North Mason Community Voice
May 22, 2017

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

Directors not present: Judy Scott, Jennie Rice

Attendees: 18

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 April 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 $1,031.35 in the bank account. Currently there are 35 NMCV members. [Note: After the meeting there were 39 members]

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

Election of Board members

The following board members' terms expire in 2017: Lee Swoboda, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott and Linnie Griffin. The floor was open to any current members who would like to serve on the board, but there were no responders.

In accordance with NMCV Bylaws, Ken made a motion to elect Lee Swoboda, Margie Benson, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott and Linnie Griffin to serve on the board for a 2-year term by acclamation, which was seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Discussion of issues affecting NM Community Voice

* There was a wide-ranging discussion, including how NMCV was created, its accomplishments over the last 12 years, and where it is going.

* While the membership averages roughly 35-45 per year, it doesn’t seem to grow. Most of the members have been members for many years and are active within the community.

* There was discussion about how to generate publicity for NMCV. If we were to write our own articles, newspapers will usually print them. We should consider submissions to the North Bay Review, Shelton Journal and Kitsap Sun. Also submit meeting reminders to Coffee News, NM Chamber and post to Facebook.

* Is growing the membership important, or do we refocus on what we seem to be good at, which is sponsoring forums of interest to North Mason?

Hot issues for forums

* Invite WA State Lands Commissioner to come back to talk. (NMCV sponsored a Lands Commissioner candidates’ forum last summer.)

* Invite Lynette George of the Blue Star program to speak (she last spoke at a NMCV meeting in 2009).

* Invite Joel Myer of PUD 3, especially to discuss the transmitting meters.

* Invite Dave Windom of MC Community Development to discuss squatters who have no sewer or power.

* Private wells and the State initiatives to meter them and/or make the permitting process more complex.

* Belfair traffic corridor study.

* Home security, tactics for preventing home burglaries, block watch program.

* Invite NM school students to talk about their volunteer activities within the community.

Conclusions drawn from brainstorming

* Advertise NMCV more.

* Expand focus to include acknowledging and commending community achievements.

* Don’t focus every meeting on having a speaker. Use monthly meetings to brainstorm ideas and prepare for community forums, perhaps 2-4 per year.

For the Good of the Order

* Saturday, May 27, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Rummage sale benefiting North Mason Community Voice.

* Cat Ross shared information on a new business start-up program eligible to Mason County residents. If you have dreamed of starting your own business, or have a business but want to grow and you are wondering where to start, a one-hour free information session will be held at the Port of Allyn Monday, June 5 from 2-3 PM where you can find out if this start-up program is right for you. For more information, click here.

* Sunday, June 25 at 3:00 PM is the Hoity Toity Tea & Found Fashion Show at The HUB Center for Seniors. Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance at the HUB Activity Center. For more information, call Patti at 360-275-0535, ext. 2601.


* Two lemon meringue pies made by Judy Scott were auctioned to the highest bidders, with proceeds benefitting NMCV.

Meeting adjourned for pie refreshments.

Next meeting Monday, June 26.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary.