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Election Day 2020
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Halloween Made Safe
It’s spooky season! Halloween this year will be a bit different from the usual Trunk or Treat event. Due to the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19, the Trunk or Treat event is canceled, but don’t “boo hoo" just yet! We still want your kids to have a little piece of this spooky holiday.
On Saturday, October 31st from 3 to 4 pm, there will be a Boo Box Curbside Pickup, located in front of the Guemes Island Community Center.
Dress your kids up in their costumes (masks included please) and come on down to pick up a Boo Box! Please remain in the safety of your vehicle and we will bring the goodies to your window. These boxes will be filled with all sorts of Halloween treats put together by Devon and Gail LeBoutillier. ALL safety measures will be taken during every step. Masks and gloves will be worn during the creation and distribution of the Boo Boxes. This is a Skagit Health Department approved event! Boo Boxes and contents are sanitized and packed to meet COVID precautions.
Interested in picking up a Boo Box for your child? Please send an email to email@example.com or sign up at guemestrunkortreat.com by Saturday, October 17th to reserve a box for your child (ages 18 and under). Include your child’s first name, age, and any food allergies.
Donations: We are looking for cash donations to be able to create the best Boo Boxes we can! Any amount is truly appreciated and will be put to good use. Please donate by October 17th to Devon LeBoutillier through Paypal or Venmo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community Hall Remains Closed
The Community Hall remains closed to all activities and events. The Guemes Island Community Center Association is required to follow the requirements outlined in Phase 2 of Washington’s Phased Reopening Plan. Individuals and businesses should follow all requirements during all Phases. Individuals should also follow all safety guidelines and adhere to the current 5-person limit on gathering size.
Revisiting Islanders' "Words of Wisdom"
In April, islanders Rev. Sally Balmer, Jon Prescott, David Wertheimer, Sarah Banning, Deb Strathman, and Barb Ohms shared their thoughts on dealing with what has become the "new normal." Those words of wisdom seem meaningful still. If you'd like to share your thoughts on coping during this stressful and uncertain time, you can contact us here.
Staying Home Is Still Safest
On July 27, Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand extended his guidance on canceling large scale events through the end of 2020. This extension was supported unanimously by the Skagit County Board of Health. Read more
“We had hoped that we would be in a better position than we are by the end of the summer- but that just isn’t the case,” said Dr. Leibrand. “People just don’t seem to get it." He encouraged people to continue to cap gatherings at five people outside one's household per week, maintain six feet of distance from others, and wear masks. Fewer, shorter, and safer interactions remain crucial.
COVID Forces Delay of GICCA Board Elections
The GICCA Bylaws state that the election nomination process shall begin in September of each year with voting in November. The Board of Directors looked carefully at five options of how and when to hold the November Annual Meeting and election. The pandemic has placed many challenges on election planning. Following a posted and scheduled August Meeting of the Executive Board, the following motion was emailed on August 13, 2020 to all members of the GICCA Board: “The November 2020 election of Board Members shall be delayed for one year. Those currently on the Board will have their terms extended for one additional year.” Six members voted in favor of the motion and one abstained, therefore, the motion passed. This decision followed the Ferry Committee lead to delay their election for one year.
Please read the Election Planning document prepared by the GICCA Election Committee that explains the primary concerns and decision-making process.
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:
- PRESS RELEASE (10/8) Read more: From Skagit County Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Leibrand, "Skagit County, we’re in trouble. COVID-19 cases are rising at an alarming rate."
- Anacortes School District to begin Fall school year in fully remote model
- Resources to help adults 65 & over
- PRESS RELEASE (7/27) Read more: Skagit County Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Leibrand extends his guidance on canceling large scale events through the end of 2020.
- NEWS ALERT (7/23) Read more: Governor Inslee announces changes to Safe Start Plan as COVID cases rise.
- Public Health information direct from Skagit County Public Health experts.
- 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 email@example.com
- Guemes Island Ferry COVID-19 Updates
- 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.
An Encore Performance
This month we are, once again, featuring YOU because you deserve an encore! YOU are a neighbor. YOU are a part of what makes us a community.
Tip For Newsletter Subscribers
First, a big THANK YOU to our subscribers. Your kind and supportive comments in response to our newsletters mean so much. Reaching out to you via our newsletters is something we look forward to each month. It's a way to stay connected while we continue to follow public health guidelines and practice physical distancing. We look forward to the time when we can once again see your happy faces at community activities.
In the meantime, here's a simple tip for those of you who believe you've previously signed up for GICCA newsletters but haven't been receiving them in your Inbox. Re-subscribing via our website will not correct this problem; the simple fix must be made in your email browser.
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to September 2020
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through June 2020
Thank you to the community for your continued support as the stage structure nears completion. Click here to view an enlarged slideshow and read more updates.
It is now officially Autumn and cooler nights and falling leaves usher in the changing season. The completed stage roof was especially welcomed as a cold front brought nearly 1 1/2 inches of much-needed rain. We passed our County framing inspection. The stage crew had a few electrical details to revise before our 2nd electrical inspection but we received the go-ahead to close in the side and back walls. The final wall covering will complement the appearance of the rugged but elegant timber frame structure. Timber oil will be used to treat all remaining raw wood surfaces.
Discussions are underway with landscape professionals, excavators, and with the County as we develop the landscape plan for the stage site. The ADA ramp, parking, an access ramp for equipment, grading, and future audience seating are all elements being discussed. We must complete the required mitigation conditions for the wetlands buffer zone before the final inspection.
As previously stated, final inspection and occupancy permit, COVID restrictions, and acquisition of a required Skagit County Special Use Permit will determine when the stage will be available for use by the community. The GICCA Board and our dedicated stage crew appreciate the many compliments and words of appreciation we have received.
Donations are still needed to complete the project. You may donate online or mail a check to GICCA, 7549 Guemes Island Rd, Anacortes, WA 98221 with a "Stage Donation" designation. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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.
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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A simple reality
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.
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- Resident Questionnaire
- Volunteer Contacts, and more
- Schedule GICCA Facilities
- Hall Rental Agreement
- Hall Amenities
- Volunteer Waiver (Stage)
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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!