April 2017 Voter

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Greetings! At some point in the near future we should have real spring weather—in the meantime, stay dry. A happy update: Temple Beth Hatfiloh generously donated $500 to our League from the profits of Blintzapalooza, the Temple’s annual blintz and books sale. It raises funds every year for many local non-profits. We are honored to receive this donation, which we plan to use to hold public candidate forums this fall.

We’re in the thick of planning for our Annual Meeting, to be held on Thursday May 18 at 5:30 pm at the Olympia Friends Meeting House, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia. At this meeting we’ll review the past year, transact needed business, high light plans for our next year, get to know each other better and share a potluck. Look for more information over the next weeks. If you want to suggest a new local study (position) please get your suggestion to me before the April 20th Board meeting.

And, another call to action: April 22nd (Earth Day) is the March for Science. The March begins at the Capitol steps and concludes at Heritage Park. League is going to have an informational table at the Park. At last count, 450 marches are scheduled to take place in the USA and world-wide! The organizers say: “The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.” Use this Facebook page to find out more about the Olympia March (https://www.facebook.com/MarchforScienceOlympia/). I hope that many of us will be there!

Remember to be persistent!!

Pat Dickason, President
p.dickason@comcast.net


PAST PROGRAMS

Looking for a chance to learn about past Programs --- Hidden Impacts of Poverty and Future of the Port of Olympia? If you, like your editor, did not make it to the February and/or March general meetings, good news. Informative reports on past programs are posted on the LWV-TC website. Take a look: http://www.lwvthurston.org/programs


UPCOMING: General Meeting

Last Chance to Attend a General Meeting this Program Year, in YELM

city-of-yelm.pngWay back in August, using suggestions from the 2016 Annual Meeting, the LWV-TC Board set up a series of program. They decided, after years of saying, “That’s a good idea,” to actually hold a program meeting in Yelm. Here’s your opportunity to take a short drive through beautiful country side and meet some members and friends who may not often make it to our events in Olympia.

County Commissioner Gary Edwards will be the primary speaker to give the County’s perspective on Thurston County Growth: How Big Will We Be; What are the Major Challenges? Housing, land use, farmland protection, and jail population are topics the League ongoing interest in. Come hear about the impact on these issues in Thurston County and what approaches the County may be taking to deal with them.

Remember, the meeting is open to the public, so bring a friend on April 26, 2017. Our meeting begins at 6:30 pm, Prairie Hotel Cascade Room -- 700 Prairie Park Lane, Yelm, WA.


2017 WASHINGTON LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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Regular session is scheduled to end April 23, but is likely the work will not be finished. There is still a flow of bills that either need support or opposition to complete changes in public policy. After April 12 work will focus on the state budget. A number of signs suggest there will be a lengthy special session. There will be several way we in Thurston County can advocate. We can actively register our support or opposition to bills being heard by going to the Legislature and signing in! And on April 20 we can participate in the Lobby Day for carbon tax, which is being is organized by a coalition of volunteers and organizations that want to see a carbon tax pass this legislative session.

CALENDAR

LWV-TC Hosted or Co-Sponsored Events

April 11 - April 11 and every Tuesday through Leg Session, Coffee with League, 10 -11 am at Bayview Thriftway, upstairs, e-mail Paula at hapapafarm@gmail.com for details.

April 20 - LWV-TC Board Meeting, E-mail lwvthurston@gmail.com for information.

April 22 - March for Science, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, starting at the Capitol.

April 26Thurston County Growth: How Big Will We Be; What are the Major Challenges? 6:30 pm General Meeting at the Prairie Hotel in Yelm. E-mail rpps4u@comcast.net for information.

May 18 - Annual Meeting, 5:30 pm at the Olympia Friends Meeting House. E-mail p.dickason@comcast.net for information.

June 2-4, 2017 - LWVWA Convention in Seattle, registration coming soon at www.lwvwa.org.


Other Events of Interest

April 20 - Race in Film, at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC)

April 20 – Lobby Day for carbon tax

April 22 – Earth Day Events

April 29 - March for Climate, Jobs and Justice


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