Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers, Inc. (PALKI) Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  via a Zoom virtual meeting

All PALKI members are cordially invited to attend the annual Members Meeting on February 4, 2023. 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 Board member voting result

As in previous years we have instituted an online voting system for electing the three 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.  

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

Nicolas Epanchin

(Incumbent seeking re-election)

At the urgings of our kids to be closer to specialized medical facilities, last May, my wife and I moved to Kingston, WA.  With the stresses of buying a new house, moving and selling our Irish Beach house, I advised the Board that I would not seek re-election to the Board, but would continue to work with the Board, providing knowledge I accumulated over the past 13 years.  As we settled in WA and the stresses evaporated, I reconsidered my decision and made it known to Board.  The Board enthusiastically approved this.

As such I will continue to work with the Board to do everything required to maintain PALKI’s financial well-being and ensure that visiting the facilities continues to be an enlightening and rewarding experience to be preserved for future generations.

Laura Franklin

(Incumbent seeking re-election)

The Lighthouse has benefited by the increase in visitors on our coast over the last few years and the industrious commitment of our staff, the Executive Director Mark Hancock and Tom Birdsell. The cottages continue to be improved, as are the grounds. The Veteran’s Memorial will be another wonderful addition. I would like to see educational programs developed that involve students at our local schools, focusing on environmental education and sustainability, giving the Lighthouse a larger context. We have one program focusing on watersheds ready to pilot. I’d like to get launched in my next term on the Board.

Don McCormick – current Board President

(Incumbent seeking re-election)

It has been a privilege to serve on the PALKI Board of Directors for almost five years, including two years as Secretary and the past year as President.  During that time the lighthouse Management and Staff – supported by the Board – have successfully addressed unanticipated challenges, improved operations and the physical plant, and hosted a record-setting number of visitors.  These accomplishments, and the resilience and creativity they required, have enabled PALKI to strengthen our financial posture and position ourselves well for the future.

Moving forward we will be making additional improvements to the lodgings, the office, housekeeping,  and maintenance facilities, and museum.  We will build upon our recent efforts to connect more with the local coastal community.   Recognizing how vulnerable our beautiful peninsula is to the forces of the mighty Pacific, we will arrange for a professional geotechnical assessment and identification of potential mitigation measures.

I would be honored to continue to support PALKI for another two-year term.