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Forest Road


Last Update: March 11, 2023

Forest Road

1 / Q: Where can I find the link to attend the general Community Council meetings?

A: If you are on the e-mail list, a link is sent to you at least once before the meeting. If you don’t see one by the date of the meeting, check your spam folder. One e-mail will go out 10 -11 days before the meeting. Another is usually sent as a reminder the day of or the day before the meeting.

The link is also published on the Events page of our website. The meeting information and agenda usually goes up at least a week before the meeting.

2 / Q: What can I do if the ferry runs late (and I can't make it home before a council meeting starts)?

A: You can call in to the meeting from your cell phone and participate that way. The call-in number for the meeting will be on the website Events page.

3 / Q: Are the dates and times of meetings set well in advance?

A: Yes. Community Council meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month, from 7-9pm. The board meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month, at 7:30pm. Here are the dates for the 3rd Thursday Community Council general (not the board) meetings for 2023. 

Jan 19

Feb 16

March 16

April 20

May 18

June 15

July 20

Aug 17

Sept 21

Oct 19

Nov 16

Dec 21

4 / Q: Who is on the board?


1.    Ben Carr
2.    Debra Gussin - Vice President
3.    Diane Emerson – President and Interim Corresponding Secretary
4.    Jessica Anakar
5.    John Affolter - Treasurer
6.    John Staczek – On Leave until fall, 2023
7.    Kim Roeser - Secretary
8.    Michaella Olavarri

Their terms run through November, 2024.

5 / Q: I have an important issue I think the Community Council should address. What should I do?

You can always attend a meeting of the Community Council and raise the issue there during the Open Discussion portion of the agenda.

6 / Q: Where do you get your funds to operate?

A: Currently, we depend on donations from our board members and interested members of the community to cover the expenses we have. We had our first public fundraiser at the 2022 Strawberry Festival, with the help of Michaella Olavarri of Mica's Kitchen. 

7 / Q: How do you become a member of the Community Council?

A: If you are 18 years old or older, and reside, even part time, on Vashon-Maury Island, you may become a member. Residents 18 years and older may vote on all issues which come up at the monthly meetings of the community council. You need to provide your Vashon-Maury Island mailing address, your e-mail address (if you have one), and your name to Diane Emerson, Or visit our Home Page and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

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