Next meeting is Monday, June 10th at 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St.
Click here for the agenda. Minutes from the May meeting are here.

Next meeting will be Sept. 9, be sure to check the website and Facebook page for notices.
Washington County Unit Co-Chair Kathleen Hersh and steering committee member Amelia Nestler joined members from around the state at the annual Convention in Ashland May 17-19 at the Ashland Springs Hotel.
Kathleen was re-elected Director for the State Board and Amelia was elected Co-Secretary. Not pictured is former Washington County Unit Co-Chair Josie Koehne, who attended Convention and works on legislative issues at the state level and will continue working on civic engagement for the Unit.
WashCo Teachers Go to Harvard

The League of Women Voters of Oregon is sending 14 social science teachers to the Harvard Case Study Project in Boston in August, including two teachers from Washington County Schools!
The Washington County Unit will sponsor
Alisa Harvey from Sunset High School and Murray Carlisle from Tigard High School.

Case method teaching has been the core pedagogy at Harvard Business School for decades. Students have described the teaching method as highly engaging and credited it with helping them to learn and retain course material more effectively. Many also reported that taking the course had inspired them to become more civically engaged.

Teachers who applied for the sponsorships were asked to write an answer the question: "Why do you want to join this initiative, and why do
you think public discussion about key moments in the history of American democracy are valuable?"

Each teacher who completes the program will come away with skills and materials ready to teach at least 4 units of study using the Harvard Case Study Method, and conduct community case discussions with their local League chapters. 

You can read Murray's essay response here and Alisa's essay here.

We are excited to hear about their experience when they return.
News from Convention
  • Two important statewide studies were approved: Amelia Nestler's biocides and other pesticides study, which will start up after the Legislative session ends, and a study on cybersecurity and privacy. Please email Amelia at if you'd like to participate in either study! There are opportunities for research, writing, editing, interviewing and more.
  • Next year is the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters! Plans are underway for a celebration on March 7, 2020 at the Salem Convention Center.
  • Local Washington County Unit Member Sylvia Butler was honored for her service to the League as a local league president in 2008-2009. Thank you Sylvia!
  • The Board passed two important resolutions: a Climate Emergency resolution and a Universal Healthcare resolution.

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is partnering with Moms Demand Action - Hillsboro to honor gun violence survivors on June 8 at 11 am at the First Congregational Church, 494 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
Come hear from survivors in our community, and from other special guests who will help us recommit to installing common sense gun-violence prevention measures. There will also be a short march on Main Street as well as information tables.
You can RSVP to attend here, and find out more about the origins of Wear Orange for Gun Violence Prevention here

WashCo Commission Work Session Report

On May 28th the Washington County Commissioners discussed regional transportation, parks and nature funding, and affordable housing.
Find the report here.

Thank you to Co-Chair Kathleen Hersh for attending and writing this report. If you would like to volunteer to attend or watch area governing body meetings, and write a summary for the League, email
Hillsboro Bee City Resolution

The state board has approved our letter in support of Hillsboro's Bee City USA Resolution!

Thank you to Amelia Nestler for pursuing this effort.
Becoming a Bee City includes thoughtful use of pesticides on the part of the city.

Please attend the council meeting June 18 at 7 pm at the Hillsboro Civic Center to show your support for this important step in local environmental stewardship.

Forest Grove Civics Group

Unit member Josie Koehne continues to work with community members and youth in the Forest Grove area and with Pacific University on a youth-driven civic engagement effort.

The group are planning a workshop, titled Passion-Action-Impact, to be held Oct. 12 from 10 am to 2 pm at Pacific University.

Stephanie Stokamer, director and associate professor at the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, will lead a workshop titled Who We Are, and how to lead discussions on action issues.

They are seeking inspirational speakers, mentors and small-group discussion leaders for the event.

Please email Josie at if you'd like to be involved or can help at the event. 

Email to participate in any of these volunteer opportunities with the Washington County unit!
  • Staff the League table at the Wear Orange for Gun Violence Prevention event Saturday, June 8th from 11 am to 2 pm at First Congregational UCC Church, 494 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
  • Join the pesticides, criminal justice reform, affordable housing or campaign finance work groups.
  • Attend a local government council or board meeting and write up a summary of what happened for the League.
Upcoming Events
Be sure to stay tuned to the League's Action Alerts to support the League's efforts in Salem during this legislative session! 
June 6
, 7 pm, CPO 6 community meeting, 20665 SW Blanton St., Aloha.
Community Participation Organizations (CPOs) meet monthly around the county. Find your local neighborhood CPO here.
June 10, 1:30 pm, LWV WashCo Unit monthly meeting, Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton.
June 10, 12-1 p.m., Washington County Public Affairs Forum presents Dr. James Moore from Pacific University talking about the 2019 Legislative Session, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro.
A reminder that all League members have membership status at the Forum as we are an organizational member. Members are allowed to ask questions at the Forum during the designated time.
June 13, 5-7 pm, 209th Avenue/Johnson Street, Century Boulevard/TV Highway, 209th Avenue Open House, Century High School, 2000 SE Century Blvd.
June 17, 12-1 pm, Washington County Public Affairs Forum presents Deputy Sheriff Shawn Fischer on the WashCo Sheriff's Office, Coyotes Grill, 5301 W. Baseline Road, Hillsboro.
June 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, Affordable Housing Open House, PCC Willow Creek, 241 SW Edgeway Dr.
June 18, 7 pm, Bee City USA Resolution before Hillsboro City Council, Civic Center auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
July 13, time TBD, WashCo Unit Summer Picnic, 460 SW Stepien Road, Gaston OR 97119.
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