North Mason Community Voice
November 28, 2016

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

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Jennie Rice

Attendees: 14

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 24 meeting minutes.

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

Treasurer's Report – Kaye Massie

* All bills are paid and there is $1,019.28 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

* The Tahuya/Green Mountain focus group meets this Thursday. The focus group is made up of hikers, bikers, motorcyclists, horseback riders, four-wheelers and recreational shooters. They meet at the QFC meeting room. Jesse Sims is the volunteer coordinator for the Puget Sound area and is trying to get some support for various grants. They are asking for letters to support grants. Letters of support can be mailed to Department of Natural Resources, Conservation, Recreation and Transactions Division, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-47014. Grant details here.

* Judy attended a Washington Public Ports Association annual conference meeting. The keynote speaker was from Alaska Airlines. They are talking about buying four other airlines.

* This Sunday is the Belfair parade and tree lighting. There’s a concert at 3:00 PM. The parade starts at 4:00 PM at the HUB. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5:00 PM at McLendon's Hardware. There are 18 groups in the parade this year.

* There is a sock drive, and it goes to a giving tree where kids will get socks this year.

* Linnie Griffin talked to Jay and Suzy Allen who are in the Christmas tree business about speaking at the April NMCV meeting.

Other Business

* It is time to renew membership ($10). NMCV has 37 members in 2016. So far 15 have renewed their memberships for 2017.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:12.


Local long-time residents shared their remembrances of Christmases past in Belfair and North Mason. Don Cady spoke about the area and the Christmas tree business. Back in the day, Mason County was known as Christmas Town. They were top in the industry. Special thank yous to Don Cady, Paulette Cady, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott and others for sharing their stories. It was truly enjoyable!

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

* Joe Morris reported three Water Districts had inspections; all passed and have very good water.

* December 10: The HUB will be hosting a potluck party for HUB MEMBERS ONLY. Members should bring a favorite dish.

* Mystery dinner December 17 at 5:30 PM at The HUB. Tickets are $25 each. There will be a Yuletide buffet and a mystery to solve. Wear Christmas attire. There will be a contest for the ugly Christmas sweater.

* Peninsula Community Health Services (PCHS) will have an elevator to its second floor offices in the building next to McLendon’s Hardware.

* Rumor has it a new brewery is coming to Belfair soon. It will be located in the building next to the North Precinct of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

* Suggested future meeting topics include crime prevention, learning about drugs and home burglaries.

A motion was made by Judy to cancel the December meeting, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

Next meeting Monday, January 23, 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 PM for dessert refreshments.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 1/23/2017.