Reminder: GICCA does not hold public in-person or virtual Association meetings during the months of June, July & August.
Complete Burn Ban in Effect for All of Skagit County
Due to elevated fire risk conditions and low moisture levels, Skagit County is issuing a complete burn ban beginning Friday, July 16, 2021. This ban will remain in effect until further notice.
GIHS, Aug 9
By Tom Deach
The last GIHS public meeting was held in March of 2020 and was highlighted by Barbara Spaeth's presentation on the Cahail family of Guemes Island. Since that time, the Covid 19 outbreak has precluded meetings of this sort.
Happily, we are now in a position to resume our meetings. Our next scheduled meeting will be Monday, August 9th at the Guemes Island Church. Our regular business meeting will begin at 5:45 with a presentation following at 7 pm.
This month's presentation will focus on the Rural Heritage grant and the processes it entails. Speakers will include Morna McEachern, president of the Guemes Island Library, and Klaudia Englund, a certified archivist and Guemes Island resident. It is our hope that this presentation will rekindle interest in Guemes Island History and inspire interested parties to submit photos and documents for inclusion in this worthwhile endeavor. Please contact Tom Deach by email at: email@example.com or by phone 360-708-2582 with any questions.
Due to an abundance of caution, along with the newly pending CDC guidelines, masks will be required at this gathering.
Celebrate Guemes!, Sept 4
Our beloved Fall Festival is returning this year with a new name "Celebrate Guemes!", on Saturday, September 4th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Guemes Community Hall/Church campus.
For information or to reserve a booth space email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reserve now. Deadline August 21 for booth space.
Requirements change frequently but the event will be COVID-compliant. Masks will be required for everyone inside the Hall and encouraged in outside spaces.
Featured Artist: Sam Barr
Meet Sam Barr, Samish tribal citizen and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer who also creates works of art that honor his heritage. Sam’s ancestor’s have lived on Guemes Island for generations and learning about, preserving, and recreating parts of his history via carving, sculpture, and painting is Sam’s passion.
2021 Social Connections
Staying connected in safe ways with friends and family is more important now than ever. GICCA has suggestions for virtual activities with friends, educational talks and virtual learning, and limited scheduled outdoor activities. Check out the Social Connections tab at the top of this Home page.
Still Need a COVID Vaccination?
If you're still looking for a COVID vaccination Skagit County Public Health wants to help.
The Health Department has provided on-island mobile clinics for homebound individuals or those who cannot easily travel. Undocumented residents can also receive vaccinations.
Please contact the Health Department's main line at 360-416-1500 to set up an appointment. Or you may contact Katherine Chapman, Communicable Disease Public Health Nurse, 360-399-0348, email@example.com.
Washington re-opens June 30, with caveats. See the latest update from Governor Inslee on this page under Reality Check.
Variants of COVID-19 are surging in many states, including Washington. Skagit County is in the "Significant" range for community spread of the virus. Some breakthrough infections are occurring even among vaccinated individuals. The CDC and Skagit County Health are both recommending masks at indoor gatherings.
The Guemes Island Community Center and the Guemes Library are now requiring masks for public indoor gatherings whether you are vaccinated or not. If you are unvaccinated, please consider staying home for your own safety and that of others.
Subscribe here for the latest Skagit County COVID-19 updates and news.
The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
A difficult period of pandemic isolation is punctuated by the loss of another longtime islander and renowned artist, Philip Trafton McCracken. Phil passed away after a long illness on June 6, 2021, at the age of 92.
Read more about this legend's life and art
Next-Gen Schoolhouse Park Playground
Please join a playground "community conversation" at Schoolhouse Park on September 11 at 10:00 AM where several potential playground designs will be presented, and you can talk to playground experts.
We invite you to join us in our effort to bring new life to the playground at Schoolhouse Park! Last updated in 2001, the Schoolhouse Park Playground needs to meet current safety standards. GICCA is working with Skagit County Parks and Recreation to develop a plan and find funding to renovate our playground structure and bring it into compliance with national safety standards. The project planning phase will take place in the summer and fall of 2021 with the hope of making it all happen in 2022. The county budget is expected to include about half the cost for the full renovation.
August may be a great time for a fun family field trip to check out other playgrounds and complete a questionnaire with your opinions. What do kids like? What should we try to include or exclude? Questionnaires are available at the playground or can be downloaded here and should be returned to GICCA at the end of August for your comments to be incorporated into proposed designs.
Designs should be finalized by the end of the year. GICCA will be seeking grants to supplement county funding. If parents or grandparents wish to sponsor a favorite piece of playground equipment, please contact GICCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickleball on Guemes
The community celebrated in July when Skagit County refinished the tennis court and added pickleball lines as well. The pickleball courts are a wonderful enhancement to Schoolhouse Park and increase the use of this multi-sport court. A kickoff pickleball event on Jule 24th offered free instruction, loaner equipment, and popsicles. GICCA is supporting this community activity with the purchase of two portable pickleball nets.
Regular pickleball practice with two nets and courts (with some instruction) is on Thursdays at 5:30 PM and Sundays at 9:00 AM.
Skagit County Parks asked that we remind folks to protect the new surface of the court; it is for feet with shoes and not for wheels or dogs. Please no bikes or skateboards.
A storage cabinet on the north side of the court is intended to store paddles, balls, portable nets, and a broom. It will have a small combination lock to keep things secure (but no treasure, cash, rare artifacts, or valuables will be found inside).
Crab Season Begins July 15
Guemes Island sits within the Sub-Area 7 South, South San Juan Islands/Bellingham. Crab season within this area is July 15 through September 30, Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed. Dungeness crab limit is 5 males, 6.25” minimum size. A Catch Record Card is required and comes with your WA fishing license.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) states that all fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the last day of any fishing period. Crab fishing gear may not remain in the water on closed days.
WDFW reminds us that we are the stewards of this valuable NW resource. Following the fishing rules ensures that sustainable fishing opportunities continue into the future.
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to September 2020
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through June 2020
Click here to view an enlarged slideshow and read more updates.
As the physical structure of the community stage nears completion, the focus has shifted to landscape preparation — grading, rocks, fill, and plantings. The Special Use Permit application has been submitted to the County and is pending approval, once the required landscaping is completed. This permit is required by the County before any events can take place at the stage.
GICCA is seeking volunteers to work in small teams to help with landscape preparation and plant installation. Our building permit requires that certain landscaping conditions be completed prior to occupancy approval. If you can help with weed removal, raking, string trimming, planting, staking, and eventually watering and weeding, please contact one of the following people to sign up: Kathy Whitman 206-334-1573 (cell) or Barb Ohms (303)521-9094 (cell).
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.
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.
We have several interesting speakers lined up, but we need a Zoom leader to help make these a positive experience for both speakers and attendees. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.
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WA Reopens with Caveats
On June 30, 2021, Governor Inslee announced that Washington State is now open for business and recreation, with some warnings and conditions.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated may proceed as normal, pre-pandemic. Unvaccinated people are required to wear masks indoors and in public places. Everyone is still required to mask in doctor’s offices, hospitals, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, on public transportation, and in schools. Businesses may still enforce masking and distancing requirements at their discretion.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), COVID vaccines are working well but no vaccine is 100% effective. Some healthy people who are fully vaccinated could still get sick. Vulnerable individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions, and the elderly may be more susceptible to infection even if they are fully vaccinated. COVID variants continue to emerge and unvaccinated people are at risk.
To protect yourself and others, consider wearing a mask in crowded public spaces even if you are fully vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask.
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!
- CERT Neighborhood Sectors & Volunteer List
- CERT Description
- CERT Household Preparedness
- CERT Neighborhood Procedures
- CERT Questionnaire
- Search & Rescue Sign
Earthquake early-warning notifications
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- 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!