Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - 231-845-7417

Board of Directors

NAME
OFFICE
TERM ENDS
TERM #
Bob Ballzer
President
2020
1
Jeff duPuis
Vice President
2019
1
Ted Robinson
Treasurer
2019
1
Roger Pashby
Secretary
2018
1
Bill McMeth
Board Member
2020
1
Carl Wiegand
Board Member
2018
1
Kim McDaniel
Board Member
2018
1

PRESIDENT

Bob Ballzer: Although he didn't grow up in Ludington, Bob Baltzer feels very familiar with it, with both parents from the area. His family has been visiting on summer vacations since he was a child. His family has had a summer cottage on Hamlin Lake since 1960 and he remembers Big Sable when it was "boarded up and given for loss". He and his brother often hiked out to the lighthouse with their two boys, wondering what it would be like to be lighthouse keepers. Durning one visit, Bob and his wife Becki ran into a gentleman carrying a shovel out to work around the driveway (Bob Sperling). Well, "the rest is history". They were hooked andhave been keepers ever since. Bob has served two terms on the Board previously. He has held both the position of Treasurer and Vice President in his previous time on the board. Bob comes back to the board bringing his vast experience, knowledge and to help with his special interest of fundraising. He and his wife Becki are and will continue to serve as keepers, both supporting the organization and doing their best to help support the SPLKA mission to preserve , promote and educate the public and to make our lighthouses accessible to all.
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VICE PRESIDENT

Jeff duPris: Jeff was exposed to all four of the Sable Points Lighthouses as a child growing up on Lake Michigan in the Western Michigan area and while vacationing throughout his life in the White Lake, Silver Lake and Ludington areas. He has returned to the Sable Points Lighthouse area continuously his entire life. As a child his most frequent exposure was to the White River Light Station when he lived less than a mile away on White Lake and Indian Bay. Jeff believes the Sable Points Lighthouses are unique historical structures that are powerful real life examples that draw visitors a solid picture of how life existed in the early settlement of the Western Michigan communities where they are located. Through better understanding of this history, people will be energized and support the purpose and mission of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association and carry the legacy of these structures into the future. Jeff is pleased and honored to be part of the historical timeline of these structures and to be part of motivating others to support them in the future.
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TREASURER

Ted Robinson is the great grandson of Captain William Robinson, the first keeper of the White River Light Station. Ted currently is the president of the Friends of White River Board of Directors. Ted and his wife Patty have retired to the Montague area after Ted’s business consulting work moved him around the country finally settling down in ST. Louis MO.  Even though Ted grew up in the metro Detroit area he developed a love for lighthouses as he has fond memories of summering with his grandparents in Manistee. Ted grandfather had followed the family tradition and for many years was the keeper of the Manistee lighthouse.  Ted is also active in the Whitehall/Montague Rotary club and enjoys helping his daughters out with home maintenance projects from time to time.  
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SECRETARY
Roger Pashby and his wife Glenna, have been keepers with SPLKA for over eight years. Roger comes from a family of Lighthouse Keepers, as his Uncle was the last keeper to reside and live at Crisp Point, Lighthouse, on Lake Superior, before it became automated. The Pashby’s have a love for lighthouses, as they have visited all of Michigan’s, Wisconsin’s, Maine, and the Pacific Coast lights, in the past ten years. Roger and Glenna live in south central Michigan, have raised three sons who are married and raising their children. Roger was born in Kalamazoo, Glenna in Hastings, and have lived in Hastings the past 17 years. Roger is semi-retired, still works as an expeditor for a trucking firm in Battle Creek, MI. Roger has many hobbies, golfing, photography, lighthouses, loves to travel. Glenna is a RN, and plans on retiring this year after 43 plus years working in Kalamazoo hospitals.
Roger and Glenna have a passion for the Lights of Sable Points, and want to help others develop a passion for our lighthouses. Educating the public about the importance of lighthouses, and preserving the lights we have is our goal. It cannot be done by one or two people, it is a team effort, and we want to work hard with our many friends to preserve Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association.
“Let your Light shine before men and guide the way.”
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BOARD MEMBER

Bill McBeth: I have been very fortunate to be a SPLKA volunteer for over five years; during that time I have been yearly at Big Sable, once spent a week at White River LS, helped on Bus Days and in a few other situations . The longer I am involved the more I marvel at how lucky I am to have found SPLKA and will try and stay involved for several more years. Bill and his wife Pricilla both educators have retired to the Ludington area. Bill retired after severing for 24 years as the Buchannan, MI high school principle. Bill has multiple community interest including being a Friend of the Ludington State Park ,is an avid reader and enjoys being a grandfather.
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BOARD MEMBER

Kim McDaniel
“Sail on...ye stately ships! I can stand on the catwalks and hear Longfellow's words in the warnings of Little and Big Sable, 'There is danger here, sail on!', or Ludington Pier's, 'Welcome, there is safe harbor here!', or White River's benediction to departing sailors, 'Fair winds and following seas, sail on!'” says Kim McDaniel in reference to her love of our SPLKA lights.

Kim was born near a tidal estuary in Maine and spent a good 30 years of her life getting back to the water. She's lived in Iowa and Colorado but felt the pull of the Great Lakes and moved to Michigan in '91. Her BFA with honors is in Music Theater and she has worked professionally as an actor, singer, dancer, and musician as well as working as a spokesperson for industrials and commercials and has appeared in various films. She can claim she appeared in a movie with Art Carney, in the same frame! But, alas, she will quickly add she was a lowly extra.

Kim has also worked as a music teacher and spent five years as an Artist in the Schools. She met her husband of 39 years in music school and she and Robert Robuck have always been active in their community, donating vast amounts of time with students. They enjoy sea kayaking with island camping and have lately taken up sailing and crew out on racing boats. They now live in Muskegon, close enough to hear the waves of Lake Michigan singing them to sleep at night.
   
BOARD MEMBER

Carl Wiegand 
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Shining Light Award

Purpose: To honor and recognize someone who has made an outstading contribution in helping SPLKA to fullfill its mission. This award will be given out at the SPLKA annual meeting each year.
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Contact Us

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association
    P.O. Box 673, Ludington, Michigan, 49431
    231-845-7417,
    splkadirector@gmail.com