APRIL 20, 2009

Meeting called to order at 7:01 P.M. by Lee Swoboda.

Attendees: 30

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed.

Self introductions were next.

Board of Directors present: Lee Swoboda, Ken Van Buskirk, Ralph Lartz, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Randy Neatherlin, Jim Clark and Bruce Jackson.

Absent: Judy Scott and Jacquelyn Mastell.


The Draft Minutes for the March 16, 2009 meeting were read.

A Motion was made by Randy Neatherlin and second by Jim Clark to approve the minutes as corrected. The Motion passes unanimous by Voice Vote.

Treasurerís Report:

Jim Clark reports we have $952.33 in the checking account after paying the rent for the meeting hall and the bill for the signs.

PIO Report:

Ralph Lartz said that Jobís Daughters will have a presentation at this meeting.

Next month we will have the Department of Transportation or the Parks Department for our speaker.

The Business meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M.


Five young ladies from Jobís Daughters local Bethel 43 gave an excellent presentation on what they do and who they are.

It is an organization for young ladies that are 10 to 20 years old. They must have a member of the family that has been associated with a Masonic Lodge.

It helps them to learn good morals and communication skills. They participate in Community projects and learn to achieve goals and be part of a great organization.

They help the Lodge to serve meals and help in the kitchen.

They will have a car wash here at the Masonic Hall on May 9, 2009.

Gordon Summers, A World War II veteran, donated a United States Flag to this Bethel. This flag was flown on the USS Arizona.

They are the largest Bethel in Washington State.

A pie auction was next and Mary Swoboda was the Auctioneer. Adella Kimball had baked a Strawberry Rhubarb pie and an Apple pie to be auctioned off. A can of whipped cream went with each Pie.

The Strawberry Rhubarb went for $21 and the Apple pie went for $25. The money was donated to NMCV.

John Phillips from the Belfair Water District said the Water Department can build and operate the Sewers. They would like the Mason County people to turn this over to the Belfair Water District. He thinks they can operate the sewers for $50 to $60 a month.

The State wants the Water District to move their water line from the under State Highway 3 in Belfair before it is widened. Mr. Phillips said this is not necessary because the existing line is in good shape and can be paved over. The cost to the Water District to do this would be from $2 to $3 Million dollars.

Randy Neatherlin said that the Water District could better manage the local Sewer District. They would not have to contract out all repairs and could do it with their own people.

It was suggested that we have a Forum on the new Sewer and get the information out to the people.


Herb Gerhardt said the Grand Opening at the new Harrison Urgent and Primary Care Clinic was a huge success and many local people attended.

Mr. Gerhardt explained the process involved in getting the design of the building done and how the rush to get it built came about.

Hospital District #2 will have its meetings in the new Clinic starting next month.

Thank you Hospital District #2 Commissioners for a job well done.

The Department of Transportation had an open house to present the Belfair proposed new roads. Ken VanBuskirk will send updates on this proposal out as soon as the Committee agrees on them.


The annual meeting for the NMCV will be Monday May 18, 2009 at the Masonic Lodge in Belfair starting at 7:00 P.M.

A Motion was made by Barbara Clark second by Jim Clark to reimburse the cook's expenses for the dinner.

A friendly amendment was added to put a little extra in the payout.

The Motion passes with 1 nay vote by Randy Neatherlin.

Tomorrow at 3:00 P.M. a meeting in the Port of Allyn building will be held to review the County Events Ordinance.

As this Ordinance stands it is full of bad initiatives.

Good of the Order

Wednesday May 22, 2009 the Green Committee will hold a meeting at the Theler Center from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

On May 9, 2009 there will be a Health Care Forum from 9:00 A.m. to 4:00 P.M. at the Theler Center.

Ken VanBuskirk is attending a County Planning Advisory meeting on the review of the proposed QFC gas station.

Randy Neatherlin talked about the shortfall of tax collections in Mason County and how it will be bad for the Sheriffs Department.

Much discussion followed on this subject.

A Motion to adjourn was made by Randy Neatherlin and second by Jim Clark. The Motion passes unanimous by Voice Vote.

Meeting adjourned at 8:42 P.M.

Submitted by Bruce Jackson. Approved by NMCV Board 5/18/2009.