Coming March 28 – Your Vote Counts!

Ensuring Election Integrity in an Age of Hackers, BOTs and Voter Suppression

What is the state of our democratic process? Part 3

Advance tickets sales end Monday, March 26, at 11:50 a.m.
Kim Wyman, Washington Secretary of StateClick to reserve tickets or call 800-838-3066Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman oversees our election process to ensure it is open and fair, which protects a fundamental right of citizenship. Secretary Wyman, who is an active member of the National Association of Secretaries of State, will offer insights into election security. Among the potential topics are awareness about voter fraud and suppression, as well as the state voting system’s protections against hacking and technical sabotage. Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is serving her second term and is only the second female Secretary of State in Washington’s history. She is also one of only two Washington Republicans in elected statewide office. Prior to being elected to this office, Kim served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and was elected Thurston County Auditor from 2001-2013. Secretary Wyman is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership from City University, Seattle in 2015. Kim is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA) from The Elections Center and Auburn University, and is a Washington State Certified Election Administrator.

Coming April 25 – #MeToo: A Moment in Time or a Cultural Shift?

When actress Alyssa Milano first called out to other victims of sexual harassment in October of 2017 to tweet their stories using #MeToo, it touched a nerve. Since then, a wave of women (as well as some men), have come forward with allegations of harassment and abuse. Have the highly publicized cases of Aziz Ansari, Garrison Keillor and Al Franken raised questions that undermine the #MeToo and Time's Up movement or have they opened the conversation we are now having to a more nuanced examination of the issues—not only sexual harassment but workplace discrimination. Is this fundamentally an issue of sex or one of power? City Club presents a panel discussion to explore these questions and more.

Panelists include:

Katie Anthony writes about feminism and family on the blog KatyKatiKate. Her writing has most recently appeared on CNN, NBC News THINK, BUST, and Scary Mommy. Katie co-hosts the weekly podcast Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Ronit Feinglass Plank and she has been a guest on KUOW's The Record with Bill Radke to discuss issues relating to feminism, as well as the podcasts For Crying Out Loud, Shameless Mom Academy, Cafecito Break, and Inside Voice. Katie lives outside Seattle with her husband and two sons, 3 and 5.

Karen Burke is the Executive Director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County. One of her missions is “to lead the community towards ending these abuses of power".

Carrie Blackwood, an attorney at Barron, Smith, Daugert specializes in employment law, including discipline, performance, and workplace investigations. She works with ethnically diverse and socially disadvantaged populations to achieve social justice.

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About City Club programs

Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 450 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA).

  • 11:30 a.m.: Doors open
  • 11:50 a.m.: Buffet lunch is served
  • 12:15 p.m.: Program start
  • 1:30 p.m.: Program end

Lunch costs $13 for members, $18 for non-members and $5 for Young Adults (29 and under) when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.