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." Page A-28 -Mason County Journal- Thursday, July 31,2014 .er. continued from page A- 1 to a survey designed to gather public input on the Theler Center before the public hearing. The survey, Which will close at 5 p.m. Friday, asks four questions, the first three of which include sev- eral optional answers and an "other" category where responders can write their answer. "What I really am hoping is that we get a solid understanding of what the community's concerns are, what their hopes for the future of Theler are ... and what, if any, suggestions they have," said North Mason School District Superintendent Dana Rosen- bach. Rosenbach took over as superin- tendent earlier this month, and said she has learned a lot about the Theler Center in that time. "I've been able to build a pretty solid background because the commu- nity has been generous with all sides of the question," she said. At the forum, Rosenbach said she plans to organize community mem- bers into small groups to discuss the issue, so she and the school board can hear from as many residents as pos- sible. The survey asks residents how they would proceed with the center, or whether they think the district should sell or continue to manage the property. It also asks whether the board should consider reversing its vote to surplus the center; or whether the board should form an advisory committee and what other steps the school board should take in its deci- sion-making process related to the Rosenbach "What I really am hoping is that we get a solid understanding of what the community's concerns are, what their hopes for the future of Theler are ,,, and what, if any, sgggestions they have," Dana Rosenbach, superintendent of North Mason School District Theler Center. Rosenbach said Monday that 70 people had already responded to the survey. "I hope we get a lot more," she said. "We want to hear what everybody thinks." The North Mason School Board discussed the Aug. 14 meeting and is- sues related to the Theler Center at a special meeting July 23. While'the district posted notice of the meeting on its website 24 hours in advance of the special meeting, as is required.by law,, it did not appear on the website's front page until the day of the meeting, Rosenbach said. The district office sent an email to all district resid~nts after the mis- take was found, she said. "We sent that out to folks too so they would know,that it was happen- ing," Rosenbach said. "We really just wanted to talk about, in an official way, the idea of what that (meeting) could look like 6n the 14th." In June, the North Mason School District Board voted 3-1 to place the Theler Center on the district's sur- plus list. Board members John Campbell, Art Wightman and President Laura Boad voted for the motion, and mem- ber Dinah Griffey voted against, say- ing she wanted to gather more com- munity input. In June, then-superintendent Da- vid Peterson said the school district was using levy money to support the operations of the Theler Center. Before board members voted at the school district's June 17.meeting, Pe- terson said the Theler Center had be- come a "distraction from the mission of the North Mason School District." In October, the Th~ler ~enter's Board of Directors discovered that the center had $6 in its bank account. The board placed E~eeutive "Direc- tor Anne Whitman on administrative leave and terminated her contract in December. The Mason County Sheriffs Office opened an embezzlement investiga- tion in October. No charges have been filed. The Theler board later learned that it had lost its status as a nonprofit group more than two years ago after failing to file its federal nonprofit tax forms since 2008. The center organi- zation found earlier this year that it owed the Department of the Treasury $97,000 for back Social Security and Medicare and misplaced $14,000 in contributions from the North Mason School District and $10,000 in mis- cellaneous donations and back pay- ments for utilities. In May, the school district learned that the Theler organization was not a legal corporation or charitable orga- nization as defined by the state Sec- retary of State's office between 2008 and 2013. The corporation was dis- solved administratively by the Secre- tary of State's office in 2008 after the organization stopped filing mainte- nance documents in 2006. The Theler board filed new articles of incorporation under a different name in 2013, but did not inform the North Mason School" District. The district owns the building and wetlands and leased them for $1 a year to the Mary E. Theler Communi- ty Organization until June, when the Theler board voluntarily terminated its lease. The center 'was~ ~eeded to the school district in Sam Theler's will in 1968. The will states that the prop- erty must be'opera~c~ as a public fa- cility. If the school district sells the property, the new owners would still be required t,o ,abide ~y the terms of Theler's will, according to the school district. F" stB 3.S S s to W I "-~ Photo courtesy of Shelton First Baptist Church More than 400 members of the Shelton First Baptist Church congregation pose in front of the church May 18. The portrait is by Cooper Studios. continueO from page A- 19 I feel the sense of responsibility to stand on the shoulde~ .of those who came before me," he said. The church offers services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and the Spanish-~peak- ing service at 6 p.m. on Sundays. The church has been active in mis- sionary work since 1945, when Pastor Bovee encouraged 13 youths to attend Biola, School of the Bible in Los Ange- les. "There are people who grew up in the church and gave their lives to be missionaries in Africa, Asia, the Sudan (and) China, and that's just a few of the places," Hamilton said. The church has sent at least 30 teams to Honduras to build churches, Hamilton said. The church has ~ls6 built churches in Nicaragua, orphanages in Haiti, a medical facility in the Sudan and a youth and cofif&ren~ {enter in Roma- nia, she said. At its worship set'vices, the church offers "teachings that are relevant and challenging and tackle questions of to- day," Magee said. On Aug. 14, the church starts a se- ries called "What About ... Tackling Tough Questions about Christianity." Among the questions posed in the se- ries are, why believe a book full of fairy tales? How do we know God is real? And how could a thinking person choose God over science? 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