North Mason Community Voice

May 24, 2010

Board: Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Linnie Griffin, Randy Neatherlin, Ken VanBuskirk, Ralph Lartz, Jim Clark

Directors not present: Judy Scott, Jacquelyn Mastel

Attendees: 21

The business meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said and everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report - Linnie Griffin

The minutes of the previous meeting were summarized and a motion was made to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1715.91 in the bank account. Money collected from last month's spaghetti dinner social and auction include: $365.50 for auction items; $220.00 for meal donations; $30.00 for three membership renewals.

• Linnie submitted an invoice for $70.87 for spaghetti dinner social reimbursement.

• Lee reported he filed the annual 990 with the IRS.

A motion was made to approve reimbursing Linnie and accepting the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

PIO Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• Attended a bypass advisory meeting last month. The report will go to the Legislature in June.

• Attended a Belfair Water District meeting two weeks ago.

• PUD 1 has been invited to speak at the June Voice meeting.

• Attended a couple of county commission meetings. There is some concern about the ADAGE green power plant proposed for Mason County. ADAGE has applied to ORCCA for permits. The county commissioners do not have any input at this point. Considering asking ADAGE to come speak at the July Voice meeting.

• KMAS Radio did a nice interview with ADAGE. (Listen here: http://masoncountydailynews.net/component/banners/click/masoncountydailynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2142)

• Went to a transportation meeting last week. The Elfendahl Pass restoration is going forward.


The Annual Meeting convened at 7:25 PM.

Election of Board Members

Five board positions are up for election: Jim Clark (District 1), Ralph Lartz (District 2), Ken VanBuskirk (District 3) and Jack Kimball (District 4) have agreed to run again. The District 5 (Allyn/Victor area) position is open.

Lee asked if anyone wished to challenge any of the positions or run for the open position. Greg Waggett was nominated for the open position. There were no other nominations.

Randy moved that the membership accept the slate of candidates, including Greg Waggett by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

In accordance with the Bylaws, Board officers will be elected by the Board at the June meeting.

It was suggested that next year a nominating committee be formed a month or two before the annual meeting to solicit candidates for the board.

Bylaws adjustment

Randy made a motion to amend Section 7.1 of the Bylaws to read, "…convene a regular business meeting the fourth Monday of each month." The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion was made to adjourn the annual meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Dr. Thomas Armstrong with the newly formed North Mason County Resource (NMCR) spoke.

• Every time people in North Mason needed a government service they had to go elsewhere. Armstrong saw a need for a resource center for the community to locate services to meet their needs through partnerships with governmental and nonprofit agencies. He filed nonprofit paperwork in December 2009, and in three months had a 501(c)(3) status. NMCR opened their doors in April.

• NMCR coordinates services with DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services) services, Homeless Advocate, American Red Cross emergency vouchers, DAV Veterans Services, MTG Meds, Behavior Health Services, Mason County Health Department, Northwest Children's Outreach, Veterans Assistance services, Habitat for Humanity and Turning Pointe.

• NMCR is providing support and resources without government funds. The Gates Foundation gave money to provide a DSHS mobile office, which will allow them to take DSHS services to outlying communities.

• NMCR will educate to help people become self-sufficient.

• Money and grants are available but one must know where to look. They have grant writers available to research and write grants.

• NMCR has internet access and copy machines. Everyone who works with NMCR are volunteers. All equipment and furniture has been donated.

• There will be an open house on June 1 from 11 AM to 5 PM at the North Mason County Resource offices at 23554 NE SR 3 in the Lincoln Center.

New Business/For the Good of the Order

Announcements were made on various topics.

Lee wished a happy 5th birthday to the North Mason Community Voice and thanked Shirley Aries for making a cake. A motion was made to adjourn, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

Reminder: Voice meetings have been changed to the fourth Monday of each month. The next meeting is Monday, June 28.

Meeting adjourned 8:48 PM.

Submitted by Linnie Griffin. Approved by NMCV Board 6/28/2010.