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March Update!


2016 Bake Sale offerings

Our next meeting on March 26, 2017 is our renowned 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!




2015 Treasure Hunter and Members of the Year

Voting has been tallied for the 2016 Treasure Hunter of the Year, and with twenty-four more points than the second place winner, Terry Spann easily earned the title. Congratulations, Terry!

The 2016 Officers and the Board of Directors held a vote for Member of the Year, and in light of the contributions made by two members, it was decided that the honor would be shared by both. Tom Howell was selected for his contribution to the reputation of the hobby and the club as evidenced by the high number of return thank you letters he has received. Art Hundrieser was chosen for his efforts as our biggest and best booster. Please congratulate these fellow members the next time you see them.




2016 Treasure Hunters of the Year

This year is coming to a close. The weather has smiled on us well into December yet again, and our 2016 Christmas banquet/party was a hit. Thank you to Leona Tatman and everyone else who helped make it a success! Thanks to all who attended, and congratulations to everyone who won a prize or an award! Photos of the party are now up on our "Pictures" page.

Treasure Hunter of the Year was earned by Terry Spann. He is pictured here with his award and five of the other top ten hunters as determined by their total points throughout 2016 in the Find of the Month contest. Congratulations to all! For the full list of the top ten and the point totals of all who accrued points in the Find of the Month contests, see the "Treasure Hunter of the Year Totals" in the November 2016 Finds of the Month.

I would like to thank everyone who entered the contests I ran on this site in 2016. Each person who entered them had a chance to win silver coins at the meeting. Each entry also gave them one ticket in a drawing held during the Christmas party for a silver eagle. During the course of the year, the club awarded twenty-nine silver dimes and ten silver quarters to members who entered the contests and were lucky enough to have their names drawn at our meetings. The silver eagle was won by Terry Spann, who entered each contest that was held. Seeing people enter these contests and winning prizes is a big part of the reward for keeping the Web site going. I appreciate your participation, and encourage those who haven't entered in the past to start getting in on the action in 2017!

The calendar has been updated with dates for all events scheduled for 2017.

Don't forget to bring your first place finds from 2016 for the "Find of the Year" voting at our January meeting. Winners of this round of voting get a prize and banner display of their winning entries!

The second place winners in each category will recieve two free raffle tickets for the monthly prize drawing and third place winners will each receive one ticket. That's further incentive to show off those great finds of yours one more time! The FOM contest will resume in February, where you can enter the items you found since our last FOM contest.





November 2016 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Pam Hungerford, Tim & Gail Lopez, Bob Martin, 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 39 members and 1 guest at November's meeting.

The meeting started with announcements:

The club Christmas Party December 4, 2016- cost is $15.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. It will be held at Biaggio's 4256 N. Central, not Biaggio's on Lawrence Avenue. This location change was made to get more room for the party. Parking is directly next to Biaggio's on Central and across the street at Legno's. There will also be valet parking.

We are continuing our membership drive renewal for 2017. Membership fees are $30.00 for individuals and $50.00 for couples. No membership renewals will be accepted at the Christmas Party. Beat the January rush and penalty; RENEW NOW-send your renewal to Art Hundreiser.

Dale Synder, our recycling chairman, read a thank you letter for the collection of pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you to all the club members who participated.

The subject of the meeting was Cold Weather Metal Detecting. We have quite a few new members who may not think the detecting season continues after the first hard freeze. You can view the outline of the presentation HERE.

Raffle ticket sales for the graded solid gold 1 ounce 2009 Buffalo fifty dollar gold piece (worth between $2000 and $3,000) grade MS-70 are continuing. Tickets are $10.00 each, no discounts for multiple tickets. Tickets will be registered in the buyers name so even if you lose your stub you will still be able to win the coin. Winners need not be present at the Christmas Party when the winner will be chosen to win.

NEXT MEETING IS January 22, 2017 THE MAIN THEME WILL BE FIND OF THE YEAR and a short business meeting. Rules for Find of the Year will be the same as in 2016. You must be a paid up member to participate. If you have had first place finds in any Find of the Month catecory in 2016, be sure to bring them to the January meeting. We will have judging for Find of the Year at that time. Hold your current finds for the FOM table until the February meeting when Find of the Month voting resumes.



October 2016 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Sandra Sullivan, Gene 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.

The meeting started with announcements:

The November meeting will be held on November 20, 2016. This is the third Sunday of the month rather than the fourth Sunday that we normally meet. This change is due to the Thanksgiving holiday the following week.

The venue for the December 4th club Christmas party changed to Biaggio's 4256 N. Central Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Parking is directly next to Biagio's on Central and across the street at Legno's. There will also be valet parking available if you choose to use it. Tickets are $15.00 for members, $30.00 for non-members. Currently 52 people have signed up.

Lynn Roma presented a $65.00 donation to the Fire Alliance Burn Camp from her bowling league. A big Thank You to Lynn and her bowling league. It costs to $2,500 a week to sponsor one child per week to the camp.

Jan reminded all members to renew their membership for 2017. No dues will be accepted at the club Christmas Party. An application can be found on the "Archive" page of this Web site if you need one. There is a $5.00 penalty if you delay renewal until January.

The club recognized Tom Howell for the return of a platinum wedding band for Melissa Flanigan. Melisssa wrote the club a lovely letter expounding Tom's accomplishment for her. Congratulations Tom! There is nothing like the feeling you get when you return to its owner a cherished item that had been lost.

The main theme for the meeting was Exonumia Part 1 - Tokens. We explored six categories of tokens Trade or "Good For", Amusement, Transportation, Convenience, Telephony and Tax tokens. A pdf copy of Jan's presentation can be found HERE.

Don Sutton brought in his mounted collection of jewelry which is primarily silver and his collection of tokens. There were over 400 items in the collection of jewelry and innumerable tokens . Don gave a presentation on how he detected this many items using his detector. Thank you Don for sharing your collection with us.

Our next meeting in November 23, 2016 will address Winter Metal Detecting.



September 2016 Meeting Summary

There were 45 members and 4 guests at September's meeting. Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Sandra Sullivan "the fudge lady", Tom Halek, Pam Hungerford, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break! These are the same generous individuals who regularly bring treats for us. Please sign up at the next meeting to take a turn bringing something in.

The meeting started with announcements:

The club Christmas Party December 4, 2016- cost is $15.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members. The Christmas party will be held at Biagio's 4256 N. Central, not Biagio's on Lawrence Avenue. This is a change since the September meeting. If you picked up a sign-up sheet at the meeting, the address on it is incorrect. We changed Biagio locations to get more room for the party. Parking is directly next to Biagio's on Central and across the street at Legno's. There will also be valet parking available if you choose to use it.

Here is the corrected signup sheet for the Christmas Party: Christmas Party Sign-Up Sheet

Here is a map to the restaurant: Cucina Biagio

We have started our membership drive renewal for 2017. Membership fees are $30.00 for individuals and $50.00 for couples. A current roster of members and their phone numbers was offered at the July and August meetings. If you didn't get a copy or need a copy send an email to the clubs website and Jan will send you a PDF copy.

Raffle ticket sales for the graded solid gold 1 ounce 2009 Buffalo fifty dollar gold piece (worth between $2000 and $3,000) grade MS-70 are continuing. Tickets are $10.00 each, no discounts for multiple tickets. Tickets will be registered in the buyers name so even if you lose your stub you will still be able to win the coin. The winner doesn't need to be present at the Christmas Party to win.

The theme of this meeting was "Collections". It was an opportunity for members to bring in displays or examples of whatever they collect. This was arranged so members could see what other members collect and learn more about each other. Doris brought in coins and tokens and Jeff Hungerford brought in his collection of elongated or rolled cents. Don Sutton was unable to attend so we missed his collection and his information of how he spends the winter in the southwestern United States.

Our next meeting will be Sunday, October 23, 2016. The main theme will be exumonia (tokens and other money substitutes, license tags etc). Bring your tokens and license plates for the meeting.

Thank you to everyone who has entered the Web site contests. Your interest in them helps make the work of maintaining this site worthwhile. Here is a list of those who have entered and who are in the running for the silver eagle drawing in December:
WEB SITE CONTEST ENTRANTS BY MONTH

Check back once in a while. There just might be another contest later this month...




Fall Beach Hunt group shot

The Fall 2016 Beach Hunt was a success! Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, helped put the hunt together, and assisted with setup and takedown. Because of you, we had yet another successful hunt. The weather was great and a good time was had by all. The hunt pictures have been uploaded to our "Pictures" page. Special thanks to Terry Spann for acting as official event photographer during the hunt! I put the group photo on our home page displayed small. If you want to see the full-size image, download it (in Windows right click & save as), Then open that file up with whatever viewing program you use at home and you will see you have the full-size image.

It's time for a short-term contest! 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'm in!" 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, September 25, 2016 to enter. That's the day of our next membership meeting.

The FIRST club member to enter will win a 1939 Mercury dime. The THIRD and FIFTH club member to enter will also receive a Mercury dime. At the September 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.

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 September 17th at 8:10 p.m.



Public Service Announcement

Long-time member Doris Patitz will be participating in a walk-a-thon on October 2nd to benefit Harmony House for Cats. It is a No-Cage, No-Kill facility, located at 2914 N. Elston, Chicago. Some of our members have sponsored her in the past, and this is another opportunity to give to a good cause. All proceeds go directly to the charity. If you would like to be a sponsor, please make your check out to "Harmony House for Cats" and give it to Doris at the hunt, the next meeting, or just drop it in the mail to her. Thanks!


August 2016 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Sandra Sullivan "the fudge lady", Dale Snyder, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break! These are the same generous individuals who brought treats in last month. Please sign up at the next meeting to take a turn bringing something in.



July 2016 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Sandra Sullivan "the fudge lady", Dale Snyder, and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

There were 41 members and no guests at our July meeting. The meeting started with a big thank you to Danielle Ramoska, our Picnic Committee chairman, and her husband John for making the picnic a huge success!

A current roster of members and their phone numbers was offered at the meeting. Rosters will be available again at the August meeting if you didn't take one in July.

The club is buying silver coins for the Fall Beach Hunt, which will occur September 11, 2016 at Gilson Beach. The club is paying 100% of Coin-flation prices for silver coins. If you have silver coins to sell, bring them to the August meeting.

Raffle ticket sales for the graded, solid gold 1 ounce Buffalo fifty dollar gold piece have started. Tickets are $10.00 each, no discounts for multiple tickets, and are available at our regular membership meetings. Tickets will be registered in the buyers name so even if you lose your stub you will still be able to win the coin. The winner need not be present at the Christmas Party when the winning ticket will be drawn.

The main subject of the meeting was an informative presentation about using the Minelab CTX3030 for water hunting by member Andrew Pollack. Andrew took us through the problems he encountered when using the CTX3030 and provided his solutions to those problems. Some of the problems covered were water in the battery compartment, battery meltdown because of that water, shaft adjustment, and wear issues. Andrew also showed the rewards of water hunting with the CTX3030 which were awesome. His talk was accompanied by a powerpoint presentation which you can view HERE.

Our next meeting will be August 28, 2016. The main theme will be an interactive presentation about target identification and recovery. Please bring your metal detectors to the August meeting so you can participate. Part of the meeting will take place outdoors in the park.

A particularly unusual find took first place in the FOM Artifact category. I thought this find needed more research and explanation, and made an exception to my rule about Webmaster's Choice finds being those that didn't take first place. Check it out on the "More finds" page, and be sure to take a look at the high-resolution photos of the factory that made it. Links to those pictures are at the bottom of that page.

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

Check back once in a while. There just might be another contest on this site later this month...



June 2016 Meeting Summary

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Dale Snyder and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

The club made a $1000.00 donation to the Illinois Fires Safety Alliance for the Children's Burn Camp. It costs to $2,500 a week to sponsor one child per week to the camp. The children that attend the camp have been burn and disfigured by fire. June's meeting theme was coin collecting. In addition, Lynn Roma made a $100.00 donation to the Burn Camp on behalf of her bowling league.

The main theme for the meeting was Coins and Coin Collecting. Our guest speakers were Gianni Roupas and Jeff from Costa's Coins. Subjects discussed were coins in general, the reason to cerify coins either due to rarity, mint state rarity or both. Questions presented by the membership were answered on various aspects of collecting and investing. One question was whether it was better to invest in silver or gold. While gold and silver have both been going up silver is the more volatile of the two and the gains and losses can be bigger for silver over gold. Due to gold's higher price, it's slightly more stable than silver. Also silver is much more affordable for most people. Silver had gone up to $17.77 the Friday before the meeting. Brexit was discussed and its effects on the price of silver and gold. Due to the panic surrounding Brexit the prices of both medals have gone up substantially.

Along the same vein MHRS is buying silver coins for the Fall Beach Hunt which will occur September 11, 2016 at Gilson Beach. The club is paying 100% of Coin-flation prices for silver coins. If you have silver coins to sell bring them to the next meeting for purchase.

Raffle ticket sales for the graded solid gold 1 ounce Buffalo fifty dollar gold piece have started. Tickets are $10.00 each, with no discounts for multiple tickets. Tickets will be registered in the buyers name so even if you lose your stub you will still be able to win the coin. Winners need not be present at the Christmas Party when the winner chosen.

Our next event will be the MHRS PICNIC IS JULY 10, 2106 at Busse Woods Grove 4 off of Higgins Road. Come to the picnic and possibly win some silver coin prizes at one of the games we will be holding.

Our next meeting will be on JULY 24, 2016. THE MAIN THEME WILL BE BEACH AND WATER HUNTING. Members are welcome to sell items before the meeting and during the break. Sellers will be responsible for setting their tables up and making change.

Our next membership meeting will be June 26, 2016 at the Norwood Park field house 5801 N. Natoma, Chicago, IL. at 12:00 P.M. Our guest speaker will be a representative from Costa's Coins and Currency. We will also present our club donation to a representative of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for their camp "I Am Me", formerly known as "Burn Camp."

There is a new contest for the month of July for members only hidden somewhere on the site. Be sure to find it and enter!


One member's finds

The great displays of precious metal and coins brought in by Costa's Coins for our July meeting.



Spring 2016 Beach Hunt!

We held our annual Spring Beach Hunt on Sunday, May 15th. The weather was unseasonably cold and with the wind off the lake, it was downright blustery. Despite that, around sixty members braved the elements to participate in this great event. Many great prized were awarded and the beach held a lot of old silver coins for the taking. Pictures of the hunt are now online and accessible through our "Pictures" link on the site menu. Thank you to all who worked to make this hunt a success!

Our next membership meeting will be June 26, 2016 at the Norwood Park field house 5801 N. Natoma, Chicago, IL. at 12:00 P.M. Our guest speaker will be a representative from Costa's Coins and Currency. We will also present our club donation to a representative of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for their camp "I Am Me", formerly known as "Burn Camp."

Attention all members: There is a new contest for the month of June hidden somewhere on the site. Be sure to enter!

One member's finds

Here's just one member's haul of silver coins from the Spring 2016 Beach Hunt!



April 2016 Meeting Summary:

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan and Terry Spann for the goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

April's meeting was our spring club fundraiser, the bake sale/auction. $889 was raised through the auction plus we received a $20 donation for a total of $909. Thank you to all who participated! The funds raised all go to buy silver and prizes for the spring and fall beach hunts.

Our SPRING BEACH HUNT will be May 15, 2016 at Gillson Beach, Wilmette, Illinois. There will be 740 silver coins planted for the big hunt. Total coin count for all the hunts, games and prizes will be in excess of 1,000. Registration begins at 9:00 A.M. The first hunt starts at 10:00 A.M.

Our next membership meeting will be June 26, 2016 at the Norwood Park field house 5801 N. Natoma, Chicago, IL. at 12:00 P.M. Our guest speaker will be a representative from Costa's Coins and Currency. We will also present our club donation to a representative of the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for their camp "I Am Me", formerly known as "Burn Camp."

Our annual club picnic will be held July 10, 2016 Grove #4 Busse Woods, Arlington Heights, IL. Please sign up at June's membership meeting to let us know how many will attend and if you will bring something share. The club will supply the meat (burgers, dogs and sausage). We need volunteers to bring buns, condiments (mustard, ketchup, relish) water or a dish to share.

There was another contest on the Web site during April! Eight people found it and entered. Tom Howell, Mike Barrett, and Ben Boggess were the first to enter and accept a Mercury dime prize. One name was picked from the nine entrants and a silver quarter was awarded to George Guzik. Each of the nine who entered will also get one entry in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for a SILVER EAGLE at this year's Christmas party. Keep checking the site. There will be NO contest in May.

Since there is no membership meeting in May, the next board of directors meeting will be at Jan's house on May 22, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. We will have a barbeque and meeting. Jan will mail a map to the appropriate parties as previously discussed.

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



I was contacted by another club, the Illinois Valley Historical Research & Recovery Association, out of LaSalle, Illinois IVHRRA with a request to pass on information about their National Treasure Hunt being held June 25 & 26, 2016. Clicking on the link above will take you to the hunt info page of their Web site. Downloadable information and entry forms are available there.


A message from member John Labedzki:

"I just returned from metal detecting in England with former club president Ron Guinnazo. It was a great trip and everyone found interesting and historic items. We found things dated from Celtic to Roman times and every period after like Tudor and Victorian. Here in the USA, if I find cnoins from the 1800s, its a great day. Over there, that would be considered modern crap. I was able to bring home some of my finds from last year, including my first full stater Celtic coin which is over two thousand years old. Digging it up and realizing I was the first person to see it in 20 centuries is pretty neat. In England we hunt in areas that were once villages and even old fair grounds and home sites. If you want to find the oldest object you ever discovered than this for you. For me it has been a great experience. Good luck and good hunting to all! John L."

Full Stater Celtic coin

John's full stater Celtic coin dates to the year 45 B.C. Made of gold and dime-ish in size but thicker, he passed it around so fellow members could share the feeling of holding a coin from 45 B.C.



Happy April Fools Day!! As I said at the March meeting, the April contest won't be as easy to find as the last couple have been. It could be hidden anywhere on our Web site, so put your detectors down and browse around. You might be able to find it, that is, unless this is all an April fool's day joke...


March 2016 Meeting Summary:

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Tim Lopez, Dave Lucia, and Terry Spann, for the table full of goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

Our next meeting on April 24, 2016 is our renowned 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.

The main topic of discussion for the membership meeting was detecting Chicago Parks with metal detectors with target ID. A number of members have claimed that the Chicago parks are worked out. Jan clearly disagrees with that statement and offered the following: There have individual and multiple finds made in Chicago parks in the last 6 months or large silver coins and multiples with large silver coins such as halves, quarters and dimes. These finds are coming from parks that been detected numerous times over the last 40 years.

Current technology used in metal detectors allows for both LCD or LED numerical ID and audio tone ID. One of the things to consider is that the audio ID is faster, simpler and more reliable than numerical ID which is software averaging the target or targets you just detected at a much slower pace. Many of the multiple coin finds showed up on numerical ID as pennies yet the tone ID identified them as silver. So if the park is worked out why are these finds showing up? One the detectorist is going slower and listening to the target more intensely and digging all targets that generate a good tone ID. This detectorist is not using the numerical ID to determine whether to recover the target or not. If you use numerical ID as your prime go/no-go on whether to recover a target you may be passing up good finds.

MEMBERSHIP DUES: May 15, 2016 we will have our Spring Beach hunt. If you have not paid your membership dues by the end of business of our next meeting April 24, 2016; you will not be able to participate in the Spring Beach hunt. Membership dues WILL NOT be accepted at the Spring Beach Hunt. We will be putting roughly $2,500 of silver into the beach for the Spring hunt.

PERMIT REQUIRED: If you want to hunt Northbrook, Illinois parks you need a permit issued by the park district headquartered in Village Green park. This will allow you to hunt all parks in Northbrook except Village Green. To the best of our knowledge there is no permit fee. Thanks goes to Steve Crundwell and Jeff Hungerford for checking on this since we were notified by the local police of this requirement.

Mike Szymczak has volunteered to become editor and publisher of the club newsletter. Thank you Mike for stepping up and taking on this important activity. Looking forward to the first issue.

There was another contest on the Web site during March! Nine people found it and entered. Tom Howell, Mike Barrett, and Ben Boggess were the first to enter and accept a Mercury dime prize. One name was picked from the nine entrants and a silver quarter was awarded as well. Each of the nine who entered will also get one entry in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for a SILVER EAGLE at this year's Christmas party. Keep checking the site. There WILL be another contest in April.

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

The Board of Directors meetings will take place after the regular membership meetings every month.



February 2016 Meeting Summary:

A suggestion was made to move FOM table voting up the the beginning of the meeting instead of having it mid-meeting at the coffee break. Having the voting earlier will give Tim and his helper at the FOM table more time to get an accurate tally of the votes. This was tried today. Voting will continue to be held earlier on a trial basis.

Thank you to Genevieve Ryan, Dale Snyder, Sandra Sullivan, and Terry Spann, for the table full of goodies to enjoy on our coffee break!

Jeff Hungerford gave a presentation on rare coins you are likely to find. He talked about cleaning old coins, how to clean them, and when not to clean them. He also touched on coin storage and had an interesting story about someone he knew who stored silver coins in a metal ammunition can. It sounded like a good idea, however sulphur outgassed from the rubber seal around the lid and discolored the coins.

There was another contest on the Web site during February! Seven people found it and entered. I've left it up so you can see where it was, hidden in plain sight. Scroll down to the article in green titled "A word about the "More finds" page..." You'll find the contest announcement in the third paragraph of that post. George Guzik, Tom Howell, and Terry Spann were the first to enter and accept a Mercury dime prize. Their names, plus the names of the other entrants, Bill Berning, Pam Hungerford, Tim Lopez, and Gene Zschernitz were put in a bowl and one name was picked for a nice silver quarter. Congratulations to Bill Berning for winning the quarter. All it cost him was the time it took to check the Web site to find the contest and send an email to me to enter.

Each of the seven who entered will also get one entry in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for a SILVER EAGLE at this year's Christmas party.

Keep checking the site. I plan to throw more contests up there whenever the mood strikes.

Do you miss getting the club newsletter in your in-box? We are still looking for someone to edit and publish "Trash to Treasure". Contact Jan Kilanski if you are interested in helping the club out with that.



This just in - A new contest GRAND PRIZE!

As you know, we have been running contests for members to enter and get a shot at winning prizes, usually awarding silver dimes to the first few entries and a chance to win a silver quarter at the next membership meeting. Starting this month, every member who enters one of our Web contests will qualify for one entry ticket in a grand prize drawing in December. If you enter four contests over the course of the year, you'll be entered in the drawing four times. If you enter only two contests, you'll have two entries for the grand prize drawing. In December, all entries will be put in a container and mixed up. Then one lucky winner will be drawn to receive a bright, shiny SILVER EAGLE!

Silver Eagle

So remember - Watch for those Web site contests and enter them! YOU could be the eagle winner!



A word about the "More finds" page...

In September of last year, the "More finds" page was created in order to share some of the excellent finds that our members have been bringing to the Find of the Month table for voting. Posting them on the site allows not only members who don't make the meetings to see them, but gives that opportunity to the world. I hope you enjoy this feature and have as much fun looking at the featured items as I have researching them for you.

Because "More Finds" was started in September, we didn't have many Find of the Month competitions left in the year from which to choose items to feature. Be assured I will be checking the finds table every month starting with our next meeting to select entries to feature. Since the February meeting is the first FOM contest of 2016, your finds since the last FOM contest can be entered. Even if you don't think your will win a first place award, enter it so I can consider it for "More Finds".

If you've read this far, you should keep going, because this story is cover for yet another silver drawing contest, hidden right here in plain sight. This contest is open only to current paid-up members. Just go to the "More finds" page of this Web site and count the number of items that have been featured there so far. Then send an email to the Webmaster with the letters MHRS and the correct total 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 February 28 to enter. That's the day of our next meeting.The first club member to enter will win a beautiful 1938 Mercury dime. The second and third club members to enter will also receive a Mercury dime. At the February meeting, I'll put the names of all members who entered into a hat, bag, box, or bowl, and one name will be drawn for a silver quarter! Winner's need not be present. We'll hold your prize until you can get it. Good luck, and thanks for checking the Web site!!!




First meeting at Norwood Park Community Center


January 2016 Meeting Summary:

Our first membership meeting of 2016 was held at our new location, the Norwood Park Community Center. In addition to regular members who attended, four guests came to the meeting and three of them joined. Welcome! As you can see in the above pictures, our new meeting room is large and bright. Our annual voting for Find of the Year in each of the eight categories was held, and after careful consideration by our members, each winner received a prize of a silver dollar. Look for the winning finds in the banner, which will be updated soon.

Thank you to Charlene Bielakowski, Gen Ryan, Pam Hungerford, Mark Becker, Dale Snyder, Doris Patitz, Terry Spann, and Neil Loewe for bringing baked treats for our break. Two other people brought in a Cranberry bread and pecan shortbread cookies, but got away before we could get their names. Thank you!

Since the Historian position has been vacant for so long with no prospect for filling it, a vote was taken to eliminate that committee, and the measure passed. The Board of Directors took a vote and granted lifetime Membership to Pam Hungerford for all the hard work she has put into keeping our club running smoothly. This was well-deserved, and the crowd seemed satisfied in knowing Jeff still has to pay!

A contest has been running on the "More finds" page of this Web site for most of January. All you had to do to enter was send an email to the Webmaster with the words "Happy New Year" in the subject line. The first to do so won a very nice 1935 Mercury dime. The second and third members to enter each won a different Mercury dime. There were a total of six entries, and at the meeting, all six names were put in a bowl and one name was drawn to win the grand prize of a silver quarter. Congratulations to Bill Berning for being the first to enter, to Gene Zschernitz and Terry Spann for being the second and third, and to Pam Hungerford for winning the drawing for the quarter! Thanks for checking in on the site and entering the contest.

The club is still looking for an editor and publisher for the newsletter. With those positions unfilled, there likely won't be any more newsletters coming your way. A couple of our members who were hunting at a Northbrook park were stopped and told they needed to obtain a license from the park district to detect the parks there. If anyone gets a permit there, please let us know what, if any, the cost is so we can pass that information on to everyone.

If you haven't paid your membership dues for 2016, there will now be a $5.00 late fee added. Single membership for 2016 is now $35 and couples membership dues is now $55. The Board of Directors decided to hold their monthly meeting immediately after the membership meeting since everyone was already there. This seemed to work out well. Any member is welcome to sit in on Board meetings. Our next membership meeting will be February 28th. Be sure to bring your finds to enter in our first Find of the Month competition of the new year. Things you've found since our November meeting are eligible for entry.




2015 Treasure Hunter and Members of the Year

Voting has been tallied for the 2015 Treasure Hunter of the Year, and with thirty nine more points than the second place winner, Jan Kilanski easily earned the title. Congratulations, Jan!

The 2015 Officers and the Board of Directors held a vote for Member of the Year, and in light of the contributions made by two members, it was decided that the honor would be shared by both. Pam Hungerford was selected for being the club's deepest resource in holding the positions of Treasurer, heading the Membership Committee, performing the duties of both editor and publisher of the club newsletter, and running the raffle table. Neil Loewe was chosen for his efforts as Webmaster in taking over the club Web site, updating it, adding new features to it, and making it a good resource for club members that projects an appealing image of our club to the public.




2015 Treasure Hunters of the Year

Another calendar year is coming to a close, despite our good fortune to have great detecting weather well into December, and our 2015 Christmas banquet/party has been crossed off the calendar. Thank you to Leona Tatman and everyone else who helped make it a success! Thanks to all who attended, and congratulations to everyone who won a prize or an award! Photos of the party are now up on our "Pictures" page. Treasure Hunter of the Year was earned by Jan Kilanski. He is pictured here with his award and five of the other top ten hunters as determined by their total points throughout 2015 in the Find of the Month contest. Congratulations, Guys! For the full list of the top ten and the points of all who won them, see the "Treasure Hunter of the Year Totals" in the November 2015 Finds of the Month.

Congratulations are also in order to Jan as he is now our new Club President as determined by your votes in our election. There will be more info coming as far as club news is concerned, so check back often.

Effective January 2016, our meeting place has been changed to allow us the freedom of an earlier starting time. We will meet at The Norwood Park Community Center, 5801 N. Natoma Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60631. It's not far from our old meeting place on Avondale, and is near Northwest Highway and Nagle. Here is a link to a map: The Norwood Park Community Center The new meeting time will be NOON!!! Thanks to our past officers and Board and to Jan for all their work in finding a suitable location and getting us moved!

Our next Membership meeting will be held on January 24, 2016, at 12:00 NOON!




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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