President's Message

May 2021

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? Many members have gotten their vaccine and it has been wonderful to be able to see people a bit more! Remember to stay safe even after you have been vaccinated. The CDC has put out guidance for those that have been fully vaccinated:

• If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

• When choosing safer activities, consider how Covid-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity and the location of the activity.

• Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.

Covid-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at

increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown. Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and follow any applicable workplace or school guidance.

You can get more information at: Choosing Safer Activities | CDC

As we begin the summer season, please continue to be safe and stay healthy. We are hopeful that we can all get together soon!

 

Leslie Blaisdell
GCA President

 

 

 

Community Outreach

Hopefully, most of us have successfully been vaccinated or will be soon and are enjoying a little bit of relief, maybe even coming out of our cocoons!  Careful now though!

As Spring gives us an urge to clear closets out, please remember the local worthwhile organizations that can use some of your generous donations.   We received a nice thank you letter from the Children’s Outreach Center in Belfair.  Please (click here to see the letter) and also read their mission brochure that explains how they had to adjust their services during the pandemic.   

If you are inclined to help here is their contact information: Northwest Children's Outreach South Sound Center  71 E Campus Dr, Belfair, WA 98528 Email: info@nwchildrens.org Phone: (503) 828-1472 Mailing Address:  PO Box 1604 Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center in Shelton 210 Pacific Ct, Shelton, WA 98584 is another organization that accepts donations in kind. Phone: (360) 426-1216.

We might have soon an opportunity to help feed the hungry at the Belfair Community Church for the Wednesday lunches on a monthly basis.  These will resume on May 1.  Please let me know informally if you would be interested in such a project.  

As always, we thank you for your generosity. Donations have been trickling in supporting the GCA Scholarship and Community Outreach!   Thank you!  

Thank you and see all of you soon, I hope!  We’ll figure something out!

Stay well!

Michele Hecht Chair
GCA Community Outreach

Membership & Volunteer Update

Dues are still coming in so let's keep them coming!  

I am happy to report that membership renewals continue to come in, we received almost 25 last week.  We are still waiting on a few more, so don't delay, mail in your renewal today!  Every dollar helps during this lean year with no fundraising events.

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

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. 

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.

 

Dan Peel
Membership Co-Chair

 

Treasurer's Report

Fiscal Year 2021 will be another challenging year for GCA with the continuing effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.  GCA membership fees and donations for general operating, community outreach and scholarships are going well.  And we did make a profit from our modified 2021 Crab Feed.

Based on the best information on hand, the GCA Board made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Water Festival which is usually a significant fund-raising event for us.  As most of our expenses for GCA are fixed, the Board is working to identify and make modifications whenever and wherever possible.

Macky McClung
GCA Treasurer

Let's Celebrate Birthdays & Anniversaries!

May 16th -- Happy Birthday Jan H!

 

 

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

 

Louise's 90th Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

GCA AT A GLANCE

All GCA Events
Cancelled
Until Further Notice

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