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Old 17.07.2012, 22:45
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Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

I am one ot the three founders of the Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) in Leelanau County, Michigan, USA. Yes I know there is another Fox Island in the Seattle area too, but that is not our fault.

My First and Only Mate, known to EFers also as my AOH, was the one who, back in 2004, kicked the whole thing off, i.e. the restoration of the most isolated light station in Lake Michigan and one of the largest light station complexes in the entire USA, with two light towers and six other buildings. Being her OH, of course I seconded her, and we got yet another guy involved, who now is the Prez of our group. Meanwhile we have a nice crew of good people in our group. My OH and I still are on the board, and I am the Webmaster of the FILA Website, which, for instance, was chosen as the Northern Michigan Website of the Year 2005. Please visit it to see what our project is about.

We are making good progress, cooperating with all the state authorities involved, because the light station belongs to the State of Michigan. The station, located in a natural preservation area, was abandoned by the US Coast Guard in 1958 and left to decay. Since the onset of work on the island in 2006, we have stabilized all the relevant structures, some of which were about to collapse. We repaired roofs and walls, dug out the entire network of concrete walksways, surveyed the whole 115 acre property (plans made by C.G. may be viewed on the website), removed wrotting trees, tons of shrubbery and even many more tons of gravel accumulated by winter ice pressure, and eventualy got a Historical Structures Report done, which is crucial for the cooperation with the State Historical Preservation Office. However, the whole project is a long-term thing, costing several million dollars, and we still are at the beginning of the bigger operations.

Now, besides having garnered various grants and prizes, our little group still needs every support and publicity we can get. No, I'm not asking you for money, goods or volunteer work. A week ago we learned that FILA has made it into the semifinal of the prestigious Classy Awards, the most renowned awards for American non-profit organizations ("" Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, and now Philanthropy has the CLASSYs!"). To get into the final, we need on-line votes, YOUR votes, because the final ranking is based 50% on on-line votes and 50% on an assessment made by experts.

So, if you have a Facebook account (which seems to be a must for voting) and three minutes to waste, please go to our Home page; there is an announcement right below the headlines, with detailed instructions for casting your vote. Pretty simple and doesn't hurt. Please note that this must be done by July 26.

Thank you very much for your attention and maybe, hopefully, also for your kind help!

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Old 17.07.2012, 22:56
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Give me a link to Facebook page, the website is confusing
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Old 17.07.2012, 22:58
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

You got my vote - good luck with the restoration and the classy awards!
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Old 17.07.2012, 22:59
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

http://www.stayclassy.org/classy-awards/vote

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Select a region below to start voting. You may only choose one nominee per category in each region. Please submit your vote for each region before submitting your final ballot. If you cannot complete all regions at once, you can always come back and fill the rest out later!

You'll have the option to use your Facebook or existing StayClassy account to submit your ballot. If you do not have a Facebook or StayClassy account, your vote cannot be tallied.
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Old 17.07.2012, 23:01
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

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Give me a link to Facebook page, the website is confusing
There is no facebook page but the log-in is used as a verification that you're a real person (I think).
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Thanks let me vote then
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Old 17.07.2012, 23:04
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Thank you very much folks. Since I'm the last human being on this planet without Facebook, I can't go through the whole voting process, so I couldn't provide more details. Sorry. Thanks for your help!
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Old 17.07.2012, 23:15
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Your ballot has been submitted!
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Done. Good luck.
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Old 17.07.2012, 23:58
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

I think I voted... Not sure.

good luck!
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Old 18.07.2012, 00:52
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

I did
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Old 18.07.2012, 01:00
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Unfortunately, I did not vote, having killed my FB account many moons ago.

An ancient lighthouse / navigational aid I discovered in Skagen, Nth West Denmark circa 1625.

http://pharology.eu/Coal.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vippefyr

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Old 18.07.2012, 01:40
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Thank you very much jrspet. Yeah, I rounded Cape Skagen (The Skaw) several times in the 'seventies on my way to the Faroe Island and Iceland and then back into Copenhagen. The Faroe journey, in dense fog, by the way, was my examination trip for the captain's license.
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Old 18.07.2012, 21:57
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Sorry I have to bump this thread to get some more attention because it doesn't appear on the EF home page. Probably that is the case because it's in General Off-Topic (Mods?).

I'm sure there are more nautically inclined EFers with a romantic vein out there who may be willing to cast their votes for our group of idealistic enthusiasts.

Please keep those votes coming. Thank you very much!
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Old 18.07.2012, 23:11
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

For those without FB, perhaps an online poll right here can be transposed by the Foreign-going Master cum FILA webmaster to the statistics - just a thought.

I found a YT video.

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Old 19.07.2012, 00:49
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Thanks again jrspet! Nice idea, but I'm afraid the EF poll thing won't work. The Classy Awards people only accept on-line votes cast on their website.

As to that slide show you found on YT, a link to it can be found on our home page too. The slide show was made by a group of students at the Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

On YT, you can also see a little video walk through the light station (also linked to on the FILA home page). There you can even catch two brief glimpses of Captain Greybeard at work, surveying the walkways.

The walk-through video was shot by Heather Landis, a graduate student, who was there with one of our crews in Summer 2010 to assist Ken Czapsky, the guy who did the main work for the Historic Structures Report. He can be seen for a few seconds too, coming out of the back door of the Assistant Lighkeepers' Dwelling -- yet another grey-bearded bloke.
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Old 19.07.2012, 03:51
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

GOOD NEWS!

It looks like stayclassy.org changed their policy just a few hours ago.

Now it's possible to vote without a Facebook account. What's more, now it seems to be possible to cast multiple votes for the same organization just by going back to the voting page and repeating the same process. I just did that several times withou getting any negative feedback.

Who's volunteering a few thousand votes? I'm sure some participating groups will do that.
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

Good move!
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

It's the last three days for the vote.

Here's a link to a synopsis of our activities, issued by the Michigan Recreation & Parks Association when we received their Community Service Award in 2010.

Thank you very much.
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Re: Please cast your vote for our lighthouse!

I got 2 others to vote.

Choose Midwest, scroll down to Environment Protection, click / select FILA ( on the right ), and then submit your vote at the bottom right of the screen.
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