North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Jack Kimball

Attendees: 17

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 – Margie Benson

* Approval of October 26 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report – Kaye Massie for Jack Kimball

* All bills are paid and there is $1,288.61 in the bank account.

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

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report - Judy Scott

* Mason County is conducting a long-term transportation corridor assessment.

Other Board Business

* Additional board member wanted.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM


Linnie Griffin and friends talked about Belfair and North Mason history.

* Port of Allyn site. Do you know what a port is? Economic development drives ports. Controlled waterways and transportation. The Port of Allyn is the only governmental agency in the north end. Almost everything a port does is based on grants. Tourism is a part of a port’s mandate. Ports also create jobs.

* The Port of Allyn has considered changing its name. It covers quite a large area.

* The Port of Allyn executive director would like people’s emails who are interested in receiving the port’s quarterly newsletter. Email Lary Coppola at lfc@portofallyn.com.

* In the early 1900s there were 47 resorts along the canal, 42 were in Mason County. Even in 1932 they were trying to bring in tourism.

* During the Depression and World War II there was always an abundance of food from the canal.

* Del Griffey talked about his part in helping build the Masonic Lodge when he was 9 or 10 years old. He mixed the mortar and helped carry the blocks. The building was finished in 1949-50. He was on the Port of Allyn commission 24 years. He is involved with the Mason County Historical Society and the North Bay Historical Society.

* The Mason County Historical Society is looking for historical items from North Mason.

* The diaries of Mary Theler belong to the Mason County Historical Society.

* You can join the Mason County Historical Society. Details here.

* Belfair State Park used to be called Plum Point. Wild plums grew there. You can still find plum trees.

* History of Mission Creek. Linnie is collecting information and names of early settlers, up to 1940.

* Newspapers back then were filled with news.

* A Mosquito Fleet steamer came into Allyn. Supplies were carried overland to Clifton (Belfair).

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

* Tuesday, November 24, 7:00 PM. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 board meeting.

* Tuesday, November 24, 6:30 PM. North Mason School District board meeting.

* Thursday, November 26, 9:00 AM-noon. Thanksgiving morning breakfast at North Mason Resources parking lot.

* Thursday, December 3, 8:00 AM. Sheriff Advisory meeting.

* Friday, December 4, 6:00 PM. Fundraiser at Coffee Oasis in Bremerton for the Belfair building.

* Sunday, December 6, 4:00 PM. Belfair tree lighting and Christmas parade.

* Monday, December 7, 6:00 PM. Port of Allyn board meeting.

No meeting in December. Next meeting Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM for a pie social.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 1/25/2016.