Guemes Island Community Center Association

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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Note:
Ferry times are provided as a courtesy and without guarantee.

Ferry departs from Guemes approximately 8 minutes after the listed times below. Crossing time approximately 5 minutes. Round-trip time approximately 20-25 minutes.

*Wednesday 9:15 AM to Guemes and 2:00 PM from Guemes are hazardous materials runs only. No other vehicles or passengers may travel on these runs.
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Countdown To 2020 Election

November 3

Decisions are made by those who show up.

Community Messages


The 2020 Census: Act Now

Come to your senses

Complete the census

 

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census results determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated by local, state, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Your response is required by law. And, the U.S. Census Bureau is legally bound to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential.

 

Has your voice been heard? If not, there’s still time to respond and to help make sure your community doesn’t miss out. Where there are more people, there are more needs. Help ensure that you and everyone in your community is counted.

 

 

Help with the count by becoming a paid Census taker. Click on the image above for more information. Sign up on Sunday, August 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the table outside the Community Center Hall. Please follow social distancing and mask requirements.

 

Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 Updates

Given the evolving status of this outbreak, it's important that you stay informed. The following links provide the latest updates and helpful information:

  • NEWS ALERT (7/23)  Read more: Governor Inslee announces changes to Safe Start plan. Tighter restrictions on bars, eateries, weddings as Washington COVID cases rise.
  • NEWS ALERT (7/2)  Read more: Governor Inslee announces a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face-covering order.
  • NEWS ALERT (6/23)  Read more: Governor Inslee announces new statewide requirement that all residents wear masks in public. The order also requires that face coverings be used in outdoor settings where people cannot stay six feet apart from people they don't live with.
  • NEWS ALERT (6/5)  Read more: Skagit County moves to Phase 2 of Safe Start Plan. "You are now allowed to gather with five or fewer people from outside of your immediate household per week. Gatherings with more people are still prohibited and considered unsafe." Phase 2 is not a total lifting of Stay Home, Stay Healthy restrictions. For more details view phases.
  • Public Health information direct from  Skagit County Public Health experts as well as links to other trusted sources of information. UPDATE: July setback - new monthly high of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • A Message From Guemes CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) - Help With Essential Activities During Coronavirus
  • Resources for Guemes Islanders, updated 5/1 - If you know of additional resources that might be helpful, please send to myguemes@gmail.com
  • Guemes Island Ferry COVID-19 Updates

Ways To Donate During the COVID Crisis

For those of us who are not faced with job loss, food shortages, overdue housing expenses, or home-schooling challenges, our passions turn toward helping others. Here are a few ways to help by donating:

  • Guemes Island Community Pantry
  • G.I.V.E. (Guemes Island Volunteer Exchange)
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented
  • Skagit Gleaners
  • Blood Donation

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Meet Your Neighbor

Guemes Island Fire Chief Gerry Francis Retires -

In July, Guemes Island Fire Chief Gerry Francis retired after 12 years of service to our community.



Gerry’s history with the Guemes Island Fire Department is chronicled in archived issues of the Guemes Tide (see guemestide.org). In the October 2010 issue of the Tide, Edith Walden writes that Gerry and his wife Lorraine “first moved to Guemes from Utah in 2004, when Gerry retired as a maintenance planner with Kimberly-Clark. They constructed their home on Samish Street in 2005. In November 2006, a storm threw a huge fir tree through their bedroom roof at 5:30 a.m., just missing Lorraine’s head. Gerry remembers the impressive help they received from then Fire Chief Carl Meinzinger and fire volunteers Bob and Nancy White. In 2008, at age 66, Gerry joined the Guemes Island Fire Department after seeing a recruiting flyer.” Gerry’s life was anything but boring after that.

The required firefighter training and rigorous emergency medical technician (EMT) training program are challenging for even young recruits. At age 66, Gerry excelled, graduating as class valedictorian at the recruit academy. Gerry was certified as an EMT in January 2011 after many hours of home study, classroom training, exams, and volunteer shifts in an ambulance and an emergency room.

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Fire District 17 appointed Gerry Francis to the assistant chief’s position in 2011. In 2014, Gerry was promoted to chief. As a first responder to many medical and fire emergencies on Guemes, Chief Francis has provided compassionate care to those in need. He has led his dedicated team of volunteers in protecting home and property from fire, as well as mitigating storm damage until other emergency responders can arrive.

Mentoring new firefighters strengthens every fire department while providing continuity of service. Gerry has mentored newly appointed Fire Chief Olivia Snell, who served as assistant chief for the past five years.

A grateful community wishes to thank Gerry Francis for his many years of service. In addition, we thank Gerry’s wife, Lorraine, who is also stepping away from the fire department where she served as Public Information Officer and “Chief Chef.” They will both be missed on the front lines.
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Neighbor News

Guemes Island Fire Chief Gerry Francis Retires

 In July, Guemes Island Fire Chief Gerry Francis retired after 12 years of service to our community.

 

Gerry’s history with the Guemes Island Fire Department is chronicled in archived issues of the Guemes Tide (see guemestide.org). In the October 2010 issue of the Tide, Edith Walden writes that Gerry and his wife Lorraine “first moved to Guemes from Utah in 2004, when Gerry retired as a maintenance planner with Kimberly-Clark. They constructed their home on Samish Street in 2005. In November 2006, a storm threw a huge fir tree through their bedroom roof at 5:30 a.m., just missing Lorraine’s head. Gerry remembers the impressive help they received from then Fire Chief Carl Meinzinger and fire volunteers Bob and Nancy White. In 2008, at age 66, Gerry joined the Guemes Island Fire Department after seeing a recruiting flyer.” Gerry’s life was anything but boring after that.

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GICCA Stage Progress

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Thank you to the community for your continued support as this project moves forward toward completion.  Click here to view enlarged and updated slideshow & read more.

Building A Strong Community

 

 

Building a strong community is about getting involved. Of course, involvement is more difficult during a pandemic. We all miss the fun gatherings often sponsored by island organizations. These events helped build community and also helped raise money to defray operating costs.

 

While we can’t physically be together for fundraising events, we can still support our community organizations and community projects through financial donations. The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) has ongoing expenses to maintain its building and properties. The GICCA Stage Project is nearing completion and your generous donations continue to make that progress possible. We will soon be raising the roof at the stage - another significant milestone. If you'd like to get involved and help us "raise the roof," donations can be made through PayPal or mailed directly to GICCA at 7549 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221. In either case, please specify if you'd like your donation to go toward the Stage Project or to the GICCA General Fund.

 

Other island organizations also depend on community support. Donations can be made to the Guemes Island Community Church through their website. The Guemes Island Library has an updated online catalog and curbside pickup. Donations to the Guemes Library can be mailed to 7549 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221.

 

Thank you for staying involved while staying home and staying safe.

Heart-Felt Thanks

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 and cannot stay home.....

Thank you for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice.
You are truly heroes!

 

And to all of you who are not on the front lines and are heeding the advice of health experts to stay home, or wear a mask and physically distance if you must go out ... we applaud you as well!

Thank you for demonstrating respect for others and for doing the right thing.

Burn Ban Takes Effect July 24

A modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect at noon Friday, July 24, and continue until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended. Questions? Please contact the Skagit County Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-416-1840 or see their website.

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Reality Check

A simple reality

Credit: University of Kansas Health System

We do many things to protect others from unnecessary harm. We don’t drink and drive. We don’t run stoplights. We don’t smoke on airplanes or in other indoor public places. The same principle applies to masks. When worn correctly, wearing a mask in public protects everyone else from the germs that are released every time you breathe, talk, laugh, cough, or sneeze.

Wearing is caring.

It’s as simple as that.

Helpful Links

On Deck

For a 'month-at-a-glance' calendar, scroll to the very top of this page & click on the Events Calendar button.

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