As we roll towards the end of the year (how is that possible?), I am receiving inquiries about ways to donate required minimum distributions (RMDs), qualified charitable contributions (QCDs) from individual retirement accounts and gifts of appreciated stock. OICF is happy to assist. OICF can accept the gifts and then make distributions to one or several nonprofit programs of your choosing. We do not charge a fee (all covered by our Cornerstones and their generous support– thank you!) and the process is pretty quick. Gifts can be anonymous if so desired. If you are interested in this type of giving, please give us a call and we will be delighted to make it happen.

In keeping with our ever-changing island medical issues, the loss of Kaiser coverage in the San Juans has impacted many medicare patients. Pegi Groundwater will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd at 1 pm at the Senior Center to discuss options. The Orcas Island Health Care District (OIHCD) will host a Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 28th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Orcas Center.  OIHCD Commissioners provide information about their research on what is needed to sustain healthcare for the island and ideas on how to move forward. Hopefully, they can set us on a path that can lead to ongoing care available to all.

On a sad note, I received news that Joan Pedrick died this past weekend after a long illness. Joan was a former OICF Trustee, Debate Team Coach and lawyer. She gave a great deal of her time working to make the world a more just and thoughtful place. She will be missed.