September 2014

School bells, solar power, a time capsule, annual meeting minutes, retirement party, and new school board members are part of this month’s president’s newsletter.


Shaw Island School started this month with 14 students and teachers Diane Clifton and Rachel Brown. They are splitting the teaching duties by curriculum rather than by grade level this year. Older Shaw children are in high school in Friday Harbor or Lopez, off to college or starting new jobs.  We wish them well. The two vacancies on the school board have been filled by appointees John Bogert and Cari Miller, who will be installed at the September School Board meeting.


Sept. 13: Everyone is invited to attend a celebration honoring Keith Jefferts, who died Aug. 16. It will be held at noon at the Community Center, outdoors, weather permitting. There is a very nice article about him posted at the kiosk.

Sept. 22. Learn about the San Juan Islands Conservation District’s Community Solar for our Schools project at 6 p.m. at the Community Building. Everyone in the OPALCO service territory can participate.

Sept. 23: Come to a Thank You event to express our appreciation to Brud Joslin for his 15 years of service as Fire Chief. A potluck will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Building.

Sept. 25: The monthly women’s gathering is at Vreni Borner’s from 5-7 p.m. Bring a light snack item and beverage to share. All Shaw Island women are invited.

Sept. 30. The next Seniors Birthday Club dinner will be one week later than usual. Dinners are usually held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.


Oct. 3: As many of you know, Postmaster Bill Engle has decided to take early retirement. We’ll express our appreciation for his 11 years of service to Shaw Island at an event tentatively planned for Oct. 3. No time has been set.

TBA: I plan to do an e-cycle run sometime in October. This includes old electronics such as TVs, phones, computers and radios. Please don’t bring household appliances. I’ll let you know when I set a date.


Nov. 8: You have to be here for this! Drum roll, please … It’s the “Launching of the Newest Shaw Island Cook Book and the Opening of Time Capsule!” Bring a potluck contribution that features recipes from the new cookbook or your own favorites. It starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the opening of the time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. There will be a time line of Shaw Island history that you can add to, plus photos of the “old days” (certainly a relative term). Maybe there will be a picture of you! The Shaw Island Library and Historical Society will have the cookbook and other merchandise for sale.

Nov. 22: The annual Holiday Boutique will be held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving this year. We are looking for vendors who would like to participate. Enjoy lunch and a nice time shopping locally.


The Aug. 9 meeting was called to order after everyone had gotten their ice cream Sundays. Board members present for the meeting were President Diana Wisen, Treasurer Dittie Weinel, Secretary Jody Schmidt and Gary Lange. Approximately 30 community members and guests were present. After everyone introduced themselves, Diana explained the written reports submitted by various community organizations. She also presented an explanation of the upcoming ferry reservation system written by John Brantigan, our ferry representative.

Dittie gave the annual treasure’s report, which included the 4th of July fundraising totals. There was discussion about the cost of the 4th of July picnic, and the playfield maintenance agreement with the county. Dittie also responded to questions about our diminished reserve fund and how certain donations (recycling and playfield) go into designated fund accounts.

Sharon Wootton reported on the new two-bin recycling system, and on our new website. She asked for ideas and contributions, particularly about Shaw history, to be submitted for the site. There was general discussion about the upcoming Postal Service changes, appropriate and inappropriate items for the Free Bench, and where to recycle electronic items as well as Styrofoam. Brud Joslin’s long and dedicated service as Shaw’s Fire Chief was acknowledged.


Thank you to everyone who has sent in money to pay for the recycle bins. There’s still time to do so if you haven’t already contributed your share. Sharon and I thank everyone for taking the time to flatten your boxes of ALL sizes and emptying your plastic bags. The more that can be put into the bin, the fewer trips Shaw gets charged for and the further your money goes. After the road projects are completed the bins will go back to their original spot.


This fall I would like to send out updates and changes to the Shaw Island Directory.  Life changes and so do people’s addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. I know that there are names that were misspelled, so if you have a change or addition to your entry, or if you would like to be added, please send the updated information to Diana Wisen at

Thank you.

Diana Wisen, President of Shaw Islanders, Inc.