GICCA, Oct 17
GICCA Board Nominations
Nominations for two upcoming openings on the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Board will be open to the general membership at the October 17 public meeting at the Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. Nominations will close at the adjournment of that meeting.
Nominees - Help us get to know you
Nominee statements, including responses to the following questions, will be shared at the October meeting and posted on this website following the meeting.
At the Annual Meeting on November 21, the membership will elect, from the slate of nominees, members to fill the open positions on the Board.
GICCA sponsors, coordinates, and hosts many community events and activities while also managing GICCA properties at the Community Hall, the Murray Read Pavilion and the GICCA Stage at Schoolhouse Park. Engaging in the community as a GICCA Board member can be fun and rewarding. It’s an opportunity to learn about our island
community, participate in exciting projects, partner with other island organizations, meet new people, and make a difference.
The most valuable assets you can bring to any volunteer effort are an open mind, compassion, and a willingness to pitch in wherever needed — with a positive and collaborative attitude.
Membership in GICCA is open to all Guemes Island residents and property owners aged eighteen or older. All members in attendance may vote at the November Annual Meeting.
Ride the Bus Training, Oct 24
Take the time to learn how to take the bus!
Do you really need your car EVERY day? Do you want to go to LaConner, Bellingham, or Everett but don’t want to drive? The 409 bus or the 410 bus with stops on 6th Street near the our Ferry Terminal will take you easily and very inexpensively to many of Anacortes’ most popular destinations and beyond. It's easy - join us and learn how!
Skagit Transit Travel Trainer, Susan Libby, will be at the Guemes Church lecture room at 12:30 on October 24th, where she will present a free informational program. She will explain the detailed routes of the 409 and 410 buses and how they connect to other routes to take you to other parts of the county and state. Susan will also discuss the Para Transit program, van pools, and guided travel-training opportunities. Free brochures will be available for you to take home to guide further travel.
This travel seminar is hosted by Groundfloor Guemes as a community service. It follows the Guemes Connects Gathering Lunch that day. You're welcome to attend the lunch, served from 11:15 to 12:30 (suggested donation $5) and stay for the presentation, or arrive at the church at 12:30 to attend the free program.
Trunk or Treat
Oct 31, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand...Trunk or Treat at the Community Hall. If you'd like to participate by decorating your vehicle and handing out treats and trinkets, or if you'd like to donate (candy, money, or Halloween decorations for the parking lot), please send an email to Devon LeBoutillier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to reserve your spot soon, parking spaces are limited and it is filling up fast!
GICCA Stage Project Update
Summer has been a busy and productive time for the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Stage Project at Schoolhouse Park. We are excited about our recent progress and renewed momentum!
Here’s a summary of our progress:
- The site has been cleaned up and secured with a construction fence.
- The deck has been completed.
- Donated logs have been inspected, graded, peeled, and sanded.
- Where possible, rot and insect damage are being repaired, and replacement logs have been acquired for those logs that were not salvageable.
- Donated timbers have been milled into dimensional lumber.
- Six of the eight main upright logs have been through-bolted in place.
How fortunate we are to live in a time of so many choices and such abundance! Yet, that same abundance has created a waste-stream of modern life. A throw-away lifestyle has turned landfills into trash mountains.
Many household items cannot be recycled or repurposed via curbside recycling bins. This well-researched guide will help you thoughtfully manage your household discards and slow the river of waste into our landfills.
The "Beyond the Bin" recycling guide, provided by the Skagit Plastic Reduction & Recycling Coalition (a project of Friends of Skagit Beaches), provides information about a wide variety of items (not just plastic) that can be taken to outlets in or near Skagit County instead of adding them to the landfill mountain.
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Every ton of CO2 we emit melts 32 sq ft of Arctic ice, according to a 2016 study, which means the average American melts 525 sq ft a year. Every energy-saving building, retired gas-guzzler, and acre of perserved forest helps. But none of it will help much if the world doesn't switch to a carbon-free energy supply soon. The momentum is building — even though the switch from fossil fuels is just beginning, the solar industry in the U.S, now employes more people than coal, oil, and gas combined. — NatGeo
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- Neighborhood Procedures
- Resident Questionnaire
- Volunteer Contacts, and more
- Schedule Hall Facilities
- Hall Rental Agreement
- Volunteer Waiver
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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!