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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:

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 Next Meeting:

Immigration: Taller Fences vs. The American Dream


  When: Thursday August 20th, 2015 

Where: 6:00pm* Richland Shilo Inn


*Doing evening forums based to member feedback (June/July and Aug) 


or                                   Email 
or                                   Call our message phone at 628-6011

Cancellation Deadline:   Noon on Monday, August 17th; No-Shows will be charged.

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



Tickets: Register





Columbia Basin Badger Club




Panel discussion


  Immigration: Taller Fences vs. The American Dream
    - see Facebook event



Eamonn Roach:



Eamonn Roach practices law in Pasco, Washington. His practice is 100% immigration law. Eamonn was born and raised in Pasco, Washington and graduated from Tri-Cities Prep High School. He has a large extended family, most of whom still live in the Tri-Cities. He has travelled to 36 countries, living in Puebla, Mexico during his junior year of college to study Spanish and in Hangzhou, China for a year after college to study Mandarin Chinese before returning home to attend law school. Eamonn graduated from Seattle University in 2007, majoring in International Studies & Politics with a minor in Spanish. Eamonn then attended Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. He is a member of the Washington State Bar. Eamonn presently provides services in all areas of immigration law and works with his father, Tom Roach, to assist individuals in obtaining Family-based visas, Business and Employment-related visas, Permanent Residence, Work Permits, Labor Certifications, H1-B Visas, Student and other visas. He represents employers who are accused of employing individuals who do not possess the proper paperwork. He also assists individuals who are in deportation proceedings and those with criminal charges that might affect their immigration status.


Victor Palencia:

Young winemaker makes most of American dream

Andy Perdue


Victor Palencia holds a bottle of wine from his Palencia Wine Co. in front of his Walla Walla winery.

The drawing on the label depicts his father with a shovel as he works the fields of the Yakima Valley.


  • Victor Palencia's journey is the story of the  American dream.

    Born in 1985 in Michoacán, Mexico, Palencia emigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old. His father wanted a better life for his family and came to the Yakima Valley, where he picked up a shovel and began working in the region's mint fields. Eventually, the elder Palencia moved into orchard and vineyard work.

    While most high schoolers fill their after-school hours participating in sports, working at fast-food restaurants or playing video games, Victor Palencia headed to the vineyards with his father to help support his family. This is where his love for wine began.

    After graduating from Prosser High School in 2003, Palencia became the first in his family to go to college. He earned his winemaking degree from Walla Walla Community College, thanks in part to a scholarship from Leonetti Cellar. During his time in the Walla Walla Valley, he worked for such wineries as Saviah Cellars, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Basel Cellars and Zerba Cellars.

    After graduation, he returned to Prosser, where he was hired as assistant winemaker at Willow Crest Winery. This landed Palencia in The New York Times, which wrote a feature on him because he was an underage winemaker who couldn't legally taste what he produced.

    Two years later, Palencia was hired as director of winemaking at J&S Crushing, a custom winemaking facility in Mattawa, where he also produces the wine for Jones of Washington and several other clients. In total, Palencia is responsible for more than a million cases of wine.

    In September 2013, Palencia came full circle, opening Palencia Wine Co. at Walla Walla Regional Airport (while also keeping his day job in Mattawa) — a few weeks after attending his 10-year high school reunion.

    Palencia's first releases have been nothing short of superb, following the success he has shown with Jones of Washington. Here are a few of his latest wines, which we've tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the winery directly.



    We appreciate our sponsors:

    The Tri-City Herald,Northwest Public Television/KTNW,
    Esprit Graphic, and Group Health.


    Missed a forum? Remember videos are online:

    March 27, 2015
    Pasco, Washington
    April 24, 2015
    Richland, Washington

    Imagine the Tri-Cities
    May 29, 2015

    Richland, Washington
    Should Reparative Therapy Be Banned?
    June 18, 2015
    Richland, Washington


    The Call to Action is a new program for the Columbia Basin Badger Club.

    The Badgers Club never takes side but members and speakers do.

    The idea is that after attending a Badger Forum there are things that you can choose to do such as influence public policy.   


    Each of our speakers will be asked to make suggestions about how members could be involved.  


    Here is the
    - March 27th Call to Action List
    - April 24th   Call to Action
    Other Tools:


    The following is a Guide to Crafting Your Message to officials:

    1.      Introduce yourself and where you live, I’m a constituent

    2.      What is the issue that you are concerned about?

    3.      Why is this important to you?

    4.      Why is this issue important to our community/state?

    5.      What do you want your representative to do?

    Directory of elected officials from LOWV: Link




    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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