Shipwreck Society Annual Meeting and Dinner 2016

Posted on May 27th, 2016

The Carlson Family, ready to travel to the Shipwreck Society’s Annual Dinner

Members of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting and Dinner, to be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016. This annual membership event will take place at the Whitefish Township Community Center, Paradise, Michigan, beginning at 5 pm.

We are pleased to offer two exciting programs at this event:

Corey Adkins will present a video program entitled The Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40 Year Legend. Corey, as you may know, is Director of Photojournalism for the popular station TV 9 & 10 based in Cadillac, Michigan. Corey is proposed as a returning board member to the Shipwreck Society Board of Directors.

Chris Winters, perhaps the most prolific Great Lakes Shipping photographer and author of our time, and Executive Director Bruce Lynn will tell the story of their efforts to successfully produce the 272-page book, The Legend Lives On, a definitive record of the career and loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew members. The book is loaded with beautiful, rare archival images and has already been proven very popular. Chris is presently a board member.

In addition to these programs, we will be conducting the 38th Official Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, a Michigan non-profit corporation holding 501 c (3) charitable status with the IRS. Please see the list of new board members below, proposed for election at this meeting. Biographies are included. This slate was prepared by the nominating committee over the past several months and will be presented to you on June 18th.

The schedule for the meeting:

5:00 pm – Cocktails and Silent Auction of art prints, souvenirs, and apparel
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – 38th Annual Meeting with election of new board members
7:30 pm – Planned Giving with Sean Ley, Development Officer
7:35 pm – Shipwreck Society Underwater Research: Darryl Ertel, Dir. Marine Operations
7:55 pm – Program – Corey Adkins, The Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40 Year Legend
8:15 pm – Program – Christopher Winters and Bruce Lynn, The Legend Lives On
9:00 pm – Adjourn

Lodging is available at the following local hotels in Paradise; please call and announce that you are a member of the Shipwreck Society when making your reservation:
Curley’s Paradise Motel 906-492-3445
Freighters View on the Bay 906-492-3266
Magnuson Grand Hotel 906-492-3770
Paradise Inn 906-492-3940
Tahquamenon Suites Lodging 906-492-3752

Cost of the Annual Dinner is $25.00 per person. Please contact the Shipwreck Society offices at 800-635-1742 to make your reservation for this event. Credit cards are accepted over the telephone; you can mail checks to Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society, 400 West Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783; you may pay at the door; or, simply click here to purchase tickets online. All reservations must be made by the close of business on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, to guarantee seating.

Thank you and we very much look forward to seeing you in Paradise on Saturday, June 18.

The Shipwreck Coast Museum Store will also hold a Silent Auction Fund Raiser during the Annual Meeting and Dinner.


Corey Adkins is an alumnus of the board and is the Director of Photojournalism at 9 & 10 News. Corey has won dozens of awards for his photojournalism and has brought this talent to the fore to benefit GLSHS. Corey’s was also instrumental in establishing the Shipwreck Society’s excellent Facebook page and improving our profile in social media. Corey is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of two years.

Trish Brazil is an accountant and business consultant in Sault Ste. Marie. She works in business administration for the local school district. She also teaches business technology at Lake State University. Her accounting and business background will prove helpful to GLSHS operations and she also well understands the importance of tourism to the economy of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Trish is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of one year.

Eric Hemenway is a member of the Odawa Tribe, headquartered in Harbor Springs. As a leader among his tribe, he has held numerous positions of responsibility interacting with other tribes and the State of Michigan. Eric was appointed by Governor Granholm and served for several years on the Commission for the Commemoration of the War of 1812. He has been active in the repatriation of remains and proper handling of artifacts. Such experience will prove helpful in properly handling underwater cultural resources and artifacts and curating the museum’s collection. Eric is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of three years.

Rich Leder is an owner of a retail business, which like GLSHS, has two store locations; his in South Haven and Holland. In a prior career, Rich led a team in the complex installation of a product to the customer’s satisfaction. His experience will prove helpful in assuring our visitors of a favorable experience at Whitefish Point. His wife’s family has roots in an Eastern Upper Peninsula traditional “camp” which he looks forward to using in his service to GLSHS. Rich is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of two years.

Tracy Quinlan is completing her first term as a Board Member and currently serves as Corporate Secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee. She is a grade school teacher with the Grand Rapids Public School system, which is important given GLSHS’s mission with respect to education as pertains to our underwater cultural resources and maritime history. Tracy is a diver and during her first term on the Board led an effort to update the operational manual for the R.V. David Boyd. Tracy is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a second three year term.

Bill Springer is a professional Imaging Systems Engineer with the Rochester of Institute of Technology (RIT). Bill has previously served as a GLSHS Board Member and has helped with our underwater research as well as our digital imaging and non-traditional imaging systems. Bill has been involved in the development of the Geographic Information System (GIS) and has applied his knowledge to the extraordinary geological history of Whitefish Point. Bill is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of three year(s).

Jim Spurr is a trial lawyer with the firm of Miller, Canfield, resident in its Kalamazoo office. He served as President of the Shipwreck Society from 2007-2015 and assisted with many exciting initiatives. Jim also serves on the Board of the Michigan Maritime Museum and as one of its volunteer Captains, is in command of some of its historic vessels. Jim is an author of historic fiction, with four of his five titles focusing upon maritime history. Jim is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of one year.

Dr. David Turner is a professor at Cornerstone University. Dr. Turner holds many degrees, is an excellent educator and a published author. Dr. Turner serves on several committees at Cornerstone, including the Steering Committee and Membership Committee. Dr. Turner’s commitment to education, his vast experience in the non-profit sector and his writing skills will prove valuable assets available to the GLSHS board. Dr. Turner is recommended by the Nominations Committee for a first term of two years.

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