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President’s Message for January 2018
by Christy Mackey

Happy New Year! As I begin my second year as GHCC president, I want to thank our outgoing board member, Robin Anderson, for her years of being our Community Center rental coordinator. She has decided to step away to concentrate on her career. Good luck Robin and thank you for your service to our community!

We also say goodbye and thank you to Lindsey Vallance for her many years of service to GHCC and many other community organizations. She was my side-kick in the herb, veggie and tomato department at the Garden Club Garden Sale for years. Lindsey helped in so many ways, her absence is being felt all over Greater Hansville. She is sorely missed. Spokane is fortunate to have Lindsey and Bill as new residents.

Annette Wright has stepped down from the board but will continue to bring us her popular Tuesday Talk lecture series and also continues to write her great Hansville Happenings column for the Kitsap Daily News. Thank you to Annette for your service on our board and our community.

We welcome Deborah Olson to the GHCC board as a director. Deborah lives in Driftwood Key with her husband, Ken and her grandson. She brings fresh ideas and energy to our board. We’re so happy to have her on our team.

Thanks to Lynn Hix for organizing another wonderful Children’s Christmas party. The Puppeteers brought lots of new handmade puppets. Though much of the show was new, they ended with the kids’ perennial favorite, the skit about the bear who couldn’t find his underwear as all the while his red long johns were chasing him around the room to the kids’ delight.

Later the (Fire Commissioner) Santa arrived in the big red truck with lights flashing. He gave each child a gift and posed for pictures in front of the beautiful Community Center Christmas tree. There was a record crowd at the Community Center for this popular family event.

Cynthia McCullough and Marina Dye and their team of Deborah Olson, Connie Gordon, Nancy Minahan and Dody Solaas did an outstanding job of decorating the Christmas tree and the Center. I’ve never seen it look more beautiful. We’re fortunate to have such talented people in our midst.

As I write this, Christmas is fast approaching. We’re looking forward to New Year’s Eve Bingo at the Community Center. It is always great fun thanks to Fred Nelson’s organization and talents as a caller.

We had to say goodbye to two important members of our community who recently passed away. Judy Hutchinson was a treasured GHCC volunteer who phoned all the Neighbors Lunch attendees to remind them of upcoming lunches. She was a mainstay of that important community function for many years and of many other community organizations including her church.

Marian Malonson touched the lives of many in our community. She devoted her life to community service. We were fortunate she and her husband chose to retired to Hansville in the 1980s where she continued to serve. She was active in GHCC, Neighbors Luncheons, Hansville Helping Hands, and the Memorial Day services at the Cemetery. She maintained and handled the lending of the medical equipment collection. Beyond our community, Marian’s work for justice was honored with the 2015 Archbishop Hunthausen. Humanitarian Award recognizing her “lifetime commitment to be in solidarity with those on the margin.” These two remarkable women are greatly missed.

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