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					November 2008                                                                                            Volume 92 Issue 11

                      Christmas Town USA
                     2008 HOLIDAY PARADE
            Sponsored by Peninsula Credit Union

                                                                                           Allstate Insurance
                                                                                           Arnold & Smith Insurance Agency, Inc.
                                                                                           Cameo Boutique
                                                                                           Cushman Boats
                                                                                           Dirt Cheap Cycle
                                                                                           Extreme Auto Body
                                                                                           Gardner Accounting
                                                                                           Gateway Property Management
                                                                                           Green Diamond Resource Company
                                                                                           Heritage Bank
                                                                                           Hood Canal Business Association
                                                                                           Hoss & Wilson-Hoss, LLP
                                                                                           Joe L. Snyder, Attorney
                                                                                           KMAS 1030AM
                                                                                           Mariano's Fine Jewelry & Design
                                                                                           Pier 101 Gift Shop & Women's Boutique
                                                                                           Port of Shelton
                                                                                           Prudential Northwest Real Estate
                                                                                           Richard C. Downing DDS
                                                                                           Sage Book Store
                                                                                           Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                                                                                           S. O. C. K.
                                                                                           Squaxin Island Tribe Tourism Department
                                                                                           Tupper's Floorcoverings & Interiors, Inc.
                                                                                           Walter Dacon Wines
     This year's Christmas Town Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Decem-          West Coast Bank (Shelton)
ber 6th, 2008, 5 pm until completion in downtown Shelton, Washington.                      Windermere Vince Himlie & Jill Himlie
                                                                                           Wittenberg, CPA, PS

     The total parade route extends 12 blocks and will require 25 minutes of each unit,
once your unit crosses the parade-starting threshold.

     Award Sponsor this year is Squaxin Island Tourism. In order to have time to give
                                                                                           Black Star
out awards during the parade; we would like to keep the parade length to within an         The Creative Office
                                                                                           EI. Kristyn & Son Construction, Inc,
hour and a half. This year's parade will be free to all applicants.                        McCarty & Associates, Inc.
                                                                                           Mason County Association of Realtors
     Applications are available on line or in the Chamber Officer.                         Olympic Bakery & Deli
                                                                                           Olympic Mountain Millwork

       OPEN HOUSE & Chamber After Hours                                                       To join President’s Circle, call today
     Vern's Restaurant, co-hosting with The Shelton-Mason County Journal, will pre-
sent a grand opportunity to sample award-winning Chef Treacy Kreager’s passion for
food. He'll be pairing many of his famous dishes with the exquisite red wines of local
Marchetti’s Winery, as well as local Hoodsport Winery's popular dessert and other
Northwest wines. Those interested in top regional microbrews can pair Vern's delicious
hors d'ourvres with both Fish Tale and Dick's famous microbrews.                           President’s Message                         3
     This free event will also provide Chamber members with a chance to see Vern's         Community News                              4
newly renovated Webb Lounge, with its interior design a tribute to Shelton’s 1890s era
and the ornate Webb Hotel.                                                                 New Members & Photos                        5
      Dan Mancuso, publisher of The Shelton-Mason County Journal, will say a few           Business Briefs                             6
words about the ongoing transformation of the venerable newspaper. What will be the
paper’s role in reflecting and shaping the community's identity, as well as supporting     Chamber & County
local merchants in the months ahead?
                                                                                           Events                                      7
     Prepare to take your taste buds for a ride! This event will officially kick off the
holiday season, and it will be the talk of the town––and your fellow Chamber mem-
bers––for months to come!
                                             Executive Director’s Report                                                            REALTORS Present Four Point Plan to Congress to
                                                                                                                                         Help Home Owners and Buyers (Cont.)
                                                                                                                                   CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6
                                                   Wow fall is really with us! I was out in the
                                                                                                                                            On a local level, REALTORS are also acting on behalf of homebuyers to help mini-
                                         area this last weekend and the valleys and hills were                                     mize the costs associated with purchasing a new construction home. The City of Shelton is
                                         ablaze with fall colors, the yellows and reds of the                                      considering implementing a new Transportation Impact Fee that would help improve our
                                         deciduous trees and the deep greens of the ever-                                          roads. This fee would be collected on new construction only. As REALTORS we agree and
                                         greens make this an absolutely beautiful area to live                                     understand the need to improving the infrastructure of our community, however, believe it
                                         in. We are truly blessed to live in this wonderful                                        is important to control the cost so that it is not multiplied by each party involved.
                                                                                                                                             When properties change hands between developers, builders and finally buyers, the
            PRESIDENT:                             Your Chamber of Commerce is winding up a                                        impact fee raises the final price of the property by much more than the impact fee itself.
              Bob Buhl
   Allstate Insurance -- Bob Buhl        successful year with our membership renewal drive.                                        This multiplier effect harms housing affordability and can prevent potential homebuyers
  VICE PRESIDENT of Membership:
                                         If you haven’t renewed your membership as yet                                             from purchasing a new home. We are urging the City of Shelton to require the Impact Fee to
           Rob Barnes                    please do so as soon as possible, one of the benefits of membership is a listing in our   be collected with the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy rather than when the building
                                         Membership Directory and Business Directory. We are currently putting together            permit is issued to help minimize the fee.
   VICE PRESIDENT of Marketing:          the directory for 2009 and if your membership is not current your business will not
           Treacy Kreger
         Vern's Restaurant               be listed. The directory goes out in all the relocation and tourist mailings that we do        Your local Mason County Association of REALTORS® continues to work to benefit
                                         and is available at businesses and in our Visitor Information Centers making it a         property owners. Please visit our new Web site at for more
          Michelle Corral                valuable advertising opportunity for your business.                                       information and links to the National Association of REALTORS® and Quality of Life and
           Heritage Bank
                                                   The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching with all the activities surround-     RPAC Committees.
            Patti Tupper                 ing that happy season. This year’s Christmas Town Parade USA 2008 Holiday Pa-
Tupper's Floorcoverings & Interiors
                                         rade sponsored by Peninsula Credit Union will be held on Saturday December 6th.                                         Business Spotlight
          BOARD MEMBERS:
               Kelly Copp
                                         This is always a fun event and is well attended by the community. We can always use
           Olympic College               help in the production of this event so if you would like to have a ball volunteering
             Jim Davenport
   Jim Davenport Consulting, LLC         for a fun event give us a call at 426 2021 and help us out.
           Jerry Eckenrode                                                                                                                              Computer Gizmo's opened it's doors in 2005, to provide the highest
              KMAS Radio                           We have a new Intern, Peter Sharma, to replace Dmitri. Dmitri is moving
              John Eaton                                                                                                                                quality computer repair, networking, business management services and
           Dirt Cheap Cycle              on with his own business and schooling. We have enjoyed Dmitri’s expertise and
                                                                                                                                                        custom built pc’s in the northwest.
            Angela Hickson               efforts for your Chamber of Commerce and we thank him for all that he has done for
         Steven’s Fine Dining
            Lisa Woodward                us. Peter is a college student and is very knowledgeable in computers and informa-
                                                                                                                                                         In the age of information, computers are a valuable resource with end-
           West Coast Bank
                                         tion technology subjects so stop by the office and say hello to Peter.
            Travis Hackney                                                                                                                              less uses. You shouldn't have to settle for inadequate performance from
     Bob & Travis Hackney, D.D.S.
            Leslie Johnson                         From all of us in the office and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, we wish                         your machine, or inadequate and high priced short term solutions.
Squaxin Island Tribe Island Enterprise
         Lynda Ring-Erickson
                                         you all a happy Thanksgiving.
    Mason County Commissioner                                                                                                                            Our membership within the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Com-
               Bill Taylor
       Taylor Shellfish Farms                                                                                                                            merce has allowed us the opportunity to expand on our services, goals
               Mike Byrne                                                                                                           and allow us to network with other local businesses to better achieve our goals and provide
    City of Shelton Commissioner
                                                                                                                                    the highest quality service to our customers as possible.

                                                                                                                                                     November 1                                   November 12                           November 20
                                                                                                                                                Mason General Hospital’s                       Ambassadors Meeting                     Chamber Dinner!
                                                                                                                                                   40th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                                                     7:30 am                               6:00 p.m
                                                                                                                                                 Health and Safety Fair                        @ Olympic Deli Station             @ Lake Limerick Country Club
                                                                                                                                                @ Mason General Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                                 November 13                            November 27
                                                                                                                                                     November 5
                                                                                                                                                                                         Chamber After Hours/Open House               Happy Thanksgiving!
                                                                                                                                                      Career Expo
                                                                                                                                                                                              5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                  8:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                              @ Vern’s Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                  @ Shelton High School
                                                                                                                                                        Mini done                                November 15
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hood Canal Community Hoedown
                                                                                                                                                     November 6
                                                                                                                                                                                              6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                               Ribbon Cutting/Open House
                                                                                                                                                                                              @ Hood Canal School
                                                                                                                                                  2:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                   @ Balance Day Spa
                                                                                                                                                    Out of the Rough...
                                                                                                                                                     Hey, just like those folks in Chicago and
                                                                                                                                           King County we get to vote twice this month! By
                                                                                                                                           now you should have received both of your ballots
                                                                                                                                           – the big one you already filled out and mailed in,
                                                    REALTORS Present Four Point Plan to Congress                                           and the smaller one WE sent you which you may
                                                          to Help Home Owners and Buyers                                                   not have filled out and mailed, faxed, or walked in
                                                                                                                                           yet. Please take the time to vote for up to six trus-
                                                               The Mason County Association of REALTORS (MCAR) is an organization          tees to serve on next year’s Board of Directors. I
                                                    that is part of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) as well as the Washing-     want to thank each candidate for being willing to
                                                    ton Association of REALTORS (WR). As a collaborative effort, all REALTORS come         step up and serve if elected when so many others
                                                    together to support the rights of property owners through committees such as Qual-     would not. I also want to thank each candidate for
                                                    ity of Life (QOL) and the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC). These            running such positive “campaigns” as compared to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This Ad Space Available
                                                    organizations raise funds and take action to make sure your rights as a property       that other election – I haven’t seen, read, or heard
                                                    owner are protected and your quality of life is improved, whether by bettering a       one negative campaign ad from any of them! We are all “too busy” to serve, but      Call Gregg at 426 2021
                                                    community’s infrastructure or policing tax increases.                                  these folks have agreed to commit time they don’t have for two years and they
                                                              With the recent credit crisis and economic scare, REALTORS have made it      all deserve a whole gob of attagirls and attaboys!
                                                    their priority to use our expertise and knowledge to help Congress make better-                  In keeping with this month’s theme of Thanks, I want to thank all of
                                                    informed decisions that will benefit you as a property owner.                          you for allowing me the privilege of being your President for the past almost
                                                             We know there is no real estate market without Buyers, and it is extremely    two years. I am also thankful I only have two months left! Just think, the
                                                    important to get Buyers back in the market to help stabilize our economy. As REAL-     newsletter quality will undoubtedly go up once my drivel is absent. I know
                                                    TORS, we are going to do our part in helping get Buyers back into the market by        Laurie will appreciate not being referred to and I will appreciate her appreciat-
                                                    asking Congress to pass a new housing stimulus bill immediately after election. This   ing that as well. I am thankful that our Shop Local campaign is being well sup-
                                                    four-point plan includes:                                                              ported and hope you continue to do so during the upcoming holiday shopping                         a
   5th Annual Career Expo 2008
                                                                                                                                           season. Many of our members depend on this season to get through the winter
                                                        ●Eliminating re-payment of the $7,500 tax credit that all first time homebuyers    until the spring and summer tourists arrive and I truly believe we can best sup-
     Shelton High School will be holding their              are now able to deduct from their 2008 tax returns. In addition, NAR is        port our own businesses by supporting our fellow members. I hope you all get
annual Career Expo on Wednesday, November 5,                asking Congress to expand the tax credit to all Buyers with a primary resi-    time to enjoy your families and friends during the upcoming Thanksgiving holi-
2008 at the Shelton High School Mini Dome                   dence.                                                                         day. My goal is to be thankful I didn’t eat too much. I probably won’t make
from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.                             ●Making higher FHA and conforming loan limits permanent, now that they             that goal this year either…
                                                           have been increased temporarily with the new Housing Stimulus Bill.
     This is a good opportunity for businesses to
network, influence, and educate. You might be           ●Pushing banks to extend credit to consumers, improve the short sale process
meeting your future employees!                             (which now can take several months) and expedite Real Estate Owned
                                                           (REO) sales as part of the $700 Billion Rescue Bill.
     Register early as the space is LIMITED!
                                                        ●Permanently prevent banks from entering the real estate job market to prevent
     For more information contact Kelly Copp                future credit crisis’ like the one we’re in.
(Olympic College) at 360.432.5431 or or Pat Cusack (Shelton High                                                                     CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

School)      at    360.426.4471           or                                                                                               This month’s dinner will be at Lake Limerick Country Club!
                                                                                                                                                                          Time : 6:00 p.m.—9:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                          Date : November 20, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                 Location : Lake Limerick Country Club

                                                                                                                                                                             DINNER SPONSOR :
                 Congratulations to                                                  WSU Presents
                  Cameo Boutique                                               Seminar: Influencing Skills                                Personal       Best Hypnosis
     Congratulations to Cameo Boutique for being elected as               WSU Extension and the WSU Learning Center are offer-
Best Women’s Boutique in Western Washington! Pam and                ing a Leadership Advancement Training on Influencing
                                                                                                                                       S&S    Unlimited Promotions LLC
Gary Hanson have put a lot of effort into building their busi-      Skills. This two-day seminar will be held at the Microtel Inn &
                                                                                                                                       The   Gift Basket Cottage & More
ness and their hard work has resulted in this award.                Suites Conference Center in Elma on November 12 and 20,
                                                                    2008 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Registration for the
                                                                                                                                          Grove   Street Brewhouse
                                                                    seminar is $100.00. The fee includes two full days of training,
   WIN A 7-FOOT DESIGNER HOLIDAY TREE                               all training materials and lunch. Space is limited. If you have
                                                                                                                                              Island   Enterprises inc
                                                                    questions or would like to register contact Lisa DeWall at
     SHELTON, Wash. – Raffle tickets are now on sale to win
                                                                    360.427.9670 ext. 680, Nikole Hill at 360.538.4242 or Sue
an elegant seven-foot holiday tree from a selection of three
                                                                    Sparkman at 360.482.2934.
designer trees at Mason General Hospital Foundation’s 13th                                                                                CHAMBER MONTHLY DINNER
Annual Fantasy Forest “Where the Treetops Glisten” event on               Leadership Advancement is for individuals seeking spe-         kapowsin air sports/port of shelton
November 18 - 22, 2008 at The Pavilion at Sentry Park.              cialized training which will enable them to be more effective in
                                                                    their community, organization, and family. Employers, super-
            The tickets are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the
                                                                    visors, employees, volunteers, and community members will
Mason General Hospital Foundation. The drawing will be held
                                                                    gain tools they can directly apply to any leadership role they
following the “Swing Fever” event on Friday, November 21, at
10 p.m. in The Pavilion. The winner need not be present to
win; however, the tree must be selected by the winner by Sat-            - Influencing Skills can help you:
urday, November 22, between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                                                                         - Improve performance
            For tickets, additional information, or to volunteer
                                                                         - Increase levels of trust
for Fantasy Forest, please call the Development office at (360)
427-3623.                                                                - Lower defensiveness
              The Mason General Hospital Foundation is a vol-            - Decrease time spent on negative behaviors
unteer charitable organization which raises, receives, man-
                                                                         - Praise positive behavior
ages, and distributes funds for financial support to Public Hos-
pital District No. 1, consisting of Mason General Hospital,               Washington State University programs and employment
Oakland Bay Pediatrics, Mtn. View Surgical Services, Mason          are available to all without discrimination.
County Eye Clinic, and North Mason Medical Clinic. Mason
General Hospital Foundation is a 501 (c)3 charitable organiza-

   American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Board Elects Leslie Johnson Board Treasurer
                                                                                                                                                CHAMBER AFTER HOURS
     AIANTA is excited to announce the election of Leslie Johnson Treasurer of the Board of Directors in its recent meeting in
                                                                                                                                                    WEST COAST BANK
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. Two new board members representing the Plains & Alaska Regions were also elected by the AIANTA mem-
bership. The AIANTA board of directors consists of two elected representatives from each of the six regions and two at-large repre-
sentatives for a total of 14 members.

     Leslie Johnson, Puyallup, was selected to serve as the AIANTA Treasurer. Leslie has represented the Pacific Northwest Region
since 2007 and has been the Director of Tourism for the Squaxin Island Tribe since 2006. She serves on the board of the Shelton/
Mason Chamber of Commerce and is also a board member of NorthWest Tribal Tourism in Washington State.