North Mason Community Voice

Board: Linnie Griffin, Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Ken VanBuskirk, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott, Jim Clark, Valerie McLeod, Bonnie Pope

Directors not present: Greg Waggett

Audience: 12

The business meeting was called to order at 7 PM by Linnie Griffin, with a quorum of the Board present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report – Lee Swoboda

• Approval of September 26 minutes.

Judy moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• Linnie declined to submit a bill for food for the August BBQ, so all bills are paid and there is $1,711.41 in the bank account.

Jim moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Ken VanBuskirk

• Rode the Lower Elfendahl Road on bicycle yesterday. The road is nearly done. The county did not put a bridge in; put in a larger culvert instead.

• Plan to invite the newest county commissioner, Steve Bloomfield, to be our guest at the November 28 meeting. He seems interested in knowing what’s going on in North Mason.

• Attended a four-hour Planning Advisory Commission meeting last Monday.

• North Mason School District Superintendent David Peterson is surveying the community and wants to know what people think about renewing the current levy.

Ken announced that, after much thought, he is resigning his position as Public Information Officer of the NMCV. He doesn’t have the necessary time to devote to the position. He will remain on the board, however. Filling the PIO position will be on the agenda of the November 28 meeting.

Judy reported on the Shorelines Management Program. Mason County is required to update its shorelines plan. If property owners have waterfront (salt water, freshwater rivers, streams, lakes, ponds) they could be impacted. Read more here: http://www.co.mason.wa.us/community_dev/shoreline_master_program/

Kaye moved to buy a roll of 100 “forever” stamps for Mary Swoboda as a reimbursement for the stamps Mary has used over the last 5 years when mailing information to NMCV members. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.


Griff Woodford of Garrison Defensive (www.garrisondefensive.com/) discussed home defensive actions homeowners can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.

• Awareness: Keep your head up, avoid tunnel vision and trust your instinct.

• Communication with Law Enforcement: When contacting 9-1-1, repeat your location twice, convey the nature of the emergency and who you are. When law enforcement arrives, do whatever you are told to do.

• Essential Tools: The positives and negatives of pepper spray, tasers, stun guns and wasp spray. Benefits of using a powerful, bright defensive flashlight. Listening to dogs and children.

• Classes are available. Visit www.garrisondefensive.com for details.




• Hospital District 2 meeting October 25.

• Sheriff’s advisory group meeting November 3.

• Port of Allyn meeting November 7.

• DNR focus group meeting November 7.

• Good quality winter clothing for children ages 3-5 years are being collected. For more information talk to Jim Clark.

• The Belfair Masonic Lodge is looking for more community groups who would like to use their building for meetings.

• Donate blankets at the North Mason Resource Center.

Valerie made a motion that the NMCV cancel the December meeting. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Reminder: The North Mason Community Voice meets on the 4th Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, November 28. Bring holiday “leftovers” to share!

Meeting adjourned at 8:29 PM.

Submitted by Lee Swoboda, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 11/28/2011