John & Lise' Ohlson have been actively involved in working with Fox Island youth for over a decade, mentoring over 37 Eagle Scout candidates, leading and working with Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, organizing community volunteers, and advocating the expansion of recreational opportunities for Fox Island residents.
Serving the youth of the Fox Island community is an important role for FICRA, and John has brought our children together to help serve the community in numerous ways.
Among the youth related accomplishments John has been involved in during the past 11 years:
By John Ohlson, FICRA Past President, 2000 - 2010
Summer of 2004
The vision to create a wetlands nature park from the property on 9th Ave began in the summer of 2004, when FICRA President John Ohlson drove past the Nature Center property on the way to FICRA meetings at the Nichols Community Center, often noticing a for sale sign had been posted for quite a while. It appeared that a few previous sales offers had fallen through over the past few months. Noting that the property was in close proximity to the Nichols Center, he decided to take a closer look, to see if FICRA could possibly purchase the property to expand the footprint of the Nichols Center, as a park. He presented the idea to the FICRA Board members at the August 2004 FICRA Meeting, and they agreed to pursue the purchase ... Read More
Whether helping raise the roof on the Nichols Center gazebo, raising walls at the new museum addition, installing new doors on the Nichols Center, or running games for the children or organizing the FICRA Fair from 2001 to 2011; John and Lise' have done it all around the Island.
Among the many accomplishments that have taken place during John Ohlson's tenure as FICRA President, are the following:
While President of FICRA for 11 years, John has tirelessly advocated on behalf of the unique interests of Fox Island residents, and continues to do so.
This has been through holding public forum meetings, lobbying with National, State and Local officials to address local concerns, and being constantly on the lookout for issues that pertain to the residents of Fox Island.
In this scene from 2010, Fox Island Boy Scouts from FICRA's Troop 27 work to remove graffiti from the side of the Nichols Center, to prepare the center for an upcomning wedding rental.
This advocacy includes:
Brent Champaco, The News Tribune
Published: August 12th, 2005
It might have taken a year, but the Fox Island Community and Recreation Association finally will open its nature center and wildlife preserve Saturday.
The effort to preserve the 5-acre plot is a product of fundraising and sweat from residents, said John Ohlson, the associationís president.
The push started last summer, when the association raised more than $40,000 in three months to buy the land. Ohlson said it was one of the most successful campaigns in the islandís history.
Keith Buchanan, a Boy Scout with Gig Harbor Troop No. 282, earned his Eagle Scout by building a 60-foot-long footbridge over a stream and a few fallen trees that cut through the propertyís trail and wetlands.
A ceremony is scheduled for noon ... Read More
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