Today is the first day of the 2013 FMDAC Fall Convention, and this year it’s being hosted by the Smoky Mountain Artifacts Researh & Treasure Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The event runs through Sunday, and of major importance is an effort to bring together the major manufacturers & the various groups representing the pastime (see my earlier post here).
Will they all show up, and better yet if they do, what will be the end result? I have often said that some sort of coming together needs to happen. Otherwise we are still muddling along, status quo, one group doing this, the other doing something else. All three organizations claim to be the biggest, the best and the most accomplished, but ultimately the answer to any unification will come down to who can leave their ego’s at the door.
The other problem of course is will relic hunters, coinshooters, beach hunters & prospectors care enough about each other to pitch in when there’s a problem not directly affecting them? A relic hunter recently stated that his club was not interested in joining any of the national groups because they hunt on private property, and do not face the same problems as those hunting in parks. Needless to say if this attitude prevails than any attempt at joining forces is really moot. Only in numbers can we make a difference.
Lastly, let me ask a favor of all three groups…. Give me a reason to visit your website. Update them please on a more regular basis, if only to say “hi”. Add a photo/video gallery for members to brag a little, tell your members when and how you meet. If you are an officer, don’t be just a name with a title. Tell a little about your background, what you are responsible for and post an email address where members can contact you if needed. Hell, tell a joke…anything please?
“In my opinion” it all comes down to marketing yourself and your organization… so far you are doing a crappy job.
My good friend John Winter surprises me every now and then, venturing into salacious areas that border on the obscene. That happens when you get old and lecherous (Howland & I readily admit to being in that group). Be sure to check out his recent post titled A Tsunami Filth, and if you aren’t a subscriber to John’s great blog you are missing out big time.
SAVE THAT TRASH
Just recently I suggested that clubs save up their trash and at the end of the year take it to city hall so they know that we do more than dig holes. Well, apparently there are already clubs doing that and publicizing it. John Dudley, a member of the West Michigan Detector Club, recently shared the following photo on Facebook…
The West Michigan club does not have a website, but meets the third Thursday of each month at China Buffet, in South Haven, Michigan (6:30 pm). John Dudley incidentally is a magician, and hope you will check out his website here. It a fun one and also provides a method of contact should you need more info on the club.
Great job guys!
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Saw this on Facebook and instantly thought of my very good friend in Warsaw….