North Mason Community Voice
June 26, 2017

Board: Lee Swoboda, Bob Harris, Kaye Massie, Margie Benson, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Jennie Rice

Directors not present: Ken VanBuskirk, Joe Morris

Attendees: 15

The business meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by 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 May 22 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 $1,282.35 in the bank account. We received $100 in dues and currently have 39 members.

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

Election of Board Officers, 2017-18

In accordance with Section 3.5 of the Bylaws, the board elected officers to serve a one-year term.

* Nominations were opened for Chair. Kaye nominated Lee Swoboda. There were no other nominations.

* Nominations were opened for Vice Chair. Judy nominated Bob Harris. There were no other nominations.

* Nominations were opened for Secretary. Kaye nominated Margie Benson. There were no other nominations.

* Nominations were opened for Treasurer. Margie nominated Kaye Massie. There were no other nominations.

* Nominations were opened for Public Information Officer. Kaye nominated Judy Scott. There were no other nominations.

Nominations were closed and Linnie moved to approve the slate of officers by acclamation. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Garage Sale update: Linnie thanked everyone who donated items and those who worked all day. Only $61 was collected. The leftover items were donated to Kiwanis.

Discussion of Issues, Speakers, Upcoming Meetings and Forums

* JULY. Guest speaker Pastor Joaquin Miguel of the Iglesia Agua Viva church (being built on the North Shore Road) will share stories about the Guatemalan and Hispanic culture and how they came to migrate to the North Mason area, along with the joys and frustrations of integrating into American society. In addition, he will explain how their presence benefits the economy of Mason County and what we can do to be welcoming and supportive.

* AUGUST. Community forum on the county’s transportation plan update. The county wants the plan finished by the end of the year.

* SEPTEMBER. There are only two contested races for political office in this election cycle so a candidates’ forum seems unproductive. Instead, invite the candidates to the September 25 meeting and let each one give their spiel, then take questions from the audience.

* OCTOBER. Community forum. Roundtable discussion of the history of Mason County’s floral and Christmas tree industry with Don Cady, Herm Nelson and Jay Allen.

* NOVEMBER. Community forum. Invite State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz to speak. She was one of the candidates at the NMCV-sponsored Lands Commissioner candidates’ forum in June 2016. One of the topics of discussion would be a designated shooting area in the Tahuya State Forest.

Potential 2018 speakers, forums and issues:

* Recognition of local students’ achievements, with nominations from parents or friends of family.

* Update on Coffee Oasis.

* PUD 3 to discuss transmitting meters, “smart meters,” and other topics.

* Discussion of the potential of water meters on private wells. Include information on the Hirst decision (Judy will talk to David Overton about that.)

[More information on the Hirst Decision here and here and here.]

* Mason County Community Development to discuss squatters on private property, enforcement of health regulations.

* Consider a special project NMCV members could volunteer for each year to help earn money for a needy organization.

For the Good of the Order

* Judy said the Port of Dewatto is going to build a helo pad for emergency landings by helicopter.

Next meeting Monday, July 24.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 7/24/2017.