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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future

Our club never takes sides but our speakers do

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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 2016 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:



The Heroin Epidemic - Law enforcement can’t do it all


  When: Thursday July 28th, 2016 

Where: 11:30am Richland Shilo Inn

See recent Frontline PBS Story, Chasing Heroin, 


or                                       Email 
or                                       Call our message phone at 628-6011

Cancellation Deadline:    Noon on Tuesday, July 26th;

Cost:                                 Member $20, Non-Members $25, Day of Event $30



 Panel discussion:

The Heroin Epidemic. Law enforcement can’t do it all -The abuse of heroin here at home and across the country has reached epidemic proportions and deaths due to heroin overdoses have reached an all-time high. Federal law enforcement is doing its part by identifying and arresting suppliers. Local law enforcement is doing its part, but more needs to be done to curb the demand. New research from the University of Washington is showing success in treatment and diversion as an alternative to incarceration. 
Speakers include: 
  • Tracy D. Simmons, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Division, Eastern District of Washington and the District of Idaho.
  • Dr. Jennifer Bailey, Senior Research Scientist at the Social Development Research Group at the University of WashingtonChief
  • Ken Hohenberg, Chief of Police for the City of Kennewick



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Missed a forum? Remember videos are online:  





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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