North Mason Community Voice
Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris
Directors not present: Margie Benson, Ken VanBuskirk, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey
The business meeting was called to order at 7 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 – Margie Benson
• In Margie’s absence, Lee asked for approval of the March 25 meeting minutes.
Bob Harris 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 $1,367.32 in the bank account.
Judy moved to approve the Treasurer's report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Ken VanBuskirk
In Ken’s absence there was no report. Ken serves on the Mason County Planning Advisory Commission and they have been reviewing the shoreline master plan update.
The annual meeting will be Monday, May 20. In addition to elections, there will also be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction. Five board members’ terms expire: Margie Benson, Linnie Griffin, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott and Lee Swoboda. All but Margie are willing to run again. Gerry Morrow is interested in serving on the board.
Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.
GUEST SPEAKER: Jesse Sims, Belfair/Hood Canal Recreation Manager, Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
• DNR is a very large land owner in the State of Washington and here in the North Mason area. It is governed by an elected official, Peter Goldmark (www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/Pages/commissioner.aspx). DNR manages land, trees and tidelands and leases land to various organizations such as agricultural and wind energy.
• Tahuya State Forest is a working forest, with timber sales going to county trusts, K-12 school trusts, university trusts, capitol trust, fire districts, hospital districts, to name a few.
• Over 250,000 users recreate in the Tahuya Forest every year, enjoying activities such as hiking, camping, cycling, four-wheeling, hunting and fishing while bringing much needed revenue into the North Mason economy. Camping in the DNR forests is recreation only, with a 7-day-per-month limit on all DNR lands — no long-term camping is permitted. Check out DNR’s recreation brochure here: www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_rec_safesustain_brochure.pdf
• A Discover Pass is required to park on DNR-managed lands as well as Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) managed lands and state parks (http://discoverpass.wa.gov/faq/). The access pass received with a Hunting/Fishing License is good ONLY on WDFW lands. State parks receive 84% of the money collected from the Discover Pass. DNR and WDFW receive just 7% each.
• Target shooting is permitted on DNR land, but ONLY in areas with an unobstructed, earthen backstop that can safely stop all projectiles and debris. Do not shoot across, along or down roads or trails or within 500 feet (1/10th mile or the length of nearly TWO football fields) of a recreation site or structure (such as outhouses or tents). Use only paper targets and pack out all shells, brass, paper and other debris. No shooting is permitted in any areas designated or posted “no shooting.”
• Volunteers are vital to DNR forests (www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer). Sims encourages folks to attend Focus Group meetings and find out about volunteer opportunities. The DNR Focus Group meets on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is 7 PM on May 2 at the upstairs meeting room of the Belfair QFC. The public is always welcome.
Annual Meeting: The doors will open at 5:30 on May 20, with dinner to be served starting at 6 PM. If anyone has items for silent auction, either call Linnie or bring to the meeting. Also, dessert items would be appreciated. Linnie asked for approval to have the Job’s Daughters help serve the dinner.
Randy Neatherlin moved that the Job’s Daughters serve dinner at the annual meeting and receive a stipend of $100 for their efforts. The motion was seconded and approved.
Judy talked about members of NMCV taking on a project to beautify Belfair in some way, such as picking up trash in the Bill Hunter park. Lee offered to investigate property ownership around the park.
Meeting Reports/Upcoming Meetings/For the Good of the Order
May 1: The Community Food Pantry is having a pasta dinner at Theler Community Center from 5-8 PM to benefit the Disabled American Vets.
May 3-4: United Methodist Church is having their annual rummage sale.
May 4: Community breakfast at Scott McLendon’s Hardware Store.
May 23: Mason County Veterans Stand Down and Job Fair at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 601 W C Street, Shelton from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Sep 7: Historical walk at the cemetery on Sand Hill Road starting at 10:00 AM. Donations welcome.
Next meeting Monday, May 20. ANNUAL MEETING and spaghetti dinner. Doors open at 5:30 PM
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. =^..^= Approved by NMCV Board 5/20/2013.