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Tip on Getting Permissions

Posted by [email protected] on September 14, 2019 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's a solid brass ball that I found on a new permission site early this week. It measures about 1.25" inches in diameter. My first thought was that it was a small cannon shot but I haven't been able to positively identify it yet. I found it with my Garrett Ace 250. I suppose it could also be a ball bearing for some type of machinery.

Metal detecting tip: I read a lot of posts on treasure forums where the poster is asking for suggestions about how to get permission to detect on private property. I get a lot of my permissions from friends I've made on Facebook. Most of them ask me if I'd be interested in hunting a particular place that either they own or their family owns. I get so many because I regularly post about my enjoyment of this hobby on my Facebook page and on local Facebook groups. I believe this is where many treasure hunters miss the boat. Metal detecting/treasure hunting is one of my lifelong passions and it's a big part of my happiness and recreation.

That's how I got permission to detect the property I've detected most days this week. A friend messaged me asking if I'd be interested in detecting a family member's big yard (1/4 of a square city block) in town. Of course I was, so I said so and pretty soon, permission was granted! Although the site is close to my home, I probably never would have knocked on the man's door and sought permission because there's a "Private Property - No Trespassing" sign on the property. The owner is always very nice and I always show him each day's finds when I'm finished detecting. He's lived on the property for about 10 years so we're learning a lot about its history as we recover old items that were lost by people there many decades ago. There are some things that he's lost in the yard that I told him I would try to locate and would return to him if I find them. So, if you're not having any luck getting permission to detect anywhere, you're probably not ever mentioning your hobby to your friends and others on Facebook. Be passionate about detecting and don't be afraid to display your passion on this social networking site. Once you do, your luck will change for the better!

Remember to get your Early BIrd Registrations & Hunt fee in the mail today to be eligible to win a $50 Early Bird Entry prize that will be awarded at the end of our CTTC Open Competition Hunt in Brownwood on Saturday, October 12th!  Registration forms and Hunt information are available on our club's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/468623476667619/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

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Attention: 2019 CTTC Hunt Entrants !

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2019 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The City of Brownwood has some excellent parks and recreational facilities. I want to post this link to all of them for our Open Competition Hunt Entrants who will be spending a night or two in town. My recommendation for RV spots is our very old Riverside Park on the Pecan Bayou in Brownwood. All of our parks are open to considerate metal detecting but please remember NEVER to use shovels in our parks or public areas and to flawlessly refill all holes and pick up and remove any trash you dig or litter you find around you while you're detecting. Our club has been instrumental in keeping our parks open to detecting for decades and we want to maintain that privilege for future generations of treasure hunters. I hope you will plan to stay in town for 2 or 3 days as there is probably more lost treasure in Brown and neighboring counties than in any other area in the state and there are plenty of fun things to do in our town.

http://www.brownwoodtexas.gov/242/Parks-Recreation


Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club


CTTC Newsletter - August 2019

Posted by [email protected] on September 2, 2019 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Central Texas Treasure Club

Newsletter

August 2019 Meeting

Website links: http://centraltexastreasureclub.webs.com

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/468623476667619/

Minutes from the August 6th meeting:

• Jay called the meeting to order. We had 24 in attendance. Two people joined - Ralph referred new member Hubert Mendoza who was in attendance and Mike referred a new family membership for the Obdulio Leal family. Welcome everyone!!

• The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Charlie.

• Travis Winn gave the Vice President's Report and thanked Jerome and John Flemming for providing refreshments for the meeting. Woody and Patsy Berry volunteered to bring them for the September 3rd meeting.

• Jay gave the Treasurer's Report for Amanda who was unable to attend. 

• Mike Alldredge gave the Hunt Master's Report and went over the many prizes that we decided to buy during the July Special Hunt Meeting at the Carnegie Room of Brownwood Public Library. Mike also said he's still seeking more donations of prizes and encouraged other members to do likewise from businesses they do business with.

• Pete asked for unusual treasure hunting stories that happened in July. Travis and Jay told their stories.

• Janice and Don Sims weren't in attendance but they volunteered to host this year's CTTC Picnic on Saturday, October 26th at Comanche City Park in Comanche, Texas.

• Pete Morgan called Jay the day after the meeting and reported that he found the Hidden Treasure Cache and will rebury it and give the new clue at the September meeting. IMPORTANT REMINDER - Our club policy discourages the use of shovels in public parks and other public areas so please use small hand tools and refill your holes flawlessly!

• Club cards were passed around.

• Member Jerry Sheller (passed away on Wednesday, August 28th) generously donated a very nice collection of replica gold coins for a 2-month fundraising raffle to benefit our club's treasury. It's called "America's Most Beautiful Gold Coins". Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Members purchased $61 worth of tickets at the August meeting and they'll be offered again at the beginning of the September 3rd meeting. Then, we'll draw the lucky winner's ticket after the Door Prize Drawing.

• Ralph Urteaga won the nice 1889-D silver Morgan dollar prize for recruiting the most new memberships since our May meeting.

• We drew winners for a nice assortment of door prizes at the meeting which included 2 very nice large copies of old Brown County maps from the 1920s that were donated by V.P. Travis Winn.

• If your membership dues are owed, please renew your memberships by mailing them to: Jay Longley, CTTC, 2207 Ave. B, Brownwood, Texas 76801 or paying Amanda at our next meeting to keep receiving club emails and to be able to participate in club activities. Please contact Jay if you have questions or concerns.

• We are awaiting the arrival of our Prize Package from Minelab but Garrett's arrived last week! It was packed full of very nice prizes including the Garrett AT Max with wireless headphone accessory and they surprised us with another detector - an AT Pro with wireless headphones to be given away to one lucky entrant as our Hunt's Door Prize during our Hunt Prize Awards after the Hunt ends!

• Members purchased several CTTC club t-shirts during the August meeting so Jay will order more of each kind to have them available to sell at the Hunt. Jay placed an order for 12 more club t-shirts of each variety. They should be ready by September 13th so we will have some at the Hunt for entrants who want to buy one for a souvenir of their time in Brownwood. We still have several t-shirts from the last order so you can purchase one or more at our September meeting.

• A BIG THANK YOU to Mike, Travis, Pete Morgan, and Otto for pitching in to help take notes, sell raffle tickets and t-shirts, collect dues during the meeting, and accepted Early Bird Hunt entries from 4 members. Jay has also received a few mail-in Entries this month.

Topics to be discussed at future meetings:

• What’s on your mind? Raise your hand and say “I want to discuss… This is our club and everyone has a voice.

• Is anyone interested in a specific topic for a future meeting? You determine the topic. Just let Jay know.

Responsible hunting will keep the hobby alive for everyone else! Please follow the Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics so that all of us can continue to enjoy this enjoyable hobby and perhaps, even get lucky and find our fortunes!

• I will respect private property and will do no treasure hunting without the property owner's permission.

• I will fill in all holes I dig.

• I will not damage natural resources, wildlife habitats, or any private property.

• I will use thoughtfulness, consideration, and courtesy always.

• I will build fires in designated or safe places only.

• I will leave gates as found.

• I will remove and properly dispose of any trash that I find.

• I will not litter.

• I will not destroy property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

• I will not tamper with signs, structural facilities, or equipment.

• And, finally, the most important one of all -- I will have fun!!

If we all follow these simple rules while metal detecting or treasure hunting, we will go a long way to keeping the public on our side in the fight to protect our rights.

JuLY marble Drawing – Pete Airheart – exchanged his share of the winnings for raffle tickets for the September Raffle for the Replica Gold Coin C0llection.

Door Prizes: Due to not having a Secretary, we didn’t get a record of the Door Prize winners for August.

Current “Finds of the Month” Standing:

January 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins John M Jay Mike

JPM Jay John M Mike / Pete

Relics John M Jay Pete

M Unusual Pete /Jay John M

February 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M John M Aaron

JPM Pete A John M Pete M

Relics Ralph/John M Woody Jay

M Unusual Aaron Jay/John M Woody/Charlie

March 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Charlie Pete M John M

JPM Pete M Otto John M

Relics Pete M John M Charlie

M Unusual Woody Jimmy Pete M

April 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins John M Charlie John F

JPM Pete M John M Ralph

Relics Charlie John M Jimmie

M Unusual Charlie Pete M Jay

May 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M Charlie John M

JPM John M Pete M

Relics John M Pete M Jay

M Unusual Charlie Pete M John M

June 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M Mary John M

JPM Jay John M Pete M

Relics Pete M Charlie John M

M Unusual Pete M Charlie JD Smith

July 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M John M Charlie B

JPM John F John M Pete M

Relics Charlie B Pete M John M John F

M Unusual Pete M Charlie B John M Jay

August 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Charlie Batten - 1839 dime! Jay Longley Pete Morgan

JPM Pete Morgan Jay Longley Charlie Batten

Relics Pete Morgan Charlie Batten Jay Longley

Most Unusual

Tie for 1st

Charlie Batten & Pete Morgan Jay Longley

***

Points Year To Date:

Pete M: 61 Points

John M: 50 Points

Charlie: 38 Points

Jay: 26 Points

Woody: 6 Points

John F: 5 Points

Aaron: 4 Points

Ralph: 4 Points

Pete A: 3 Points

Mike: 2 Points

Jimmy: 2 Points

Otto: 2 Points

Mary: 2 Points

JD: 1 Point

REMINDER:

• Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Early Chamber of Commerce building, 104 E. Industrial Blvd, Early, Texas.

• If you haven’t already paid your club dues, please be sure to bring payment to the next meeting.

• Bring a friend to the next metal detector meeting…Remember…. Prizes everywhere!!!

• Be thinking about a program YOU could bring for the club, and about volunteering to do it!

• MOST IMPORTANT…. stop by for some food and fellowship!!!

Central Texas Treasure Club

Meets at: 104 E. Industrial Blvd, Early, Texas

Mail to: 2207 Ave. B, c/o Jay Longley, Brownwood, Texas 76801

Rest in Peace, Jerry "El Rojo" Sheller

Posted by [email protected] on August 27, 2019 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Our longtime friend, fellow treasure hunter, Charter Member, and past President of the Central Texas Treasure Club Jerry Sheller's obituary and Visitation and Service times can be found on this page. Roseanna Stone Sheller and Family request that those wishing to send flowers, only send potted plants.

Rest In Peace, Jerry aka "EL Rojo".




Be a Good Ambassador for Our Hobby

Posted by [email protected] on August 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Be a Good Ambassador for Our Hobby!

Today has been an interesting day to be involved in metal detecting. I wore one of my Central Texas Treasure Club t-shirts today. About an hour before sundown, I decided to go detecting for a little while because I didn't go any last week because of the dry and hard ground and the excessive heat but I can only stay cooped in for so long. I took my Ace 250 to a sandy area of a public park and started detecting when a young man, who will be starting college next week, struck up a conversation with me about metal detecting and about what I've found over the years. He said he's always been interested in detecting and in history so we talked awhile, I recommended a detector that he might be interested in, and I gave him one of our club cards and invited him to a meeting.

I notice that many people in this hobby use numerous excuses to try to avoid being "distracted" by curious onlookers. I'm just the opposite as I welcome the chance to teach people about detecting and treasure hunting, especially young people, because I know how much I've benefited from it over the past 50 years. I've said many times that the best treasure I've found in those years have been the long-lasting friendships I've made with other treasure hunters. I believe that we have an obligation to share this fun and educational pastime with others. Not only may it add some joy to their lives but it enhances the view the public has toward metal detecting and treasure hunting. Another benefit is that you never know when the person you're talking to is going to either give you a good treasure hunting lead or permission to hunt on their property.

After detecting, I came home and decided to go to Whataburger for dinner. I was placing my order at the register when I heard an older man, behind me, say "I noticed your shirt and you're the man I want to talk to." He said he'd like to ask me some questions about detecting because he's always wanted to get a metal detector but never has. I pointed to a booth where I'd be sitting after I finished placing my order and getting my drink and invited him to come over and discuss it. When I got seated, he came over and I recommended an "affordable" detector to him and we started talking until my food arrived. I gave him a club card and invited him to our next meeting also. He wrote my name and time and location of our meetings on the back of the card along with the kind of detector I recommended. He said he has a place on the Shenandoah River, where there was a lot of fighting and military activity during the Civil War, and that he always wondered what interesting things he could find there with a metal detector. We had a very nice chat and he introduced me to one of his dinner companions who was also a member of the same Ham Radio Club of Brownwood. He told his friend "See, this is why I'm always telling members to "wear their colors". He pointed to his own club shirt that he was wearing. He told him that if I hadn't been wearing my club shirt, he never would have met me and wouldn't have learned how to get started in this hobby.

So it's important to keep this in mind as you enjoy your treasure hunting. Don't try to ignore curious onlookers because you may be their only chance to be introduced to a lifetime of enjoyment in metal detecting and you will make many good friends in the process of being a treasure hunting ambassador.

Don't forget our CTTC Open Competition Hunt coming up on October 12th! Get your Early Bird Entry in the mail today. Printable Hunt flyers/registration forms are available on our Facebook page or by emailing us and requesting a copy.


Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club


Surprise 2019 CTTC Hunt News!

Posted by [email protected] on August 14, 2019 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Surprise 2019 CTTC Hunt News!

Our 2019 CTTC Open Competition Hunt Prizes, from Hunt Sponsor Garrett Metal Detectors arrived last week! As always, the fine people at Garrett proved why they've been a leader in the treasure hunting industry since the 1960s. Garrett has always realized that metal detecting/treasure clubs are the backbone of this hobby and they've always done more than their share to support our clubs. In addition to the new AT Max metal detector and prize package that we ordered for the Hunt, they also sent us an AT Pro metal detector which will be included as a door prize! All paid Hunt entrants will receive one free raffle ticket when they register and the AT Pro's winner's name will be drawn during the Prizes Presentation following the Hunt.

We're still waiting for the Minelab X-Terra 305 detector and prize package to arrive but when it does, I'll notify you of the prizes that Hunt Sponsor sends.

In addition, we'll be adding more Hunt Sponsors as the October 12th Hunt draws nearer so get your Early Bird registrations and $25 Hunt fee in the mail so you'll be eligible to win the $50 Early Bird cash prize that will be awarded after the Hunt. Also, please share this notice with all of your treasure hunting friends and groups because we'll have lots of prizes for every entrant!

You can get a printable copy of the Hunt flyer/registration form by emailing your name and email address and requesting one to: [email protected]


July 2019 CTTC Newsletter

Posted by [email protected] on August 3, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Central Texas Treasure Club

Newsletter

July 2019 Meeting

Website links: http://centraltexastreasureclub.webs.com

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/468623476667619/

Minutes from the July 2nd meeting:

• Jay called the meeting to order. 33 members and visitors were in attendance at the meeting. We signed up one new family membership, Jason Moore and his mother, this month. Welcome everyone!!

• The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bryant.

• Travis Winn gave the Vice President's Report and thanked the two members, Woody and Mike, who provided snacks for the meeting. Jerome and John F volunteered to bring snacks for the August 6th meeting.

• Amanda gave the Treasurer's Report.  Amanda also filled in to take notes until we can elect a new Secretary to replace Max Richardson.

• Mike A gave the Hunt Master's Report and reminded us that the deadline is nearing for us to finalize our preparations for the October Hunt. A Hunt Preparations meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 16th, at the Carnegie Room of the Brownwood Public Library from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mike and Jay will be there and encourage any other interested dues-paying members to come with their suggestions. We will be finalizing our Hunt prize selections, preparing this year's Hunt flyer, scheduling the date of the Hunt, and composing our email list of treasure hunters and clubs that we need to notify in advance of our October Open Competition Hunt. Also, anyone who wants to join our club and pay their dues, can do so at this informal meeting. I urge those people to arrive within the first hour or so because the meeting may not take the entire 3 hours. 

• Our CTTC Introduction to Metal Detecting program of June 27th was a success with 12 people in attendance including 3 non-members, two of which joined during our July meeting.

• Bryant Martin located the Hidden Treasure Cache and reburied it. The next clue is: "It's buried at Mayes Park (Austin Ave. near East Elementary) between the soccer field (NOT in the soccer field) and the splash pad and skateboard ramp." The cache is buried in a smokeless tobacco tin. IMPORTANT REMINDER - Our club policy discourages the use of shovels in public parks and other public areas so please use small hand tools and refill your holes flawlessly!

• Club cards were passed around.

• The Spring Picnic, scheduled for June 1st was cancelled due to the weather forecast but will be rescheduled as a Fall Picnic, rain or shine, sometime in September.

• Jay presented a program about the Knights of the Golden Circle and Their Massive Treasures immediately after the July meeting. Most of the people who attended the meeting stayed for the program. Jay gave a copy of a recent Glen Rose Reporter newspaper article about John Wilkes Booth's mummy to one of those in attendance. Thank you Jay for presenting on such an interesting topic!

• Remember - A nice 1889-D Morgan silver dollar will be given away to the member who signs up the most new members between our May meeting and the middle of our August 6th meeting. Currently, Ralph is in the lead and has recruited one new member. The silver dollar is still up for grabs so bring as many potential members as you can to the August meeting to have a chance to win!

• Membership dues were paid by several for several people. If your membership dues are owed, please renew your memberships by mailing them to: Jay Longley, CTTC, 2207 Ave. B, Brownwood, Texas 76801 or paying Amanda at our next meeting to keep receiving club emails and to be able to participate in club activities. Please contact Jay if you have questions or concerns.

Topics to be discussed at future meetings:

• What’s on your mind? Raise your hand and say “I want to discuss… This is our club and everyone has a voice.

• Is anyone interested in a specific topic for a future meeting? You determine the topic. Just let Jay know.

Responsible hunting will keep the hobby alive for everyone else! Please follow the Treasure Hunter's Code of Ethics so that all of us can continue to enjoy this enjoyable hobby and perhaps, even get lucky and find our fortunes!

• I will respect private property and will do no treasure hunting without the property owner's permission.

• I will fill in all holes I dig.

• I will not damage natural resources, wildlife habitats, or any private property.

• I will use thoughtfulness, consideration, and courtesy always.

• I will build fires in designated or safe places only.

• I will leave gates as found.

• I will remove and properly dispose of any trash that I find.

• I will not litter.

• I will not destroy property, buildings, or what is left of ghost towns and deserted structures.

• I will not tamper with signs, structural facilities, or equipment.

• And, finally, the most important one of all -- I will have fun!!

If we all follow these simple rules while metal detecting or treasure hunting, we will go a long way to keeping the public on our side in the fight to protect our rights.

JuLY marble Drawing – No winners

Door Prizes: George Silva

Jim Salmon

Sandy Salmon

Charlie Batten

***

Current “Finds of the Month” Standing:

January 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins John M Jay Mike

JPM Jay John M Mike / Pete

Relics John M Jay Pete

M Unusual Pete /Jay John M

February 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M John M Aaron

JPM Pete A John M Pete M

Relics Ralph/John M Woody Jay

M Unusual Aaron Jay/John M Woody/Charlie

March 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Charlie Pete M John M

JPM Pete M Otto John M

Relics Pete M John M Charlie

M Unusual Woody Jimmy Pete M

April 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins John M Charlie John F

JPM Pete M John M Ralph

Relics Charlie John M Jimmie

M Unusual Charlie Pete M Jay

May 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M Charlie John M

JPM John M Pete M

Relics John M Pete M Jay

M Unusual Charlie Pete M John M

June 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M Mary John M

JPM Jay John M Pete M

Relics Pete M Charlie John M

M Unusual Pete M Charlie JD Smith

July 1st 2nd 3rd

Coins Pete M John M Charlie B

JPM John F John M Pete M

Relics Charlie B Pete M John M John F

M Unusual Pete M Charlie B John M Jay

***

Points Year To Date:

Pete M: 51 Points

John M: 50 Points

Charlie: 29 Points

Jay: 19 Points

Woody: 6 Points

John F: 5 Points

Aaron: 4 Points

Ralph: 4 Points

Pete A: 3 Points

Mike: 2 Points

Jimmy: 2 Points

Otto: 2 Points

Mary: 2 Points

JD: 1 Point

***

REMINDER:

• Our next regular meeting is Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Early Chamber of Commerce building, 104 E. Industrial Blvd, Early, Texas.

• If you haven’t already paid your club dues, please be sure to bring payment to the next meeting.

• Bring a friend to the next metal detector meeting…Remember…. Prizes everywhere!!!

• Be thinking about a program YOU could bring for the club, and about volunteering to do it!

• MOST IMPORTANT…. stop by for some food and fellowship!!!

Central Texas Treasure Club

Meets at: 104 E. Industrial Blvd, Early, Texas

Mail to: 2207 Ave. B, c/o Jay Longley, Brownwood, Texas 76801


CTTC 2019 Open Competition Hunt - Oct. 12th!

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Last year, our Central Texas Treasure Club held the biggest and best Hunt that we've ever had. This year's promises to be even better!  The entry fee for this hunt is only $25.  It will be held at Allcorn Park in Brownwood, Texas on Saturday, October 12th, 2019.  For more details, flyer, and registration form, please send a request, with your email address, to us at: [email protected]

Thank you,

Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club



July 2nd - The Knights of the Golden Circle & Their Treasure

Posted by [email protected] on June 29, 2019 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I will be presenting a program on the secret organization, the Knights of the Golden Circle, immediately following our next regular monthly Central Texas Treasure Club meeting which will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 2nd, at the Early Chamber of Commerce Bldg. at 104 E. Industrial Blvd. in Early, Texas. This will be my first public appearance, about the KGC, since 2014 when I appeared on the History Channel's "America Unearthed: Lincoln's Secret Assassins" major television show. I will be publicly sharing some information about the Knights and their huge treasure depositories, from my 13 years of research and field work on that organization, that I've never released before. Many of the most important facts that I shared with Scott Wolter about the KGC in Brown County, Texas were edited completely out of the final version but I intentionally withheld a lot of what I knew from them because my search for some of the treasure depositories was and is continuing. I will be sharing some of this valuable information with those in attendance at this meeting and program. In the years since my "America Unearthed" appearance, i've received and declined several requests to appear on other tv productions about the KGC and treasure hunting. I made a vow to myself, after that 2014 show aired, that I would not be involved in any future tv productions about the secret pro-Southern organization and I've kept that vow. I will also be sharing the route of the KGC tunnel network under downtown Brownwood. If you want to hear some of the story about what is probably the largest hoard of gold, silver, gemstones, priceless religious artifacts, and ancient relics in the United States and maybe even in the world, that are still waiting to be found, you'll attend this meeting!

~ Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club


Free Raffle Prize for Workshop Attendees!

Posted by [email protected] on June 24, 2019 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Every person who stays throughout the Introduction to Metal Detecting workshop this Thursday, June 27th, will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a beautiful uncirculated 90% silver 1964 Kennedy half dollar at the conclusion of the program. The workshop will be held at the Carnegie Room of the Brownwood Public Library from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Club members and non-members will be eligible to win! Be there! The Public is invited to attend!

[email protected]

Jay Longley, President, Central Texas Treasure Club

(325)646-1000



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