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New 2017 Volunteer Opportunity

FORI is in need of volunteers to help erect the new roof on the park woodlot. Work is scheduled on Rock Island for Friday - Sunday, September 29th-October 1st and again on Friday - Sunday, October 6th - 8th. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, contact Cyndi Lucia by text message to 920-499-5355. Cyndi will share details about what to bring along and arrangements for the project.

 

FORI thanks you in advance for your assistance in this important addition to the park.

 

Change in FORI Board Members

As of 8/7/2017, Tina Jacoby will be serving as our Acting President while Erik Lucia is on leave from the Board.  Cyndi Lucia is also on leave from the Board.

 

Greg Koelpien has joined the Board as of the Board election at our July Annual meeting.  He is serving as an At Large member.  Welcome Greg!

 

2017 FORI Summer Picnic & Silent Auction

The annual fundraiser Bar-B-Q lunch and Silent Auction was held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017.  Brats, burgers and hotdogs were available for lunch, along with chips, dessert and a beverage for one fantastic price.   The Silent Auction in the Boathouse was a rousing success and the sale of park merchandise added to the fabulous fundraising totals we achieved that day!  This year's Picnic was the most successful ever, raising almost $4,000 for the park!

FORI wishes to thank our many donors who gave wonderful items for our auction - national, Washington Island and Door County businesses, FORI members and friends of the park.

 

The long list of business donors included:  the Washington Island Ferry Line, Love Said So, Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Island Pizza, Island Adventure/Point Grill, Dick's Sporting Goods, Door County Coffee Co., Kraco Photography, Mann's Mercantile, Stones Throw Winery, Dan Anderson Photography, Bay Shore Outfitters, Walt Disney World, Pepsico, Landmark Resort, Jackson Harbor Soup and Sandwich, Red Cup, Washington Island Observer, Jacksonport Cottage Gallery and Gifts, The Oilerie, Wild Tomato, Door County Candle Company, Island Style, Kapstauder Gifts, Nicolet Bank, Danish Mill, Lautenbach Winery, Fair Isle Bookstore, Door Peninsula Winery, Bea's Ho-Made Products, Ship's Wheel, Candlelight Manor, and the Washington Island Rec Center.

 

Friends who donated included Donna Soellner, the Oeler's, the Zastrow's, Liz Pratt, Sandy Johnson, Kathleen Ernst, Dick Purinton and Christine Andersen. FORI Board members who donated included: Vicki, Cyndi, Erik, Tina, Jim, Jeanell, and Colleen.

 

Some of the food for our lunch concession was donated by Door County Potato Chips Co., PepsiCo, and desserts by Board members.

 

Stairs to Lake on North End of Rock Island Closed

Until further notice, the stairway down to the lake from the cliff edge below the Lighthouse is closed.  The base of the stairs was washed away by strong spring wave action and is no longer stable for use.  Please be careful and stay off of the stairway until a repair can be done.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Lighthouse Docent and Camp Host positions have been filled for the 2017 park season, but you may apply anytime to be a Lighthouse Docent or a Campground Host for summer 2018.  Lighthouse docent duties are explained here.  A FORI committee selects the Lighthouse Docent volunteers from applications received by the end of each year.  Lighthouse Docent selections for the upcoming park season are announced in early spring.

Camp host duties include meeting the ferry to welcome visitors and campers to the island, selling firewood daily and inspecting the campground each evening along with other duties requested by the park manager.   Campground Host volunteers are selected by the park manager prior to each park season.  

 

 Click here to download a Volunteer Application.

New Solar Pump at Lighthouse

A new well was drilled at the Pottawatomie Lighthouse in summer 2016 and it was topped off with a solar powered pump.  The new well replaced the original well drilled in the early 1900's.  The handpump no longer works, even though it is still in the yard as part of the museum.

 

An Eagle Scout recently installed a well cover and a battery house for the solar well.  Storage batteries will be added to the well operation soon, which will insure uninterrupted water supply for the Lighthouse Docents and museum vistors.

 

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder knows Rock Island State Park

Got a smart phone?  Download the free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app from http://www.ohranger.com/app/parkfinder and keep info about Rock Island really close at hand. 

 

Pottawatomie Lighthouse is Wisconsin's Oldest Lighthouse!

The Lightstation on the north end of Rock Island is the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin.  It has been restored as a live-in museum to what it was in its 1910 era.  Docents live in the lighthouse from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day each year, giving tours from 10am-4pm daily.  Tours include a visit to the lantern room to see the replica of the 4th Order Fresnel lens and to look north to St. Martin's Island in Michigan and northwest to Escanaba and the Upper Michigan Garden Peninsula.  Pottawatomie Lighthouse is a 2-flat with living quarters for the Head Keeper on the main floor and for the Assistant Keeper and his family on the second floor.  One unique feature of this lighthouse is that every room has a large closet which was very uncommon for homes built in 1858.  Besides tours, the museum has a gift shop with Rock Island and Lighthouse clothing and souvenirs.  Donations for tours are gratefully accepted in the Summer Kitchen.  

 

Other News:  See our News page for information on the In Wisconsin TV segments featuring Rock Island State Park and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse