Around the island….
Don’t you love four-day weeks? Hope you got a chance to relax the last few days, and to remember the folks who offered themselves for our country, this past weekend….let’s see what’s going on:
• The Woodwards have a fundraiser today to help keep their mission t the Dominican Republic going – here’s more from Winnie Brumsickle:
At the Brumsickles home on 320 Ross Lane….
We are having a BBQ fund raising dinner, on Tues. May 29th, starting at 5:30pm. $10 donation for a barbecued hamburger, hot dog or vegie burger, salad, chips, drink and dessert.
Come meet the 2012 Friday Harbor DR team and send them off on this life changing mission.
• We have some marine issues we need to discussa round here, and one of ‘em is…what’s the deal with the salmon farms? People ask me why I’m so pushy that wild salmon is OK, and farmed fish are not?
Besides being toxic & making people sick….well, this article this weekend about BC scientist Alexandra Morton will give you the picture. (This matters!)
• Graduating this weekend – Cynthia & Christopher are pretty proud that Hanna’s walking this weekend at graduation – here’s the word from Cynthia:
Hi Ian – Just to let you know Hanna Rose Ohia Burke will be graduating on June 2nd from AMDA – College and Conservatory of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater. Hanna will be coming home for a visit and then off again to pursue her career. Way to go HANNA!
• Josie & I went out to check the Sustainable San Juans deal on Sunday, and it was cool to hear they had some 150-200 folks drop by throughout the day at Lime Kiln Lighthouse….
It was also something to hear from one of the volunteers at British Camp that they had over 500 visitors as of mid-afternoon Sunday (presumably, more from then through Monday….)
I’m glad they opened a week earlier this year, for this sunny & warm Memorial Day weekend…
• The San Juan Island Artists Tour is this weekend – wahoo!
This encaustic painting to the right is by Yvonne Buijs Mancuso….
• Gonna miss the people who have been doing such a wonderful job, leaving their imprint on the way the island spirit continues to grow – tomorrow is Rebecca Clarke‘s farewell event at Island Rec, and Thursday at 5 there’s an event at the Community Theatre for Merritt Olsen you’re invited to….last week there was a party for the Visitors Bureau’s Robin Jacobson, who did such an awesome job as outreach director.
• The American Legion’s Minnie Kynch says three girls have been selected for this year’s Girls’ State – here’s the scoop:
Three young women have been chosen to represent Friday Harbor High School and Unit 163 American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State. Sarah Clark, Lita Gislason, and Kaylen Meeker are juniors at Friday Harbor High School. They say they are looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about how our government works and to sharpen their the leadership skills that will help them to better serve their community and high school during their senior year at FHHS.
Girls State Citizen is an honor bestowed each year on a high school junior who has demonstrated good citizenship and leadership qualities and who will make the commitment to return to school as a senior high school student to use what was learned during Girls State for the good of the school and community.
Girls State is an Americanism and government training program sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. It is a nationwide program for high school students who have just completed their junior year of high school. This program allows teens the opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens and informs them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. Through participation, delegates may better understand the functioning of their government and the responsibilities they will assume when they become adults.
There are fifteen cities, four counties, and two political parties at Girls State. Each girl is assigned to a city and to either the Nationalist or Federalist Party. Citizens learn through activities, the techniques, advantages and disadvantages of two-party government.
Every girl has a part in the operation of her city. The citizens of each city elect their officials and set up their government. Political parties are organized at the city precinct level and continue through county and state conventions.
Platforms are endorsed and primary and general elections are held. Two girls will be elected United States Senators representing Evergreen Girls State at Girls Nation in Washington D.C. in July 2005. These U.S. Senators and the Girls State Governor will have additional responsibilities following the end of the session. The Girls State Legislature’s organized upon the principle of the Washington State Legislature.
Bills are introduced and, by legislative process, defeated or enacted into law. Procedures are conducted according to parliamentary rules, and the laws of the State of Washington.