North Mason Community Voice
April 27, 2015

Board: Lee Swoboda, Kaye Massie, Jack Kimball, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Bob Harris, Joe Morris, Margie Benson, Ken VanBuskirk

Directors not present: Betty Drexler

Attendees: 20

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

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

Remembering Betty Drexler. Betty died unexpectedly while on vacation. A card for Rob and family was passed around for everyone to sign. The service will be Thursday, April 30, at 2 PM at the Harper Evangelical Free Church.

Secretary's Report Margie Benson

Approval of March 23 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 $1,629.69 in the bank account. There are currently 41 members; 10 are sponsored.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* DNR had a cleanup day on April 22. About 30 people showed up.

* Plans are being made for a water trail plan that would include Kitsap, Mason, Jefferson and parts of Thurston counties. Judy hopes to get on the board, representing the Port of Allyn. Water trails are for kayaks, canoes and small sail boats. The tip of Hood Canal and North Bay are already classified as water trails.

* The Port of Allyn continues working on Sargents Oyster House. It's been very nice having Lary Coppola on board as the new Executive Director. He is streamlining and organizing Port business. He also has quite a few questions concerning transfer of Theler properties.

Other Board Business

Report from Nominating Committee. Mel Armstrong, who also volunteered to serve on the committee, hoped the current board members will volunteer to serve again. Efforts to get new blood to the board have so far been fruitless.

The following board members' terms expire in 2015:

...Margie Benson (District 1)

...Lee Swoboda (District 3)

...Judy Scott (District 3)

...Kaye Massie (District 4)

...Linnie Griffin (District 5)

In addition, the remainder of Betty Drexler's position (District 5) will be open.

Annual meeting May 18. Linnie suggested a dessert meeting along with a few quality auction items for a live auction. Members are asked to bring a favorite dessert.

Lee reminded people that the annual meeting is also where bylaws can be changed. If anyone wants to alter the bylaws they must submit their changes before the annual meeting.

Ken asked the board to consider sponsoring a forum before the election this November. He specifically would like to focus on the North Mason School District's current "policy governance," as three board members will be up for election. He also encouraged people to attend school board meetings to witness for themselves the "policy governance" form of leadership.

Ken reported that when the play shed at Belfair Elementary was torn down, the plaque mounted on the side of the building commemorating the old Belfair chalet was removed and has disappeared. He is offering a reward for the return of the plaque. Judy suggested the NMCV could help raise funds to get another plaque.

Ken echoed Judy's praise for the new executive director of the Port of Allyn, Lary Coppola. Lary has done a great job researching Theler and whether the Port should or should not pursue taking over Theler operations.

Judy suggested bringing an auction item to each meeting to auction off.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:20.


GUEST SPEAKER: Cat Ross of North Mason Resources (NMR) nmresources.org

* More middle class people are coming through our doors lately. The economy hasn't bounced back. Prices have gone up.

* NMR screens applicants to determine who is truly in need of human and social services and who is just playing the system. NMR does background checks on those seeking work as well as those offering employment.

* NMR is community-supported, offering resources and options such as:


...Youth and adult mental health counseling

...Mason County homeless advocate

...Disabled American Veteran service

...Family partnership nurse

...Preventive dental

...Certified navigator to help those seeking health care insurance

...Donation drop off and disbursement center

* NMR also coordinates with other service providers, nonprofits and churches within the community.

...Northwest Children's Outreach, supplying clothing to families with young children

...WA Department of Social & Health Services

...Mason County Prescription Assistance Program

...Direct Mobile Lifeline Phone Service, offering free cell phones to eligible people

...Visiting County Nurse

...WA Food Stamps (SNAP)

...Hispanic Translation

...Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

* NMR is the Band-Aid until our broken system gets fixed and government can start funding these programs again.

* NMR will have its first ever gala event on October 3. The guest speaker will be Norm Dicks, who will talk about the good, the bad and the scandalous of politics. The event will be at the Kitsap Conference Center, tickets will be $125 each, with good food and music by the Bremerton Symphony. Tickets go on sale in June.

* Stop by NMR Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM for a tour. Phone 360-552-2303 or email nmr@wavecable.com.

Tina Miller, Volunteer Coordinator for the North Mason Regional Fire Authority (NMRFA) northmasonrfa.com

* The NMRFA is offering a free disaster preparedness class Saturday, June 13 from 1-4 PM at the Tahuya Fire Station 81. RSVP by calling Ashlee Jones at 360-801-4044.

* Open house and BBQ Saturday, May 16, 10 AM to Noon at the fire station on Old Belfair Hwy. See the station, meet the team, stay for BBQ. Contact Tina Miller at 360-275-6711, ext. 7.

* NMRFA is sponsoring a Salsa and Chili Cook-off Saturday, June 6 from noon to 5 PM at the North Mason Eagles Club.

Brad Patterson, Mason Transportation Authority (MTA) MasonTransit.org/

* There will be a press release from Simpson Lumber tomorrow announcing sale of Simpson properties. The mill on the waterfront in Shelton is supposed to be rebuilt in 2 years but for now they will be losing about 500 jobs.

* The loss of jobs should not affect ridership. The big loss will be in sales tax, B&O and property tax. As the mill is rebuilt there will be construction dollars coming into the county.

* MTA will be adding more service runs on Saturdays starting in July. Waiting to see what happens with regional mobility grants from the state.

* There is dial-a-ride service at the Belfair Safeway but no bus stop.

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

* April 28, 4 PM: Committee meeting regarding Sargent Oyster House; will be getting educated about lead paint.

* April 28, 5:30: Mason Transit advisory board meeting.

* April 28, 7 PM: Mason County Hospital District 2 board meeting.

* May 6: Port of Allyn board meeting.

* May 6: Genealogy group has meeting at the Belfair library.

* May 8, 8:30 AM: Sheriff's Advisory meeting.

Next meeting Monday, May 18. Annual meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 5/18/2015.