The Mid-Jersey Research & Recovery club was organized in 1979 when a handful of local detectorists recognized a need for a club, and so the first meetings were held in alternating member's homes. Eventually, the membership grew large enough to move to bigger quarters and the meetings were moved to the Lawrenceville, NJ, PBA Hall. The club met there for a number of years until the PBA Hall was scheduled for demolition. Today, we meet in the recreation center in Switlik Park in Yardville, NJ.
Over the years, the MJRRC has had a variety of programs and speakers. Many of our members have also given talks about their detecting outings, helpful hints, opinions of and experiences with different detectors, etc. There have been discussions on outdoor health and safety and a number of videos shown of our members in action.
Many of our club members have donated their time to community projects such as helping police search for evidence at crime scenes and cleaning up the local parks and beaches. We have given talks and demonstrations to scout troupes, business organizations and schools. Assisting in archaeological digs, donating pulltabs for the Ronald McDonald House program and redeeming our damaged coinage through the Philadelphia Reserve Bank in order to donate the money to different charities are just a few examples of how we give back to the community. Beyond this, our members have spent countless hours of their own time locating lost items for their owners.
We are proud of our club's heritage and the contributions we've made to the community through the hobby of metal detecting. We look forward to many more years of fun, fellowship and sharing our passion for the hobby!