GICCA Nominations Closed
Nominations for positions on the GICCA Board officially closed at the end of the October 21 GICCA Business Meeting. Click here to learn about the roles and expectations of a Board member and what the current Board has accomplished.
All candidates, including incumbents, must submit the Questionnaire & Profile form by October 28 to complete the nomination process. Candidate profiles received by October 28 will be included in electronic distribution. Only candidates who submit this form before the deadline will appear on the official ballot.
Seven dates are being offered for voter registration and secure casting of ballots. See the Alternative Election article below for details.
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Alternative Procedure for GICCA Election 2021
At the September 16, 2021 GICCA Public Business Meeting the GICCA Board unanimously voted to proceed with the following alternative election and voting procedure. This procedure provides an extended schedule for in-person voting during the current COVID-19 health crisis when gathering in large groups is discouraged and an inclusive in-person Annual Meeting may not be possible. If you have questions or need clarifications regarding this procedure, please contact us here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guemes Island Boo Boxes
Trunk or Treat is cancelled again this year due to Covid, BUT our safe alternative of Boo Boxes was a huge success last year and will be coming back this year. They will not be as large or as customized as the ones from 2020, but they will still include lots of goodies.
If you would like your child (Guemes Islander ages 18 & under) to receive a Boo Box on Halloween, please sign up on the site by October 17th.
Donations: We had such success due to the kind people of Guemes and their donations. To be able to make this happen again, donations will be needed. Any amount is appreciated.
For more information and to donate: www.guemeshalloween.info
Guemes Island Historical Society News
- Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, GIHS has elected not to sponsor the Holiday Bazaar this year.
- In light of the pandemic's continuation, the society will continue to hold its business meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5:45 p.m. at the church. GIHS programs will begin again once it's safe to do so.
- Over 100 photos, along with their metadata, have been uploaded to the Rural Heritage Digitization site.
Click here to read more about all of the above.
Featured Artist: Amanda Rose
Are you seeking a way to bring calm into your life? Perhaps this month's featured artist will help you along that path. Amanda Rose strives to find harmony with what is and live this life in a good way by being kind to our planet and especially to this island we call home. By making as much of her life a practice-of-art as possible. Maybe Amanda’s art will be as inspiring to you as her outlook and vision.
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.
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The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
GIPAC Announces USGS study
The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the US Geologic Survey has agreed to undertake a hydrogeologic study of Guemes Island’s aquifer recharge areas.
This is part of an effort to better understand the island’s groundwater resources and the condition of our aquifers in light of the island’s growing population, global warming and associated drought, and increasing demands for groundwater. The study will build on the 1994 USGS study that created a baseline understanding of our groundwater resources in the context of seawater intrusion and well failures on the northern and western shorelines of Guemes.
GIPAC began working with the USGS in 2018 to develop this current study but ran into major funding issues – we had to find $80,000 as our co-pay to launch the study. After unsuccessfully approaching numerous state and local entities for assistance, GIPAC turned to Senator Liz Lovelett (40th District) who promptly made it a priority to find the funding. After over 18 months of COVID-related delays, that funding finally reached USGS this week.
During our search for funding, a number of Guemians stepped forward and pledged money toward the effort. GIPAC was very grateful for these generous pledges but ended up not needing them when Senator Lovelett obtained the full funding for the co-pay from the Legislature.
The study will take approximately two years. GIPAC will share information about the study as it progresses. The USGS project website is up and can be found here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/wa-water/science/aquifer-recharge-area-study-guemes-island?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
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.
Park Playground Planning Update
Skagit County Parks and Recreation has asked GICCA to work with them on the future plans for an upgrade of the Schoolhouse Park Playground. The playground is the oldest of the County playgrounds and no longer meets National Playground Safety standards. The County desires input from the Guemes community.
On September 11, GICCA promoted and organized a public meeting at the playground site. Eric Arnesen of NW Playground spoke about the project location, equipment options, and presented three concept drawings. Options A, B, and C can be viewed here. These are merely initial concepts. The final plan will be dependent upon the future County budget, possible grant funding, and matching funds. Skagit County has committed $50,000 from its 2022 budget. The cost could be well over that amount and GICCA plans to assist with grant writing. Islanders are invited to sponsor a favorite piece of equipment. This may be a phased project running over several years.
Public comment is still welcomed. Please complete this Playground Questionnaire and return it to GICCA at the address on the form. Three primary questions that will help in this first planning stage would be:
1) What playground elements would you like to include? Our first questionnaire had swings as the number one priority.
2) Should we shift the location a short distance to the west and north to allow for better drainage which will eliminate the horsetail that has taken over the current location?
3) If that shift is made, how might that original location be utilized when considering future park and stage use?
Please share your ideas. If you would like to join a community committee please indicate interest.
Pickleball on Guemes
Regular pickleball practice with two nets and courts (with some instruction) is on Thursdays at 3:30 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).
GICCA Stage Project Progress
GICCA maintains a master list of names of stage volunteers, donors, and business partners. The list currently contains over 145 names and 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 Stage is really coming alive now with landscaping well underway. Many donated and locally-harvested ferns have been planted. Ten island-grown Western Red Cedars and eight Vine Maples now surround the stage. Additional shrubs and bulbs will be added in the coming days. Thanks to the many volunteers who donated, harvested, and planted. Kathy Whitman led the effort with her crew, Mary Hale, Tom Sternberg, Cynthia Heft, Barb Ohms, Deb Strathman, Carol Steffy, Dave and Karen Shill, Jeff Spada and Diana Tsang, Darlene Klister, and Jo McMinn. Thanks to plant donors Mary Heath, Joe Bucek, Nancy Fisher-Allison, Tony Allison, Sally Stapp, Kathy Whitman, and Barb Ohms.
Craftsman Tom Hancock donated six sculptural spheres made from wine barrel hoops that are nestled among the ferns in the side planter beds.
Many yards of fill dirt and topsoil have been moved and many rocks hauled and placed in preparation for seeding or graveling of the graded areas. Thanks to equipment operators, Tom Fouts, Rick Norrie, and Barb Ohms.
We hope our permits will be finalized soon. Check back here for the latest updates and don't miss the time-lapse slideshow at the link above showing stage progress over the years, beginning with the 2009 "mobile stage" that started it all!
Volunteers are always welcome for landscaping tasks. Join our team and help us finish this long-awaited project. Email email@example.com.
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.
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Reality Check - COVID Precautions
Wearing Is Caring
The Guemes Island Community Center Hall is available for rentals, but COVID precautions are in place. Masks are required for entry. Building capacity is reduced and no food or drink is allowed inside as that would require removing your mask. Immunocompromised individuals and those unvaccinated should consider staying home. COVID restrictions and rules are changing frequently and our entry requirements may be revised without advance notice.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), COVID vaccines are working well but no vaccine is 100% effective. New infections are being documented even among those fully vaccinated. 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 including young children.
When you wear a mask you protect others as well as yourself. Wear a mask when indoors and in larger outdoor public gatherings. Wearing is caring.
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!
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