Joanie Lynn Beamer and Shane Matthew Vander Giessen announce their engagement and plans for a Dec. 15, 2008 wedding at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, WA. Joanie is the daughter of Eric and Connie Beamer of Lynden. She is a graduate of Lynden Christian High School and attends Whatcom Community College. She is employed by her father salmon fishing in Alaska as well as the YMCA.
The son of Rick and Joan Vander Giessen of Lynden, Shane graduated from Lynden Christian and attends the University of Washington. He is employed by the University and Dave's Sport Shop.
The couple met running cross country in Junior High and began dating in High School. The proposal occurred while hiking Austin Pass near Mt. Baker.