North Mason Community Voice
October 26, 2015

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

Directors not present: Jack Kimball

Attendees: 26

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. People introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

• Approval of September 28 meeting minutes.

Judy moved to approve the minutes, as distributed via email. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Treasurer's Report - Jack Kimball

• Jack Kimball is recovering from heart surgery. Lee reported that all bills are paid and there is $1,290.50 in the bank account. Kaye has volunteered to be the interim treasurer until Jack is back.

Linnie moved to approve Lee’s treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Judy moved to appoint Kaye Massie as interim treasurer and add her name to the financial account. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* The Port of Allyn has a new playground and it was dedicated last Saturday in honor of Leonard Peterson, a World War II veteran who worked for Peter Overton for many years. Bring your kids and grandkids to play.

Other Board Business

* There is still an opening on the NMCV board. If you are interested and a current member, contact any of the board members.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:08 PM.


Linnie Griffin led a special presentation about some of Belfair’s old buildings.

* Belfair was originally called Clifton when it was founded in the 1880’s.

* Rona Schroeder spoke about the first drug store in Belfair, owned by her mother, Dorothy Harper. It was at the location where the Church of the God of Living Water is now and opened in late 1949. It was sold to the Clarks in 1958. A book about the drug store will be published later this year called “Belfair Drug Story,” by Dorothy Harper.

* Judy Scott spoke about the Belfair Café and Glo Room that occupied the same spot as the drug store. Her dad bought it in 1968 from the Clarks. Eventually her dad opened a real estate business where the drug store was. Ray’s Barber Shop was also there. Earl Owen ran the restaurant. Judy and her dad were the opening act for the Glo Room (she was 18). Her dad died in 1975. The Glo Room was remodeled in 1992. Judy and husband Gary ran the restaurant until 1999.

* Randy Neatherlin talked about a little brick building where QFC is now called Belfair Hydraulic. That turned into a flea market. It started small and grew.

* Linnie talked about the Belfair newspaper called Huckleberry Herald. It was called Huckleberry Herald from 1969-1990. Then its name was changed to Belfair Herald because the reporter felt Belfair Herald sounded more professional.

* Ken VanBuskirk said the Sandhill cemetery has been placed on the Mason County historic register. The oldest grave there is dated 1919. People in the community donated land for the cemetery.

There was much discussion and reminiscing about Belfair and the surrounding area. Many people felt it important to preserve local history.

Lee Swoboda said Judy Scott is working on preserving the history of the Belfair Barn, a local entertainment "hot spot" from 1947-1987. The web address is BelfairBarn. Additional photos and news articles will be posted as they become web-ready.

Linnie was congratulated for doing a fine job coordinating this presentation.


Mary Swoboda made a motion to cancel both the November and December Voice meetings, with the next Voice meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016. The motion was seconded but failed.

Herb Gerhardt made a motion to cancel the December Voice meeting. It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Linnie Griffin made a motion to cancel January’s meeting because January is normally a bad-weather month. The motion was seconded but failed.

Mary Swoboda asked if anyone was interested in meeting for lunch to discuss some of the ideas Richard Bell shared at the September meeting and to discuss future plans and direction for the NMCV group. She will send an email invite.

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

Cat Ross announced there would be a Thanksgiving morning community breakfast from 9:00 AM to noon in the parking lot at North Mason Community Resources.

The next meeting will be Monday, November 23. Linnie Griffin and friends will continue sharing about the bygone days of Belfair and North Mason. In addition, there will be an old-fashioned pie social after the meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 11/23/2015.