August Meeting was a Great Success
summer meeting occurred on August 1st, 2004 on Belle Isle, followed
by dinner at Captain Kidd Island. The attendance to both events was wonderful.
We were privileged to have Phyllis Green, Isle Royale Superintendent at Belle
Isle. After our meeting we went to Captain Kidd for dinner. Many thanks to Jim
and Carla Anderson, and especially Sally and Jack Orsborn for taking care of the
planning and logistics of this event. Fortunately the weather was spectacular.
Meeting Location and Date are Set
again we will be meeting in Egan at the
Hilton Garden Hotel. The date will be Saturday January 29th,
2005. We plan to have an event on Friday as well. The meeting and dinnertime are
not set, but are likely to be similar to last year, when the meeting started at
3pm and the dinner was at 6pm. We will provide more information in the near
future regarding making reservations.
Belle Isle Lodge as it appeared pre NPS
(click to enlarge)
Approval from the IRS for 501(c)(3) Status
Thanks to Carolyn Klien,
who followed through with her commitment making application for this tax exempt
status, the Isle Royale Families and Friends Association has received approval
from the IRS to be a 501(c)3 corporation.
Annual Winter Meeting
Our annual winter meeting
was attended by over 40 family members who enjoyed a day of discussion followed
by a dinner. After dinner Photojournalist David Stokes showed a 20 minute
demo tape of his documentary on the Isle Royale Families. This was followed by a
slide show presentation by Brian Tofte, one of the founders of the Northshore
Commercial Fishing Museum. Our meeting was note worthy enough to be covered by
KDLH TV News.
Meeting with Isle
Grant Merritt, Carolyn
Klien, and David Barnum went
to Houghton to meet with Phyllis Green, Isle Royale Superintendent, and Liz
Valencia, Cultural Resource Officer. Our meeting was in response to the letter
sent to our group offering to initiate discussions about how the IRFFA and NPS
could cooperate in a partnership for the preservation of the cultural history of
the island. Superintendent Green very much encouraged us in our endeavor to
enter into a long term partnership with NPS. She did point out that "the devil
is in the details." A point well taken. Subsequent to our meeting a letter has
been sent to Superintendent Green out lining in more detail our proposal.
IRFFA Applies for
After a great deal of work
and effort by Carolyn Klein, the application for the 501(c)(3) application has
been sent to the IRS. According to IRS instructions for form 1023
"Donors can take a charitable
contribution deduction if their gift or bequest is made to a section 501(c)(3)
effective date of an organizationís section 501(c)(3) status determines the date
that contributions to it are deductible by donors." The effective date of IRFFA
is July 2003. We are waiting to hear what the final determination is on our
OF ISLE ROYALE EVENTS
Natural History association
2005 Summer Membership Meeting
July 24, 2005 on Isle Royale
2005 Membersí Service Trip
on Isle Royale
July 26 to August 3, 2005
more details available in January
encourages its members to join IRNHA. This organization works closely with
authors and artists, along with the NPS to promote many important aspects of the
Stanley Sivertson Planking Fish on
Commercial Fishing Museum
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