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San Juan County Arts Council


The San Juan County Arts Council works to promote and integrate the artistic
resources of the county for the creative economic development, education and
overall well-being of the community


Where arts flourish, community prospers and lives are enriched

From the seeds planted over two years ago, in the minds of a few, the idea of a San Juan County Arts Council has evolved into a burgeoning organization comprised of almost 150 members plus an enthusiastic and organized steering committee, equally represented by three out of four ferry-served islands (Shaw, we know you’ll be on board soon!). This steering committee meets monthly and is in the process of establishing a business plan.

Why all the excitement? Well, we believe that the San Juans are just a wonderful place to create and to see art of every kind. A tremendous opportunity exists to attract both artists and the tourists who enjoy their work. We see this as an economic “in-coming tide” for our community that can help to launch, in a substantial way, our economic “boats”.

If this concept of an Arts Council excites you, or even if you think it’s just a darn good idea, we would love you to join us and become a member of this forward-thinking group. There is no cost involved. Membership is free. All you have to do is agree with our mission and vision statements (above).

For more information, or to become a member, please send an email to:

We offer our abundant enthusiasm in the form of monthly updates on a number of projects which we believe will benefit our island community in very positive ways, and, of course, we are always happy to have your suggestions and comments. We hope this floats YOUR boat, too and that we can navigate the waters of the future together and sail on with a full crew!

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day, December, celebrates the adoption and proclamation in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

That day in 1948 is arguably the birth of the modern human rights movement. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a visionary document that articulates, in the Preamble and the subsequent 30 Articles, the human rights standards that United Nations member nations agree to guarantee. Among the Articles are the rights to be free and equal in dignity and rights; the right to life, liberty, and security; to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; rights to be educated, work, and a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and his family; and the right to take part in government.

Certainly, there has been progress in the support of human rights in many nations in the world, but 61 years later the fulfillment of the promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remain a distant goal that require constant reminders and relentless efforts.

Human Rights Day passes largely unnoticed in the United States. The date is seldom identified on a home calendar, receives only cursory notice by the news media, is rarely addressed by our governments at any level, and is infrequently a topic of people's conversations.

However, numerous organizations, among them Amnesty International and their affiliate chapters, work daily in the cause of human rights around the world and do champion Human Rights Day.

The Friday Harbor Chapter of Amnesty International invites you to drop in to the "Freeing Prisoners of Conscience Write-A-Thon" on December 10 at the Naked Bean Cafe, 150B First Street, Friday Harbor, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

In addition, we encourage you to visit the Amnesty International USA website ( to join supporters from Canada to Japan to Mongolia to Uruguay in the "Write For Rights" letter writing campaign. The letters you sign, locally and on the web, will bring hope and courage to a prisoner of conscience or help persuade an official to correct an injustice or to secure someone's freedom.

Additional information on the Friday Harbor Chapter of Amnesty International may be obtained from Steve Kirk at 378-8567.

Steering Committee
Friday Harbor Chapter
Amnesty International
Friday Harbor, Washington

Inskeep Family Donates $4 Million To Scholarships

The San Juan Island Community Foundation is pleased to announce a legacy gift from Jerry Inskeep (and family) to support the Foundation’s local scholarship program. The gift is in the amount of $4,000,000.

“We are saddened by the loss of Jerry Inskeep and overwhelmed by the generosity of this man, whose gift will forever change the educational opportunities for our island’s children,” said Charles Anderson, chair.

Jerry was a resident of San Juan Island. He graduated from Yale University in 1953 and went on to co-found Oregon’s first mutual fund company which he built into one of the country’s most reputable investment firms.

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Leadership SJI Class VI

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(Back row left to right: Louise Carnachan, Steve Gresham, Barbara LaBrash; row 3: Barbara Merritt, Lou Pray, Bettye Hendricksen, Marta Nielsen, Learner Limbach, Suzi Marean, Brian Windrope; row 2: Ethna Flanagan, Claire Nollman, Katie Loring, Kiara McLaughlin, and Owen Cheevers. Front row: Cheryl Harlan, Angie Atwell, Kristy Ayers, Margie Doyle, and Tracey Roberson.)

Leadership San Juan Islands announces that preparation for Class VI is will underway as the application period has officially opened. Applications and information can be found on the web at
The deadline to submit applications is November 13.

Leadership San Juan Islands is a county-wide program which fosters leadership skills such as facilitation, collaborative problem solving, and public speaking as well as the analysis of local systems related to governance, economics, social services, history and culture, education and the environment.

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Concours d’Elegance at San Juan Vineyards On Sunday

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The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, will hold its annual Concours d’Elegance at the San Juan Vineyards on Sunday August 30, 2009, from 11 AM till 3:30 PM. Rounding out the weekend will be a picnic and tour Saturday afternoon, and a dinner Saturday evening-- see the details below.

San Juan Vineyards is located at 3136 Roche Harbor Road, a short 10-minute drive from Friday Harbor. A $30.00 entry fee for the first car entered includes an entrance donation for two people and an 18 x 24” copy of the event poster. Additional cars are welcomed for a fee of $10.00. The Medical Guild will provide a box lunch, including drink for $10.00; advance orders for lunch are not required. Spectators are welcome; General Admission is free although a voluntary tax deductable contribution of $10 is encouraged.

The Concours is a charitable event with the net proceeds going to the San Juan Island Family Resource Center, San Juan Island Public School District Foundation, and the Rotary International Polio Eradication Project. Click here for a Car Entrant Registration Form or use the link on the left side of this page.
Entrees will be judged in six categories, including British, Porsche, American Sports, and Special Interest. This year’s featured marqué is British Sports Cars.

Here is the schedule for Sunday:
• 9:00 to 10:30 AM Open for Entrant Parking
• 10:00 to 2:30 PM Coffee, Muffins, Cookies, Water for sale by the Medical Guild
• 11:00 AM Open for Spectators
• 12:00 to 2:00 PM Lunch Available; Wine will be sold in the pavilion
• 2:30 to 3:00 PM Presentation of Awards
• 3:30 PM Concours Closed, Cars can be moved

The event sponsors are Barrier Motors, and King Printing & Design.

In conjunction with the Concours the Medical Guild is hosting the Dinner d’Elegance on Saturday August 29. at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The Wine Bar starts at 6:00 PM followed by the $50 a plate fund raising dinner at 7:30 PM. Meal selections include a choice of halibut or prime rib with salad, rolls, special potatoes, vegetables and a yummy blackberry cobbler dessert. Net proceeds of the Saturday dinner and the Sunday lunch will be donated toward equipping a new Observation Room at the Medical Center.
Car entrants can make dinner reservations on the Car Registration form (click here) and spectators can click here for the Dinner Reservation form, or see the links on the left side of this page.

Also on Saturday, a no-cost Island Tour will be sponsored by the Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands. The Tour will begin with a Picnic at 12:30 PM at a local member's estate, and the Tour will begin at 2:00 PM. Concours Entrants will receive a map to the Picnic site via email about a week before the event.
Saturday and Sunday will be a fun time and a chance for everyone to view a collection of rare and unique automobiles in a beautiful setting while at the same time contributing to several very worthwhile services vital to our community.

We sincerely hope that you will participate in the 2009 Concours, the show is for daily drivers as well as spic and span autos.

Islanders Bank is looking for the next Relay Idol!

Wednesday, May 13th and 20th, Starts at 09:30 PM

“Relay Idol” is a fundraiser put on by Islanders Bank. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Friday Harbor. American Cancer Society raises money to improve education, early detection and treatment.

The idea of “Relay Idol” is patterned after “American Idol.” There are three evenings for auditions. Auditions start at 9:30pm on Wednesday May 13th, and 20th at Herb’s. There is a $5 registration fee per audition. Each performance will be judged.

The top three performances from each evening will come back for “Relay Idol” finals. Finals are Saturday May 30th at 6pm. If a contestant does not make it into the top three one week then they are welcome to come back the next week to audition.

Like American Idol, the Relay Idol is determined by audience participation. On the Finals night contestants will perform two songs. During the second performance is the time for the audience to cast their votes. Votes are cast by placing cash donations into the performer’s donation bucket.

The contestant that collects the most cash during their performance will be crowned RELAY IDOL. Relay Idol 2009 will also sing the National Anthem at the Relay For Life Event on Saturday July 25th and collect $200. Second place will receive $150 and third place will receive $100.

A Book And Computer Drive

A book and computer drive is being held to help a school called Beacon of Hope in Uganda. Pilgrim is a Christian Ugandan non-profit (Reg. No S5914/3885) providing material and spiritual aid to the war- afflicted peoples of eastern and northern Uganda. This school is run by an organization called Pilgrim Uganda. Pilgrim is a Christian Ugandan non-profit (Reg. No S5914/3885) providing material and spiritual aid to the war- afflicted peoples of eastern and northern Uganda

Uganda has been torn by civil war. Beacon of Hope School opened in the spring of 2006 to 250 former refugee children from the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Many were malnourished, had never used a towel, worn shoes, or slept on a mattress. Most were orphans, and one fourth were former child soldiers or abductees -- exceptional students in crushing conditions, who needed food, medicine, clothing and counseling in addition to academic education.
Now the school has 470 students, ranging in age from 13-21. However, there are 1,800 to 2,000 children each year seeking for an opportunity to sign up at the school. Funds are now being raised to acquire a new building that will allow beacon of Hope to provide education and support to 600 students.
Here's a link to a video about the school:
The book and computer drive is for items that will be used at the school (which now, fortunately, has somewhat consistent electricity.) Computers, laptops, printers of all types are welcome. The types of books that are needed are:
• High school and college textbooks
• biology, botany and physics
• computer science
• business and finance
• agriculture and environmental engineering
• Bibles and Bible references
• dictionaries and encyclopedias
• African and world history
• classic and African literature
• biographies, especially of Africans or African-Americans.
The books and computers can be dropped off at the old Sam's Shoes store next to ReMax on Spring Street from 10-2 on Saturday May 2 and Saturday May 9. The items will be picked up on May 16 and brought to Pilgrim Uganda's offices in Seattle.

John Evans
Greg Hertel
Mary Kalbert
Ron Keeshan
Gordy Petersen
Janice Peterson
Bruce Sallan
Teresa Smith
Terra Tamai
Amy Wynn
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