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Friends of Fort Flagler Newsletter
March 2020


The April 11th memorial and guided walk in honor of John Comstock announced below have been postponed until further notice in view of the coronavirus.

Celtic & Cajun Music, Food, and Fun, Saturday, March 14th

As a result of the spread of the coronavirus and following Public Health Department guidelines against holding large gatherings, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel this event.

Please join with the Friends of Fort Flagler for a little shin-dig with The Alternators!  Peter Evasick on the fiddle and George Radebaugh on the accordion have been playing together for 30 years and have developed quite a repertoire; ranging from Cajun/Zydeco to Duke Ellington ballads with a healthy dose of Gypsy Swing and Celtic music.

This event is held Saturday March 14, 2019 from 3-6 pm at Fort Flagler State Park in the Theater Building.  A Discover Pass is required for access to the park, but NO cover charge is taken at the door!  We’ll have delicious ethnic food for $12.00.  Choose from Veggie Irish stew in a Bread Bowl, or Cajun Shrimp Gumbo with Sausage & Rice!  Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks are also available for purchase.


Alternators

Honoring John Comstock, April 11th


John Comstock, who passed away in October of last year, was a passionate supporter of Fort Flagler State Park and dedicated Board member of the Friends of Fort Flagler. His monthly bird walks in the Park were a joyful gift to all who joined him on the first Saturday of every month.

A memorial will be held for John on April 11th from 3 to 5 PM at the Fort Flagler hospital building.  Bring appetizers and drinks of your choice and join with us in remembering this remarkable man.

Prior to the event at the hospital, Lisa Van Horn and Kurt Steinbach will be leading a guided walk of the newly updated interpretive trail. Meet at the trail head (near the group camp site ) at 1:30 PM. It was John’s vision to install new trail markers with information about the natural sights and to improve the trail with several bridges over wet spots. What a fitting thing to do in John’s honor!


John Comstock


FoFF Goes to Olympia!

Four of us from FoFF made a recent trip to Olympia to meet with key elected officials. We had productive meetings with Representatives Steve Tharinger (see photo below) and Mike Chapman, and Senator Van De Wege, from the 24th Legislative District, as well as Senator David Frockt, Chair of the Senate Capital Budget Sub-Committee. Our purpose was to help establish a relationship with key legislators. Our key messages were:

  • Support the supplemental budget request from State Parks for additional funding for building maintenance staff and money for the “No Child Left Inside” program, which facilitates youth presence and education in parks.

  • Find ways to increase support for State Parks from general fund dollars (currently only 20% of WSP revenue).

  • Give us advice for the best way to get the Fort Flagler Theater Renovation project included in next year's State capital budget.

The FoFF Board believes that having a strong connection with legislators will be vital in the coming months and years, particularly as financial pressure continues  to  build for Parks to be self-supporting (read:  privatize park resources, increase Discover pass rates, and camping fees).


Olympia

Annual Campground Clean-up Scheduled, March 28th

For many years the Friends of Fort Flagler have supported the park at the opening of camping season by cleaning up the camp sites in the upper camp ground from winter blow down of branches and debris.  Once again the Friends group is gathering with rakes, gloves, smiles and energy for this event.  We'll be meeting on Saturday March 28th at 9 AM.  The park provides larger items like chain saws and a truck to haul away items.  There are 45 sites to clean.  Many hands make this work light and very enjoyable.  This area of the park is protected from the wind and is snuggled in large trees providing the smells and scene of the lovely forest in which these sites are nestled.  We invite and request your assistance in this undertaking.  If we get enough volunteers, the job goes quickly.

We look forward to seeing you on March 28th, rake and gloves in hand;  smiles all around are promised in return!

Are you a FoFF Member?

We are looking for a big boost in membership of Friends of Fort Flagler in 2020!  Why?

  • In a time of great financial pressure on our State Parks we need FoFF to be in a strong position to advocate for the kind of Park that we want Fort Flagler to be.
  • We need to grow the ranks of volunteers to help support the Park.
  • Membership is an important source of revenue for FoFF, enabling us to sponsor events and take on projects.

The FoFF Board has approved 3 categories of FoFF membership:

  • $15.00     Basic individual or family annual membership
  • $100.00    Supporting Member
  • $500.00    Lifetime Member

We want to keep basic membership affordable to all, so are keeping it at the $15 level.  That said, we greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contribution at the Supporting Member  or Lifetime Member level—and you’ll receive a fitting surprise gift.

It’s easy to become a new member or renew your existing membership!  Visit our website, https://friendsoffortflagler.org, and click on the “Donate” button at the bottom of the page.


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