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Guemes Island Community Center Association

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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Community Messages

Beware of Scam GICCA Email

Several Islanders have recently received emails claiming to be from GICCA with a subject of "Guemes Island Community Center Association R­e­po­rt '24".  This is NOT a message from GICCA.  It is a scam and appears to be trying to steal your email password.  Do not click the link or reply to the message.  Simply delete the email from your inbox. If you did type in your password, change it now.

Guemes Island Scholarship 2024

Criteria: Guemes Island Residents, Juniors and Senior students

To apply: Complete the Guemes Island Scholarship Application 2024. Provide an updated transcript and two letters of recommendation. If a question does not apply to you, simply answer that it does not. Awards are $500, $1000, and $1,500.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 by 4:00 PM

The 2024 Scholarship Application is available on the AHS website: ‘Anacortes High School 2023-24 Scholarship Opportunity.’

Applications are also available from Gail our school bus driver, Dawn Ashbach or Janice Veal.

Guemes Tai Chi
Wednesdays March - May, 4:00-5:00 at the Community Center Starting Wednesday, March 27
Learn/practice tai chi using videos made by Michael Gilman, with coaching ("cheerleading") by Elyse Lord. (Gilman has a long history teaching tai chi, and now teaches in Port Townsend).
Thursdays June through the summer:  4:00-5:00 at the Community Center.
Classes taught by John Kuzel, Guemes resident and tai chi instructor.  John will be working in Japan until June.
Classes will be free - and donations to support the venue (GICCA) and/or the instructor are  welcome.

Conversation with Alumni of the Former Guemes Island Schoolhouse, Saturday April 20th, 7:00-8:30 pm, Hall

Join us for "A Conversation with Alumni of the Former Guemes Island Schoolhouse" at the Community Hall, Saturday, April 20th at 7 PM. It will be a fun night of interesting history, treasured memories and provocative storytelling. See more here and on Facebook.

Island Explorers Summer Camp 2023 Photo Exhibit
An exhibit of photos from the Island Explorers Summer Camp 2023 opens at the Spirit of Guemes Art Gallery opens April 14th.  An open house for the exhibit will be held at the Guemes Island Community Church Photo Gallery on April 21st from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.

Volunteer Opportunities

So, you are thinking about joining the team of Volunteers and wonder what that might involve?  There’s a place for everyone: those who are ready for regularly scheduled activities or who want occasional opportunities.  Just write to to indicate your interest.  Here are some opportunities:

  • Landscape maintenance at the stage is every Wednesday at 9:00. Please come with work gloves and a few tools.
  • Bring your friends and spend your time helping with the annual Island Cleanup on Saturday, April 20 hosted by Groundfloor Guemes. See below for details.
  • Help prep and paint the stage later in the Spring. Contact Brenan Filippini to offer your skills.
  • Posting on bulletin board or with yards signs is a great job for volunteers as we seek to promote the Art Fair and Studio Tour.

Save the date of July 4 and be part of the community picnic at the pavilion and Community Stage. Folks are needed to help with setup, cooking hotdogs and cleanup after the event. Lisa Charnock is the lead for this popular event!

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Spirit of Guemes Gallery Wants You!

The Spirit of Guemes Gallery at the Community Church is hoping to realize its potential as a venue for any and all island artists who wish to exhibit their work.  To do that, we need more organizational capacity than we have now.  So you don't have to be an artist to help!  We need people who are good at planning, getting the word out, swinging a hammer, coordinating with artists and volunteers -- all the things needed to mount an art exhibit.  Please contact Carol Steffy at to talk about how you might be able to help the Gallery be a showcase for all the art and artists on the island.

Save the Date:  Saturday,  April 20, 10 AM  ‘till Noon.  Add your energy to the Earthday Island Cleanup Event.   With many hands we can do an amazing job of clearing unwanted debris from the beach wrack lines and unwanted trash from our roadways.   Meet at the Schoolhouse at 10 AM and choose your assignment.  Trash bags and a limited number of tongs will be provided.   Bring your own gloves and good cheer!  Hosted by Groundfloor Guemes.  Call 360-299-3230 for more information.

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GICCA Business Meetings

Thank you to all the Members who attended the March 28 meeting and participated in the discussion of and vote on funding for the Stage storage project.  While a majority voted for the funding, two thirds of the members attending would have had to approve the proposed expenditure, so the motion did not pass.  We got a lot of great input and good ideas, and the Board will be working to decide what our next steps are. We so appreciate everyone’s constructive and thoughtful engagement.  Details of the discussion, the vote on the motion to fund the project, and a member-proposed advisory vote will be included in the meeting minutes when they are posted.


All regular business meetings are held at the Guemes Island Community Center and are also available on Zoom. All Guemes Islanders are invited to attend.  Meetings are generally held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00PM.  The agenda and Zoom link will be posted here before the April 25th 7:00 PM GICCA business meeting.

Island News

Island Explorers Summer Outdoor Camp returns!

July 1st - 5th  2024

9:00am  - 12 noon

Ages 5yr - 15yr


This year's focus on Dogs - our own dogs, The Dog Island Project, and of course, the Wooly Dogs of Guemes.


Outdoor learning and activities with our talented and knowledgeable islanders.  Meet in different locations of the island: Peach Preserve, Spirit of Guemes Gardens, Community Stage, and more!


Learn about the traditions and arts of our Coast Salish elders and neighbors.  Meet other families, celebrate and join in the July 4th Festivities and Parade.  Interested? Not too soon to plan!


Send your name/contact and children's name/age to  Subject: Island Explorers 2024 Wooly Dog History to catch up on  The Dog island Project

Qwengqwengíla (pronounced kwuhng kwuhng illuh) "lots of dogs’ island”

A New Guemes Island Cookbook is in the Works!

To all Guemes Islanders who enjoy tasty food!


The Guemes Island Historical Society is excited to be creating a new Guemes community cookbook.  We are now collecting recipes.


Please email your recipes to:


I am Dawn Ashbach, the proud owner of two Guemes Island Cookbooks, “Favorite Recipes from Guemes Island Cooks,” printed in 1962 by the Women’s Recreation Club, and “Treasured Island Recipes,” printed in the early 1970’s by the Women’s Fellowship of Guemes Island Community Church.  Going through the books and seeing people’s names attached to their recipes is like walking down memory lane, bringing back many wonderful memories.  Be sure your family name is included in the new cookbook.  Many delicious recipes have already been received and I look forward to sharing them.


Guemes Islanders, we are asking you to look at your favorite family recipe(s) and share with us!  Please include a brief description of the recipe’s historical significance to you or your family.  We will compile the recipes in a similar format.  Depending on how many recipes in each category, we may not be able to include them all, but we will do our best.  We plan to include some recipes from the first two cookbooks.


Categories are: Appetizers, Salads, Entrees, Seafood, Vegetables/Side Dishes, Soups, Breakfasts/Breads, Desserts.


Our goal is to send the manuscript to the printer in time to have the finished product by November 1, 2024.  To accomplish this we need to have your recipes by July 4, preferably sooner.


Thank You to Our Generous Donors!

Generosity runs deep in our community; we have come together over this past year to support each other in so many ways.  The GICCA Board of Directors thanks you for your generous support.

GICCA is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We appreciate your financial support. You can find out about ways to donate here.

GICCA Needs Stuff! Donations of Equipment Are Much Appreciated 

Are you cleaning out your garage?  About to get a new barbecue? Or maybe you prefer your annual donation to be something tangible?  We are happy to receive in-kind donations!  Here's the list of what we're in need of: 

  • 2 barbecues in good working order
  • Propane canisters that are in good shape
  • A steam cleaner (for the barbecues - it really helps!)

We need a new refrigerator but our space is constricted - contact if you want to get the dimensions we need

Thank you!!

Art in the Community

April Artist of the Month: Jennie Mimnaugh

April’s Artist of the Month has lived on Guemes Island since 2008 and since then has donned many different hats. She is a gardener, a chicken farmer, photographer, bread maker, home canner, knitter, camper, bookkeeper, and often that long haired blonde behind the wheel of a Mimnaugh Excavation dump truck. She has her Commercial Driver’s License and also went back to school to learn more about accounting so she could do the books for her husband, Adam’s, business. Jennie Mimnaugh describes herself as a “devoted wife and mother to two incredibly kind kids,” but of late she is taking the pottery world by storm. Unlike a lot of artists, her pieces aren’t the kind that you put on a shelf and merely admire. When asked to describe her work, Jennie replied that she makes “functional pottery that you can use every day.” She added that she also loves making Guemes Island themed items that people can take home and remember their stay.  Read more about Jennie and her art at the Guemes Island Art Initiative web site.

Guemes Connects

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – GUEMES CONNECTS Needs You

A "community" is defined as a group of people living in the same place. There is also a more internal definition. A community is a group of people that takes care of each other. As Guemes Islanders, we are geographically connected but when we feel we are part of something bigger than ourselves, we truly function as a community.

For many years, GUEMES CONNECTS has brought neighbors together to help neighbors. Their mission is to foster a network of support for the Guemes Island community. This group of dedicated volunteers is committed to meeting the needs of anyone requesting assistance, regardless of age, illness, disability, race, or religion. Now CONNECTS needs new volunteers as several of the founders are retiring.

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GICCA Facilities

 GICCA owns and manages the Community Hall (7549 Guemes Island Road) as well as the Murray Read Pavilion and the Community Stage in Schoolhouse Park.  The Community Hall can be rented for private events and is available for public events.  Please Click Here for information on private event rentals and contact about any reservations.  The Murray Read Pavilion is available for picnicking without a reservation or for private events by reservation (email  We are in the process of developing processes for reserving the Community Stage for private and public events, but it is available anytime for drop-in events (with no amplification) with 30 or fewer people during Schoolhouse Park hours.


GET” is being established in 2023 to replace Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which now requires member recertification and training for all participants in order to continue using the title "CERT." The new GETprogram builds on the strengths of CERT as well as uses the existing “Map Your Neighborhood” (MYN) program”. It recognizes the challenges that are unique to Guemes Island.  Click here for more information on this important new program.

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Update Your Directory Listing

We need your help NOW to update your directory listings on this website, Islanders can easily add, delete, or update their listings (both residential and business). GICCA is committed to producing a new printed directory this year, but we can't do it without you. Please take a moment to review your listing(s) and add or edit, if needed.

To add your listing(s):

Pull down the Guemes Directory & Map tab in the menu bar at the top of this home page.

Select Directory Signup, then Residential Signup or Business Signup.

Complete your information and click Send.

To edit or delete existing listings:

Pull down the Guemes Directory & Map tab in the menu bar at the top of this home page.

Select Link Request (listing edit/opt out), then Link Request Residential Listing or Link Request Business Listing.

Complete the information and click Send or Submit.

The Help You Want

The Resources You Need

If you or someone you know is struggling, there are resources for help – help with alcohol or drugs, thoughts of suicide or self-harm, feeling depressed or anxious, or having trouble affording basic needs. To find these resources, or if you could use someone to talk to who is caring, compassionate, and confidential, visit:
No judgment. No pressure. Just resources for help.

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