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May '19 Update

GICCA Board Announces New Schoolhouse Park Stage Project Manager


At the May 16, 2019, Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) monthly meeting, the GICCA board introduced Rick Norrie as the newly appointed volunteer Schoolhouse Park Stage Project Manager. Rick and his wife, Renee, are longtime islanders. Recently retired, Rick now has more time to give to the Guemes community. He is already a valued member of the Guemes Island Volunteer Fire Department. Rick brings his management skills and construction experience to this long-running community project. Rick is committed to moving forward with a positive attitude that emphasizes cooperation and inclusion.


Progress is already apparent when you drive by Schoolhouse Park. A new secure fence is in place around the construction site to keep the community safe as summer attracts more visitors to the park. The site has been tidied up, materials are being inventoried, and construction schedules are being developed. If you recently donated materials or funds for materials and have not been recognized, please contact Rick or a GICCA board member so that we can thank you for your generous donation and provide you with a tax deduction receipt.


Working with the GICCA board and many of our talented volunteers, Rick is leading this ambitious project toward completion. Please contact Rick Norrie at 360-661-5770 with questions or to volunteer.


April '19 Update

In preparation for a busy Easter holiday weekend at Schoolhouse Park, a crew of seven past and present GICCA board members met at the Stage Project construction site for a Spring cleanup.

Cleanup crew (L to R): Carol Deach (back), Liz Hartley (front), Emma Schroder, Deb Strathman, Barb Ohms (back), Julie Pingree (front).

Not pictured: Rob Schroder


One of the hoop houses is no longer needed and was removed. The second will come down soon in preparation for the arrival of fill dirt. The deck platform is very close to completion which will signal the end of Phase I of the project. Thank you to Mike Gwost, Jorge and Bill Clark for your work on the deck.


Construction has gone on much longer than anticipated and our building permit has expired with no extensions remaining. Phase II will require better planning and a new building permit. The GICCA board is responsive to the community's desire to see the project finished. Please check here for a detailed description of the Phasing Plan adopted by the GICCA Board. An updated Volunteer Waiver Form must be completed by all volunteers and submitted to GICCA (updated forms are also available at the stage). Please contact Barb Ohms or Rob Schroder if you have questions on the steps ahead.


March '18 Update

The weather this winter has kept even the hardiest of our volunteers from working on the Stage the last few months. The Community Center Association has the Phase I plan laid out. Our project manager, Rob Schroder, is working with longtime islander and retired builder, Jep Burdock to complete some electrical work before we can finish the decking. Next, we need a stretch of dry weather and more fill dirt before we can finish the grading. When that's done and the hoop houses are removed, we will have a performance platform that can be used.


With Rob and Jep's guidance and a good community effort of cooperation, we could complete Phase I this summer. A tribute to Banjo Eddie would be a fitting inaugural first performance for the stage.


The vertical sections and the roof (Phase II) need further planning and money in the bank. Project phasing information can be found here.


September '17 Update

Volunteers have been hard at work on Phase 1 of the Stage Project. Key word here - "volunteers". Many islanders are giving their time and talents to further progress on the stage, and for that, we're very grateful. The current work happening is part of Phase 1. Phase 2 will proceed once we have a budget and funding is available. Learn more about the project phases.


If you'd like to volunteer, there are jobs of every level that need hands - from staining wood to hammering and sawing. You don't need prior construction experience for many of the tasks. Just a desire to help and hands ready to work.


Jep Burdock, a long-time islander and retired builder, is generously lending his expertise to the stage project. Many thanks to Todd Figenshow, Michael Grennell, and Scott Parker who are working with Rob Schroder, project manager, and Jep to keep island volunteers involved. Anyone who wants to volunteer should contact one of these individuals or email us at to find out about volunteer opportunities. Be sure to fill out a Volunteer Waiver Form available by clicking HERE (updated, 4/2019) or at the site.