Keepers of the Patos Light Board Meeting

Here are the minutes of Keepers of the Patos Light January Board Meeting. If you’ve ever wanted to be on a Board, join ours! We have lots of fun…

 

Minutes – Keepers of Patos Light BLM Office   Lopez Village                     January 26th, 2015

Agenda submitted per e-mail and hard copies by Linda.

Attending: Sandy Evans, Linda Hudson, Jack Pedigo,  Per Phone: Erin Corra, Bill Lavergne

Guests: Marcia deChandendes, OJ Lougheed, Nick Teague, Ann Palmer, Gary Bergren

Meeting opened at 5:00.

New Web Page: New Web Page: Our web page consultant, Ann Palmer of Technosense Consulting, demonstrated the new and updated web-site. She gave an overview and discussed its adaptability on present and future smart devices. Questions were asked and answered. Suggestions were also made about additions and changes to the site. Nick and Sandy agreed to develop a sub-committee for the site.

Review of minutes: Jack read some highlights of the last meeting.

 

Treasurer Report: Since the position is open Linda gave a general run-down on our finances: $2,790.10 in our account. $800 has been paid for 2014/2015 for liability insurance. A new print run of the book Light on the Island has been published and we will purchase about 40 copies, for a total of $400, to stock in the lighthouse for the spring and summer season. Sandy agreed to look for a new Treasurer.

 

New Positions: We will be looking for volunteers to administer: 1) Docent programs, 2) Merchandising, 3) Fundraising. Linda will make a job description for each. Marcia will work on looking for a volunteer for the Docent Program and Nick will look for a Merchandising volunteer.

 

National Monument update:

* Marcia has officially been given the position as Head of the National Monument.

* Events for Patos are being planned as part of the NM program as a site visit to Patos between the BLM and Friends of the San Juans on July 24th.

* This years’ AHS volunteer vacation is set for June 15th-20th. A work party to Patos has been scheduled as a part of the vacation.

* The Schooner Zodiac wants visit Patos on the 1st or 2nd weekend in May. We may need someone to open the lighthouse. Any for-profit group visiting BLM property needs to establish a partnership with the BLM or acquire and pay for a permit.

Grant Workshop: A workshop was held on Orcas on Nov. 18-20. Keeper’s volunteers who attended the workshop included Lisa DiGiorgio, Nic O’Neil and Vice-President, Erin Corra. Erin reported on the workshop via phone. She said the group created a model proposal for KOPL asking for the “Past Perfect” cataloging program. Lighthouse Education Programs grant application deadline is

March 2nd this year and the plan is to ask for the “Past Perfect” program to catalog KOPL photographs and artifacts. (Editor’s note: Lisa Di Giorgio and Linda met with Lopez Museum Director, Mark Thompson-Klein on Friday January 30th and it was decided that “Past Perfect” may not be the way to go as far as cataloging KOPL materials, therefore, we will revisit grant opportunities with the Grants Team). .

Docent Season: Last season the lighthouse was open 49 days with 690 Docent hours. We had 980 guests. For the 2015 season, our goal is to have a Docent(s) present every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Upcoming work party season: Last season we had 10 day-long work parties and one 4 day work party. There were 59 individual work visits. We need some additional tools and have compiled a list. Sandy can borrow some tools from VOW. Motion made and seconded to purchase two utility carts. The motion passed for the BLM to purchase one and KOPL to purchase another.

Flagpole Committee Report: The total donations so far for this project is $1,230. It was proposed we install a temporary pole. First we need to draft a plan and talk to a BLM engineer and then submit a request for approval. Editor’s Note: Marcia said that the Flagpole Committee only needs to call the BLM office to start the process.

 

New Board Members: Motion made and seconded to nominate OJ as a board member. Motion passed.

 

Other Business: 

  • Guest Gary Bergen brought up the subject of having a third mooring buoy in Active Cove for Docent/Volunteer use. A separate administrative buoy was once in place and the anchor is still there. A recommendation needs to be made to State Parks to start the approval process.
  •  Marcia suggested a 2 day lighthouse appreciation weekend be held. The event would include: Lime Kiln, Cattle Point, Turn Point and Patos.
  • Bill L. has donated over 100 lighthouse related items to Patos. Some will be kept and some will be auctioned off. The proceeds will go toward the Flagpole Fund. So far, $115 has been raised in this way.
  • Marcia said Jennifer will return next summer under a grant subsidy. She will help with a seed bank program which will preserve rare/native plants in the San Juan Islands National Monument.
  • Marcia said that we have the opportunity to have Victoria back this summer to work on an Interpretive Plan for Patos Island and the Lighthouse. It was suggested that we ask for the amount of $2,500 through Lighthouse Educational Programs.

 

Meeting Adjourned 7:25. Next meeting in June

Jack Pedigo

Secretary

Double Whammy Workparties….

American Hiking Society Volunteers back at Odlin Park, Lopez Island

Here is Leader Sandy’s account of yesterday’s double work party on Patos Island, Both Keepers of the Patos Light and American Hiking Society Volunteers were on the island!

Sandy:

Thanks to you all! What a great work party!

From now on the blackberries had better beware! Gary B. annihilated them with his “saw on a stick,” Tom sliced them off with his unique blackberry tool and Laura and Duane got up close and personal with that invasive. Parvin and Terry hauled them off to oblivion after cleaning every one of the campsites (all 7 of them). OJ mowed up and down and all around until Laura wrested the mower away from him. Jennifer completed her transects (an accomplishment since they were in the brush). Gary F. and partner Jeannie joined with Linda to set up and prepare the lighthouse for the visitors and the volunteers.DSCF5814

We were very fortunate to be joined in our maintenance by the AHS volunteer vacation group and Nick on their last day in the San Juans. They worked on clearing the trail and cleaning the beach (alas no sea stars found).

 

All in all it was a beautiful day and a rewarding experience; thank you all so much for your time and efforts, so appreciated by the Parks personnel, the BLM and me. Good job!

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Our next work parties are scheduled for July 22nd, August 7th and September 16th. Let me know if you are interested.

 

Let’s Get That Flag Flying Again!

Site of the flagpole

Site of the flagpole

The flag of the United States used to fly proudly over US Coast Guard Station, Patos Island. We do not know when the flag and pole were taken down, but from old photographs we know where the pole was located. We think it would be a dandy idea to return the flag and pole the island. The plan is for our volunteers and Docents to raise the flag whenever we are on island and able to open to light house.

Can you help us achieve this  goal with your donations? All donations are tax deductible. Please send donations, designated for the “FlagFund”

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late "50s.

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late “50s.

, to Keepers of the Patos Light, PO Box 518, Lopez Island, WA 98261

Our Goal in 2013 and Beyond
$3,500
Help fill this void
I will continue to add
this page to the newsletter and Blog until we reach
our goal.
“Patos” Bill Lavergne started the fund with a contribution of $500 and challenges other Patos Coast Guard Vets & families to donate and make this happen in
2014 with a contribution by year-end 2013
.
Patty & Jack Ware contribute $100 and challenge
everyone who loves Patos Lighthouse to contribute in
2013.
Keepers of the Patos Light wish you all a wonderful
Holiday season and may 2014 be your best year ever
Send donations to: KOPL, PO Box 518, Lopez Island, WA 98261
All money received for the Flagpole Fund will
be kept separate from our general operating
fund.
Be sure to designate on your check if
you are supporting the Flagpole.
DONATE
NOW
Let’s get that flag flying
. Think how beautiful our
pictures will be with Mt. Baker in the back-
ground, our adorable lighthouse in the fore-
ground and our flag waving in the breeze.
When the flag is flying, you will know that our
docents are on board, ready to give tours and
tell you a story.

Sandy and Dennis Evans contribute $100 and challenge
kayak enthusiasts that enjoy Patos.
Linda & David Hudson contribute $100 and challenge
other Lopezians who love Patos.
Denise and Daniel Wilk contribute $100 and challenge
boaters in the Salish Sea that enjoy Patos and the Light-
house
.
Diane and Jim Briggs contribute $50 and challenge

bikers who love the San Juans to join the fu

Keepers of the Patos Light
Flagpole Fund
Our Goal in 2013 and Beyond
$3,500
Help fill this void

 

Where’s the Flagpole?

Lighthouse guests often ask us, “Where’s the flagpole?” Well, we have no idea when the flag and flagpole were taken down, but my guess is that when the Coast Guard automated the light left Patos Island in the early “70s, the flagpole and flag might have gone with them.

We have some pictures of the flag flying over the lighthouse complex in the mid/late 1950s, courtesy of Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge at that time, Dale Nelson.

The flag pole in 1958

The flag pole in 1958

As many of us think that it would be appropriate to bring the flag and flagpole back to Patos Island, steps are being taken to ensure that it does. With the help of a generous $500 donation from Patos Bill LaVergne, which was given to us at last week’s birthday party, we can get started on this project.

As the first step in the plan will be getting approval from the BLM for the project, I plan to contact the folks at the Turn Point Lighthouse Society (Stuart Island), who went through the approval process for their flagpole a few years ago. Bill and I hope to involve other old Coast Guard men and their wives to get the ball rolling.

Anyone who wants to help with this project; letter writing, donations and/or research, should contact Keepers at patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com. And a BIG thank-you to Patos Bill for getting us started on this wonderful project! 🙂

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late "50s.

Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge Dale Nelson climbed on the flagpole to take this wonderful picture of the lighthouse, late “50s.

 

Our Fabulous Triple Birthday!

Yesterday, August 18th, marked an amazing day in the long history of the Patos Lighthouse:  we celebrated a triple birthday! First, we celebrated the 120th year since the lighthouse was built in 1893,  second, the 100th year since the formation of Washington State Parks, and last but not least, the 81st birthday of Patos Bill.

Patos Bill LaVergne was stationed at Patos Lighthouse in the early 1950s.  He was there at t he same time as Clarence “Tee” Titterington and his wife Elaine with whom we are also in regular contact. Patos Bill always and stories and reminiscences for us and how we do enjoy these glimpses into the past!

In addition to all of the birthday excitement, we were presented with an amazing Traveling Library Box, hand-crafted and donated by Lopez Island resident and Patos Island fan, Ross Pomerenk. The traveling library box, which will be on display in the lighthouse during the summer season, is a recreation of the book boxes that used to travel from lighthouse to lighthouse in days gone by. They were stocked with reference, educational and fiction books, and we imagined with what anticipation must have been received. We had some children in the crowd place the vintage books I have been collecting on the waiting shelves.

Ross and his beautiful Traveling Library Box!

Ross and his beautiful Traveling Library Box!

At 12:30 we gathered outside for a photo op, a flyover arranged by Lime Kiln’s Erin Cora and her friend from Teren Photography.  We held up our letter/number signs and waved like mad as he flew over and recorded our wonderful day for posterity.

Happy Birthday, Little Lighthouse!

Happy Birthday, Little Lighthouse!

I close with more pictures of our day. Thank-you for everyone who could be there and to those who were with us in spirit.

Where Would We Be Without State Parks?

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

Well, frankly, standing on the shore of Orcas Island looking at Patos island in the distance!

We rely almost totally on the staff and boats of Sucia Island State parks to take our volunteers out to Patos Island for both work parties and Docenting the lighthouse. Over the past three years or so, our arrangement has been totally symbiotic with our volunteers providing services that State Parks employees  don’t have the staff and time to provide. As Steve Sabine, head Ranger so aptly puts it:

To Whom It May Concern,

Keepers of the Patos Light have been providing volunteer services at Patos Island State Park  since 2010. They have logged over 1600 hours since then, with the majority of the hours done in 2012. Keepers of the Patos Light is instrumental in the Park’s interpretive program, conducting Lighthouse tours for well over 1000 visitors last year. The visitors always talk highly of the volunteers and are grateful that they are there to open the lighthouse.

Patos Island State Park is a remote island, with access only by private boat. There are not many volunteers who are willing to spend an extended period to provide programs to visitors. Keepers of the Patos Light provided volunteers who stay multiple nights on the Island to provide this service. They also provided trail maintenance, security, and serviced our restrooms. Park staff can only service the Island once or twice a week, due to staff shortages, and Keepers of the Patos Light helped fill in the gaps.

I am grateful to have Keepers of the Patos Light volunteer at Patos Island State Park. They are a complement to the Park operation.

Sincerely,     Steve Sabine

Manager

San Juan Marine Area North

 

Thanks back to all of our wonderful State Parks friends from Keepers of the Patos Light!

In the news….

We are sure enjoying these stories,,,,video this time!

 

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/San-Juan-Islands-celebrate-national-monument-designation-200964321.html?tab=video