I have published a video of the February 3, 2024 Meeting.
We had a great meeting in January and a large attendance to go along with it.
Tom Ashworth had an hour, as it ended up, talk and demonstration on the basics of how metal detectors work which I’m sure helped everyone in attendance. That’s why it went over an hour. Thanks Tom and get ready to repeat it down the road.
Our February meeting is going to be a little different in we will have our regular meeting and raffle. Then, as many as can will meet at the John Kuykendall Center in Llano after lunch on your own about 1:00 pm to metal detect the staging area of the arena and the parking area behind it. If it is wet we have plenty of inside Detecting area or if nice weather we have a bunch of area. The center has had a lot of activity in the past month and should be good for the pickens. We will not have a January outing as this will be for for both months.
We would like to ask the members if they would like to have a talk at one of our meetings on gold prospecting? If you would like information on gold prospecting both with metal detectors and panning etc. Please answer on this site or let us know at the meeting.
Hope everyone is staying warm at this time and getting ready for the warm spring.
Don’t forget about the event at the John Kuykendall Center in March. We need all the volunteers we can get to help in our booth, not much work but talking.
Well everyone. This is my last newsletter post. We have a new leader.
We had a very good meeting. There was 17 in attendance. The members present elected Earl Theiss as President, Tom Ashworth as Vice President, Gary Goolsby as Treasurer, and Peggy Theiss as Secretary. Once the elections were concluded I turned the meeting over to Earl. Earl invited any and all comments regarding what we want to see regarding how the club is managed and how the meetings are managed. There were several good thoughts mentioned by the members present and our new leaders will be mulling over these suggestions as well as any that are presented in the future. By the way, those who will be serving in the Events Committee and in the Club Hunt Committee will be elected in the January meeting.
Earl pointed out that in order to get good speakers to come to our meetings we will have to either compensate them for their travel expenses and/or buy them lunch as a thank you gesture. Other modest expenses may come up as the club goes forward with implementing the suggestions made by the membership. With this in mind, the membership attending voted to increase the local club dues from $5 per year to $10 per year. As we also pay $5 per year for membership in the Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs our new combined annual membership dues will be $15.00 for 2024 and future years. The dues for 2024 are now due. You can pay the dues to Gary Goolsby during the January meeting or you can pay using the button on this website. Anyone wanting to pay by mail can send a check in the amount of $15.00 payable to the Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club to Gary Goolsby, 833 Lookout Mountain Road, Kingsland, TX 78639. Please note that if you want to receive a membership card you will need to be present at the meeting.
We had a great potluck lunch which was put together by the Events Committee with everyone attending bringing tasty food from chili to sandwiches, veggies, and desserts.
The meeting was ended with a very good raffle. A lot of interesting prizes were given out to those with winning tickets but the grand prize of the metal detector package went to Gary Goolsby. Congratulations, Gary. By the way, starting with the January meeting, you will need to put your name and phone number on the back of all of the raffle tickets that you purchase. All tickets that are not pulled from the barrel during that meeting will be saved. The same will go for all raffles through November 2024. Then, during the December raffle the tickets that have been saved throughout the year will be jumbled and will give everyone another chance to win a prize. As we did this year, all proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to buy one or more very nice prizes for the December raffle.
There will be no club hunt this month due to holiday schedules but you can still get out and hunt on your own or pair up with a buddy. If you want your finds posted on this website just send a photo of the finds and a brief description of your hunt to either Tom Ashworth or myself and we will post your hunt.
I want to thank everyone for allowing me the privilege of being the club president for the past few years. I have enjoyed working with everyone in that capacity. I know Earl will do a great job as president. Unfortunately I have a scheduling conflict on the date of our January meeting so for the first time in several years I will miss a meeting. Earl, I hope you can keep us apprised of how that meeting goes so that those of us who cannot attend will know about the January club hunt.
Well, that's all folks. Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
I am sure you need no reminder that our December meeting is this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Kingsland Library. This is our potluck lunch meeting. However, we are having a big raffle at the end of the meeting. A really nice prize has been purchased from the funds raised in previous raffles. Yet we still need donations to make the raffle so much better. Got something you are not using anymore? New or used, it does not matter. It does not have to be metal detecting related. But let's make this a grand ole event to end 2023.
See you then....
We had a good turnout for the club hunt this morning. Besides our regulars, I was very glad to see Jesse Wimberly and Scott Hegel there. Tom Ashworth and a couple of others found a few modern coins and Tom even found a costume ring. Other than that, I believe the rest of us found a few artifacts and a lot of trash.
Remember, this coming Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Kingsland Library will be our December club meeting and potluck lunch. I am attaching a copy of the meeting agenda to this newsletter. The meeting will be short. Beside the approval of last month's minutes and the Treasurer's Report, we will have election of officers for 2024. As I mentioned earlier, I am stepping aside as president. I have really enjoyed the privilege you afforded me these last years, but I am getting really involved as Secretary, Trapping, Staging, and Transporting for Hill Country Cats. It has come to the point where I cannot devote the time to both offices and still do the job properly. It is time that our club have some new blood and perhaps new direction. As it stands the candidates who have offered to serve are Earl Theiss as President, Tom Ashworth as Vice-President, Gary Goolsby as Treasurer, and Peggy Theiss as Secretary. If anyone else wants to be considered as a candidate for any of these offices, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will announce your candidacy for the office you are seeking. Please note that elections for the committee members of the Events Committee and the Club Hunt Committee will be held during the January 2024 meeting.
Remember that Gary Goolsby will have the club shirts that you ordered ready for pickup and payment. If you did not order a shirt but you want one, we will have several extras available. These shirts are being sold for what they cost the club to buy plus a few pennies to round the price up to an even number. We encourage you to show your pride in our club, especially during the Treasure Show that is being held at the John L. Kuykendall Events Center in Llano in March 2024. That will be 3 days of fun and entertainment and will include at least 1 seeded hunt for the metal detectorists. I got a very good deal on my XP Deus II detector at the Treasure Show in Llano in 2022. There will be more details to come.
If you are coming and you have not yet chosen a dish to bring to for the potluck lunch you can contact Betty Goolsby at 832-689-3340.
We are having a big raffle at the end of this meeting which will be the first raffle in which the top prize has been purchased with funds raised during the past raffles. Of note is that a new Nokta Makro Simplex New Generation metal detector will be one of the prizes given in this raffle. You do not need to be present to win in this raffle. You can leave the meeting early or, if you cannot come to the meeting at all, you can contact Debra Ashworth at 208-830-7991 and she will arrange for you to buy tickets in advance of the meeting. All tickets sold for this raffle will have the buyer's name and phone number printed on each ticket. If you are not present, you will be notified by phone which prize you won and you can work out the details on when to pick up your prize. Naturally, if you are present, you will receive your prize(s) during the raffle. Please note: a spinning raffle drum will be used for all tickets drawn during this raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.
Come One, Come All
Gary Bunyard, President (for now)
Earl Theiss has got permission for us to search the area around the Mining and Railroad museum this Saturday November 25th 2023 at 10am. Hope to see you there.
Also, don't forget to let Betty Goolsby know what you are bringing to potluck.