Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club Minutes 1-6-24

Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club Minutes 1-6-24


Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club

January 15, 2024


Number present: 15

Open by Earl Theiss, President. Welcoming & Introducing new elected officials. Earl Theiss, President ,   Tom Ashworth - Vice President ,  Gary Goolsby – Treasurer ,   Peggy Theiss- Secretary.

Gary Goolsby absent but turned in treasury report.

$948.93  in  bank account.           $119.00 set back for raffles.

2024 dues are an annual $15.00 per member fee. $5.00 goes to Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs ( State organization for support, info and help as needed). $10.00 goes to our club.

Today’s speaker is Tom Ashworth on the basics of metal detectors. Going over lots of interesting info. on various detectors, coils, settings, readings, and “how to”, etc.

Old Business: Raffle tickets purchased will be used and then saved for a big prize drawing in December. So the more you buy, the more chances you have for winning the big prize in December meeting. You need not be present to win the December raffle but all prizes must be claimed within 2 weeks. So make sure your name and phone number are listed on your tickets. If you need help getting into our website to access info., get with Tom Ashworth. Gary Goolsby has the t-shirts some are expecting, will bring them to the February 3rd meeting. The Feb. meeting will meet at big room at library at regular time, we will have meeting and then proceed to the Kuykendahl Center in Llano for a hunt.

New Business: March 23rd and 24th, at the Kuykendahl Center in Llano, is the “Best Little Treasure Show in Texas”. Our club will have a table for people to find out information about Highland Lakes Metal Detecting Club and hopefully sign up some new members. We will need volunteers to man our table and help with sign up of possible new members, there will be a sign up sheet for time slots available at our Feb. 3rd meeting. Set up for this event will be on Friday, March 22nd. There will be at least one hunt, you will have to register ahead of time for the hunt at Texastreasureshows.com, to participate. A raffle will be planned as a fundraiser for our club during the show.

Meeting is adjourned. Raffles take place and several prizes won.

Submitted by:

Peggy Theiss



Minutes of 09/02/2023 club meeting by Betty Goolsby

Minutes of 09/02/2023 club meeting by Betty Goolsby

Our meeting began at 10:00, and we were so pleased that we had 20 people in attendance!  Gary Bunyard, our president, welcomed everyone warmly and shared how to get on our website and become a new member.
Gary Goolsby read the treasurer's report. We have $1,203.42 in our bank account.
Next the events committee was asked to make a report on our upcoming trip to Port Aransas.  At this time, 5 members were planning to go, and I understand that Earl and Peggy are planning on joining everyone from their getaway home on the bay.  Deb Ashworth has planned a wonderful schedule of restaurants and fun, and Tom has the hunts and interesting things to do.  We wish them metal detecting success and happy times on their adventures in the Gulf.
We discussed the hunt at the Slab the previous week.  It was mostly hot with a few finds, but we suspected other detectors had beaten, us to the area when the water got so low.  We were glad to have cleared the Slab of junk, trash, pop-tops etc.
Gary mentioned that the Highlander Newspaper had stopped advertising our club meetings and news.  We need to find new ways to tell all our surrounding communities about the club and our upcoming activities.
Platinum Diamond Ring

Platinum Diamond Ring Tom Recovered

A woman called Tom Ashworth to help her find a lost $4000 diamond ring.  He was able to find the lost ring in 15 minutes.  He shared some of his other finds for lost jewelry...so cool!  He also shared how to save an iPhone that had been submerged in a river.  There was also a warning to everyone about the bacteria that is in Lake LBJ because the water has become so stagnant.  It is dangerous to people and animals alike, so soap and rinse off well if you enter the water.
As far as the club hunt, we are all concerned that the lack of rain has made the soil incredibly hard and difficult to dig.  There are possibilities of heading to Black Rock County Park, near Buchanan Dam.  They decided to try to meet there on September 30 at 8:00.  We also discussed an old lot in Burnet that we may try.  Bluffton was also mentioned, an old ghost town, but we were warned about being respectful.  We are hoping for cooler Fall weather soon so everyone will be more apt to get out and detect.
We discussed the purchase of more yellow T-shirts.  The price is pretty high, but we will get a price break if we order at least 30 shirts...we had a head count of 14 shirts at this time.  The Llano shop has the best prices in this area.
For Show and Tell, Gary Bunyard shared his many finds from Badu Park, including rings, costume jewelry, earrings, a Sacagawea $1.00 coin, and his invitation to detect in the rodeo arena.
We also discussed how the April solar eclipse would be an opportunity to go where the crowds had gathered to see this event.  Tom Ashworth helped to teach us about coils for detecting above ground and in the water, and the different settings to help discriminate the many metals.  He also reminded us to go slow and swing wide to get the best results.
We ended our meeting with a great raffle, making about $90 for the club to use for future items for the raffle.  The meeting ended at about noon...it was great seeing everyone and sharing stories!
Respectfully submitted by Betty Goolsby
Minutes of June 3, 2023 Club Meeting

Minutes of June 3, 2023 Club Meeting

Minutes of June 3, 2023 Meeting

Our June metal detecting meeting was a real success. We were so busy talking and trying to find our new larger meeting area that we started at 10:10. We had 15 people in attendance, with four attendees
joining the club. We welcomed David Kerr, Robert Mason, Jim Higgins, and Scott Hegel as our newest club members.

The first thing we decided to do was to have the club secretary and the club treasurer post their monthly
reports on our website before each meeting so that those who attend the meeting will already know the contents of the reports. That way, we can quickly vote on the approval of the reports, have the club secretary move on to the business and
social part of the meeting, and have more time for our guest speaker.

Our Secretary, Betty Goolsby, read the minutes of the May meeting, and the minutes were approved.

The Treasurer, Gary Goolsby, gave the Treasurer's Report, which was approved.

We then discussed who we wanted to be on the club bank account signature card and how many signatures we wanted required to issue a check on the club account. The Club decided that Gary Bunyard, our President, and Gary Goolsby, the Treasurer, will be on the signature card. The Club also decided that only one signature would be required to issue a check for goods or services 
under $100. These expenditures must be included in the Treasurer's Report at the meeting following the writing of the check. For expenditures exceeding $100, the Club must be informed of the proposed expense and must approve the expense before the check for that amount may be written.

Gary Goolsby then gave out TAMDC membership cards.

Then the Events Committee (Deb Ashworth) explained that the funds being raised through the raffles would be held under a line item separate from the general funds so that the funds raised by the raffles could be used for purchasing better stuff for future raffles and to fund special club hunts such as a seeded hunt. Deb encouraged everyone to participate in bringing items for the raffle. These do not always have to be metal-detecting-related items. We had several items that were fun and interesting. Our Treasurer told us that we raised $69 from today's raffle.

Betty and Deb discussed possibly going to Bolivar or Port Aransas for a get-away hunt. We voted, and more members were interested in Port A in September, so we will check on Air B&B and motels to accommodate our group…nine said they were interested. We will get back to you about dates and rates. 

I made a special mention of the article on the club in the June edition of The Picayune Magazine, which is well written. Gary B. will scan the article and publish it on this website. Otherwise, if you are still waiting to receive a copy of the magazine directly, you can find a location where copies are available or go to the Picayune office at 1007 Avenue K in Marble Falls. 

Additionally, Tom Ashworth and Gary Bunyard have been invited to the KBEY radio station in Marble Falls on June 8th to be interviewed by Mac Mclenonhan on our club. The interview will be recorded and played on the morning show soon afterward. Once Mac releases the date that the interview will air, Gary Bunyard will let you know. KBEY is 103.9 FM. 

The June club hunt has been set for June 24th at 10:00 a.m. at the Kingsland Slab. If we see that the water is too high to be safe, the alternate hunt site will be at the Burnet Rodeo Arena grounds, assuming that our friend and fellow member, Hubert Jackson, can help us to get access to the grounds on that date. We should know whether to go to the Kingsland Slab or the Burnet Rodeo Arena grounds by June 19th. Gary will let you know once we have determined which site we will gather at on June 24th. 

Our speaker, Scott Hegel, gave a very informative talk about the history of pin-pointers and showed us a variety of brands and how they work. Everyone at the meeting found this talk interesting. Scott gave everyone a Garrett brass probe and even gave the club some extras of the probe for future raffles. Scott gave Gary Bunyard a list of various brands and models of pinpointers on the market today, along with a list of the pros and cons of each.  Hoping Gary shares that list!

By the way, most, if not all, of these pin-pointers can be purchased from either our club member Earl Theiss or from Scott, who joined as a member. 

Our first raffle was a huge success. We donated so many items that a few were set aside for next month's raffle. Bradley Palmer won the awesome pin-pointer, the last item auctioned!  As was mentioned earlier, we raised $69 from this raffle.  Last, we had a Show and Tell, which featured finds from Gary Bunyard and Tom Ashworth.

There were quite a few interesting and valuable things, a necklace, James Avery ring, a 14K diamond and gold bracelet, a silver coin, and a silver Celtic ring.

Please consider bringing your finds, no matter how small…we love seeing the good fortune of those who go out and explore. 

There will be a metal detecting symposium (TAMDC) in Temple this summer, so check the dates. To find good places to detect, get on FACEBOOK and search Metal Detecting Texas for some ideas!  If you have any questions or comments about this meeting or any topic involving the hobby of metal detecting or our club, please email Gary Bunyard at highlandlakesmdclub@gmail.com or call him at 936-334-7902I have submitted it a 

It is respectfully, submitted by Betty Goolsby.