Well, March was an exciting month for us all. First, we changed our club meeting times to be on the first Saturday of each month at 10 am. The calendar on the website has been updated with these changes. Also, if you haven't looked at the calendar, several competition hunts are coming up, so be sure to check that out.
We had a great meeting in March. We added three new members, and two new guests are scoping us out to see if they want to join. So overall, we had 13 in attendance.
Agenda Item 1 was called. A motion was made and seconded. After discussion, the club voted to approve this Agenda Item 1. Therefore all future meetings will be held in the large meeting room of the Kingsland Library on the 1st Saturday of the month starting at 10:00 a.m. We will have up to 2 hours of use of the room. Our next meeting will be on April 1st at 10:00 a.m.; however, due to the April elections, we will meet in the small meeting room as the large meeting room is reserved for elections. We hope those concerned with driving at night and those who have trouble due to work hours can attend Saturday morning meetings. Members who attend are permitted to suggest a hunt site for that afternoon. However, that will be fun and not an official club hunt. During our meetings, we will strive to include an interesting speaker and a "show and tell" table. Our designated speaker for the April meeting will be Tom Ashworth. I will post his topic of discussion in my reminder email.
Agenda Item 2 was called. This item was to create a Club Events Committee. A motion was made and seconded. Following discussion, the club voted to table this item for consideration later. The members were concerned that getting the Saturday meetings in place would be better and bringing this item back up once we had a larger attendance.
Agenda Item 3 was called. This item was to create a Club Hunt Committee with our Huntmaster, Hubert Jackson, as chairperson. A motion was made and seconded. Following discussion, the club voted to table this item for consideration later. Our Huntmaster was not present for yesterday's meeting, and the members wanted to bring this item back up at the next meeting that Hubert was present.
Agenda Item 4 was called. This item was to establish a full-time "show and tell" session within each meeting. A motion was made and seconded. After a little discussion, the club voted to approve this item. Effective immediate members are encouraged to bring any finds or detecting that they think are of interest to the meetings. Each meeting will have time devoted to the show and tell table.
Agenda Item 5 was called. This item was regarding establishing our club as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. A motion was made and seconded. After much discussion, the club voted to reject this item. However, a suggestion was made for the club to consider at the next meeting establishing the club as a DBA (Doing Business As).
Agenda Item 6 was called. This item concerned the March club hunt's location, date, and time. After discussion, the club voted to have the March club hunt on March 11th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the "carnival grounds" in Burnet, where the Bluebonnet Festival has been held. I am attaching a map of the Bluebonnet Festival grounds. Our hunt will be in the orange area. Jackson Street, Vanderveer Street, League Street, and the train tracks border this area. It is two city lots that are available for hunting. Our club has hunted in this area before. Member Tom Ashworth told us that the groundskeeper told him that following this year's Bluebonnet Festival the City of Burnet intends to bulldoze the carnival lot to build a new city building there.
Agenda Item 7 was called, and three members displayed equipment and found for show and tell.
March Club Hunt
We had 15 people that showed up for the club hunt on March 11th starting at 9:00 a.m. at the "carnival grounds" in Burnet, where the Bluebonnet Festival has been held. There were some good finds, but most coins were newer than 1965. Tom Ashworth found a 1943 nickel. Carol found an "old Zippo lighter." Members found many newer coins, but I didn't get a chance to get pictures of those. If you have photos, send them to us, we would love to update the Newsletter.
Tom Ashworth's Finds at Club March 2023 Hunt
Also, one of our new members (sorry, I forgot your name) started talking with someone passing by in a pickup. He told us we could hunt his lot, which had a late 1800s home. It is over 2 acres. Karen got his card and will pass it on to Hubert.
Next Month April 1st Club Meeting.
Tom Ashworth will present "How to do Research." Research is probably one of the most overlooked and important things to become a successful "Treasure Hunter." Tom has over 40 years of treasure-hunting experience and wants to share some research tips that work for him.
If you have a topic that the club should consider, please send me your agenda item topic by email. I will take agenda item requests until March 27th, after which I will post the agenda for the April meeting.
Hope to see you April 1st at 10 am at the Kingsland Library.