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President’s Message 3/19

After mild weather in January, winter re-asserted itself with a vengeance. We have experienced a series of snowstorms that forced the postponement of our Pinewood Derby Workshop and Races. The Workshop was rescheduled to Saturday February 16 from 10 am to noon, and the Race Day moved to Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.  We hope that some of you were able to come and join in the fun.

It’s well-known that GHCC is a volunteer organization without any paid staff. We hold several fundraising events each year and are frequently asked how we use the proceeds. Since we just passed our 2019 Budget, now is a good time to answer this question:

A portion of the income at year-end is applied to our Capital Reserve Funds, such as the Roof Replacement Fund. Additionally, 10% of all income from fundraising events is applied to our Endowment Fund, which I’ll discuss in detail next month. If you have any questions about GHCC’s Budget, please email me at

You can see the importance of the Rummage Sale in our Budget! We are so grateful to the 120 or so volunteers who assist us every year. The first drop-off will be on Saturday March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 pm.

Our first fundraiser of 2019 is the Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday March 16 at 6 pm. Come and enjoy a hearty dinner of corned beef, potatoes, cabbage and Irish soda bread and raise a glass (or two) of beer. The meal will be prepared by our chef, Rick Mackey and his team. Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the Hansgrill.

March’s Tuesday Talk will be on March 19 at 7 pm. The topic is “Orcas in Captivity” Our speaker, the author Sandra Pollard, is a certified marine biologist who advocates for Lolita, a fifty year old orca who is the sole survivor of the 1970 orca roundup at Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. Join us for a thought-provoking evening.

Finally, the Neighbor’s Lunch will be on Wednesday March 20 at noon.  Our speaker, Major Joseph Siemandel, will be driving up from Camp Murray to tell us about the mission of  the Washington National Guard. Come and hear what he has to say.

The next day, Thursday March 21 is the first day of Spring. I for one will be ready, and I expect you will be too!