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August 2012

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Shelton Mason County Chamber

August 2012

Message from Chamber President SHELTONMASONCOUNTY

Board of Trustees President Drew MacEwen Falcon Financial, Inc. Past President Patti Case Green Diamond Resource Company Vice President of Marketing Kathryn Kamin Hood Canal Communications Vice President of Member Services Melanie Bakala State Farm Insurance Treasurer Rick Verbarendse Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club Steve Andrewski CareerQuest Herb Baze Black Star, The Strip Steakhouse Kevin Cronquist Prudential NW Real Estate Mike Gango Kelly Crabtree Maple Glen Senior Living Produced by Image In Action Design and the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce as a benefit to Members and the community. All rights reserved. For contribution guidelines and advertising call (360) 427-5599. Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce Box 2389 |215 W Railroad Avenue Shelton, WA 98584 426-2021 • (800) 576-2021• FAX 426-8678

Mission Statement To encourage and maintain a vibrant business community, promote tourism and facilitate economic development.

Dear Fellow Members, As I write this it has come to my attention that there has been a major snafu with the last issue getting out to you in a timely matter, if at all. All indications are that this was not due to the actions or inactions of the Chamber, but none the less it does not reflect well on us as an organization. We are pro actively working to remedy the situation. When you do get this issue, the start of the school year will be upon us shortly. Hard to believe, isn’t it?! As we all know, a quality education system is vital to a strong workforce and a strong community. And thus, the local school districts are vital to us as Chamber members. Shortly before the end of the last school year our Executive Director Heidi McCutheon and I sat down and chatted with Wayne Massie, the superintendent of the Shelton School District. Our discussion centered on how we as Chamber members can partner with and help support the schools in our community.

With that in mind, the Chamber will be reaching out much more to our school teachers and administrators to encourage them to attend various Chamber functions so that we all can get to know each other better. Many of our business owners are very generous in giving back to our community. Through this generosity and through outreach it is my hope that some of us will step up and find ways to support our local schools. In doing so, we create a stronger foundation for both a vibrant business community and an excellent school system.

Golf Tournament – register now! Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club will once again open its beautiful course to Chamber members and guests for a fabulous day of golf and networking on Friday, September 14. The $75 tournament fee includes green fees and dinners. You can sign-up online today – the deposit to hold your spot is just $10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for dinner, awards, carts, and hole signs. To register, or for more information, visit

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I hope you will join me as a business owner in being a proactive voice and supporter for our schools, administrators, and most importantly our teachers. I look forward to the final half of the year and seeing you at an upcoming Chamber function…and make sure you attend (either as a player or a sponsor) our 2nd Annual Chamber Golf Tournament at Alderbrook Golf Course September 14th! Drew MacEwen President

Message from Chamber Executive Director I continue to be amazed how the summer months fly by in such a flurry of activity. It’s almost like we try to fit a year’s worth of events into three months. Camping, visiting with friends, many community events; this is the time of year that we are truly able to enjoy the Northwest! August is a month packed with fun events and the Chamber certainly has its share! August 8 join us at Cameo Wine Boutique & Gift Shop for Business After Hours, then join us back on the canal August 23 at Alderbrook for the Monthly Membership Meeting “Marketing your Business through local TV advertising” hosted by Hood Canal Communications. Most of you know when we say “Summer Beautification” we mean the flower baskets that grace our streets and make our town a more beautiful and welcoming place to be.

What you may not know is that when the money runs out, the baskets come down. We still need to raise about $5,000 to maintain these gorgeous flowers through the end of the season. Donations in any amount are not only appreciated, but needed. And, as we near “Back to School” time our marketing committee will be reaching out to you, our members, to ask how we can help promote your business through our semi-annual Shop Local coupon campaign. Start thinking right now on what you can offer to drive customers to your door.


Newest Members!

The 2nd Annual Golf Tournament is just around the corner and we hope you will join us for a day of networking and golf on Alderbrook’s beautiful course. There are still limited sponsorship opportunities available and plenty of room for players. The cost of $75 gets you a day at Alderbrook Golf Course and dinner. It will be a day you won’t soon forget! Heidi McCutcheon Executive DirectorExecutive Director

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Know someone else who should join the Chamber? Please call (360) 426-2021 or email

LIVE WORK PLAY As the summer season comes to a close there are still plenty of sights and activities to enjoy! August boasts the Taste of Hood Canal, the Tahuya Salmon Bake, and RAPSody bike ride. Check out the community calendar for a full listing of events. Looking to improve your golf game and indulge your inner wine enthusiast? Bayshore Golf Course will host a series of evening Ladies Wine & Golf Clinics in August and September. Puget Sound recreational crabbing continues Thursdays-Mondays, through September 3, 2012. Get your shellfish license and drop your pots for some of the most delicious seafood the Northwest has to offer! Visit for details and regulations. Want to help make Mason County a more beautiful place to live? The gorgeous flower baskets are now adorning the corridors of Mason County. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and fund the 75 summer flower baskets and 65 Christmas decoration sites. For more information about beautification efforts visit our website or call the office. August is National Family Fun Month. Take in one last summer vacation or adventure here in Mason County – perhaps tour the waterfall trails, visit Staircase at Olympic National Park, try kayaking, boating, or scuba along beautiful Hood Canal, or just enjoy each other’s company at Music in the Park or at the local Farmers Market.


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Burn ban in effect through September Dry conditions lead to wildland fire concerns

Networking on Hood Canal Waterfront at Potlatch hosts Business After Hours On July 11, 2012 Waterfront at Potlatch hosted the Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours, member networking social at their perfectly situated, on the shores of Hood Canal. Chamber members and guests gathered at the event that featured an abundance of fabulous food catered by the North Fork Grill at Lucky Dog Casino as well as local varietals from Hoodsport Winery. Guests toured the property’s motel, one and two bedroom cabins, and RV options. They enjoyed the fresh seafood & drinks at a picnic overlooking the water. Thanks to the Waterfront at Potlatch and our hosts Bob & Annette Gorski, everyone who attended was given a free night’s stay at the motel and a free day use pass for Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman. What a way to spend the summer! The Waterfront at Potlatch is operated by Skokomish Indian Tribal Enterprises (SITE).

The breathtaking view looking outward from one of the many cabins available at the Waterfront at Potlatch

Mason County Fire Marshall’s Office, a cooperative effort between the Mason County Department of Community Development and the Mason County Fire Chiefs Association, has enacted a burn ban on all outdoor burning that began Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8:00 A.M. and lasts until September 30, 2012. All residential burning and landclearing fires will be prohibited until further notice. Recreational fires (camp fires) are still allowed. Camp fires shall be in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds. Recreational fires are not to be used for debris disposal. Maximum fire size is three feet in diameter. Keep camp fires at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches. A person and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire shall be in constant attendance at the site while burning.   This is a proactive approach to prevent predictable wildland fires. Each year hundreds of acres are lost due to unattended fires. With the recent rainfall amounts, this will prove to be a very busy fire season.   The Burn Ban will also go into effect in Thurston, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties. For more information contact ORCAA (Olympic Region Clean Air Agency) at (800) 422-5623 or go to the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) website   Persons with approved DNR burn permits may call 1-800-323-BURN for information related to their permits. 

Help make Mason County a more beautiful place! Through the Chamber’s Beautification Committee, the business community and individuals have taken the responsibility for the majority of the costs associated with the installation and upkeep of the County’s 75 flower baskets, 100 streetlight banners, and 65 Christmas decoration sites. After generous donations and the annual Flower Dough Bake Sale, more than $15,000 has been donated – we need your help to raise the remaining $5,000! If you would like more information about this valuable community project, please contact the Chamber at, (360) 426-2021, or Financial contributions may be mailed to PO Box 2389 in Shelton and gifts of any amount are appreciated.

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Candidate Forums

Chamber and the League of Women Voters co-host, Green Diamond Resource Company sponsors In July, the Chamber and the League of Women Voters of Mason County hosted two candidate forums: one for candidates for Mason County Commissioner, Districts 1, 2, and 3; and one for those running for State Rep., Pos. 1 & 2.    Each forum provided for candidates to introduce themselves, answer three pre-determined questions, and make closing statements. All aspects of the events were timed and the questions were developed and screened by the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee members and representatives of the LWV.  

President’s Circle Platinum Members

Thank you to Green Diamond Resource Company for sponsoring this voter education opportunity! For more information about these and other relevant events, visit or visit to see footage from the events.

Gold Members

Community Financial Center Generation D Computers & Technology Heritage Bank KMAS 1030 AM Richard C. Downing, DDS West Coast Bank

Silver Members

Harmony Hill Retreat Center American Family Insurance, Berti S. Brodsky A Lighthouse on Hammersley Bed & Breakfast

A “Bite” of History Justin Cowling Mason County Historical Society

By 1926 the city council adopted a plan to pave arterial streets for automobiles. At this time there were many automobiles, and accidents were becoming a common occurrence. Paving of Railroad and some northern streets took place in the summer of 1926 and Cota and southern streets were paved the following year. The need for traffic safety was proven when the man sent to paint the first STOP sign was run over.


Shelton Mason County Chamber

August 2012

Survivorship Fair & Open House Education and resources for cancer survivorship


August Events

Wednesday, August 1 4:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting for Mason General Hospital Surgical Wing  901 Mt.View Dr, Shelton Friday, August 3 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Business Builder Workshop Marketing to the Masses – USPS Every Door Direct Mail Grove Street Brewhouse 233 S First St, Shelton Wednesday, August 8 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Business After Hours Sponsored by

On August 25, 2012, Harmony Hill Retreat Center will host the 3rd Annual Survivorship Fair and Open House at their Union campus. This FREE event is open to anyone seeking information on cancer survivorship resources and tools, as well as to anyone who is interested in learning more about cancer prevention, healthy living and wellness. The Survivorship Fair will feature various topics and speakers, including Deanna Minich, PhD, who will present two sessions on nutrition, Breast Health Update with breast surgeon Lori Eakin, MD, and Keynote Speaker, author and Hospital Chaplain Rev. Debra Jarvis, who will be presenting “If It’s Not About the Hair Then What IS it About? “ Other workshop offerings include Outdoor Tai Ji, Aquaponics, Chair Yoga, Nutrition & Whole Foods, an introduction and tour of Harmony Hill’s three labyrinths, and ongoing expressive arts throughout the day on the veranda of the Elmer and Katharine Nordstrom Great Hall. There will also be a free whole foods lunch served for all attendees.

“We believe that presenting this information can benefit not only those who have had a cancer diagnosis, but also those who are seeking better and healthier lifestyles,” said Cindy Shank, Program Director at Harmony Hill. “ The event is co-sponsored by Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Harrison Foundation, Franciscan Health System,

Kitsap Cancer Services and Providence Regional Cancer System. The event takes place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Visit www.harmonyhill. org or call (360) 898-2363 ext. 13 for event details. For more information, call 360.898.2363 or visit www.

 Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop 6871 E State Route 106, Union


Thursday, August 16 11:30 – 1:00 PM

People of all ages are invited to attend the “Pig Roast and Downtown Country Hoedown,” fundraiser set for Saturday, August 25 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at the Mason County Senior Activities Center, 826 W Railroad Avenue in Shelton.

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In addition to a delicious pig roast with all the fixings, a variety of musical performers and entertainment are scheduled including the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, John Rosengreen’s key boards for Rock-n-Roll fun, and Vern Morgus on the Harmonica. The Center Line Dancers will perform and give lessons.

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The event will span the Center’s parking lot, inside building and a portion of 9th street for a street dance. Surrounding business are generously allowing event attendees to park in their lots. Tickets are on sale now for $12 with all funds going to the Mason County Senior

Activities Association and Center’s Building Fund. For more information call Terri Shaw at (360) 4267374.

Paddle to Squaxin 2012 Local tribe hosts thousands for unique, cultural event

This year’s Tribal Canoe Journey will be hosted by the Squaxin Island Tribe and has attracted Canoe Families from Alaska, the northern coast of British Columbia, California, Oregon, the American Great Lakes region, and other international participants from as far away as Japan, New Zealand, and Peru. For centuries, the waters of the Salish Sea were the highways of the native people. The canoe was their way of travel.

Following the July 29 traditional ceremony, with the host tribe welcoming ashore each of nearly 130 Canoes.

It helped them gather the bounty of the Inland sea and allowed them to journey to celebrate and share their stories. Then the Canoe Way began to vanish… In 1989 a handful of canoes made the “Paddle to Seattle” for Washington State’s Centennial. It was this small group of Tribes who made the ceremonial journey that helped spark the cultural resurgence that is currently being celebrated.

Families who made the journey, the festivities continue through August 5 with a week-long Potlatch Protocol Celebration in Mason County and on the Squaxin Island Reservation.

The Squaxin Island Tribe’s commitment to host was made seven years ago and, for the past several months, extensive planning with municipal and governmental agencies has been underway to prepare for more than 12,000 people to witness this event along the shores of Puget Sound in downtown Olympia.

Dancing, drumming and sharing of stories by visiting tribes in their full regalia will take place according to Potlatch Protocol. The public is invited to bear witness to this drug and alcohol-free celebration of the traditional ways.

images from Paddle to Squaxin website


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Sound Learning Hires a new Executive Director After spending the spring searching, Sound Learning (formerly Mason County Literacy) has hired a new Executive Director; Damian Gates. “We are looking forward to introducing our new director to all of our community supporters in the coming weeks, “said Sound Learning’s Outreach Coordinator, Tracy Moore. “The Board of Directors and staff are all very excited to begin working with our new director and see what wonderful things the future will bring.” Ms. Gates comes to Sound Learning with an extensive background in the education field, including work as an English and Biology teacher, a K-12 Principal and Assistant Principal, and an Adult Education Programming Director and Chief Administrator. When asked about taking over the position of Director, Ms. Gates said, “It’s always been about literacy for me. From the early memories of my mother reading to me and my brothers to my memory of the wrinkly faced bookmobile lady bringing my brother and I the books we loved after she got to know

us—from my struggles to get an education and ultimately my career as an educator, my passion has been about reading and helping others to become literate.”

a student or a new friend, a community member or business leader.”

“It’s this personal passion I bring to Sound Learning. I am delighted to serve this community as Executive Director and I look forward to getting the word out about what we do at Sound Learning and garnering support for our work.

About Sound Learning: The mission of Sound Learning is to educate adults to be

equipped to succeed and contribute in our society. Our goal is to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and poverty in the

I have an open door policy and invite you to stop by and say “howdy” whether you are

communities we serve by offering instruction in the basic skills necessary for survival in the 21st century.

Stormwater Task Force set to present final recommendations Government Affairs Committee update

In last month’s issue, we provided an update on the work of the County’s stormwater task force. The group voted on final recommendations and will be making a presentation to the Commissioners on August 6. The program components will stay the same: public education, enforcing standards for dealing with stormwater on construction sites (including re-development), water quality monitoring, septic system maintenance, county road drainage system maintenance and retro-fit construction and program management. The task force narrowed down their preferred funding sources

earlier this year. That list included on-site septic fees, stormwater utility rate, vehicle license fee hike, and a property tax hike.

mated annual cost to a typical residential property owner is ~ $20 per year if sewered and ~ $30 per year if using an on-site septic.

The program is set to cost $2.365 million annually, and the task force ultimately settled on a single funding source for the revenue gap.

This assumes that the average residential parcel has 2500 square feet of impervious area. Stormwater utilities typically charge commercial properties on actual impervious area.

The group will recommend the stormwater utility rate. Sewer customers would pay a lower rate than those with on-site septics because they are already paying for wastewater management.

If Mason County chooses to do the same, the estimated annual rate for commercial properties is ~ $8.5 per 1000 square feet of impervious area. Again, by comparison, the City of Shelton charges $51.36 per 1000 square feet of impervious for commercial, industrial,

According to county staff, if a new stormwater utility rate is implemented, the esti-

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tri-plex, multi-family, mobile home and trailer park properties. The task force’s recommendations will include a note that some members felt now is not the time for a new revenue source. The recommendations will include a letter sent February 14, 2012 from the Chamber, EDC and Mason County Chapter of the Olympia Master Builders to the Commissioners, describing these views in more detail. The letter urged an approach that relied less on additional taxes and regulations and more on incentive-based solutions.

Summer is a great time to Shop Local Many of us have already made small but significant changes in our shopping behavior for positive impact. We make choices that reduce our impact on the environment, help us live and eat healthier and save money.  Being a conscientious consumer can also help build a stronger community.   Making an effort to shop locally will help build a stronger local economy that supports local jobs, builds the tax base needed to pay for local government services and encourages new business development.  The Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce encourages Mason County citizens to “Put Your Money Where Your House Is” by shopping locally.  Shopping locally means making an investment in the community where you live.  Studies have shown for every $100 spent in a local, independently owned business, $68 is reinvested back into the local economy.   One dollar spent at a locally owned business will return five times that amount within the community through local taxes, employees’ wages, and purchase of materials and supplies at other independent

Shop Local: Keep your money where your house is! businesses. In addition, these businesses turn that dollar back into the community through school funding, social services, and contributions to local non-profit organizations. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are invested in the community’s future. The Chamber will be launching its semiannual Shop Local coupon program soon – watch for great deals at our unique, community businesses. Some other simple ways you can Shop Local this summer are to purchase your back-to-school supplies at local shops, purchase wedding and other gifts from local boutiques, or by simply visiting the Farmers Markets! Our markets offer fresh, organic greens, vegetables, and fruit, as well locally harvested eggs, jams and jellies, plus crafts, occasional live music, and other items of interest.

Taste of Hood Canal! North Mason Rotary Club is the proud sponsor of the 10th Annual “Taste of Hood Canal” on Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM in downtown Belfair. Thhis yearr the Taste of Hood Canal is an official Seafair Community Festival! Each year, approximately 30 local parades/ festivals are chosen through an application process to be a part of the Seafair Sanctioned Community Events Program presented by Boeing. These festivals are sanctioned by Seafair as celebrating the traditions of our region, resources and diverse neighborhoods.

Weaving a strong business foundation for the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Future

The festival will feature an expanded car show as well as beer, wine tasting by Riverhill Winery, specialties from local restaurants, family entertainment throughout the day, live music, food booths including seafood and a variety of wonderful treats, informational displays, art and craft booths, fire engines, local artists and lots of fun for all. For information visit www. FREE Admission .

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August Chamber and County Events August 1 Union Tourism Assocation meeting 12:00 – 1:30 PM Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club 330 Country Club Dr, Union Ribbon Cutting & Dedication for new Surgical Wing 4:00 – 5:00 PM Mason General Hospital 901 Mt.View Dr, Shelton August 2 Ladies Wine & Golf Clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM Bayshore Golf Course 3800 E Hwy 3, Shelton

Music in the Park Featuring Chrome Betty 7:00 – 9:00 PM Post Office Park Shelton August 3 Business Builder Workshop 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Grove Street Brewhouse 233 S First St, Shelton August 4 Shelton Farmer’s Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 3rd St between Cedar & Franklin, Shelton ShellFest 2012 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Potlatch State Park 21020 US Hwy 101 N, Shelton

August 6 Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Grove Street Brewhouse 233 S First St, Shelton

August 8 Chamber Marketing Committee Meeting 8:00 – 9:00 AM Chamber Conference Room 215 W Railroad Ave, Shelton

August 16 SAVER Committee Meeting 7:30 – 8:30 AM Nita’s Restaurant & Gallery 325 W Railroad Ave, Shelton Chamber Monthly Membership Meeting Marketing Your Business through Local TV 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Olympic Ballroom at Alderbrook 7107 E Hwy 106, Union

Business After Hours 5:30 – 7:00 PM Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop 6871 E Hwy 106, Union August 9 Music in the Park featuring ForEvergreen String Band 7:00 – 9:00 PM Post Office Park, Shelton

Music in the Park featuring Dr. Frederick Davis 7:00 – 9:00 PM Post Office Park, Shelton

August 11 Taste of Hood Canal Belfair, Washington

August 18 Shelton Farmer’s Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 3rd St between Cedar and Franklin, Shelton

Shelton Farmer’s Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 3rd St between Cedar and Franklin, Shelton

Ladies Wine & Golf Clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM Bayshore Golf Course 3800 E Hwy 3, Shelton

August 13 Chamber Member Services Committee Meeting 12:00 – 1:00 PM Roosters Restaurant 3001 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

August 19 Tahuya Salmon Bake 1:00 – 5:00 PM Tahuya Fire Hall, Belfair

Chamber Ambassadors’ Committee Meeting 12:00 – 1:00 PM Taylor Station Restaurant 62 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton August 14 Ladies Wine & Golf Clinic 5:30 – 7:00 PM Bayshore Golf Course 3800 E Hwy 3, Shelton

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August 22 Ribbon Cutting & Grand Reopening 5:00 – 7:00 Pier 101 Gift Shop & Women’s Boutique 24180 N US Hwy 101 Hoodsport August 23 Music in the Park Featuring PoleBaBa 7:00 – 9:00 PM Post Office Park, Shelton August 25 Shelton Farmer’s Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 3rd St between Cedar and Franklin, Shelton Survivorship Fair & Open House 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Harmony Hill Retreat Center 7362 E Hwy 106, Union August 25 & 26 RAPSody Bike Ride Around Puget Sound August 30 Music in the Park Featuring Songs of Freedom Choir 7:00 – 9:00 PM Post Office Park Shelton

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