Kelly’s Point Update – One Month to Go

Kelly's Point Update - One Month to Go

Skagit Land Trust has raised 90% of the funds needed to purchase Kelly’s Point and Yellow Bluff, thanks to an outpouring of support from the Guemes and greater Skagit community. The Trust has one month left to raise the final funds. A recent match challenge from Rick and Bonnie Rule was completed, matching over 240 gifts. Thanks to a new anonymous gift, community donations will continue to be matched. People wanting to donate to the protection of Yellow Bluff and Kelly’s Point should contact Skagit Land Trust or visit their website at

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2017 GICCA President’s Report

GICCA 2017 President's Report

The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) board has had a busy and productive year. Our Community Hall has opened its doors to a variety of events and activities. The President's Report is a review of our work in 2017 with a reminder of upcoming events for the remainder of November and December.

President's Report


Pictured from left: Deb Strathman, Marietta Harrigan, Barb Ohms, Rob Schroder, Sarah Sibley, Loalynda Bird.

The Board would like to extend a very special thank you to Marietta and Sarah for 2 years of dedicated service to the community!

2017 GIPAC Annual Report

GIPAC 2017 Annual Report

GIPAC is authorized by Skagit County to represent islanders in monitoring the Guemes Island Subarea Plan, which, after 20 years of planning by islanders, was adopted by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners in 2011. The Subarea Plan attempts to preserve the rural character and the natural resources of Guemes Island.


Annual Report

Guemes Island CERT Featured in Anacortes American

Guemes Island CERT Featured in Anacortes American

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a team of island volunteers who are prepared, if called upon by the Guemes Island fire chief, to respond to any disaster, man-made or natural, that the island experiences.  However, island residents and visitors should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. Learn how you can prepare: Guemes Island CERT documents



A 72-hour survival kit, which can be grabbed in the event of an emergency evacuation, may contain items such as clothing, medications, a flashlight, multi-tool, medical kit, water, food and important documents.

Photo and article courtesy of Joan Pringle, Anacortes American

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Meet Your Neighbor – Karen Lamphere

Meet Your Neighbor - Karen Lamphere

Karen Lamphere will bring a new perspective to our GICCA board. She has a Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University and recently retired after 15 years in private practice. Our luminary and rock painting classes piqued Karen's interest in GICCA offerings.

We look forward to some possible new workshops utilizing the Community Center kitchen and Karen's nutrition experience. Music is also a passion for Karen. She graced our talent show with a piano performance and sang a rendition of "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele. Karen is married to Tim, a retired electrical inspector, and has a son who is a professional musician in New York City.
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Meet Your Neighbor – Chris Skinner

Meet Your Neighbor - Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner greets everyone with a smile and a wave as she and her dog Hemp walk the Island roads. Guemes has rekindled a creative spirit in Chris and she brings contagious enthusiasm to whatever Community Center activity she participates in.

The Skinner family made Anacortes their home 22 years ago and they were fortunate to finally have the opportunity to move across the channel to Guemes in 2013. Chris has three grown children and her husband is a writer.
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Meet Your Neighbor – Liz Hartley

Meet Your Neighbor - Liz Hartley

Liz Hartley moved to Guemes from Mukilteo where she was a practicing ophthalmologist for 26 years. With two sons in college and newly retired, she is finally finding the spare time to volunteer and become more involved in the community.

Liz and her husband Paul, a writer, love living on Guemes and enjoy discovering what island living is all about. You may see Liz bicycling around Guemes or at one of our local yoga classes.
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GIHS – History of the North Wind Gallery

Nov. 13, 7 p.m. (Church)

Guemes Island Historical Society
November 13, 7 p.m. Church

Before it became the Northwind, Ria Foster's gallery was The Green Frog, located in downtown Anacortes circa 1967. Not long after, like it's amphibian namesake, it changed and became Island International Artists and moved to Guemes Island where once again it morphed, becoming the Northwind Gallery in 1980.

Join us for a fascinating look at the business that “fostered” many local artists and exposed their work to a national audience. The program will be presented by fellow islanders Renee and Rick Norrie.  The program will be followed by the regularly scheduled GIHS business meeting. All interested parties are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Tom Deach at 360-708-2582 or email: Hope to see you there!

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