Making Democracy Work

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Find out the latest events, publications, and additions to Mason County LWV website!

To be confirmed at the October General Membership meeting, here is our updated Non-Partisan Policy. Refresh your memory about this important aspect of the League of Women Voters by clicking here

Check out the latest VOTER Newsletter Fall 2019 First fall meeting in September was well attended. This year, prior to the meetings there will be a social half hour to meet and greet, with coffee and cookies.

Here's the Annual Report from the President Cyndie Shotts. It's been a great year of action for the LWVMC Click here to read the report. We hope all members will attend the end of year Annual Meeting and Picnic at Harmony Hill in Union on Tuesday, June 11th.

Photo from the picnic-President Cindy presented roses

At the 25th annual Spell-a-Bration event put on by Sound Learning, the LWVMC team won the hard fought contest with the final word -------. Here's a photo of our team: The Suffragettes/Gents. Congratulations!

The April General Membership meeting was held at Harmony Hill in Union. We were delighted at the large turnout of members and guests who came to hear Paddy McGuire, the new Mason County Auditor, and Alison MacAffree, a LWV lobby team member, speak about important issues on voting security, the census and redistricting.

Mason County Voter Newsletter Check out the Spring 2019 edition of our local League of Women Voters newsletter. Click here

Mason County League Members participated in the 1/19/19 Women's March in Olympia - highlighting our message of activism on many fronts

December Luncheon, Auction and Book Discussion at Salish Cliffs was a Big Success Thank you to everyone who participated and helped us raise some funds for special projects

Updated TRY (They Represent You) brochure now on the webpage. Look for it

Mason County Voter Newsletter Check out the Winter edition of our local League of Women Voters newsletter. Click here

October 4th: Our Candidates Forum click here for poster with all the info. We had a huge turnout at the forum at the PUD #3 building, thank you everyone for coming and contributing to our "speed-date" a candidate event. It was fun and informative.

September Meeting Our first meeting of the year attracted a big turnout and featured the two candidates for Mason County auditor, Paddy McGuire and Charles Rhodes who answered many detailed questions. The three initiatives on the November ballot were also discussed. Since Mason County does not provide a paper voters guide, check out VOTE411 for candidate profiles.

August Retreat It was a beautiful day on Harstine Island where several LWVMC members met for our annual planning retreat. Thanks to our new president Cindy for hosting. Board members described their various roles and tasks, we discussed challenges and ideas for next year's programs. One idea is to change our meeting venue to a larger (and warmer) space now that we have over 40 members. The main focus for this year will be TAKING ACTION to support League goals. Please plan to attend our first fall meeting on September 18.

You might wonder why the hats. It's because lots of us wear different hats and we had more fun describing them with "hats on".

End of the Year Picnic and Annual Business Meeting was held at Harmony Hill on June 22 New officers for 2018-19 were introduced. Cheryl Williams handed the gavel over to incoming LWVMC president Cindy Shotts. The guest speaker was Angela Holton from Planned Parenthood who gave us an overview of PP's local services, advocacy and issues.

Jean Moore,95, one of the founding members of our League, was honored along with Lynda Links who is our longest serving active member.

As more people are interested in being involved in political issues, League membership is growing nationwide. Our League is no exception; we have added 10 new members this year.

Candidates Forum Special Event. We are hosting a candidates forum on Thursday, March 29th at the PUD 3 Building on Johns Praire Road beginning at 6:30. The eight candidates for the four Shelton City Council election on April 24 will participate in a "Speed Date a Candidate" format. We have done this before and it is very exciting and informative. The public will have the chance to ask questions of the candidates in a small group, face to face setting as the candidate rotate around the eight tables.

Civics 101: Making Democracy Work

American politics and civic life begin "at home", locally. Since government is of, by and for the people, it only works if we all participate. Learn how to be informed and active at the local level and become a more effective and informed citizen. This is a special event hosted by two local League members.

Tuesday March 13th at the Shelton Timberland Library 6-7 p.m. Presented by Cindy Shotts and Arlene Army of the Mason County League of Women Voters

First Edition of Our Own "Mason County VOTES" Newsletter For some time the LWVMC has talked about creating our own quarterly newsletter to highlight local events and objectives. Thanks to member Joanne Brown for making this a reality. Click here to see it

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. Here's a photo from the meeting.

Commissioners Watch Update and Looking at the County Budget To revive our tradition of attending County Commissioner meetings the LVWMC is encouraging our members to get together and attend at least one meeting per month on a specified date. After the meeting we will reconvene to Brilliant Moon for further discussion along with tea and pastries. Tuesday, Nov. 14 was our trial run and happily 10 members showed up. The main issue on our minds is the county budget. Commissioner Randy Neatherlin gave us a short seminar after the meeting on some of the budget issues. We have even more questions. Hopefully some of these will be answered at next Tuesday's (Nov. 21) membership meeting where county employees from the Assessor and Auditors offices will be our guest speakers.

For those of you new to our League, in 2010-11 we did a detailed study of the county budget, created a detailed Powerpoint presentation and made recommendations. Much of this is relevant to the current situation. We are considering doing an update. To see the documents from the Budget Study Group click here

At our October meeting City Manager Ryan Wheaton and City Commissioner Tracy Moore shared information and answered questions about the city ballot issue that proposes a change from a three person commission to a seven person council

Ballots and Baristas Our LWV is participating in a new outreach to voters at the Belfair Starbucks on Saturday, October 21st. Here's the flyer with all the info

September 26, 2017 was LWV National Voter Registration Day. We had a table at Shelton Library with volunteers eager and ready to register Mason Co. voters

January 21, 2017 Several of our League members participated in the Women's March in Olympia, joining 10,000 other marchers to make a statement about preserving women's rights and LWV values

Vote Notecards Back by Popular Demand The Mason County League of Women Voters is delighted to again be selling the VOTE note cards which have been printed, with the permission of the artist, Julie Paschkis, who created the charming image. The interior of the card is blank and on the back is printed a brief description of the league, along with our address and website. The actual size of the cards is 6 1/4" x 4 1/2". The note cards are being sold in packs of five, with envelopes, for $10.00. The money we raise through the sale of the cards will be used to pay fees on facilities we use, our TRY brochure, and scholarship memberships.

If you wish to purchase our note cards, they are always on sale at our monthly membership meetings. You may also contact, Pat Carpenter at


Dear friend and long time LWVMC member, Jeanette Boegl, (1933-2016) passed away November 29th after a sudden diagnosis of lung cancer. Jeanette was a fierce advocate for social and economic justice and was a mentor and inspiration to many of our League members. She thought deeply about important issues and was known for asking incisive questions and championing League values of non-partisanship and consensus. She served two terms as president, was active in many national studies and organized the TRY brochure for years. She will be greatly missed.

A long time resident of Union on Hood Canal, Jeanette had careers in education and social work. She and her husband Sig were married for 59 years and had three children. A memorial service for her, attended by several LWVMC members, was held December 10th at the Faith Lutheran Church in Lacey.

A Candidates Forum for county commissioner and state legislature hosted by LWVMC was held at the PUD#3 Auditorium on October 10th from 7-9 p.m. with a new "speed dating" format. We had a good turnout to listen to the eight candidates. Everyone seemed to enjoy the new format that is more one on one with the candidates who rotated from table to table answering voter questions.

LWV National Voter Registration Day September 27th, several of our local League members registered voters at the Shelton Timberland Library.

The Annual Year End Picnic and Business Meeting was held at Harmony Hill on June 9th. Ruby B. handed the gavel off to incoming President Cheryl W. Regular meetings will resume in September. A retreat, open to all members, will be held on June 24th at Amy C.'s. Look for an email with more information.

Thank you Ruby for a great year as President

Voting Rights and ALEC Here's the Powerpoint presentation (in pdf format) that Pat C. made at the May 17th General Meeting for those members who were unable to attend. It includes a short history of voting rights and recent attempts to suppress voting that is of great concern to the LWV.

Happy 96th Anniversary LWV LWVMC president Ruby Bailey led a cupcake toast at the February membership meeting to mark the League's 96 years.

Upcoming Republican and Democrat caucuses. Are you confused about how these work, check out this link provided by Kitsap League of Women Voters for important info on how to find where and when the caucuses will be held in your area. Click here:

Action Workshop, Saturday Dec. 5th Mason County League was excited to host one of the state's four action workshops this past Saturday at the PUD Building on John's Prairie Rd. Here are some photos from the well attended workshop.

Pam Crone,LWVWA Lobbyist

League members from several counties attended

Keynote speaker, Robin Zukoski, Columbia Legal Services
Speed-dating discussions on various issues

Money in Politics National Study

Update on Money in Politics study. The study group has completed the consensus questions and our report was approved by the board and will be presented at the next general meeting. Here is the summary: MIP summary

LWVUS is updating its policy position on campaign finance reform via a new national study. Our local league is participating in the study and has formed a study group. The group will meet 4 times to discuss the issues and come to consensus especially in regards to the First Amendment, and Supreme Court cases that affect campaign financing. A packet of materials supplied by LWVUS is available. An introductory meeting was held Friday, Oct. 16, the second meeting is Oct. 30th. The third meeting will be Nov. 20th. All meeetings are 1-3pm at the Shelton Timberland Library. The meetings are open to the public, anyone who is interested in this topic is encouraged to attend.

CANDIDATE FORUM Mason County LWV hostrd a candidate forum at the Senior Center on Oct. 13th, 2015 at 2 p.m. For more information click here

The forum was very interesting and very well attended. Candidates for city commissioner, port, and school board answered questions asked by moderator Sandra H. Thanks to the Senior Center for hosting again this year

Tuesday, September 23 was the League's National Voter Registration Day. LWVMC had a table at Timberland Library with members eager to register new voters.

The first fall meeting is Sept. 15. Join us for a very informative meeting, click here for details

Amy, Lynda and Ruby recently attended the LWCWA State Convention in Yakima. What a surprise and honor when they learned that the Mason County League was one of the winners of the Butterfly Effect Awards for local programs. Thanks to Amy for submitting a fine write-up of last year's programs.

End of year picnic and annual meeting was held at Harmony Hill on June 9th. President Amy D. handed the gavel over to incoming President Ruby B. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed seeing Jean M., one of the founding members of LWVMC.

Here is the 2014-15 annual report detailing this year's accomplishments.

Outgoing President Amy Davis with her thank you gift presented at the June 5th LWVMC Board Meeting

We now have a Facebook page Facebook

If you are on Facebook, check out our new page. We are League of Women Voters of Mason County. Give us a "Like", add a comment or post something.

League of Women Voters 101 An orientation to League was held at Lynn's house where a fine gathering of new members and our membership committee discussed the aims and accomplishments of LWV.

LWV Celebrates its 95th Birthday on Feb. 14th

December Field Trip to Shelton Wastewater Treatment Plant Very interesting tour with John O., the very knowledgeable supervisor. Not stinky at all and we all got biosolid samples for our gardens. Followed by a nice lunch at Salish Cliffs. Second photo

Vote Notecards The Mason County League of Women Voters is delighted to be able to offer for sale, the following note cards which have been printed, with the permission of the artist, Julie Paschkis, who created the charming image. The interior of the card is blank, leaving you to compose whatever you choose, and on the back is printed a brief description of the league, along with our address and website. The actual size of the cards is 6 1/4" x 4 1/2". The note cards are being sold in packs of five, with envelopes, for $10.00. The money we raise through the sale of the cards will be used to pay fees on facilities we use, our TRY brochure, and scholarship memberships. Great stocking stuffers this time of year!

If you wish to purchase our note cards, they are always on sale at our monthly membership meetings. You may also contact, Sandra Herndon at

Candidate Forums Mason County League of Women Voters is hosting a Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 16th at 6 pm at the Olympic Middle School on K Street in Shelton. On October 21st we are co-sponsoring the Senior Center Candidates Forum which will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Senior Center.

LWV National Voter Registration Day, September 23, 2014. Here are three of our local members set up at the Shelton Library to welcome and register voters. Love those cute hats.

2013-2014 Annual report describes the accomplishments of LWCMC in 2013-2014

FALL 2014 The "Eyes and Ears Program"is now called "Commission Watch" This program is an abbreviated version of "The Observer Corps" adopted by some Leagues across the nation. The purpose is for LWVMC members to attend County Commissioner meetings on a regular basis to better acquaint our members with our local government and current issues, especially those that pertain to LWV positions and studies. A sign up will be passed around at the monthly meetings. Fall 2013 Guidelines for the program. Here is an optional form to record information from the meetings

Photo of happy Mason County League members at the STATE CONVENTION May 2013

Many thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the convention a huge success.


We hosted the Washington State Convention of the League of Women Voters right here in Mason County at Little Creek Casino. The theme was "Tribal Traditions: Culture, Commerce and Governance". The kickoff on Thursday May 30th was a tour of Taylor Shellfish and Walter Dacon Winery. The first plenary session followed by workshops started on Friday, May 31st. The convention ran through Sunday morning June 2nd. Many local League members attended.

Resolution to be presented by LVWMC at the state convention Click the following links for details on the proposed resolution for reform of the Presidential debates.

Transcript of Video - A Brief History of the LWV and the Presidential Debates.

Resolution details

For more information, please watch "A Brief History of LWV and the Presidential Debates"

"We invite local Leagues across the nation to join us in studying this issue and sending your thoughts (pro and con) on this Resolution to the national LWVUS Board."

Photo of the beautiful plates that were raffled off to benefit our League.

Where Do Your Candidates Stand on the Issues? LWV Washington's 2013 online Voters' Guide is up and running!

To build your personal Voter Guide, visit

Select 'On Your Ballot'
Pick 'Washington' from the Drop Down List
Enter Your Address

View Your Races, Compare Your Candidates, See Your Ballot Measures. Lots of important information can be found on this website. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

  • Absentee ballot information
  • Ballot measure information (where applicable)
  • Early voting options (where applicable)
  • Election dates
  • Factual data on candidates in various federal, state and local races
  • General information on such topics as how to watch debates with a critical eye
  • ID requirements
  • Polling place locations (not applicable in WA with all mail-in voting)
  • Registration deadlines
  • Voter qualifications
  • Voter registration forms

Go to ( to get personalized information about your voting districts.

April 2012 - Local League Study on Mason County Advisory Groups Yields Positive Response The County Commissioners office has responded favorably to one of our study's specific suggestions by publishing a handbook for advisory commission members. Click here for more details and to read the new handbook.

2012 National Study on Privatization Our local study committee submitted its final consensus report in May to LWVUS. To see our Powerpoint presentation on Privatization look for Privatization under study groups. Go to the following URL ( to read the LWVUS position on privatization that was released in June.

September to November 2011 Role of the Federal Government in Education Mason County League of Women Voters participated in the National League study of the "Role of the Federal Government in pre-K to 12th Grade Education". This study concluded November 30th with all participating local leagues submitting their consensus results to LWVUS. The LWVUS position on this issue was released April 1, 2012. To read it and to view our Powerpoint presentation on Education, look under Education Study Group on the main menu.

May 2011 Mason County League of Women Voters won the Citizen Award from the LWV of Washington State at the regional LWV Conference held in Richland, WA this spring. The award was in recognition for connecting citizens to government for its yearlong study of the county budget. Minutes from the conference can be viewed here.

September 2010 to May 2011

LWV Study Group focused on the numerous citizens' advisory groups serving in Mason County. Learn more about what these groups do and how local citizens can get involved. This Study Group delivered its final report to all members at the May 17, 2011 general meeting. At the June meeting the position statement was approved by a vote of the general membership. The study group did a presentation to the Board of County Commissioners at their May 22nd 6 p.m. meeting. To see all the work this committee did, go to Study Groups on the main menu. Links to a table of information, the Powerpoint presentation, the narrative summaries and position statement are all available.

June 2010 to June 2011

Brenda Hirschi and the LWV Budget Study Group prepared an informative presentation, unpacking the Mason County Interim Budget for 2010. This was updated in April 2011. You can download all the information from the budget study under the Study Groups tab from the main menu.

January 2010

Check out our new PDF resources:

December 2009

  • Our new site went live on December 12, 2009. Thanks to Carol at for her help in setting up our new site!

  • You can download a PDF pamphlet entitled They Represent You, which lists contact information for county and state elected officials serving Mason County residents.