2019-20 OFFICERS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2018-2019 OFFICERS - 1 YEAR TERM
President - CynDee Aerts
Vice President/Program chair - Karen Murray
Secretary - Dianne Fleisher
Treasurer - Catherine Lewis
2018-2019 Board of Directors - 2-year term
Advisor - Bobbi Caesar
Membership - Barbara Bryan
Reservations - Le Donna Stacy
Publicity - VACANCY!
Hospitality - Katherine Semmler
Yearbook- Barbara Green
Advertising - VACANCY!
Mailing - Carol Nelson
is to present speakers who will provide a penetrating analysis in varied fields, including education, economics, philosophy, religion and culture.
We Believe . . .
that the ultimate survival of any nation is dependent upon the depth of its moral and spiritual convictions. Therefore, we seek a fresh insight into the privileges, obligations and responsibilities inherent in this nation and incumbent upon us to discharge.
Spokane College Women's Association
Fifty-five years ago in 1963, twelve conservative women in Spokane, Washington, decided to form an organization that would bring expert Speakers to Spokane to give analyses of important and complex issues. The women called themselves The Spokane College Women's Association (SCWA.)
These were active women who had numerous other obligations, so they chose Speakers who could educate and inform them on current topics. These early luncheon meetings were held at the Spokane Club in the second Tuesday of the Fall and Spring months. Planning the programs and other were carried out by the elected Board of Directors. All were volunteers. Membership required a woman have two years of college or the equivalent in a career. Dues were $5 and paid for our Speakers. The first year there were 69 Members, and in ten years the membership was 180.
The 1960s were a tumultuous time: America was in a Cold War, Cuba became a communist nation, civil rights riots broke out over the country, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Barry Goldwater was defeated by Lyndon Johnson, and we entered the Viet Nam War. To better understand these events, Members wanted more in-depth information. Father Daniel Lyons, S.J. of Gonzaga University helped the group find excellent speakers. Journalist O.J. Parsons, a member of SCWA, reported on all Speakers for the local newspapers.
Since its beginning, SCWA has brought many distinguished speakers to Spokane to talk on a wide variety of topics. Many speaker topics were ahead of their time. Past Speakers include Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum; author and sportswriter E. Merrill Root; author, educator, and poet John McCallum; Rev. Peter Marshall, son of the Chaplain of the U.S. Senate; Washington Governors Booth Gardner, John Spellman, and Dixie Lee Ray; State Supreme Court Justice William Goodloe; radio talk show host Michael Medved; political commentator Dinesh D'Sousa; syndicated political columnist Star Parker; gun violence expert Dr. John Lott, Jr.; and military service expert Elaine Donnelly (scheduled for March 2019.)
Members have not only become well informed but have made many good friends.
Many men have also wanted to hear our speakers, so we established an Associate Membership for men and students. in 2002.
The original twelve founders were: Jeannne Ager, Gene Batten Fallgren, Dodie Brubaker, Margaret Bull, Antoinette “Toni” Derr, Vida Finch, Gen Hanel, Mary Rogers, Mary Anne Sundberg, Fran Unden, Eila Wendle, and Mary Wilson. Along with our Founders, we owe the women who gave of their time and talent to serve SCWA a debt of deep gratitude.