April 11, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Marc Abshire led the flag salute.
Tom Johnson, Anne F. Burns and Jim Moran.
Matthew Rainwater moved and Cherie Kidd seconded acceptance of the minutes from April 4. Motion passed.
Phil Kitchel reported on his and Jim McEntire’s trip to Washington DC to discuss the Northwest Forest Harvest levels. He said job loss – 80,000 – is enormous. Private land is not being replanted but used for new homes. Phil said the Lake Crescent Road Project does not include safety realignments such as wider bike lanes. Phil said hazard tree problems need to be addressed. George Bergner said bike lanes can be expensive. Shoulders used for broken down vehicles not bikes. He said even one side would help.
Matthew reminded group of “Pennies for Quarters” fundraiser and Q&A on the 15th.
“Forever Twilight in Forks”
Lissy Andros, Forks Chamber of Commerce and Twilight fan said visitor sign-ins have gone from 6,000 a year to over 73,000 a year, with a total of 428,000 since 2005. Why? Stephanie Meyer’s books speak to the readers and those readers come to Forks almost like on a pilgrimage. A new gallery will be opening on May 20 and that should bring new visitors and repeat visitors. The gallery will feature costumes, props, book related items, and interactive opportunities. Lissy said people are already calling about coming to see the gallery.
Grants and financial donations are making this possible. There will be no admission price but donations will be accepted. A docent program to train volunteers is planned.
A survey of Twilighters show the average is 41-50, followed by 30-41, and then 50 plus. More people are coming and staying longer. Some are moving to the area because of their visits to Forks. Twilight is not only a bonus to Forks but also to Port Angeles and the Peninsula. The Coho, Clallam Transit and now planned bus service from Bainbridge will help in getting visitors to Forks. Tours and Facebook selfies add to over $945,000 free media coverage. The Forever Twilight Festival will be September 14 – 17, with many events planned for before the 14th. Individuals and groups are being paired to help with events. The Port of Port Angeles has donated $17,000 to use on vans to help with traffic and get people around town.
Q & A and Comments
Cherie Kidd thanked Lissy for all her work in keeping up with groups and events.
A: Lasting because visitors are starting to come for fishing, hiking and camping.
A: Festival, for now, will be for one more year. Format might be changed. The Gallery should help keep people coming. The John’s Beachcombing and the Timber Museum are also featured.
Q: Meyer writing any more?
A: Lissy said she did not know if there would be any more. Twilight fan fiction, such as 50 Shades of Gray, keep up the interest. Bella Italia has served thousands and thousands of servings of mushroom ravioli.
April 18: Steve Burke, William Shore Pool Expansion
Meeting adjourned at 8:23am.