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The Courthouse Journal is the official newsletter of the Washington Association of County Officials. An archive of the past year's newsletters is available in our archive.

May 22

Knezovich: Senate Budget Puts Public Safety at Risk

Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Timothy Grisham

Knezovich: Senate Budget Puts Public Safety at Risk
(Published by The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County is one of many counties across our state facing a financial crisis. That crisis has jeopardized public safety for too long. It’s time for our legislators to give counties local control to fund basic safety needs before this situation gets worse.

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May 04

Remembering Rose Bowman

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 9:50 AM by Timothy Grisham

Remembering Rose Bowman

Former Lewis County Treasurer Rose Bowman passed away May 2, 2017.

Rose Bowman was born in Oklahoma and raised on a farm in Arkansas with her five siblings. Rose met Leon when her family moved back to Oklahoma. They were married in 1962 and settled in Lewis County Washington in 1965, raising three children. Rose was a proud graduate of Centralia College.

Rose served two terms in the Washington State House of Representatives. She was elected as the Lewis County Treasurer in 1994 and retired from public service in 2014.

Current Lewis County Treasurer Arny Davis said of Rose, "[She was] a true leader and community volunteer. She was often referred to as the fourth commissioner in Lewis County because of ability to lead and have a strong vision for a better Lewis County. Her efforts at volunteerism through Rotary were well known, both at the local and international levels. I am blessed to have known her and work with her. Her loss will leave a hard to fill hole in our community and she will be greatly missed by her many friends and family."

Rose was a long-serving Rotarian, serving many roles within Rotary including the 2015-16 Governor of Rotary District 5020. She often shared her story of delivering a school bus filled with wheelchairs to a village in Mexico and said it was the day she became a “True Rotarian”.

Rotary District 5020 has created a gofundme account to celebrate Rose, her way, by sending a bus loaded with wheelchairs and medical supplies to a small village in Mexico. Please take a moment to read about her amazing story and help if you can: https://www.gofundme.com/rememberrose
May 04

Remembering Betty Lou Verbrugge

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 9:50 AM by Timothy Grisham

Remembering Betty Lou Verbrugge

Longtime Pend Oreille Treasurer, Betty Verbrugge passed away in Spokane April 10, 2017.

Betty worked for forty years in the Pend Oreille County Treasurer’s office from 1964-1998, serving as County Treasurer 1973-1998. She was a member of the Washington Association of County Treasurers 1973-1998 (president 1977-1978), and a member of the Washington Association of County Officials, 1973-1998 (president, 1982-1983.)

Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher recalled Betty’s role in WSACT and WACO as one as, “A great mentor to younger Treasurers. Betty was kind and helpful, she was great at teaching people how to work with other individuals in difficult situations.”

Betty Verbrugge was actively involved in the Pend Oreille Historical Society. She served as an EMT; belonged to Noble, Pomona and Washington State Granges; and was a fifty-four year member of Soroptimist Club serving as local co-president 1968-1969, a District Director and Regional Treasurer.

Her love of nature came to fruit with the establishment of a trust to protect the Verbrugge land, and transfer to Whitworth University as a teaching, learning conservation center. The partnership provides a great legacy for generations to come.

Her parents and her husband Durand preceded her in death in 2006. Her son, Gary, in Scotia, survives her.