On Monday, September 30, 2019, the Thurston County League of Women Voters hosted a public forum for the candidates for Port of Olympia Commissioner. Although we were not able to video tape this event, we are providing links to the websites of the two candidates who will be on the November 5, 2019 General Election ballot.
Joe Downing -- click here
Helen Wheatley -- click here
It was a grand day for LWVTC to have a picnic in the Percival Park Rose Garden. Not only were we able to acknowledge and thank several of our long-time members, we enjoyed good company and fine food.
And, thank you Rita for these fun pictures.
On July 12, 2019, an in-person forum for the office of Mayor of Olympia was co-hosted by the Thurston County League of Women Voters and The Olympian. The four candidates were asked a series of questions predetermined by the LWVTC, as well as questions from the audience.
A video-tape recording of the forum can be viewed if you check here.
The candidates are, from left to right in this picture: Cheryl L. Shelby, Brenden Clerget, David Ross, Nathaniel Jones.
The Education Fund Luncheon, held at the Indian Summers Country Club on October 20, 2018, was a great success.
This is our annual fundraising event, as well as an opportunity to hear inspiring words from a governmental leader, present an award to an individual who has made a difference in our community, and generally celebrate our work.
Our guest speaker was Kim Wyman, Washington State Secretary of State centered her remarks on “Securing the Electoral Process.” Secretary Wyman shared her insights and stressed the urgency of addressing cyber-security and other
threats to our election safety and security. It was gratifying to hear that Washington ranks highly in our election security. In light of the League’s dedication to non-partisanship, attendees especially appreciated Secretary Wyman’s assertions that while a candidate may run as a partisan to get elected, an elected official must work for all people afterward.
The 2018 Citizen Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Allyson Brooks, the Washington State Director of Antiquities and Historic Preservation. Additional information about this award and Dr. Brooks can be found by clicking here.
League members and friends attending the Luncheon found opportunities to mingle and visit – at check-in while The Burren Band provided lively music, during lunch, and while checking out Silent Auction items.
The bargain filled Silent Auction was held this year to raise funds for our League’s operating account.
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.