Island Projects

Island Projects

Schoolhouse Park Stage -

Guemes Island is home to many talented as well as budding musicians. Music is an important and integral part of our culture. The concept of an outdoor stage was the brainchild of a group of island musicians in 2010. Planning and design ensued over the next 2-3 years. Since then many, many hours of volunteer time have been invested in site preparation, materials gathering and prepping, and stage construction activities. More than $50,000 has been raised and spent from numerous fundraisers, generous community contributions, and an Anacortes Parks Foundation Grant.

The stage design has changed over the years. Volunteers, as well as paid professionals, have come and gone for various reasons. GICCA Board members have transitioned numerous times as terms expired and new Board members were elected. All of these transitions have presented new challenges and impacted project timelines and budgets. As of March 2017, the stage foundation is complete - a significant milestone, considering the complexity of the design. The current project phase (Phase I) includes completing the stage flooring and other site preparations so the community can begin using this new facility. Phase II (Raise the Roof) will only proceed once an approved budget and timeline are in place and funding is available. Additional project phasing information was shared with the community at the 4/20/17 GICCA Board meeting.

Stage performances, including music, talent shows, fashion shows, theater, etc., will further enrich the artistic culture on the island and enhance our strong sense of community. Schoolhouse Park stage will be a wonderful asset for us all to take pride in and enjoy! [Read more & see photos]

Thanks to all who have so generously donated valuable time and money to the stage project! To learn how you can make future contributions, please go to the DONATE & VOLUNTEER tab above. Make sure you indicate your donation is for the stage.


Schoolhouse Park Stage is being built on Community Center property. As such, GICCA is responsible for project oversight including project structure and operating guidelines, budget management, volunteer and construction coordination, and the safety of all involved. Rob Schroder is the stage Project Manager and all stage construction and purchasing decisions must be approved by Rob. All volunteers involved in tasks that require them to be physically present on the stage site must sign and submit a Volunteer Waiver before engaging in such tasks.

 

Important reminder to everyone working on the stage
Fiscal responsibility by the elected Board to our generous donors demands the central coordination of tasks and purchases. We have an ongoing policy that all work is coordinated through the project manager, Rob Schroder. TASKS are delegated as needed to volunteer coordinators with specific knowledge and skills. They, in turn, call on our talented volunteer workforce to complete these specific tasks. Safety and liability concerns may require outsourcing of certain tasks. MATERIALS must also be coordinated through Rob. Our standing policy of coordinating everything through Rob Schroder is necessary to keep costs for this monumental project in check. Unauthorized purchases will be considered a donation and CAN NOT be reimbursed. We thank you for respecting this ongoing policy.

 

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Welcome Bags - Groundfloor Guemes would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Guemes Island neighbors on behalf of the entire community!We're a community outreach group within the Guemes Island Community Center Association. We strive to support environmental and economic sustainability within our community while supporting island non-profit groups and projects. The Welcome Bag project is just one of the many fun projects we've undertaken. ​ We have prepared a small tote with information to help new islanders become acquainted with our community. If you're a new island homeowner and would like to receive a welcome bag and/or would like to learn how to get involved with our group, please use the CONTACT US tab above to introduce yourself and provide your contact information. 
Organic Food Procurement - You are invited to join our island food-purchasing group! ​ The Groundfloor Guemes group of the Community Center strives to encourage an environmentally and economically sustainable community on Guemes Island. We support the purchase and distribution of island products as well as the ordering of organic and sustainable products from Azure. ​ Products ordered from Azure are delivered monthly to a drop site in the town of Anacortes. Groundfloor has organized a system of cooperative-buying, whereby small orders can be combined to avoid a minimum-amount charge, and participants can profit from the cost-savings on items purchased in large quantities. A monthly list of large-quantity purchases is mailed to all participants. In addition to the Azure foods and products, island-raised Yak meat and Guemes Sunrise coffee may be ordered. Groundfloor members pick up the orders at the drop site and bring them back to the island for distribution. Participants pay only the purchase price of the items ordered.Islanders may participate in this program in one of two ways. Create an account with Azure and join the Anacortes drop site. There is no required membership fee. There is a $50 minimum order amount. You may, even if you have your own account, choose to order less than the minimum order amount by joining a group order. You may request that your order be picked up at the drop site and brought to the island by a Groundfloor volunteer. Simply place your (less than minimum amount) order with one of the island coordinators and then pick up your order from the designated island location.If you would like more information about Azure, please review their catalogs at the Guemes Library or browse their website at www.azurestandard.com. If you would like more information about joining the island buying group, contact Marianne Kooiman at eyrie@cnw.com or Edie Clark at bneclark@gmail.com.
Second Century Vision - The mission of this subcommittee is to explore the possible expansion of the community center, how it may be used in the future, and what changes might need to be made to serve future residents of Guemes Island. ​ The SCVC will be comprised of 5 members representing each of the following groups:
  • Guemes Island Community Center Association - Rob Schroeder
  • Guemes Island Library - Carol Pellett
  • Community Emergency Response Team - Gail Nicolls [alternate Barb Ohms]
  • Guemes Island Historical Society - Tom Deach
  • Community At Large - Gary Curtis
At this time, meetings will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month, 7pm, at the Guemes Island Community Church. Meetings are open to the public. SCVC will report to the GICCA board on a quarterly basis; more often if it is deemed necessary.