Central Texas Treasure Club

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                 Central Texas Treasure Club
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Our club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Early Chamber of Commerce Bldg. at 104 E. Industrial Blvd. in Early, Texas.  Next regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 1st.  Our club's Annual Christmas Party will be on December 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Section Hand Restaurant on Hwy 377 S in Brownwood.  Members attending are required to bring a wrapped gift, $10+ value, for our gift exchange.
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                                         DECEMBER POP-TOP CHALLENGE !
This is a Members Only activity.  I've been monitoring the gold jewelry and coin finds of other clubs and detectorists around the country this year and I've noticed that we are not doing nearly as well as many others are when it comes to finding gold jewelry and/or coins.  As a result, I was inspired to create the Pop-Top Challenge for our members.  Pop-tops usually fall into the nickel range on metal detectors and 60% of gold rings found fall into that range so if you're eliminating nickels and pop-tops, you're greatly decreasing your odds of finding gold. 
- The member who finds the most pop-tops, not pull-tabs, from our December 4th meeting until our January 1st meeting will win a nice 1928 Standing Liberty Quarter in Very Good condition. 
- I'm not eligible to win this contest but my pop-top finds total, for this period, will serve as the baseline that you must exceed in order to be eligible to win the prize.  For example:  I turn in a total of 200 pop-tops at the January 1st meeting.  That means that, in order to still be in the running, you must turn a higher number of pop-tops than I do.  In order to win the prize, you need to beat every other member's pop-top finds above my total. 
- In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a draw with only the tying members' names in the bucket.
- Pop-Tops MUST be found with your metal detector.  Surface eyeball finds DON'T count.  If you don't see a tab before your detector signals it and it's on the surface or covered with grass or debris, then that pop-top can be saved and entered. 
- This contest is based on the HONOR SYSTEM - No Cheating!
- Halves or pieces of pop-tops will not count.  Bent, twisted or mangled complete pop-tops, with both holes present, will count. 
- BE SURE to RINSE all dirt particles from your pop-tops before turning them in.
- Participants need to double-count your total number of pop-tops BEFORE arriving at the meeting.  Write the your total number of pop-tops on a slip of paper, with your NAME, and attach it to your package when you turn them into to our Hunt Master Mike Alldredge.
- If no member's pop-tops exceed my baseline number of finds, we will start all over for the month of January until the February meeting.  
- Participants MUST be present at the January 1st club meeting to be eligible to win. 
- I'm attaching a photo of a pop-top, pull-tabs don't count, to this email.
- Mike Alldredge will donate all the pop-tops collected to the Ronald McDonald House Charity on behalf of the Central Texas Treasure Club.
- If you have any questions about the Pop-Top Challenge, please reply to this email and I will answer them.
Have fun with this and you'll greatly increase your chances of finding gold this month!
Thank you,
Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club
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We had an excellent December 4th Central Texas Treasure Club meeting with 20 or more members in attendance.and had one new member, Monte from Abilene, join our club. I think all the members enjoyed themselves and we announced 2 new Members Only activities for this month. One is our Membership Drive where the member who signs up the most new members will win a beautiful Brilliant Uncirculated 1964 silver Kennedy half dollar. The other is a Pop-Top Challenge, for this month, where the member who finds the most aluminum pop-tops (not pull-tabs) with their metal detector will win a nice 1928 silver Standing Liberty Quarter in Very Good condition. I'm not eligible to win this Challenge but the winner must find and turn in more pop-tops at our Jan. 1st meeting than I do. All pop-tops collected at our next meeting will be turned in to our club's Hunt Master Mike Alldredge who will donate them to the Ronald McDonald House. I will be emailing the rules for both of these contests to our members in the next few days so that those who weren't in attendance will know what's going on. In the meantime, start saving your metal detected pop-tops and start sharing this amazing hobby with others. Join our club today and start having fun with us!
                                    
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Our club's November 24th Old School vs New Tech Competition was a big success and a lot of fun for the participants. Seven members participated on this beautiful day - 4 on the New Tech Team and 3 on the Old School Team. We Old Schoolers would not have been outnumbered if our key player Jason Blackburn had not gone AWOL but we held our own anyway. The New Tech Team, consisting of Jerome Spencer (Garrett AT Pro), John Flemming (Tesoro Mojave), John Meeks (XP Deus), and Charlie Batten (Bounty Hunter Lone Star) found more modern change than the Old School Team, including Bryant Martin (Garrett ADS Deepseeker), Ralph Urteaga (Garrett Groundhog), and myself (Garrett Deepseeker) but we found a couple of pennies, two old keys, and a big 1978 diez pesos coin, and a "owl" piece of an earring. I believe the match ended in a draw as neither team found any silver, gold, or really old coins or relics.
The most important results were that we all had fun, enjoyed the beautiful weather, got some healthy exercise, and comradery. We also had 3 spectators who showed an interest in our hobby and we were detecting in a public place so that there were many passersby during the 90-minute event.
I took some pictures of the participants and our finds but, being old school and not using a cell phone, I took them with my digital camera so it will be a few days before I upload them onto my computer and begin posting them for you to see. :)

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The Central Texas Treasure Club was founded in August, 1981 in Brownwood in central Texas by Friou Allen and Jay Longley.
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Visitors are always welcome and invited to attend our monthly meetings and programs!
Central Texas Treasure Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Early Chamber of Commerce meeting room at 104 E. Industrial Blvd, in Early.  Activities include demonstrations for using a metal detector, prospecting, gemology, Indian artifacts, and learning and preserving history.  Members share recent finds, discuss collecting found artifacts such as coins and other historical relics, teach new members how to use a metal detector, find lost rings and jewelry for area citizens for no charge, and join in group hunts and other club outings and activities.  For information, call our club's President Jay Longley at (325)646-1000 or send email to: [email protected]
Annual membership dues are $20 for individuals and $25 for families and can be paid at our regular monthly meetings or by mail to the address below.

Central Texas Treasure Club
c/o Jay Longley
2207 Ave. B
Brownwood, Texas 76801

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Club Officers for 2018
President - Jay Longley : [email protected]
Vice President - Travis Wynn : [email protected]
Secretary - Max Richardson : [email protected]
Treasurer - Vacant Pending Special Election
Hunt Master - Mike Alldredge : [email protected]
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