North Mason Community Voice

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Linnie Griffin, Valerie McLeod, Bob Harris

Directors not present: Gerry Morrow, Ken VanBuskirk, Judy Scott, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey, Beau Bakken

Attendees: 17

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 - Gerry Morrow

In the absence of the Secretary, the Chair asked for approval of January 27 meeting minutes.

Linnie 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 $1,331.21 in the bank account.

Kaye 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, no report was given.

Other Business

The Chair asked to establish a committee to review the NMCV Bylaws. This is a good time as the annual meeting will be in May. Valerie McLeod and Randy Neatherlin volunteered to serve on the committee with Lee Swoboda. The Bylaws are posted here.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:07 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Chief Criminal Deputy Ryan Spurling of the Mason County Sheriff's Office

Chief Spurling shared a little of his background, including serving in the Marine Corps, Army Reserves and the Washington State Patrol. He and his family have lived in Mason County almost 15 years.

With the opening of the new North Precinct, the North Mason community now has a local point of contact.

The North Precinct covers North Mason from the Kitsap County line, all of the North Shore, South Shore to about Milepost 10 and north of Mason Benson and Pickering Roads.

The sheriff's mandate is for deputies to get to know the good folks in the community, not just the bad ones; to have ownership and work together with the community.

Chief Spurling also discussed home and personal safety issues and answered many questions.

Eighty percent of people in life-threatening situations freeze up. That is why training and role playing is important -- rehearsing scenarios in our minds and playing "what if" games. The object is to use mental imagery to create automatic pathways in our brain that help us break out of our mental freeze-up.

Men and women are different. Men generally respond with a flight or fight reaction. Women generally respond with a gather and protect reaction.

Home protection tools include guns, but the home owner needs to learn how to use them and be willing to use them if necessary. Another tool is pepper spray, but be aware that it doesn't always affect people high on drugs or intoxicated.

Chief Spurling recommends a fire extinguisher for home protection. The foam style A-B-C fire extinguisher temporarily blinds a person and steals their air, giving the victim a moment to get away.

Cameras are an excellent way to help law enforcement apprehend burglars. You can read a recent example here and here.

Get to know your neighbors.

Security signs posted in your yard can sometimes deter burglars.





Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings/For the Good of the Order

March 5: ALZHEIMERS: KNOW THE 10 WARNING SIGNS. Early detection is key. Sponsored by Mason County Public Hospital District 2.

March 5: Genealogy meeting at the North Mason Timberland Library, 12:30-2:30 PM. Subject: British ancestry.

Next meeting Monday, March 24.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Gerry Morrow, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 3/24/2014.