Speaker Date Topic
Brooke Fisher-Clarke Feb 16, 2023
Uplifting Washington Youth through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Uplifting Washington Youth through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The mission of the Imagination Library of Washington is to foster a love of reading among young learners by ensuring equitable access to free monthly books mailed directly to their homes from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Their vision is that all early learners have developed a quality, inclusive home library, are inspired to read, ready to learn, and are excelling academically, creating a thriving child and a vibrant, healthy community.

Reading begins at birth and the benefits of a home library go far beyond the books. Parents and guardians are a child’s first and best teacher. By providing books every month at no cost to families, the Imagination Library increases childhood literacy rates, fosters a love of books, and promotes a culture of reading among all families in Washington.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library: loved by families, validated by research.

We will hear from Executive Director Brooke Fisher Clarke who is a champion for Washington children. Brooke's vision, dream, and efforts to bring this program to all Washington early learners began in 2020 as she formerly managed the top performing Imagination Library affiliate in the state with most enrolled children, as Executive Director of United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. She saw the way it united a community, and how effective it was at equipping children for a successful future, and she wanted this opportunity for all our children. 

Brooke brings 20+ years of world-class hospitality, nonprofit, and leadership experience to this role, having served at renowned company's like Walt Disney World, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and United Way. Brooke is a Rotarian having served as President for Rotary Club of Longview for the 2021-22 term, and she loves supporting her local community, having championed numerous events. She is married with two children, Anabelle (14), and Baron (5), who keep her plate full and exciting! In her free time, Brooke enjoys camping, entertaining, traveling and being her kids biggest cheerleader.

ROY Celebration Feb 23, 2023
Honoring Gil Quante
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Kurt Miller Mar 02, 2023
The Lower Snake River Dams: An Increasingly Critical Part of Our Clean Energy Future
The Lower Snake River Dams: An Increasingly Critical Part of Our Clean Energy Future

Kurt Miller is one of the nation’s leading advocates for hydropower and its role in our clean and equitable energy future. His expertise in energy policy has been featured in over 50 contributed pieces across several regional and national news outlets, and he is a frequent commentator on T.V., radio, and policy panels. As the executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, Kurt represents millions of public power customers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah who rely on the affordability and reliability of hydropower to power their homes, businesses, and transportation. Kurt is active on the policy front and has advised the Western Congressional Caucus and the Western Senate Caucus on hydropower policy. He has spent most of his 30-year career in leadership positions for electric utilities, bringing expertise in power supply and smart grid initiatives. 

 Mr. Miller will present on the hot button issues around salmon restoration and the role of hydropower in our clean energy future with a key focus on how we can meet the Northwest’s clean energy requirements while ensuring social equity in the context of our energy availability and resources.