GICCA Monthly Meeting Thur, May 19
ART CHAIRS for the Community Stage Opening
Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) has a supply of metal folding chairs that were retired but not forgotten. They are intended for various outdoor special events. GICCA invites you to give new life to an old chair by using this unique canvas to create an ART CHAIR.
Ferns Needed at the Stage
The Community Stage still needs about 40 Sword ferns for this first phase of landscaping. Please consider digging and donating a few from your property!
GICCA Board Approves 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.
There will be a vote of the GICCA membership at the May 19, 2022 GICCA meeting. If approved, work will begin this summer. The Board will strive for minimal impact on scheduled events and activities in the Hall.
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.
Governor Inslee lifted the mask requirements for indoor establishments on March 12, 2022. Mask requirements will still be in place for health care facilities, long-term care facilities, and public transit, including the Guemes Ferry and school buses.
Businesses, organizations, and establishments can choose to continue requiring masks, regardless of vaccination status, as they consider the risk to their communities or patrons.
GICCA will continue to require masks for indoor public gatherings at the Community Hall. Private gatherings such as a family reunion or a private party may opt to not require masks. It is still recommended that any unvaccinated attendees continue to wear a mask.
Click here to read the updated Hall use policy, effective March 12, 2022
May Featured Artists
This month we're highlighting the artists who are participating in the Studio Tour that's happening on May 28th. Some have been featured artists on guemesislandart.org and some will be artisans you haven’t seen before.
Hopefully, what you read will entice you to head out the door and hit the tour. You’ll not find a better chance to collectively see the abundance of talent that is housed on our tiny island oasis.
Save the Dates – May 28, 29 & 30
Celebrate Guemes with three days filled with art, music, community connections, and family activities.
Read the details HERE
On Saturday the Guemes Art Studio Tours return from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You drive the 11-stop studio route. Soup-To-Go will offer drive-through soup lunch for $5 at the Church from 11:30 - 1:30.
On Sunday the Community Stage Opening and day of music, food and drink begins at 11:00 AM until 8:30 PM at Schoolhouse Park. Let's keep this day local. Parking is tight so ride your bike. Shuttle service will be available from the Community Hall.
On Monday Edens Cemetery invites everyone to the annual Memorial Day observance at 10:00 AM. Pickleball at Schoolhouse Park with narrated play-by-play top player demo at 11:00 followed by friendly competition and new player instruction. Walking tours at Kelly's Point, Dogwoods, and Guemes Mountain with geology and native plant experts. See the link above for details
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
GICCA maintains a master list of names of stage volunteers, donors, and business partners. The list continues to grow - thank you! GICCA looks forward to publicly acknowledging all the hard-working and generous volunteers, donors, and business partners in conjunction with a well-deserved and long-awaited community celebration at project conclusion.
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.
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.
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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!