Northwest NEWS

May 8, 2000

Local News

How to win friends and influence government

by Bronwyn Wilson, senior staff reporter

   "Citizen Effectiveness: How To Influence Local Government" is a workshop for people who want to learn how city government works and how to make an effective impact with city council members and city staff.

   Held Saturday, May 20th, at the Kirkland Senior Center, the workshop will feature topics such as effective communication with council members and city staff; how to make your case; how to get your issue on the agenda. Larry Springer, mayor of Kirkland, will give an overview on "Working the System."

   James Vesley of the Seattle Times will speak on "Making Your Case With the Press." Virginia Galle, former Seattle City Council member, will focus on "Sharpening the Point: Making Your Case."

   Randy Ransom, Mayor of Woodinville; Don Brocha, Woodinville City Council member; and Gwen Maxfield of the Woodinville Water District will also be on hand to answer questions during small group sessions.

   Don Julien, board member of Leadership Institute, explains, "The purpose of the workshop is three-fold. One is to give public exposure. Second, raise some funds. Third, address specific needs that aren't in the year-long Leadership Institute program."

   Julien, also manager of the Woodinville Library, is actively involved in community awareness of the upcoming workshop, and the Leadership Institute, one of the workshop's sponsors. Founded in 1990, Leadership Institute is a community leadership development program for adults. The year-long program builds leadership skills and offers experience and practice in community action projects.

   The May 20th workshop and program is open to people who believe they have leadership potential and want more community involvement. Tuition for the Citizen Effectiveness workshop is $50, if paid by May 15 ($40 for Leadership Institute alumni); after May 15 or at the door, $60 ($50 for Leadership Institute alumni). Workshop hours are 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. For further information, call 425-869-6009, or visit