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Sunday, October 30th

$6.000.00 Raised For Wounded Solder

ig_AL-Raffle-1 (45k image) (Peter DeLorenzi Photo)
(American Legion Post Commander Karl Mueller shaking
up the raffle tickets before a full house

By Peter DeLorenzi

The American Legion held a raffle to a packed house on Friday evening to benefit SSgt. "Buz" Robertson, the nephew of Jim & Minnie Kynch. Buz has been hospitalized since being wounded in Iraq, and is permanently paralyzed as a result of his injuries. Past Story The raffle raised over $6,000 to help the family with home modification expenses.

Some great prizes were donated by members and local businesses, including: Vern Howard & King's Market, Browne's Home Center, Ace Hardware, Herb's, Hailey's, The China Pearl, Grant & Betty Moyer, The Watering Hole Gallery, Tony Hall, Car Quest, Maz's Car Detailing, Avon by Sue Ross, Sally Hazel and Ralph Turner.


Monday, October 24th

New SJI Lions

ig_LIONS-New_Members-10-05 (37k image) (Left to Right) Candace Groseclose, Bettye Hendrickson and Sally Browne have been inducted into the San Juan Lions Club.

San Juan Lions is the First Service Club on San Juan Island (Established exactly 43 years ago, October 23,1962), with Sam Buck, Sr., as the first President of the club in 1962.

Today, there are over 80 members, stepping up to the motto "We Serve" in our community.

You see the San Juan Lions locally active throughout the year with "fun and fund raising activities" Including the 4th of July activities, The County Fair, Best of the San Juans and most recently at this year's Oktoberfest.

You will next see the active Lions selling Tickets for the Annual Thanksgiving Shopping Spree at Kings starting on Saturday, November 5th.

The San Juan Lions Club is a fully designated 501 (c) 3 Charity allowing donations to San Juan Lions Foundation as Tax Deductible contributions.

For more information on the San Juan Lions Membership, our service programs and ways you can make tax deductible donations contact our President John Towson at 378-3843.


SJ Islands Women's Summit Nov-5 & 6th

ig_WomensConference-1 (31k image)(Lavelle Foos,Terrea Bennet and Liz Illg from San Juan, Susie Teague from Lopez, Commissioners Myhr, Ranker and Lichter, Stephanie Buffum-Field from Shaw and Shannon Calverley from San Juan. Dream Team Members not pictured: Debra Nichols and Gretchen Krampf from Orcas)

The first San Juan Islands Women's Summit is scheduled for November 4th and 5th, 2005 at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. Island women are encouraged to make plans to attend this exciting, educational and inspirational weekend. (Link to Web Page)

Share two days of informative group sessions, special guest speakers, roundtable luncheon discussions, an Artisan's Marketplace, the Island Women's Resource Room, relaxing spa time plus evening music and entertainment.


SJC Leadership Class Of 2006

Leadership San Juan Islands selection of an outstanding and diverse group of individuals from the island community for the class of 2006 are:

o San Juan Island: Kristina Bayas, Chinmayo, Richard Civille, Bonnie Gilmore, Katherine Weller Hagn, Deborah Hopkins, Kristine Odle, Shannan Sword, and Helen Venada.
o Orcas Island: Bonnie Bossler, Matt Maher, Mieka Neenan, Karen Rouleau-Miller
o Lopez Island: Susie and Nick Teague

These individuals come from the public, business and nonprofit sectors and bring with them an outstanding background of community service. They include among them the directors of United Way, the San Juan Island Visitor's Bureau, the Prevention Coalition, several private business consultants, a librarian, an architect/builder, an artist, and many board members, program developers and community activists.


Thursday, October 20th

New Director For College

ig_Denise_King-1 (30k image) (Professor Denise King -Guardian photo)

San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College has a new Director. Professor Denise King has accepted the position, and will take over on January 1st. Dr. King (no relation to any of the King families in San Juan County) currently holds a teaching position at the main campus of Olympic College Bremerton. Olympic College has nearly 12,000 students, and sits on 33-acres.

King holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Drama & Humanities, and when asked if that was a bit of a jump from drama to administration, Dr. King noted that if one thinks about it, there are many similarities, pointing out that both endeavors require a great deal of administration and organizations skills, starting with creating a vision, moving to the challenge of pulling people together, and then guiding and working with the members of the "cast" to make it come to life, and then of course there is the task of "selling it" to the public.

King's past experience also includes a stint as an interim Dean of Social Sciences at Olympic College.


Sunday, October 16th

A Walk for the Wounded

ig_Tom_Bauschke-1 (28k image)The author at Summerland Camp (5,900 feet) on the East side of Mount Rainier; with 80 miles of trail behind him that he "walked" to raise money for wounded military personnel

By Tom Bauschke

The Wounded Warrior Project

The WWP subsidizes travel, lodging, daycare and food, so families can visit their wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen. The WWP also delivers much-needed toiletries, clothing and phone cards directly to the injured recovering in military hospitals across the U.S. and overseas. Phone cards are the number one request from wounded at military hospitals.

From September 6th - 14th, I walked the Wonderland Trail 100 miles around Mount Rainier. This trail is much shorter than my others, but there's a more important difference in this walk: I'm raising money for The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This remarkable non-profit organization, founded and run by military retirees and veterans, promptly supports wounded men and women returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and other hot spots around the world. Most of these wounded warriors have permanently debilitating injuries.

Some of you may have followed my previous adventures over these last 10 wonderful years. I began my travels walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail back in 1995. In 97 I walked the 2,700-mile Pacific Crest Trail. In 2000 I rode a bicycle 4,800 miles, from Washington D.C. to San Francisco, California coast to coast, on the American Discovery Trail. Most recently, and in 2002, I took a canoe 1,500 miles down the Mississippi River.

I made it all the way around Mount Rainier! 100 miles in 9 days! Support for the walk has been amazing. I even gained pledges for The Wounded Warrior Project from other hikers I met while walking the Wonderland Trail. Some pledgers were even lawyers, if you can believe it!


New Rotary Members

ig_Frost_and_Vivenzio-1 (38k image)(Mary Kalbert photo)

Roger Frost, headmaster at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor, and Tony Vivenzio, local attorney, are the two newest members in the San Juan Islands Rotary Club.

Tuesday, October 11th

SJI Business Raises $14,000.00 For Local Groups

ig_TtoT-1 (41k image)All of the above, plus building materials, tools and much more at Trash to Treasures

Frank Penwell has written in to remind us that it has now been one year since Consignment Treasures LLC officially opened for business on San Juan island.

For those of you who have not heard of this group, or stopped by to do a little shopping, Consignment Treasures is located on Roche Harbor road at the midpoint between town and Roche Harbor. It is a private not-for-profit business that creates a unique opportunity for: non profit organizations to earn money, islanders to receive money while recycling their used items, and for other islanders to buy affordable products. The sell: building supplies, appliances, furniture, antiques, tools, art work and other "thrift store" type items, a portion of the sales can go to other no-for- profit organizations; but only to local ones. Donations to specific charities are determined by the donators and consignors' wishes.

Frank wishes to warmly thank the many helping hands who support their fundraising and recycling efforts. The consignors & donators, the customers, and the volunteers all make our project a success. Red Jungert has done an outstanding job of organizing, refurbishing, and displaying the wide variety of items.

Frank points out that "Starting any business is a challenge and struggle, but we are pleased to report that our first year has provided almost $14,000 to 44 charities."

If you wish to have more information about Consignment Treasures, please contact Frank Penwell at 378-6473.


Thursday, October 6th

Want To Be A Trustee?

The Orcas Island Public Library has two openings on their Board of Trustees. An Advisory Committee established by Commissioner Lichter is seeking applications and nominations for the two positions

One position will be for a three-year term and the second for a five-year term of office, both starting with the calendar year 2006. This five-member Board is responsible for the governance of one of the most prestigious and award-winning organizations on Orcas Island. This is a volunteer, non-paid position.

Please submit a letter of application with a resume or background material or nominations of others to:

Harvey Himelfarb
P. O. Box 1077
Eastsound, WA 98245
or by email at

Applications and Nominations will be evaluated starting on November 7, 2005


Monday, October 3rd

Open Gym programs In FH For All

Autumn is here, our days are getting shorter and the rainy season is near. It is time to move indoors for some recreational opportunities and Island Rec has something for people of all ages. Island Rec is now offering Open gym programs at Turnbull Gym for families, teens and adults. The schedule is as follows:

Family Gym Time, Sundays 5-7pm
Co-Ed Volleyball, Sundays 7-9pm
Badminton, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7-9
Men's Basketball, Thursdays 7-9
Teen Gym, Saturdays 7-10pm

There is a $2 drop-in fee or a discounted season pass may be purchased. Details and schedule updates for Island Rec programs can be found on line at or by calling Island Rec at 378-4953.

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