Burn Ban Remains In Effect
Due to dry weather conditions, a modified burn ban for all residential and land-clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County went into effect on July 16, 2022 and continues until further notice. Go to http://www.guemesfire.org/
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Nominations Open Sept 15
September 15 begins the election cycle for the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Board of Directors. In November 2021, the GICCA membership voted to amend the bylaws to allow the nomination period to open to the general membership in September.
At the upcoming GICCA Public Business Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 PM, nominations will be accepted for vacancies on the GICCA Board. Nominations can be made in person at the Sept. 15 and Oct. 20 meetings or by mail using the nomination form available at the meeting. The nomination period will close at the end of the next GICCA Public Business Meeting on Thursday, October 20. A slate of proposed candidates will be presented.
A nominee must be a Guemes Island resident or property owner. All nominees will receive a Nomination Questionnaire/Candidate Profile that is due three weeks prior to the November meeting for posting and electronic distribution. The questionnaire must be fully completed to be considered a candidate and to be included on the November ballot.
Guemes Island Water Well Study Needs Your Help
U.S. Geological Survey Data Collection Begins Week of Sept 12
In order to better understand the complex hydrogeologic system and the continued growth and development of the island and the new demands for groundwater on Guemes Island, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is revisiting a network of 83 wells that had been visited in the 1990s. Additionally, we are expanding the study to include more wells on the island. Our work will involve locating existing water wells and measuring the depth to the water in the wells.
The Future of (Guemes) History
Postponed until Oct 17, 7:00 PM at the Church
Guemes Island Historical Society (GIHS) and Guemes Island Library (GIL) Have Merged!
by Morna McEachern
With the sad events of the passing away of both Tom Deach and Win Anderson and the desire for other members of the GIHS board to step down for personal reasons, the boards of GIHS and GIL have decided to merge the two organizations and operate under the non-profit (501 (c) 3) umbrella of the library.
Featured Artist: Allen Moe
Allen Moe is an artist the likes of which people have rarely seen. His mediums include chicken feet, bones, fish parts, road kill, latex caulk, and a cement-like compound. The resulting artwork is unique, to say the least. The pots, which are fired in campfires, are adorned with skins, bones, and the like. His casts of the world around us, a world we normally walk right by, are documentation that makes one appreciate the earth in a whole new way. Read more to step into the world as seen through the eyes of Allen Moe.
Get Involved in Your Community
Back row L to R: Kelly McAllister, Randy Cotton, Norlin Joyce, Larry Verbano, Dave Shill, Barb Ohms, Scott Anderson, Bill Heft
Front row L to R: Patrick Dougherty, Lorrie Steele, Karen Anderson, Kathy Whitman, Klaudia Englund
Not pictured: Nancy Fisher-Allison, Tom Hancock, Mary Holmes, Mary Joyce, Mark Ohms, Karen Shill, Jeff Spada, Diana Tsang
Volunteers have recently completed a number of projects both large and small at the Guemes Island Community Center. Pictured above are the islanders who helped complete the installation of the new floor. Another crew repaired and restained the deck. Volunteers tend the landscaping at both the Hall and the Stage.
You too can get involved. If you've brought skills and talents to your new home on Guemes and you want to get to know people, consider joining the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Board or just volunteer for a project or a cooking team.
* Join the GICCA Board (elections coming in Nov)
The GICCA Board is looking for enthusiastic people to help continue the good work of the association.
*Volunteer Opportunities Continue into the Fall
Please let us know if you have some time to help with any of these upcoming projects:
* Join the Gathering Lunch/Soup-to-Go Team
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring, Guemes Islanders flock to the Church every Thursday for a "home-cooked" lunch prepared by a team of volunteers.
* CERT Seeking HAM Radio Operators
The Guemes Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is in need of more HAM radio operators to join the CERT Radio Team.
Latest COVID News & Updated Hall Use Policy
The health of the Guemes Island community continues to be a top priority for GICCA as we offer venues for public gatherings. We appreciate that there are varied views on this important topic, and we remain attentive to changes from Skagit County, the State, and the CDC.
Click here to read the updated Hall use policy, effective August 1, 2022
Discover the World of Virtual Learning
GICCA's Social Connections page has a number of interesting virtual learning links to podcasts and videos covering a variety of topics from travel destinations to humor, music, nature, and more.
Pickleball on Guemes
A Reminder About Stage & Park Use
As a requirement of our Special Use Permit, GICCA's property at Schoolhouse Park is now designated as a Community Park. The rules that govern the Skagit County Schoolhouse Park also apply to the Stage and Pavilion picnic structure.
The Park, Community Stage, and Pavilion are open for public use from dawn to dusk. In other words, day use only.
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- FULL SLIDESHOW - Stage Progress, "Through the Years"
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to January 2022
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through January 2022
The Long Road to Permitting the Stage
Anyone who has built on Guemes Island or in Skagit County knows that the permitting process is long, tedious, and expensive. That was certainly the case for GICCA's Schoolhouse Park Stage.
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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.
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!
The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
- CERT Neighborhood Sectors & Volunteer List
- CERT Description
- CERT Household Preparedness
- CERT Neighborhood Procedures
- CERT Questionnaire
- Search & Rescue Sign
- Schedule GICCA Facilities
- Hall Rental Agreement
- Hall Amenities
- Volunteer Waiver (Stage)
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of AmazonSmile purchases to their customers' chosen charitable organization. Guemes Island Community Center Association is registered on AmazonSmile. So, if you’re already shopping anyway, why not let Amazon make a small donation to GICCA - at no additional cost to you or GICCA!
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!