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 360.426.2021 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. area. 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 Sensaria 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 TREASURER: and is available at businesses and in our Visitor Information Centers making it a property owners. Please visit our new Web site at www.masonrealtorsassoc.com 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. PAST PRESIDENT: 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 email@example.com 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! firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 occupy. 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- tion. 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.