OICF is delighted to announce that Molly Donovan will be joining the team as our Financial Manager, taking on Jen Wallace’s duties when Jen retires at the end of the year. Molly has lived on Orcas since 2007 and runs Orcas Farm with her husband, George Orser. Molly was most recently the assistant manager at the Food Bank for the first year of Covid and has worked in hospitality for several years. We could not be happier to welcome her to OICF.

The OICF Board had its first face-to-face retreat in three years this week. What a treat to be together. We reaffirmed our values, reviewed our goals, and enjoyed hearing from former trustees about the efforts of OICF in the early days. We will distill our work from the day into a work plan that will help us chart our efforts for the next few years. I am grateful to have such an active and invested Board.

San Juan County Health and Community Services will be hosting a Booster Vaccine Clinic on Orcas on October 20th and 21st. Bivalent booster vaccines are available to anyone 12 and older. Both Moderna and Pfizer bivalent boosters will be available. Appointment slots will be released online on October 3rd at 9 a.m.  If you need the bivalent booster sooner than the October clinics or if you are not able to make the clinics, go to Washington State Department of Health’s Vaccine Locator tool to locate other options. 

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Great Islands Clean Up (GICU) last weekend. All in all, 48 miles of road was tidied up. What a great effort! The Eastside crew noted that there was much less trash than usual and what there was looked primarily like it had blown out of a truck on a dump run. It is a good reminder to always secure your load. There will be another GICU in the spring, and I hope you can join us.

The Farm Tour is this weekend as is the last Farmers Market for the year. It looks like the weather will be ideal to celebrate the abundance of the island. Hopefully, you have time to get out and join in the fun.