The 10 Olympia Kiwanis friends nominated as 1993 Thurston County Citizens of the year were Linda I. Clark, Larry Dickerson, Norm Falcone, Barbara O'Neill, Kevin O'Sullivan, Jeff Peltier, Steve Porter, Dick Pust, Cherie Tessier, and Ruth Weigelt. The citizen of the year award is hosted by the Olympia and North Thurston Kiwanis Clubs. Kevin O'Sullivan was proclaimed the 1993 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.

  • DSHS knew since at least 1977.
  • The OKBR staff certainly knew.
  • The abused kids told staff, schools, counselors, police, caseworkers, therapists, ect.., about their abuse at the OKBR, but nobody investigated.
  • Olympia Police Chief Wurner came to an Olympia Kiwanis meeting in 1986 and told the Kiwanis about the troubles at the OKBR. Chief Wurner was ignored. Maybe he should have done more, but he probably wanted to keep his job.
  • It was well know by the Thurston County courts. These kids were constantly in and out of the Thurston County legal system.
  • The OKBR was written about in the Kiwanis Komments newsletters, and the Kiwanis Board Ranch minutes.
  • All the OKBR Board Members had a legal oversight of the OKBR.
  • Were all Olympia Kiwanis Attorneys & Judges and/or Politicians uninformed?
  • It's amazing how blissfully ignorant some people were about the OKBR. You can read about their guiltlessness in some of their Washington State Patrol and Office of Special Investigation statements.
  • Here's Wa St Patrol Olympia Kiwanis member lists of 1987, 1990, 1994
  • Here is a 49 page index 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.
  • The OKBR sent kids for weekend visits to child abusers who donated land to the Kiwanis. The Kiwanians sold the land in 1993 for $125,000.
  • Can the Olympian Newspaper claim ignorance?

    From the March 17, 1994 Olympian

    From the March 29, 1994 Olympian

    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.