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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. 

 Membership Application


 Next Meeting:
Imagine the Tri-Cities




When: Friday May 29th, 2015 

Where: 11:30a Richland Shilo Inn


or                                   Email 
or                                   Call our message phone at 628-6011

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

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


Tickets: Register


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What will the Tri-Cities look like next year? In five years? In a generation? This community is filled with dreamers who have ideas that could help shape our future. For our May 29 meeting, we will bring in three speakers who will share their vision for what come be coming to the Tri-Cities and greater Mid-Columbia.

Our speakers at this time will include:

* Michael Tormanen, owner of The Local Coffee Shop in Kennewick and part of an entrepreneurial team that is hoping to bring a Pybus Market-type facility to the Tri-Cities.

* Tim Arntzen, executive director of the Port of Kennewick, who will talk about the port's ideas surrounding Vista Field, the W. Richland raceway and downtown Kennewick.

* Allen Shoup, former CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and founder of Long Shadows Vintners, who has helped shape the Washington wine industry for the past 30 years.




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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