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.