The 10 Olympia Kiwanis friends nominated as 1978 Thurston County Citizens of the year were Jack Anderson, James G. Brown, Virgil Clarkson, Lois Mae Graham, Nancy Hoff, Thelma Jackson, Lyle Long, Richard Q. Nichols, Stephen Lee Robinson, and F. George Warren. The citizen of the year award is hosted by the Olympia and North Thurston Kiwanis Clubs. Richard Q. Nichols was proclaimed the 1978 Thurston County Citizen of The Year.
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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Here's a link to other 1968 to 1999 Kiwanis sponsored Thurston County Citizens of the Year nominees.
There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 child abusing Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
There were many obvious and long-term warnings about the 1970-94 child abusing Olympia Kiwanis Boys Ranch.
From the March 20, 1979 Olympian
From the March 26, 1979 Olympian
Richard Q. Nichols is the man who, at luncheon today in the Vance-Tyee Motor Inn, was proclaimed Thurston County Citizen Of The Year.
Nichols and the rest of the top 10 citizens of 1978 were so designated by a panel of judges acting for North Thurston Kiwanis Club in its annual Citizen Of the Year project. The judges, headed by Judge Hewitt Henry, selected the winners from 22 men and women nominated by Thurston County organizations and individuals. The assembly In which the distinguished guests, their friends and relatives, former citizens of the year, and Kiwanis Club members gathered to hail the new top citizen, was a joint meeting of the North Thurston and Olympia Kiwanis clubs. Master of ceremonies was Harris Hunter, a former district governor of Kiwanis. Judge Henry introduced the guests.
The voice of Dick Nichols is a familiar one to persons who listen to high school ball games over Radio Station KGY; or to those who belong to the Tumwater High School girls' softball team; or to others who, in the rather recent past, attended meetings of the Turnwater City Council. Nichols, who is administrative assistant to the superintendent of Tumwater School District, was described by enthusiastic nominators as spending most of his waking hours serving the community. Last year he was president of the board of trustees of Morningside (a rehabillitation center for the handicapped) after serving 10 years on the board. He is a trustee of the Olympia Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held for seven years. According to Chamber President David J. Paget, Nichols "has been an important cornerstone of the chamber's education committee, where the chamber's effort to support the local schools Is developed." Annually, he is a volunteer In the United Way campaign for funds. Nichols was a charter member of The Evergreen State College staff as its public affairs director, through years in which his was the only crew haircut on the educational acreage out there along Eld Inlet. His vocal support for the the brash young college never thinned or wavered, no matter how many eggs he saw in a sometimes conservative audience.
Nichols, with his wife Joyce, a librarian, and their two daughters, live in Tumwater. The other guests of honor at the luncheon rounding out the top 10, were Jack Anderson. James G. Brown, Virgil Clarkson, Lois Mae Graham, Nancy Hoff, Thelma Jackson, Lyle Long, Stephen Lee Robinson, and F. George Warren.
Thurston County Juvenile Court Commissioner Scott Neilson said in his Nov. 16, 1995 statement to the Wa. St. Patrol, that he suspected the directors of the OK Boys Ranch and members of the Kiwanis put pressure on law enforcement agencies and DSHS. He also indicated many members of the Kiwanis group were influential business and political figures in the county along with several other members who were very wealthy. These members had connections to the boys ranch and he felt they put subtle pressure on DSHS to keep the ranch open.
Here's an article from the Nov. 1995 Tacoma News Tribune about the O.K. Boys Ranch case in which Judge McPhee said he would preside over the case because other Thurston County judges had some connection to DSHS, the OK Boys' Ranch or the Kiwanis Club.
Here's Olympia city prosecutor Reiko Callners statement that she gave about the OKBR to the Washington State Patrol on Nov. 17, 1995. Reiko Callner said the she thought that "Sutherland, (Thurston County Prosecutor from 1974 to 1994), would tell his deputy prosecutors to drop charges on local politicians' relatives" and said that Sutherland "covered up the truth".
Here's an incomplete list of present and former Thurston County Prosecutors and their Deputies.
OKBR Director Tom Van Woerdan said in his February 13, 1990 Certified Statement, that; "I can produce, if required, at a minimum 100 different people, parents, local officials, Kiwanians, judges, caseworkers, who would testify that the O.K. Boys Ranch ranks high in the state in terms of the services it provides for the boys who, come there. The staff I have acquired over the years, I am extremely proud of. They do work far and above that require by the numerous WACS, contract provisions and manuals of the State of Washington. These boys are well cared for and, in fact, even though it is a cliche', loved by all members of our staff. If the State of Washington were operating its own group home, it would do well to provide as good service as we do."
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 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.
Below is a list of the present (March 1999) Thurston County elected officials. The elected officials with links, are either Kiwanis members or have a close association with them.
Thurston County Board of Commissioners/Board of Health
Judy Wilson , District One 1993-?(Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1990)
Diane Oberquell, District Two 1989-?
Kevin J. O'Sullivan, District Three 1999-? (Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 1993)
Richard Q. 'Dick' Nichols, District Three 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
Patrick Sutherland, Prosecuting Attorney 1974-1995 (Oly Kiw Pres 1995)
Bernardean Broadous, Prosecuting Attorney 1995-1999 (Oly Kiw member)
Ed Holm, Prosecuting Attorney 1999-? (many Oly Kiw friends)
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)
Olympia Kiwanis Politicians
Gary Alexander current Wa. St. Representative
Jennifer Belcher current Wa. St. Lands Commissioner & former OKBR consultant
Thomas Bjorgen ran for Appeals Court Judge in 92
Walter Bowen former Thurston Democratic Chairman
Virgil Clarkson current Lacey city councilmember
George Darkenwald ran for Superior Court Judge in 92
Richard DeBolt current Wa. St. Represenative
Rex Derr former Olympia Mayor
Susan Dubuisson current Thurston County District Court Judge
Gary Edwards current Thurston County Sheriff
Kenneth Eikenberry former Wa. St. Att. Gen.(81-93), ran for Governor in 92
Bryan Fischnaller ran for Thurston County Prosecutor in 94
Holly Gadbaw former Olympia Mayor
Stanton Ganders former Washington State Senator from 1948 to 1957
Betty Gould current Thurston County Clerk
Jon Halvorson former Lacey Mayor
Maurice Harmon ran for Olympia city council in 1982.
Hewitt Henry was Thurston County Prosecutor from 53-64 & Superior Court Judge from 64-84.
Lou Anne Houck ran for St. House of Rep. in 92
Sam Hunt ran for Thurston County Commissioner in 92
Mark Johnson legislative aide to Sen. Jeannette Wood
Teresa Jordan ran for Superior Court Judge in 96
Joseph Kerr current PUD Commissioner, ran for St. House of Rep. in 90
Jeffery Lane ran for Superior Court Judge in 92
Timothy Malone is married to Wa. St. Sen. Karen Fraser
Patrick McDonald ran for Thur Co Clerk 1998
Michael J. Murphy current Wash State Treasurer & former Thurston County Treasurer
Vernon Pearson former Wa. St. Supreme Court Justice 82-89
Cora Pinson former Olympia City Councilwoman
Ron Rants former Olympia City Councilman
Sam Reed current Thurston County Auditor, ran for Wa. St. Auditor in 1992.
Barbara Roder current Olympia school board member & former OKBR bookkeepper
Sandra Romero current Wa. St. Representative
Cortland Skinner former Olympia Port Commissioner 78-83
David Skramstad former Olympia Mayor
Clifford Stilz Jr. current Thurston County District Court Judge
Patrick Sutherland former Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney 74-94
Robert Van Schoorl current Port of Olympia Commissioner.
Lyle Watson former Olympia Mayor.