Looking Back on the Year 2016

Dear PCLK Volunteers, Friends and Supporters,

As we sail into 2017 it is my privilege and honor to report all the wonderful progress that was made possible by you, our brilliant volunteers, friends and supporters.

The 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House has a new red roof! Once again volunteers stepped up to help prep the wood shingles at Steve and Kath’s house, making our hard earned dollars go further. The brilliant red roof is getting rave reviews from visitors. Next year the Head Lightkeeper’s House’s will be painted from top to bottom. Stay tuned as we discover whether the inspection says we can just paint rather than replace that roof.

With the purchase and installation of a powerful standby generator, we can welcome winter storms with fewer worries. The Light will stay on, as will the heat and power for our vacation rental guests.

An extra lens tour was added this year to raise funds for our neighbors who needed help after the Clayton Fire. Our regularly scheduled lens tours were also popular with visitors. Thanks to all who came out to help.

Perhaps the most spectacular accomplishment for 2016 is that our organization, led and run by volunteers, can take for granted the day to day activities for which we are known. The Lighthouse, First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and Marine Science exhibit were open every day of the year thanks to our Retail Docents. Our Education Program staff met and inspired more than 1000 students who came to experience the natural and cultural history of Point Cabrillo. The aquarium in the Marine Science Exhibit is healthy and thriving thanks to the volunteers and staff who care for it. Whale Festival raised enough to fund the Education Program despite weather challenges. Docents led groups large and small in tours from May through October. Our volunteers came to share food and stories with each other at the annual barbecue in September. Our “routine” creates our success and is the reason that Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park shines.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank you for all the work you did this past year. Whether you are new to our organization or a volunteer with thousands of hours, every accomplishment is due to your dedication and support.



Tanya Smart, President
Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association