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Secretary Reed in Spokane

Secretary Reed is in Spokane this week for the annual Elections Conference and other meetings while in the “Lilac City.” On Tuesday, he visited Lewis & Clark High School, where he presented Principal Shawn Jordan with a certificate touting the school’s centennial. Reed also spoke to a history class while visiting the high school. Earlier in the day, Reed spoke to the Downtown Spokane Kiwanis Club.

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Visiting Snohomish County

Secretary Reed plans to visit all 39 counties in Washington during his last year in office, and he’s continuing that quest with a two-day visit to Snohomish County this week. Here he is shown speaking to the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club Wednesday morning about the importance of civility and moderation in politics and society.

College civics tour, Day 4: mustaches in Tacoma ?>

College civics tour, Day 4: mustaches in Tacoma

During his morning visit to Tacoma Community College, Secretary Reed and others donned fake mustaches to fit in with students there who wore Western clothing and mustache buttons saying “Voting Looks Good on You.” Reed also is visiting Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College in Steilacoom and Pacific Lutheran University on the fourth day of his annual college civics tour.

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College civics tour, Day 2: Shoreline CC

Secretary Reed is spending the second day of his annual college civics tour in King County, visiting North Seattle Community College, Shoreline CC, Edmonds CC, University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia CC and Bellevue College before heading south to Pierce County to meet with students at The Evergreen State College’s branch campus in Tacoma. Here he is shown with a group of students at Shoreline.

College civics tour, Day 1: WSU Vancouver ?>

College civics tour, Day 1: WSU Vancouver

As we blogged earlier, Secretary Reed has begun his annual college civics tour, during which he’ll visit a whopping 45 campuses this spring to talk about the importance of voting and giving back to the community. Here, he and Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey (far back) are shown with students at WSU Vancouver.

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Reed goes back to school

He might be over 70 and nearing retirement, but Secretary Reed is young at heart. In fact, he loves going back to college every spring – lots of them.

Reed has kicked off his annual college civics tour with a visit Monday at Centralia College, followed by stops at Washington State University’s Vancouver campus and Clark College and an evening gathering at The Evergreen State College. He’ll see students at many other campuses this week and next week and will continue touring until well into May. Next up on Tuesday: North Seattle Community College 9 a.m.; Shoreline Community College 10:30 a.m.; Edmonds Community College 12 p.m.; University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia Community College 2 p.m.; Bellevue College 3:30 p.m.; and TESC Tacoma 6 p.m.

Other stops over the next two weeks:

  • Wednesday, April 11: UW Seattle 9 a.m.; Renton Technical College 10:30 a.m.; South Seattle Community College 12 p.m.; Seattle Pacific University 1:30 p.m.; and Seattle University 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12: Tacoma Community College 9 a.m.; Bates Technical College 10:30 a.m.; Clover Park Technical College 12 p.m.; Pierce College (Steilacoom) 1:30 p.m.; and Pacific Lutheran University 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17: Olympic College 10 a.m.; Wenatchee Valley College Omak 12 p.m.; Eastern Washington University 3 p.m.; Gonzaga University 5 p.m.; and Whitworth College 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18: Spokane Falls Community College 8:30 a.m.; Spokane Community College 10:30 a.m.; WSU Pullman 12:30 p.m.; Northwest Indian College 4:30 p.m.; and Western Washington University 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19: Bellingham Technical College 8 a.m.; Whatcom Community College 9:30 a.m.; Pierce College (Puyallup) 11:30 a.m.; Green River Community College 2 p.m.; and UW Tacoma 4 p.m.

Reed will visit a total of 45 campuses this spring.

Reed started the annual tours six years ago, visiting many campuses throughout Washington to talk with students about the importance of voting and being engaged in the community.

A nice surprise for CFD contest winner ?>

A nice surprise for CFD contest winner

(From left to right: WSECU’s Suzanne Klenk, Lisa Glassmeyer and Secretary Reed)

It was just another regular workday for Lisa Glassmeyer of DSHS until her boss called a stand-up meeting at 2 o’clock last Thursday afternoon.

That was when Secretary Reed walked into the front doors of the lobby in Office Building 2 and presented her with the grand prize. Shock washed across Glassmeyer’s face when she found out that because of her generous donation during the Combined Fund Drive’s first-ever Breast Cancer Awareness Month contest, she had won a two-night stay courtesy of the Washington State Employees Credit Union at the luxurious Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie.

“It’s nice to be here today,” Reed said jokingly in front of the crowd of 75 DSHS workers. “We in state government hear so much bad news, it’s nice to get together and do something positive.”

Glassmeyer was one of 90 donors who either gave for the first time, or upped their donations during the month of October, taking part in a drawing that asked donors to give to the breast cancer research charity of their choice through payroll deduction. The contest was an incredible success, raising a total of $1,300 in extra revenue per month for charities like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, The Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, just to name a few.

The Washington State Employees Credit Union was also on hand to surprise the big winner, and was proud to be a part of the Combined Fund Drive’s first statewide drawing. (more…)

Another Costco booze measure back on ballot ?>

Another Costco booze measure back on ballot

A Costco-backed liquor privatization initiative will be on the statewide ballot for the second year in a row.

Initiative 1183 officially received the green light to go before Washington voters this fall when Secretary Reed certified it Thursday morning. His assistant, Ingrid Pharris-Goebel, stood by before she returned the signed document to our Elections Division. Here is the I-1183 certification. Our Elections Division’s signature checking team completed its random sample review of I-1183 late Wednesday afternoon.

The I-1183 sponsors submitted 361,339, far more than the 241,153 minimum of valid voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.  The large number allowed for a random sample of 3 percent. Of the 11,035 sampled, 9,714 were accepted. The other 1,321 signatures were rejected for a variety of reasons: 20 had a missing signature awaiting verification, 103 did not match the signature on file, 1,191 were not found on the voter rolls, and seven were duplicates.  The error rate was 13.98 percent, lower than the average rate of 18 percent in recent decades. The I-1183 signatures were collected in record time, less than three weeks, and were the most submitted for a 2011 initiative. (more…)

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Change of Command Ceremony

Photograph courtesy of Patrick McDonald

Today, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Secretary Reed was a special guest at the Change of Command Ceremony.  Approximately 4,000 soldiers from 30 units attended the ceremony.

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Youth Academy gives back to the community

Secretary Reed visited the  Washington Youth Academy in Bremerton, and gave a presentation on community service and encouraged students to get involved in small ways.  His theme, “Find Your One Thing,” inspires citizens to give back to their communites, state and country just one single action and small step at a time to make a difference. 

Washington Youth AcademyStudents at the Academy are familiar with community service since it takes at least 40 service hours to graduate from the program.  Although, many students volunteer more than the minimum requirement.

Several students today spent their time volunteering at a local park which was nearly forced to shut down due to city budget cuts.  The Academy was asked to take it on as one of their service projects.  Students maintain the park in every aspect, from weeding and picking up garbage to painting over graffiti on park benches.