President's Message

July 2021

Happy July!  I hope you all survived the June heatwave relatively unscathed.  What a surprise those temperatures were. 

COVID-19 Restrictions have been lifted!  Restaurants are back to full capacity and those that are ready are beginning to cautiously remove their masks.  We are awaiting word about when the Horton Community Center will reopen so we can begin planning our monthly activities for the rest of the year.

Don’t forget about our Welcome Back BBQ on July 31st !  We hope to see you all there.  More details can be found in the Events article below.  Be sure to let us know if you are coming!

More details can be found in the July 'Grapevine' Newsletter (Newsletter to be emailed on Monday, July 5th so check your messages!).  Be sure to let us know if you are coming!

I hope you get to enjoy some time outdoors in our beautiful surroundings.


Leslie Blaisdell
GCA President




Save the Date - GCA Summer BBQ!



Covid Recovery Welcome Back BBQ: Saturday, July 31st, 1pm

Co-Chaired by Linda Fish and Jody Grumme.  
Big thanks to Marjorie Doremus for allowing us to use her wonderful field for our picnic and parking.  
We surely appreciate it!

The North Mason Lions Club will handle the grilling with food preparation and serving being performed by GCA Members. We will be trying to keep the handling of food utensils to a few gloved people. Please let us know if you can help with food prep and serving.

The menu includes hamburgers, potato salad, chips, baked beans, and ice cream. GCA will 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. We will not have garbage or recycling cans so please plan to take your trash and empty glass with you. The BBQ is free for GCA members and their guests.

If you have not yet RSVP:  Contact Linda Fish or email an RSVP to to let us know how many people are coming. It is important that you RSVP as soon as possible. We want to make sure we have enough food and may not be able to accommodate "last minute" RSVPs made a few days prior to the event - thank you!

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 July Newsletter that was emailed to all members.




Earlier this year, the GCA Board Members and the Water & Art Festival Committee made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Water & Art Festival, scheduled for July 24th, 2021.  The event requires months of planning and preparations by our volunteer members.  With so much uncertainty going forward due to the COVID-19 virus, we were unable to begin those efforts.

To show our support for the wonderful artists and vendors who support our festival, we wanted to offer them a way to showcase their unique, affordable, hand-made items and artwork. We thank the participating Artists for sharing their passion and creativity with all of us.   Please visit them at our Vendor Showcase page (click here) and enjoy the many items offered for purchase.




Call For Volunteers!

Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends and connect you to others.  It can also be rewarding and fun!  Please consider volunteering to serve your Community Association!

GCA currently has 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.


The ladies of St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church Women are hosting their 30th annual PATIO-BAKE SALE on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Funds from this sale are distributed to the many needs of our community.  This sale coincides with the Saturday of the Allyn Days Festival, so mark your calendars and come on by the church, too!

St. Hugh’s Episcopal Church is located at 280 E. Wheelwright S., off Lakeland Blvd., in Allyn. Follow the signage to the end of the road, where you will find ample FREE parking and handicap marked spots in the front of the entrance. 

Check this out: at the main entrance you will find the ever popular BAKE SALE offering freshly baked home-made pies, cakes, cookies, breads and jellies…SO many delicious choices!  Once inside the church, you will find a huge assortment of collectibles, jewelry, scarves, purses, linens, fine dishes, art and decorative items, assorted kitchen ware, working small appliances … MORE treasures to look through … where will you start? Outside, many patio and garden treasures await you; for the men, an assortment of tools and outdoor items will be fun to sort through — and for the children, a table just for them. Books will be under the canopy — novels, cookbooks, CD’s, and more!

Have something to add to the patio sale? DONATION OF ITEMS FROM THE PUBLIC are gladly welcome as long as they are clean, in good repair, and fit in the above categories (we cannot accept clothes or shoes) and are delivered to St. Hugh’s on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13 & 14, from 10 am to 2 pm.

We thank you in advance for your donations and are looking forward to your attendance on Patio Sale Day, July 17. Many blessings to all of you for your generous support of our community. For additional information email or call St. Hugh’s at 360-275-8450.





Let's Celebrate Birthdays & Anniversaries!

7/04    Happy Birthday Lynda P!

7/12    Happy Birthday Edward J!

7/12    Happy Anniversary Mike and Leslie B – 34 years!

7/20    Happy Birthday Jean A!


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 Summer BBQ!
July 31, 2021
1:00 PM

Click on "2021 Meetings & Events" for more details


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