Band Celebrating Juneteenth in Texas, 1900
(Public domain image)
Guemes Island’s annual Strawberry Sundae Social falls on June 19th this year – which happens to be Juneteenth, our newest national holiday. President Biden signed the new holiday into law on June 17, 2021. This year marks the 2nd annual observance of Juneteenth as a Federal holiday. However, Juneteenth has been celebrated since 1866, most notably in Texas. Why Texas?
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
Community Vote Approves Hall Floor Upgrade
The GICCA Board has voted in favor of proceeding with this year's capital improvement project, upgrading the floor in the Community Hall. Board Trustee, Dave Shill has researched the options and they were presented to those present at the April 21 public business meeting. The proposal can be viewed HERE.
At the May 19 GICCA Public Business Meeting all seventeen Board and community members present voted in favor of proceeding with the proposed Hall floor replacement plan. Work will begin this summer. The Board will strive for minimal impact on scheduled events and activities in the Hall.
Featured Artist: Tom Hancock
Six years under water can either make you crazy or produce a creative genius. Lucky for us, Tom Hancock’s Naval submarine duty produced the latter. It took his search to relieve the stress from corporate America for this genius to emerge, but it was worth the wait. After years of learning the art of woodworking, Tom discovered a unique twist - repurposing old wine barrels into a plethora of unique items for the home and garden. Take a look and you’ll find all sorts of treasures you didn’t know you needed until now.
COVID-Safe Ways to Volunteer
Volunteering is not only helpful to others it is rewarding for you and good for your mental health. GICCA has many suggestions for COVID-safe volunteering.
GICCA’s Virtual Lecture Series is seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate and manage group presentations on Zoom.
A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Brings the Community Together
The Guemes community came together over the three-day Memorial Day weekend to celebrate island life — and what a celebration it was!
Revisiting the Tide
In a column that will appear from time to time on our website, former editor-in-chief of the Guemes Tide, Edith Walden, will select an article to reprint that might have current interest to islanders. The Guemes Tide was published by island volunteers from 2010 through 2016. Its issues are archived at guemestide.org, along with 15 years of archived issues of the Tide's predecessor, the Evening Star, published by the late Win Anderson.
Click here to read the latest installment,
"Savoring the Birds of Summer"
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.
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)
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of AmazonSmile purchases to their customers' chosen charitable organization. Guemes Island Community Center Association is registered on AmazonSmile. So, if you’re already shopping anyway, why not let Amazon make a small donation to GICCA - at no additional cost to you or GICCA!
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!