Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
August 2016-6/17
12:30-2:00 pm
Meetings will held in the Shelton Library conference room 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 2016-6/17
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 2016-06/17
12:00 pm
Olympic College Library. Business meeting 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 2016-Spring 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.

LAST YEAR 2015-16

June 9th Annual Meeting and Picnic at Harmony Hill End of year report and installation of new officers. Potluck picnic starts at 11:30.

May 17th Meeting PROGRAM: The final report of the ALEC study committee. "History of Voting Rights" and "The Trans-Pacific Partnership", the ALEC connection. Speakers: Pat Carpenter and Nancy McMahon.

April 19th Meeting PROGRAM:"Council vs Commission - Which Form Represents You?" with speakers, Sherry Appleton, Chair of Local Government Committee, and Mike Olsen, former City Commissioner.

March meeting Mar. 15, 2016 PROGRAM: "Human Trafficking" Slavery is not a thing of the past, victims of human trafficking are modern day slaves and now a major issue in Wash State. The LWV supports increased education and awareness programs to address sex trafficking and labor trafficking and changes in public policy to prevent it. This issue will be discussed at the Olympic College Library in Shelton on March 15th at 12:00 by Shelton Police Department Detective Ses Maiava, Cheryl Cathcart Director of Turning Pointe and other presenters.

February meeting Feb. 16, 2016 PROGRAM: "Graduation Matters", presentation by Shelton Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle

January meeting Jan. 19, 2016 PROGRAM:"Modern Day Debtor's Prison and Legal Financial Obligations". Speakers: Susan Sergojian, Mason County Public Defender and Leslie Owen, Northwest Justice Project

A regular general meeting was not held in December. Instead there was a field trip to the Women's Correctional Center in Purdy

November meeting Nov. 17, 2015. PROGRAM: Continuation of our study of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). A presentation and discussion of privatization of public services, namely prisons, education and social services.

October meeting October 20, 2015. PROGRAM: Campaign finance reform with speakers from Wolf Pac and Move to Amend

First fall meeting September 15, 2015. PROGRAM - ALEC Presentations by local members who have been participating in the year long ALEC Study

ALEC and Unions - Nancy McMahon

Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker - Ruby Bailey

Privatization and the Post Office - Gwen Gadberry


June 9th Annual Potluck Picnic and Business Meeting at Harmony Hill at 11:30 a.m. Join us for our fun last last meeting until we reconvene in September.

May 19th Meeting Topic: "What is Alec? An Introduction"

Operating virtually unnoticed for 40 years, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has sought to influence and/or introduce legislation in every State Capitol. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. Members on ALEC's task forces, corporate lobbyists and special interest representatives vote with elected officials to approve "model" bills. Each year, ALEC distributes about a thousand draft model bills to legislators through its army of lobbyists and lawyers. And each year approximately 200 of these bills are signed into law.

ALEC was established in 1973 as a non-profit, nominally non-partisan effort aimed at promoting limited government, free markets, individual liberty and the privatization of government agencies.

After two years of investigative research, the LWVMC will introduce, through a series of programs, the impact ALEC has had on the legislative process and where applicable, on the citizens of Washington State.

April 21st Meeting Topic: "Fueling Debate-Oil and Coal Transport". Speaker will be Dan Leahy, retired Professor of Public Policy at Evergreen State College. Organizer of "Statewide Strategic Summit on Oil Transport, member of "Solidarity Round Table on Oil" and "Railroad Workers/Community Conference".

March 17th Meeting Topic "Delivering Justice" A panel discussion about how the justice system works in Mason County. PRESENTERS: Ginger Brooks, Mason County Clerk; Mike Dorsey, Prosecutor; Dan Goodell, Superior Court Judge;Susan Sergojan, Public Defense Administrator; Tim Whitehead, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

February 17th Meeting Topic "Lost in Transit with Kathy Geist"Mason County Transit Authority is building a new transit center in downtown Shelton, 601 W. Franklin ST. Due to open in April, 2015, it will be the site of public transit service and many social programs including youth and senior programs, classes, meeting rooms, and a disaster relief shelter. Come find out more about this important project and learn how to use the MCTA services.

January 20th Meeting Topic "The Mysterious World of Recycling" History of recycling in city and county and description of what happens to all our trash. How can we become better recyclers. Speakers:Sheila Hosner, Department of Ecology Recycling Coordinator; Jason Dose, City of Shelton Senior Planner and Recycling Coordinator; Rik Fredrickson, Mason County Garbage District Manager

November 18th Meeting Topic "Heroin in Mason County" What has triggered the use of heroin in rural and suburban areas and what are the consequences of substance abuse in our community? An in-depth discussion with law enforcement, mentors, graduates of drug court, and parents, all with direct experience.

Les Watson - Lieutenant, Shelton Police Robert LaCount - drug abuse mentor, Dennis Neal - President, Northwest Resources, Patty Ross - parent

September 16th Meeting Topic "Civic Engagement": An important element toward building a healthy community, is civic engagement. This means reconciling citizen activism and government responsiveness within the context of an anti-government era. "We the people" is the new rallying cry of both the right and the left. The pervasiveness of special interests, outside money, and hidden agendas. has elicited a cautionary attitude, if not outright mistrust of elected officials.

Our speaker, Cheryl Simrell King, PhD is a member of the faculty in the Master of Public Administration Program at Evergreen State College in Olympia. She will discuss the dilemma of citizen participation in this anti-government era, with an emphasis on engaging young people as they attempt to establish their place in the community.