FICRA News December 2016
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • Tree Lighting & Concert - December 4
  • December FICRA Board & Trust Meetings - December 6 (Tuesday)
  • An Evening in Venice Party with a Purpose event - January 21

This special event is only for FICRA members and their guests. Space is very limited. No actual ticket will be issued but when you pay your reservation will be on a list at the event. Paypal reservations will be available online in early January.

Would you like to donate a new or unique item for the  January 21st  Venice event?  You can bring that to the Community Center on Saturdays,  December 10th and 17th  from  10 AM to NOON .  We'll be there to receive your donation and provide you paperwork for your records.
Scouting Update

On November 15th, three more of our local youth passed the review board to become Eagle Scouts! Scout Troop 27, sponsored by the FICRA Building Trust, has stayed true to the development of young people to become leaders of the future. 

For parents who are looking for a growth opportunity for your children, check into the Scouting program. Scouting offers challenges for of all ages. 
  • Cub Scouts supports boys 6 to 10 (or grades K - 5), 
  • Boy Scouts includes young men 11 to 17, and 
  • Venture Crews are open to both young men and women ages 14 -20. 
Venturing gives young men and women access to a range of programs and empowers them to create their own experiences. It brings Scouting values to life through both high adventure outdoor activities and challenging real-world projects.
New members are welcome to join, year-round. To find out more about Scouting on Fox Island, visit the Troop 27 website at or call John Ohlson at  (253) 380-4100. Unit leaders can be contacted directly as well: 
As sponsors of Cub Pack 27, Boy Scout Troop 27, and Venture Crew 27, we thank the leaders of the Scouting program listed above for their dedication to the development of our youth.

FICRA Building Trust Board of Directors

Brenden Rivera, Jackson Plymale, Everett Ruuska
Fox Island Emergency Plan
The year 2016 has been a busy year for your Fox Island Emergency Preparation Team (EP) both in preparation and in taking part in the FEMA planned earthquake Drill in June titled Cascadia Rising.  All of our functional teams participated in the Drill in cooperation with the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management (DEM).
Preparation is the name of the game and nowhere is more essential than in your home. Self-sufficiency is the cornerstone of your safety and survival. We have requested guidance from DEM on the number of days family supplies are required in an outlying district like Fox Island since their suggested three day supply appears insufficient. We hope updated material will be available during 2017, and that DEM will be conducting classes on home preparation, with contemporary guidance. For some great info on preparing for emergencies, please enjoy the winter edition of the Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition by clicking here
Our major efforts during 2017 will be in recruiting new volunteers for all our functional teams (Communications, Medical, Shelter, Neighborhood, Citizen Patrol and boaters). We learned through our participation in the Cascadia Rising Drill that though each of our teams was operational and effective, we need personnel backup.
That is where you come in. Go to or contact a board member of FICRA or the FICRA Building Trust (listed in the Fox Island Directory), to learn about the functions in which you can get involved. Truly, if our Fox Island Bridge is out of service we will have to be the 'first responders'.
Training is essential! Our Ham operators that staff the Nichols Community Center Communications Center (Command Center) have been conducting frequent drills and radio range tests. Our Citizen Patrol members, who use hand held radios, have been part of those tests.  The Command Center is the center of communications making contact with both off-island, and within the island, when there is an emergency.

Your EP team is signing-off for the year but will continue to be alert. 
Protect  Yourself from Holiday Scams

Identity Theft: 
For local shopping, consider using cash for smaller purchases to avoid becoming the victim of a retailer data breach. When making online purchases, consider using a credit card instead of a debit card. If your debit card information were to be compromised, hackers could potentially gain access to your bank account. Meanwhile, credit card companies typically offer much greater consumer protection in the event of fraud.

Package Theft:
When expecting delivery of packages to your home, track your package to know exactly when to expect it and don't let it sit on your doorstep. Some delivery services like Amazon allow the option for text notifications right when your package arrives. If you know you won't be home during delivery hours, consider having packages sent to your office, or to a secure pick-up area like a PO Box or UPS Store. Note: if you've arranged a house check by our Ci tizen Patrol, any package found unattended package will be secured
until the resident returns.

Malicious Links:
Never click a link in an email that is warning you of an order cancellation or a package delivery problem, even if it looks legitimate. Fake emails, crafted by scammers, can contain malware or viruses. Always check your order through the website where you made your purchase, or track your packages directly through delivery services like or

Counterfeit Items/Online Shopping Scams:
Use only online retailers that are familiar to you. Do your research on a new company before entering your personal and payment information on their website.

Gift Card Fraud:
Try to purchase gift cards from behind store counters, where there is less chance of tampering. Look at the back of the card to ensure the area with the protective scratch-off is still intact.

Fake Charities:
Research your charity before donating. Do not provide your information to a caller soliciting donations. Instead, go to the organization's website, or initiate the phone call yourself, using a phone number you know to be legitimate.

Happy Holidays from Your Crime Watch Team!
Hotline: 253-549-7744
A Very Special Chapel Christmas Concert 
Each and every season for 29 years, Grammy Award-winning artists, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have been home for the holidays creating a longstanding tradition with Northwest families. Their holiday presence illuminates the enduring spirit of the season with a gift of song.

Their exclusive South Sound appearance this year will be Thursday, December 8, 6:00-9:00pm at The Chapel on Echo Bay. Tickets are $35 for Society members and $40 for non-members. Purchase tickets at BrownPaperTickets  or by calling the office at (253) 549-7039.  Hurry! Tickets are going fast for this popular concert! As this newsletter is being finalized, there are less than 20 tickets left!

The perfect blend of Americana fingerstyle guitar, double reeds, and the ocarina emitting the nostalgic sound of penny whistles lends magic to the season that fills the world with hope through the redeeming power of music. Festive and reverent, solemn and lively, the repertoire Eric and Nancy bring to audiences year after year are perennial favorites that have been passed down through the ages. 

The concert will be preceded by an elegant, catered reception.  Adults only, please. Cocktail attire requested.

Chapel memberships are available online for only $25 at For additional information, please contact the Chapel at (253) 549-7039 .
What's Happening at the Museum? 

The Museum and Cabin are beautifully decorated for Christmas and awaiting the arrival of Santa on   Saturday, December 3rd, 1:00 to 4:00pm.

There will be plenty of opportunities for visiting with Santa and photo ops along with a craft project for children to take home. This is a free event for Fox Island children. 

Note: the museum will be closed on December 23, 24, 31 and January 1st. 

The Fox Island Historical Society's Annual Membership Meeting  will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm.  This is a member only occasion and memberships, both new and renewals for 2017, will be available at the door. Annual memberships are active from January through December.

All members are strongly encouraged to attend this annual meeting. We will be creating the 2017 calendar of events with input from all members. In addition, we will elect officers and share the accomplishments and events via a slide presentation from 2016. The strategic plan for 2017 will also be presented.  A dessert and beverage social time will follow the meeting. 
Did You Lose Something?

FOUND: FICRA has quite a collection of items t hat have been left at the Nichols Community Center, at the boat launch and elsewhere on the island. You can see what's been found here Just reply to this email to inquire about these items. 

LOST: Last Friday night or early Saturday morning, someone took the Citizens Patrol "We're Watching" bus stop sign at 11th Av and Ozette Dr. Earlier in the week the another sign was stolen at the bus stop between Island Blvd and Makah Pl on 11th Av. The signs were ripped off the post and are probably trophies in someone's home. However, these sign were meant to discourage strangers with eyes on our children. The safety of our kids is our first priority. If any trophy hunters would like to return these signs, they may leave them at the front door of the NCC. These signs are costly and came at the expense of both patrol members and Island resident donations. We hope they are returned. If you have any information on these signs, please reply to this email.

Citizens Patrol
Fox Island Directories

FICRA members who have not yet received a phone book may pick one up at any FICRA and/or FICRA TRUST Board meeting (usually held the second  Thursday  of the month at 7:00pm) or you may also pick one up at the Museum during regular business hours.
Recurring Island Events

Little Foxes Playgroup @ NCC  
The Little Foxes Playgroup meets on Monday mornings from  10:00-12:00 at the Nichols Community Center. Come out and play!

Men's Coffee @ NCC
Men's Coffee is every Wednesday morning from  9:00 to 11:00am. Bring your friends and meet new ones. Get and share expert opinions on all sorts of topics and stay for the camaraderie.

Nature Center Work Parties
You're invited to help keep our Nature Center in shape. Work parties are held once a month on the 3rd Saturday at  9:00am.

Guitar Clinic 
Tuesdays at 10:00am at the Nichols Community Center. Free!

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 10:00am at the Nichols Community Center. Free!

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
No trivia in November or December. See you in January!

Fox Island Historical Society Museum board meetings
Last Monday of the month at  7:00pm

Island Event Calendar
Santa Visits the Museum
Dec 3, 1-4:00pm

Tree Lighting & Concert
Sunday, Dec 4 at  5:30pm
Nichols Community Center

Chapel Christmas Concert
Thursday, Dec 8

Fab 3 in Concert
Wednesday, Dec 14 at 7:00pm
Chapel on Echo Bay
Free for Chapel members

Vinyasa Yoga
T uesday morning at 9:15 am
Thursday morning at 9:15pm (new!)
Chapel on Echo Bay
It's free, but a donation is appreciated

Sand & Soil Garden Club Meetings
2nd Thursday, Sept - June
Chapel on Echo Bay at  11:00am
Followed by potluck luncheon

An Evening in Venice
Saturday, January 21, 2017
When are FICRA Dues Paid?

The FICRA membership year is August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.Your  dues help fund the many community events sponsored by FICRA including community forums, Easter Egg hunt, Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Visit and Christmas Concert, and concerts such as Casper Baby Pants and the Magical Strings. FICRA Sponsors many other events such as the Men's Coffee, Trivia Night, the Little Foxes Play Group, Adult Game Night, etc. We are always looking for more fun community events to sponsor and your ideas are welcomed. Dues are still just $25 per family per year! 

You may mail your membership dues to FICRA, PO Box 25, Fox Island, WA, 98333 or pay via PayPal online at  Please provide your current primary and secondary contact names, address, phone numbers and email information so that we may keep our  membership listing up to date. If you are unsure if you are current in your FICRA dues, please send an email to and we will check our records and get right back to you. 

Please consider a tax deductible donation to FICRA Building Trust and/or Crime Watch Program along with your FICRA Dues payment. Thank you!

The Fox Island Community & Recreation Association (FICRA) was formed in 1970. Its purpose is to promote matters pertaining to the health and safety of Fox Island residents, to promote the welfare and development of Fox Island, and to provide recreation and social activities of a non profit nature as a public service to the residents of Fox Island.

The FICRA Building Trust operates and maintains the Nichols Community Center, the Fox Island Playground and the adjacent Fox Island Nature Center.  FICRA and the FICRA Trust are volunteer organizations that are here to serve our Island community by providing many great social and recreational activities for islanders to enjoy.
FICRA relies on its many volunteer members to make it all happen, from the Easter Egg Hunt, The Plant Sale and student speaker competition in the Spring, Fox Island Fair in the Summer, concerts, Christmas Tree Lighting and our Party with a Purpose event in the Winter. Come join us and see how you can help FICRA continue to provide many great activities for our community to enjoy. Go to and click on the 'contact us' button, or e-mail us directly at We are always looking for volunteers. 

To become more familiar with what these organizations do and their great value to the Fox Island community, attend a monthly Board meeting (open to the public). We'll be glad to show you around. You may also call the FICRA President, Jim Braden, at 253-459-5588 for more information.
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