John Winter was kind enough to give a thumbs up to my post about knocking on doors , and also commented…
“One thing I might add (for UK guys) is to show them a FID or NCMD (detectorists’ organisation) card showing my picture and info about having valid insurance”.
So let me throw out a challenge to the FMDAC, the Task Force and WWATS….which one of you will be the first to offer something similar? A membership card is okay, but one with a photo, and one indicating the carrier has liability insurance, would be awesome (sorry John).
Yes, I know it involves work and spending money, but if you claim to represent the detectorist, take a break from your yearly social events and look into it. And if your members do not pay dues (TF and WWATS) why not ask them to put their money where their mouth is? Also if I remember right, Minelab gave the Task Force $41,000 when they started. Surely there’s a little left in the coffers…
Lastly, to the officers of all three groups…..
I know you do this part-time, you have day jobs, family, and no one wants to volunteer. I get that, but If this is so, and if your members are not interested in paying dues, or in helping you, why prolong the inevitable? Stop advertising yourself as a national group and become a social one. That way no one will expect more of you.
Many thanks to Robert Hope for allowing me to use his photo….
Dan Hughes came through with another great podcast, and if you are coinshooter or collector be sure to give it a listen….
ARE MUTANT COINS WORTH MESSING WITH?
Speaking of the FMDAC, I just received the following…
ATTENTION NEEDED IMMEDIATLEY
The Mason City, Iowa Parks Department will be meeting on Tuesday October 13 at 6:00 pm. On their agenda is the banning of metal detecting from the city parks. Why? This is being done for the heinous crime of someone asking for permission. Now let’s not waste time debating the merits of that action. Let’s put the energy into fighting this.
I have attached a link to a news article and also to the minutes of the previous meeting. Please review them and get an email sent off to them. It is too late to depend on the mail. Let’s all get together here and get an email blitz going. The board members emails are listed below.
There are some real uninformed comments from these board members. However please be polite and informative. Educate these people.
If you are in the Mason City area then you need to attend the meeting. Call everyone you know in the hobby and get them to the meeting. Don’t let this go without a fight.
Everyone needs to help out here. It will only take a few minutes to help save your hobby.
http://www.masoncity.net/agendalist.aspx?cid=9257 (September minutes)
MASON CITY PARK & RECREATION BOARD MEMBERS:
Members serve for four years.
Don Nelson, Chair – Elected 2012
Phone: 641- 530-4154 Email: email@example.com
Kyle Easley, Vice Chair – Elected 2014
Phone: 641-430-2033 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Diaz – Secretary – Elected 2010, 2014
Phone: 641-420-2424 Email: email@example.com
Frank Pearson – Elected 2010, 2014
Phone: 641-425-8660 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Binnebose, Elected 2012 (appointed 2011)
Phone: 641-424-3316 Email: email@example.com
Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs
I just bought a medical alert bracelet that says “probably just shit faced”…….