President's Message

And just like that January is behind us. The days are slowly getting longer which has me excited for the days to come.

A couple of weeks ago I received the call that no GCA President wants to get. Louise Okonek called to tell me that after 18 years as the Chairperson of the Water Festival she is stepping down. 18 YEARS! The Water Festival is truly her legacy to the “Good of GCA”.

We are so grateful for everything that Louise has done for the Association and this wonderful fundraising event. It is a wonderful community event that so many people look forward to. She is leaving some big shoes to fill. If you are interested in stepping into this position, please contact me at websitegca@gmail.com.

Don’t worry Louise isn’t going anywhere and is happy to work with her successor to ensure a smooth transition.

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

 

Leslie Blaisdell
GCA President

Donate to Outreach and Scholarship

Community Outreach and Scholarships are an important function of the GCA.

The Grapeview Community Association has a long tradition of giving back to the greater Grapeview/North Mason County community, and we continue to honor that tradition year after year. We are proud of our community, our wonderful volunteers and their commitment to aid those in need; and support programs that strengthen our communities.

Through special events like the annual GCA Crab Feed and the annual Water & Art Festival GCA can support our local community. We received $2,500 in donations in 2020 from our generous members.

The GCA Board voted to allocate a portion of our reserve funds to match the donations, so we will have $2,500 for our Community Outreach and $2,500 for Scholarships in 2021. Continued cancellation of our events and meetings in 2021 will impact our fundraising for the year, which means we will have little to allocate to our 2022 giving through our Community Outreach and Scholarship programs.

If you would like to donate to these programs to keep the giving going, please to send your donation to:

Grapeview Community Association
PO Box 355
Grapeview, WA 98546

Please indicate which program you would like your donation to support.

THANK YOU!!

Membership & Volunteer Update

We are happy to report that the new GCA Directories have been printed and will be mailed out shortly; you should get them next week.

This can serve as a reminder to get your dues in for 2021 if you haven't yet. Remember, 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 fill it out online, print it off, 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

Our Mason County Fire District 3 needs your input!

Our Mason County Fire District 3 is facing some big decisions on future operations that will affect our community. To plan for the future, the Commissioners are considering several options and would like community input.

On February 3rd, Mason County Fire District 3 held a special meeting via Zoom to get input from residents on the future direction of the district. Many residents logged in and gave input on the options, but they would still like to hear from others.

Options being considered:

  • Remain a small independent Fire/EMT Department
  • Contract for services with another Fire District using an Inter-Local Agreement and stay independent
  • Merge with another Fire District

Please consider joining their next meeting on February 17th, at 7pm for more info. To join visit the Fire Department’s website at www.grapeviewfire.com, click on the Home Page and then click on Join Zoom Meeting (scroll down to the bottom right corner of the home page).

NOTE:  GCA is not advocating for or against any of the options. We are simply sharing this important information and opportunity with our members.

Let's Celebrate Birthdays & Anniversaries!

Covid, Covid, Covid… aren’t we all tired of the ‘downer feelings’ associated with that word??

Even though we can’t physically be together as a community right now, we can still celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions with our members!

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 will start a new 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

 

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

 

GCA AT A GLANCE

All GCA Events
Cancelled
Until Further Notice

Click on "2021 Meetings & Events" for more details

ABOUT GCA

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OUTREACH

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