- Submitted by cityclub on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 2:34pm
Hundreds of Americans from left, right and center will gather in Seattle on March 23 for Citizen University, a day of learning, inspiration and action with the country's most creative leaders, change makers and culture shapers. Founded by former Clinton speechwriter and White House advisor Eric Liu, Citizen University (formerly Guiding Lights Weekend) is a program of The Guiding Lights Network, a Seattle-based organization working to promote creative, engaged citizenship.
We're proud to be a Presenting Partner of Citizen University and an ongoing partner to an organization invested in teaching the skills needed to be more powerful citizens. Join us on March 23 and LET'S DO DEMOCRACY!
Check out this year’s national lineup of conference speakers!
WHEN: Saturday, March 23 7:30am – 9:30pm
WHERE: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
HOW: Registration and information is on line at CitizenUniversity.us.
Guiding Lights Network is a co-promoter of the 2013 Jefferson Awards! WATCH stories about the 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award winners on Evening Magazine on KING 5 at 7:00 p.m. on March 18. Then, VOTE for your favorite Washington State Jefferson Awards winner to represent our state at the National Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C. in June. Last but not least, join us to CELEBRATE! All five winners will be recognized at a breakfast on April 9 in Seattle.
- Submitted by cityclub on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:28am
Thank you to everyone who nominated someone this year for a 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award. We had more than 200 amazing nominations submitted, and the judges had a tough job choosing only five winners. We should all feel proud to have so many dedicated volunteers who are working to improve lives in our state and our world.
We are pleased to announce the 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award Winners:
For biographies of winners and a list of all nominees please visit www.seattlecityclub.org/JeffersonAwards.
- Submitted by cityclub on Mon, 02/25/2013 - 3:03pm
On February 19, controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee sat down with Starbucks' Chief Community Officer, Blair Taylor, and approximately 800 engaged citizens to discuss her new book, RADICAL: Fighting to Put Students First, and the state of education in the United States. Rhee, met with both protest and applause, discussed her background in education and her experience as chancellor of D.C. public schools, emphasizing "teacher quality" and setting high educational expectations for children, no matter their socio-economic upbringing.
Here are some of our favorite tweets from the #RADICAL event:
@michellerhee Thanks for visitng Seattle! It was a great learning opportunity.— StandforChildren WA (@WashingtonStand) February 21, 2013
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- Submitted by cityclub on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:00am
Congratulations to Margaret E. Fisher for receiving the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Civics Education!
Margaret Fisher’s 35 year career in the field of civic education has prompted an award-winning streak: Last year, she represented the Seattle Youth Traffic Court at our inaugural Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards. And now, Margaret Fisher, court program analyst with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts and Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law, has been named the 2012-2013 recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).
The Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Civics Education honors an “organization, court, or individual who has promoted, inspired, improved, or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education related to the justice system.”
Quoted in a Washington State Courts’ press release, the NCSC President Mary C. McQueen stated: “The shear breadth of Margaret Fisher’s work in the field of civics education, which spans more than 35 years, is so worthy of recognition. Through her steadfast commitment, Margaret has made a difference to so many. She has developed innovative programs for school children, college students, juvenile offenders, prison inmates, immigrants and more. Margaret’s perspective is that everyone, including society, benefits from a strong civics education program, which she delivers.”
For more on Ms. Fisher’s three decades of civic education work and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award, click here.
To watch CityClub's Inaugural Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards, visit TVW.
- Submitted by cityclub on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 4:17pm
On February 26, we're giving our members the opportunity to be among the first to tour the Museum of History and Industry's beautifully restored new facility and exhibit space. But before we get a sneak peak at the new facilities and a MOHAI representative answers all of our questions, we invite you to answer one of MOHAI's: What is history?
For the third year, MOHAI wants to hear from you about what history is by making a short film and entering it into the History Is ____ Film Competition. All ages and all skill levels are encouraged to participate! They are currently accepting submissions, through March 31, 2013. Winners will be announced at a Youth Party on May 4, and an Awards Gala on May 11.
Looking for inspiration? Watch last year's winner of the "Critics' Choice Award":
Interested in our Member Only Event: "A Night at the Museum of History and Industry?" Click here for more information. Not a CityClub member? An engaged public matters! Stay informed and shape positive change in your community today by becoming a member of CityClub. Visit our membership page for a full list of benefits.
- Submitted by cityclub on Tue, 02/05/2013 - 1:09pm
Greetings, CityClub Friends, from Olympia!
by Rep. Jessyn Farrell (46th District), CityClub's former Civic Education Initiative Coordinator
I am heading into my fourth week as a legislator representing the 46th District (Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore) and so far it has been both exhilarating and humbling. Every day I learn more about how to be of service to my constituents and participate in the great American experiment of self-governance.
One of the best experiences thus far has been on the Early Learning and Human Services Committee, working with The Mockingbird Society, a foster care advocacy organization, on legislation that would make it easier for siblings in the foster care to visit each other. During the hearing on the legislation a former Mockingbird Society participant spoke passionately about the emotional hardship that he and his twin brother faced being separated from their sister throughout childhood. His testimony really drove home the issue for many members of the committee.
I had the opportunity to help CityClub develop its Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards, which recognizes outstanding programs that help young people get involved in changing and impacting our society, which the Mockingbird Society received in 2012. I knew before the great work that they do in the community, but it was a true privilege to be able to work with them down in Olympia as well.
I will say though, the Early Learning Committee could easily be renamed the “guilty mother committee” - with me as the mother who feels guilty! I’m the mother of a two year old son and a four year old daughter, and it is difficult to be away from them so much. We spend a lot of time in committee studying the research that is being done on early childhood education, and the results are compelling and conclusive - the first 1000 days of life, from birth to three years old, are absolutely critical for the development of a child. I know this first hand, as I teach my own two kids to acquire physical skills, literacy, and social graces. I know my husband, their care givers and I are working hard to nurture them but it is a challenge during these 105 days of session!
But as challenging as that is, I think it’s important to have moms down here in Olympia. Every year the legislature passes bills that affects kids, parents and families. We need the perspective of those who are on the front lines trying to take care of their kids and give them the very best when we are making these major policy decisions.
There are plenty of challenges this session, and I look forward to hear from you all throughout the process. If you have a question or concern, you can contact my office by calling 360-786-7818 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for being engaged public citizens!
(Want to hear more from Jessyn? Check out her "Meet the New Member" profile at housedemocrats.wa.gov!)
- Submitted by cityclub on Fri, 01/25/2013 - 5:01pm
On January 24, we followed the important topic of last year's “Building a Culture of Philanthropy” forum - the foundation of philanthropy in Seattle - to a discussion of philanthropy's future in the region. Our moderator, Carol Lewis, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, navigated a lively discussion with four philanthropic leaders and a little over 200 engaged citizens.
The conversation featured: Brian Arbogast, Founding Board Member, Progress Alliance of Washington; Kristen Eddings, Co-founder, Agency, an initiative of the Washington Global Health Alliance; Nadia Mahmud, Co-founder & CEO, Jolkona; and Paul Shoemaker, Executive Connector, Social Venture Partners Seattle.
Did you miss the event? The full video will be available shortly on Seattle Channel. Follow the conversation on twitter @CityClubLive and #PhilanthropyFORWARD. Here are some of our favorite tweets from the event:
Philanthropy must lead in discussion of failure to let grantees know they can be transparent without getting burned #PhilanthropyFORWARD— Philanthropy NW (@PhilanthropyNW) January 24, 2013
Here is another new pattern for #philanthropyforward: Giving experience starts after the check is written!— Adnan Mahmud (@adnanmahmud) January 24, 2013
Great discussion about influence as resource for community change at #philanthropyforward— David Landers (@LandersSeattle) January 24, 2013
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- Submitted by cityclub on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 1:01pm
by Diane Douglas, Executive Director
When I review the Washington State Jefferson Awards nominations each year, I experience a flood of positive emotions: I’m humbled by the extraordinary accounts of generosity and service contributed by unsung heroes throughout the state. I’m amazed by how much good is accomplished through their drive and commitment –often with limited financial resources. My spirit is renewed concerning great citizenship and community engagement. I’m grateful to my fellow Washingtonians. I’m inspired to increase my own volunteer activities and impact.
I think all that positive energy is infectious, and I want to ask your help to grow it. When you inform and encourage the members of your network to participate in the Jefferson Awards, you’ll spark their engagement, pride, gratitude, inspiration and action. Right now, Washington ranks 9th in the nation in volunteering. Let’s aim higher!
Honor an outstanding volunteer who is making a difference in your community. Nominate a friend, neighbor or colleague today at www.seattlecityclub.org/jeffersonawards and spread the word!
- Submitted by cityclub on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 2:03pm
On January 11, we started our annual program line-up by previewing Washington state's 2013 legislative agenda. Our moderators, Austin Jenkins, Olympia Correspondent at Public Radio Northwest News Network, and Essex Porter, Reporter at KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, navigated a lively discussion with four legislative leaders and approximately 250 engaged citizens. Topics covered included gun violence, mental illness, education, transportation and, of course, the budget.
The conversation featured: Rep. Frank Chopp (D) 43rd Legislative District, Senator Ed Murray (D) 43rd Legislative District, Senator Rodney Tom (D) 48th Legislative District and Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R) 2nd Legislative District. (If you'd like more information on the Legislators or you would like to contact them, click here for Senators and here for Representatives.)
Did you miss the event? The full video is available now on TVW, and the answers to our Lightening Round (Yes/No/Waffle questions) are below. The event has also been covered by the Seattle-PI and Philanthropy Northwest.
Follow the conversation on twitter @CityClubLive and #legpreview. Here are some of our favorite tweets from the event:
#legpreview Rep. Chopp and Sen. Murray both believe we need to do a better job of addressing mental health funding.— Alz Association WA (@ALZ_WA) January 11, 2013
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- Submitted by cityclub on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 1:00pmDo you know people who have made a difference in your community? If so, help us award our state’s most outstanding volunteers by nominating them for a 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award!The Jefferson Awards honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things for others. Initiated in 1972 to create a “Nobel Prize” for public service, awards are presented both locally and nationally. Join us to recognize Washington’s outstanding volunteers and help us inspire volunteerism in our local communities.How to submit a nomination:
To nominate a Jefferson Award candidate, click here. Nomination materials must be RECEIVED by CityClub no later than 5:00 p.m, Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Please note that past winners are ineligible for nomination.
About the process:
Five volunteers from Washington State will receive a Washington State Jefferson Award for their outstanding volunteerism. The winners will be judged by a panel of community leaders and their stories will be told on KING5's Evening Magazine the week of March 18th. One winner will be selected as the National Nominee and will represent our state in Washington D.C. in June.Join us to recognize Washington’s outstanding volunteers and help us inspire volunteerism in our local communities. No matter where you are in Washington State, you can serve your community as a volunteer. Visit www.volunteerwashington.org to get connected. For more information about the national Jefferson Awards program, visit www.JeffersonAwards.org.
2013 Co-Promoting Organizations: 501 Commons, American Society for Public Administration - Evergreen, City Year Seattle/King County, Guiding Lights Network, Invictus Foundation, Junior League of Seattle, Leadership Tomorrow, Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce,Seattle Police Foundation, Seattle Works, Student Voice Project - Washington, United Way of King County, Urban Sparks, Women's Funding Alliance