Board of Directors and Officers 2015-16
Tom Neumeyer, President
Larry Fields, Vice President
John Laycock, Treasurer
Mary McCartney LePage
Committee and Liaison Assignments 2015-16
Norma Crouch — Non-Member Liaison from the Township's Park and Recreation Committee
Sharon Jacobs — Liaison to the Township's Park and Recreation Committee
Jeni Matuszak— Greeters/Artifacts History
Charles Winters — Membership
Those Who are not Members, but regularly Attend Board Meetings
Linda Kaufman, Recording Secretary
Paul Melcheck, Director of Retail Operations
The Presque Isle Township Museum Society
Mission: The mission of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society (PITMS) is to collect, preserve, enhance, and display artifacts of Great Lakes maritime history in the Presque Isle area; to inform and educate the public about our lighthouses and other aids to navigation, and about the service rendered by keepers and their families; and to engage in other activities that contribute to the well-being of our community.
History: PITMS was created in 1998 by a group of citizens who sought to preserve and restore the 1905 Keeper's House at Presque Isle’s New Lighthouse. Restoration of the Keeper’s House was a labor of love which took more than five years. Now operated as a museum, the 1905 House remains our core responsibility and primary passion.
However, in 2011 the role of PITMS was enlarged when Presque Isle Township asked PITMS to take over management of the Old Lighthouse and New Lighthouse Parks, including the Gift Shops at both locations. Under this agreement PITMS oversees most park operations, sets days and hours of operation, and welcomes visitors to the Lights.
Leadership: A Board of Directors is responsible for guiding the Museum Society in accordance with its By-Laws. The Board oversees volunteer staffing of the 1905 House, care and safekeeping of property and artifacts, and gift shop operations. In addition, the Board works with Presque Isle Township to maintain a strong partnership which benefits the lighthouse parks, visitors, and local residents.
Use of Funds: All surplus funds — that is, all revenue in excess of what is needed to operate the Parks — is used exclusively for maintenance and restoration of the Lights and buildings. This includes proceeds from operation of the Gift Shops. The PITMS Board ensures that these surplus funds are spent in conformity with the Society’s mission.
Meetings of the Board
The PITMS Board meets the third Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Presque Isle Library at Grand Lake unless otherwise noted.
Those who submit a membership application and pay the annual dues are members of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society, and are qualified to attend the Annual Meeting and vote on Museum Society business. Membership dues are an important source of income and make it possible for PITMS to pursue its mission. As a token of our gratitude, members receive certain benefits. See our web site’s Membership Page for information.
Any donations we receive go into an Artifacts Fund which is used to acquire, maintain, and display items having to do with Presque Isle and its historic lighthouses. PITMS is organized as a 501(c)(3) organization and is recognized as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Michigan. Your financial support will help us fulfill our mission. A donation form may be found in this "About Us" section of the web site. Kindly mail your check to Presque Isle Township Museum Society, P.O. Box 208, Presque Isle, MI 49777.