Chinook founder Fritz Hull has given of his time, energy, funds, and spirit in countless ways throughout his life. This week he was honored in Susan Knickerbocker’s South Whidbey Record article as South Whidbey’s Hometown Hero. The fruits of his lifelong generosity are particularly visible here, where he and his wife Vivienne created the Chinook Learning Center that we now know as the Whidbey Institute.
Fritz and Vivienne gave a gift that keeps on giving. The Institute now provides a home for the work of hundreds of program partners, like Dan McKee, around the region and nation; works with volunteers and local conservation groups to sustain 100 acres of wilderness habitat and public trails; builds and strengthens connections among community partners in Yakima, South Whidbey, Portland, Port Townsend, and Bellingham; contributes to the Good Cheer Food Bank and provides land-based education through the Learning from the Land Apprentice program, and keeps a warm hearth for neighbors and friends.
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