President's Message

Happy New Year!  I missed celebrating with GCA members on New Year’s Eve.  Games, puzzles, dancing, and champagne toasts are more fun with many friends.

This month will feature our first newsletter using the new email system.  Change can be difficult, but I hope you enjoy the new format.  If you are one our members that receives a printed newsletter, please email us at websitegca@gmail.com with your email address so we can get it added to our database and you will not miss any issues of the newsletter.  To save money and time for our newsletter editor we would like to get 100% of our members receiving it via email.  Rest assured that we do not share our email list with anyone, and we will only send GCA newsletters and announcements.

Introducing your 2021 Board!  The 2021 GCA Board was officially installed during our virtual board meeting on January 7th.  Thank you to those who participated in our email vote in November.

President: Leslie Blaisdell Trustee: Mike Fish
Vice President: Bonnie Townsley Trustee: Steve Hecht
Secretary: Debbie Black Past President: Barry Kirkeeng
Treasurer: Macky McClung    

Chairpersons of our Standing Committees

Fundraising: Louise Okonek Newsletter: Volunteer Needed
Member Events: Linda Fish Historian: Jack Holl
Community Outreach: Michele Hecht Website: Mike Blaisdell
Membership: Debbie Olig & Dan Peel    

 

2021 Event Status: The Board has made the difficult decision to cancel events through July due continued restrictions on group gathering and Covid19 safety concerns.  This includes the 2021 Water and Art Festival, which had been planned for July 24th, 2021.  We look forward to bringing this great event back to our community on July 30, 2022.  We anxiously await the day when group gatherings can resume safely.

For those members who pre-ordered crab for the Drive Through Crab Feed in February, you will be receiving an email from Phil Stewart with all the pickup details once they are finalized.

Thanks to each of you for your continued support of the Grapeview Community Association.  Please continue to stay home and stay healthy.

Leslie Blaisdell
GCA President

Community Outreach Report

Thank you! We ended the 2020 year missing our wonderful get-togethers, but we were able to provide some cheer to our community through your generous contributions and from our allocated GCA funds

The Giving Tree was very successful!  Every gift was selected from the website very quickly and efficiently! They were all delivered right on time.  I think everyone liked the new system.  Sixty presents were delivered to the school and picked up by the 3 families that we supported!  Thank you all for making my job so easy!

The Grapeview School Principal, Nick Schultek, told me that the surplus money from our Thanksgiving drive was used to help families pay their utility bills.

As we do every year, we were also able to contribute to some local charitable organizations.  They have been very grateful!  The 2020 GCA Community Outreach recipients were as follows: 

  • North Mason Coalition of Churches and Community (Backpack Program)
  • Turning Pointe
  • The Hub North Mason Food Bank
  • North Mason Lions
  • Northwest Children's Outreach South Sound
  • North Mason Resources
  • Habitat for Humanity (Shelton)

In May, we also sent donations to the following organizations to support their increased needs during the Pandemic:

  • The Hub (Faith in Action) 
  • North Mason Food Bank  
  • North Mason Coalition of Churches and Community  
  • Turning Pointe  
  • North Mason Lions  
  • NW Children's Outreach South Sound  

Hopefully, we will be able to resume our wonderful in-person fundraisers in the near future!


Michele Hecht
Chair, GCA Community Outreach

Membership & Volunteer Update

We have recently added two new memberships!  Their names and contact info are in the January 2021 Newsletter.

We are working on finalizing the 2021 GCA Directory and it should be mailed out at the beginning of February.

Keep your 2021 dues payments and forms coming in!  When you fill out the Membership form to renew your dues, please check the boxes indicating which activities or events you would like to volunteer for - even if you have done it in the past.  We are trying to update our list and want to make it as accurate as possible. 

The new membership form is available HERE.  Just print it off, fill it out, and mail to the address indicated on the form.

Members are the best promoters for the GCA!  So, if you know someone new to the area or someone that is not a member please encourage them to join.  Our events will resume sometime next year, and they can enjoy them.

The GCA would not be complete without our volunteers who not only help make the Grapeview area a great place to live, but make a difference in our great community.  We cannot thank our volunteers enough for all the hard work and dedication they put into making GCA a great organization!

As you can imagine, we have many tasks that must be managed, and having a strong team of volunteers serving on committees keep things working more efficiently.  If you have not had the chance to volunteer, we hope you’ll want to join with your GCA neighbors to volunteer, meet new friends, and contribute to our community.  Volunteering comes in several forms like volunteering on events, projects, committees or the GCA Board.  It can be as little as giving a couple of hours for a "one and done" or more if you like.  Regardless of how you may choose to volunteer, you will find volunteering on GCA activities an enjoyable and fulfilling thing to do.

Dan Peel
Membership Co-Chair

GCA Treasurer Report

Due to Covid-19 restrictions set by the state, we were unable to host the Water and Arts Festival and most of the social and community events for 2020.  So, our opportunities to raise funds through the Festival and the 50/50 monthly raffles were extremely limited.  Our only other significant source of net income for the year came from membership dues.

Even with the challenges of raising funds, GCA was able to support our community through student scholarships and community outreach efforts.  We are fortunate to have a healthy capital reserves.

Our policy has been to apply the net ordinary income to the following year in the following percentages: Community Outreach (20%); Scholarships (45%); and Capital Reserves (35%).  

Given the exceptional circumstances that we found ourselves in 2020 and the fact that our net ordinary income was negative, one of the discussion topics for the February GCA Board meeting will be GCA’s donations for our 2021 Community Outreach and Scholarship programs. .

Thank you,

Macky McClung
Treasurer, Grapeview Community Association

GCA Historian's Report

One of our major accomplishments for 2020 was Edward Johnson's remarkably successful effort in tracking down and making copies of all of the GCA Newsletters that we believed have survived the years.  Edward's skillful search has recovered essential primary documentation of our history.  He deserves the Association's deep gratitude.

Going forward, Edward and I are working on a plan for archiving and preserving this collection. 

Thank you!

Jack Holl
GCA Community Historian

 

Newsletter Update

Last month we announced that we would likely be discontinuing the emailed monthly newsletter and moving to sharing information on our website only due to the open Newsletter Editor position. We have good news! We have found a solution.

Beginning in January, we will be switching to a new system through Benchmark Email that will allow us to continue emailing the monthly newsletter. This system should make the process a lot easier and less time consuming for the newsletter editor. Big thanks to Mike Blaisdell for researching options and finding a solution for us.

In the interim, our webmaster Mike Blaisdell and GCA Vice President Bonnie Townsley, have agreed to share the duties while our search for an editor continues. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this valuable and rewarding position.

Our first test of the system was used for the Giving Tree email that went out on December 3rd. The system reported no bounced back emails, but if you did not receive that email please let me know and we’ll work to resolve the issue.  I can be reached via Phone or email me at websitegca@gmail.com. You may want to check your junk mail folder and add the following email address to your safe senders list:
websitegca.gmail.com@email.benchmarkapps.com.

Leslie B
GCA President

2020 GCA Holiday Giving Tree

Thank you to all who supported the giving tree this year!

Even in the midst of a pandemic, your generosity has really helped several families in the Grapeview community who are less fortunate than us, may it be because of unemployment, illness, etc. The knowledge that their Holiday season has been improved by our efforts is truly heartwarming and humbling.

Thank you for all you’ve done to make the Giving Tree a success once again and our sincerest wishes to you and your loved ones for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Grapeview PTA Thank you to the GCA

The Grapeview School PTA has an annual tradition of adopting families for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Their goal is to help those community members in need, the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner.

The PTA supported 15 families (an increase of 30% over the previous year) this past Thanksgiving and the GCA was able to contribute support through our Outreach Program.  Below is a "Thank You" letter the GCA received from the Grapeview PTA President, in recognition and thanks of our support.

 

 

 

GCA AT A GLANCE

All GCA Events
Cancelled
Until Further Notice

Click on "2020 Meetings & Events" for more details

ABOUT GCA

About GCA

MEMBERSHIP

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OUTREACH

Community Outreach