I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that makes this club possible and contributes to our success. I personally have been extremely busy and I want to thank Miner for stepping in and posting to the site. I also want to thank Vince for helping out in the big town of Mulvane on a lost ring post. These things mean a lot to me but I haven’t had time to focus on metal detecting and I’m thankful for everyone’s help. At any rate I just made plans (albeit loose) for our January meeting. I think we should try to metal detect at Cypress Park which is at 300 S. Edgemoor in Wichita. I hope to see everyone there and hopefully mother earth cooperates with us so we can all enjoy what we love so much.. Swinging!
On a much more serious note I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and I hope that you guys have had a great time with the people that matter most in your lives.
The smile on her face says it all. Good work Vince
I just read a book titled The Fred Factor, by Mark Sanborn. The book is an inspirational little book about delivering superior service for the sakes of delivering superior service.
One of the things Mr. Sanborn suggests is to find a way to deliver superior service every day, even in the smallest of ways. So I started to think about something I do often where I could do just that. Then it hit me, I metal detect often. I love my hobby so I thought there is no better time to apply the principles of the book.
So, as the book asks, I identified my customer. The way I see it, my customer is the public who shares the parks and other public spaces where I metal detect. Having identified the customer, the task at which I would want to excel is digging a plug and restoring the ground once I am done retrieving the target. In this way, the other users of the park will never be inconvenienced in any way because of what I do. So for 2015 I vow to absolutely master how I retrieve a target from the ground when metal detecting.
The other thing that I thought about is to clean the park as I go. I have done this in the past in a very modest scale but I think in 2015 I will up my efforts to pick trash as I detect.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and any other holiday you may celebrate this season.
A few years back I read an online article by NASA Tom that set me on a journey to try to find the deepest detector around.
In his article, Tom discusses a project he undertook at the site of an old fort in Florida. You can read the original article here but the gist of it is that 95% of all desirable, non-ferrous targets (coins and relics and such) are still in the ground being maliciously masked by iron AND that there is a plethora of such targets at 12.5 – 14 inches deep!!
I know some of you don’t want to dig a 12 inch hole but if you do, take heart, your efforts are likely to be rewarded.
I encourage all members to read the comments on any and all posts here. People will often post requests for help finding lost items. There is one such request posted as a comment on the previous post. Please if you can help, the contact information is in the message.
I hope to create a page instructing people who want help to send a private message to me, Steve or any other volunteers from our club. I hope that in this way, people needing help don’t have to post personal phone numbers and names in our blog thus protecting their identities.
What with the holidays and all, I am just now getting to tell you all that this months meeting will happen at Alley park at the usual time of 3pm to 6pm or whenever people want to go home.
Again, tomorrow, Sunday December 7 (a day which shall live in infamy) at Alley park on south Seneca from 3pm to 6pm.
Next to my favorite park there is an elementary school and in the park itself, there is a community center. Often, teachers from the school will bring their classes to the community center.
The other day, as I was detecting the park, such a group walked by close enough for me to hear what they were saying:
Child (pointing at me): “Mrs, what is that?”
Teacher: “It’s a metal detector. Metal detecting is a popular past time.”
Child: “Is he looking for treasure?”
Teacher: “He’s looking for any items from the past that may be interesting”
I was quite moved by this. This teacher lady took the opportunity to teach when the child asked what I was doing AND she portrayed the hobby in such a positive light that it made me wonder if one or two of those children will grow up to take up our hobby. We don’t always get that kind of advocacy and I wanted to make sure to let you guys know that not everybody hates what we do.
In your time in this hobby, you will eventually run into somebody who doesn’t understand what we do, or is misinformed about what we do, or is just plain angry about what we do.
The best way to deal with people in the above categories is simply to inform them. One of the benefits of belonging to the Wheat State Treasure Hunters is that you will get the correct information regarding what we can or cannot do in city parks. With that information, you can calmly educate those who haven’t yet discovered the joys of metal detecting.
Case in point; this afternoon I was hunting in my favorite park when I was approached by a Parks employee. He asked me to stop “digging up the park”. As he was being polite and professional, I remained calm and told him I was not digging up the park. He then asked that I produced the permit that allowed me to do what I was doing. I responded that the city didn’t require permits for metal detecting in city parks. He said, that yes, a permit was required. I told him that he was misinformed and that he could call the police. He told me he would call his supervisor.
At that point I thanked him for being concerned and I went about the business of locating and extracting a cool coin or two. After about 30 minutes the city employee returned and said his supervisor told him that indeed a permit was required and that I had to produce it. I again politely but firmly told him that it was legal for me to metal detect in the park and that the city did not require a permit. I then told him that I was a member of this club and that the club conducted metal detecting classes on behalf of the city. I pointed him to the Parks and Recreations catalog.
After a few more minutes of discussion, everything worked out OK. He wished me a good afternoon and I went on to find three wheats and a vintage child’s copper ring, with stones (fake, sigh!).
The city employee was professional and polite at all times and so was I. Let us not forget that at every interaction with non-detectorists, we represent our hobby. We work hard not to destroy our parks and we should work hard not to destroy the image of metal detecting. It is worth mentioning that I, at no point, thought of leaving the park. I was involved in the legal use of our city park. I wouldn’t have felt so secure in my position were it not for the work that we all have done to make sure we have a good relationship with the city. We must continue to work to develop as good a relationship with our community.
Keep up the good work and don’t miss our next meeting 🙂
David a.k.a pulltabMiner.