North Mason Community Voice
July 24, 2017

Board: Bob Harris, Kaye Massie, Judy Scott, Linnie Griffin, Jennie Rice, Joe Morris

Directors not present: Lee Swoboda, Ken VanBuskirk, Margie Benson

Attendees: 33

The business meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by Vice Chair Bob Harris, with a quorum of the Board present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said. Afterward, everyone introduced themselves.

Secretary's Report

* In the absence of Secretary Margie Benson, the Board approved the June 26 meeting minutes.

Linnie 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 $1,243.45 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

* In partnership with the Hoodsport Winery, with grapes provided by Judy Scott’s vineyard, the North Bay Historical Society is selling a delightful, one-of-a-kind red table wine. Once the lot is sold there will be no more. All proceeds go to the Sargent Oyster House historical restoration project. Cat Ross gave the sales pitch of a lifetime to encourage folks to buy the wine.

Other Business

* It is time to renew our annual membership with the North Mason Chamber. The cost is $105. There was discussion about whether to renew or not. The advantage of being a member is that all current members of the NMCV receive the benefits of membership to the North Mason Chamber. members.northmasonchamber.com/list/member/north-mason-community-voice-1088

Judy moved to renew NMCV’s membership with the North Mason Chamber. The motion was seconded and passed with a majority vote.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM


Guest Speaker: Pastor Joaquin Miguel of the Iglesia Agua Viva Church (being built on the North Shore Road).

* Using an interpreter, Nicole Hernandez, Pastor Miguel talked about the formation of the church and its influence on the large Guatemalan population in the North Mason area. There are approximately 5,000 Guatemalans living between Bremerton, Belfair and Shelton.

* The church began in November 1998. Miguel was one of 12 members at that time. He worked in the church, doing whatever jobs needed to be done. He was told he had the gift of Pastor and for a while he had many excuses not to accept the calling. He finally became an associate pastor and eventually a pastor.

* In June 2008 he took over pastoring the church and was only 29 years old at the time. In 2012 they started raising money to build a new church. It took from 2008 to 2017, says Miguel, but God has been good and with His help we can do anything.

* The church’s first service will be Sunday, August 20 at 2:00 PM. The community is invited to join them at the service. Presently, no open house is planned.

* The people in the church are hard workers who respect the laws. Many work as brush pickers and in the construction trade. The United States has been generous to immigrants. Speaking on behalf of the Hispanic community, Miguel said we have come here to work hard. We are living our dream by being here.

* It is not only important for the church to have a good image, but each member wants to reflect a good image.

* When asked what kind of help they need, Miguel said they would like training in first aid and medical emergencies; also English classes.

* The children who attend local schools are eager to learn. There doesn’t seem to be a problem with bullying or racism.

* Contact information for Pastor Miguel: Phone: 360-265-1498. Email: jpmiguel76@gmail.com.

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

* Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 PM. Mason County Public Hospital District 2 board meeting.

* Wednesday, August 9, 5:30-7:00 PM. North Mason Chamber After Hours at the Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop in Union. members.northmasonchamber.com/events/calendar/

* Saturday, August 12, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Taste of Hood Canal at Belfair State Park. tasteofhoodcanal.com

* Mason County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin talked about the county’s financial issues. This year, less revenue came into the county than budgeted for, and logging revenue plummeted. While the county can only raise taxes 1% every year, the expenses of the county have risen 3-5% every year.

Next meeting Monday, August 28.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Submitted by Mary Swoboda for Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 8/28/2017.