Guemes Island Community Center Association

Enriching and Connecting Our Island Community


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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Homegrown Community Talent Show, Sat Oct 20

Enjoy the talents of your friends and neighbors, this Saturday at the Community Hall, 7:00 PM! Savor just-pressed mulled apple cider and a delicious dessert bar. Generous donations from local artists for the raffle at only $1 per ticket! Fun for young and old. Free Admission. Don't miss it!!! Contact Karen Lamphere or 425-297-3990 if you have questions.

Voter Registration Information

  • Oct 8 - Deadline for online & mail-in voter registration, all address changes, name changes, and other updates. In-person voter registrations for new voters accepted up to 8 days prior to Election Day.
  • Oct 6-13 - State Voters' Pamphlets are mailed to every household in Washington State.
  • Oct 17 - Ballots mailed. Expect delivery of ballots no later than Oct 25.
  • Oct 29 - Deadline for in-person new voter only Washington State voter registration. Register in-person at Skagit County Auditor's Office, 700 S. 2nd St, Room 201, Mount Vernon.
  • Nov 6 - General Election - Ballot drop boxes close promptly at 8:00 p.m. Drop boxes located on the north side of the Anacortes Library at 1220 10th St and at Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes. Mailed ballots must be post marked on later than Nov 6.

GIPAC Election Notice

The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) will hold its annual election for Board members during its Annual Meeting, November 18, 2018, in the Community Hall, between 2-4 PM.
The GIPAC Board has seven members, who serve staggered, three-year terms. The terms of two Board members end in 2018, so we have two seats to fill in the election next month. The two incumbents in those positions, Allen Bush and Steve Orsini, intend to run for re-election at the Annual Meeting.  

All residents or property owners on Guemes who are 18 years or older are entitled to vote or be elected at the Annual Meeting.  

Nominations from the floor will be accepted at our November 5 monthly meeting, which will be held at the Community Church from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Our monthly meetings are open and anyone is welcome to attend. At the conclusion of the November 5 meeting, we will close the nomination process for the 2018 election. If you have questions about our election process, please contact Hal Rooks, GIPAC Chair, at or 360-391-8400.
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Be Firewise

The burn ban has been lifted. Be firewise and protect your home and property by following these suggestions. Click here to view risk reduction steps that can make your home safer during a wildfire. For up-to-date information from the Guemes Island Fire Dept, go to

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Island News

Dick Warwick, Cowboy Poet and Songster, to perform at the Guemes Island Community Center Nov 3 - Dick Warwick is a man of diverse talents. He’s a fiddler in the Urban Coyote Bush Band and an artisan who crafts silverware into sculptures. He’s a cowboy who still bucks hay bales and a songster who’ll sing you a tune. He’s a poet whose writings reflect the life he’s lived in the rural west. And, he’s a man whose poetry has taken him around the world.  

This sought-after bard has performed throughout the US and Australia for over 20 years. His honors include winning the Cowboy Idol poetry competition at the Columbia River Cowboy Festival, being all-around champion at the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Utah and featured poet multiple times at Nevada’s and Colorado’s Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Australia’s National Folk Festival. He also bears the distinction of being selected as a cultural ambassador by the US Consul in Western Australia.  

Warwick authored the book “Out West to Outback and Beyond” and his poems have been published many times in the Australian Anthology “The Swagman’s Book of Verse.”  

As for recordings, he’s got nine under his belt! His latest two, "Cowboy Poetry Lite" and "Cowboy Poetry Plus," were both Western Music Association finalists for cowboy poetry CD of the year.

This event is being presented by The 4 Chicks – the four-woman team of Cheryl Mansley, Suzie Gwost, Lorrie Steele and Libby Hinds Boucher. The 4 Chicks believe in creating community events with a “down-home” feel.  

So, on Saturday, November 3rd, round up your posse, put on your boots and mosey on over to the Guemes Island Community Center at 7549 Guemes Island Road for some cowboy music and poetry. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15/person suggested donation @ the door. Cowhand-style refreshments will be served during intermission. Feel free to come in cowboy and cowgirl attire!  

The Community Center is less than half a mile from the ferry dock on Guemes. For more information, contact Cheryl Mansley at 304-702-0554 or
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GICCA Board Openings - This Fall, there may be openings on the Guemes Island Community Center Association Board.  

Engaging in the community as a GICCA Board member is fun and rewarding. It’s an opportunity to learn more about our island community, participate in exciting projects (e.g. future Hall expansion), partner with other organizations, meet new people, and make a difference.

If you’re new to the community, we welcome your new ideas, energy, and talents. Been around for a while? We value your island knowledge and experience. 

If you’re awesome (we think you are) and you want to make a difference (we know you do), please consider contacting us to learn more.
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Sound Defense Alliance - Thanks to everyone who attended the August 19 film screenings about the Navy jets out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and their impact on our local communities and environment. 

If you'd like to learn more, we encourage you to visit or contact Mark Lundsten, member of Indivisible Fidalgo, directly at
A Gentle Reminder From The Guemes Library - Please be sure to return books and DVDs that you have checked out from our island library.
We have many overdue items and a few empty DVD cases.  Remember to check your bookshelves and DVD players.
Thank you from the Guemes Library staff.

Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your (Backyard) Neighbors - Guemes Island owl photos by Ian Woofenden, Connie Snell, and Deb Strathman

Whoooo's your neighbor?

Does your neighbor have a quiet and wise demeanor? Does s/he exude an air of mystery and diffidence? Do you hear him/her calling out at night? Does s/he hang out on your back fence and stare at anything that moves? Strange behavior for a neighbor? Not if s/he's an owl! What a hoot! 

Thank you to all the islanders and visitors who attended the presentation by Paul Bannick, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, on Saturday September 22. Paul's talk was informative and accompanied by his fabulous photographs of owls from the desert Southwest to the frozen arctic. The proceeds benefit the Guemes Island Environmental Trust.

Paul, a graduate from the University of Washington, is an award-winning wildlife photographer and acclaimed author. He combines his love of the outdoors, his skill as a photographer, and his passion for wilderness conservation into his books as well as his multimedia presentations that emphasize the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. 

Paul has been featured numerous times in local and national press, including in the Seattle Times, King 5 News, Evening Magazine, NPR, NBC Nightly News, etc. He currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas and recovering native species from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. 

Join us! Don't miss Owl!
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Fun Factoids

Quite Interesting: The highest scoring word in Scrabble is oxyphenbutazone, potentially earning 1,178 points., (It’s a drug used to treat arthritis).

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  • 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).
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  • Then, just shop as you normally would!

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