The Friends of Chinook School Board of Directors elected Karen Leu as its new president, and Vera Karnofski as its new Vice President at the Annual Meeting on July 19, 2021.

Outgoing president of 20 years, Eileen Wirkkala, welcomed Karen into her new role, with her best wishes. FOCS Board of Directors expressed appreciation for Eileen’s years of dedication, steering the board through the restoration of Historic Chinook School with determination and perseverance.
“I’m grateful to the Board for their trust and faith in me,” said Karen. “It’s a daunting task and I will try to become the best President that I can be.”

The Historic Chinook School stands as a living monument to our community’s love of history and those who have gone before, as well as its respect for significant local architecture. Built in 1921 and 1924, the gymnasium and the school building, respectively, are continuing a century later to open their doors to those who enjoy gathering in beautiful historic spaces.

FOCS is now offering volunteer opportunities. “We are open for meetings, parties, weddings, sport events, and other community events, said President Karen Leu.  “However, we’re doing it all with volunteers.  If you have a few hours a month to join us in continuing the work of Friends of Chinook School and sustaining these valued community buildings, please contact us via email at Thank you.”
In other news, FOCS announced that it has canceled the upcoming 2021 Oktoberfest that was planned for Sept. 25, in an abundance of caution due to the continuing Covid surge of the Delta variant. FOCS hopes to greet their 100 yr. birthday with a big celebration when the coast is clear next year.

The Historic Chinook School’s calendar is beginning to fill again, so give them a shout at to inquire for your next event. Also visit our website,, for more information and photos.

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