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General News · 30th July 2020
The Cortes Island Seniors Society held its AGM on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 P.M. at Manson’s Hall. Only 22 members were in attendance, which was perfect since that is exactly how many were allowed inside to keep our social distancing. Nothing seems unaffected by COVID-19.

The board elected for the coming year is Carolyn Howson – president, Susan Ellingsen – vice president, Peter Elliott – secretary, Bradley Betz – treasurer, and directors at large: Elizabeth Anderson, Judy Malek, Elinore Harwood, Peter Henbury, George Lerchs, Bruce Ellingsen and Arlene Tompkins. George, Bruce and Arlene have come onto the Board for the first time, and Wilson Baker has stepped down.

Sandra Wood spoke to the group after the business part of the meeting. She briefed us on the stage of development of the four new cottages and gave an update on Rainbow Ridge. She also provided some graphics taped to the wall for our perusal.

As usual, the meeting was followed by tea and coffee and goodies provided by Elinore, Judy and Sue.

Congratulations and thank you to Carol for accepting the president's position.
Thank you, Sue, for being such a wonderful president.


Walking Group

The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee in the outside seating of the Co-op caf้.

CISS Group Picnics/Luncheons

Lunches are back! They will be outside, so they are weather permitting. Everybody welcome, but you need to inform Carina – please RSVP (250-935-6793) – the cook must know the numbers, your choice of tea or coffee, or dietary restrictions. Bring your own plate, cup and spoon. You can also bring your own lunch. As we need to respect social distancing, the number of participants will be restricted.

• Wednesday, August 5, 12:30 p.m., Charlene&Gordon’s, 575 Potlatch Road
• other Wednesdays – weather permitting, starting at 12:30, location TBA (you will be notified by email)

Misty Isles Cruises, call 250-935-6756 to book your spot.

• Desolation Sound, Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starts at Cortes Bay
• Sutil Channel, Sunday, August 25, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., starts at Gorge Marina
• more cruises available: call Misty Isles Adventures at 250-935-6756 for more information

Outdoor Markets

• Fridays, Manson's Hall, noon to 3 p.m.
• Fridays, Manson's, ToKiBap Cafe by Sujon – delicious local food
• Saturdays, Gorge Marina, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Squirrel Cove Craft Shop Co-op

• Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Mondays

Cortes Island Museum

• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., every day except Mondays
• Wild Cortes, 1255 Seaford Road – Friday and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.

Gumbooting the Lagoon

• Monday, August 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organized by the Cortes Island Museum and Friends of Cortes Island. Call 250-935-0087 to register. B.C. residents only.


• Free garden tours every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
• Take-out dinners – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, take-out lunch on Monday

Gorge Marina

• Outdoor Live Music, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 7:30 p.m. weather permitted
• Boathouse restaurant open
• Bear's Picnic, food truck, serving breakfast and lunch

Folk U – takes a break for the summer, but you can listen to podcasts here:


Annmarie's masks are still available. For free! Call Carina6793 if you would like to get a pair.


If you have not renewed your membership, please do so now. The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person.

If you have not updated your membership, please do it now. Membership form included here as an attachment.


Are you a member of CISS but are not receiving our newsletter by email? Check your email junk folder. If you still cannot find it call Gina0080.

You can read our e-news here:


August Newsletter (pdf)
Membership Form (pdf)
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CISS Board as of July 2020
CISS Board as of July 2020