April 12, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Betsy Reed Schultz led the flag salute. Guests were Betsy, John Mueller and Craig Fulton.
Betsy mentioned the upcoming auction for the Captain Joseph House on April 23, and she encouraged everyone to attend this important event.
Laurel Black reminded members of the upcoming meetings on the Port Angeles Comprehensive Plan. Nathan West said the twenty year plan gives everyone a chance to comment on land use in their neighborhood.
Kaj announced a meeting that night of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights.
Cherie Kidd sold President Brewer the first two bumper stickers that declare, “We love beautiful Port Angeles”. The stickers, which sell for $1 each, will soon be available locally.
Fire Chief Sam Phillips, in talking about the fire on the bluff, stressed the importance of working smoke detectors throughout the house.
Edna reported on Downtown Association and Chamber meetings. She proudly announced that PABA member Young Johnson is the new President of the Downtown Association. A meeting will be held on April 29 to start planning the 4th of July Parade. May 7th, Mother’s Day Weekend, will be cleanup day. Emphasis will be on empty buildings.
President John presented Bruce Skinner, Olympic Medical Center Foundation, with his membership certificate.
Edna moved and Kaj seconded approval of the minutes from April 5 and April 11. Motion carried.
John explained the past history and confusion with the Association’s tax status. Edna moved and Cherie seconded the expenditure – out of reserves, the one time expense of $400 to finalize the Association’s status as a 501(c)6 body. Motion carried.
John read the letter from Future Business Leaders of America asking for $200 to send a freshman student to the FBLA State Conference in Spokane on April 20 – 23. Kaj moved and Edna seconded that PABA spend that amount, out of its reserves. Motion carried.
John introduced Michael Deighton, General Manager of the Lake Crescent Lodge. Michael gave us a brief look into his background in managing hotels and resorts. He then traced the history of the lodge from its beginning as Singer’s Tavern, to its famous guest, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the addition of the sun porch in 1941 and the purchase of the Lodge by the National Park System, for $95,000, in 1951. The Lodge is on the National Historical Register which means changes and updates can be a challenge at times. Everything has to be okayed by the National Park system. May to September are the busiest months and Michael is hoping to hire as many local people as possible.
The National Park System is celebrating its Centennial this year so the Lodge is planning events such as “Find Your Park”, “Find Your Adventure”, issuance of postal stamps and National Park Week. All events should bring tourists to the Park and local area.
Through it all the Lodge plans to continue concentrating on local foods and character.
Q & A Period
Impact of work on Highway 101, impact of increased usage, traffic and possibility of shuttle buses and the interim program at Peninsula College as part of its Hospitality Program.
Next weeks’ speaker is County Commissioner, Bill Peach.
Meeting adjourned at 8:33am.