FICRA News January 2017
Fox Island News & Updates
Notable News:
  • January FICRA Board & Trust Meetings - January 12 at 7 & 8:00
  • An Evening in Venice Party with a Purpose event - January 21

Please join us on January 21, 2017 for the annual Fundraiser at the Nichols Community Center benefitting the Fox Island Community & Recreation Association Building Trust.
 
Invitations will be mailed on January 3, but space is limited so newsletter readers like you can get reservations in early!
 
This year's event features:
 
Entertainment by the Two Macs including a song written especially for this event!
Hearty Italian hor d ' oeuvres from several local caterers
Wine and a special Italian drink
A commemorative glass
Dancing to the Michael Crain Band
Silent and live auctions full of fun and interesting things
 
Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for check-in, the event starts at 6:00 p.m.
Admission is $30 per person (available to FICRA members & guests only). Proceeds this year will help improve the sports field and the south parking area.

SPACE IS LIMITED - Make your reservations online at  ficra.org or send your check to PO Box 25,  Fox Island, WA 98333. If you have not paid your FICRA dues, you may pay online, by mail, or at  the door. 

Would you like to donate a new or unique item for the silent auction part of the fundraiser? Please contact Jim Braden at 459-5588 (yes, 459) if you have something to offer.

Fox Island Emergency Plan
 
Emergency preparation is integral to our life on Fox Island. We are blessed with the beauty and isolation of the island, however, we are also dependent on our Fox Island bridge. That dependence suggests emergency preparedness is essential and on-going.
 
Your Emergency Preparedness (EP) Team continues to move forward. Currently, testing of our Emergency Communications System takes place weekly with the Fox Island HAM Net group that includes our HAM operators and some members of our Citizen Patrol with their hand held radios. HAM training for other team members and residents will be held in the near future as classes become available.
 
EP Tip:   With self-sufficiency as the cornerstone of emergency preparedness, a part of that is keeping your vehicle gas tank half full as a minimum, and your propane tank, too!  Winter time is a particularly important time to ensure you have those basics in good supply.
 
Upcoming Events 
    
NEED MONEY FOR EDUCATION? 
FICRA will hold a Student Speaker Competition with substantial awards: 1st place-$1000, 2nd place-$750, and 3rd place-$250. The competition will be open to only Fox Island students in junior or senior years in high school; or freshman and sophomore years in college or trade school. The competition will include both a written submission and a verbal presentation on a pre-selected subject. Applications, with instructions, will be posted in early January on ficra.org.
        
UPDATE ON FOX ISLAND BRIDGE AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
We are about due for an update on the status for repair, or replacement, of the Fox Island bridge. FICRA's President, Jim Braden, is currently in touch with the County's Engineering staff and working with our political representatives, Derek Young, Michelle Caldier, Jan Angel, and Derek Kilmer on bridge design and funding.
 
Another meeting with concerned citizens and Pierce County officials is in the works to address some of the issues the County uncovered in their survey.  The meeting will be held at the Nichols Community Center on 9th Ave.  Watch for date and time postings on ficra.org and this FICRA Flash newsletter.

WISHING ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR  FROM YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS TEAM
Crime Watch Tip of the Month

Happy New Year Fellow Fox Island Residents!
 
As we begin 2017, one of the biggest promises is to exercise.  A lot of us, especially dog walkers, are out very early in the morning. If you are driving, please be aware of this and the fact that our kids will be starting back to school on January 2nd. 
 
Our residents that are snowbirds might consider turning off the propane tanks when away for extended times. However, you will need to ignite the system on your return. If in doubt on how to reignite your system, your propane company can provide the necessary instructions.
 
With boats out of the water, they can become easy prey for thefts. In order to reduce any possibility of being targeted, remove oars, paddles, gas cans and other items that you store in the boat. 

Always make sure to let someone know when you will be away from home for a trip.  Citizen's Patrol offers a free daily home check service with 48 hour's notice. 2016 was our most active year with over 1000 daily checks. Please call 549-7744 to apply for the service or if you have questions as to why the flags are up on the bridge.
 
Your Citizen's Patrol Members
Hotline: 253-549-7744
Scouting Update

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  www.Troop27BSA.com 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.
What's Happening at the Museum? 

Jan 1  - closed for New Year's Day
 
Jan 14  - New Volunteers and Docent Training at the Museum at 10:00am.  
Coffee will be furnished and we look forward to questions, comments, and new ideas, with plenty of information about the museum/displays/etc. provided. This meeting will develop the format for continuing education for docents and interested volunteers throughout the year.
 
Jan 25  - 6:30-8:00pm
The Fox Island Historical Society's Annual Membership Meeting. This is for members only but memberships will gladly be sold at the door. This is a new format for our Annual Meeting where we will be actively engaging members in ideas for our annual calendar of events and programs. This meeting will also include the election of officers; a review of 2016 achievements via a slide presentation; a brief overview of where we currently stand; an overview of goals for 2017; and dessert and beverages to follow while providing the opportunity for conversation with all attendees.  
 
This is an opportunity for members to learn what goes on at the FI Museum and enjoy having input into it's future. 
   
Jan 30  - 7pm Fox Island Historical Society Board Meeting
Did You Lose Something?

FICRA has quite a collection of items t hat have b een left at the Nichols Community Center, at the boat launch and elsewhere o n the island. You can see what's been found here Just reply to this email to inquire about these items. If not claimed by mid-January, we will put the stroller in to the "Evening in Venice" auction and donate the other articles to the Thrift Shop.
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!

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

Monthly Adult Game Night @ NCC
Trivia night is held the last Friday of the month. Join us on January 27 at 6:00.

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

Island Event Calendar
An Evening in Venice
Saturday, January 21 at 6:00pm


Chapel 3rd Wednesday Concerts 
Suspended for now
Will resume in the spring
Vinyasa Yoga
T uesday morning at 9:15 am
Thursday morning at 9:15am (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
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  www.ficra.org.  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 foxislandficra@gmail.com 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!
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.
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About FICRA

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  ficra.org and click on the 'contact us' button, or e-mail us directly at  info@ficra.org. 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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