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Groups on the Island

Last update: May 7, 2017

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Samish Island Community Center |Samish Farms Water Association| Samish Island Fire Department | Arts Committee | Marching Band | Garden Club | Community Garden | Senior Singles | Book Groups | Religious & Spiritual Groups| Recreation | E-Groups

Samish Island Community Center (S.I.C.C)

The SICC is made up of all island residents over 18 years old. An elected board of 7 residents coordinates island events, holds fundraisers, and maintains the community hall and its rental. Visit the SICC page for board members contacts and additional information.

Samish Farms Water Association (SFWA)

A board of directors elected from water share holders, monitors contaminantes in our drinking water, along with Skagit County P.U.D. and manages water needs for the island. Check the SFWA website for more information and updates. Or email

Samish Island Fire Department

The volunteer fire department provides emergency services on the island. Read more...

Arts Committee

The Arts Committee sponsors the summer arts festival on the island.

Samish Island Marching Band

The Marching Band participates in three events/performances each year: The July 4 parade on the island, Berry Dairy Days Parade in Burlington, and The Island Christmas Program (during which it becomes a sitting band). If you'd like to play in the band, contact Gail or Steve Hopley. All instrumentalists are welcome.


Edgewater Garden Club

The Edgewater Garden Club helps resident gardeners gain knowledge about gardening, aides in the protection of native trees, plants & birds, and encourages civic planting on the island. Watch the Samish Shore Lines for meeting times and dates (generally on fourth Thursday of the month). Contact the webmaster for additional information.

Community Garden

The community garden is located on the island, and is a great opportunity for locals to grow fresh organic food for personal use, vegetable exchanges, and foodbank donations. It is not a "pea-patch", but one garden with shared work responsibilities by all who join. View more on the community garden web page.

Samish Senior Singles

Senior Singles is open to all islanders over 50 who want to meet other singles for brown bag or restaurant lunches and conversation monthly. Watch for meetings in the monthly Shore Lines newsletter.

Book Groups

Several book groups are on Samish Island. Each group meets in people's homes, so the membership limit is generally about 8-9 people. Gather some like-minded people and start your own group if you can't find one to join.


Religious and Spiritual groups on the island

Several groups meet on the island. Address and gathering times are listed below:

The Community of Christ
10 AM: Sunday School;
11 AM: Worship Service
11507 Scott Road. Glen Fishel, pastor, phone: 360-757-4559

The Samish Island Memorial Chapel
9:45 am: Sunday School
11 am: Worship Service
Mid-July: Vacation Bible School.

9608 Samish Island Road, Dave McAllister, pastor 360-421-8173.

Insight Meditation (Buddhist insight meditation tradition) - sister organization of BIMS in Bellingham.

The Samish Island Meditation group meets at the Community of Christ social room, 11507 Scott Road. If interested, contact for current meeting schedule.


Various recreational activities for island residents are available on Samish Island. If you'd like to see your group listed on this page, send a message to the webmaster via the contact us page and give us the name, purpose of your group, and a contact person's name. You will find groups like yoga, watsu, bird watching, transportation (vehicle-lovers of all kinds), small groups of crabbing enthusiasts, fishermen, symphony, play and opera attendees. Some post activities in the Shore Lines, others you'll find by asking around. Join the Samish Neighbors e-group (see below) and ask questions.


Join the Samish Island E-Lists

If you're not into joining groups, but just want to know what's happening on the island, there are two e-mail groups:

Samish Info is for all-island announcements, important information, and emergent, safety or security messages for the community. Messages are infrequent, and useful to most residents. Items may be replied to, if one has additional information about, or clarification of the announcement. The list is not intended to debate issues, which are best done in person at community meetings. Island residents, property owners, and people living on the flats leading to the island may join this list. This group is moderated.

Samish Neighbors is for those who want to be neighborly: borrow something, give something away, sell small items, ask questions about service providers or handymen, advertise services, or other useful things that neighbors might chat about. Join this group to be neighborly. Island residents, property owners, and neighbors near the island may join this list.

Read more about how to join either or both groups on the email groups page.

You can set up your own "non-SICC" email groups if you like. Most our e-groups are run through Yahoo Groups, but Google has groups, as do various other sites.