Jane Skinner was/is an Olympia, Washington Kiwanis member, travel agent and OKBR board member.
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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The questions and answers below are from Jane Skinners OKBR transcript deposition (page 7-8) of July 6, 1994. Jane Skinner was an OKBR Board member like present Thurston County District Court Judge Susan Dubuisson. Attorney for the abused boys plaintiffs was David Paul, asking the questions. Other attorneys present were Mr. Richard Kelley for the plaintiff, Mr Peter Berney AAG for Wa. St., Mr. Donald Law for the O.K. Boys Ranch, and Mr. David P. Hansen for the Olympia Kiwanis .
Q ( By David Paul) Are you familiar with the notion of gold card, blue card as far as Kiwanis membership?
A (By Jane Skinner) Well, it's a button deal, yes.
Q What's the significance of those denominations?
A Well, when you first become a member, you wear a gold badge. And in order to get a blue badge or purple badge, you have to fulfill certain requirements. And once you do that, then you get a blue badge.
Q How long did it take you-personally to get the blue badge?
A I don't remember.
Q Is one of the requirements for a blue badge a visit to the O.K. Boys Ranch?
Q Do you remember when you did that approximately?
Q Describe what your visit consisted of when you went to the Ranch.
A About a 15-minute tour through the facility and asking questions, that kind of thing.
Q And was that before you became a Board member of the Ranch?
A Oh, yes.
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.
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There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 child abusing Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
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