Club’s Community Service
by Lee Wiese
Most metal detecting clubs are internally focused, meaning that all the club
activities are geared towards the club’s membership. This aligns with a
club’s main objective which is to provide a meeting environment that
supports the club’s mission with activities to gain new membership and
generate member participation. However, a club is part of a community (city,
county, state) and the membership may want to achieve greater community
recognition by taking responsibility for some type of community service
The traditional way a club has contributed to the community is to offer a
couple of services. These services revolve around assisting local law
enforcement authorities by searching for crime scene evidence at a specific
crime investigation. Another service that is offered to the public is to
locate a lost item for people who have lost a piece of jewelry or some other
very important item.
A major reason for a club to assume a boarder community involvement is to
capitalize on the members’ broad range of skills, talents, capabilities and
interest. By choosing to become more involved in the community the club can
identify opportunities that may best leverage the members’ capabilities.
Once a club’s members have become involved in a community service project
the opportunity exist for the club to leverage this community action into
strengthening the public opinion of the club. Every effort should be made to
gain recognition though a local newspaper, radio or TV station. The club
should also advertize its community service projects on their website and
Money is always an issue for any club activity and some community service
projects may take funds away from the club treasury. One way to raise
additional funds is ask the members to donate part of their finds each
month. This could take the form of donating all pennies & nickels recovered
and assign these funds to a special community services account. At the end
of the year the club could provide membership recognition by presentation
the top donors with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Here is a list of club community service examples practiced by a number of
hobby related clubs across the U.S.
Amarillo Prospectors & Treasure Hunters Association
This club chose
to adopt a park in their community. Two of the club board members went to
the City Parks and Recreation Department and presented their idea. The City
Parks and Recreation Department accepted the club’s offer.
This club Adopt A Highway trash removal program. The
results are that they get a sign placed on the interstate displaying their
Treasure Hunter’s Club
The Eureka club has four community service
programs. They are:
Michigan Treasure Hunters
- Trash Metal and Heavy Metal Recovery
- Historical Artifact Recovery
- Physical Evidence Recovery Team
- Lost Item Recovery for the Public
This club supports two community service
Mother Lode Goldhounds
The Goldhounds adopted a community 16 years ago in the gold country of the
Sierra Mountains. At Christmas time the Goldhounds provide food, gifts and
gift certificates that are shared by the residences of this small isolated
Diablo Metal Detecting Club
- Charity "Toys For Tots" run by the U.S. MARINE CORPS.
- National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
This club for 17 years has offered support
to a blind camp. This involves going to the camp to provide a metal
detecting experience for the blind camp participants. All are assisted by a
club member during the detecting activity; they get to keep everything found
and at the end of the hunt can pick a nice prize from the gift table. The
typical number of participants is 40 with about 8-10 club members providing
individual assistance to each participant.
Author’s Comment: I had the opportunity in 2010 to be part of the Mt. Diablo
Club Blind Camp Event and witnessed firsthand the excitement of the children
and adults during their metal detecting experience. The camp staff was also
very appreciative of the club’s dedication in providing the metal detecting
experience to the camp.
Old North State Detectorists
This club has
received three Letters of Commendation for Historical Site Preservation.
Council of Treasure Clubs, Inc.
The council supports the Texas Lions
Camp for Disabled Children. Foreign coins are hidden for them to find with
metal detectors. They learn there is an outdoor recreational hobby they can
enjoy even with their disabilities. Working with the children is great and a
life changing experience!
Three Forks Treasure Hunters Club
in conjunction with the
Territory Treasure Hunting Club
, the Eastern Oklahoma Cemetery
Preservation Organization and the Oklahoma Cemetery Preservation Association
has been working on cleaning up and preserving the historic Old Cemetery
North of Muskogee.
Western Colorado Chapter of GPAA
The club sponsors a week at Camp
Wapiyapi for at least one child per year. The club accomplishes this
worthwhile endeavor by holding fund raisers.
IIn summary: Each of the club’s listed in the examples above have their
community service projects highlighted on their website and in many cases
also in their newsletter. This type of community service can become a
valuable asset for the club should the club ever need to work with public
authorities about any metal detecting issue. The recommendation is to
discuss this topic in your club and give priority to a community service
project. There are many other types of projects in which a club could
participate; these examples are just a short list of opportunities that are
out there to consider.