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Minutes from November 8, 2018

November 16, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 1 Judge and 8 attorneys:  Honorable James Hurson, Tony Swartz, Ken Beckley, John Ufkes, Carol Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Jon Furgeson, Chris Herion, Zera Lowe.

Carol Pidduck reported that the social committee was in the process of picking a venue for the December X-mas meeting/social.  The dates of December 19 or 20 were presented with no objection and the first local which will be investigated is the new Ellensburg Brewery on Main Street.

Vice President Ufkes suggested that the meeting minutes from August 8, 2018 be discussed as they have been available for review on the county bar website.  There was no discussion other than a proposal that the submitted minutes be approved without changes, which was approved without objection.

The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,

John Ufkes

Minutes from August 9, 2018

August 13, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 16 attorneys:  Tony Swartz, Marjorie Alumbaugh,  John Ufkes, Carol Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Melissa Nunes, Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter,  Paul Sander, Greg Zempel, Candy Powers, Jon Furgeson, Jim Pidduck, Chris Herion, Cathy Busha.

Vice President Ufkes called the meeting to order as Tony Swartz was held up in court and attended later in the meeting.  The meeting minutes from (a) the December 2017 Christmas meeting, which took place on December 21, 2017, (b) February 8, 2018, (c) April 12, 2018, and (d) June 14, 2018 were discussed as they have been available for review on the county bar website.  Following discussion a motion was made to approve the submitted minutes without changes, this was seconded, and voted upon being approved unanimously.

The email notice for this meeting called for a rescheduling of the memorial for Judge Chmelewski from August 24, 2018.  A motion was made to have the social committee work with the Superior Court Judges in the scheduling of this sometime in September 2018, which motion was second, and approved unanimously .

John Ufkes then reported that he was not interested in holding office in 2019 and following discussion, a nominating committee was suggested and consented to constituted by Candy Powers, Cathy Busha (chair), and Chris Herion, which was submitted by motion, second and unanimous approval.

The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,

John Ufkes

Minutes from June 14, 2018

June 19, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 2 Judges, 15 attorneys: The Honorable Scott Sparks, The Honorable James Hurson, Tony Swartz, John Ufkes, Carol Pidduck, Jim Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Candy Powers, Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter, Paul McBride, Greg Zempel, Candy Powers, Zera Lowe, Michelle Hull, Debra King.

President Swartz called the meeting to order. The meeting minutes from the December 2017 Christmas meeting, which took place on December 21, 2017 and February 8, 2018 were not available for review.

Fran Chmelewski, retired Superior Court Judge, passed away on June 9, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Discussions regarding Bar Association activities related to her memorial service and a possible event in her honor followed, with a bar sponsored court reception followed by a reception at Whipsaw Brewery being among the ideas noted. This bar event is to be scheduled by Tony Swartz, Judge Sparks, and members of the social committee.

The March social with Court of Appeal Judge Purnell and Judge Lawrence-Berry was a success but not discussed.

There was a question regarding the adequacy of quarterly meetings, and after further discussion the remaining year schedule was held to be the July/August Judge Chmelewski event, a September business meeting, and a December social unless additional input was noted as some point going forward. We will continue to informally meet for lunch each month.

Carol Pidduck indicated the Bar Association finally this year awarded a $1000.00 scholarship and then a motion was made to change the name of the scholarship to the Judge Francis Chemlewski memorial scholarship from this point forward. This was seconded, and approved unanimously.

The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,
John Ufkes

Minutes from April 12, 2018

April 23, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 10 attorneys: Tony Swartz, John Ufkes, Jim Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Jon Furgeson, Paul McBride, Greg Scott, Dovie Sigle.

President Swartz called the meeting to order. A limited agenda of items was noted. There was a proposal made to hold quarterly meetings instead of monthly meetings, and the reasons for the suggestion-which included limited CLE options and the increased self-study allowances by the professional rules, as well as the difficulties found in awarding scholarships, etc.. Following a motion to change to quarterly meetings, there was a second and it was voted upon unanimously. It was noted that the association bank account signator page was in the process of being adjusted to include John Ufkes, and there was therefore no Treasurer’s report. Transition of officers and removal of Paul Sander from the bank account was approved on December 21.

There is planned an April social, on April 30, 2018, which was by consensus agreed to take place at Brix on that evening. The judges from the Court of Appeal are in Ellensburg for oral argument the following day, and had requested an informal get together the night prior. The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,
John Ufkes

Minutes from February 8, 2018

February 12, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 1 Judge, 13 attorneys: The Honorable James Hurson, Tony Swartz, Marjorie Alumbaugh, John Ufkes, Carol Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Melissa Nunes, Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter, Paul Sander, Greg Zempel, Candy Powers, Zera Lowe.

President Swartz called the meeting to order. The meeting minutes from the December 2017 Christmas meeting, which took place on December 21, 2017 were not available for review. At that meeting Tony Swartz was voted to be the President, and John Ufkes to fulfill the offices of Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Following discussion, a motion was made to add John Ufkes as a signatory to the Bar Association checking account, and this was seconded, and voted upon being approved unanimously.

There was no treasure’s report except that Tony Swartz noted that dues of $35.00 were now due, and some had been automatically deducted.
A March social, in combination with the monthly meeting, with Court of Appeal Judge Purnell was then agreed to be a good idea. Future CLE presentation ideas were then discussed.

There was an acknowledgment that Reed Gardner had retired and moved to Spokane, and no attorney was providing services to ASPEN. Some sources for potential money for this service was generally discussed along with some other general related issues. The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,
John Ufkes

Minutes from September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017 in Minutes

Present: Judge Hurson, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter, John Ufkes, Jim Pidduck, Ken Beckley, Tony Swartz, Ken Blanford, Theresa Petrey

August 2017 minutes approved.

No golf/dinner planned for September. Next event will be December party. Details will be announced at a later date.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 in Minutes

Judges present: Hon. Scott Sparks, Hon. Candace Hooper. Members present: Eileen Murphy, Dovie Sigle, John Ufkes, Terry Weiner, CK Powers, Jon Ferguson, Margie Alumbaugh, Tony Swartz.

Discussed calendar for remainder of year. We will likely have one more CLE on legal technology (October?). December party date will be announced. September social will not be at golf course, but the location and date will be announced.

No other business. Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 in Minutes

Members present: Theresa Petrey, James Kirkham, John Ufkes, Ken Beckley, Tony Swartz, Jim Pidduck, Terry Weiner

January and February minutes approved. May 11 CLE with Division III Judge Pennell confirmed – 12pm at Ellensburg Pasta Company. Topic will be on preserving appellate issues.

No other business to discuss. Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 in Minutes

Members present: Judge Hurson, Ferguson, Nicholson, Weiner, Ufkes, Busha, Powers, Beckley, Swartz

March 9 at 4 PM recognition of Judge Ellis by WSBA was discussed. Will be hosted in jury room for reception and in Superior Court for presentation. RSVP to reception by emailing Carol Pidduck and CK Powers. Approved funds for reception food/drink.

First Responders will clinic was discussed. Swartz will get further details from 501(c)(3) organization about hosting.

Discussed how to increase attendance. With no new business to be addressed, meeting was adjourned.

Minutes from November 10, 2016

November 16, 2016 in Minutes

Members present: Eileen Murphy, Dovie Sigle, Jim Pidduck, Carol Pidduck, Ken Beckley, John Ufkes, Tony Swartz, Joyce Heritage. Also present was Val Barschaw.

October 2016 minutes approved: Pidduck motion, Beckley second

Holiday party: save the date of 12/21/16 at 5pm for the Bar’s annual holiday party. The event will be at the Starlight back room. Drinks and food will be paid for by each member as desired.

Barschaw report: Ms. Barschaw reported on the Clerk’s Office. Beta testing of electronic files will begin for type 8 cases (juvenile) with various technology being installed in the courtrooms. Odyssey is still scheduled for a May 2018 rollout in Kittitas County. The Office has also instituted a faulty document fee (see form with details at http://kittitasbar.com/faultydoc.pdf). All filed faulty documents will result in the attorney receiving a fee of $15.

Treasurer report: $2909.09 in bank.

Scholarship discussion: letter sent withdrawing previous offer due to no enrollment.

Retirement gift: approved up to $400 for retirement gift.

 

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