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President’s Message – March 2020

February in the Pacific Northwest is not for the faint of heart. Some are planning to escape to the sunshine for a week or two while others are stoically waiting for Spring, which officially starts on Thursday, March 19.  While cold weather forced the cancellation of January’s Rummage Drop off and Neighbor’s Lunch, our Welcome Soup Night on Sunday, January 19 provided an opportunity for area newcomers to meet long-timers over a simple and sustaining meal. It was a warm and cheery event.

Since the New Year there have been four power outages in Hansville, although all were of short duration. If you do not own a generator, remember to keep your cellphone fully charged when bad weather is forecast. If the outage extends beyond the life of your battery, please keep a charging adaptor in your car. The charger uses very little power compared to the car battery and, in most cases, you will be able to charge your phone without starting the engine. Needless to say, if you have to start the engine, make sure that the garage door is open or the car is outside.

To a completely different topic, GHCC’s Endowment Fund has received a most generous contribution from the estate of Robert (Bob) Henry. Bob was a long-time Hansville resident who lived in the Point No Point neighborhood. He was a regular helper at our Rummage Sale and a donor towards the current GHCC building, which opened in 1988.

Bob was also a member of the bridge group associated with the Center.  The need for an Endowment, which would provide an income stream towards GHCC’s upkeep, was explained to him by a Board member and fellow bridge player. He indicated that he would remember GHCC in his estate plans which he did. Bob passed away in Wisconsin last Fall and we would like to express our appreciation for this kind and generous man who lived his life fully and well.

Finally, an important March tradition is our Saint Patrick’s Day dinner on Saturday, March 14. Come and enjoy a delicious traditional Irish dinner of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage accompanied by plenty of beer for the adults. It is an excellent way to celebrate the end of Winter!

Celia Grether