North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Beau Bakken, Bob Harris, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Directors not present: Margie Benson, Ken VanBuskirk,

Audience: 16

The business meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by Chair, Lee Swoboda, with a quorum of the Board present.

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

Secretary's Report
In Margie’s absence, Lee asked for approval of the January 28 meeting minutes.

Judy 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 $1,377.10 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report
Bob Harris, filling in for Ken, who is at another meeting, said there is no report.

Other Business
Lee announced that Margie Benson’s husband Walt suffered a major heart attack a couple weeks ago and is still in intensive care at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. Cards for both Margie and Walt were passed around for all to sign.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Dave Rasmussen, Emergency Services Manager for the West Sound chapter of the American Red Cross, and Red Cross volunteer Bill Bolan.
• The Red Cross is a local as well as national organization.
• All kinds of disasters can happen. Most can recall the heavy rains and severe flooding that occurred locally in 2007. We know storms are coming but we don’t know the extent or magnitude of the event on communities.
• The Red Cross keeps shelter supplies at Theler Center. They also have a “shelter in a box” at FD2 fire station on Old Belfair Hwy, which can provide shelter for up to 50 people. In addition, the Red Cross wants to increase its resources and is looking for another base of resources on the Allyn side of the train trestle south of Belfair.
• Folks used to be encouraged to be prepared for 3 days. Now people are encouraged to be prepared for 10-14 days. Here are steps to get prepared:
 • Be informed: http://safeinthesound.org/be-informed
 • Get training: http://safeinthesound.org/get-trained. The Red Cross and local fire departments offer first aid and CPR classes. The Red Cross offers community disaster education classes. Talk to your neighbors and consider pooling your training skills.
 • Have a plan: http://safeinthesound.org/sites/default/files/Family-Disaster-Plan-English.pdf. It helps reinforce the plan by role-playing with your family.
 • Make a disaster kit: http://safeinthesound.org/sites/default/files/Disaster-Supplies-Kit-English.pdf. Be sure to include prescription medications and medical supplies.
 • Think of your pets too: http://safeinthesound.org/be-informed/pet-preparedness
• The Red Cross works independently from community emergency response teams and responds to disasters, both to individual families and entire communities. The Red Cross provides food and clothing and sometimes motel rooms for a few nights until the affected get support through insurance or family and friends.  All assistance is free and there are no strings attached.
• The Red Cross hopes to build its presence in Mason County by growing the number of disaster volunteers. Please call Rasmussen at 360-478-7693 if you are interested in volunteering. The training is free.
• There are two chapters of the Red Cross that serve Mason County. Rasmussen oversees the North Mason area, which serves roughly all of the area encompassed by Fire District 2 and 8, along with part of Fire District 5 to the south part of Grapeview Loop Road and Mason-Benson Road.
• Rasmussen gave a special invite to everyone to attend a “Heroes Breakfast” fundraiser on Thursday, May 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 AM at the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside in Bremerton. The breakfast will honor individuals whose extraordinary acts of courage or kindness make them a here. RSVP to Sarah Kim Park at 206-709-4536 or sarah.park@redcross.org. All donations will support the local chapter of the Red Cross that includes Kitsap and Mason Counties.
• For more information on the Red Cross or preparing for disasters, visit www.redcross.org/westsound and www.safeinthesound.org.
• Rasmussen is willing to speak at any homeowners association or club meeting. Contact him at dave.rasmussen@redcross.org or at 360-478-7693.

Reminder that it is time to renew your membership. See Mary Swoboda.

• Election of the Board of Directors is coming up in May. Lee recommended a nominating committee be established, and Valerie McLeod volunteered to chair the committee.
• Beau Bakken reported that Fire District 2 and four other fire districts (FD8, FD6, FD11 and FD4) submitted a federal grant for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The grant, for $435,000 over 3 years, was approved with no strings attached!
• FD2 and FD8 are continuing to work on creating a regional fire authority plan. Email Beau at BBakken@mcfd2.com if you are interested in receiving updates.
• County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin said Congressman Derek Kilmer had asked him if the NM Community Voice would like to have him visit. The sense of the audience was yes.
• Randy also talked about the decision to put the Belfair bypass back on the county’s 6-year road plan and discussed his hope that the county commission would be willing to create a Belfair urban growth area committee. He is hoping the NMCV group will have members willing to serve on the committee as well as facilitate community forums at some future point to educate the public about the goals and options. The sense of the audience was to support and sponsor such forums.
• Valerie McLeod said she would like to see a YMCA in Belfair.

• Monna Haugen said there will be an all-you-can-eat crab feed at the Salmon Center on March 9 to support the backpack for kids program. Currently there are 115 kids involved in the program. Call Monna at 275-6217 for tickets.
• Judy Scott reported on the informative “gun safety conversation” that was held at the St. Hugh church last Saturday. She also said she is now on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors.
• Herb Gerhardt said Sheriff Casey Salisbury gave a presentation on his training at the FBI academy. It was very informative and he encouraged people to see it if they get a chance.
• Susan Odette reported that the dinner and concert, presented by the North Mason Music Booster Club to benefit the North Mason Schools Music Programs, was a success.

Next meeting Monday, March 25.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. =^..^=. Approved by NMCV Board 3/25/2013.