The 2nd version of the DVD showing the many pictures of veterans is now available for a contribution of $20. Contact Chuck Grandy, Bill Nauta, or Dick Purinton.
The Bay Area Vetmobile will be here May 12 and 13. Call Liz Holmes for an appointment by Wednesday before the visit.
Another successful Sportsman's Club Banquet was held at Karly’s April 8th. Proceeds help the Club support Hunter Education and gun safety, as well as supporting the new High School Trap Shooting Team. Profits also assist the Club in raising pheasants for the diversity of Island wildlife.
Kirk Young – Smoker;
Bill Crance - Henry Golden Boy .22;
Tom Block – Crossbow;
Ellie Isaacson - Muzzle-loader;
Tyler Dvorak - Ruger .22 Rifle.
The Island Party is April 29th at Karly’s Hall. The theme is Spring Fling. The evening begins at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. A delicious dinner by Lois Jessen and crew follows. There will be a raffle drawing, silent auction items to bid on, and a dance with the same band as last year. Mildred and Dewey Jacobsen will be crowned King and Queen of the night. They are the oldest sweetheart couple on the Island and continue to live and dance in sync with each other.
You will be able to purchase raffle tickets at the Party until the drawing at 9 P.M. Prizes are as follows:
First - $500 cash;
Second – Get-Away for Two includes 2 nights at the White Lace Inn, 2 tickets for the theater, and cash. Total prize value $500;
Third prize –family pass at the Rec Center plus two booklets from the Washington Island Ferry Line, one for passengers and one for autos;
Fourth – lunch at Time Out Concessions plus tickets over and back to Rock Island on the Karfi for 4.
All monies earned go toward improvements/repairs at the Community Center, plus each year the monies provide funding for the Red Cross swimming lessons and the certification of swim instructors, in addition to other community projects.
May 19th is the date for the annual roadside cleanup. School students are organized to pick up certain sections of Island roads and volunteers drive trucks for the trash. Please take care while driving in areas they are working. A lunch is served for the students as a thank you.
The Community Easter Sunrise Service at Percy Johnson Park was well attended. After a rainy foggy day on Saturday, Sunday morning dawned cloudy and gray. Pastor Rick led the service and offered an Easter meditation. Pastor Alan led in prayer and read Scripture from Matthew 28:1-15. Several songs were sung.
An original drama that was written by Gayle Johnson about the early settlers of Washington Island will be presented by the Island Players. There will be stories told by different ages of people, representing several countries, about their experiences of settling here. More information as it becomes available.
The Washington Town Mutual Insurance Company held its 128th annual meeting for policy holders on April 18th. There was a review of 2016 business, two directors were elected, and after a special guest speaker, refreshments were served and door prizes awarded.
There was a vehicle fire at the Mann’s Mercantile April 12. A van had pulled up to the gas pumps behind the store and the owner was in the process of gassing up. Suddenly there was a pop from the engine area and fire soon engulfed the van. The van owner, Emmett Woods, and Mercantile’s Eric DeJardin’s quick thinking got the van pushed away from the pumps. The fire department responded and put out the fire. The van had just been taken out of storage.
The annual town meeting is Tuesday, April 25th at the Community Center at 6 P.M.
The Washington Island Music Festival announced its Mayfest date is May 28th. A concert by Festival musicians will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 5 P.M. followed by a wine reception, gourmet dinner, and silent auction at the Historic Island Dairy. Don't forget the table decorating contest. Seating is limited so contact Liz Pratt, manager, as soon as possible to reserve your place. Other members of the W.I. Music Festival are: Ham Rutledge, Chair; Astrid Stromberg, Steve Colburn, Marlee Sabo, Maryjeanne Schaffmeyer, Mary McKay, Lynne Soto, Connie Sena, Cheena Wade. Reservations appreciated before May 12th.
April 15th, there will be lunch and BINGO at the gym in the Community Center, sponsored by the Washington Island School students.
On April 22, at 5 P.M. there will be a fundraiser at the Island Bread Co./Island Café for the Guatemalan Medical Resources Partnership (GMRP), sponsored by the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. This week-long clinic is held every January and serves over 850 patients, with around 150 referrals that are also supported for follow-up surgery and care. (This is the trip that Barb O’Connell participates in each year.) A 5 course family style meal will be served. Dan Hansen, pianist, will be playing tunes from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Only 30 seats available, $75 per person, $50 goes directly to the GMRP, $25 covers the cost of the meal and two drinks, plus cash bar available. Call or stop in at Island Cafe - 847-3006 - for details or to purchase your tickets! (Information from Island Café post) Heidi Gilbertson is the owner and baker.
The Island Party is April 29th at Karly’s Hall. The theme is Spring Fling. The evening begins at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. A delicious dinner follows, a raffle drawing, silent auction items, delicious dinner by Lois Jessen and crew, and a dance. All monies earned go toward improvements, repairs at the Community Center, plus each year the monies provide funding for the Red Cross swimming lessons and the certification of swim instructors, in addition to other community projects.
The Rec Center EASTER EGG HUNT is Saturday, April 15th. Be there for the 10 A.M. registration. The
Hunt begins right at 10:15. Children 12 and under are all welcome and please remember to bring YOUR OWN EASTER BASKET OR OTHER CONTAINER. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance! This event is free but donations are appreciated.
After the Hunt, head over to the Gym for lunch and BINGO sponsored by the Washington Island School.
On April 8th the annual Sportsman’s Club Fundraising Dinner will be held at Karly’s. The price for adults is $30/$15 for those 12 and under.) Check with Jerry or Jeff Mann for a reservation. The evening starts at 5:30 P.M. with a BB gun shoot and snacks. The dinner begins at 6:30 P.M. There will be a variety of other activities such as raffles, door prizes, silent auction, All money raised benefits Sportsman's Club sponsored
activities such as Hunter Safety classes, the pheasant program, learn to hunt turkeys.
Bob Atwell and Mike Daniels co-founded the Nicolet National Bank in November of 2000. Bob had workedin banking for years and had noticed a trend of depersonalization. He and Daniels wanted to bring back a focus on people incl customers, shareholders, and employees. at their locations, which including Washington Island.
Bob gave a presentation March 24 and 25 at the Washington Hotel. A community boxholder had been sent out inviting people that wanted to know more about the bank and what it offers. Informative slides accompanied his talk.
Five core values of Nicolet National Bank presented were: 1) Be Real, 2) Be Responsive, 3) Be Personal, 4) Be Memorable, 5) Be entrepreneurial. A question and answer time followed. A main topic of discussion was how the bank and community could better help young people live and work here. Bob agreed and added that young people need incentive and opportunity. Another concern stated, was how to balance maintaining the island’s integrity while encouraging healthy growth.
The Washington Hotel had beautifully decorated tables for guests and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages available. There was good attendance both nights.
Bob and Sally Atwell discovered and fell in love with the Island and now spend quite a bit of time here as active members in the community.