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Meeting Minutes
Torch Club of the Fox Valley
9 November 2017
Atlas Coffee Mill & Café

Notes taken by: Sofia Wilson, Secretary
Attendees:  Karen Bachhuber , Sue Bennett, Nancy Bodway, Dave Debbink, Marcia Debbink, Mary Flanagan, Jean Hedges, Walt Hedges, Jean Jepson, Barbara Kelly, William Kelly, Jude Kuenn , Cam Maurice, Richard Schoenbohm, Robert Swain, Helen Thiel, Peter L. Thiel, Donna Weis and Sofia Wilson

Guest: Paul Kuenn


Meeting called to order at 6:35pm.

  1. Guest Introduction of Paul Kuenn.
  2. Treasurer’s report: 11/2/17 balance is at $3,333.52. IATC and our Club Membership Lists passed around for review. Report was accepted, motioned, seconded and approved.
  3. Meeting minutes from 10/12/17 were accepted; motioned, seconded and approved.

Old Business:

  1. A. Donation on Behalf of Janet Cloak – Barbara K. is working with the Library on the donation. In progress. 

New Business:

  1. Sofia W. has been nominated to be the Regional Director of Region 7 by IATC.  Motioned that the club is honored and pleased with the nomination, and will support Sofia’s decision on whether or not she accepts the nomination. Seconded.
  2. Announcements:
    A. Richard – River Alliance of Wisconsin – supporting and improving watershed for over 25 years.
    B. Mary – Noonhour Philosophers – talks coming up Nov. 15th, 22th, 29th and Dec. 6th

Business segment adjourned at 6:50pm for dinner.

Jude Kuenn – The Pottawatomie Light
Jude spent a week volunteering at the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin, the Pottawatomie Lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on Rock Island in Door County, now part of Rock Island State Park.
The original lighthouse was first lit in 1836. The current lighthouse was lit in 1858. It was de-commissioned in 1946, when the light was light with battery power.
The lighthouse was restored by the non-profit organization Friends of Rock Island State Park, to reflect the furnishings and appearance of 1910. They run the tours daily from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.
Jude reviewed the keepers of the lighthouse and their lives on the island. Jude also spoke of Chester Thordarson’s impact on the preservation of Rock Island.

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