North Mason Community Voice
January 25, 2016, Monday, 7:00 PM

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

Attendees: 28

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Lee Swoboda, with the board members listed above present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said and everyone introduced themselves.

Chair Reminds ~ Lee Swoboda

*Itís a new year, itís time for our annual dues of $10.00 per member. Reminded us of the Code of Conduct.

Secretaryís Report ~ Margie Benson

*Approval of November 2015 Meeting Minutes. There was no December 2015 meeting.

Motion made by Judy Scott and 2nd by Linnie Griffin to approve minutes as distributed via email to members. Motion passed unanimously.

Treasurerís Report ~ Kaye Massie

*All bills are paid through December 2015 and there is $1,418.85 in the bank account. Three members paid or signed up and paid tonight. Presented an ending financial statement for 2015.

Motion was made by Judy and Linnie seconded to approve Treasurerís report. Motion passed unanimously.

Public Information Officer (PIO) Report ~ Judy Scott

*Spoke of Oyster House, Port of Allyn, Heritage Art in Olympia,

*Urban Growth Area meeting at 5:30 PM, February 3, at the Library in Belfair.

Treasurer vacancy came about due to untimely death of Jack Kimball. Kaye Massie was the board member nominee and no others came forward.

A motion was made by Judy Scott and a 2nd by Margie Benson. A unanimous vote by the board members and Kaye is Treasurer by acclimation.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:09 PM

Guest Speaker:

Tom Davis, Coordinator from Veteranís Advisory Board of Mason County, Post 22 out of Shelton.

He is a Veteran who served in Vietnam in 1964. It takes a Veteran to understand a Veteran.

There are many things they can do to help Veterans.

* There are about 426 veterans served in North Mason. Thatís about one-quarter of all the veterans in Mason County. Not all veterans need services.

Lots of questions and information to absorb. He discussed:

* Veteranís Assistance Fund

* Veterans Mentorship Program, a new program that is having a positive impact on recidivism rates.

* Veterans Court, a new program that is providing a better alternative to incarceration

* Veterans Homeless Shelter, soon to be a reality in Mason County

Mason Web TV was there to film the presentation.

Superintendent Dana Rosenbach from North Mason School District spoke of the levy renewal election coming up. She also apologized for the way a speaker was handled at their Theler Community forum last week. She hopes to have that conduct handled better in the future.

Jenny Rice discussed Relay for Life. There will be a spaghetti feed dinner on Saturday, February 20 at the Belfair Masonic Lodge, with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life.

Cat Ross announced the Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner on January 30 from 5-8 PM at Theler Center. Also a homeless breakfast and lunch on January 28 at the NM Resource Center. There will be a Decadent Dessert Cook-Off benefiting NM Resource Center on February 27 from 5-8 PM at Theler.

Ken VanBuskirk spoke of an upcoming meeting on the Urban Growth Area February 3 from 5-7 PM at Timberline Library in Belfair. (The same as what Judy reported earlier.)

Valerie McLeod asked about services for Mike Greene, former fire chief of Fire District 2 (now North Mason Regional Fire Authority). There will be a celebration of life for Mike Greene on Saturday, February 20, at 3:00 PM at North Mason High School in the Commons (150 E North Mason School Road, Belfair, WA 98528.

Herb Gerhardt made a motion and it was 2nd and approved to spend up to $75 for flowers when the time comes for Mikeís memorial services.

Herb Gerhardt stated that the Boy Scout Camp Hohobas is up for sale. Itís a couple hundred acres.

Meeting adjourned 8:55 PM. Next meeting Monday, February 22.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 2/22/2016.