Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Preservation Society


Monthly Minutes


 Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society

Regular Meeting, October 23, 2018
President Jim DesRocher called the meeting to order at 7 pm.  Members present were: Sue Brown, Jan Spencer, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Bill Meden, Robert Niedzwiecki, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Joyce Kazmierski, Jim DesRocher, Lori & Don June.  Guests present: Ashley June and Noah Lytle.

Secretary’s Report:  ​A correction to the minutes was noted, the next meeting date was incorrectly stated, it should have read: Oct. 23rd, not Oct.25th.  Sue Brown made a motion to accept the minutes from Sept. 25, with the above correction, Jim DesRocher supported.  Vote was unanimous in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: ​Jan Spencer made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, seconded by Sue Brown.  There were no questions, or discussion.  Motion carried.

Correspondence:​ TBIPS received a Christmas card and note from life member Laurie Ann McKay.  She congratulated the society on all the accomplishments for 2018, and sent a donation for the annual holiday potluck dinner meeting.
Committee Reports:    ​ Nominating Committee:  ​The committee has compiled a complete slate of Officers and Directors for the 2019 election, however, nominations are accepted up until the time of the annual meeting on January 22, 2019.  If any members would like to be more involved for the 2019 year, please contact Jim DesRocher and get your name on the ballot.    

​Buildings & Grounds: ​The island is closed for the season, so there was no updated report.    

​Activities Committee:​ Jim DesRocher reported that there were more bottle donations coming in for the annual bottle drive.  Those proceeds will be reported in the Nov. minutes.    

​Special Projects:​ The grant agreement paperwork for the US Lighthouse Society grant for 2019 has not been received yet. 

OLD BUSINESS:  The MLAP grant for the 2018 fog signal roof is now completed, and the final report and request for reimbursement is ready to be sent in to SHPO.  The review takes approximately 30 days before reimbursement is sent, our request is for $45, 290.78 of the $68,000 project.

NEW BUSINESS: Susan Kitzman reported that she had checked on all of the venues that she had placed our membership brochures, and replenished were needed.  Cabin Creek Coffee had distributed the most brochures of any place in Alpena.  That was due in part to the fact that the cruise ship passengers had converged on the coffee shop and took the brochures as souveneigners.  Lori June questioned the society on whether or not they would like to do a RADA  fundraiser this year. Jan Spencer verified the availability of the yacht club for a holiday dinner meeting.  The tentative date for the dinner meeting Dec. 12th.  We will finalize this at the Nov. 27th meeting, and formulate a menu. The meeting was adjourned in a motion by Sue Brown at 7:19 pm.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for Nov. 27th at 7 pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Skibbe, Secretary TBIPS 




     Regular Meeting- September 25, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Those present were: Jan Spencer, Lee Thomson, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Robert Niedzwiecki, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Jim DesRocher, Bill Meden, Don & Lori June.  Guests: Pegg Thomas, Jeff Thomas, Chuck Russel, and Ashley June.

Secretary’s Report: ​Lee Thomson made a motion to accept the minutes of the August meeting as they were presented, supported by Jan Spencer.  Vote was all in favor. Treasurer’s Report: ​The financial report was approved as presented in a motion by Lee Thomson, seconded by Susan Kitzman. Vote to approve was unanimous.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:   ​ Nominating Committee: ​Jim DesRocher​ ​reported that the committee has been busy getting candidates for the officers and board positions that are open.  A proposed slate will be presented at the October meeting.   

​Special Projects:​Sue Skibbe reported that the grant application submitted to the US Lighthouse Society has been approved for the full amount requested-$10,000.  This grant will help in the repair of the lantern room on the tower; window replacement, stairway repair, and repainting both the interior and exterior of the top of the tower during 2019.   

​Buildings & Grounds: ​Dave Skibbe summarized the seasonal work completed on the island, a total of 9 trips were made to the island.  Most recently, the final site visit for representatives from SHPO.  Bryan Lijewski and Joelle Letts from SHPO came up on Saturday, Sept.22.  Their inspection of the project was favorable, with only 1 small comment about the valley near the east side dormer, which they felt looked visually too large for the area it covered, but did not affect the shingle function.  The crew from Meridian had left the area in a very clean condition, and the interior ceiling of the building was completely covered with new 1”x 12” boards and looks great.  In the future we will need to install new metal panels on top of the boards and repaint the entire metal ceiling, but for the present the building is stabilized and in a much safer condition than before the project began.  Again, special thanks for the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program grant that helped make this possible.  Dave Skibbe had prepared a power point presentation of the project that did not want to play during the meeting. All buildings and equipment are now winterized and closed for the season.


NEW BUSINESS:  ​Guest Pegg Thomas gave an update on the book she had written, with one of the short stories being centered around a romance on Thunder Bay Island.  Her book is scheduled for release in November, and she left bookmarks featuring the front cover design. Jeff Thomas (Pegg’s son) presented an idea that he would like to see come to fruition.  He has been consulting with a video company about doing a taping on Thunder Bay Island with former Coast Guard member, Chuck Russel.  Chuck served on TBI in 1966, and would be willing to share some of his experiences on the island.  The question of whether the video company is planning to make this a profit driven production was asked, the answer was yes.  It was suggested that Jeff contact the Alpena Township
Board before proceeding any further, as the new ordinance governing commercial usage of Township property is now in place.  Sue Skibbe announced that TBIPS is once again registered with the Community Foundation to participate in

“Giving Tuesday” on November 27th.  Last year this 24 hour event created $1375 for our group, hopefully this year we can do even better.  More to come. The photo presentation began to work, so everyone watched the photos of the fog signal roof project.
The meeting adjourned at 8:11 pm.  Next regular meeting is scheduled for October 25, 2018, at 7 pm, Alpena Yacht Club.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Skibbe, Secretary TBIPS



                                                                        Regular Meeting- August 28, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 7 pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  In attendance were members: Bill Meden, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Lee Thomson, Susan & Matt Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, Jim DesRocher, and Lori & Don June.

Secretary’s Report:​ The minutes of the July 24, 2018, meeting were accepted as presented in a motion by Lee Thomson, supported by Susan Kitzman.  Vote was all in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: ​The financial report was accepted by a motion by Susan Kitzman, second by Lee Thomson. Vote was all in favor.

Committee Reports: Buildings & Grounds:​ Dave Skibbe reported the last trip was made on August 12th, with 4 volunteers; Steve Dean, Noah, Bill Meden, and Dave Skibbe, and Alpena Township Building Official Kirk Malcomson.  They were able to get all the grass cut, replace the lines and hooks on the flagpole, and  survey the on going fog signal roof project.  The building official was pleased with the progress on the metal shingle roof.  The Meridian work crew had brought the roof ladder back to shore for repainting.  Herb Palmer had completed all the clean-up and priming needed on the roof ladder.  Dave Skibbe had ordered the proper paint in exact shingle color, and painted the  ladder so it was ready to be returned to the island and reinstalled.  There is enough quantity of paint remaining to repaint the oil can building since it is also in need of repainting and is identified as being the same “tile red” color as the fog signal roof. 

Nominating Committee:​ Jim DesRocher reported that the committee assigned last month; Lee Thomson, Lori June, Susan & Matt Kitzman, and Jim DesRocher, had not officially met but he attempted to get input on possible candidates during the meeting.  There is a need for candidates for all officer positions; President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer, and 5 Board of Director positions.  If you can become involved, please contact any of the nominating committee members.  Elections are held at the annual meeting in January, officers serve a 1 year term, board members serve a 3 year term.  We have so much forward momentum going this is a great time to step forward!

Special Projects:​ Sue Skibbe reported that the new ordinance restricting unauthorized commercial activity on Alpena Township property was adopted on August 27,2018, and once published in the Alpena News will be in force.

The grant application to the US Lighthouse Society was completed and submitted by the due date.  While the grant writer at Huron Engineering was not able to narrate the scope of work not knowing the light station, she was very helpful in getting all of the photos shrunk and into a file folder that could be emailed with the application.  The announcement of grant recipients is scheduled for Sept. 14th, so we’ll hope for the best!

Don June was alerted that the work on the fog signal roof was delayed due to weather, and the contract deadline is set for August 31, 2018, there is a need for an extension to the contract with Meridian.  Jim DesRocher made a motion that we extend the contract until September 15, 2018, Lee Thomson supported the motion.  Vote was all in favor.  The Secretary will prepare the contract extension form, Don June will get the necessary signatures. We will also try to schedule a final site inspection with SHPO, so the project can enter the close out phase once completed.

Old Business: ​None.

New Business:​ Dave Skibbe wanted the group to begin some serious brainstorming on methods for  safe anchoring at the island, since the boathouse is going to be deconstructed by the BLM.  The safest area to dock is basically on
the west side where the channel is currently, and we have a signed easement for accessing the trail to the lighthouse until 2035.  As information becomes available we will share it with our membership. A motion to adjourn was made by Lee Thomson at 7:46pm.
The next meeting is scheduled for September 25, 2018, at 7 pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club.
Respectfully submitted,
Sue Skibbe, Secretary TBIPS



Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society

                                                                         Regular Meeting- July 24, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 7 pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Don & Lori June, Susan & Matt Kitzman, Jim DesRocher, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Robert Niedzwiecki.

Secretary Report: ​Minutes of the June 26th meeting were accepted as presented in a motion by Susan Kitzman, support by Lori June.  Vote was all in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: ​The financial report was accepted as presented in a motion by Susan Kitzman, supported by Jim DesRocher.  Vote was all in favor.

Correspondence: ​TBIPS received a thank you note from Laurie Ann McKay with postage stamps enclosed for the monthly mailings she receives.
Committee Reports:    Bottle drive was successful with $484.00 being received so far.  Lori June turned in another $73.00 during the meeting.  We will continue to accept bottle return slips throughout the year.    Art on the Bay was profitable, with $255.95 net profit.  The weather that weekend was extremely hot and humid, but in spite of the conditions we distributed lots of brochures and maps.  Susan Kitzman made the suggestion that we investigate participating in the one day Maritime Festival for 2019.  Our mission may be better suited for the visitors to that event, it is held annually on July 4th.   

Buildings & Grounds:  Dave Skibbe & Bill Meden picked up the new garden tractor for the island, a photo was provided to the membership.  They will coordinate with transporting it to the island during the fog signal roof project.  Jim DesRocher made the trip out on July 9th, and began the process of setting up the old solar panels for a new deep cell battery that will provide power for TBIPS use.  Bob Niedzwiecki asked about some of the safety concerns when transitioning power from solar collectors panels for a smaller use such as ours.  Jim was an electrical engineer during his professional career, and he assured the group he will take all safety measures.   

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe and Jim DesRocher attended the Alpena Charter Township meeting on July 23rd, to ask for their support of a grant application to the US Lighthouse Society for window replacement and painting on the lantern room.  They will provide a support letter to accompany the grant application. 

The Township also began the process of adopting a new ordinance regulating commercial activity on Township owned public lands.  This ordinance will protect Thunder Bay Island from unauthorized and unregulated commercial activities.  With the required advertising time frame the ordinance should be adopted at the August 27th township meeting. Old Business:   

Don June gave an update on the tentative time schedule for the fog signal roof.  He had spoken with Todd Britton from Median Contracting.  The metal shingles are scheduled to be manufactured on July 27th, with delivery expected during the week of August 6-10th.  Meridian would like to have some of the prep work done on the building before the shingles arrive, and launch the project during the week of August 13-19th.      

A nominating committee was appointed to begin the work of creating a slate for the 2019 annual meeting.  The committee members are: Susan & Matt Kitzman, Lori June, Lee Thomson, and Jim DesRocher.  If you have an interest in being elected to an officer position, or the Board, please contact on of the committee members.

New Business: ​There was no new business.   The meeting was adjourned 7:43pm, in a motion by Lori June.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 28, 2018.

Respectfully submitted,
 Sue Skibbe  Secretary/ Treasurer. 



                                                       Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society 

                                                            Regular Meeting- June 26, 2018
The meeting was called to order by President Jim DesRocher at 7 pm.  Members present were: Lee Thomson, Jim DesRocher, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Dave & Susan Skibbe, Bill Meden, Don & Lori June, and Robert Niedzwiecki. Secretary’s Report:​ 

The May minutes were approved in a motion by Bill Meden, support from Lee Thomson.  Vote was all in favor.

 Treasurer’s Report:​  Jim DesRocher made a motion to approve the financial report as presented, supported by Lori June.  Susan Kitzman asked for an explanation for what Bldg- gas was, answer Building & Grounds receipt for gas for equipment.  Vote was all in favor.

Correspondence: ​ Jerry Roach sent out a mailing to lighthouse groups concerning a fundraising possibility.  The drawback for us is that there are no cruise boats available in our area from Jerry to solicit passengers on our behalf. Island Insurance sent the current coverage policy, the notable change was the elimination of any type of asbestos coverage. 

Committee Reports: Jim DesRocher reported that the bottle drive is quickly approaching, and he is making his offer to pick up cans and bottles from anyone who is not able to drop them off at Jimmie Garant’s Party Store, between the hours of 10 am until 2 pm.  Jim submitted bottle return slips in the amount of $30.80 to kick off the fundraiser.

Bill Meden reported that the last trip to the island on June 18th, transported member Steve Tongue and friends who were visiting from Texas.  The guests had never been on the Great Lakes.  They toured the island while Bill & Dave Skibbe cut grass and did maintenance. 

Susan Kitzman is organizing our booth for Art on the Bay on July 14 &15.  She passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers to help cover the hours of the show.  More help may be needed and if anyone can donate an hour or 2, please contact Susan at: 340-0318, or email at: ​ Jane Speer was not present, but the vertical banner project she has been spearheading has been completed and the banners were presented to the society.  The end product is beautiful, and will make our public events much more professional looking.  Special thanks to Nancy at the Alpena County Library for all of the time and efforts.  We now have a logo to utilize on all of our products and publications. Old Business: The status of the conversation between Alpena Township and Paul Lebreque of Alpena Adventures, is not known yet. 

Don June reported that the Fog Signal roof project is waiting for the shingle delivery.  We will need extra help out on the island to remove the plastic protective covering that is on each shingle to prepare them for the contractor to install.  If you can join one of the trips out to help with this process, please contact Don at 464-8411, or email: ​​ . Members will be contacted when we can begin this project.

New Business: Dave Skibbe presented a report on the disrepair of the only riding lawn mower we have out on the island, it needs major engine repair/ replacement.  While we have some extra funds remaining in our township budget allocation- $1471, and some extra money in our operating account, we should consider purchasing a new riding mower.  He will confirm with Todd Britton of Meridian Contracting that we can transport the mower while the fog signal project is being mobilized.  This will be the time to get any larger items transported out to the island, or returned to shore.  Dave is recommending that we purchase a Husqvarna with a 54 inch cut from Haglund’s in Alpena for a total price of $2199.  Don June made a motion to proceed with the purchase, supported by Susan Kitzman.  The motion passed unanimously. Dave also reported that we have been offered a replacement for the engine in the Wheel Horse rider we have .  Former member Bill Riggs has a used motor that he is willing to donate.  Dave will disassemble the existing motor out on the  island to assess the condition before putting forth the effort to replace it.  If it can be repaired, them we’d have a second riding mower to help the huge task of cutting all the grass.
Jim DesRocher has been looking into the supplies needed to get power from the old solar panels that the Coast Guard left for our use.  He asked how many watts they were, but nobody had the answer.  Jim feels it would be a minimal investment to have a power source from the old panels.  We will get the information needed to move forward with this project.
Sue Skibbe attended the FEMA flood map hearing that took place on Monday, June 25th, at the Alpena Township office.  The new designation for high velocity wave action zones is what has been assigned all around Thunder Bay Island.  This may make it even more difficult to get a permit for a landing pier.   With a grant project on-going Don June felt we need to have a meeting in July.  The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 24th, at 7 pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. A motion to adjourn was made by Lee Thomson at 7:50 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Skibbe, Secretary/ Treasurer



                                                         THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

                                                                   Regular Meeting- May 22, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm, by President Jim DesRocher, after completing the street clean-up area assigned to TBIPS.  Members present: Jane & Don Speer, Jan Spencer, Sue & David Skibbe, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Bill Meden, Steve Dean, Robert Niedzwiecki, Don & Lori June, and Jim DesRocher.

Secretary’s Report: ​The minutes of the April meeting were accepted as presented in a motion by Jan Spencer, supported by Susan Kitzman.  There was no discussion and the motion carried unanimously.

 Treasurer’s Report: ​ April financial report was accepted as presented in a motion by Lori June, supported by Jim DesRocher. Don Speer asked what a RFP was that cost $473.53, the answer is- the “request for proposal” the bids to continue the fog signal roof project.  The motion carried unanimously.
 Correspondence: ​TBIPS had received confirmation for our booth at Art on the Bay.  The mailing was given to Susan Kitzman, as she and Matt are heading up the weekend activity on July 14 & 15, volunteers are needed.
OLD BUSINESS:  Sue Skibbe reported that our 2017 tax return was filed, the cost ended up being $50, instead of the $200 initially quoted. Jim DesRocher reported that the bottle drive is coming up on July 7th, from 10am until 2pm, at Jimmie Garant’s Party Store. Jim will ad this information to our website.  Lori June volunteered to make some flyers advertising the event.  Jim reminder everyone that they can return their own cans and bottles and turn in the bottle redemption slips, or if anyone would prefer to have their bottles/ cans picked up, they can call him at 255-7964 and he will see to the pick up. Jane Speer gave an update on the vertical banner.  The design is set up and awaiting printing.  The suggestion of creating a logo for TBIPS should be included on the banner and could be used for all of our printed materials.  She had received a price quote from Allegra printing of $150 to create a logo.  The suggestion that we investigate whether the design we currently use for embroidered clothing could be refined and used as a logo, also the patch we have might also be a possibility.  Sue Skibbe will coordinate with Susan Kitzman who will get the design to Nancy at the library to have her opinion about using the design.  The app that was previously discussed that could be embedded on the banner for smartphone users to be able to scan and get more information and photos has been disappointing, everytime Jane has tried to have library personnel demonstrate it for her the app has never worked.  The suggestion was to forego adding it to the banner at this time. Susan Kitzman turned in a check for books purchased by the Besser Museum.  She also reported that she had distributed brochures all around the Alpena area.
NEW BUSINESS: The recent discovery of private commercial tours of Thunder Bay Island was discussed.  It was decided that TBIPS members should attend the next Alpena Township meeting on May 29th at 6pm, to ask for their intervention to correct this action.  Don June offered to make contact with the tour owner and get more information on what areas are being accessed on the island. Don June reported on the contractor site visit to the island on May 17th, there were 4 potential bidders making the trip.  Their concern was about logistics, which is always our concern as well!  Boating conditions were not ideal that day, but everyone was transported safely.  The sealed bids are due back on May 31st, and will be opened at 1 pm at the Alpena County Library. A motion to adjourn was made by Don June at 7:22pm.  The next meeting is scheduled for June 26th, at the Alpena Yacht Club starting at 7pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Skibbe, Secretary/Treasurer







                                   THUNDER BAY ISLAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY

                                       April 24, 2018- Regular Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Sue Brown, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Don & Lori June, Bill Meden, Robert Niedzwiecki, Jane & Don Speer, Matt & Susan Kitzman.

Secretary’s Report: ​Sue Brown made a motion to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Jim DesRocher.  Vote was all in favor. Treasurer’s Report: ​Lori June made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, supported by Sue Brown.  Motion carried.

 Correspondence:​ Laurie Ann McKay sent a note of support with a donation toward the booth fee for Art on the Bay.  THANK YOU, LAURIE ANN! We also received a letter welcoming TBIPS as a new member of the US Lighthouse Society.

 Old Business: ​Jane Speer reported on the progress of the vertical standing banner being created at the Alpena County Library.  The suggestion was made to have a logo created for TBIPS that could be included on the banner, and on a reprint also included in our brochures.  Jane suggested it could be something as simple as a line drawing of the tower and attached keeper’s dwelling.  Jane is asking all members to send their input or suggestions to her at: ​ There is also be a separate email containing the blueprint drawing that we do have of the tower and keeper’s, although we have tried using this before and the line drawing is so thin it doesn’t project well. Jane is also trying to incorporate aramus app into the banner for those with a smartphone to be able to scan and get more photos and a narrative about Thunder Bay Island.  If you have creative suggestions, please email Jane. 

New Business:  Bill & Yvonne Meden are new grandparents, so send we send congratulations their way! Jim DesRocher made the suggestion of approaching potential corporate members with our book and some other incentives to help gain their sponsorship.  Currently corporate membership is set at $100.  Jim is willing to approach local businesses to try to get their membership. Susan Kitzman announced that she has been out in the community getting our brochures and information distributed.  She would like to know if there is a method for tracking the number of memberships we gain through her efforts. The paint scrapings from the interior ceiling panels in the fog signal building were received, and have been sent off for lead testing.  Results should be completed soon.  

The spring street clean-up is rescheduled to May 22, at 6 pm, with the regular to begin at 7 pm. The meeting adjourned at 7:20 pm with a motion made by Don Speer.
Respectfully Submitted,
Susan Skibbe, Secretary, TBIPS  




                                                                                                                          Regular Meeting, March 27,2018
The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Present were: Sue Brown, Jan Spencer, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Jim DesRocher, Lee Thomson, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Bill Meden, Don & Lori June, Dan Braden, Robert Niedzwiecki, Jessica, Sebastian, and Rory Cummins.
 Secretary’s report: ​Lee Thomson made a motion to accept the minutes recorded by Susan Kitzman, supported by Jan Spencer, motion carried.

Treasurer’s report:​ Lori June made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, seconded by Sue Brown. Vote was all in favor.

Correspondence:​ We received a card and check for $160. from new members Joyce Kazmierski (sister of Susan Kitzman) the donation is intended to cover the cost of the printing for our new brochures. THANK YOU, JOYCE!

Bottle drive Committee:​Jim DesRocher reminded the group that our 2018 bottle drive is scheduled for July 7th at Jimmie Garant’s Party Store on Chisholm Street.  Anyone who is willing to donate cans or bottles but cannot get them to the party store, arrangements will be made for pick up.

Old Business: The March 20th presentation of the HSR was well attended, and very informational.  Bryan Lijewski from SHPO had brought along extra postcards featuring the 4 lighthouses that received grants from MLAP, the Thunder Bay Island one is very impressive.  These will be made available at the Michigan tourist information centers all over the state for summer 2018.  There is also a lighthouse map featuring Thunder Bay Island on the cover, we will be receiving extra copies that we can distribute.  A brief overview of the presentation will be posted to our website. Susan Kitzman reported that she had delivered our membership brochures to various sites around the community. She also has placed copies of our book to be sold at the Alpena County Library, and she is planning to contact the gift shop at the marine sanctuary is determine if they would like to have some.

At the February meeting there was discussion about the dues rate for a lifetime family membership of $500, although it was not recorded in the minutes.  A motion was made by Lori June to officially change the dues for lifetime family membership to $500, second by Sue Brown.  Motion carried with 9 Board of Directors present and voting affirmly.  This is a by-law change that will be recorded.

New Business: Sue Skibbe reported about a possible grant opportunity from the US Lighthouse Society.  A couple of our long time members; Darlene Chisholm and Dianne Taeckins had sent forwarded emails encouraging this.  There was a required webinar on March 23rd which Sue Skibbe participated in.  This is an on-line process, but our tower lantern room window project fits the criteria, and if we were successful it could become a 2019 project.  A motion to pursue the grant was made by Don June, and supported by Susan Kitzman, vote was all in favor. Lee Thomson made a motion to join the US Lighthouse Society with a $40 membership, Lori June seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Great Lakes Seaway Review magazine had contacted Sue Skibbe for information regarding our HSR for a feature article in their summer edition.  Reporter Ed Jansek also spoke with Bryan Lijewski from SHPO for additional comments.  We’ll look forward to receiving a copy, the publicity is great for our society. Dave Skibbe reported that he had been successful in contacting the man who did the paint color analysis for all the paint samples taken by the crew who did all the site review for the HSR last summer.  He still has the remaining samples and will send them to us.  Hopefully there will be a sufficient amount of scrapings from the metal ceiling panels inside the fog signal building for us to have lead analysis done, which would eliminate the guesswork for the proper handling of the panels during the roof project this summer.  We hope to have them soon to be able to send
them off to a firm that was referred to us by member Steve Tongue for lead paint testing.  A motion to send the samples and cover the $26 cost if the testing was made by Lori June, supported by Jan Spencer, motion carried.
Jan Spencer reported that Thunder Bay Arts Council was not willing to reduce the cost of a booth at Art on the Bay this summer so the cost would be $150.  At the February meeting there was a motion made to participate in the show if the rental fee was $75 or less, that motion had passed.  Lori June made a motion to rescind the February motion, it was supported by Jim DesRocher.  Vote was in favor of rescinding.  Lori June made a motion to participate in Art on the Bay at the $150 booth fee, Susan Kitzman seconded.  Vote was in favor by a majority. Susan and Matt Kitzman will follow through with getting us organized to have a booth.  The new vertical banner will be completed by then and it will become a central feature in our display.
The April meeting was discussed, and it was agreed that we would try to conduct our annual street clean-up on that night as well.  Jane Speer who has spearheaded this project will be back by then so we will have her secure the vests from the City.  

Next month’s meeting is scheduled for ​April 24​, at ​6 pm we will do our area of clean-up​, and the ​regular meeting will begin at 7 pm.
 Motion to adjourn was made at 8:05pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Susan Skibbe Secretary/Treasurer  TBIPS 


                              Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society
                                        February 27, 2018 meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Jim DesRocher at 7:15pm
Members and guests present: Don & Lori June, Jim DesRocher, Lee & Ken
Thompson, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Duffy Gorski, Bill Meden, Dave Skibbe,
Jane & Don Speer, Sue Brown, Janet Spencer, Robert Niedzwiecki and new
guests Jim & Jane Sexsmith.

Secretary's Report: Motion to approve minutes by Jim DesRocher, seconded
by Janet Spencer.

Treasurer's Report: Motion to approve by Jim DesRocher, seconded by
Lee Thompson.

New Business: Amended due fees discussed. All agreed to:
Patron $25.00
Family $40.00
Business: $50.00
Corporate Sponsor: $100.00
Student: $15.00 with no age restriction applied
Lifetime: $400.00 individual 
Dave Skibbe read varying dues from other Michigan lighthouses.
Decided our dues were in order.
Don June moved to accept, Board agreed, seconded by Lee Thompson.

Susan Kitzman read estimates from Garant's and Allegra Printers.
Estimate was for 500 brochures printed, tri-fold, 2 pages of color
photos, membership application attached, 3 pages printed information
about the history and Society. Updated printed information written by
Sue Skibbe discussed and agreed upon. Agreed color photo of the
Lighthouse structure still appropriate as frontispiece. Dave Skibbe
suggested 3 new interior and/or island photos be used in place of
old brochure photos. New photos to be chosen by Dave & Sue Skibbe.
Allegra estimate of $195.33 with discount offered of $19.53 = $175.80
Garant's estimate of $180.00 with discount of $20.00 =$160.00.
Lee Thompson moved to accept Garant's proposal, seconded by Janet Spencer.
Printing of brochure awaiting the choice of 3 new color photos by
Dave & Sue Skibbe.

All members asked to attend March 20th presentation to the Township.

Sue Skibbe, Jim DesRocher and Susan Kitzman were on the conference
call with BLM, Tuesday Feb. 27th. BLM still assessing restoration, repair
or demolition of Boathouse which they have determined to be the owners.
BLM safety liability discussed at site. Agreed they will provide signage
at the Boathouse warning of unsafe conditions.

Janet Spenser reported the City would not offer a no-fee site for
the Art in the Bay event. She's hopeful they may agree to a reduced rate of $75.00
Lee Thompson moved to accept $75.00 fee or less. Seconded by Jim DesRocher.
Society visibility noted as reason for action at event.

New Business: Sue Skibbe requested, via Dave, to hire CPA to prepare
Society yearly tax statement at a fee not to exceed $200-$400.
Jan Speer moved to accept, seconded by Bill Meden. This to include
2017 filing.

Jan Speer presented standing banner that would be produced by the
Alpena County Library that could be placed at any venue including
the Library. Cost estimate $140.00. Janet Spenser moved with a cap to
not exceed $200. Seconded by Jan Speer.

Building & Grounds: New roof shingle samples passed by Dave Skibbe.
Reported that sample from ceiling of Fog Signal building needed to check
for lead paint before interior of roof can be checked for further damage.
Dave Skibbe reported that he reached out to person noted in the 95% complete
assessment to find if a sample was taken and if there is documentation.
If not, a new sample will have to be gotten from the Fog Signal building
as soon as weather allows. Discussed the possibility of utilizing local
helicopter to fly out to the Island. Dave Skibbe agreed he will contact
the citizen with helicopter to ask if his service would be available if need be.
Dave felt assured that to service would be voluntary without a charge to the Society.

Lee Thompson moved to adjourn at 8:15


 Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society Annual Meeting- January 23, 2018


The meeting was called to order at 7 pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Sue Brown, Janet Mansfield, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Jim DesRocher, Duffy Gorski, Ken Thomson, Lee Thomson, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, Steve Dean, Lori & Don June, & Bill Meden.

Secretary’s report​:


The minutes from the December meeting were accepted as presented without corrections in a motion by Sue Brown, second from Lori June.  Vote was unanimously in favor.  Minutes from the 2017 annual meeting had been accepted at the February 2017 meeting.


Treasurer’s report: 


​The annual financial report showing all incomes and expenses for 2017, and the report for the month of January 2018 was accepted as presented in a motion by Jan Mansfield, supported by Jim DesRocher. Motion carried unanimously.

Committee Reports:




Jim DesRocher report that he had paid for the first year of our new website host, Host Baby, his donation accounted for 8 months of service charge at $10.00 per month.  The Society will send him a receipt for donation for that amount.  So far the site has been performing well, and we will continue with the same host at a cost of $20.00 per month.  We will set up an automatic payment deduction from our HPC checking account.


Buildings & Grounds-


Dave Skibbe gave a overview of 2017 activities and progress.  He compared it to our 5 year plan which showed the group accomplishing many of their goals.  Dave had compiled a list of 2018 work season projects: Re-install the window on second floor bedroom #204 Re-install the locker doors on the display closet in the Rehkopf Room Replace the tops & seats on the last 2 picnic tables Do some extensive trimming and brush chipping along the trail, and on the east side of the light tower to open the view from the lake Brush and trim the radio line trail to create a circular looping trail Clean and install the mural donated to the Society in the day room east wall Dave encouraged members to find a niche they feel comfortable with and try lending their expertise to the Society in ways other than out on the island.  The grant/donation requests that Dave has been pursuing have not produced any results, but he will continue to try to get some help with a fix- or alternative to the riding lawn tractor we have been using for many years.  This season it will require repair.


Special Projects-


Sue Skibbe reported that the grant from the Besser Foundation has been awarded, and we will be receiving the full amount of our request-$10,000.  We still have one grant pending from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program for the Fog Signal Roof replacement, we should be getting the determination on that soon.  Membership Committee- Jim DesRocher, Sue Brown, and Jan Mansfield will serve on this committee to evaluate membership dues structure, and perhaps update the brochure we have been distributing.

Old Business:


The 95% completed copy of our historic structures report was presented to the Society.  It will still need to be thoroughly reviewed before the final report is completed.
New Business:

Susan Kitzman would like to explore the cost of producing some postcards featuring TBI, she also volunteered to contact the Chamber of Commerce, Besser Museum, and TB Marine Sanctuary to see if they would be willing to place our brochures in their racks, she will get bids on new brochure printing. Jane Speer has been working with the Alpena County Library to have a vertical banner produced of Thunder Bay Island Light.  So far she is encouraged , but she still needs to confirm with the library director.


Sue Skibbe reported that we had one of our members recently pass away and our policy of spending $25 on sympathy flowers that was established in 1999 is very difficult to apply to today’s cost of flowers.  Duffy Gorski made a motion to increase the sympathy flower cap to $50, Susan Kitzman supported the motion. Motion carried.


Our annual request to Alpena Township for their budget was discussed.  The Society agreed that we would request $3,000 in the 2018-19 budget, with the justification being that amount could be matched by TBIPS, and used toward a 2019 grant project from MLAP for the replacement of the interior metal ceiling panels in the fog signal building.  Jan Mansfield made the motion to that effect, with support from Sue Brown, motion carried.  Board members were encouraged to attend the Alpena Township meeting to be held Jan. 26, 2018, at 6pm.  President DesRocher will be delivering our annual progress report along with this request, we should be present in a show of support.


Jim DesRocher appointed Lori June and Sue Brown to tabulate the ballots for the annual election.  There were 27 ballots returned and all candidates were elected to the positions listed.  There were no write-in candidates on any of the ballots.  Jim DesRocher once again asked for nominations from the floor- there were none.  For 2018, Jim DesRocher- President, Susan Kitzman- Vice-President, Sue Skibbe- Secretary/Treasurer, Ken Thomson and Sue Skibbe were elected to the Board for  3 year term.  Lee Thomson made a motion to destroy the ballots, seconded by Duffy Gorski, motion carried.


Lee Thomson made a motion to continue using HPC Credit Union as our fiduciary for 2018, supported by Duffy Gorski.  Vote was unanimously in favor. Jan Mansfield volunteered to contact Tim Kuhnlein from Thunder Bay Arts Council to see if we could get any type of rate reduction to participate in Art on the Bay this July.  The current booth space rental is $115.  The matter was tabled until the February meeting to allow Jan to make contact.


Lori June reported that the date for the summer bottle drive will be July 7, 2018, location will once again be at Jimmie Garant’s party store.  Hopefully this will allow everyone to save their cans and bottles from the July 4th gatherings!


The 2018 budget worksheet was handed out to members, and the group gave their input on figures for the upcoming years’ operating budget. 

Operations- $1750.                                             

Publicity-        100.

Bldg. & Grd  1000.                                             

Secretary-        250.

Activities-       250.                                             

Newsletter-      100.

Merchandise- 250.                                              

Boat gas-         500.

Website-         240.                                              

Grants-            200.

Historian-          50.

Total budget ​$4690.  ​                                         


Jan Mansfield made a motion to approve the proposed 2018 budget, Lee Thomson supported, vote was all in favor.    The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 pm, in a motion by Lee Thomson. 


The next meeting is scheduled for February 27, 2018, at 7 pm, Alpena Yacht Club. Respectfully Submitted,
Sue Skibbe, Secretary







                                             Dinner Meeting, December 5, 2017
                         Sue Skibbe Secretary/ Treasurer Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society 
The meeting was called to order by President Jim DesRocher at 7:17pm.  Members and guests present were: Ken & Lee Thomson, Bill & Yvonne Meden, Robert Niedzwiecki, Jessica, Sebastian, and Rory Cummins, Janet Mansfield, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Duffy & Pam Gorski, Sue Brown, Jim DesRocher, Don & Jane Speer, Lori & Don June, Susan & Matt Kitzman.

Secretary’s Report: ​The minutes were accepted with the following correction; that the word “roof” be added into the section on Special Projects in the sentence written as “the MLAP grant to replace the fog signal building was nearly completed”. A motion to approve with the correction was made by Lee Thomson, and supported by Janet Mansfield, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:​ The financial report was accepted as presented in a motion by Sue Brown, seconded by Janet Mansfield.  Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:      ​Nominating Committee:​  Janet Mansfield and Jim DesRocher gave their nominating committee report, with the following slate of officers and directors for 2018: President: Jim DesRocher Vice-President: Susan Kitzman Secretary/ Treasurer: Sue Skibbe Board of Directors:  3 year term     Ken Thomson     Sue Skibbe Nominations from the floor were open, there were no further nominations heard.  A motion was made by Lee Thomson, supported by Sue Brown to create the ballot with the slate as listed above, motion carried. Nominations from the floor will again be opened at the annual meeting.

Buildings & Grounds:​ Dave Skibbe gave an update on the many letters of request that he has submitted to equipment companies, the one response so far is from John Deere, and that was negative.  Many companies prefer to support nonprofits located where their manufacturing plants are, several requests have yet to be heard from.

Special Projects:​ Sue Skibbe reported that both the MLAP and the Besser Foundation grant had been submitted, and notification will be received in late December from Besser Foundation, and March 2018 on the MLAP grant.  The results of the “Giving Tuesday” 24 hour fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan had a net of $1375 in donations.  A big “thank you” to all who donated, once the written listing is received from CFNEM thank you cards will be mailed to donors.  Skibbe also reported that while the final budget process is not completed, so far Alpena Township has increased the amount included for Thunder Bay Island for 2018-19.

Although the actual replica wasn’t present at the meeting, David Cummins had utilized his photos to create a 3D replica of the boathouse in its current condition.  All the work that the Cummins family did in 2017 will be part of a presentation at the annual meeting on January 23, 2018.  Again, Laurie Ann McKay was thanked for her generosity, helping to make our Christmas dinner complete.


OLD BUSINESS:​ Susan Kitzman questioned the status on the determination of the ownership of the boathouse, the answer was it has yet to be determined.  The US Fish & Wildlife Service has been given an extension on their
application for the property on the north end of the island.  The Bureau of Land Management is in a holding pattern before they can proceed with their environmental assessment of the property north of the township section line.


NEW BUSINESS:​ Jim DesRocher suggested that the dues structure needs to be evaluated, and perhaps a dues increase for 2019.  The membership dues have never been increased since the inception of TBIPS, and now with a large number of lifetime members, the annual revenue cannot sustain even a quarter of the budget that has been adopted.  This issue will be discussed at a future meeting, everyone is asked to share their feelings on this matter, and the 2018 Board of Directors will make a decision.  For now the membership dues invoices being sent out will still reflect the same dues amounts as in the past.  President DesRocher asked for some creative  methods of increasing revenue. A motion to adjourn was made at 7:50pm. 

The annual meeting and election will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 7pm Alpena Yacht Club.
Respectfully submitted,
Sue Skibbe Secretary/ Treasurer Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society 




Regular​ ​Meeting,​ ​October​ ​24,​ ​2017

 The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​called​ ​to​ ​order​ ​at​ ​7:00pm,​ ​by​ ​President​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher.​ ​​ ​Members​ ​present​ ​were;​ ​Sue​ ​Brown,​ ​Janet Mansfield,​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson,​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher,​ ​Susan​ ​&​ ​David​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Matt​ ​&​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman,​ ​Robert​ ​Niedzwiecki, Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​Steve​ ​Dean,​ ​Jessica​ ​Cummins​ ​&​ ​sons.​ ​Guest:​ ​Pegg​ ​Thomas. Secretary’s​ ​Report:​​ ​The​ ​minutes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​September​ ​meeting​ ​were​ ​approved​ ​as​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Sue Brown,​ ​with​ ​support​ ​from​ ​Janet​ ​Mansfield.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​passed​ ​unanimously. Treasurer’s​ ​Report:​​ ​The​ ​financial​ ​report​ ​was​ ​accepted​ ​as​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Janet​ ​Mansfield,​ ​with​ ​second from​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​carried. Committee​ ​Reports: ​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​​ ​​ ​​

​Special​ ​Projects-​​ ​Chair​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​that​ ​the​ ​application​ ​for​ ​the​ ​MLAP​ ​grant​ ​to​ ​replace​ ​the​ ​fog​ ​signal building​ ​was​ ​nearly​ ​completed,​ ​and​ ​only​ ​awaiting​ ​2​ ​more​ ​financial​ ​documents.​ ​​ ​Steve​ ​Dean​ ​had​ ​previously​ ​offered his​ ​help,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​will​ ​proof-read​ ​the​ ​application​ ​before​ ​it​ ​is​ ​submitted.​ ​​ ​Working​ ​through​ ​the​ ​detailed​ ​application process,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​determined​ ​that​ ​we​ ​may​ ​be​ ​short​ ​of​ ​the​ ​local​ ​cash​ ​match,​ ​so​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​asked​ ​for​ ​Board​ ​approval​ ​to submit​ ​an​ ​application​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Besser​ ​Foundation​ ​for​ ​$10,000​ ​before​ ​their​ ​November​ ​,​ ​2017​ ​deadline.​ ​​ ​Janet Mansfield​ ​made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​a​ ​Besser​ ​grant,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​seconded​ ​by​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher,​ ​vote​ ​was​ ​unanimously​ ​in favor. ​ ​​ ​​ ​​

​​ ​​Buildings​ ​&​ ​Grounds-​​ ​Co-Chair​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​asked​ ​the​ ​Board’s​ ​permission​ ​to​ ​fill​ ​out​ ​applications​ ​to​ ​various companies​ ​for​ ​donations​ ​of​ ​small​ ​tractors,​ ​grounds​ ​equipment,​ ​or​ ​cash.​ ​​ ​He​ ​had​ ​been​ ​investigating​ ​different programs​ ​offered​ ​by​ ​John​ ​Deere,​ ​Kubota,​ ​and​ ​others​ ​who​ ​support​ ​non-profits​ ​such​ ​as​ ​TBIPS.​ ​​ ​Janet​ ​Mansfield made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​that​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​these​ ​possibilities,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​Sue​ ​Brown.​ ​​ ​Motion carried. ​ ​​ ​​ ​​

​​ ​​Old​ ​Business​: The​ ​easement​ ​that​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​had​ ​presented​ ​at​ ​the​ ​September​ ​meeting​ ​could​ ​not​ ​be​ ​recorded​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Register​ ​of Deeds​ ​because​ ​it​ ​was​ ​not​ ​an​ ​original​ ​document.​ ​​ ​Township​ ​Supervisor​ ​​ ​Nathan​ ​Skibbe​ ​contacted​ ​the​ ​BLM​ ​to inquire​ ​about​ ​getting​ ​the​ ​original,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​determined​ ​that​ ​some​ ​additional​ ​work​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​resolved​ ​between​ ​the BLM​ ​and​ ​US​ ​Fish​ ​&​ ​Wildlife​ ​about​ ​control​ ​of​ ​the​ ​northern​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​Island.​ ​​ ​Regardless​ ​of​ ​their findings,​ ​they​ ​assured​ ​us​ ​that​ ​we​ ​will​ ​have​ ​an​ ​easement​ ​in​ ​place​ ​to​ ​access​ ​the​ ​trail​ ​from​ ​the​ ​boat​ ​landing​ ​to​ ​the township​ ​property​ ​line​ ​before​ ​we​ ​begin​ ​our​ ​2018​ ​work​ ​season.

 The​ ​Dec.​ ​5th​ ​Christmas​ ​dinner​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​discussed,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​sign-up​ ​sheet​ ​for​ ​side​ ​dishes​ ​and​ ​desserts​ ​was circulated​ ​to​ ​those​ ​present.​ ​​ ​It​ ​was​ ​report​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​once​ ​again​ ​fortunate​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​donation​ ​from​ ​life​ ​member Laurie​ ​Ann​ ​McKay​ ​to​ ​help​ ​supply​ ​the​ ​dinner.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​a​ ​wonderful​ ​expression​ ​of​ ​her​ ​appreciation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​local​ ​members who​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​devote​ ​their​ ​time​ ​and​ ​energy​ ​to​ ​caring​ ​for​ ​the​ ​island.​ ​​ ​THANK​ ​YOU,​ ​LAURIE​ ​ANN! New​ ​Business: ​ ​​ ​​ ​​

​A​ ​nominating​ ​committee​ ​consisting​ ​of​ ​Jan​ ​Mansfield​ ​and​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher​ ​were​ ​appointed.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​2​ ​Board positions​ ​that​ ​are​ ​expiring;​ ​Paul​ ​Rehkopf​ ​and​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​try​ ​to​ ​involve​ ​new​ ​members​ ​in​ ​the​ ​officer​ ​seats each​ ​year.​ ​​ ​If​ ​this​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​would​ ​interest​ ​anyone,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​either​ ​Jan​ ​or​ ​Jim. ​ ​​ ​​ ​​

​It​ ​was​ ​announced​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​been​ ​selected​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​recipient​ ​in​ ​the​ ​“Giving​ ​Tuesday”​ ​on-line​ ​fundraising​ ​event sponsored​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Community​ ​Foundation​ ​for​ ​Northeast​ ​Michigan.​ ​​ ​They​ ​have​ ​been​ ​doing​ ​this​ ​24​ ​hour​ ​fundraiser for​ ​3​ ​years​ ​now,​ ​and​ ​last​ ​year's’​ ​total​ ​ended​ ​up​ ​creating​ ​over​ ​$50,000​ ​in​ ​funds​ ​for​ ​the​ ​non-profits​ ​involved.​ ​​ ​There​ ​is much​ ​that​ ​we​ ​need​ ​to​ ​do​ ​to​ ​get​ ​prepared,​ ​and​ ​everyone​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​information​ ​with​ ​this​ ​mailing.​ ​​ ​Jessica Cummins​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​take​ ​over​ ​the​ ​administration​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Facebook​ ​account,​ ​since​ ​this​ ​event​ ​is​ ​primarily​ ​focused on​ ​Facebook.​ ​​ ​For​ ​those​ ​who​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​contribute,​ ​but​ ​don’t​ ​do​ ​Facebook,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​send​ ​checks​ ​that​ ​will​ ​be deposited​ ​in​ ​your​ ​name​ ​during​ ​the​ ​November​ ​28th​ ​event.​ ​​ ​More​ ​to​ ​come!

Guest​ ​Pegg​ ​Thomas​ ​gave​ ​the​ ​group​ ​information​ ​on​ ​the​ ​fictional​ ​book​ ​she​ ​is​ ​writing​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Great​ ​Lakes Romance​ ​Novel​ ​series.​ ​​ ​Her​ ​book​ ​centers​ ​around​ ​a​ ​character​ ​named​ ​“Anna”​ ​who​ ​is​ ​romantically​ ​involved​ ​with​ ​a shipmate​ ​on​ ​the​ ​“James​ ​Davidson”​ ​that​ ​wrecked​ ​near​ ​Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​Island.​ ​​ ​The​ ​location​ ​featured​ ​throughout​ ​the book​ ​will​ ​be​ ​Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​Island,​ ​so​ ​she​ ​had​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​events​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island​ ​to​ ​help​ ​make​ ​the​ ​book​ ​as​ ​accurate as​ ​possible.​ ​​ ​She​ ​also​ ​offered​ ​to​ ​help​ ​us​ ​solicit​ ​volunteers​ ​to​ ​help​ ​work​ ​out​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island.​ ​​ ​She​ ​left​ ​us​ ​a​ ​business​ ​card for​ ​future​ ​contact.
 The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​adjourned​ ​at​ ​7:47pm.​ ​​ ​The​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​on​ ​November​ ​21,​ ​2017,​ ​at​ ​7pm,​ ​at​ ​the Alpena​ ​Yacht​ ​Club.
 Respectfully​ ​submitted,
Susan​ ​Skibbe



Regular​ ​Meeting-​ ​September​ ​26,​ ​2017 

 The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​called​ ​to​ ​order​ ​at​ ​7:00pm,​ ​by​ ​President​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher.​ ​​ ​Members​ ​present​ ​were:​ ​Sue​ ​Brown,​ ​Jan Mansfield,​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson,​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher,​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​Matt​ ​&​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman,​ ​Duffy​ ​Gorski,​ ​Steve Dean,​ ​Dan​ ​Braden,​ ​Lori​ ​&​ ​Don​ ​June,​ ​Robert​ ​Niedzwiecki,​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe.
 Secretary’s​ ​Report:​​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson​ ​made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​the​ ​secretary’s​ ​report​ ​as​ ​presented,​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​Jan Mansfield,​ ​motion​ ​carried. Treasurer’s​ ​Report:​​ ​​ ​The​ ​financial​ ​report​ ​showed​ ​monthly​ ​income​ ​of​ ​$107.20,​ ​expenses​ ​of​ ​$105.66.It​ ​was​ ​accepted as​ ​presented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Jan​ ​Mansfield,​ ​seconded​ ​by​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson.​ ​Vote; unanimous.
 Committee​ ​Reports: Buildings​ ​and​ ​Grounds:​​ ​​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​on​ ​the​ ​island​ ​accomplishments​ ​for​ ​the​ ​work​ ​season.​ ​​ ​There were​ ​8​ ​trips​ ​made​ ​to​ ​the​ ​island​ ​for​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​309.5​ ​man​ ​hours,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​in-kind​ ​cash​ ​equivalent​ ​of​ ​$15,​ ​270.75,​ ​this includes​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​boats.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​projects​ ​identified​ ​at​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​the​ ​season​ ​were​ ​completed;​ ​the​ ​installation of​ ​the​ ​transfer​ ​sign,​ ​the​ ​cedar​ ​kiosk​ ​by​ ​the​ ​tramway​ ​interpretative​ ​sign,​ ​maintenance​ ​of​ ​equipment,​ ​the​ ​assessment of​ ​the​ ​fog​ ​signal​ ​roof,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​outer​ ​surface​ ​of​ ​the​ ​tower,​ ​and​ ​moisture​ ​levels​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Keeper’s​ ​Quarters​ ​at​ ​the​ ​first visit​ ​for​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​individuals​ ​who​ ​participated​ ​in​ ​making​ ​the​ ​island​ ​work​ ​season​ ​successful. Bottle​ ​Drive:​​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher​ ​submitted​ ​bottle​ ​return​ ​slips​ ​totaling​ ​$30.20,​ ​bringing​ ​the​ ​ongoing​ ​bottle​ ​drive total​ ​to​ ​$699.75.​ ​​ ​It​ ​was​ ​discussed​ ​that​ ​we​ ​would​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​bottle​ ​returns​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year,​ ​as​ ​it​ ​appears to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​good​ ​source​ ​of​ ​revenue,​ ​and​ ​can​ ​be​ ​done​ ​at​ ​the​ ​convenience​ ​of​ ​the​ ​membership. Government​ ​Liaison:​​ ​​ ​Chair​ ​Herb​ ​Palmer​ ​was​ ​not​ ​present​ ​at​ ​the​ ​meeting. Grants​ ​and​ ​Special​ ​Projects:​ ​​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​that​ ​the​ ​price​ ​quotes​ ​requested​ ​for​ ​the​ ​metal​ ​shingle​ ​roof replacement​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​building​ ​were​ ​received.​ ​​ ​In​ ​an​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​into​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Township​ ​meeting schedules,​ ​Jim​ ​DesRocher​ ​made​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Planning​ ​Commission​ ​for​ ​their​ ​approval​ ​of​ ​our​ ​efforts​ ​to secure​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​roof,​ ​and​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​gave​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Trustees.​ ​​ ​Both​ ​boards gave​ ​their​ ​unanimous​ ​support,​ ​and​ ​permission​ ​to​ ​proceed​ ​which​ ​is​ ​required​ ​now​ ​that​ ​the​ ​southern​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​the island​ ​belongs​ ​to​ ​Alpena​ ​Township.​ ​​ ​The​ ​members​ ​were​ ​given​ ​a​ ​photo​ ​presentation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​current​ ​condition​ ​of​ ​the Fog​ ​Signal​ ​building,​ ​and​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the​ ​price​ ​quotes​ ​received.​ ​​ ​Discussion​ ​continued​ ​on​ ​the​ ​source​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant matching​ ​funds,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​process​ ​in​ ​the​ ​MLAP​ ​grant​ ​concerning​ ​reimbursement.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​the​ ​shingles to​ ​be​ ​used,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​sheathing​ ​replacement​ ​that​ ​may​ ​or​ ​may​ ​not​ ​be​ ​needed.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​present​ ​then began​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​passing​ ​a​ ​resolution​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​for​ ​the​ ​grant,​ ​pledging​ ​our​ ​spendable​ ​funds​ ​at​ ​the​ ​CFNEM​ ​as​ ​the cash​ ​match,​ ​and​ ​appointed​ ​Don​ ​June​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Project​ ​Coordinator.​ ​​ ​That​ ​official​ ​resolution​ ​will​ ​be​ ​on​ ​a​ ​separate letterhead,​ ​and​ ​notarized​ ​to​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​application.​ ​​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​price​ ​estimates​ ​according​ ​to​ ​the​ ​scope of​ ​work​ ​defined​ ​by​ ​the​ ​HSR​ ​firm,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Michigan​ ​Lighthouse​ ​Assistance​ ​Program​ ​grant​ ​fund​ ​for​ ​a project​ ​totaling​ ​$68,000.,​ ​with​ ​$45,500​ ​from​ ​MLAP,​ ​and​ ​$22,500​ ​from​ ​TBIPS.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​a​ ​reimbursement​ ​grant, so we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​to​ ​show​ ​proof​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​total​ ​project​ ​cost​ ​on​ ​hand​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​the​ ​application,​ ​and​ ​will receive​ ​the​ ​MLAP​ ​portion​ ​at​ ​the​ ​completion​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​​ ​If​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​is​ ​awarded,,​ ​the​ ​work​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​in​ ​the summer​ ​of​ ​2018,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​can​ ​have​ ​until​ ​September​ ​30,​ ​2019​ ​if​ ​needed. New​ ​Business:​ ​​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​received​ ​a​ ​copy​ ​of​ ​the​ ​easement​ ​that​ ​was​ ​granted​ ​by​ ​BLM​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Township​ ​for​ ​access from​ ​the​ ​boat​ ​landing​ ​to​ ​the​ ​township​ ​property​ ​line​ ​and​ ​to​ ​install​ ​a​ ​dock,​ ​she​ ​asked​ ​if​ ​the​ ​Society​ ​would​ ​prefer​ ​to have​ ​it​ ​recorded​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Register​ ​of​ ​Deeds​ ​office.​ ​​ ​The​ ​group​ ​agreed​ ​that​ ​this​ ​document​ ​should​ ​be​ ​legally​ ​recorded. Old​ ​Business:​ ​none​ ​. The​ ​meeting​ ​adjourned​ ​at​ ​8:10pm.​ ​​ ​The​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​is​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​October​ ​24,​ ​2017​ ​at​ ​7pm,​ ​Alpena​ ​Yacht Club. At​ ​that​ ​meeting​ ​the​ ​Christmas​ ​dinner​ ​will​ ​be​ ​finalized,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​2019​ ​Nominating​ ​Committee​ ​will​ ​be​ ​appointed.
Respectfully​ ​submitted,​ ​​ ​Sue​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Secretary​ ​TBIPS 



Regular​ ​meeting-​ ​August​ ​22,2017

 ​ ​The​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​​ ​called​ ​to​ ​order​ ​by​ ​Vice-President​ ​Lee​ ​Thomson​ ​at​ ​7:00pm.​ ​​ ​Members​ ​present​ ​were: Janet​ ​Spencer,​ ​Sue​ ​Brown,​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​Sue​ ​&​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe,​ ​Robert​ ​Niedzwiecki,​ ​Steve​ ​Dean,​ ​Lori​ ​June, and​ ​Matt​ ​&​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman. Secretary’s​ ​Report:​​ ​The​ ​report​ ​was​ ​accepted​ ​without​ ​changes​ ​or​ ​corrections​ ​from​ ​the​ ​July​ ​25,​ ​2017 meeting​ ​in​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​by​ ​Jan​ ​Spencer,​ ​seconded​ ​by​ ​Bill​ ​Meden.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​carried. Treasurer’s​ ​report:​​ ​There​ ​was​ ​income​ ​of​ ​$192.25,​ ​and​ ​expenses​ ​of​ ​$144.73​ ​from​ ​the​ ​previous​ ​month.​ ​We have​ ​received​ ​membership​ ​from​ ​founding​ ​member​ ​Paula​ ​Glennie.​ ​Susan​ ​Kitzman​ ​made​ ​a​ ​motion​ ​to accept​ ​the​ ​report,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​supported​ ​by​ ​Sue​ ​Brown.​ ​​ ​Motion​ ​carried.

 Committee​ ​Reports:  Buildings​ ​&​ ​Grounds:​​ ​​ ​Dave​ ​Skibbe​ ​reported​ ​on​ ​the​ ​trip​ ​that​ ​was​ ​made​ ​on​ ​August​ ​4th,​ ​the​ ​group of​ ​4​ ​cut​ ​all​ ​the​ ​grass,​ ​cleaned​ ​out​ ​the​ ​porta-jon,​ ​finished​ ​some​ ​details​ ​on​ ​the​ ​new​ ​cedar​ ​kiosk,​ ​and​ ​got​ ​the island​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​large​ ​governmental​ ​visit.​ ​​ ​On​ ​August​ ​7th,​ ​19​ ​people​ ​representing​ ​various​ ​State, Federal,​ ​and​ ​Township​ ​governments​ ​to​ ​conduct​ ​a​ ​site​ ​visit​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​meet​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​various projects​ ​and​ ​creating​ ​the​ ​funding​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​the​ ​projects​ ​to​ ​fruition.​ ​​ ​Bryan​ ​Lijewski​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Michigan State​ ​Preservation​ ​Office​ ​hand​ ​delivered​ ​the​ ​initial​ ​draft​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​historic​ ​structures​ ​report​ ​for Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​Island.​ ​​ ​A​ ​large​ ​focus​ ​was​ ​placed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​recommendation​ ​concerning​ ​the​ ​boathouse​ ​that now​ ​exists,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​immediate​ ​repair.​ ​​ ​Each​ ​group​ ​represented​ ​shared​ ​the​ ​same​ ​concern​ ​for​ ​island access.​ ​​

​A​ ​meeting​ ​of​ ​all​ ​parties​ ​continued​ ​the​ ​following​ ​day​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Thunder​ ​Bay​ ​National​ ​Marine Sanctuary.​ ​​ ​The​ ​following​ ​items​ ​were​ ​the​ ​big​ ​take​ ​away;​ ​the​ ​BLM​ ​must​ ​have​ ​an​ ​environmental assessment​ ​completed​ ​for​ ​their​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​island​ ​before​ ​any​ ​management​ ​or​ ​activity​ ​agreements​ ​can​ ​be​ ​put in​ ​place,​ ​that​ ​was​ ​being​ ​bid​ ​out,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​deadline​ ​of​ ​August​ ​18th,​ ​and​ ​since​ ​the​ ​boathouse​ ​was​ ​not​ ​placed on​ ​the​ ​Register​ ​of​ ​Historic​ ​Places​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​the​ ​light​ ​station​ ​was,​ ​then​ ​that​ ​must​ ​be​ ​done​ ​before​ ​federal dollars​ ​can​ ​be​ ​invested.​ ​​ ​Then​ ​the​ ​conversation​ ​ended​ ​when​ ​none​ ​of​ ​the​ ​parties​ ​present​ ​could​ ​confirm​ ​who the​ ​boathouse​ ​actually​ ​belongs​ ​to.​ ​​ ​The​ ​BLM​ ​will​ ​pursue​ ​the​ ​documents​ ​to​ ​confirm​ ​ownership.​ ​​ ​The representative​ ​from​ ​MDOT​ ​offered​ ​to​ ​send​ ​links​ ​to​ ​various​ ​grants​ ​possibilities,​ ​and​ ​also​ ​requirements needed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Township​ ​master​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​insure​ ​eligibility​ ​for​ ​State​ ​monies.​ ​​

​Alpena​ ​Township Supervisor​ ​Nathan​ ​Skibbe​ ​will​ ​follow​ ​through​ ​to​ ​be​ ​certain​ ​all​ ​the​ ​necessary​ ​language​ ​is​ ​in​ ​place​ ​since​ ​the Township​ ​was​ ​scheduled​ ​to​ ​approve​ ​the​ ​updated​ ​master​ ​plan​ ​at​ ​their​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​on​ ​August​ ​26th.​ ​There will​ ​be​ ​another​ ​conference​ ​call​ ​on​ ​Sept.​ ​12th​ ​for​ ​updates​ ​for​ ​all​ ​parties. Special​ ​Projects:​Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​explained​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​high​ ​priority​ ​projects​ ​identified​ ​in​ ​the​ ​75% completed​ ​HSR,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​which​ ​is​ ​the​ ​roof​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Fog​ ​Signal​ ​Building.​ ​​ ​The​ ​south​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​has no​ ​surface​ ​left​ ​on​ ​the​ ​asphalt​ ​shingles​ ​that​ ​were​ ​installed​ ​in​ ​1998​ ​&​ ​1999,​ ​the​ ​interior​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​is once​ ​again​ ​experiencing​ ​water​ ​leakage​ ​and​ ​further​ ​damage.​ ​​ ​Discussion​ ​took​ ​place​ ​about​ ​applying​ ​for​ ​a grant​ ​from​ ​MLAP,​ ​the​ ​state​ ​funds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​sale​ ​of​ ​lighthouse​ ​license​ ​plates.​ ​​ ​The​ ​SHPO​ ​rep​ ​had encouraged​ ​our​ ​group​ ​to​ ​not​ ​miss​ ​out​ ​on​ ​any​ ​possible​ ​grants​ ​funds,​ ​and​ ​since​ ​the​ ​roof​ ​project​ ​is​ ​listed​ ​in Phase​ ​1-high​ ​priority,​ ​she​ ​suggested​ ​investigating​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​the​ ​metal​ ​shingle​ ​rehabilitation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Fog Signal.​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​type​ ​of​ ​shingles​ ​the​ ​building​ ​had​ ​up​ ​until​ ​1956,​ ​since​ ​our​ ​period​ ​of​ ​interpretation​ ​has been​ ​set​ ​to​ ​the​ ​period​ ​from​ ​1939-1955,​ ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​type​ ​of​ ​roof​ ​we​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to​ ​return​ ​the​ ​building​ ​to.​ ​​ ​

A motion​ ​was​ ​made​ ​by​ ​Bill​ ​Meden,​ ​with​ ​second​ ​from​ ​Lori​ ​June​ ​that​ ​we​ ​investigate​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​if we​ ​can​ ​financially​ ​initiate​ ​the​ ​project.​ ​​ ​The​ ​MLAP​ ​grant​ ​is​ ​a​ ​reimbursement​ ​grant,​ ​so​ ​costs​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to be​ ​paid​ ​upfront,​ ​and​ ​then​ ​submit​ ​for​ ​reimbursement.​ ​​ ​The​ ​local​ ​match​ ​is​ ​25%,​ ​so​ ​75%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​would be​ ​returned​ ​to​ ​us​ ​when​ ​the​ ​project​ ​is​ ​completed.​ ​​ ​The​ ​motion​ ​carried.​ ​​ ​Steve​ ​Dean​ ​volunteered​ ​to​ ​assist Sue​ ​Skibbe​ ​with​ ​the​ ​grant​ ​application.​ ​​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​follow-up​ ​at​ ​the​ ​September​ ​meeting. The​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​having​ ​a​ ​Christmas​ ​dinner​ ​meeting​ ​was​ ​discussed,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​consensus​ ​was​ ​to​ ​plan​ ​a​ ​dinner meeting​ ​for​ ​this​ ​year.​ ​​ ​The​ ​tentative​ ​date​ ​is​ ​December​ ​5th,​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Alpena​ ​Yacht​ ​Club. Activities:​Lori​ ​June​ ​presented​ ​another​ ​check​ ​for​ ​$37.00​ ​in​ ​bottle​ ​drive​ ​funds,​ ​this​ ​brings​ ​our​ ​total for​ ​the​ ​July​ ​bottle​ ​drive​ ​to​ ​$629.55. Lori​ ​also​ ​turned​ ​in​ ​fundraising​ ​money​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Rada​ ​sale​ ​at​ ​the​ ​July​ ​meeting.​ ​​ ​Thank​ ​you,​ ​Lori!

 The​ ​meeting​ ​adjourned​ ​at​ ​7:45pm,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​next​ ​meeting​ ​scheduled​ ​for​ ​September​ ​26,​ ​2017,​ ​at​ ​7pm.
 Respectfully​ ​submitted,
Susan​ ​Skibbe Secretary/Treasurer​ ​TBIPS 


  Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society Regular Meeting-

                                                                                 July 25, 2017
The meeting was called at order at 7pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Janet Mansfield, Lee Thomson, Jim DesRocher, Sue & Dave Skibbe, Jane Speer, Bill Meden, Dan Braden, Don June, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, and Duffy Gorski.
 Secretary’s Report:​ The secretary’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Lee Thomson, and second from Jan Mansfield.  Motion carried.
 Treasurer’s Report:  ​The report was accepted as presented in a motion by Jan Mansfield with a second from Lee Thomson.  Motion carried.  It was noted that the July 8th bottle drive has created $474.30 of income so far, there are still some bottle receipts coming in . A thank you card will be sent to Jimmy Garant’s Party Store.
Committee Reports:  Website:  Jim DesRocher reported that so far everything seems to be working well with the website. Some links have been difficult to re-establish, but all the new photos of the 2017 season are being posted to the site as they come in.  Thank you, Jim. Computer:  Bill Meden brought in a laptop that his family is willing to donate for our use.  It has Windows 10, and all the necessary capacity needed to run our digital projector.  We will be able to being doing presentations this fall.  Thank you to the Meden family! Buildings & Grounds:  Dave Skibbe reported the most recent trips on July 3rd & July 22 have resulted in getting our commemorative sign installed, and also getting the cedar shingle roof kiosk installed over the tramway interpretative sign.  Lots of grass has been mowed, and problems with our riding lawn mower continue to develop. The decision to repair or replace will be made over the winter when the mower is brought back to shore for a closer evaluation.  We are still planning to get the finishing touches made to the kiosk, and some interior cleaning. Government Liaison:  Another BLM conference call was made on July 11.  There will be site visit from the BLM, and many other government agencies on Aug. 7-9.  Meetings will be conducted on shore at the NOAA Maritime Heritage Center.  The draft of our HSR will be available at that time, and talks will be centered around how to proceed with the boathouse and walkway.  Sue Skibbe brought the Alpena Township Board up to date on the HSR, and asked for their support with the recommendations that will be identified.  They are very appreciative of all of our efforts, and the Supervisor and a trustee will be involved in all future developments plans.  Dan Braden offered his boat as a means of transport for officials involved in the upcoming site visit, we will have 3 boats available. Old Business:​  Don June turned in the orders from the RADA fundraiser, it shows $55.70 in profit for our group. Thank you, Lori June. New Business:​  Susan & Matt Kitzman recently took the Lady Michigan tour which went out by Thunder Bay Island, they were disappointed that the tour guide did not know much accurate information about the island. We will inquire with Friends of TBNMS staff to be certain they have current information to share. Sue Skibbe asked for volunteers to help with creating a new power point to utilize for presentations.  We will wait to incorporate the priority projects identified in the HSR.  Adjournment: ​Lee Thomson made a motion to adjourn at 7pm, with a second by Duffy Gorski. Next Meeting is scheduled for August 22, 2017 at 7pm, Alpena Yacht Club.
Respectfully Submitted, Susan Skibbe 


                                                   Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society
                                                            Regular Meeting June 27,2017
The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Janet Mansfield, Lee Thomson, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Duffy Gorski, Jim DesRocher, Susan & Matt Kitzman, Bill Meden, Lori & Don June.
 Secretary’s Report: ​A motion was made by Lee Thomson, and seconded by Lori June to accept the minutes of the May meeting as presented.  Motion carried unanimously. Treasurer’s Report: ​ A motion was made by Janet Mansfield with a second by Lee Thomson to accept the treasurer’s report as presented.  Treasurer Sue Skibbe explained that the insurance premium that was paid in full is awaiting the $1,000 budgeted amount from Alpena Township as reimbursement.  Motion carried.
Committee Reports: Bottle Drive: ​ Jim DesRocher reminded the group of the July 8th bottle drive at Jimmy Garant’s Party Store on Chisholm Street In Alpena.  Jim scheduled some advertising in the Alpena News, and asked that email reminders be sent out to the local members.  There is no firm schedule of workers in place at this time. Website:​ Jim DesRocher has been working diligently on our website, and it is now back up and going.  He asked that all members visit the site and send back a response so he can judge if all systems are working correctly. Buildings & Grounds:​  Dave Skibbe reported that recent trips to the island had accomplished clearing the trail, cutting grass, inspecting the buildings for damage, everything appeared to be in good order.  The June 5th trip took the crew doing our historic structures report out to the island, all 7 people plus 3 TBIPS members.  They had a long full day on the island to complete all the research needed.  The crew was very appreciative of all the support they received from TBIPS, and dinner host Herb Palmer. The preliminary report will be back at the end of July.  TBIPS members also got the island historic site sign out and on display.  The July 19th trip took BLM photographer and a licensed drone pilot out to the island. The tractor and the lawn mower both had flat tires that had to be fixed.  Yvonne Meden and Sue Skibbe worked inside the Keeper’s Quarters and completed lots of cleaning.  Both BLM people were also very appreciative of the support given by TBIPS and promised a copy of all the photography they shot. Dave Skibbe also displayed the brackets he created for our commemorative sign, and it will be ready for installation on the next trip out, the sign posts will be able to accommodate two back to back signs.  The location for the sign has been determined to be best suited to the former site of the old garage, so it will be the first thing that greets visitors when they clear the path to the lighthouse. Government Liaison:​  Herb Palmer was not present to give his report, so Sue Skibbe filled everyone in on the progress being made with the multi government groups working to move forward with a long term plan for island improvements based on the final HSR report.  There has been a monthly conference call to keep everyone informed, with BLM officials planning a site visit in August. Old Business: ​The purchase of a digital projector was discussed again with the deadline for requesting a donation through TechSoup was due by June 30.  A motion was made by Lee Thomson and second from Lori June to request the projector and pay the $275 administration fee required of TechSoup, motion carried.  Don June and Duffy Gorski volunteered to work with their contacts to try to secure a lap top
computer, so we will be able to begin doing power point presentations to interested groups on the island and the direction we will be headed after the recommendations of the HSR report are back. New Business:​ None.
 A motion was made by Lee Thomson, second by Janet Mansfield to adjourn at 7:49pm.  It was decided to hold a July meeting since there are so many exciting developments taking place.
Respectfully submitted, Susan Skibbe TBIPS Secretary/ Treasurer
**Reminder, there will a be meeting on July 25th at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club.  Please plan to attend if you are able. 



May 22, 2017 Regular Monthly Meeting


The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Lee Thomson at 7:03pm.  There were new members present, so we proceeded around the room and everyone introduced themselves.  Those present were: Lee Thomson, Lori June, Sue & David Skibbe, Dan Braden, Bill Meden, Jane Speer, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Robert Niedzwiecki, Duffy Gorski. 

Secretary’s Report: The minutes were accepted as presented in a motion by Jane Speer, and second by Lori June, motion carried unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report: There had not been any activity since April, and Jane Speer made a motion to accept as presented, with a second from Lori June.  Motion carried.

Committee Reports: 

Buildings & Grounds: Co-Chairs Dave Skibbe and Bill Meden announced a trip to the island on the following day.  All those present were invited to join along.  It was explained that the first trip is usually clearing the trail,  assessing any winter damage, and getting the equipment running and cutting the grass.

Activities:  Lori June announced that she will be collecting any RADA orders at the June meeting.  Reminder that anyone can order on-line and we will get credit by going to the website address:, our internet ordering number is#507127, the password is lighthouse, and our customer number is 1232844.

Special Projects:  Chair Sue Skibbe suggested the group consider purchasing a laptop and projector so the Society can do presentations to various entities on the progress and future  plans for Thunder Bay Island.  We had done power point presentations in the past, but the equipment we used had been borrowed.  Since we are now set up through TechSoup as a non-profit we can purchase the items we need at a free or low cost price.  A suggested list of items will be presented at the June meeting for approval.

Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that he has still not gotten the registration for our previous site transferred.  The suggestion was made to start over with a new URL, as too much time has passed trying to resolve this issue.  The links may have to be re-established, but at least we will be back to having a website.

Government Liaison:  Chair Herb Palmer was not present, a report was given on his behalf by Sue Skibbe on the May 9, 2017, multi governmental agency meeting.  Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Milwaukee, Michigan Historical Preservation Office, US Coast Guard, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Alpena Township, and TBIPS met at the TBNMS Visitor Center to discuss the future possibilities for Thunder Bay Island.  When the boathouse was included into the historic structures report it opened up the opportunity for the BLM to develop a plan and funding to restore/replace the boathouse and construct access for visitors to the island.  The meeting was very productive, with each group in attendance enthusiastically taking on a task to assist in getting progress moving forward very quickly.  The participants at this meeting will meet via conference call on the second Tuesday of each month to report their progress, and address new challenges.  The preliminary completion report for the HSR will be ready in July.  At that point representatives of BLM-Milwaukee will return to Alpena for a site visit to Thunder Bay Island.  The HSR will also contain input from TBIPS as to the future plans and activities our group foresees for Thunder Bay Island.  Please email any suggestions you may have for us to consider.

Old Business: Jane Speer re-introduced the idea of TBIPS sponsoring a scholarship at  Alpena Community College. Annual funding could be set by the Board, as well as review of the applicants.  The item was tabled for future discussion.

New Business:  None. 

A motion to adjourn at 7:45pm was made by Jane Speer, and second by Lori June.  Next meeting is scheduled for June 27th at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary 





Regular monthly meeting

April 25, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7:04pm, by President Jim DesRocher.  Members present were: Sue Brown, Dave & Sue Skibbe, Bill Meden, Duffy Gorski, Lee Thomson, Don Speer, Robert Niedzwiecki, Lori June, Steve & Donna Dean.

There were no guest present. 

Secretary’s Report:  Members had  been either emailed or postal mailed the minutes. Motion was made by Lee Thomson to accept the minutes as presented, seconded by Sue Brown.  There was no discussion or corrections, vote to accept was unanimous. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Motion was made by Sue Brown, with a scond from Duffy Gorski to accept the report as presented.  There was no discussion or corrections, motion carried. 

Committee Reports:

 Activities:  A fundraising bottle drive is set for July 8th, Jimmy Garant’s party store will again be our host.  Tentative hours are 10:00am- 3:00p.  If members chose to redeem their own cans and bottles prior to this date, they can bring their cash slips to the meetings or the day of the bottle drive. 

 Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that the registration  of our previous site with dick Chowen is still in progress.  We have all the pages of that site stored on a thumb drive.  “Host Baby” is now the host for our site.  All of the verification had to be re-done, so it is slow process.  The official owner of our new site will be “Light President” so it isn’t an individual persoon and can be permanently owned by TBIPS.  All of our links will remain from the previous site. 

Buildings & Grounds:  The individuals who often provide boat transportation have been preparing their boats for launch.  The wind speeds have been prohibitive lately, but the first trip will take place as soon as possible.  Seasonal supplies have been purchased with the gift card donation we received last season from Meijer. 

Government Liaison:  Herb Palmer has made contact with the BLM out of Milwaukee, they are very positive about bringing together all partners for a meeting here in Alpena on May 9, 2017.  A complete report of the results of that meeting will be presented at the May meting of TBIPS. 

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe reported that she had register TBIPS with Tech-Soup, an organization for non-profits to access all kinds of computers and programs at little or no cost.  She suggested that the organization consider purchasing our own lap top computer and a projector so we can do power point presentations again, the system we had used previously had been borrowed. 

Old Business:  None 

New Business:  

 Duffy Gorski brought in info from “All Hands On Deck” about promoting the health of the Great Lakes.  The purpose is to send off photos of everyone linked in hands to our  Senators and Representatives to try to raise awareness and champion the cause of fun ding and protecting the Great Lakes.

 Lori June brought in RADA catalogs for fundraising.  We have participated in this before, and this time we will get registered with the company for online sales.  The local deadline for orders will be June 1st.  For our out of town members the following information should be entered to order and have the profits deposited with TBIPS.  The website is: our internet ordering number is: #507127, the password is: lighthouse, and our customer number is 1232844.  Internet orders will be subject to shipping costs.  We thank anyone who orders on our behalf.  To just preview their catalog go to 

A motion to adjourn was made at 7:28pm.  The May meeting is out of our normal schedule, please note Monday, May 22, at 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary  TBIPS


 Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society
Regular meeting March 28, 2017

The meeting was called to order by president Jim DesRocher at 7:01pm.  Members present were; Janet Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Dave & Susan Skibbe, Matt & Susan Kitzman, Bill Meden, and Robert Niedzwiecki.
Secretary’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Janet Mansfield, and second by Bill Meden, motion carried.
Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented in a motion by Susan Kitzman and second by Janet Mansfield, motion carried.
Committee Reports:
 Activities: A bottle drive has been scheduled for July 8, 2017, from 10am-2pm, at Jimmy Garants Party Store. Website: No progress has been made on getting the site transferred and operational.  The code number being sent has not been accepted by the host.  This process has been repeated 5 times, so Jim DesRocher and Duffy Gorski are planning to try a new host. Building and Grounds:  Dave Skibbe reported that he received an email from member David Cummins asking for information on old maps and surveys that would help him a class he is taking.  He is planning to do a mapping project of Thunder Bay Island.  We will assist him with additional information, and look forward to the completed project. Government Liaison:  Chair Herb Palmer sent a printed report on his recent phone call with Carol Grundman, BLM.  Carol is our contact concerning Thunder Bay Island.  The conversation was very encouraging concerning the boathouse and island access.  Carol would like to partner with several other State and Federal agencies that also have funds available to assist in such an endeavor.  A site visit is being planned to bring those agencies together for a trip out to the island this spring.  As more information becomes available it will be shared with the Society.
Old Business: Jim Des Rocher did contact the City of Alpena Building Inspector concerning the class on handling contaminants.  It is information that we already have and are guided by through the State Historical Preservation Office.  Any projects we propose are currently authorized and supervised by SHPO, so there is no need to involve another government entity that does not have any ownership or interest in Thunder Bay Island.
New Business: We will again participate in the City Street Clean-up program.  Our April 25th meeting will begin at 6pm with the clean-up conducted first and then the regular meeting to be held afterward.  Mark your calendars.
There is a conflict with the use of the Alpena Yacht Club for our regular meeting night in May.  In a motion made by Bill Meden and second by Susan Skibbe, the members present voted to move our May meeting to Monday, May 22, at 7pm.  Again, mark your calendars! A motion to adjourn was made by Bill Meden, and second by Janet Mansfield.  The meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.
NEXT MEETING: APRIL 25 at 6pm, Alpena yacht Club and surrounding area.
Respectfully submitted,  
Susan Skibbe, Secretary TBIPS 


Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society 

Regular Monthly Meeting

February 28, 2017 

The meeting was called to order by president Jim DesRocher at 7:05pm.  Members present; Sue Brown, Jan Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Lori & Don June, Bill Meden, Dave & Susan Skibbe,

 Duffy Gorski, and Robert Niedzwiecki. 

Guests present; Jerry Broad, Norm Poli, and Sid Hanching. 

Correspondence received:  Letter from Thunder Bay Arts Council inviting our participation in the 2017 Art on the Bay show.  Card and note from life member Laurie Ann McKay, enclosed were funds to provide refreshments for meeting attendees. 

Treasurer’s report:  Treasurer Sue Skibbe presented a written accounting of all funds received.  In January we received $630 in membership dues, $83 from an insurance refund.  Current checking account balance is $537.18, and savings $2,137.07.  Jan Mansfield made a motion to accept the report, Sue Brown seconded.  There were no questions or discussion, motion carried. 

Secretary’s report; A motion to accept the January minutes as presented was made by Jan Mansfield, second from Sue Brown.  Motion carried. 

Committee Reports:

 Website:  Duffy Gorski reported that he is working with Greg Cross (Dick Chowen’s associate) to get all of the proper transfer of ownership completed.  Both Jim DesRocher and Duffy have had several conversations with the potential new host; Name  Once the website is up and running Jim will post the dates of potential trips out to the island on the site to help keep members and visitors of pending trips.  He will also be able to quickly post cancellations should weather pose a problem.

 Buildings & Grounds:  Dave Skibbe report on the proposed list of projects on the island for the 2017 work season. A copy of the list is attached.  Motion by Duffy Gorski to approve the projects, second was made by Jan Mansfield.  No further discussion was heard, motion carried.

Government Liaison:  Herb Palmer, chair of this committee sent his report via Dave Skibbe.  He is now in the process of re-establishing the list of government contacts.

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe reported that the firm conducting our HSR has set a tentative week for their site visit as June 5,2017.  Having a week should allow us to have a choice of the best weather days for a trip out to the island.

 Activities:  Lori June reported that she would like to conduct another sale of RADA products as our first fundraiser.  She will bring more updated catalogs to the March meeting. 

Old Business:


New Business:

   Jim DesRocher will check with the city building inspector on upcoming classes for handling lead or other hazardous materials during our work trips to the island.  He will report back at the March


 Discussion on whether or not to participate in Art on the Bay.  Bill Meden had been under the impression that we had previously decided not to participate.  Jan Mansfield updated the group on the difficulties in getting enough volunteers, and as well covering the cost of the booth space through sales.

A motion was made by Bill Meden, and seconded by Jan Mansfield that we not be involved this year.

Vote was unanimous.

   Robert Niedzwiecki questioned about our participation in the July 4th Maritime Festival.  This issue was tabled until the March meeting. 

Hearing no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50pm, with a motion by Jan Mansfield, and second by Sue Brown.   Members convened into the lounge area to view the video of the current condition of the boat house. 

Next meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2017, 7pm, at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe, Secretary   



Annual Meeting and Elections

January 24, 2017 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm, by President Jim DesRocher at the Alpena Yacht Club. 

Members present: Sue Brown, Janet Mansfield, Jim DesRocher, Sue & Dave Skibbe,

Lori & Don June, Robert Niedzwiecki, and Bill Meden. 

Guest present: Matt & Susan Kitzman, and Steve Dean. 

Secretary’s report:  The December 27, 2016, meeting report was corrected to read; a motion was made to request a $5,000 budget allocation from Alpena Township, not a grant.  Motion was made by Sue Brown, seconded by Lori June to accept the minutes with the correction.  There was no additional discussion, motion carried. 

Treasurer’s report:  A motion to accept the year ending treasurers report as presented was made by Jim DesRocher, seconded by Sue Brown.  Motion carried. 

Committee reports:

Website:  Jim DesRocher reported having a meeting with 1010 Technologies, the company that purchased our former website host Chowen & Associates.  All of our website information and the various pages were transferred to a flash drive, but we must have a release from Dick Chowen before we can create a new website belonging to the Society.  Jim recommended that we use :Name for our new web host at a cost of $19.88 for the first year, and $78.88 per year after that.  With the professional version available we will have a much higher gigabyte capacity, so we can add more photos to our site, and any uploads or changes are much easier to implement.  A motion was made by Lori June, and seconded by Sue Brown that we proceed with contracting with Name once we have our release.  Discussion on the motion was concerning who would be responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the site, Jim DesRocher explained this host has a password system and TBIPS members could add information as it became available, Bill Meden suggested that it be restricted to just two people to avoid confusion.  Vote was taken, and passed unanimously. 

Government Liaison:  Sue Skibbe reported the progress being made on the National Maritime Heritage Grant awarded to TBIPS for a historic structures report.  The company O X Studio from AnnArbor has been selected to complete the HSR, and they have reached out for documentation and photographs to begin their work.  They will be coming to Alpena for a site visit to Thunder Bay Island as soon as we can safely transport them to the island.  As more information becomes available it will be shared with our membership. 

Bob Niedzwiecki reported that the City of Alpena now has classes available to train individuals on the proper procedures for handling contaminated materials and lead paint.  He suggested that perhaps some of our members may want to take the training. 

New Business:

  Lori June and Janet Mansfield were assigned to process the election ballots.  They reported there were 32 ballots returned and the results are as follows;

President:  Jim DesRocher

Vice-President:  Lee Thomson

Secretary/ Treeasurer:  Sue Skibbe

Board of Directors for the 3 year term 2017-2020:

Bill Meden                   David Skibbe

Don June                        Sue Brown

A motion to destroy the ballots was made by Janet Mansfield, seconded by Bill Meden.  Vote was unanimous. 

A motion to establish HPC Credit Union as our 2017 fiduciary was made by Sue Brown, seconded by Janet Mansfield.  There was no discussion, motion carried. 

The 2017 committee assignments are as follows;

Buildings and Grounds: Bill Meden and Dave Skibbe, Co-Chairs

Government Liaison: Herb Palmer

Special Projects:  Sue Skibbe

Activities:  Lori June

Website:  Duffy Gorski and Jim DesRocher 

All TBIPS members are encouraged to participate in any area they may have an interest, as no committee can be successful without participation. 

The budget for 2017 was adopted with the same total as 2016; $4200 overall, the following categories are; 

Organization- $1500      Secretary- $150             Grants- $50       Boat Gas- $500                 Newsletter- $200

Publicity- $100             Bldg & Grds-$1000       Activities- $200            Merchandise- $250   Website- $250 

Motion to adjourn was made at 7:25pm, everyone was invited to stay and view the dvd of the boathouse produced by David and Jessica Cummins.  Some technical difficulties ensued and it was agreed to view the video at the Feb. meeting. 

 Next meeting is February 28, 2017, at 7pm, Alpena Yacht Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Susan Skibbe

Secretary/Treasurer TBIPS












The Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society general membership meeting / holiday pot-luck dinner convened on December 10, 2011 at the Alpena Yacht Club. With President Cieciorka presiding, the meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM.


  1. Members Present: Don and Barbara Beem,Sue Brown, Tom and Paulette Cieciorka, Paula Glennie, Steve and Nancy Hammond, Bob Niedzwiecki, Jerry and Kim Plohocky, Walter Plohocky, Dave and Sue Skibbe, and Don and Jane Speer.


  1. Guests or New Members: None.


  1. Review of November 22, 2011 meeting minutes: The November 22, 2011 meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written.


  1. Treasurer’s Report: Sue Skibbe provided an oral Treasurer’s report and after brief discussion was approved.


  1. Committee Reports: All committees stated there was nothing new to report.


  1. President’s Report: President Cieciorka led the group through the following Old and New business agenda items:


  1. Old Business:


    1. Newsletter / Nomination Ballots: As a respectful reminder, a slate of officers (ballot), will be provided and included in the mailing of the December newsletter for members to cast their votes to fill vacant leadership positions in 2012.


    1. Concerts and Comedy 4 a Cause: Jane Speer submitted our application to the selection committee for their review.


  1. New Business: There were no new business items to report.


  1. Adjournment: With no further issues to discuss, the meeting was adjourned by President Cieciorka at 5:20 PM and following a blessing by Steve Hammond, the holiday pot-luck meal was served.


  1. The next TBILPS general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Alpena Yacht Club.