Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
August 2017-6/18
12:30-2:00 pm
Meetings will held in the Shelton Library conference room (except for the months of Jan, Feb. and March when they are held at Lynn's house from 3-5 pm) LWV Board Meeting - Board meetings are held on the first Friday of each month. All members are invited to attend the LWV Board Meetings.
September 2017-6/18
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Olympic College Library in Shelton
address: 937 Alpine Way, Shelton
Monthly meeting of LWV - 3rd Tuesday each month. Join us to discuss current governmental issues affecting local, state and national policies.
September 2017-06/18
12:00 pm
Olympic College Library. Business meeting at 11:30 precedes the program which starts at 12:00 Prior and Upcoming Presentations and Discussion Topics at Monthly Meetings. The Mason County League of Women Voters will hold regular general meetings Sept to June on the third Tuesday of each month except December, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the library at Olympic College with topics of interest to the public.

CURRENT YEAR Fall 2017-Spring 2018

January 16 meeting:Budgeting for Safety- A Conversation with the Mason County Sheriff about the Budget Process This meeting topic ties into our current local study of the county budget

December 19: Field Trip Changed The original plan to tour the Capitol for our annual "field trip" has been changed. A new date will be arranged. Meanwhile on December 19, those members who are interested are encouraged to attend the County Commissioners final budget meeting at 9:30 in the Commissioners chambers. Following the meeting we will meet for lunch at the Salish Cliff's Restaurant located on the hill behind the Little Creek Casino.

November 21 meeting: MONEY IN, MONEY OUT the 2018 Mason County budget Overview: revenue sources and expenditures Current Shortfall: a look at the balance sheet solutions? who will be the winners? the losers Speakers: Karen Herr, County Auditor Lisa Frazier, County Treasurer Melody Peterson, County Assessor

Take a look at the Mason County preliminary budget 2018 -

Second meeting of Fall, October 17: What's Up on the November Ballot We will discuss the local issues and Initiative I-940. Shelton City Manager Ryan Wheaton and City Commissioner Traci Moore will clarify the city ballot initiative that seeks to change Shelton city government from a three member commission to a seven member council.

First meeting of Fall, September 19: Problems Facing Rural Hospitals in Washington State Join us on September 19 when staff from Mason General will describe their programs and how they are funded, as well as to answer your questions, such as: WHAT WOULD BE THE IMPACT ON MGH IF THE FUNDING FOR MEDICAID were reduced or if there were a reduction or elimination of subsidies from the federal government?

LAST YEAR 2016-2017

The Annual Business Meeting and Potluck Picnic will be held June 16 at Harmony Hill at 11:30. Join us for a fun afternoon to end our season. In keeping with our theme of health in Mason County, our speaker will talk about the incidence of cancer specifically in our area.

May 16th Meeting IT'S THE WATER! The Health and Safety of our Marine Environment

Guest Speakers: Lawrence Sullivan, Shellfish Program, Washington State Department of Public Health

Emily Garlich, Kamilche Shellfish Grower

Erica Marbet, Water Resources Biologist, Squaxin Island Tribe

April 18th Meeting MANAGING ADDICTION-Evidence Based Treatments and Therapeutic Courts

Guest speakers: Sara Multaner-Kerr, Evergreen Treatment Services MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)

Robert Sauerlender, Mason County Court Commissioner Therapeutic Courts

March 21st Meeting THE FATE OF OUR FORESTS-How healthy are our forests facing the stresses of climate change

Guest Speakers Dr. Dylan Fisher , Forest Ecology, Evergreen College. Chris Lund, Port Blakely, Timber Company


In keeping with our theme for this year, 2016 -2017,
"DEFINING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY", this month the focus is on good mental health. Mental or emotional health refers to our positive characteristics and overall psychological well-being. Mental health problems can cover a broad range of disorders, but the common characteristic is that they all affect the person's personality, thought processes or social interactions.

PRESENTERS : Marie Gisi-Mikulak, Mason County Probation Officer, speaking about a program called, "Moral Reconation Therapy"

Mark Freedman, Director of the new Mental Health Triage Center in Shelton

Joyce Evans, Mental Health Counselor

January 17, 2017 Meeting JUDGING THE COURTS- Treatment and Alternatives to Incarceration

Presenters at this meeting : Tom Davis who is the volunteer Veterans' Mentor Coordinator in Mason County and Devanessa Green who is Case Manager for Friendship Diversion Services.


November 15, 2016 Meeting DEFINING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY. This is to be the major thrust of our 2016 -2017 year. In keeping with our theme, we begin with presentations by two local people very involved with public health issues. Presenters at the meeting will be:

Jo Sanchez, Community Health Educator and Public Information Officer at the Mason County Public Health and Human Services Department

Jeanne Rehwaldt, Executive Director, Mason Matters Six strategic health priorities in which a deliberate and coordinated plan will make meaningful improvements in the health of Mason County.

October 18, 2016 Meeting Discussion of the initiatives that will be Nov. 8th ballot, including Proposition 1, the Metropolitan Parks District proposition for Mason County.

First Fall Meeting, Sept. 9, 2016 Review the history and continuing issue of voting rights in America. Protecting voting rights will be of utmost importance in this Presidential election year and one of the League's central tenets.