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.


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.


Front view of the Clinton Community Hall, showing the sign above windows and benches for sitting out in front.

Current Board Members

Michael Gerhardt
President, Information Technology Chairperson

Sue Mills
Vice-President, Membership Chairperson, Events Co-Chairperson, Grants Chairperson

Bob Gerhard
Acting Treasurer, Grounds Chairperson

Jim Swan
Acting Secretary, Facilities Chairperson

Sheri Gerhard
Events Co-Chairperson

Janet Hammond
Board 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!

Memberships and donations to Clinton Community Hall are tax-deductible. Our EIN number is 91-6056799