News from Orcas Senior Center

  • Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 11:01am
  • Life
Joan Roulac

Stamp collecting

Are you wondering what to do with that old stamp collection that you inherited from your great uncle? Did you find an envelope of old stamps stashed in a drawer, and wonder if they are worth anything? Have you been thinking about stamp collecting, but don’t know where to start? Or do you already actively collect stamps or stamp-related items (such as old postcards) and what to find someone to trade with? Join Orcas Senior Center’s Stamp Club on Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. by Zoom.

Simply click the “Join Here” link at Bring stamps to show and share; bring questions to ask and learn! Need supplies? We will also be putting together a large order of collecting supplies to get a discount from Amos Advantage. All are welcome!

New to Zoom, be sure to check out the Zoom Like a Pro page with detailed how-to instructions and videos.

COVID-19 vaccine registration assistance

Do you know a community member who needs extra assistance with signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, help is available through a collaboration between San Juan County Health and Community Services, the Orcas Senior Center, and the Orcas Community Resource Center.

Navigating the vaccine registration landscape can be difficult. Barriers can include a lack of internet access, limited computer proficiency, cognitive impairment, and/or limited English proficiency. Each week, a certain number of vaccine “slots” will be set aside for such individuals. A member of the San Juan County scheduling team will call individuals directly to schedule appointments. By working together to build on the joint capacity of these three organizations and leveraging the Senior Center’s Buddy Check-In infrastructure, we hope to ensure broader access to the vaccine registration process. Please contact San Juan County Senior Services Specialist Jami Mitchell at (360) 376-7926 or Jana Webb from Orcas Community Resource Center at (360) 376-3184 for details regarding this assistance.

To see the most up-to-date information about the county’s vaccination efforts, including announcements of the opening of appointment scheduling dates and times, and local and Department of Health updates about COVID-19, go to

Qigong and T’ai Chi Chih

In addition to Joan Roulac’s “T’ai Chi Chih Joy through Movement” series by Zoom, she would like to invite you to join her weekly “Fresh Start in 15” Qigong practice. It is a playful 15-minute practice that meets Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Qigong combines mindfulness, meditation, and movement in nourishing ways that gently strengthen our immune system, elevate our energy, and build better balance.

Many of you may remember Roulac, pictured here, teaching T’ai Chi Chih classes at the Orcas Senior Center for 11 years starting in 2003. She is excited for the opportunity to offer T’ai Chi Chih classes again to Orcas by Zoom! Roulac will be leading a 4-week Joy through Movement, T’ai Chi Chih series for beginners starting on Tuesday, March 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. by Zoom. Learn flowing movements designed to strengthen your immune system, boost your vital force energy, and build better balance. This relaxing practice can be done seated or standing, and no special clothing is required. The series fee is $75 made payable to Joan. All are welcome.

Roulac has been teaching Qigong and T’ai Chi Chih since being accredited by Justin Stone in 1987 and has taught thousands of students in California, Oregon, and Washington. To learn more about these classes or to register, go to, email her at, or call her at (360) 298-2789. The fee is by donation and all are welcome to join.