Communicating Effectively with Elected Officials
The focus of the April 2018 League of Women Voters of Thurston County was the importance of civil discourse in our community and political conversations. On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, LWVTC members and interested citizens met at the Olympia Center – 222 Columbia Street NW, for a very informative session.
We were honored to have former Washington State Senator, 22nd district for 23 years, former State Representative, past County Commissioner, and former Lacey Mayor Karen Fraser as our moderator for the evening. She and the panelists were introduced by Board member, Sandra Herndon, who led the team that put this program together.
John Hutchings, Thurston County Commissioner for District 1, Bob Jacobs, former Olympia Mayor, Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor of Lacey, and EJ Zita, Olympia Port Commissioner provided hints and how-to's for speaking and making a case to local elected officials. In addition, each of the panelists and Karen Fraser provided personal insights that helped add context and color to the points they made.
Mental Health Services in Thurston County
This General Meeting, which was moderated by League of Women Voters of Thurston County Board member, Darlene Hein, provided an opportunity for members and the public at large to hear about mental health issues in our county. Representatives from the Community Care Clinic, Behavioral Health Services, and the Department of Social and Health Services did a good job of giving people a more complete picture of the very complication current status of such services.
This Forum was held at the Olympia Center, and it attracted a large crowd interested in this important topic.
Thurston County League President, Pat Dickason, opened the meeting. Board member Phyllis Ferrell served as moderator.
The speakers were; Tom Crawford from the Thurston Climate Action Team on local projects and priorities; Mike Burnham, Senior Planner for the Thurston Regional Planning Council, who talked about the regional climate adoption plan; Andy Haub, Water Resources Director for the City of Olympia on sea level rise issues; and Kim Danke who presented views from the Faith community.
Facts and figures, glowing graphics, and interesting information made for productive, positive, and people pleasing presentations.
Why Wilderness?--Protecting Our Public Lands
On January 23, 2018 the League of Women Voters of Thurston County partnered with the Great Old Broads for Wilderness to host this General Meeting as a way to inform membes and the public at large about issues that affect public lands. A large and lively crowd made up of members of co-sponsoring organizations, as well as LWVTC members.
The meeting was opened with a poem read by Bill Yake, well known local poet. Then George Wuerthner, author, professional photographer, ecologist, and current director of ecological projects for Foundation for Deep Ecology presented an animated and stimulating talk.
The Education Fund Luncheon, held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia on October 28, 2017, was a great success.
Thurstonn County Commissioner Gary Edwards and Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner in the County's long range planning department, were joined by 25 interested residents on the evening of April 26, 2017. About half of the audience were League of Women Voters-Thurston County (LWV-TC) members. Others, mostly residence of rural Thurston County, had heard about this general meeting on the radio, from friends, or by way of personal invitation. The Mayor of Yelm, J W Foster, was in this last category.
The meeting cosisted mainly of Commissioner Edwards answering questions about the impact of growth on land use, water quality, housing, and the balance between protecting the public good and maintaining indiviual rights. Although not "individuals," the needs of pocket gophers and salmon were also part of the discussion. People were amazed to hear that the County population is expected to grow by over 100,000 in the next 20 years (check this site-- www.trpc.org). The importance of careful study, strong science, and innovation were all stressed as factors in searching for solutions.
Bonnie Knight, formerly the Executive Director from the Port of Allyn, provided a history of Ports in Washington. Her remarks were followed by presentations from EJ Zita, current Port of Olympia Commissioner, and Bob Jacobs, community activist. They focused on the potential and possibilities of the Port of Olympia.Read more