Burn Ban in Effect Beginning, July 16
Due to forecasted weather conditions, a modified burn ban for all residential and land-clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect this Saturday at 8 AM, July 16, 2022, and continue until further notice.
New Playground Coming in August
Following input from the Guemes community, the Skagit County Parks Department has ordered new playground elements for the Schoolhouse Park Playground. Installation is scheduled to begin on August 15 and be completed by August 22. Long-range planning will add additional equipment in subsequent years.
Why? Where? What?
Thank you to Skagit County Parks for supporting recreation on Guemes Island!
Film Showing & Fundraiser, Sept 3
GICCA is proud to host a showing of the award-winning documentary First Time Home at the Community Center Hall on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 4:00 PM.
The documentary was filmed and directed by four indigenous Trigui 2nd generation immigrants who are first-generation college students. They traveled for the first time to their family's ancestral village in Oaxaca, Mexico to see their grandfather who was gravely ill. The film has been shown at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon and in Bellingham as well as at several film festivals where it received awards. Donations will go to the four students to help fund their college expenses.
Click HERE for more details about the film and how you can donate.
A special thank you to the Historic Lincoln Theatre and the Guemes Church for their support.
Island Pie Sale Returns, Sept 4
This favorite island event is returning to the Community Center Hall on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 11:00 AM. If you like to bake and/or eat pie, don't miss this event.
Guemes Island Water Well Study Needs Your Help
U.S. Geological Survey Data Collection Begins September 2022
In order to better understand the complex hydrogeologic system and the continued growth and development of the island and the new demands for groundwater on Guemes Island, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is revisiting a network of 83 wells that had been visited in the 1990s. Additionally, we are expanding the study to include more wells on the island. Our work will involve locating existing water wells and measuring the depth to the water in the wells.
We would greatly appreciate your cooperation in the study by granting us access to your property and well in order to measure depth to the water in the well. The more wells that information can be gathered from, the better the overall assessment will be.
This work will begin September 12 and last for approximately two weeks. For more information on the data collection efforts or to give permission for an inventory of your well, please contact Elisabeth Fasser by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 531-2653 of the USGS Washington Water Science Center.
A Reminder About Stage & Park Use
As a requirement of our Special Use Permit, GICCA's property at Schoolhouse Park is now designated as a Community Park. The rules that govern the Skagit County Schoolhouse Park also apply to the Stage and Pavilion picnic structure.
The Park, Community Stage, and Pavilion are open for public use from dawn to dusk. In other words, day use only.
Featured Artist: Mary Lascelles
This month's Artist of the Month is offering free portraits for island residents!
Photographer Mary Lascelles is offering free individual portraits to island residents during the month of August.
Mary brings her skilled eye for details with shadows and light to capture images. You can schedule a time to meet, and she brings her camera to you. She often uses a location that offers a personal connection or a bit of humor. At the end you have a beautiful digital photo! Free is a very good price. Contact Mary at email@example.com or (530)515-6299. This offer is only in August so make an appointment today.
Volunteers Install New Floor at the Community Hall
The Community Center Hall, built in 1914, now has a new floor! A peak group of twelve volunteers (and two dogs) sanded, prepped, and installed the new floating floor in record time. Community donations funded the project. Overall, twenty-two islanders contributed time and expertise to the project.
Thank you to:
Karen Anderson, Scott Anderson, Randy Cotton, Patrick Dougherty, Klaudia Englund, Nancy Fisher- Allison, Tom Hancock, Bill Heft, Mary Holmes, Mary Joyce, Norlin Joyce, Mary Lascelles, Kelly McAllister, Barbara Ohms, Mark Ohms, Dave Shill, Karen Shill, Jeff Spada, Lorrie Steele, Diana Tsang, Larry
Verbano, and Kathy Whitman.
Get Involved in Your Community
So, you've brought skills and talents to your new home on Guemes and you want to get to know people. Consider joining the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Board or just volunteer for a project or a cooking team.
* Join the GICCA Board
The GICCA Board is looking for enthusiastic people to help continue the good work of the association.
* Volunteer Opportunities in August
August offers more volunteer work opportunities. Please let us know if you have some time to help with any of these upcoming projects:
* Join the Gathering Lunch/Soup-to-Go Team
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring, Guemes Islanders flock to the Church every Thursday for a "home-cooked" lunch prepared by a team of volunteers.
* CERT Seeking HAM Radio Operators
The Guemes Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is in need of more HAM radio operators to join the CERT Radio Team.
Beware of Text & Email Scams
Some islanders have recently received messages claiming to be from Barb Ohms, GICCA President and representing the Guemes Island Community Center Association. These are scams. GICCA does not solicit money in this manner or request your "discrete reply by text only" nor do any of the GICCA officers. If something sounds suspicious DO NOT respond to it. If the message is from an unknown email address or contains an unknown phone number, it is likely a scam. Contact GICCA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and report the scam.
Latest COVID News & Updated Hall Use Policy
The health of the Guemes Island community continues to be a top priority for GICCA as we offer venues for public gatherings. We appreciate that there are varied views on this important topic, and we remain attentive to changes from Skagit County, the State, and the CDC.
Click here to read the updated Hall use policy, effective March 12, 2022
Discover the World of Virtual Learning
GICCA's Social Connections page has a number of interesting virtual learning links to podcasts and videos covering a variety of topics from travel destinations to humor, music, nature, and more.
Pickleball on Guemes
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- FULL SLIDESHOW - Stage Progress, "Through the Years"
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to January 2022
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through January 2022
The Long Road to Permitting the Stage
Anyone who has built on Guemes Island or in Skagit County knows that the permitting process is long, tedious, and expensive. That was certainly the case for GICCA's Schoolhouse Park Stage.
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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.
To the doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacy and other medical workers, police officers, home-care workers, grocery store personnel, delivery people, transit workers, airline workers, and anyone who serves the public .....
Thank you for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice during the COVID crisis.
You are truly heroes!
And to all of you who are continuing to heed the advice of health experts - getting vaccinated and masking-up when recommended/required ... we applaud you as well!
Thank you for demonstrating respect for others and for doing the right thing!
The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
- CERT Neighborhood Sectors & Volunteer List
- CERT Description
- CERT Household Preparedness
- CERT Neighborhood Procedures
- CERT Questionnaire
- Search & Rescue Sign
- Schedule GICCA Facilities
- Hall Rental Agreement
- Hall Amenities
- Volunteer Waiver (Stage)
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How does it work?
- Click on the AmazonSmile box (right) which brings you to the AmazonSmile GICCA page
(you might want to bookmark that page to easily find it again).
- Sign in to Amazon as usual.
- Then, just shop as you normally would!
Click here to see how much you have made GICCA smile. Thank you!