In-Person Candidate Forum -- Olympia Mayor

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.



2018 Education Fund Benefit Luncheon

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                    LWV-TC10-20-2018EdFundLunch-7.jpg

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 AuctionLWV-TC10-20-2018EdFundLunch-2.jpg was held this year to raise funds for our League’s operating account.      

April 2018 General Meeting

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.                          IMG_0241.JPG

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.   


March 2018 General Meeting

 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.


February 27, 2018 General Meeting

Climate Change is Real: Impacts & Solutions for Thurston County

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.



January 2018 General Meetimg


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.


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Program at Red Lion

The Education Fund Luncheon, held at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia on October 28, 2017, was a great success.  

Our annual fundraising event was held on October 28 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. The Burren Band provided lively music during check in and networking time. Our guest speaker Noah Purcell, Solicitor General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office. The title of his presentation was "Washington State Takes a Stand."  It was amazing to hear all that went into filing the lawsuit against the federally sponsored anti-immigration policy that effected select, Muslim prominent, countries.
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