President's Message

June 2021

We are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel!  With news that the Governor may lift all restrictions on June 30th, the Board began discussing our plans to resume association activities.

On the day that we would normally be hosting our Water and Art Festival we will host a Welcome Back BBQ for our members.  Linda and Mike Fish have graciously offered their property for the event.  The event will be outdoors and there is plenty of parking. 

More details can be found in the June 'Grapevine' Newsletter (Newsletter to be emailed on Monday, June 7th so check your messages!).  Be sure to let us know if you are coming!

If everything opens as planned, we hope to resume our monthly gatherings in September with our annual Fall Kick-off Tailgate potluck on September 10th.

I look forward to seeing you all in person again!

 

Leslie Blaisdell
GCA President

 

 

 

Save the Date - GCA Summer BBQ!

 

 

Covid Recovery Welcome Back BBQ: Saturday, July 31st, 1pm
Coordinated by Mike and Linda Fish  

The North Mason Lions Club will handle the grilling and food preparation. The menu includes hamburgers, salads, chips, baked beans and dessert. GCA will also provide iced tea and water.

Bring a beverage of choice and in keeping with our environment friendly “Pack It In – Pack It Out” policy, remember to bring your own dishes, flatware and drinking glasses. The BBQ is free for GCA members and their guests.

Please email an RSVP to websitegca@gmail.com to let us know how many people are coming. We want to be sure we have enough food!

Setup starts at 9:00 AM Saturday morning (July 31) at Mike/Linda’s. If you would like to help with setup or take down, please contact Linda Fish.  More information can be found in the June Newsletter that was emailed to all members.

 

 

Community Outreach

Several of our members generously gave their time to help host the Wednesday Lunch held at the Belfair Community Church on May 19th - It all went smoothly! The only complaint we had was that our servings were too large!

All of the food was donated so there was no cost to the GCA. Thank you Marlee C and Debbie O! We served about 30 people. It is a trial run of 3 months so we will be doing it again on June 16.

We are limited to 6 volunteers but if you would like to help, please let me know by email. We are typically there from 10:30 am to 1 pm.

Stay well!

Michele Hecht Chair
GCA Community Outreach

 

2021 GCA Scholarship Recipients

The generous members of the Grapeview Community Association have been raising money for student scholarships since 2010, and three more high school senior recipients are now added to the list for this coming school year.

To be eligible, students must have attended Grapeview School for a minimum of a year. From there, applicants are evaluated on their financial need, academic achievement, community service (with added consideration for service in Grapeview), involvement in activities both in and outside of school and their preparation for success with college level studies and for their major.

This year, a total of $2500 was available to be awarded, down a bit from previous years due to the impact of Covid on GCA fundraising abilities but appreciated greatly none the less. To read more about our 2021 recipients, refer to the June issue of the Grapevine Newsletter. 

Since the GCA scholarship program started, awards have been given to 46 high school students in amounts ranging from $750 to $5000. The total amount of money given in scholarships is just over $60,000! What a testament to the hard work of caring GCA members. We can all be proud to live in a community where concern for each other and for those coming behind us is such a high priority. Special thanks to the scholarship committee members who helped with this year’s process: Steve, Sherry van D, Debbie O, and Marlee C.   

Leslie Nuttman
GCA Scholarship Chair

 

Call For Volunteers!

It has been a challenging past 14 months and our inability to meet as a group has made the task of recruiting volunteers extremely difficult. It is hard to generate excitement for something when we are unable to meet and connect with our members. With that being said, the Grapeview Community Association is a volunteer run organization.

All meetings, events, activities, outreach, newsletters, etc. cannot happen without your help. The Grapeview Community Association (GCA) has as its primary purpose the development of community spirit and community cohesiveness. Absent a worldwide pandemic, members meet on the Second Friday of every month (except in February, August, and December). The meetings include a social half hour and potluck or theme dinners.

The Grapeview Community Association is managed by a volunteer Board, which is comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, two Trustees and the Past President. Also serving on the Board are the Standing Committee Chairs of Fundraising, Member Events, Membership, Community Outreach and Communications. The Board meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month.

Through the dedicated service of our many volunteers, the GCA sponsors and organizes community events such as the annual Crab Feed; the Grapeview Water and Art Festival; and Snacks with Santa. All these events are successful due to the willingness of our members to volunteer their valuable time. Proceeds from these events are distributed to our Community Outreach program, the Scholarship program, and our reserve (rainy day) fund.

The GCA board currently has 12 Board or Standing Committee Members. We currently have two unfilled positions and at the end of 2021, we will have one more board position to fill for 2022. What we need is new people to step into leadership roles; we need new board members, committee chairs and volunteers. GCA cannot survive without volunteers.

Please consider volunteering for one of our open positions. Please contact Leslie at websitegca@gmail.com for more information to discuss the various positions. If you feel you do not have the time or comfort level to serve as a board or committee chair, we can always use your help in other areas!

We currently have the following needs for volunteers:

Communications (Immediate Need) Main Duty: Prepare and email the monthly newsletter. Key Jobs: Compile articles submitted by the board and committee chairs in the newsletter and distribute to members monthly via email. (Do not worry we have an easy system already set up.) Needs to be: Creative, outgoing, and have basic computer skills.

Water Festival Chair (Immediate Need) Main Duty: Coordinate the Water Festival which occurs annually on the last Saturday in July. Key Jobs: Lead meetings of the event subcommittees and volunteers to ensure a successful event. Needs to be: Social, organized, and resourceful. Our previous Chair, Louise, is willing to help the new chair with the transition.

Vice President (Needed for 2022) Main Duty: To support the work of the GCA President. Key Jobs: In the absence of the President, preside at meetings of the Association and Executive Board; and if the President is not able to perform his/her duties, the Vice-President shall perform those functions. After one year in this position, it is assumed this person will move into the President’s position the following year. Needs to be: Supportive, enthusiastic, energetic, and organized.

Please consider volunteering to serve the GCA!

 

Let's Celebrate Birthdays & Anniversaries!

6/08 Happy Anniversary Mike and Linda – 48 years!

6/10 Happy Birthday Christina B

6/26 Happy Birthday Leslie B

If you have an upcoming special day – please click here to tell us about that event, and if you have a picture to share – you can send it too!   We hope to continue this feature in upcoming newsletters to celebrate these events with each other. 

 

Let’s have some fun and remember the good times and all the blessings we have as a community of friends and neighbors!

 

Thank you!

 

Bonnie Townsley
GCA Vice-President

 

 

GCA AT A GLANCE

GCA Summer BBQ!
July 31, 2021
1:00 PM

Click on "2021 Meetings & Events" for more details

ABOUT GCA

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OUTREACH

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