September 2018 Club Hunt at SUN-OKA Beach
This month, the hunt was at Sun-Oka Beach in Summerland. Seventeen members participated in a seeded sand hunt. Barbecued burgers and hotdogs were served. After lunch a few of us hung around a wood fire and exchanged stories of past hunts and Treasures in the Sand events and generally enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon.
August 2018 Club Hunt at Private Site
The Club was invited to detect at a private site in the hope of unearthing objects that might help in developing the history behind that area. Nine club members made the trek to the site of what is believed to be on the “Fur Trade Trail”. A number of objects have been found, but it appears at this point that possibly one item (a women’s hair barrette) may be indicative of historical activity. However, dating of that object is currently under way and we have no information at this time.
May 2018 Club Hunt at Keremeos Rodeo Grounds
The Club held a hunt at the Keremeos Rodeo Grounds on May 26th. On the Tuesday prior, six members came down to help put the “finishing touch” to the grounds cleanup. In all honesty, the grounds had been combed the night before and all we managed was to fill one garbage bag. Nonetheless our efforts are always very much appreciated. A heartfelt “thank you” to the Keremeos Elks Lodge #56 for allowing our Club to practice its hobby for the tenth year in a row. Fifteen members joined in this fun day that started at 10 AM with a lunch break at 1 PM when Jo-Anne barbecued delicious hamburgers and smokies.
Prizes were awarded for oldest coin, most coins found, most nickels found, and least amount of coins found, but more than zero. The Club also held the draw for 1/10th troy oz gold coin, 1 troy oz. silver, and a Canadian silver dollar, as well as US Barber Silver Quarters.
The last Detectorists left around 4:30.
April 2018 Club Hunts at the Fairview Ghost Town
Three separate hunts on April 7th, 14th and 28 took place on the abandoned site of the once bustling townsite of Fairview, BC. Fairview was established during gold mining activity in the area in 1887 and by 1893 became known as the largest city north of San Francisco. In 1897 the Fairview Hotel was constructed, (also know as the Big Tee Pee), but burned down in a fire in 1902.
By 1906 mining activity came to a standstill and by 1919 the townsite was essentially abandoned. Today there are no buildings left but over the years numerous coins, pieces of jewellery and other items have been detected and sifted out of the soils in the area. The area contains quite a bit of metal trash and junk, as some of the photos show, but we also found some pretty interesting (and astounding!) finds. This is definitely a site we should all return to in the fall, after the rattlers and ticks have gone into hiding.
April 2018 Club Hunt at Powell Beach
It was a beautiful sunny day at Powell Beach in Summerland for our April Club Hunt on April 22, 2018. Hunt master, Syd B, came up with a very fun and entertaining seeded hunt whereby participants had to decide between continuing to find as many tokens as possible (which were more than the number of prizes available) or to run back to the prize table to collect a prize before they all ran out.
March 2018 Club Hunt at Summerland Dale Meadows
A very windy day it was at the Dale Meadows Sport Fields on Easter Saturday. Fourteen members (including junior members) joined the hunt. Lots of coins and interesting items were found.
March 2018 Club Hunt at SUN-OKA Beach
It was a snowy day to start the morning while driving through Summerland and for those coming from Kaleden and Penticton. But on the beach, it was just another early cool Spring day. Thirteen people made it to the seeded hunt and great prizes were won and delicious lunch was served.
Club Christmas Party/Club Meeting/Awards 2017
November 2017 Club Hunt at Boucherie Ball Fields in West Kelowna
On November 25th nine club members braved the cold weather at Boucherie ball fields in West Kelowna. We hunted for a few hours, broke for lunch, looked at each other’s finds and played a game of; most coins, most pull tabs, oldest coin etc. We all walked away with a prize. Everyone had a great time.
Donation to the Penticton Hospital 2017
Members of the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club (from left to right – Shirley Larose, Syd Birch, Don Collins, Jo-Anne Birch, Jim Tennant and Jacques St. Hilaire) presented a cheque in the amount of $4,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s Carey Bornn, from the money raised by the sale of WestJet raffle tickets. This brings the donation grand total to the Penticton Hospital to more than $32,000.
October 2017 Club Hunt at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
In recognition of “ Halloween”………. a good showing of Treasure Hunters dressed up for the occasion, for a fantastic Treasure Hunt at Sunoka Beach Park on Saturday October 28/17. What a hoot! There were approximately 25 + costumed hunters who attended and had a great time finding coins and tokens for terrific merchandise prizes, as well as prizes for costumes. A big thank you to Jo-Anne for cooking up one of the most delicious chili lunches ever! And super kudos to Syd for organizing another fantastic outing!!!
Club Christmas Party/Club Meeting/Awards 2016
Donation to the Penticton Hospital 2016
Members of the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club presented Carey Bornn, the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s Executive-Director, with a cheque in the amount of $3,100, from the money raised by the sale of WestJet raffle tickets, bringing the donation grand total to the Penticton Hospital to almost $29,000. Club members in attendance were Ken D, Jo-Anne B and Syd B.
October 2016 Club Hunt at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
Although the club members enjoyed many other hunt outings this year, October 28th marked the last “official” club hunt for 2016 where the members met at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park in Summerland. There was a seeded hunt that began at 11:00am, which included planted tokens for some awesome prizes. After the beach hunt the members all enjoyed a delicious chili lunch. And with the hunt being so close to Halloween members were encouraged to wear a funny hat (or wild hair, or costume) to win a prize.
Club Christmas Party/Club Meeting/Awards 2015
Donation to the Penticton Hospital 2015
Members of the Okanagan Treasure Hunters Club were invited to a Customer Appreciation night at Garden Works for our donations to the Penticton Hospital. A cheque in the amount of $3,460.00, from the Westjet ticket sales, was presented, bringing the donation grand total to almost $26,000.
October 2015 Club Hunt at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
A club hunt was held on October 24th at Sun-Oka Beach, with 11 members attending and one guest. Coins were seeded in the sand as well as 16 tokens and many walked away with great prizes. There was a “Funny Hat” contest that the attendees voted on and Syd B. won for the best hat. Jo-Anne B. provided a delicious lunch of chili, buns, dessert and coffee.
September 2015 Club Hunt at Joe Rich
Despite the fact that there was a steady rain most of the day, a large number of members, and even a couple guests, came out for a fun day of hunting at a field in Joe Rich, approximately 15 km outside of Kelowna.
The field was once the main hunting ground for the annual hunt put on by the detecting club that used to meet in Kelowna. Although their last big hunt was a number of years ago, it had also encountered not so pleasant weather. And thanks to their hunt ending early, the field was still well seeded and many coins were to be found these many years later.
June 2015 Club Hunt at Apex Mountain Resort
The June club hunt was held on June 21/15 at Apex Mountain Resort (just west of Penticton, BC) with 11 members and 1 guest that came out for a fun day of detecting. People starting hunting at about 10:30am, with a few venturing to scale the steep hills in search of hidden treasures. At about 12:30pm everyone gathered together to enjoy lunch and a great time of socializing. After lunch many members went back out to hunt and by the end of the day some very nice items were found.
Christmas Party/Club Meeting/Awards 2014
$4,000 Donation at Launch of Get BEDDER Care 2014
Members of the Penticton Metal Detectors Club were invited to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundations Christmas Reception presentation by Maureen Thomson on the launch of Get BEDDER Care held at Art Knapp’s Plantland, 670 Duncan Ave W, in Penticton, BC on Nov 19/14. It was a great opportunity for the club to present the hospital with a cheque in the amount of $4,000 from the money raised by the sale of 400 WestJet raffle tickets. The bed being sat on in the photo is a bed that the hospital wishes to purchase for the Pediatric section. The hospital hopes to purchase 40 beds at $12,000 each and so far the total Westjet donations made to the hospital by the Club ($24,400) would enable them to purchase 2 beds. Club members in attendance were Jim T (holding the cheque), Jo-Anne B and Ken D.
October 2014 Club Hunt at Spirit Square Park in Summerland, BC
The October club hunt was held on October 25/14 at a park located right along the water in beautiful Summerland, BC. This was the largest monthly club hunt held with a total of 16 club members in attendance, as well as the young son of one our newest members. With the hunt held so close to Halloween, the members were ‘warned’ that there would be some very interesting finds…and ‘very interesting’ they were! Throughout the field were planted various prize tokens, along with ‘creepy crawly’ creatures. Those members who were fortunate enough to find the prize tokens were rewarded with wonderful coins of all varieties. And even the ‘creepy crawly’ creatures rewarded the ones who found them…you just had to work a little harder to get to the prize! A wonderfully hot pot of chilli awaited all the members for lunch and was attended to by a very scary witch!! After lunch various members gathered around for a demonstration of pin pointing in the grass and then everyone was free to head back out to the field to see what they could find. A good time was had by all and much thanks was given to our awesome ‘Huntmaster’, Syd B.
June 2014 Club Hunt at Granite City, BC
The June club hunt was held June 21/14 at a private campground adjacent to the old ghost town of Granite City, just across the river from Coalmont, BC. There were 30 people registered for the hunt with many of those camped at the site for the weekend. Members of the West Coast Treasure Hunters Club, Fraser Valley Treasure Hunters Club, and Penticton Metal Detectors Club were present. The first seeded hunt was held at 11:00am and the second seeded hunt at 2:00pm, with many coins and prize tokens being found. Everyone enjoyed a potluck chili lunch, and some got into the “Bring Home the Bacon” game, the various other raffles and the swap meet. The event went so well that many of the participants asked us to consider holding this event again next year.
May 2014 Club Hunt at Keremeos Rodeo Grounds
The May club hunt was held May 24/14 at the Keremeos Elks Rodeo Grounds. Activities started at 10:00am with the arrival of club members. Present were: Syd and Jo-Anne B, Rob B, Ken D, Brian and Lynn D, Ken and Sharon K, Paul and Carole S, and Hank and Sharon V. Members searched the park until noon when we took a break for lunch. After lunch we went back to searching the park for a couple of hours and then gathered to award various prizes and check out some notable finds.