Register Now: Our Annual Meeting, with special guest Lynda Mapes

The Friends Annual Meeting, featuring the incomparable author and journalist Lynda Mapes, will be held on October 9th, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Lynda Mapes, award-winning Seattle Times environmental writer and author, recently published her fifth book, Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home.

Our enthusiasm is running high! Friends’ Director of Philanthropy, Michel Vekved, is eager to bring our Friends community together around shared values, inspiration, and protecting what you love. We will be livestreaming the broadcast from the Odd Fellows Hall on Orcas Island, and we invite you to join us via Zoom.

At this unique event, we will share thoughtful testimonials from members that will stir your passion for stewardship and island connections. A conversation will follow between our Executive Director, Brent Lyles, and our special guest, Lynda Mapes, that will weave together Lynda’s unparalleled success at exploring, questioning, and communicating artfully as a journalist with Friends’ mission-driven work. Finally, you’ll hear more from Brent Lyles about Friends’ programmatic successes, plans for the future, and opportunities to support these efforts.

The livestream will launch from the Odd Fellows Hall at 1:00, and the program will begin at 1:30. Please register here. We look forward to celebrating with you!

I look at the Friends of the San Juans as sort of like a guard dog. They are the first ones to bark if there is any danger to anything that needs protection. They are the ones that make the first sounds that say “Wake Up!”

Shaun Hubbard

member, San Juan Island and Seattle