North Mason Community Voice
Annual Meeting, May 18, 2015

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk

Attendees: 19

The business meeting was called to order at 7:05 by Lee Swoboda, with a quorum of the Board present.

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

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of April 27 meeting minutes.

Judy 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 $1,594.83 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Bill Bryant from the Port of Seattle is running for governor. He was the guest speaker at the February NMCV meeting.

* NMCV members need to bring friends to our meetings.

* Margie suggested finding a speaker to talk about Section 8 housing.

* There is an Oyster House meeting tomorrow. The building has been cleaned. It's interesting to see how it was built, a very solid building. At one time the Oyster House was integral in people's lives.

Election of Board members

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)

All agreed to serve again. No further nominations were advanced.

A motion was made by Don Cady to elect the slate of candidates by acclimation. The motion passed.

Betty Drexler's empty board position needs to be filled, preferably by someone from District 5 (Allyn area), but any member who resides within the school district boundaries is eligible to serve "at large." One person offered to serve, but is not currently a member and lives outside the boundaries of the North Mason School District.

Officers of the board will be elected by the board at the June 22 meeting.


Board member Ken VanBuskirk couldn't be at the meeting but requested the NMCV sponsor an informational forum on policy governance, specifically that used by some school districts but not others. He has talked to the Mason County League of Women Voters to see if they would be agreeable to co-sponsor the forum. The forum would not endorse any candidates.

Kaye made a motion to hold a forum in partnership with the League of Women Voters on school district policy governance. The motion passed with one dissenting vote.

There was also discussion about NMCV holding a candidates' forum and inviting all candidates, particularly those who have challengers.

Mary Swoboda made a motion to hold a forum for political candidates before the general election. The motion passed.

Nicholas Carr, as the new District Representative for US Representative Derek Kilmer, is constantly out and about, attending meetings such as this one, and looking for projects to support. He would like to get Rep. Kilmer here to speak. Constituent outreach is very important to Rep. Kilmer, who is "obsessed" to make sure people who contact him receive a response. Rep. Kilmer formed the West Sound Alliance with government and business officials from Kitsap, North Mason and west Pierce counties to support the economic vitality of the region’s defense, maritime and tourism industries. He is also very supportive of the Belfair Bypass. Contact Mr. Carr at nicholas.carr@mail.house.gov or 253-272-3515.

10-year Anniversary

The NMCV is 10 years old. Seventeen people have been members from the beginning: Ernie Aries, Shirley Aries, Mel Armstrong, Margie Benson, Herb Gerhardt, Linnie Griffin, Bob Harris, Adella Kimball, Jack Kimball, Adrian Lartz, Kaye Massie, Valerie McLeod, Randy Neatherlin, Judy Scott, Lee Swoboda, Mary Swoboda and Ken VanBuskirk.

Lee asked members to share why NMCV is important to them:

* Margie Benson: Education.

* Kaye Massie: I joined because I wanted to know more about the community.

* Judy Scott: It is important to keep NMCV going even though we don't have many members. When we need it, it's available. We need to keep the enthusiasm. People have hung together for a long time. NMCV has been a powerful voice.

* Don Cady: NMCV opened up a conduit from the north end to the south end of the county. I spent 45 years trying to get them to listen to us. Now people in Shelton are aware of the Voice. NMCV has done a real service for the community.

* Randy Neatherlin: Before the NMCV no one listened to us here in the north end. The local chamber of commerce was the only voice in Shelton from North Mason. That's why NMCV was created, so citizens of North Mason could have dialog with our local and state governments on issues of community concern. Forums sponsored by NMCV help fulfill that function.


* Mason County Noxious Weed Control Board is still in need of a representative to serve on the Board from the Belfair area. If you are interested, please contact Pat Grover, Coordinator, Mason County Noxious Weed Control Board. Leave a message at 360-275-4467, ext. 592

* Judy Scott is working with NM Resources to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Belfair. A party is planned for August 15. More details to come.

* Thursday, May 21: North Mason school board meeting at 6:30 PM.

* Monday, May 25: Memorial Day program at the Allyn Waterfront Park. At noon the flag is raised to full staff and the program begins at 1:00 PM.

* Tuesday, May 26: Mason County Hospital District #2 meeting May 26 at 7:00 PM.

* Thursday, June 4: Sheriff's Advisory meeting at 8:30 AM.

* Margie Benson attended a meeting at the PUD 3 building regarding bringing fiber optics into additional areas of Mason County.

* Herb Gerhardt said the North Mason Regional Fire Authority merger talk between Fire District 5 won't happen as fast as people think. District 5 has a large debt and if the two merged, NMRFA would have to take on that debt.

Next meeting Monday, June 22.

Meeting adjourned at 8:08 PM to socialize.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 6/22/2015.