September 2012 Update – Campaign to Save Vendovi Island

Credit Ferdi Businger

Visitors continue to venture across the water to experience the special charms and beauty of Vendovi Island. Since last spring, more than 1,000 visits have been made. According to entries in the island’s guest registry, the majority of visitors come from Bellingham and Lummi Island, but they also hail from Anacortes, Skagit County and neighboring islands. Most visits were made via motor boat, with a handful of travelers using wind and human power. In the short time it has been open for public access, Vendovi has become a very popular summer boating destination.

For those who have not yet made the jaunt across the water to experience the island, there are still a few spots available on the Preservation Trust – sponsored trip from Anacortes on September 22.

Folks who have visited Vendovi in the last couple of weeks have been greeted by a new kiosk which provides a history of Vendovi, a trails map and guidelines for visitation. The kiosk also houses donation envelopes for those who wish to help with the Vendovi fundraising campaign.

And speaking of fundraising…

We are now working to raise $400,000 by October 2013 – the final phase of our $1 million challenge grant. Towards this goal, members of both the Samish and Sinclair Island communities have their own fundraising campaigns in motion right now – each is working to raise $25,000 which will be matched by generous donors, and in turn, by the $1 million challenge grant! If you are a member of the Samish or Sinclair Island community, please consider joining your neighbors in their support of Vendovi, if you have not already done so, and having your investment double-matched.

Based upon past visitation, Bellingham boaters are clearly the most frequent visitors to Vendovi. If you are among them and haven’t yet supported the Campaign – you are invited to do so!

Thanks to the more than 200 generous souls who have contributed to the Campaign. We are getting nearer our goal, and nearer our objective to keep Vendovi protected and accessible to us all!

By the way, if you haven’t yet visited Vendovi Island or wish to visit it again, you may do so virtually, by going to our Facebook page which features an album of beautiful Vendovi photos.