As the Orcas Center begins to reopen and get back to their normal scheduling, I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU.

The Staff and Board of the Orcas Center demonstrated remarkable flexibility and a deep commitment to the health of this community this past year and a half.  They truly stepped throughout the pandemic, starting with producing videos on how to safely mask up and social distance when we were all just figuring it out.  They also provided a site for the shelter program, housing two folks for the duration.  But perhaps the most critical support was hosting the vaccine clinics.  Hundreds of islanders received their vaccines in the Madrona Room, with live music included.  They made us feel safe and cared for at a time when that was in short supply.  Well done and greatly appreciated.

A similar song could be sung for the Orcas Community Resource Center, OPAL, the Food Bank, the Senior Center and several other organizations.  When faced with challenges, they found opportunities to meet needs and provide services.  Often this meant expanding their work in new ways and learning as they grew.  As we begin to return to live as usual, it is a good time to appreciate the extraordinary effort that carried us through.  Thanks to all of you who pitched in to make it possible.

If you feel like celebrating, the American Legion (also a shelter host) has their Pig Roast this Saturday night.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

I will be away for the next 2 weeks getting a little R+R.  Hope you get some, too!