President’s Message – August 2020
Since I last wrote, Kitsap County has been unable to move beyond Phase Two of re-opening. COVID-19 cases in Washington State have risen and the Governor has paused his Safe Start Program until at least Tuesday, July 28. For an explanation of the benchmarks needed for Kitsap County to reach Phase Three, please visit https://kitsappublichealth.org
One positive development is progress towards developing a vaccine in the U.S.A and the U.K. but this is unlikely to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the end of the year and potential distribution plans have not been shared with the public.
I am afraid that our monthly Neighbors Lunch program has been placed on hiatus. While the food is prepared off-site and the attendance is below 50, many attendees are in the high-risk category and should not be meeting in an enclosed space. We will resume booking speakers and holding the lunches as soon as we reach Phase Four.
We are planning our first virtual Candidates Night on Friday, October 9 at 6.30 p.m. While you will be unable to meet the candidates in person, you should be able to view them on-line within the comfort of your own home. Details will be forthcoming in the September Log.
Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, we can entertain some of our friends and family on our back patios. I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who maintain the Hansville Greenway and the Buck Lake Native Plant Garden. These spaces provide solace as we leave our homes and provide a needed change of scene. Buck Lake’s Native Plant Garden has planted a hybrid white flowering dogwood tree in memory of Patrick Leuner, one of the Garden’s co-designers. Please check out the photograph on Page 12.
Your Community Center is waiting to re-open as soon as it is safe for people to meet. Please take good care of yourselves!