Community Interest Survey
GICCA Learning Series
GICCA is preparing to offer a monthly learning program, just prior to each public meeting. As with GICCA public meetings, lectures may be in-person or virtual, via Zoom, depending on community health concerns.
Please help us plan this series of monthly lectures and learning opportunities by indicating your level of interest in a range of topics. Our survey is located here: https://forms.gle/JPATHwnAp1RqBjSE9
Thank you. We value your inputs and look forward to learning with you!
Cabin Fever? 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.
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. Monthly on the 4th Thursday island HAMs and a group of FRS (family radio service) operators participate in an emergency communications net to test radio procedures. Net Control broadcasts from the Guemes Fire Hall to HAMs in four sectors who relay check-ins from a small network of FRS callers in their sectors.
Featured Artists: Devon LeBoutillier and Chase Graham
Our latest featured artist gives us two for the price of one! Devon LeBoutillier and Chase Graham are the creative geniuses behind Couple of Designers, a freelance design team that specializes in graphic design, web design, and branding. Their work can be seen around Guemes Island and Anacortes, and they have been a key part of developing and maintaining the Guemes Island Art webpage. They are a great reminder that artists come in many varieties and not all art results in an object to display in your home.
Still Need a COVID Vaccination?
If you're still looking for a COVID vaccination Skagit County Public Health wants to help.
January 5, 2022 Skagit County press release - Information on testing and vaccination locations (see also, "Reality Check - 2022 COVID News" on this page)
Subscribe here for the latest Skagit County COVID-19 updates and news.
The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
Island Kids Promote Kindness
The Island Explorers, Fiona and Calum Denovan, Nalu and Tika Rumpff, Findlay Walker, and Matia Parks, led by teacher Gale Myles are encouraging everyone to do one small act of kindness every day to make the world a better place. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the group made a banner to represent his love of all children no matter the color or their skin.
The "Be the i in Kind" banner is now displayed outside the Community Center Hall. The Island Explorers invite everyone to stop by and take a selfie and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #betheiinkind.
GICCA Board Updates
In November 2021 a new GICCA Board was elected by the association membership. Per GICCA Bylaws, the elected Board met in December in a closed session meeting where officers and assignments were determined. At that meeting, an unexpected resignation by Mary Hale was submitted to take effect on January 5, 2022.
Island Organizations Partner to Bring Visibility to Guemes History
The Guemes Library and the Guemes Island Historical Society have partnered to acquire a grant through the Washington State Library's Rural Digitization Project. There are now over 100 historic photos posted online. The Strickland family is well represented. Don't miss seeing the 1914 photo of a group of islanders in front of the "new" community hall, built that very year. See the 1962 photo of the old Guemes Schoolhouse for which Schoolhouse Park is named.
If you have historic family photos to share, please contact email@example.com.
Pickleball on Guemes
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- FULL SLIDESHOW - Stage Progress, "Through the Years"
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to September 2021
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through September 2021
GICCA maintains a master list of names of stage volunteers, donors, and business partners. The list currently contains over 145 names and continues to grow - thank you! GICCA looks forward to publicly acknowledging all the hard-working and generous volunteers, donors, and business partners in conjunction with a well-deserved and long-awaited community celebration at project conclusion.
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.
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.
COVID-Safe Ways to Volunteer
Volunteering is not only helpful to others it is rewarding for you and good for your mental health. GICCA has many suggestions for COVID-safe volunteering.
GICCA’s Virtual Lecture Series is seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate and manage group presentations on Zoom.
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Guemes Island Community Center Association email lists on other island websites are no longer used for GICCA mailings of any kind. To receive GICCA news, please click below to subscribe.
Reality Check - 2022 COVID News
The January 5, 2022 press release from the Skagit County Health Department continues to have alarming news about high COVID-19 case rates in our county. Community spread seems to be a big factor. Gatherings over the holidays and the spread of the Omicron variant have caused a spike in cases.
The most vulnerable population continues to be those who are unvaccinated. Although breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are also likely to occur with the new Omicron variant, getting vaccinated remains the most effective way to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
Vaccination is a personal choice and some individuals are unable to be vaccinated because of underlying health conditions. However, healthcare professionals agree that getting vaccinated not only protects you individually but slows community spread and protects others. Vaccination is still the best protection for all.
Read the press release above for information on testing and vaccination locations. Also, check vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/ to schedule a vaccination or booster appointment.
The Guemes Island Community Center Hall is available for meetings and rentals, but COVID restrictions are in place. Click here to read why there are entry restrictions for the Community Center Hall. Masks are required for entry. Do not attend in person if you are not fully vaccinated. Building capacity is reduced and no food or drink is allowed inside as that would require removing your mask. Immunocompromised individuals should consider staying home. Virtual options are offered whenever possible in order to protect the health of all attendees. GICCA's COVID restrictions and rules are supported by the Skagit County Health Dept and CDC recommendations and can change without advance notice.
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!
- CERT Neighborhood Sectors & Volunteer List
- CERT Description
- CERT Household Preparedness
- CERT Neighborhood Procedures
- CERT Questionnaire
- Search & Rescue Sign
Earthquake early-warning notifications
- 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!