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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future

Our club never takes sides but our speakers do


The Columbia Basin Badger Club is an exciting and vibrant organization dedicated to civil discourse

of the important topics of the day.  We pride ourselves in being non-partisan.  Our club never takes sides, but our speakers do, and the result is often a lively discussion that improves our understanding of the world around us.


Speakers at our monthly forums have spanned a wide range of ideas and opinions that have included legalization of marijuana, same sex marriage, and the proposals to remove the lower Snake River dams to name just a few. 

And our lineup of topics for 2015 promises to be just as stimulating and enlightening.

 Videos of Past Forums



And part of what makes this club so special is that members ask questions directly of our speakers and

can expect direct answers and a better understanding of the issue.

All our forums are open to the public and we invite everyone to join and share in the benefits that the club provides.  The name Columbia Basin Badger Club reflects our tenacity to seek out clear information, yet we maintain a sense of humor and civility as we tackle the tough issues that are before us.

If this makes sense to you then you are just the person that the Badger Club is seeking. 

We invite you to join us. 

Sign up at:

 Membership Application

 Next Meeting:

DUI First Time Offenders - Coddle or Crucify


When: Thursday October 29th, 2015 

Where: 11:30am Richland Shilo Inn




or                                   Email 
or                                   Call our message phone at 628-6011

Cancellation Deadline:   Noon on Monday, October 26th; No-Shows will be charged.

Cost:                             $20 for members, $25 for non members, $30 Day of event



Tickets: Register



Columbia Basin Badger Club



Two Speakers:



Brian Roach received his law degree from Gonzaga University. Brian limits his area of practice to DUI Defense.


Diana Ruff received her law degree from Gonzaga University. Diana is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County.



Special FREE Showing of
Paper Tigers and panel afterwards

Columbia Basin Badger Club and Benton-Franklin Health District are proud to host a special viewing of the film Paper Tigers by acclaimed film director James Redford on November 5, 2015.

Panel discussion to follow

Paper Tigers is an in-depth look into the lives of six students at Lincoln High School, an alternative high school in Walla Walla, WA. Lincoln High was plagued with discipline issues, high suspensions and low graduation rates. That is, until Principal Jim Sporleader learned about the devastating effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on development, behavior and learning. Lincoln High decided to radically change how they operate and were the first to integrate a trauma-informed and resilience-building model into the school curriculum and the results are astounding. Lincoln’s trauma-informed model has been so successful that schools from all across the nation are following suit and seeing similar successes among their students.
· Suspensions have dropped 90% · Expulsions are down to zero

· Math and reading scores are up ·  Five-fold increase in graduation rates




1) Clicking on the Calender of Events

2) Click on the Forum you want to attend on the calender

3) Follow the on screen directions

4) The cost of the Forum is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non members


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