GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING December 19, 2018 — 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM


788 NW Alexander Street, COUPEVILLE, WA


Call to order & Quorum call

Member and guest introductions

Approve Agenda   Members vote to approve the Agenda (leaving routine “housekeeping” items until after the main presentation).

Theme of this meeting:  Availability and content of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training – Presented by Chief H. L. “Rusty” Palmer, South Whidbey Fire and EMS.

“Pass the word!”: 

1. Dates for Quarterly Membership Meetings in 2019 at Coupeville Library;

2. Plan for bringing AWWA one-day workshops to Whidbey Island;

3. Availability of USDA Loan & Grant Program;

4. Reintroduction of Jennifer Kropack, NW Regional Planner for DOH -ODW, and her remarks about Planning and Governance in the interest of providing clean drinking water.

Secretary’s Report:  Randi Perry will present the Minutes for the September 18, 2018 General Membership Meeting.  Members vote to approve the Minutes.

Treasurer’s Report:    Bethel Hart will present the Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2019.  Members vote to approve the Treasurer’s Report and Budget.

Election of Directors: 

Bylaws, Article V, Section 1., & Article VII, Section 1. call for electing Directors at the Annual meeting for three-year terms to maintain a total of five Directors.

Directors completing terms are: Randi Perry, Joe Grogan and Bethel Hart.  All have agreed to continue to serve for another term.

[Note: Article VIII, Section 2. calls for Directors to elect the Officers from within the Board of Directors for one-year terms at the first Board meeting after the Annual meeting (January 3, 2019).]

Floor open for general discussion — questions about water system problems and suggestions about meeting topics are welcome.



I would be surprised if any of our members missed the news about the earthquake near Anchorage …. and even more surprised if any of our members failed to “make the connection” to our geologically precarious situation here on Whidbey Island.  The experts have warned us about our proximity to the Cascadia Fault nearby under the Pacific Ocean …… not to mention the Juan De Fuca Fault which is right under us!  This week’s Anchorage quake would be a “slap on the wrist” compared to the magnitude of the shaker that we might experience at any time.

Over the last four years we have regularly focused one of our quarterly meetings every year on the risk of an earthquake and encouraged our members to take at least the basic precautions. We are fortunate that in 1993 the Federal Emergency Management Agency created a Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT) to educate volunteers about disaster preparedness and we are doubly fortunate that we can access that program right here on Whidbey Island.  Our local expert on CERT is Fire Chief “Rusty” Palmer of the South Whidbey Fire / EMS and he has agreed to speak to us at our last Quarterly Members’ Meeting this year – 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 19th at the Coupeville Library.  If Anchorage proves to be just a “wake up call” for us on Whidbey we would be foolish not to be ready when our time comes!

Warm regards, Jim Patton

Preparing for Disaster: Earthquakes on Whidbey

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night. Seismologists agree that it’s not a question of if, but when our area might experience a significant earthquake. As a small rural community, it’s important everyone understands the dangers, how to prepare, and what to do in an emergency.

Please take the time to watch this WhidbeyTV Local production of a recent workshop hosted by Fire Chief Rusty Palmer. He explains what the specific dangers are to Whidbey Island residents and what you can do to be prepared for such a disaster.

We’ve made this important resource available for all our community members. Watch the video in its entirety, then please share it with family, friends, and neighbors.