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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


December 14 Forum: 
What is the Value of Public
Post-Secondary Education?


What is the Value of Public Higher Education?


Over multiple decades, state government support for public post-secondary education has dramatically decreased to the point that most institutions view themselves as ‘state-sponsored’ and not ‘state-supported’ institutions. During the same period, students in the state of Washington have been subject to dramatic tuition and fee increases and increasing debt to pay for their education as legislative funding priorities have shifted. This forum will examine the value of public post-secondary education across the public sectors of Washington Higher post-secondary education related to bridging achievement gaps, workforce development, economic benefits to the state, and the overall common good of a public higher education system.



Michael Meotti, Executive Director, Washington State Achievement Council


Cody Eccles, Director of Government Relations & Business Affairs, Washington State Council of Presidents


Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education, West Valley High School

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 

Where: 11:30 am 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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