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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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NW History Day Contest, Mar 7

Judges Needed

 

March 7 is fast approaching and judges are needed for the 2020 Northwest Region History Day Contest at Anacortes Middle School. A number of Guemes Islanders have volunteered in the past.

 

History Day is a nation-wide competition for public, private and homeschool students who compete at a regional level with winners progressing to a state then a national contest. The contest is a challenging and fun event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analytical, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12) students select a topic related to an annual theme. The 2020 NHD theme is Barriers In History. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources and then distill their research and analysis into one of five presentations: a dramatic performance, a multimedia documentary, a museum exhibit, website, or historical research paper.

 

Eight regional contests are held around Washington State in February and March. The Northwest Region Contest serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Regional winners advance to the Washington History Day State Contest tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Central Washington University. Students who finish in first or second place at the State contest in each category qualify for the National Contest, held June 14-18 at the University of Maryland at College Park.

 

Judges are needed to read papers and evaluate websites in late February and early March. Judges work independently but confer briefly once as a team of three to assemble results. Papers will be sent to judges electronically as pdfs; websites will be sent as URLs. Judging begins after February 10 and completed evaluation forms are mailed in at least one week before March 7.

 

Judges are also needed to evaluate exhibits, documentaries and performances at Anacortes Middle School on Saturday, March 7. These judges also serve on teams of three. Most judges will serve only in the morning.

 

Please consider joining other volunteers for this very heartening exposure to young people doing good things. You may also learn a little bit of history.

 

Contact Randy Schnabel
Coordinator, NW Region History Day
206-465-0317, randyschnabel@mac.com

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GIPAC Pledge Drive For Water Study

How much water do we really have for use on Guemes Island? We really don't know.

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Seeking 9th to 12th Grade Students

 

The Salish Sea School in Anacortes is an outdoor marine conservation school that helps create leaders in marine conservation by providing innovative college prep and purpose-driven leadership experience. In the summer of 2020, the School is launching its first marine conversation program, Guardians of the Sea, for rising 9th to 12th grade students. This program is a four day, daily boat-based program out of Skyline Marina. Sessions are available throughout the summer.

 

The Guardians of the Sea program equips students to become leaders to help restore the oceans through:

  • increased ocean connection and knowledge through hands-on learning
  • student involvement in citizen science projects for local scientists and organizations (microplastic sampling on the water, tufted puffin survey, forage fish survey and dissection, and more)
  • creation of a take-home action plan to stay involved
  • leadership development through recognizing innate gifts
  • mindfulness practices for every day stress-reduction

There are a limited number of student scholarships available for any interested students to apply for a seat in the program! Scholarship applications are available here and must be submitted by April 1, 2020.

Contact Amy Eberling, Executive Director, 703-477-7432 for more information or go to thesalishseaschool.org.

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Meet Your Neighbor

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Guemes Connects Needs You - A "community" is defined as a group of people living in the same place. There is also a more internal definition. A community is a group of people that takes care of each other. As Guemes Islanders, we are geographically connected but when we feel we are part of something bigger than ourselves, we truly function as a community.

For many years, Guemes Connects has brought neighbors together to help neighbors. Their mission is to foster a network of support for the Guemes Island community. This group of dedicated volunteers is committed to meeting the needs of anyone requesting assistance, regardless of age, illness, disability, race, or religion. Now Connects needs new volunteers as several of the founders are retiring.

The group's goal is to provide on-island skilled, compassionate assistance in the following areas:
  • Emergency Meals
  • Respite care (temporary relief for caregivers)
  • Transportation to medical appointments (not available during COVID)
  • Home Maintenance (helping needy island residents with uncomplicated maintenance tasks)
  • Housing (availability information)
  • Medical equipment (free wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bedside commodes, grab bars, etc.)

Guemes Connects also sponsors the popular Gathering Lunch (not available during COVID) and Soup-to-Go (a COVID safe alternative). These weekly lunch programs are open to everyone. Meals are served on Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:15 from November to April at the Guemes Community Church. A suggested donation of $5.00 helps to fund the program.

When the in-person Gathering Lunch is possible, free blood pressure testing is available from 11:15 to 12:30. The "Gathering" began as an opportunity to visit with neighbors, meet new friends, and enjoy a home-style hot lunch cooked in the Church commercial kitchen by island volunteers.

Soup-to-Go provides the same home-style soup lunch, bread, and a cookie as a COVID-safe alternative. Drive through at the front of the Church from 11:30 to 12:15, beginning on Nov 4. No lunch i served on Thanksgiving, Nov 25.

Following is the current contact list of the coordinators for the areas Connects serves.
Meals Lorraine Francis 360-293-8364 (H)
Respite Care Juby Fouts 360-293-2704 (H)
Transportation Open
Home Maintenance Bill Clark 360-299-3230 (H)
Housing Ron Knowles 360-588-9922 (C)
Medical Equipment Juby Fouts 360-293-2704 (H)
Barb Ohms 360-298-1885 (H) 303-521-9094 (C)
Gathering Lunch/Soup-to-Go Beverly James 206-660-1447 (C)
Sharon Hughlitt 360-588-0179 (C)
Contact Lorraine or Juby with questions or if a specific coordinator cannot be reached, OR if you wish to volunteer! Guemes Connects needs YOU to help keep these valuable services going.

"Do more than belong: participate." "Do more than care: help." "Do more than dream: work." Words of wisdom from William Arthur Ward

Love of Place


You may have recently received a fundraising appeal letter from GICCA. The Community Center Association depends on your financial support to keep our doors open and our facilities available to everyone. A donor envelope was enclosed for your convenience. Every tax-deductible donation makes a difference regardless of size.

 

Donations can also be made through this website. If you wish, your donation can be directed to the General Fund, the GICCA Stage Project, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the myguemes.org website, or Groundfloor Guemes.

 

Thank you for your support.

GICCA Stage Project Update

 

Work is progressing at the GICCA Stage Project, although safety concerns prohibit the crew from working in wet and slippery conditions.

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