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Discussing Issues That Shape Our Future

Our club never takes sides but our speakers do

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History? Who we are? How we decide on forums? Let us come tell you!

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 2017 promises to be just as stimulating and enlightening.

 Videos of Past Forums


February Forum:

Digital Privacy


As technology evolves in the world of big data and cloud computing, privacy policy will only become more complex balancing the rights of individuals, First Amendment concerns, public disclosure requirements and the needs of law enforcement. This forum will explore these concerns as well as how the state of Washington is examining state privacy policies and strengthen the personal protection of data.




Alex Albin, Washington State Privacy Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Mr. Alex Albin as the state’s first privacy officer in 2015. Alben was formerly general counsel of Starwave Corporation and served in senior management at RealNetworks, Inc. He has lectured on intellectual property, entrepreneurship and technology issues at Stanford Law School, U.C. Berkeley and the University of Washington School of Law. Alben is the author of “Analog Days—How Technology Rewrote Our Future.” He is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School. He serves on the Stanford Law School’s Law, Science and Technology Board. He is a trustee of Cornish College of the Arts and lectures for Humanities Washington.

When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 

Where: 11:30 a.m. Richland Shilo Inn


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



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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. 

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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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