Guemes Island Community Center Association

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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Ferry times are provided as a courtesy and without guarantee.

Ferry departs from Guemes approximately 8 minutes after the listed times below. Crossing time approximately 5 minutes. Round-trip time approximately 20-25 minutes.

*Wednesday 9:15 AM to Guemes and 2:00 PM from Guemes are hazardous materials runs only. No other vehicles or passengers may travel on these runs.
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Community Messages

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

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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

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Meet Your Neighbor

Dog Island Dogs, Then and Now - The dogs of “Dog Island” are carrying on the long tradition of canine companions on Guemes Island. Few bear resemblances to the historical “wool dogs” raised by the Samish tribes in the late 1700s and early 1800s, except for one island favorite, Dakoda, or “Koda”, as he's best known.

The now extinct Wool Dogs were described as looking like the modern-day Spitz and stood about 17 inches high with long white fur. They were raised in “flocks” on Guemes and other nearby islands and kept separated from other village dogs in order to preserve their prized white fur. They were shorn like sheep and the fur was woven into blankets used as valuable trade items. As island settlement displaced the native tribes, the weavers switched to more accessible sheep wool and the Wool Dogs became extinct.

One-year-old Koda joined the family of Wendy Saver and Dave Rockwood in 2012 as a rescue from a local animal shelter. It was one of those “meant-to-be” moments when the planets were aligned and the time was right. Koda found his new family and a happy life on Guemes Island. He was “Best Dog” at Wendy and Dave’s wedding on North Beach in 2018.

Although not genetically related to the Samish Wool Dogs, Koda has become an island mascot and a source of smiles for many as he greets ferry passengers and crew and, before the pandemic, made regular appearances at island events. The pandemic is difficult for such a social dog (and for social humans, as well) but Wendy and Dave appreciate Koda’s companionship as he helps them adjust to social distancing and fewer opportunities to gather with friends. A romp on the beach or a roll in the dirt will have to suffice for now. Our furry, or woolly, or feathered, finned, scaled, or otherwise, pet-friends are helping us all through these difficult times.

If you'd like us to feature your animal companion and share your story, please contact us at
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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 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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