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Fox Island Lighthouse Association

P.O. Box 851

Traverse City, Michigan 49685

United States

Company Description

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) founded in 2004 by Sandy Bradshaw, John McKinney and H. Joerg Rothenberger. Their goal was to rekindle the efforts of former groups for rescuing the South Fox Island lig ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Production Coordinator

Knorr Marketing

Vice President

FILA South Fox Island Lighthouse Association

Affiliations

Celebration Committee
South Fox Island Lighthouse

Web References (38 Total References)


FILA: About Us

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Catherine F. Allchin


FILA: History & Mystery

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Click here to read Brad's excellent report, taken from the now defunct Web site of the Fox Island Education Association by Cathy Allchin.

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2002: The Fox Island Education Association (FIEA) is founded by Cathy Allchin, Bradley Boese and friends.
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A great set of aerial photos of the South Fox Light Station is shot by FILA board member Cathy Allchin in spring 2007.
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Presentations of our work are given at meetings of various organizations, and a 30 minute interview of Vice President Cathy Allchin is aired on UpNorth TV. The year is concluded by the traditional Annual Meeting, featuring, besides elections and a potluck meal, a walk-about video of the station from the early 'nineties.
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Before the end of the month, Kathy and Bruce Rollins from Bullard, TX, set up their camp at the Light Station as the first participants in the FILA Camper Keeper Program.


FILA: News

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John Nelson, John McKinney and Cathy Allchin

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John Nelson, John McKinney and Cathy Allchin.
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John McKinney, Cathy Allchin, Anne McKinney and John Wells
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John McKinney, Cathy Allchin, Anne McKinney and John Wells.
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Cathy Allchin did a fine presentation highlighting accomplishments from 2016 and outlining a number of our projects and opportunities for 2017.
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A DNR partnership grant will be applied for, and Cathy Allchin volunteered to administer the grant. Besides that, Cathy will chair the celebration committee for the 150th anniversary of the South Fox Island Lighthouse in 2017.
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Cathy and Ham proposed submitting an application for Visitor Amenities to the DNR Matching Grant program.
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Cathy Allchin
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Cathy Allchin, Don Stauffer, John Wells, Pamela Nickerson, Jeff Broderick, Sandy Bradshaw and H. Joerg Rothenberger, kindly assisted by Rachel Gaulthier of the State Park, manned the stations that provided guests with pancakes, sausages, berries and various beverages.
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Don and Cathy ready for flipping pancakes.
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Victor and Denice Goldschmidt, John McKinney, Cathy Allchin, Kathleen Rollins (foreground), Karen Wells, Anne McKinney, Sandy Bradshaw with Laddie, Sheryll and John Rust.
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The meeting was presided by Cathy Allchin, Vice-President, just back from the latest island trip.
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Manned with NPS and DNR staff they took the heavy cargo plus FILA vice-prez Cathy Allchin and two representatives of potential bidders for the reconstruction of the Lighthouse dock to the Light Station. There they were greeted by our Camper Keepers, Kathleen and Bruce Rollins.
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Kathy hopped in the RIB and helped me unload from my boat and Bruce briefed visitors and recruited them to help on shore.
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Cathy Allchin was contacted by the Bay Life magazine; they will use Cathy's article published in the Scuttlebutt last year.
Cathy is also in touch with Jerry Spears concerning the heavy tasks to be tackled this year.
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On Sunday, July 10th Don and I delivered the work crew of Gary Stauffer, Paul Wilkie, Cathy Allchin and John McKinney to the Light Station for a day of outdoor projects.
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Cathy and John evaluated the dead light shutter prototype and took some depth measurements in the harbor while I containerized another full load demolition waste for transport to the mainland.
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Hans Joerg Rothenberger, based on Cathy Allchin's minutes
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Cathy Allchin did a presentation at Hope Village in Williamsburg in January and will do another one in Elk Rapids in June.
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According to Cathy Allchin, the FILA Board met the appeal partnership goal of $1000.00 and will receive a matching grant from Karen and John Wells.
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Phil von Voigtlander and Cathy presented the list of island projects that were completed in 2015, which is quite a lot.
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Cathy, John McKinney and John Wells met with Mike Schmerl regarding a concept.
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As per our by-laws, the Board re-elected its officers (Secretary: Pamela Nickerson; Vice-President: Cathy Allchin; President: John McKinney; John McKinney, Karen & John Wells - jointly functioning as treasurers pro-tem.
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Board members John Nelson and Cathy Allchin agreed to serve another three years.
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Besides business, 20+ members and supporters met to eat, to chat, to hear and see the "FILA Year in Review", a presentation delivered by Cathy Allchin, highlighting the work by Jerry Spears and crew, read: rebuilding the lean-to to the 1867 Lighthouse, downspouts for the main buildings, and installing the new Boat House doors, to name just the biggest items.


Fox Island Lighthouse Association: Home page

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Vice-President Cathy Allchin on UpNorth TV on February 2, 2015, please click here

To read an article on the South Fox Island Light Station by FILA Vice-President Cathy Allchin in the Great Lakes
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To view Cathy Allchin's photo documentation of
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and / or Cathy Allchin, Vice-President at (231) 883-7645


South Fox Island Lighthouse: News

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Cathy Allchin, Karen Wells and Phil von Voigtlander.

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Behind the scenes:, from left to right: Beadman Don, brother Gary, Sandy Bradshaw with Laddie, Cathy Allchin and John McKinney.
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John Wells and Cathy Allchin reported on the latest details concerning the grant from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network for a window restoration workshop.
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Catherine Allchin
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Cathy Allchin reported on the plans for the launch of the SlickCraft boat. Northport Harbor isn't open yet. Summer festivals were discussed.
Main items of the Island Projects list: Assistant Keepers Building Roof, Lean To on the 1867 Lighthouse Building, gutters on Assistant Keepers Building, and Boat House Doors and Windows.
Cathy mentioned that the projected total funds for the Crib Project would be about $230,000.
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According to Cathy Allchin, the Partnership Agreement with the DNR has been completed and submitted.
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Cathy Allchin reported on the state of the dock plans.
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Phil von Voigtlander and Cathy presented the island projects for 2014.
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Cathy Allchin reported on the SlickCraft boat winter storage, and the board decided to spend about $250.00 on shrink-wrapping. Cathy also briefed the board on the planning for the dock at the Light Station.
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Cathy and Phil von Voigtlander presented the island projects for 2014, comprising Boat House doors and windows, the Assistant Keepers' Quarters rood and the dock.
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Island projects (Phil von Voigtlander & Cathy Allchin): The Boat House doors and windows are nearing completion.
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Cathy is in touch with Airworthy Productions regarding producing a program on the South Fox Island Light Station.
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Catherine Allchin, John McKinney and John Wells helped staff the booth.
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FILA staff: Catherine Allchin and John Wells, DNR staff: Keith Lounsbery, Brent Rayle and Ham Hobson.
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Quoting Cathy: "Ham had a Youtube moment when he stepped out of the dinghy, got his foot stuck in the line and almost did the splits while trying to get out of the boat.
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Back to Cathy: "John worked the hardest painting the rails and hauling the 'emergency food buckets' up the hill.
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Cathy: "Measurements were taken for the downspouts on the Assistant Keepers Quarters and the 1867 Lighthouse.
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Reports by Catherine Allchin, John Wells and Ham Hobson,
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After approving the minutes of the previous meeting and the financial report, the Old Business section saw topics such as the Emergency Handbook (some fire extinguishers possibly supplied by the DNR), DNR Partnership Grant application (originally for the permanent crib and dock, to be transferred to other projects), plans for the permanent crib, a report covering the overhaul of the donated SlickCraft boat, fundraising ideas, event advertising, an effort to get more people to the station in order to broaden FILA's member base, and Cathy Allchin's upcoming presentation of our activities to the Michigan Waterways Commission.
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Co-Pilots Donald Stauffer and Phil von Voigtlander prepared the Islander and launched the boat with Catherine Allchin, Heather Landis, member of the HSR team in 2010, and her fiancé, Jordan Devries.
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Phil and Catherine prepared a list of the day's activities.
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We put up the large ladder so Catherine could go up to the top and measure the window for a replacement window pane.
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Inside the lantern room of the 1934 Skeleton Tower, starring Cathy Allchin.
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Vice President Cathy Allchin presided the meeting at the GT Children's Museum.
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Cathy reported on the donated EZ Dock parts and their future use, including a possible involvement of the manufacturer and the long-running issue of the Safe Harbor project. The Michigan Waterways Commission is meeting in Leelanau County on June 21. Cathy will try to get on the agenda.
After a brief update by Cathy concerning the title transfer of the Lightkeeper and the registration of the new boat, John Wells presented his plans for fundraising including small grants from local foundations.
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Cathy reported on the schedule of the FILA segment on the UpNorth TV channels and their availability on youtube,com.
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John and Karen Wells and Cathy Allchin, with DNR rep Ham Hobson, attended the DNR Non-Profit Summit held at Higgins Lake.
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This month's meeting at the GT Children's Museum, again presided by Vice President Cathy Allchin, approved the minutes of the March meeting, the Treasurer's report including the submission of Form 990N to the IRS for 2012 and the 2013 budget compiled by Karen and John Wells.
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Cathy reported on the meeting of FILA representatives with the DNR concerning a 25 year lease.
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FILA Vice President, Cathy Allchin presided the Board Meeting, again at the GT Children's Museum. The for the DNR Partnership Grant has been submitted to the DNR.
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A draft of the 2013 budget distributed by Cathy Allchin, the volunteer hours sheet and the necessity to update the Board members contact sheet were discussed. Cathy reported on two presentations she gave (International Shipmasters Association and Twilight Rotary Club), and it was mentioned that archival FILA documents were packaged and sent to the University of Michigan and the Leelanau Historical Society Museum.
Cathy also presented a list of projects for the 2013 season at the Light Station.
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Inspection by FILA Vice President Cathy Allchin and President John McKinney.
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From left to right: Board member Sandy Bradshaw, FILA member (and right-hand man of many board members) John Wells, his wife, Karen, FILA Prez John, his wife Anne, Vice-President Catherine Allchin, FILA member John Tremblay and FILA friend Robert Barker.

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