The Olympia Washington Kiwanis members and their friends have cost the Washington State taxpayers over $50 million dollars (so far), because of their willful ignorance of long term, merciless and well known, child abuse that occurred at the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
October 2006 note: This Olympia Kiwanis stuff is old news. I've left this information on the web, because I like the thought that someone will say to one of these Kiwanis friends or members: "Grandma, (Grandpa), are you still friends with those Olympia Kiwanians?"
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Jerry Buzzard was appointed Thurston County Prosecutor in the fall of 1969. He ran for election in the fall of 1970. Mr. Buzzard lost in the November 1970 election. Current Thurston County Auditor Sam Reed was the co-chair for Mr. Buzzards election. Jerry Buzzard was the future attorney for the Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
Jerry Buzzard was picked by the Kiwanians as a 1992 Thur Co Citizen of the Year nominee.
Here is the text of the August 21, 1990, 8 page revised audit findings, conclusions and orders, from the DSHS Chief of the Office of Vendor Services, Rosemary Carr. The audit finding was that the OKBR owed Washington State $79,952.92. The OKBR never repaid that money. A copy of this audit report was sent to Rosemary Carr's boss, Leslie James. The attorney for the OKBR was Jerome Buzzard. The director of the OKBR was Tom Van Woerdan.
Jerome Buzzard of the law firm Buzzard, Darkenwald, & Allen represented the OKBR in many of their dealings with the county and state.
Jerry Buzzard was nominated for the Thurston County 1992 Citizen of the year, he lost.
Jerry and Fiona Buzzard both left the Republican party to join the Democratic Party in Dec. 1994.
Here's a copy of the Oct. 18, 1991 letter that Kiwanis member and DSHS Claims Officer for the Office of Financial Recovery Helen Hannigan sent to Jerome Buzzard about the "stipulated agreement" that enabled the OKBR to avoid paying the $79,000 to $120,000 that was owed to Wa. St. for a DSHS overpayment to the OKBR.
Rosemary Carr sent a letter to Jerome Buzzard on Aug. 17, 1990 about an audit of the Olympia Kiwanis Board Ranch.
Here's a statement Nancy Gassett gave to the Wash. St. Patrol on Nov. 28, 1995 about the OKBR. She mentions Jerry Buzzard.
OKBR attorney Jerome Buzzard wrote a four page letter to Jonell Blatt of DSHS in which the OKBR offers to pay $6,904.94 and house two boys free for a year to settle the $79,000+ amount that DSHS says the OKBR owes Wash. St. Rosemary Carr is mentioned in the letter.
OKBR attorney Jerome Buzzard wrote a two page letter on August 12, 1991 to Jonell Blatt of DSHS, in which the OKBR offers to pay $6,904.94 and agrees to provide one year of free service of the OKBR for two boys, to settle the $79,000+ amount that DSHS says the OKBR owes Wash. St. The OKBR also wanted some audit findings deleted. Helen Hannigan couldn't agree to having some audit findings deleted.
Jerry Buzzard is in the 49 page index (350kb) of 5,223 pages of documents that the WSP collected about the OKBR. Anybody can order any of those public documents by following the instructions on that page.
Until Oct 1999, I believed that the Kiwanians and their friends were guilty of careless neglect or callous indifference. After hearing frightening audio depositions from some of the abused kids, I now believe that these Thur Co citizens were involved with an "active collaboration with evil." According to these depositioned kids, (which was not contradicted by Kiwanian attorney Don Miles), the OKBR staff was involved in long-term molestation and sadistic abuse of these helpless children. DSHS, Olympia, & the Kiwanians criminally ignored the warning signs and then justified their inaction by claiming ignorance. Many of these inattentive judges, lawyers, & politicians want your vote for re-election.
google is the best search engine, and you can make a detailed search of just this site.
There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 OKBR.
Thurston County Juvenile Court Administrator, Corinne Newman, said in her November 10, 1994 statement to the Office of Special Investigation, that many juveniles had no prior criminal history when they came to the OKBR, but they left with an extensive criminal history.
There were many OKBR "red flags" from 1977 to 1994 that should have caused DSHS officials like Rosemary Carr and Olympia Kiwanians to investigate and prevent the abuse of children at the OKBR.
Here's a link to the Official Thurston County Web Page.
Here's a link to the Official Olympia Kiwanis Web Page.
Here's a link to Wa St Patrol Olympia Kiwanis member lists of 1987, 1990, 1994
Here's a link to a mediocre Thurston County Assessor search engine, where a person can (with difficulty) look up any Thurston County property owner, and the value of their property.
Here's a link to Kiwanis Thur Co Citizens of the Year results 1968-99
Here's a link to Thur Co & some Wa St election results 1968-99
Below is a list of the (June 2000) present and some past Thurston County elected officials. These elected officials with links, are either Kiwanis members or have a close association with them.
Judy Wilson , District 1 Commis 1993-?(Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1990)
Diane Oberquell, District 2 Commis 1989-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year nominee in 1983)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan, District 3 Commis 1999-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
Richard Q. 'Dick' Nichols, District 3 Commis 1993-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1978)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan, Assessor 1995-1999 (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
Patricia Costello, Assessor 1999-?
Sam Reed , Auditor 1978-? (longtime Kiw booster, future Oly Kiw Pres 2001)
Betty J. Gould , Clerk 1991-? (Oly Kiw member)
Judy Arnold, Coroner
Hewitt Henry, Prosecuting Attorney 1953-64, Court Judge 64-84 (Oly Kiw member)
Jerry Buzzard, Prosecuting Attorney 1969-71 (Future OKBR attorney)
Patrick Sutherland, Prosecuting Attorney 1974-1995 (Oly Kiw Pres 1995)
Bernardean Broadous, Prosecuting Attorney 1995-1999 (Oly Kiw member)
Ed Holm, Prosecuting Attorney 1999-? (married to Oly Kiw member)
Gary Edwards, Sheriff 1987-? (Olympia Kiwanis Member)
Robin Hunt, Treasurer
District Court Judge Susan A. Dubuisson 1984-? (OKBR board member)
District Court Judge Clifford L. 'Kip' Stilz Late 1980's-? (Olympia Kiwanis President 1986)
Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Berschauer 1984-? (dismissed OKBR case)
Superior Court Judge Paula Casey 1984-? (had poor memory about OKBR)
Superior Court Judge Richard A. Strophy 1984-? (longtime establishment official, friend of many Oly Kiw)
Superior Court Judge Wm. Thomas McPhee 1990-? (held up search warrent for OKBR)
Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks 1992-? (may have been an Oly Kiw member)
Superior Court Judge Christine A. Pomeroy 1992-? (bikeriding friend of OKBR board member Judge Dubuisson)
Superior Court Judge Gary R. Tabor 1996-? (refused to prosecute OKBR officials)
Below is an alphabetical list of Olympia Kiwanis member politicians and/or their good friends, and some of the years they ran for office. Over 80% of these people are/were Olympia Kiwanis members. I put (N.M.) after the 11 politicians who were not Olympia Kiwanis members.
Below is an e-mail I received from a former Olympia, Washington resident.
From: louis a bloom firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Louis Bloom email@example.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 11:34 AM
Just came across your pages and felt the urge to respond... In the early 80's (81-83) I was at the OKBR frequently as a young kid walking to/from school, I became friends with some of the boys. At one point a small boy confided to me that he was being raped by another boy in the home. The abusing boy talked about it openly!
Days later I walked the victim to OPD where we both gave statements. Later that evening I began to receive these incredibly threatening phone calls from a woman employee of the ranch who's name I believe was Paulette at my home. She kept calling over and over screaming at me calling me names. It was horrible. I thought I was helping someone. Nothing came of it. Then all these years later, it all comes out ... one of the boys that I had known there left as a young adult and still couldn't get it together, he eventually killed himself. As an adult now I don't often think back to those times but it still saddens me. All those boys that needed a safe nurturing place to be, and how many of them were better off for having been taken there? It's not about money. It cost these boys their lives, their souls, their trust. Those people who knew, who didn't care, they should feel such shame. Just my opinion.
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 1999 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: OKBR
thanks for your e-mail. from what i've read, dshs, the olympia police department, and other "authorities" didn't consider child on child rape to be against the law. it was considered "normal experimentation". The "paulette" you mention, may have been Collette Queener who was an assistant director at the OKBR. Collette, OKBR Director Tom Van Woerdan, and OKBR counselor Laura Rambo Russell were ineptly charged by Wa. St. with "criminal mistreatment for failing to stop abuse". The charges were dismissed by Thurston County Judge Daniel Berschauer on technicalities. The lawyer who represented Collette Queener said, (Nov. 14, 1996 Olympian), that it was a "witch hunt", and that " a more innocent person (than Queener) you could not have for a client. She's an ex-nun ..... I don't see how you could view her in an evil or negative light."
I congratulate you for doing the right thing, when all those adults looked the other way. I repeat on most pages that the " OKBR has cost the Washington State taxpayers over $35 million dollars (so far)", because I think most people don't care about the kids involved, but they may care that it has cost them (taxpayers) money.
From: louis a bloom firstname.lastname@example.org