North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Ken VanBuskirk, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Gerry Morrow

Directors not present: Beau Bakken, Bob Harris, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Audience: 37

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 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

Linnie moved to approve the May 20 meeting minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• All bills are paid and there is $1,485.05 in the bank account. The spaghetti dinner and auction at last month’s meeting netted a total of $252.24. Linnie has not submitted an expense reimbursement yet.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report – Ken VanBuskirk

No report.


According to Bylaws Section 3.5, "Officers shall be elected for a one-year term by other members of the Board at the next regular meeting after their election to the Board."

The Chair opened nominations, starting with Chair. Lee Swoboda was nominated. There were no other nominations for Chair.

Nominations were opened for Secretary. Gerry Morrow was nominated. There were no other nominations for Secretary

Nominations were opened for Treasurer. Jack Kimball was nominated. There were no other nominations for Treasurer.

Nominations were opened for Vice Chair. Kaye Massie was nominated. There were no other nominations for Vice Chair.

Nominations were opened for Public Information Officer (PIO). Ken VanBuskirk was nominated. There were no other nominations for PIO.

There being only one nominee per office, a motion was made to accept the slate of officers by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: 6th Congressional District Congressman Derek Kilmer

Representative Kilmer discussed what Congress is and is not doing.

• This is the longest, deepest recession since the Great Depression and the economy is very fragile. The debt to GDP is as high as it’s been since World War II.

• Since he’s been there, Congress has not passed a single law dealing with jobs. He believes the economy is the #1 issue.

• If Congress doesn’t pass a budget they shouldn’t get paid.

• There needs to be tax reform, with a tax code that encourages people to invest in America and a simpler system that is more transparent and more competitive.

• Small business is the backbone of the economy. Representative Kilmer used a football analogy that small businesses are our star running backs and government needs to provide some blocking so they can make touchdowns.

• There was also a lengthy question and answer period, with Representative Kilmer discussing various subjects, including accountability, student loans, 2nd Amendment, immigration reform and sequestration.

• In addition, Representative Kilmer and his staff stayed after the meeting to talk to people one-on-one.

• Dedrick Allan of MasonWebTV.com has posted Representative Kilmer’s talk at masonwebtv.com/archives/10495.

The next meeting will be Monday, July 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:18 PM.

Submitted by Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 7/22/2013.