MINUTES
North Mason Community Voice
5/21/2012

Board: Linnie Griffin, Greg Waggett, Lee Swoboda, Jack Kimball, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Jim Clark, Valerie McLeod, Bonnie Pope

Audience: 37

Seventh annual meeting of the North Mason Community Voice was called to order at 7:00 PM by Chair, Linnie Griffin, with a quorum of the Board present.

Before the meeting attendees participated in an enjoyable spaghetti dinner and social, with desserts donated by members of NMCV. A special anniversary cake was made by Shirley Aries. The kitchen crew and the Job’s Daughters who served the meals were thanked for their service.

Election of Board

The following board members’ terms expire in 2012 (they are eligible to run for re-election): Jim Clark (District 1), Jack Kimball (District 4), Valerie McLeod (District 4), Ken VanBuskirk (District 3), Greg Waggett (District 4)

Greg Waggett and Jim Clark chose not to run for re-election. Nominations were opened to the membership. Beau Bakken volunteered to serve for District 4. No one volunteered to fill the District 1 board position. After much cajoling but no takers, Judy Scott moved to accept by acclamation Jack Kimball, Valerie McLeod, Ken VanBuskirk and Beau Bakken for 2-year terms. The motion was seconded and approved by the membership in attendance.
The board position vacated by Jim Clark will be filled at a later time.

Secretary's Report – Lee Swoboda
• Approval of April 23 meeting minutes as distributed to the membership via email. No changes were received.

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

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball
• All bills are paid and there is $1,766.12 in the bank account.

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

Everyone introduced themselves.

Old business

An annual “state of the Voice” discussion led by Bob Harris who shared the formation of the NMCV, and Herb Gerhardt who spoke of how the hospital district formation evolved out of an NMCV committee.

New business

Mary Swoboda volunteered to coordinate a Candidates’ Forum on June 25. The Primary Election is August 7th and ballots will be mailed to registered voters on July 20th, so the June meeting is the only opportunity available.
Mary proposed inviting candidates of two races to participate: Mason County Commissioner District 1 and 35th District State Representative Position 2).
After some discussion it was decided to include the 6th Congressional District—US Representative race.
Mary proposed that each group would have approximately one-half hour for candidate introductions and questions, with the forum starting about 7:00 PM and ending about 8:30 PM, with an additional half-hour afterward for socializing and having one-on-one conversations with the candidates.
Mary proposed to send email invitations to the candidates informing them of the forum as soon as possible.

Judy Scott made a motion to sponsor a forum on June 25, with Mary as the key point of contact. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Mary Swoboda asked the membership to consider buying a portable Public Address (PA) system for NMCV. She found a couple that were priced near $130. During the discussion, it was suggested the PA system come with two microphones.

Judy Scott made a motion to authorize up to $200 expenditure on a portable PA system. The motion was seconded and passed by the NMCV membership.

For the Good of the Order

Judy Scott said a book has been published on the history of the Washington Ports and is available for purchase at the Port of Allyn.

Denny Hamilton encouraged everyone to take the online survey for Parks and Recreation. Find the survey here: http://www.co.mason.wa.us/parks/index.php

The next meeting will be June 25, which will be a candidates’ forum.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Submitted by Lee Swoboda, Secretary. Approved by NMCV board 7/23/2012.