There were lots of folks and lots of great displays at the September meeting! Before we get underway with pictures, take note that we will have a cookout preceding the Halloween fun hunt at our October 8th meeting. Please bring a side dish or dessert and the club will supply the burgers, hot dogs, etc. It's going to be a fun night!
Here are some of our members milling around, chatting and checking out finds before the meeting begins.
Everyone is in place and awaiting the start of the meeting.
Henry brought in a jaw dropping display of some of his reales and George Washington inaugural buttons!
And here is his usual pile of beach finds. Henry sure works hard at this hobby!
And Donna does, too! Here are her beach finds.
Betty certainly puts her time in, too! Here are her beach finds.
Jim Corbett and Dave Witman recently returned from a trip to the islands. They both found very nice pieces of gold and silver. Here's Jim's followed by Dave's.
David Visokay found a beautiful fairy pendant (left), and Mel Sanders brought in his many playground finds (right).
The next 3 displays were brought in by our "rusty gold" hunters, Greg, Bob and Al.
Albert King brought in some fantastic bottle finds as well as some artifacts he found on the Thames River and brought back from his trip to England.
Since Jim's birthday fell on the day of the meeting, we had a little birthday party for him.
And here's the birthday boy himself! : ) See all of you in October!
Attendance was good for a summer meeting. There wasn't much business to talk about so the meeting was a shorter one. Upcoming events include a Bingo night and a Halloween night hunt. There were a lot of good finds made.
President Mike Warden with son Will on the left, open the meeting. Mike is sitting in front of a new banner he had made. It's smaller than our last one, which is still missing, but it will be a good travel banner to represent us at hunts and other events.
Members check out the goodies at the finds table before the meeting.
Since we didn't have a meeting in July, members brought in 2 months worth of finds. Dave Whitman brought in this monster bag containing over 1000 coins, along with numerous pairs of sunglasses and gold and silver jewelry!
Bob Truitt also had an impressive display showing new and old coins, jewelry and an awesome buckle!
Jim Corbett scored a one ounce rose gold chain. I guess we'll never hear the end of it! LOL! Congrats, Jim!
Derek Errickson always brings in an interesting assortment of finds.
I believe this is Greg German's box of finds. Forgive me if it isn't. I'll have to start taking notes rather than rely on memory, which is MIA at the moment!
The members favorite part of the meeting - break time! As the song goes; "See you in September." 10th, that is : ) - Amy
This 3 minute 47 second video from our young club member, Albert King, will make you stop and think of the future of our hobby if we don't follow the code of ethics.
We had another well-attended meeting with a very interesting guest speaker. I apologize for the poor quality of pictures. I didn't have my camera and had to use my cellphone. Most of the pictures didn't come out well. We also had several guests. Welcome, Sue Brunker, Dan, Terry, Ryan and Angie!
Here is our guest speaker, Drew Waholek, who treated us to a talk about his bottle digging and relic hunting experience and adventures. Drew Brought in an awesome array of bottles coins and relics he has found. He also belongs to 7 coin clubs and is very knowledgeable about coins. Thank you, Drew! Very motivational!
So sorry these pictures of Drew's finds are out of focus!
Our members listen to Drew's talk...
Henry needs his own space at a table to display what's in this month's bucket!
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Betty was once again our gracious host for the club's annual beach hunt in Ship Bottom, Long Beach Island. We had a good turnout and a great time, as usual. The weather spared us until the end of the day on the ride home when the skies opened up. Thank you Betty and Mother Nature! Mike did an excellent job with the hunt. There were plenty of targets, including lots of silver and tokens for prizes. The best part of all was the opportunity for the members to relax, socialize and do a little hunting. It was a really nice day!
Here are some of our members hanging out in the backyard before and after the hunt. Thanks to Marianne King, Betty and Mike for providing the pictures.
Samson King is caught using his secret weapon (sugar!) to increase his speed on the hunt field!
Lined up before entering the hunt field.
Marching down to the hunt field.
The mad scramble begins. There were enough targets planted to keep the hunt going for at least 1/2 hour.
Happy faces all around at the end of the day! (Dave and Henry aren't in the picture because they were already back out hunting the beach!)
We had a very good turnout at our April meeting, including a surprise visit from past member, Scotty Pullen, who made a grand entrance in the middle of the meeting!
***PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE A MEETING ON MAY 14TH DUE TO MOTHER'S DAY. INSTEAD, WE'LL BE MEETING AT BETTY'S SHORE HOUSE FOR A FUN HUNT ON MAY 7TH. IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, WE'LL POSTPONE IT TO THE 21ST.
Here's Scotty (right) talking to Mike during the meeting break.
Our members brought in some great finds from relics to jewelry! Here's Albert King's finds. Don't forget to check out Albert's Youtube channel, Kinghouse BD.
Dave Wittman and his wife, Tara, took a cruise last month, and Dave cleaned up with 9 pieces of gold! Do you see the name plate in his box? What are the chances of finding the name, "Tara?"
Here's a real oddity. Greg German found this oversized quarter shown next to a regular quarter. I've heard of large cents but large quarters?!?!
We had a "Show and Tell" where members brought in some past finds. Here's Betty's 2 large gold necklaces from the summer of '15.
Mel and Barbara Sanders brought in some stunning finds. Here's Mel's 1 carat + diamond ring and Barb's Raymond Weil watch.
I brought in a shell found in a dirt pile taken from an old farm. So far, I haven't been able to identify it.
Derek Errickson brought in an interesting old Fire Service badge.
Al Meier inspects a coin while Bob Truitt looks on. See you on the beach at Betty's next month!
Great turnout at the club meeting this past Sunday. Mike talked about some future plans for guest speakers, hunts and other activities. I apologize for the poor picture quality. Forgot my camera and had to use my cellphone : (.
Some of us brought in bottles to give to Albert King as he is an avid bottle collector and enthusiast. Albert and his brother, Samson, had their heads shaved to help raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation to help find a cure for kids with cancer. Albert also has his own Youtube channel under the name of Kinghouse BD. Be sure to tune into some of the videos. They are well worth watching. Here's Albert's reaction to receiving the bottles:
Bill Fell brought in a couple past and present finds. Past finds include a Civil War era Martingale, an engraved Swiss music box and a nice old buckle. Also shown are Bill's recent finds.
Dave Wittman picked up 3 nice gold rings during a cruise to the Caribbean, as well as some nice local finds.
Speaking of nice gold rings, Mel Sanders took the top prize in the jewelry category with an 18k gold ring with 16 diamonds!
It must have been spoon month for Al Meier. You could set a table with all that silverware, Al! Two of the spoons are sterling - one is Steiff.
Greg German had an interesting find with his cork shooter/firecracker toy gun dating between 1868 and the early 1870's.
That's all for this month. Come on out next month, April 9th, to see what other club treasures await! - Amy
So sorry for the long absence! Let's get back to club business!