North Mason Community Voice

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

Directors not present: Judy Scott

Attendees: 16

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

The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Secretary's Report – Margie Benson

* Approval of October 23 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 $1,218.96 in the bank account.

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

Other Business

* Reminder that it is time to renew membership ($10).

* Discussion about whether or not to cancel December meeting.

A motion was made by Linnie to cancel the December meeting and meet again in January, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

* NMCV has received a 2018 contract with The HUB and it looks like The HUB wants renters to have liability insurance. Lee said he would look into it and report back at the January meeting.

Business meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM


GUEST SPEAKER: Tara Jackson, Prevention Education Advocate & Volunteer Coordinator at Turning Pointe Survivor Advocacy Center. Phone: 360-426-1216. Web site: http://www.turningpointe.org.

* Discussed Turning Pointe’s services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Victims of abuse tend to feel guilty and blame themselves but they shouldn’t. It is about power and control, not what the survivor does or does not do.

* Turning Pointe serves Shelton, Belfair, Mason County, local Indian reservations, other counties and even victims who need to relocate from other states.

* Turning Pointe provides services for women of all ages, along with children 18 years or younger. Dogs and cats are allowed at the shelter.

* The shelter has 54 beds, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals share spaces but private rooms are available for families.

* The average stay at the shelter is about 45 days. The maximum stay is 90 days.

* Briefly discussed elder abuse and signs that might indicate abuse, such as bruises, burns, abrasions, sprains, poor hygiene, bedsores, etc. Two-thirds of caregivers are spouses or children. They usually have their own problems and are often stressed.

* Turning Pointe accepts donations of money, nonperishable food, clothing, old cell phones, personal hygiene products and toiletries, blankets, pet food, and more.

* Turning Pointe provides services such as transportation, meals, job skills training, referrals, bilingual advocates, computer access and legal advocacy support groups.

* The audience asked many questions.

Meeting adjourned at 8:07 PM.

The next meeting will be Monday, January 22, 2018.

Submitted by Margie Benson, Secretary. Approved by NMCV Board 1/22/2018.