Florida Lighthouse Association

Preserving, Restoring, Protecting & Defending Florida's Lighthouse Towers


YOU can help Florida’s Historic Lighthouses ~ Please volunteer today!

Committee Meeting Schedule:  In person at each of the 3 membership meetings, by phone approximately four times a year (in between the membership meetings), and in person at the August Planning Retreat.  Each chair will let their committee members know when the next meeting is and provide them with training as well as access to the committee agenda and support materials in advance of each meeting.

Please contact the Committee Chair to Volunteer 


Chair:  Chris Ecker ~ Membership@FloridaLighthouses.org

Co Chair:  Barbara Holland ~ bholland@staugustinelighthouse.org


Committee Role/Responsibilities

Increase the number of members to support Lighthouse preservation/restoration efforts

Recruit new members

Get current members to renew

Get lapsed members to rejoin

Plan & implement membership communications including emails, phone calls, & mailings

Oversee membership card distribution

Provide orientation to new members

Make calls to update & correct information in membership records

Help Needed

Greet/Host first time meeting attendees

Calls to members to remind them to renew

Call to new members or meeting attendees to welcome/answer questions

Assist with new member orientation at mtgs

Calls to members with missing emails

Staff FLA “info booth” at Lighthouse Events

Enter prospective member data into excel so names can be added to database


Chair:  John Kennedy ~ Treasurer@FloridaLighthouses.org

Members of this committee must  include the VP & Board President


Committee Role/Responsibilities

Ensure Board meets its legal fiduciary duty to protect FLA assets & provide financial oversight. 

Prepare budget & monitor monthly financial reports

Provide financial reports & analysis at board meetings

Ensure that all IRS, Florida & other government  reports are accurate & filed on time

Ensure that appropriate financial controls & policies are in place & implemented & that all transactions are appropriately documented

Recommend & oversee investments & investment policies if needed

Help Needed

Review FLA financial reports monthly

Willingness to provide input re budgeting process

Assist with analysis/interpretation of financial reports at Board meetings

Able to help providing financial literacy training to Board members


Chair:  Ron Ecker ~ Meetings@FloridaLighthouses.org

Committee Role/Responsibilities

Increase understanding/commitment to Lighthouse restoration/preservation by planning/conducting educational meetings & Lighthouse visits. 

Planning & coordinating meeting venues, meals, registration, etc.

Oversee meeting promotional website/emails

Ensure that meetings generate revenue

Recruit engaging informative speakers

Arrange for Lighthouse tours

Track all registration & attendance

Keep financial records re receipts & expenses


Help Needed

Assist with meeting room set up &/or clean up

Pick up/set up meals/refreshments

Research venues for committee, board & membership meeting

Research discounted hotel rates

Research/price meal providers

Assist with identifying speakers

Assist with record keeping, registration lists, nametags, etc.

Be responsible for planning & implementing room decorations, center pieces, raffle/auction items etc.

Do registration at social & meetings 


Chair:  Ken Smith ~ ken32803@bellsouth.net


Committee Role/Responsibilities

Increase philanthropic donations for FLA restoration & preservation initiatives.

Plan & implement all solicitations

Actively engage donors so that they can see how they are helping to save/restore lighthouses

Personal visits with major donors to demonstrate the impact of their gifts.

Following up with donors who have given in the past & are not currently making gifts.

Ensure compliance with applicable laws & regulations

Plan & implement Donor recognition activities

Increase NET revenue from product sales

Help Needed

Make thank you calls to donors

Make thank you visits to larger donors

Willingness to talk to other donors re their annual campaign gifts

Assistance with researching, planning, & implementing donor recognition events in conjunction with membership meetings/program



Chair:  Sharon McKenzie ~ smckenziebips@gmail.com


Committee Role/Responsibilities

Increase understanding of the importance of Florida’s historic lighthouses & support for FLA’s restoration & preservation efforts.

Increase FLA brand recognition

Publicize and promote grants, meetings, events, etc.

Increase income from license plate sales

Ensure website & social media is current & accurate

Develop FLA publications (brochure, FLASH & E newsletter)

Ensure that website content is kept current by communicating with committee chairs on an ongoing basis so that they understand which pages they are responsible for and how to submit changes.

Maintain the historical documents & research


Help Needed

Write FLASH Newsletter (quarterly)

Write bi monthly e-newsletter

Write PR release for Grants (template provided) & send to local media

Help update Social Media accounts

Take photos at membership meetings and post on FLA website

Edit FLA videos and post to FLA YouTube Channel

Follow-up with Committee Chairs to ensure that their web pages have most current information

Help update website if needed

Assist with research on Florida Lighthouse History

Arrange for and help man outreach tables at events held by Lighthouses in FL



Chair:  Jon Hill ~ ExecVP@FloridaLighthouses.org


Committee Role/Responsibilities

Research the feasibility of establishing a proactive government public affairs/advocacy program to increase government resources available for lighthouses.


Help Needed

Research/identify potential partner organizations that are already tracking legislation and implementing “calls to action” re legislative issues

Research/make recommendations re  how FLA can best monitor legislation and implement “calls to action”

Use Lighthouse survey results and economic impact website  to create a statewide economic impact summary

Help gather information from Lighthouses re internal expertise/resources to share with other FLA lighthouse members.

For additional information regarding volunteer opportunities

please contact Membership Chair, Chris Ecker at Membership@FloridaLighthouses.org

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