couples. If you have not yet renewed, there is now a $5.00 late fee added to your membership dues. It's very disappointing that only 72 of 121 members have renewed as of the end of business for the January meeting. RENEW NOW! Send your renewal to Art Hundrieser.

Jan Kilanski asked the members who were what they thought of the Christmas party venue, and asked if there were any suggestion or complaints on how to improve the party. A half-dozen members bought up various complaints and suggestions. We will be looking for a new facility for the Christmas party in 2017.

Dale Snyder donated a pair of waders to be raffled off at the meeting with one-half of the proceeds going to the club. Thank you Dale. Gene Zschernitz was the high bidder for the waders. Congratulations Gene! Enjoy them in good health!

The subject of the meeting was a presentation by our Webmaster, Neil Loewe, concerning our monthly Website contest, the rules, and how to enter. This was in response to several requests by members. The presentation was thorough and informative. Hopefully we will have improved participation in the contest. It is an easy way to win some silver. Thank you Neil.

First place finds from our Find of Month contest during 2016 were displayed and the members present at the meeting voted for Find of the Year. A silver dollar was awarded the first place winners of this contest in each of the eight categories. Congratulations to the winners! Their finds are now featured on the Website banner. A list of the winners can be seen here.

OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE February 26, 2017. John Ramoska will run the meeting. Bring your finds for the Find of the Month contest. At the February meeting, we will vote on finds discovered since our last regular meeting in November. You must be a paid up member to participate in the contest.



January Update

The January meeting will feature voting for "Finds of the Year" for 2016. If any of your finds won first place in any "Find of the Month" category during 2016, they qualify for entry in the "Finds of the Year" competition. Be sure to bring them to the meeting and enter them. Winners of this competition receive great prizes. There will also be a short presentation on the club's Web site, and I'll be available to answer any questions you might have about it.

A few members contacted me with questions regarding the contests we've been putting up on the Web site, so I want to take some time to explain what they are and how to find them. Over the course of 2016, we awarded over thirty silver dimes and ten silver quarters to members who entered the contests, and one silver eagle to a lucky entrant whose name was drawn at the Christmas party. There is no cost to enter any of these contests. The only requirement is that all entrants must be paid-up members of the club.

Sometime during the month, before that month's membership meeting, I will post news of a new contest here on the main page of the club's Web site. Usually that notice will say something like "There might be a contest somewhere on the site." or "This month's contest has been posted. Good luck!" If you see those words, a contest has been posted. If you want to enter, you need to find the link, hidden somewhere on our site, that will take you to the page with the contest. It might be a picture of a treasure chest, or something else that looks a little out of place. When you find it and click on it, it will tell you what to do to enter. Entering the contest involves sending me, the Webmaster, an email with certain words in the subject line before a cutoff date.

When I receive those emails, I number them in the order in which they arrive. Dimes are awarded to entries based on the rules for each contest. One month the rules might say the first three members to enter will each receive a silver dime. The next month the dimes might go to the second, fourth, and sixth member to enter. It changes from month to month.

At the membership meeting, the names of all members who entered that month's contest are put into a bowl and one name is picked to win a silver quarter. I track each entry all year, and at the Christmas party, everyone who entered contests during the year gets one raffle ticket for each contest they entered. Those tickets are then mixed up and one name is drawn to receive a silver eagle. The more contests you enter, the more chances you have to win.

As you can see, it pays to check the Web site for updates during the month. This is free silver being given away to members who participate. Be sure to get in on the action! Your first opportunity to do so in 2017 is right here in plain sight. To keep it simple, I won't hide this one. All you have to do enter this month's contest is be a paid-up member of the club and send an email to the Webmaster with the words "Let's play" in the subject line. Use the email address listed on the front page of the newsletter - it's the same one shown at the bottom of the "About" page of this site. You can also use the email address listed in the membership roster. When I get your email, I'll send a response so you'll know you're "in". You have until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017 to enter. That's the day of our next membership meeting.

The FIRST club member to enter will win a 1943 Mercury dime. The THIRD and FIFTH club member to enter will also receive a Mercury dime. At the January meeting, I'll put the names of all members who entered into a bowl, and one name will be drawn for a silver quarter! Winners need not be present. I'll hold your prize until you can get it.

All who enter this month will receive one entry in the Christmas party drawing for a silver eagle grand prize! Good luck, and happy hunting to all!




I was contacted by the administrator of the Web site USA Coin Book with a request to link to their site from ours. I'll add their site to our "Links" page, but will feature it here for a while so word will get out. It is a coin auction site billed as an alternative to ebay. They charge a flat 2% final value fee. It looks like a great resource not only for buying and selling coins, but also for viewing examples of older coins of varying conditions to help you determine the value of yours. Let me know what you think.

USA Coin Book



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