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The mission of the Columbia Basin Badger Club is to stimulate civil discourse on issues of importance to our community and society.

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"Should There be any Exemptions for Unvaccinated Children to Attend School?"

September 26, 2019 11:30 - 1:00 Forum

This year saw yet another deadly measles outbreak in schools across the United States, although the disease was conquered two decades ago.

The reason is many parents are not vaccinating their children, believing vaccines may cause neurological damage. Experts say that isn’t true. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 92% of people in a community need to be vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease. Less than that puts the community at risk.

Our September 26 Badger Forum will take a closer look at the right of parents to say no and the ability of government to force the issue for the public good.


Michelle Berrett Bodine is a local business owner and community advocate, with a passion for assisting families impacted by neurological disorders. She has previously served as a family Ombudsman for the US Navy, founded and served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations, and is currently a regional leader for Informed Choice WA. As the mother of 4 young adults, 3 of whom she believes were injured by vaccines, she has spent over 20 years researching vaccines and recovering her own children's health, as well as helping other families recover theirs.

Amy Person, MD is the Health Officer for the Benton-Franklin Health District. She began her career over 20 years ago as a community pediatrician. Recognizing the impact of the social determinants of health and injury prevention in child health, she pursued a career in public health to address prevention and health promotion at the population level. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois and her master’s degree from University of Wisconsin.

Register Now for the next Badger Club Forum September 26, 2019, at the Richland Shilo Inn. Registration is required and the link takes you to the registration page.

Or you can use the below ways to register.
Call our message phone at 628-6011

Forum Cost includes lunch:

Registered Member $25,
Registered Non-Members $30,
Day of Event $35

We are unable to separate the cost of the Forum and lunch.

  • Club membership is open to adults who love to explore ideas.
  • All Badger Forums are open to the public for a fee.
  • The Badger Club meets monthly with a forum that includes lunch, occasionally we have evening meetings.