Hall History & Board

Hall History

Inherent in the human race is the instinct to socialize, to band together and indulge in activities that amuse and entertain. In 1907, at the home of Tom Orr, an organization was formed by Gilbert Olsen, W.J. McMillan, Mrs. McMillan and E. Berquist with the idea to build a community gathering place. Plans and financing were arranged and construction of the building took only one month. On January, 12 1908 they met for the first time in the new hall. The current building was completed in 1965. The Community Hall, in one form or another, has served the Clinton community for over a century.

Formally incorporated in 1910 as Clinton Progressive Association, we are a civic, non-partisan, nondenominational and nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Clinton Community Hall for the benefit of the South Whidbey community.

The Clinton Community Hall is member-supported. Our neighbors and friends in Clinton and the broader South Whidbey community are encouraged to show your love for the Hall by becoming a member today!

Our Community Gathering Place

In 1907, early settlers in Clinton decided to build a community hall where everyone could gather together. We can imagine the importance of this meeting place for pioneer families building their lives in a new settlement. No doubt they discussed important issues of the day, shared potlucks and entertained themselves with theater, musical performances and a lot of dancing in the hall.

Early Clinton Hall

After more than 50 years, it was determined that the hall was drafty, expensive to heat and developing safety issues. It was decided a new hall would better serve the community and a core group of dedicated members began construction in the early 60s. For a brief time, both halls occupied the same site. In 1967, the community gathered for a huge bonfire and said farewell to the original building.

Today, Clinton is home to over 1,000 neighbors and friends, many of whom still live in homes nestled back in the forests. And, the Clinton Community Hall continues to be as important as ever as the central gathering spot for the community.

Current Board Members

Sue Mills
President, Membership Chairperson, Grants Chairperson

Kathy Craven
Vice-president, Fundraising Chairperson

Jim Swan
Acting Secretary, Facilities Chairperson

Michael Gerhardt
Treasurer, Information Technology Chairperson

Sheri Gerhard
Marketing Chairperson

Bob Gerhard
Grounds Chairperson

Barbara Doutt
Interim Member

Get Involved

This hall exists because of members, volunteers, sponsors and donors like you. If you want to join others in supporting this historic building and community, let us know today!