Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. using a virtual Zoom meeting

All PALKI members are cordially invited to attend the annual Members Meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2021. The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

Welcome and President’s Report
Treasurer’s report
Executive Director’s report
Safety Officer’s report 
Review of 150th Anniversary activities
Resolution to modify PALKI Bylaws
Announcement of Board member 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 will again use an online voting system for electing the three (3) open Board seats.  If you are a PALKI member you will be sent an email by January 6, 2021 that will allow you to vote electronically up to the day of the annual Members Meeting.  If we do not have your email, you will be sent a paper ballot to return to us with your selection.

There are currently three (3) incumbent Board members that are running for re-election to 2 year terms.  The incumbent re-election statements are shown below.

Candidate Statement – Nik Epanchin
(Incumbent Seeking Re-election)

For the past 13 years, I have served as Director on the PALKI Board, this included being Vice President, President and co-Vice President.  Along with all the Board of Directors members and PALKI managers, we have continued to improve PALKI’s financial situation and are continuing to renovate some of our facilities.  Before the pandemic, I have continued to lead many Full Moon tours.  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 an elephant seal and whale winter docent at the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Candidate Statement – Laura Franklin
(Incumbent Seeking Re-election, current Board Vice President)

Improvements continue to happen at the Lighthouse with the ongoing projects to remodel the cottages, maintain the grounds, and continue to expand programs, such as the outdoor museum walk initiated by our Executive Director, Mark Hancock. The veteran’s memorial will also be an amazing addition to the grounds.

COVID has presented many challenges but also some silver linings. I continue to believe in creating programs for our local schools that will help develop an appreciation for our particular ecosystem. A program was set to be piloted about our watershed this past Spring, but has been put on hold for the time being. I’m also looking forward to putting the finishing touches on the labyrinth, which has been an incredibly fulfilling project for me, thanks to the skilled craftsmen Julien Carmellino and Kevin Corman. We are so fortunate to have a pool of such generous local talents, as Peter Mullins and the craftsmen he hosts via Mendocino StoneZone. I look forward to finishing the projects underway and contributing to more efforts that connect the Lighthouse with our larger community.

Candidate Statement – Don McCormick  
(Incumbent Seeking Re-election – current Board Secretary)

During this year of unprecedented challenges, I have become even more impressed by the resilience, creativity, and professionalism of the Lighthouse staff.  I would like to serve another two-year term on the PALKI Board of Directors to continue to support the staff in their operation of the Lighthouse, to revive our pandemic-delayed efforts to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Point Arena Light Station, and to contribute to the renovation of our lodging units which have been the major contributor to our financial success during the past year.