Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fog Signal Building at the Point Arena Light Station

PALKI Board Members at the 2016 Annual Members meeting (L to R) Geoff Beaty, Laura Franklin, Nik Epanchin, Glenn Funk, Norm Fast and Larry Jacobs

All PALKI members are cordially invited to attend the annual Members Meeting on February 4, 2017. The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

Welcome and President’s Report
Treasurer’s report
Executive Director’s report
Safety Officer’s report 
Announcement of voting result
Meeting of new BoD members to select new officers (closed session)
Announcement of new BoD officers to annual meeting participants
New President’s statement   

This year we have instituted an online voting system for electing the four open Board seats.  If you are a PALKI member you will receive an email that will allow you to vote electronically between now and the day of the annual Members Meeting.  If we do not have your email, you will receive a paper ballot to return to us with your selection.  If you prefer to vote in person at the Members Meeting, please print the email you receive and bring it with you to the meeting, or bring your paper ballot if you received your ballot by mail.  You will be able to cast your vote on our PALKI computer using your unique voter key.

There are three (3) incumbent Board members that are running for re-election. Their re-election statements are shown below.

Nik Epanchin (photo by Nancy Epanchin)

Nicolas Epanchin Re-Election Statement

For the past 5 years, I have served as the PALKI Board President. As such, with the very able help of all the Board of Directors members, we have improved PALKI’s financial situation and recently renovated some of our facilities – house number 4, the Keeper’s Apartment, the gazebo as well as replaced all the housing roofs. I have continued to lead many Full Moon tours. Every year I re-familiarized all the PALKI staff with CPR and use of our AEDs. I keep an eye out for maintenance needs and possible improvements to the Light Station buildings, displays and grounds in order to ensure that visiting them continues to be an enlightening and rewarding experience and that they are preserved for future generations.

My current other activities include being a firefighter and EMT with the Redwood Coast Fire Department, an RCMS Board member, a Rotarian, a CPR instructor and an elephant seal and whale winter docent at the Point Reyes National Seashore.

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Laura Franklin Re-election Statement

During the past few years I have seen many positive changes happening at the Lighthouse. The Stornetta Lands has had a significant and very beneficial impact in our area and on the visibility of the Lighthouse as a destination. The tours and lectures have continued to gather appreciative audiences. Very exciting too, are the new roofs on all the cottages and the complete remodel of Cottage #4. If you haven’t seen it –you should! What I would like to focus on during next few years is developing educational programs in conjunction with our local schools to benefit students as well as residents and visitors. We have the marine environment, native plants and a rich history, all of which could provide the foundation for a sustaining out-reach to the community. I look forward to the opportunity to explore and develop such programs.

Larry Jacobs

Larry Jacobs Re-election Statement

I have been on the Board for 4 years. In that time, we have lost some old hands and gained some new energy with new members. I think that our Board is a very well functioning board, given my discussions with friends on other boards, locally, in the Bay Area and on the East Coast. My area of expertise runs to the financial management side of operations. In that area, I think we have a greatly improved financial situation. I have promoted pay raises for the staff because we are only as viable as the folks who run the day to day operation. It was my recommendation that we not maintain as heavy a cash position as we had done and that we spend a lot on rehabbing our physical plant. Now we have all new roofs and gutters and a completely remodeled House 4. Our income stream is strong, our balance sheet shows financial strength and the prospects for the future are all positive.