North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Gerry Morrow, Beau Bakken, Danielle Skeeters-Lindsey

Attendees: 42

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 Gerry Morrow

* In the absence of the secretary, the Chair asked for approval of the March 24 meeting minutes.

Kaye 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 $1,326.44 in the bank account, with 39 paid members.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report Ken VanBuskirk

* Ken's wife, daughter and friend ran in the Boston Marathon this year and finished. It was a very emotional race for them. The entire 26-mile race was lined with people cheering on the runners.

* The county received a storm water grant for the Belfair urban growth area.

* Theler Center is looking for board members.

* Attended the last sewer advisory committee meeting.

* Went to a school board meeting. The superintendent advised the school board not to attend Theler Center board meetings.

* The Puget Sound Coordinating Council is looking for Mason County residents to serve.

* The Planning Advisory Commission is looking for new members. Next year the PAC will be reviewing the Comprehensive Plan.

* The Belfair Saturday Market is moving to the intersection of Roy Boad Road and Clifton Lane, and opening next weekend, May 3.

* There is a 5th Tuesday Mason County Commission meeting at the NMSD District office at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 29.

Other Board Business

Bylaws Committee Report. The Bylaws Committee met Monday, April 21 and had a productive meeting. The proposed Bylaws changes have been incorporated into a draft copy for membership review. The Bylaws can be downloaded from the NMCV web site - nmcommunityvoice.org, or emailed to you. If you prefer, a hard copy can be mailed to you. Call Lee Swoboda at 360-275-9241.

Nominating Committee Report. The following board members' terms expire in 2014: Beau BAKKEN (at large), Bob HARRIS (District #2) , Jack KIMBALL (District #4), Valerie McLEOD (at large) , Danielle SKEETERS-LINDSEY (District #5), Ken VANBUSKIRK (District #3). Agreeing to run again are Bob Harris, Jack Kimball and Ken VanBuskirk.

The committee has recruited Betty Drexler (District #5) and Joe Morris (Trails End, District 4) but more applicants are wanted. Contact Valerie McLeod, Mary Swoboda or Mel Armstrong if you are interested. The election will be at the annual meeting, May 19.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:13 PM.


GUEST SPEAKER: Theler Community Center Board Chair Kendy Meyer. (ThelerTrails.org). Also available for questions were fellow board member Loretta Serra and Manager Scott Stanton.

* Kendy believes the situation with Theler is critical because of a very large debt. The Theler Trust no longer has liquidity to pay out money. The wetlands and buildings have been neglected. The gardens are in bad shape. Tools and equipment are missing.

* Theler Center lost its nonprofit status years ago and no one noticed. Now they are working to reestablish Theler Center as a nonprofit. The community can help by joining in a campaign to solicit the Internal Revenue Service to expedite the process.

* Theler was several months behind on its utility payments and owed money to the Mission Creek Corrections Center in Belfair for trails maintenance work provided by its inmates, but they are finally getting caught up. Mission Creek has been paid in full and they hope the inmates will come back to Theler.

* Faith in Action has graciously offered to do background checks for Theler volunteers and staff.

* The Theler board has established an audit committee and are working on rebuilding public trust.

* Children are returning to Theler with ballet classes, Boy Scouts, movie nights for kids and a new playground, paid for by the North Mason Rotary Club and private donors. Traditional Theler activities such as Trick or Treat and the Easter Egg Hunt will continue.

* There are daily adult exercise classes.

* The Master Gardeners are back in an advisory capacity.

* The 30th anniversary celebration will be a full week of events: bird watching classes Monday-Thursday, May 13-15; wine-tasting with photo contest winners announced Friday, May 16 at 7:00 PM; gala and auction May 17 at 6:00 PM; and BBQ with children's photo contest winners announced Sunday May 18 at 1:00 PM. See calendar at www.thelertrails.org.

* Theler can offer a wide range of events but they all take a lot of planning. As a community organization, Theler needs community volunteers.

* We are not on solid ground yet, but we are working on it.





Meeting reports/Upcoming meetings

* Wednesday, April 30, 7-9 PM: NMMBC Jazz Night at the NM High School Gym featuring national recording artist, The Michael Powers Group. All proceeds to benefit NM music programs.

* Friday, May 2, 5-7 PM at the North Mason library: Free seminar, Communicating with Persons with Dementia, sponsored by Mason County Public Hospital District 2. Ms. Michael A. Bower, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association, will discuss improving communication with persons with dementia, which can lead to a decrease in dementia-related behaviors and distress, and to improved quality of life for both care recipient and care partner.

* Saturday, May 3, 7:30-10 AM: Free pancake breakfast at McLendons Hardware in Belfair.

* Saturday, May 3, 10-2: Belfair Saturday Market, on the corner of Roy Boad Road and Clifton Lane.

* Saturday, May 3, 9-2: Evergreen Garden Club Sprint plant sale at the John L. Scott building in Belfair.

* Tuesday, May 6: Online event: Feed the Hungry, Help the Community. Donate to Belfair Community Food Pantry at kitsapgreatgive.org on May 6 and the organization will receive matching funds through Give Local America.

* Thursday, May 8: Caring in May at the Twin Firs Cemetery on Sandhill Road from 10 AM to noon. Bring gardening tools and gloves and help clean up around grave sites.

* May 20, 21, 22, 23: Bring your donations for a rummage sale to Theler Center.

* Saturday, May 24: A large rummage sale in the Theler Center parking lot. Proceeds benefit Theler.

* Saturday, May 24. The Unforgotten, Celebration of Life Ceremony for North Mason's own "Abraham Lincoln," Robert Brown. His remains will be ceremoniously escorted to the Tahoma National Cemetery by a funeral procession under the auspices of Combat Veterans International. Participants should meet at the Kitsap County Admin Building in Port Orchard The procession gets underway at 10:45 AM.

* Monday, June 9, 6:00-7:30 PM. Simple glass etching class taught by Linnie Griffin at Theler Center.

* Saturday, June 14 at the Victor Improvement Club. A "destination" Flea Market.

Next meeting Monday, May 19 - ANNUAL MEETING.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Gerry Morrow, Secretary.