In 2001, Richard Ryder was elected President of the Nauset Light Preservation Society. He has been outstanding during his three-year tenure. Richard's biggest accomplishment was drafting and overseeing the formation of the Partnership Agreement with the National Park Service. Superintendent Maria Burks and Richard Ryder officially signed the Agreement on May 24, 2004. Richard retired as president in October 2004.
We were deeply saddened by the death of our treasurer, George Abbott, in August 2004. George served as treasurer since 1993, the year NLPS was organized. His passing represents a tremendous loss to his family, the Society and the Town of Eastham.
The annual meeting of the Nauset Light Preservation Society was held on September 29, 2004. New officers for 2005 were elected: President - Bud Griffin, Vice President - Sara Mumford, Clerk - Richard Ryder, Treasurer - Pam Nobili. We thank them for agreeing to lead the group as we continue our mission of maintaining the light, keeping it lit and making Nauset Light accessible to the public.
Our tour schedule for 2005 has been set. In addition to our usual Sunday tours, the light will be open on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. during the month of July. Please note that parking fees may apply for all afternoon tours.
Would you like to be more active in NLPS? Volunteer to help with the tours. We have a dedicated group, but we are always happy to welcome more. Some people volunteer only once during a season, and others more often, depending upon when they are available. It's fun, it's easy and we provide the necessary historical information. You may audit tours as often as you like. Interested? Send us an e-mail or give us a call at 508-240-2612.
Now that the Partnership Agreement is in place, we can move forward with our most pressing project - painting the tower. A subcommittee is actively working to obtain approval from the park to solicit bids and award a contract as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing many of you during our 2005 season.