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First MeetingOur 1st meeting was held on MARCH 21, 1999. Thanks for a great first meeting, and may we have many more. I hope everyone has a great New Year. We will have a lot of fun & meet a lot of new friends this year in our club. Rich Rice, Pres.

MARCH 20th: "Goldminers of New England" met at "Franco American Club" in Athol, Mass. The 1st week of April, "Goldminers of New England" had a club trip to "Reed Gold Mine" in N. Carolina, and a week in Dalonega, Georgia, gold mining with Andy Sabich of "Lost Treasure" another online web site. Mike Richards is the president of "Gold Miners of New England." If you would like to join his club contact me.

APRIL 18th: Club meeting; Cross Mills Library. There was an outing to a metal detecting site after our meeting

APRIL 24th & 25th: The B.O.N.E Treasure Show in Keene, NH was held. Our Club had a booth to display finds. We had to call George@ Streeters Treasure Hunting Supply at 603-357-0507 to reserve. George Streeters "Best of the Northeast Treasure & Hobby Show" in Keene, NH. "DON'T MISS THIS ONE" Contact George Streeter phone 1-603-352-1147 or Email gazette@top.monad.net or type Streeters treasure hunting supply @LYCOS search engine on Internet to access web site for info.

MAY 16th: 1st annual "Misquamicut Beach Summer Kickoff " hunt in Westerly, RI. Mini-Hunt; 2.00 for members 5.00 for nonmembers.
"Colonial Treasure Hunters Expo. & Hunt" at Hudson, Mass. Tel. Serge Pres. at 508-869-2699 or go to web site at http://seekus.com/CTHA.html

At our May meeting, Roger Liepf did a great job signing up the members and made a list afterwards. He also gave a talk on proper digging methods.
Sunnie Robinson did the membership list, contact list, the Gold Mining trip flyer, and Coin & Treasure Show flyer. Thanks, Sunnie!
We also went to Misquamicut Beach after the meeting, and had a Mini hunt where we buried coins as tokens & gave out prizes. Everyone won a prize. We had approximately 35-40 attendees.
All the members and guests pitched in and helped, brought food to share, and we all had a great time.

Gold panning tripJUNE 19th & 20th: Meeting was at "Richards Gold Mine" in Ludlow; VT. Saturday overnight camping; pan for gold and have a detector hunt. This was our annual mini hunt and gold mining trip(you find gold & learn panning and sluicing.) The fee for this was $5.00 for mini hunt and approximately $10.00 for mining and Saturday night camp over.

JULY 18th: The picnic and hunt at Narragansett State Park was LOTS OF FUN! We had a picnic and fresh water detecting get together, and water hunting demo. We brought food to share, lawn chairs, games, favorite beverages, and coolers. Welcome to our newest member, Tom Hunter, who found a gold ring(the only gold found!) Carol found 2 silver rings and Rich found a silver ring.

AUGUST 15th: We met at Burlingame picnic area off Rt. 1 on Prosser trail in Charlestown, we shared snacks, drinks and hunted the freshwater beach and land, had a raffle and door prize and games.

SEPTEMBER 19th: We had a Metal Detecting Club Meeting and covered lots of "business" ground! It was nice to see those of you who attended --- and we missed those of you who couldn't make it. We had an outing afterwards to Goddard Park and Beach. Vlad and Carol found an "Our Lady of Lourdes" {centennial 1885 to 1985)religious medal, and a Republic of Columbia coin dated 1863 in VF condition. Both items found on a path.

OCTOBER 10th: Our Club joined with Pawcatuck, CT Coin club for a Coin and Treasure and Mineral Show at Pawcatuck, CT. Starting at 8:30 am at the VFW club on RT. 1 The Coin and Treasure Show had a good turn out for being the first time at doing this! Everyone had a great time! We held several seminars on waterdetecting, archeology, gold panning, etc. Had the raffle, but was unable to have the hunt because of the pouring rain. Many thanks to all who helped and participated, and especially to the Pawcatuck Coin Club, and the VFW for letting us hold our event there.

OCTOBER 17th: Block Island tripMeeting was at Block Island and we had a great time! The weather was perfect and the island very scenic and beautiful. On Saturday we detected various sections of Crescent Beach and found little.(Vlad and Carol did find a silver ring though.) We found out later that the beach had been sand swept by a machine on Sept. 23. The closer we got to the center of town the more "black sand" we ran into, and our detectors were going wild.
On Sunday we started the day by viewing Mohegan Cliffs, and then found a section of beach at an inlet to a cove to detect. It turned out to be a good choice. We were finding all kinds of clad coins, fishing weights, etc. Barbara pulled out a beautiful silver woman's ring from 12 inches down. Her husband Carl couldn't believe it when he pulled out a gold Spanish "piece of eight," to turn it over and find it had the word "copy" written on it. Vlad and Carol found another tiny silver ring with a butterfly on it. We ended the day by trying to help a neighbor locate his well. Barbara brought Fran with them on the outing, a good friend of theirs, and she has joined the club. Welcome Fran!
Be sure to check out the photos of the outing!

NOVEMBER 21st: Meeting was at the Charlestown Cross Mills Library on Rt. 1a in Charlestown. Mike Robinson gave a demo on testing gold and Vlad Kononov talked on photographing your finds and sites. Then we went to Burlingame State Park to detect.

DECEMBER 12th: We had our Christmas party at Cross Mills Library at 12:30pm. We had a "Potluck" dinner, speaker, Chinese auction, door prizes, and a treasure jackpot. Many thanks to all the volunteers that helped to organize the food, decorations and entertainment.


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