Each December we ask our members to renew their valued membership in Keepers of the Patos Light and this year is no different. Please consider renewing or joining for the first time…we couldn’t do all that we do without you!!!!
Keepers of the Patos Light Lighthouse Birthday Party, August 2017 (Photo: ChrisTeren Photography)
Dear Patos Lighthouse Supporters!
2017 was a busy year! KOPL continued to hold monthly work parties and open weekends with docents. And, with your generous donations and an award from the Lighthouse Environmental Program, KOPL was able to create and install museum quality displays describing the history of the lighthouse.
It was a great accomplishment to open the new museum, just in time for the lighthouse’s 124th birthday party. Over 70 lighthouse members attended the celebration, the biggest crowd ever. Memories were shared, cake was eaten and a photo was taken by a drone (courtesy of Chris Teren Photography of Orcas Island).
For 2018, in addition to the regular work parties and docent open weekends, there are exciting things in the works, just in time for the 125th birthday of Patos Light. We hope to complete the north room of the lighthouse museum with a natural history display as well as information on the Coastal Salish people who visited and lived on Patos. In addition, with a grant in hand and your donations, we are planning to restore the flagpole to its historical location.
Birthday Boy Patos Bill LaVergne
It’s that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership in Keepers of the Patos Light. Join for the first time or renew your commitment to help preserve and maintain the lighthouse that we all love so much.
Thank YOU so much for your support! We couldn’t do it all without you!
Hope you can visit Patos in the coming year!
Your KOPL Board
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Please join Keepers of the Patos Light by completing the information below and sending your donation to: KOPL BOX 334, Lopez Island, WA 98261 or making a donation on our web site via PayPal: www.patoslightkeepers.org.
⦁ Individual $ 25
⦁ Family $ 35
⦁ Patron $ 75
⦁ Keeper $ 100
⦁ Grand Keeper $ 500
⦁ Beacon $1000
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We are starting a fundraising mailing campaign to finally get the flag and flagpole back up on Patos Island.
Below is a scan of our mail out card and information. If you would like us to send you a card or if you would like to make a donation, please email us at: email@example.com and or drop us a line at KOPL, PO Box 334, Lopez Island WA 98261
Yesterday, August 27th, two boats each carrying 30 guests, left front Brandt’s Landing on Orcas Island heading to Patos Island for our 124th Birthday Party. Imagine our little lighthouse with 70+ visitors inside (some guests were already visiting Patos) and you can imagine it was quite a crowd!
Speeches were made, memories were shared and our own Patos Bill LaVergne (who was stationed on the island in the early 1950s) made a plea for the funds necessary to replace the flag and pole on Patos Island. We were even led in a lovely lighthouse song by two of our guests, everyone harmonizing along…what next, the Patos Island Lighthouse Choir?
Next we all went outside to share cakes and lemonade (thanks Denise and Dawn!) and to pose for a group “photo” set up by aerial photographer, Chris Teren….but this year our photo was taken by a drone!!! What would residents of 100 years ago made of that!?!
Now everyone had time to explore the new displays in the lighthouse. A LOT of hard work has gone into producing the displays and it sure shows. They are absolutely gorgeous! The team that put this together consisted of KOPL members, Board members, our fearless leader Victoria, historian, Edrie, and designer, Jill. The results are out of this world.
All wonderful things must come to an end as as all the guests said goodbye to the lighthouse and walked down the trail back to the boats, we all agreed that this had been the best birthday celebration ever….but who knows what next year…the 125th….will bring????
Patos Bill does a little flag waving…
Patos Lighthouse will be opened by docents:
Come by for a visit!
On Sunday, August 27th, the Birthday Boat will depart from Orcas Island to Patos at 7:45 AM! We will celebrate the 124th Lighthouse Birthday Party, this time in the AM…returning to Orcas by noon. Cost will be $50 per person for the boat.
Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space!!!!
Thanks to all our wonderful, hard working volunteers, the boats going out are full for the rest of the season!
Our intrepid docents have found backup rides out to Patos Island since State Park boats will not be able to take them out due to a potential state government shutdown.
Our docents will open the Lighthouse from Sunday July 2nd to the afternoon of July 4th
Thanks KOPL Lighthouse docents!!!!!!
Gov. Jay Inslee asked state parks to remain open Friday, as legislators have told the governor they will deliver a budget for him to sign that night.
State lawmakers and the governor are confident they will get a budget deal passed by the Friday night deadline in time to avoid a partial state government shutdown Saturday morning.
If legislators do not deliver a budget, state agencies will need to initiate a partial government shutdown. In that case, state parks will begin closing Saturday.
About 32,000 state employees would be laid off, effective Saturday morning, if the deal is not signed into law by midnight Friday.
Mike Sternback, assistant director of Washington State Parks, said closing the parks at 12:01 Saturday morning is not feasible.
All of the agency’s 850 employees would be laid off if the shutdown happens.
He said arriving campers would need to be turned away Friday and those already in the park would likely be told to leave Friday afternoon.
© 2017 KING-TV
We won’t know until Friday June 30th whether State Parks will be closing down due to lack of a budget decision in Olympia. We depend completely on State parks and employees to take our docent volunteers out to docent at the Patos Lighthouse. So no State Parks, no open lighthouse. How far the ripple effect of decisions or non-decisions of govt officials go.
Patos Island Lighthouse will be open for visitors this weekend…June 23/24/25! Drop in say “Hi” to our volunteer docents, hear the stories and climb the tower!