NOVEMBER 17, 2008

Meeting called to order at 7:03 P.M. by Lee Swoboda.

Attendees: 26

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed.

Self introductions were next.

Board of Directors present: Lee Swoboda, Ken Van Buskirk, Kaye Massie, Ralph Lartz, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Jacquelyn Mastel, and Bruce Jackson

Absent: Margie Benson,Jim Clark and Randy Neatherlin.


The Draft Minutes of the October 20, 2008 meeting were read.

A Motion to approve the Minutes as read was made by Jack Kimball and second by Kaye Massie. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

Jim Clark was absent and he sent a note that has the balance in the checking account at $774.25 after the bills were paid.

A Motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report by Ralph Lartz and second by Jack Kimball. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.

A Motion was made by Judy Scott and second by Ken Van Buskirk to pay Mary Swoboda $33.40 more for the Grocery Bags. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.

Lee Swoboda reports that the State Department of Revenue has classified us in Active Non Reporting Status.

Our PIO officer Ralph Lartz reports our speaker this month is David Nelson, the soon to be Editor for the Kitsap Sun.

The Business Meeting was adjourned at 7:13 P.M.


David Nelson, the new Editor for the Kitsap Sun, gave a good presentation on the operation of the newspaper and the staff that runs the operation.

He grew up in Skagit County and then moved to Boston to work on a paper and kept transferring till he ended up here.

He answered questions from the audience on the plans for the Sun’s web site. He said they are going to grow the site and include advertising from business.

The Web site has videos of news and Blogs on stories that appear in the Newspaper.

You must log in with your name and location before you can do a Blog on their site.

A question came up on “How to get a news article to the paper.”

Mr. Nelson said to go to the Web site and click on the Calendar to send an article. It is OK to send one picture if it does not exceed 3 mega-bites.


David Peterson, School Superintendent of the North Mason School District , would like the NMCV to endorse the School Bond and Levy.

Lee Swoboda informed Mr. Petersen that our group cannot endorse an issue, just communicate to the community the issue. In this case we could have a Forum to address the Bond and Levy early next year.

We next had a review of Policy 08-1, Reimbursement of Periodic Expenditures, to allow the Treasurer to pay these without a vote at every meeting.

A Motion was made to allow the Treasurer to pay the room rental and Post Office box rental without a Motion every meeting was made by Ken Van Buskirk and second by Kaye Massie. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.

Policy 08-02, Financial Reviews, was discussed next and it was thought we should have a Financial Review every year. The Board will appoint a Committee to do this with two members of the Board and the Treasurer on this Committee. We may have the Chairman or Vice Chairman present also.

Lee Swoboda said he would rewrite this Policy and submit it at the next meeting.

The Marketing plan was submitted by Mary Swoboda. She reported that we have 47 members now and need to recruit new members. We have Shopping Bags with our Logo on them and every new member will get one. If someone wants to buy a Shopping Bag, we will sell them for $5.00 each.


A discussion on ideas for Forums and Speakers for the upcoming year followed. We need to decide on these ahead of time so they can be advertised.

A Forum on Harrison ’s plans for the new Emergency Care Center would be a good topic to cover.

A Motion was made by Judy Scott and second by Mary Swoboda to have the next meeting of the NMCV on January 19, 2009. The Motion passed by voice vote with one person opposed.

The Gig Harbor Gun Club is proposing to move to a new 300 acre Mason County site off of Menard Road.

Herb Gerhardt, Hospital District #2 Commissioner, reports the North Mason Clinic will close on December 23, 2008. The new Harrison Clinic will not open until March or April of 2009. They are working 7 days a week on the new clinic to get it completed.

Hannelore Stewart of the Affordable Housing for Mason County, said they have a meeting in the North Mason Library in Belfair every second Monday of the month.

A Motion to adjourn was made by Ralph Lartz and second by Judy Scott. The Motion passes unanimous by voice vote.

Meeting adjourned at 8:38 P.M.

Submitted by Bruce Jackson.