Find of the Month (FOTM) Competition

About FOTM

Find of the Month is a friendly "competition" open to paid members only to display some or all of their finds on a month-to-month basis. There are several categories for members to enter. The entered items must be the result of recreational detecting or searching. You cannot enter items found in a competition hunt, purchased, found in change, found by someone else, or from previous times. Only those items found since the last scheduled meeting qualify.

The purpous is to encourage members to use their detecting equipment or go searching on a regular basis, to provide enlightening displays at each meeting for members and guests; and for the fun of competing for "Detectorist-of-the Year."

To enter, first you must be a current OTTS member. Second, look at your finds made since the prior month's meeting, consider the category descriptions to select your preferred entries into each category and complete the entry form (blank forms are available at meetings at the FOTM table or can be printed off of the internet at and click on FOTM entry form). Remember to print clearly and adequately describe each entry. Place all the items to be entered (other than display) in a bag with the entry form. Turn it in to the FOTM committee prior to the start of the general club meeting. NOTE: It is the member's job to select their entries for each category and properly complete the entry form in order to submit their finds. Do NOT ask the FOTM Committee to determine an item's proper category or identify items at the meetings. If you have any questions about an item please contact a FOTM Committee member or an Executive Board member prior to the meeting for help. Please drop off your entries and leave the table area so the committee can attend to their duties. "Award" Program/Recognition: During the meeting break the attending membership will be asked to vote on the items entered in the eight voted on categories: US Coin, Foreign Coin , Token, Gold Jewelry, Silver Jewelry, Jewelry, Artifact and Display. The entries will be ranked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by the voting membership. We award a silver dime to the 1st place winner in each category. In addition, entries will receive points accordingly:

1st.. 4 Points
2nd.. 3 Points
3rd.. 2 Points
All other entries.. 1 Point

Logically, the more often you enter and the more categories you enter the more points you will accumulate. There will be Eleven competitions (January through November). For the Christmas meeting everyone is encouraged to create a display of their finds for the year to bring in. The points will be tallied and there will be "Detectorist of the Year" recognition during December's meeting. Awards are handed out to the top 15 entrants in points for the year.

Remember, it is the entrant's responsibility to complete an entry form and properly described each entry. Also, to make sure their entries are submitted to the committee prior to the meeting's call-toorder. All absentee entries will be allowed. It is the member's responsibility to have a properly filled out form and arrange for the entries to be at the meeting before the meetings call-to-order. Members who have paid their annual membership dues deserve the right to participate in as many OTTS functions as possible, even if they have a work schedule or other conflict that might prevent them from attending a regular meeting.

FOTM Entry Form

Entry forms are available at the monthly meeting, you can also download a form and print it at home.

FOTM Entry Form

Detectorists of the Year

1996 Tie Monte Berry / Chris Beniston
1997 Chris Beniston
1998 Chris Beniston
1999 Chris Beniston
2000 Roy Roos
2001 Tom Smith
2002 Dick Gaboury
2003 Dick Gaboury
2004 Dick Gaboury
2005 Mike Nanson
2006 Tom Smith
2007 Dick Gaboury
2008 Don Lieurance
2009 Dick Gaboury
2010 Dick Gaboury
2011 Dick Gaboury
2012 Dick Gaboury
2013 Dick Gaboury
2014 Dick Gaboury
2015 Dick Gaboury
2016 Tim Bogynska