Newsletter of the Mid-Western Artifact Society
MWAS – Member FMDAC
Our annual hunt has been scheduled for Sunday Sept. 12
We start the weekend activities with a cookout Saturday evening serving,
not our usual hotdogs but grilled hamburgers, pot luck side dishes, and
homemade cobbler sometimes with homemade ice cream. Let Dan know
(816- 853-0476) if you are planning to attend, he needs to know how many
hamburgers to bring, and how many coins, and prizes he will need for the
After dinner when it gets dark, we have a non-club sponsored night hunt.
Dan can come up with some very ingenuous rules for this hunt.
Remember There’s plenty of room for tents and some members camp out over night
Club Raffles Support to keep an eye on the seeded fields.
our Annual Hunt. Sunday morning we have 2 seeded hunts for silver coins and tokens. In
If you have items you would like to between the hunts, we have a FREE kids hunt for children, grandchildren or
donate for our monthly raffles just any child that shows up. The kids hunt is funded by coin and prize donations
bring them in. from club members. If you want to donate a prize for the kids hunt, please
contact a club officer.
After the second hunt, we have a potluck lunch followed by the awarding
of prizes and the Gold raffle drawing.
The next club meeting will
be July 18 The club is running very short this year for the silver needed for the Annual
Hunt. We need to purchase a few silver dollars yet, but the vast majority
needed is other 90% silver, mainly dimes and quarters in a total amount over
Club Meeting Dates
$100 face, that must be obtained by September. If you can provide any silver to
August 15 the club at a rate of 10x face on 90% and $14 per silver dollar, you would be
The Annual hunt will be greatly helping out the club in keeping this year’s hunt as economical and rich
September 12, as in year’s past. Please contact the Treasurer, Daren Sommers, (913-268-
8674) as soon as possible if you are selling silver to the club, or to let him know
if you plan on paying your hunt fee in silver. The hunt fee will be set at the end
of this month and the price will largely be impacted by how many people in the
club are contributing silver to the hunt.
Club Dues for the 2010 At the Nov 2009 meeting, it was voted that $5 per meeting could be deducted
club year are now past from the hunt fee for every meeting you attended up to 5 meeting or a total of
due. Club due are still $20 $25. If you want to know how many meeting you have attended, give me a call
($15 for MWAS dues and at 913-755-4341, or email me at email@example.com. For those of you that
$5 for FMDAC Dues). have not made the 5 meeting, it’s not too late; we still have 2 meetings left.
However, a late fee of $10
per month will be added to Members attendance
the hunt fee until dues are 8 meetings - 7 members 7 meetings - 2 members
paid. Club dues can be 6 meetings - 4 members 5 meetings - 7 members
paid by check, cash or in 4 meetings - 6 members 3 meetings - 6 members
2 meetings - 12 members 1 meeting - 9 members
90% silver ($2.50 Face
0 meetings - 2 members
Please support our Club Sponsor
Our Club Founder Bill Proenza and his son Robert own and operate American Detector Distributors
and have been very kind to our club with discounts and donated prizes for our hunt. If you need
anything that pertains to Metal Detecting, please contact them for a great deal. Make sure you
mention you are a member of MWAS.
Toll Free: 1-800-933-2897
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (new Email address)
Mid-Western Artifact Society Club Officers
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
Dan Spielbusch John Irby Sandy Kerr Daren Sommers
(913) 236-5668 (913) 206-7776 (913) 755-4341 (913) 268-8674
Librarian Police Coordinator Sergeant At Arms Webmaster
Bob Kerr Roger Ring John Henre Don Vickers
Founder / Sponsor Historian Research
Bill Proenza Marvin Andrews OPEN
Members of the Federation of Metal Detectors & Archaeological Clubs Inc.
MWAS Members Holding Office in the FMDAC
Southwestern Chapter President Chapter Secretary KS State Representative
Don Vickers Becky Vickers John Irby
For those of you that have not visited the MWAS website, Don Vickers, has announced that he will run for the
office of President in the FMDAC. Good luck, Don! You have our support!
Members are needed to mow around the house at the annual hunt site throughout the summer months. The
Wiswell so gracefully allow us to use the site we don’t want them having a problem because it’s not mowed,
Dan will have a signup sheet at the meeting. Please signup to take your turn!
Outdoor hunt sites
If anyone has ideas as to where we can hold our outdoor hunts, please let Dan know.
Club Specifics for 2010
(The Club year starts and finishes at the August meeting)
As of June18, 2010
2010 Club Stats 2010 Master/Grand Masters
Club Members 57 Dana Overfield Master January
Coins Found 14031 Hugh Alexander Master April
Total Silver 143 Eric Harper Grand Master April
Oldest Coin 1833 Michael Cloe Grand Master May
Most Valuable 1876 IH $150 Roger Ring Master June
New Members 0
MWAS 2010 Silver Club
Precious Metals 6/04/10
Last Meeting Year Total
Platinum $1511.00 Hugh Alexander 0 1
Michael Cloe 0 18
Members Present at the
Eric Harper 0 10
Moak Albritton John Henre 0 1
Eric Harper John Irby 3 21
Michelle Johanning Chris Jolin 0 13
Chris Jolin Bob Kerr 1 2
Bob Kerr Sandy Kerr 3 4
Sandy Kerr Harvey McDaniel 0 12
Roger Ring Dana Overfield 0 8
Darrell Sommers Roger Ring 0 8
Fred Stevens 0 22
Don Vickers Don Vickers 2 20
Ron Worley Jack Teeter 0 1
Lester Henderson 0 1
If I’ve missed anyone please let me know
Totals 9 143
Reminder: Hats and Tee Shirts
We still have light & dark blue hats
with the club logo for $10 each and
2 dark blue club tee shirt size XL for
2010 Contest Corner
Members competing for Grand Master must win 5 of the 6 contests.
Members competing for Master Hunter must win a total of 5 contests.
Month Most Coins Most Silver Most Valuable Oldest Coin Best Most
Oct 09 Hugh Alexander Don Vickers Don Vickers Dana Overfield Sid Cumberland Bob Kerr
796 Coins 14 Coins 1876 IH $150 1860 IH 1994 Class Ring Pendant
1981 Class Ring
Nov 09 Hugh Alexander Michael Cloe Chris Jolin Dana Overfield Michael Cloe Michael Cloe
679 Coins 9 Coins 1922D Cent $23 1854 Quarter Silver Ring Ruptured Duck
Jan 10 Eric Harper Dana Overfield Dana Overfield Dana Overfield Sandy Kerr Roger Ring
571 Coins 4 Coins 1833 Cape Bust 1833 Cape Bust Gruen Diamond Rattle Snake Eggs
Half Dime $45 Half Dime Watch
Feb 10 Roger Ring Eric Harper Bob Kerr Jim Maley Roger Ring Roger Ring 1907
119 2 coins 1916 Wheat cent 1899 IH Gold Locket Great Seal of
$1 Oklanoma button
Mar 10 James Jones Harvey McDaniel John Irby John Irby Hugh Alexander Bob Kerr
187 1 coin 1889 IH 1889 IH Silver Pendant Ox Nut
John Irby $12.50 John Irby
1 coin 1890 Buggy
Apr 10 Hugh Fred Stevens Eric Haper 1935 Sandy Kerr Hugh Alexander Eric Harper
717 22 Mercy Dime 1882 Police Class Cow Serum Tag
Michael Cloe Shield Nickel Ring
1939 Mercy Dime
May 10 Craig Yerby Chris Jolin John Henre Michael Cloe Craig Yerby Craig Yerby
593 2 1916 Lincoln cent 1887 IH 10K gold ring 1877 IH Pendant
Jun 10 Roger Ring Sandy Kerr Sandy Kerr Don Vickers Ron Worley James Jones
148 3 1888 IH 1899 IH Ornate Broach Railroad Key
2.75 Don Vickers
Did you ever wonder how long it would take to detect an entire acre?
Well the members of the Rogue Valley Coin Shooters in Oregon did. Their findings are below.
Area of an 8 inch coil = 50.24 inches
Area of a acre of ground 6,272,640 square inches (522,720 square feet)
Given 1 sweep covers 6 liner feet, or about 576 square inches.
That means that there are at least 10,890 sweeps of the coil in an acre, an that is with no overlap! Say you
sweep at a rate of 1 ½ seconds per swing. At that rate, it will take 16, 335 seconds, or 272.25 minutes or 4.53
hours to cover an acre. Again with no overlap, and no stopping to dig anything!
If you add dig time for 400 target at a rate of 1 ½ minutes per target (60 minutes or 10 hours) and break time at
a rate of 5 minutes per half hour( 3 hours), and double the sweep time to account for sweep overlap, then that
come up with 22 hours total search time.
The MWAS July 18 Meeting Site
The July meeting will be in Swope Park.
Hunting will start at 10 am with a potluck lunch at 12 pm bring a dish to share.
The meeting will immediately follow lunch.
Remember, fill your holes!
From I-435 take Hwy 71 North to E Meyer Blvd. Turn R (east) on E. Meyer blvd. that will turn into Swope
Park. We will meet near the shelter located a block east of the main pavilion that is just inside the
Westside entrance. Look for Dan’s van. If you have a problems find the location call 816-853-0476.