Lake Cushman Firewise Council

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Firewise Meetings Minutes
Mar 7, 2018

Meeting began at 1:30 p.m
Financial Report:
          Dec 31st 2017 Ending Balance - $9564.11
           Sub Accounts: Emergency Preparedness - $577.00
                                 LED Sign - $138.94
                                 Savings - $5.00

  Deposit - Amazon Smile - $26.38
           Feb 2018 Balance - $9590.49

In attendance: Bob Berger, Carl Parker, Dick Krase, Betty Widing, Donna Hellyer, Joe Cochran & Bill Sostrich

Old Business: President, Bill Sostrich began meeting with stating he would not continue to act as lead for the group. Lake Cushman Firewise Council has been certified since 2006 and is one of the most active groups in Western Washington. It is time for others to take over management and leadership. 

We will hold an Annual Meeting on Mar 20th to elect officers and plan the agenda for this year. 

All annual renewals have been completed through January of 2019, but there are many projects and activities that must be decided on.
1.   We own the LED sign at Lake Cushman Grocery. Maintenance, posting and communication with grocery owner is ongoing.
2.  Firewise items stored at Bills home as follows: Overhead projector, address marker driver, 3 boxes of current Firewise flier, several boxes of historical paperwork and brochures
3. Donations are received from AmazonSmile and Fred Meyers
4. We have a website with minutes, documents and contacts that Bill has maintained.
5. Firewise Time sheets are printed, promoted and maintained in order to keep our certified status.
If Firewise is desolved, all money in our accounts would have to be turned over to Fire Dist 18 if we don't continue as group (except $577.00 belonging to Emergency Preparedness sub-group, which they could continue to control).

Bill also reminded everyone of plans needing attention before June of this year. 
1. Newsletter article by Apr 6th
2. Work on greenbelts discussion with Randy, prison, etc.,
3. Emergency Preparedness Day on May 5th and
4. Chipper Days after Memorial Day.
Other events we have had in past include Ice Cream Social and another Chipper Day The group discussion centered on how we should proceed. What we can accomplish will depend on the communities participating (planning, advertising and setting up) the activities.

There were no immediate volunteers to lead group, but it was felt if various tasks, projects and events could be broken up and each headed by a separate individual the work would be much more palatable.

It was discussed that perhaps we could get more support from LCMC. It was brought up that we need a person going forward who is able to work on grants and with Dept of Emergency Mgt and Department of Natural Resources. Dick talked about perhaps streamlining greenbelt work when new LCMC Mgr is on board. Bill suggested the Shelton based forestry group that worked in our greenbelts in 2001. Also suggested was dividing group into broad categories of Administration, Interface with Agencies, Interface with Community and Projects Coordinator.

It was decided to draw a written outline of “what we do”. Joe suggested we each make a list of our own contacts we have made when working on projects. We need a document with step by step procedures to assist people who work on in future. Dick volunteered to create a templete to use in documenting our projects. 

Emergency Preparedness Day is coming very quickly. If we are going to proceed with that event, prepararations need to begin now. It would be an excellent way to get work out to community about Firewise directions. At upcoming Booster Club meeting 3/14, Bill has volunteered to talk about our plans.

Meeting adjourned at 3 p.m
Respectfully submitted,
Deanie Sostrich, Secretary