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Author: Sandi Gilardi

April 11 Meeting Notes

Notes from Stepper

Scott Ferguson Spoke about the possibility of resuming Club meetings perhaps in September or thereabouts. It will involve a tactical situation regarding availability and opportunity for nearly everyone to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by  the time the doors reopen.

Scott gave a recap of the Easter Egg hunt that took place on Wollaston Beach on Saturday, April 3. Everyone had a great time, and found lots of Easter eggs filled with silver coins.

Mary McCue told her story about Scott finding multitudes of gold rings, and when she found her first ring she also got “hooked” on metal detecting!

Christina is getting a new Minelab detector soon. She showed us some old (late1800s / early 1900s) bottles she found in her backyard. She also plans to get a

fine sifting screen, perhaps ¼” hardware mesh. Christina suggested that the Diorama contest is a good place to post dug lead soldiers. Thanks for sharing, Christina, and best of luck with your new detector!

Rick told an interesting story of how he set a goal to always find at least $3 in clad coins at each round of detecting. One of these ventures led him to a site where he found lots of obsolete coins including a Barber half, a Spanish reale and a large cent!

Dan Schwartz spoke about how he got permission to detect a 1600s house yard that had been dug up, but was disappointed in not finding anything of interest.  Mark Roberts mentioned that his Equinox 600 screen cracked and he sent it in, and will have it back in time for his upcoming trip to Texas to visit family. Mark also recapped the status of the El Cazador contest, indicating that $531 has been collected for the drawing next month.

18K Gold Ring

Two-Two-week Finds Contest winners:

1st – Glenn Godwin – 18K gold ring with precious stone

2nd – Kent Blethen – Victorian silver cufflink

3rd – Judi Batchelder – 1925 Charlie Chaplin movie token (“The Gold Rush”)

Buffalo nickel draw – Judi Batchelder – didn’t win so there are now 4 Standing

Liberty quarters in the pot


1897 Morgan dollar – Judi Batchelder

1962 Franklin half – Mary Jane Tsiakalis

1943 Walking Liberty half – Paulo Adams

50/50 – Rick Smith ($55)

“Captain Morgan” Albert Einstein silver round – Stepper Camilleis

Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday April 3 we had a great Easter Egg hunt with prizes from our club and a few anonymous donors.

Raffles and snacks and a birthday surprise.

It was good to see members we have missed over the year since we have been limited to ZOOM.

Some followed with a “Clam Box ” picnic in the sun.

March 28 Meeting Notes

21 Members attended              

The meeting opened with us greeting Rick, again making an appearance from his new unfavorite hunting spot.

Discussion of recent hunting trips and reports of Sunday’s rugged weather gave us information about Spring’s arrival.

A long discussion on fall hunt plans gave us many options for funding and planning what we might be able to do. We will further discuss this in the coming months.

We decided to again approach the Woman’s Club by mail about a date we might return to Newton for meetings.

Wanting to get together soon, we decided to have a “Egg hunt” next Saturday at Wollaston Beach for all club members. We sent out an invite to all as the meeting ended. See you there!

Sandi (Stepper off on a trip)

Reminder: New raffle prize to be raffled on May 9th . A beautiful boxed collector item of a Mexico Reale from the Cazador Shipwreck authenticated. Chances are $1 each You can mail Paulo for the purchase, or use our raffle donation online, and let Mark how much $$ you are using to buy raffle tickets.

FACEBOOK  Finds Prizes:

1st Prize- Joe M for 1886 Silver Dollar

1886 Peace Dollar

2nd Prize -(tie)Glenn for Seated Dime & Mark for WWI Button

3rd Prize- Aiden for Silver Ring
Bi weekly Raffle Prizes were won by: Sue  R, Joe M and Mary

Bonus drawing went to Sandi, John Mc, and MaryJane
The Steel  Head Drawing was drawn to be Bob O’Neill who did not win, so another coin will be aded for  the next meeting.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by Sandi  ($70)

February 28 Meeting Notes

19  Members attended       Stepper’s Meeting Notes    2-28-21 Zoom meeting

Best “run in while detecting” story  went to Stepper for the Alzheimer’s lady story
1st Prize- Kent for a 18K Gold chain and pendant

2nd Prize -Judi for a gilt button
3rd Prize- Judi for an infantry button
Bi weekly Raffle Prizes were won by: Bob ONeil, Aiden (from John)  John McG

Bonus drawing to Stepper  (2), Glenn, Mary, Mark, and Sandi
The Indian Head Drawing was drawn to be Susan; who did not win the  5 quarters, more will be added for the next meeting.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by  John McG ($70)


February 14 Meeting Notes

23 Members attended     Steppers meeting notes 2-14-21 Zoom meeting
Our meeting opened with a discussion that lead to planning an additional open meeting for the interested public. We have had more people asking to attend, and have a plan to film a question and answer ZOOM video to put on our web page.

Discussion continued with chats about New Mexico hunting trips. Hopefully traveling will be available in the near future.

Many members had information and input to a idea to plan a trip to NH, perhaps as a group overnight trip. A little more research will be done.
Rick joined us in person from Beth Israel Hospital from his private room. It’s been quite a month for hospital and doctor visits.

The increase in silver prices has had us reconsider our award system. We might have to make adjustments if the price goes to high. Thanks to our Treasurer who has made some wise purchases for us to keep our club ready to give rewards for the club.

A long discussion of Minelab and other machines lead us to decide to take better care of all our equipment. A few solutions to problems were shared.

Best Facebook Favorite ” one sentence sentence of a bad thing that happened on a Hunt” was won by Scott for “I had wrapped my hose around a buoy line several times, as I started to surface the hose got stuck. I was able to take off the harness and make the surface with no air to spare as they say!”

Best Facebook Finds went to: (more photos on the FB page)


1st Prize- MJ for a ring
2nd Prize -Mary for her Ring
3rd Prize- Mary for her Mercury Dime
Bi weekly Raffle Prizes were won by: Don Latino, Rick Smith (2) (gifts from other winners)
The Indian Head Drawing was drawn to be MJ , who did not win the  Silvers, more will be added for the next meeting.
The 50/50 Raffle was won by  Paulo ($75)