Feb 9, 2017


Board Attendees: Jim Braden, Tony Moore, Gina Olson, Ray Kittelberger and Mimi Miller in attendance.


Meeting opened by Tony Moore at 7:02 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance


Volunteers asked to sign in for the record.


Minutes:  The Jan 12, 2016 meeting minutes have been posted on-line, and were unanimously approved.


President’s report: Tony Moore

Dave Hamlin (brings furniture to sell and donates at the Fair) made a brief presentation.  He has been making patio furniture for 21 yrs and sold 1200 pieces.  He has helped with many fundraisers.  He suggests that we host a patio furniture sale, and he thinks he can bring in $4000 – and he will donate 1/2 the money to FICRA, and pay all the taxes.  He suggests that if we advertise it, it will be successful. FICRA will consider this generous offer and try to coordinate it with the Spring cleanup event.


Emergency Planning Team is further developing the radio and communication component of FIEP (Fox Is Emergency Preparedness).  The next step is proposed to form a licensed Fox Is Ham Radio Club.  Doug Nelson explains that about 14 persons are certified.  Communicating in an emergency will be primarily done by HAM radio.  More radio operators are needed and a Club would have its own call sign, and may encourage more Island HAM folks to get involved.  A motion to have the Emergency Prep Team pursue development of a club was unanimously approved.


Tony thanked all those that helped to make the Jan Auction Evening in Venice a success.  He says that there were a lot who came together to make it happen, despite a late start.  The Auctioneer is retiring soon, so this will be a challenge for next year.  We appreciate his work greatly.


Consent Calendar Items: None


Treasurers Report: Mimi Miller

Trust Capital Checking: 

Jan 1 Balance: $8,678.67 Jan 31 Balance: $19,731.77

Trust Reserve Checking: 

Jan 1 Balance: $20,430.17 Jan 31 Balance: $20,480.17

Trust Checking account:

Jan 1 Balance: $25,365.48    Jan 31 Balance: $31,592.89

Money Market:

Jan 1 Balance: $1,911.28       Jan 31 Balance: $1,911.28

Trust PayPal: 

Jan 1 Balance: $1,296.93 Jan 31 End Balance $3,836.21

Trust Savings: 

Jan 1 Balance: $78.93             Jan 31 End Balance $78.93


Committee Reports: 

Citizen Patrol: Ray Kittelberger, for Stan Weston.  Year-end report from PC indicates total number of crimes for 2016 on FI (55) happens to be the exact same number as 2015.  However , the property crimes were down 21%, vandalism up 33%. Major crime of theft and burglary down substantially!  Increase in “crime” was drug use/possession and fraud/theft of credit cards. A very good report for the year.  We have 13 citizen patrol members now, and they are working well together.  Lastly, mail theft continues to be a problem. Stan to report on Jan next month.

Emergency Planning: Ray Kittelberger.  There are plans to form a Ham Radio club (see above).  Cascadia rising drill led EP Team to work on backup personnel for several positions – including Block Captains.  Bob Bowser has no back up at this time.  New infrastructure team has been formed with Fox Island Mutual Water Co.  There is planning for a special event in May, possibly to be coordinated with a bridge update from the county.  Also to include the Lt from the Sheriff’s Dept, and the fire Dept if available. Jim continues to spearhead contacts with the county personal, and Ray to contact FD#5 and sheriff dept. The RedCross has certified the NCC, FIAC and FIUCC as shelters in an emergency.  The Red Cross contact person who had promised supplies has left that position, so a new contact is yet to be established from Americorp.  The supplies promised will be dependent on this new contact.  Also FD#5 has red house numbers available for purchase to post at the street, which make finding residences much easier. We will encourage all to consider posting these which cost $12.50/ per letter. Also HELP/OK signs need improvements, increase numbers, and possibly water proofing.

Building Committee: Jim Braden and Jean Peterson.  Jean continues to press for replacement and restoration of the windows.  Jim toured the NCC with Tim Wilson addressing building maintenance (soffit repair, window sill repair, and preparation for painting).  Next goal is to repaint building – the first major job out of the Reserve Account.  Jean would like to form a committee to decide color choices of paint. The power outlet for the projector is going into the auditorium ceiling, soon. Speakers are also planned.  Howard recommends installing wifi cable at he same time.


After the terrible rains we have had recently, Jim is happy to report the basement is holding up very well.  The work to prevent water has been mostly a success, but more work is still needed. The parking lot is in need of re-grading soon. Electrical company  and volunteers to install electricity from the NCC to the storage/garage soon.


Nature Center:  Philip Craven is working to ensure that the NCC is protected as something similar to a park status, to protect it from being changed or sold in the future.


Special Committees: 

Audit Committee:  Judy Kanick is stepping down.  Joan, Tony, Leslie have all agreed to be on the Audit Committee.


Nominating Committee:  The team has been at work to identify candidates for the Trust Board and Audit Committee.  April 13th is election date. There are 5 positions on the Trust Board and when the new Board convenes after the election it names its officers.  The nominating committee has the list of nominees ready and has presented it tonight:  Jim Braden, Tony Moore, Mimi Miller, Gina Olson, and Ray Kittelberger for the Board and for the Audit Committee: Joan Broughton, Tony Moore, and Lesley Murphy.


Unfinished Business:  

Capital Projects: Jim has sent out letters for “Buy a Brick” to those that contributed $250 or more at the Auction and they have been notified to provide their message for the brick (3 lines, 20 spaces per line).

Planning Calendar: Howard states that the planning calendar is only as helpful as those who are trained and ready to utilize it.  Lisa is working on an Island wide calendar.

Update Brochure: Howard has been working on this, and has done a lot of planning/work.  The FICRA brochure to focus on events, photos of people.  FICRA Trust brochure is focused on building and grounds to those that are interested in renting.  Motion passed to buy 500 of each using 100 lb paper at about $110.


Welcome packets formed by us, and left at the Post Office will have the new brochures placed in it.  Phone books also considered to be added.

NCC Siding: see above Building Committee report


New Business: None


Next meeting is on Mar 9, 2016


Meeting Adjourned at 8:14 PM.


Respectfully Submitted by Gina Olson,  FICRA Trust Board Member



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February 9, 2017


Board Attendees: Jim Braden, Howard Stapleton, Mimi Miller, Hal Goodell, Denise Parrish, and Bob Bowser. Uwe Krohn, excused.


Minutes from the January 12, 2017 meeting approved with corrections to Board members.

President’s Report: No items.

Consent Calendar: No items.


Treasure’s Report: 


FICRA  Checking: 12-31 Balance: $37,862.47  1-31 Balance: $38,211.31

Money Market:  12-31 Balance: $18,630.61 1-31 Balance: $18,632.19

PayPal Balance: 12-31 Balance: $155.89 1-31 Balance: $347.65

Membership for 2017 is at 310.  Un-renewed membership from 2015-16 is 181.

The budget for 2017 was held in abeyance and is now scheduled for approval at the March 9th Board meeting.


Committee Reports: 

Social Activities Committee & Publicity Committee:  Jim thanked Lisa Stapleton for helping us stay ahead of things for these two committees.  The Publicity Committee will send the bridge surveys out that are described below.


Membership Committee: Much discussion on changing the membership cycle to calendar year.  Motion passed to keep the cycle date as is (Aug.1 to July 31) but to get reminders out to delinquent members and have an invitation sent ahead of the Fair to all residents inviting them to come to the Fair and become a member.  The phone calling process is also a possibility.


Special Committees:

Nominating Committee:  The Nominating Committee submitted the slate for the March 9 election: President: Howard Stapleton, V.P. Hal Goodell, Treasurer: Mimi Miller, Secretary: Denise Parrish, Director: Deb Pishek, and Director: Lesley Murphy.  Jim Braden will occupy the Immed. Past President position.  Audit Committee:  Joan Broughton, Tony Moore, and Lesley Murphy.


Unfinished Business: 

The student speaker contest on April 11.  Ray Kittelberger has followed up with personnel at the high schools.  Publicity for the event includes reminders in the ficra flash : Feb, Mar, and April, Fox Island Living magazine March and April, and FICRA’s facebook and Fox Island News.


New Business: 

Bridge Update: Jim is continuing to pursue relationships with Representative Caldier and Senator Angel to press for the bridge.  He has talked to County Engineer Kraig Shaner who has sent us the upgraded survey by a professional survey firm to learn maritime concerns on a new bridge design (mainly bridge boat pass-through height and width).  We will get the survey to local boaters.  They want the returns by March 6, 2017.


Adjourned at 9:15 PM.  Next Meeting is March 9, 2017.


Respectfully submitted by Denise Parrish, Secretary


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Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 8:00 PM
Nichols Community Center, Fox Island, Washington
FICRA Board of Directors
    Jim Braden President  
    Hal Goodell Vice President  
    Denise Parrish Secretary  
    Mimi Miller Treasurer  
    Howard Stapleton Director  
    Bob Bowser Director  
    Uwe Krohn Immediate Past President  


  1. Call to order by the Nominating Committee
  2. Conduct election of FICRA Board, Officers and Audit Committee
  3. New President convenes new FICRA Board for March meeting
  4. Approval of February 9, 2017 FICRA Board Meeting Minutes
  5. President’s Report
  6. Consent Calendar (see below)
  7. Treasurers Report (Approve 2017 Budget)
  8. Committee Reports
    1. Social Activities Committee
    2. Membership Committee
    3. Publicity Committee
  9. Special Committees
  10. Unfinished Business
    1. Status of Student Speaker contest
  11. New Business
    1. Bridge strategy update
  12. Meeting Adjournment (next meeting: Thursday, April 13th , 2017)


These are items that will be approved as a package unless a Board member or person from the audience requests an item be removed and discussed in detail individually.  The President will ask for any such requests ahead of the approval.  The Board discusses what it considers to be non-controversial issues between meetings and then conducts a vote on these in the regular meeting as a package to keep the regular meetings as time-effective as possible.

  1. No items


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3/9/2017 FICRA Building Trust Board Meeting

Nichols Community Center, Fox Island, WA.


FICRA Trust Board of Directors

Tony Moore, President

Jim Braden, Vice President

Ray Kittelberger, Secretary

Mimi Miller, Treasurer

Gina Olson, Director

7:00 PM

  • Call to order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognitions – sign in, volunteer hours, guests
  • Approval of February 9th, 2017 FICRA Building Trust Board Minutes
  • President’s Report
  • Consent Calendar
  • Treasurer’s Report (Approval of 2017 Budget)
  • Committee Reports
  1. Citizen’s Patrol Committee
  2. Emergency Planning
  3. Building Committee
  4. Nature Center Committee
  • Special Committees
  1. Audit Committee
  2. Nominating Committee (present Nom. Comm. Slate)
  • Unfinished Business
  1. Capital Projects development/Buy a Brick process
  2. Planning calendar development & web site development
  3. Update brochure status
  4. NCC siding repair (timing of window sills & overall paint/condition)
  5. Zoning for the Nature Center
  • New Business
  • Meeting Adjournment (next meeting Thursday, April 13th, 2017)


CONSENT CALENDAR (These are items that will be approved as a package unless a Board member or person from the audience requests an item be removed and discussed in detail individually.  The President will ask for any such requests ahead of the approval.)


  1. None



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Fox Island Nature Center Committee Meeting Minutes

2 February 2017


Attendees:  Ed Burrough, Philip Craven, Nan Feagin, Tom Mann, and Terry Mace.


The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m.


Old Business:


  • Ed reviewed committee activities in January.  We cleared logs and branched from trails, swept debris from the bridge, spread wood chips onto trails, dug out blackberries in the stream area, installed a plastic box for Nature Center brochures, and ordered native plants for a March delivery.
  • Philip reported that there was no new news on the re-zoning noted in the December 2016 minutes.


New Business


  • We discussed plans for promoting the kid’s photo exhibition for 2017.  We will have announcements in the FICRA Flash with photos and get announcements to home school groups on the island and the United Church.
  • We discussed ideas of how to get more island residents to use the Nature Center.  If Tahoma Audubon would share names of island residents who are also Audubon members, we could possibly entice them to use the area for their birding.  We will continue this discussion.
  • We discussed the possibility a summer beach walk.  Philip will bring a tide calendar to the next meeting to decide on a date.
  • During our next work party we will continue removing blackberries from the stream area.  Nan will bring more roofing material to install on boardwalks.  We will also continue distributing chips on wet areas of the trails.


Next work party – Saturday, February 18, at 9:00 a.m.

Next FINCC meeting – Thursday March 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Nichols Center

March work party – Saturday, March 18 at 9:00a.m.


About a native plant:


The Small-flowered Bulrush, a type of sedge, grows from a rhizome to as tall as 1.5m.  Its many strap-like leaves are somewhat flat and 10 to 15mm wide.  Its flowers grow in clusters at the ends of spreading stalks.  The Small-flowered Bulrush is common in wet areas, like swamps, stream sides, and wet ditches.  Native Americans used the leaves for lightweight baskets and as trim on hide clothing, as well as under and over food in steaming pits.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


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