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Minutes from February 8, 2018

February 12, 2018 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 1 Judge, 13 attorneys: The Honorable James Hurson, Tony Swartz, Marjorie Alumbaugh, John Ufkes, Carol Pidduck, Eileen Murphy, Melissa Nunes, Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter, Paul Sander, Greg Zempel, Candy Powers, Zera Lowe.

President Swartz called the meeting to order. The meeting minutes from the December 2017 Christmas meeting, which took place on December 21, 2017 were not available for review. At that meeting Tony Swartz was voted to be the President, and John Ufkes to fulfill the offices of Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Following discussion, a motion was made to add John Ufkes as a signatory to the Bar Association checking account, and this was seconded, and voted upon being approved unanimously.

There was no treasure’s report except that Tony Swartz noted that dues of $35.00 were now due, and some had been automatically deducted.
A March social, in combination with the monthly meeting, with Court of Appeal Judge Purnell was then agreed to be a good idea. Future CLE presentation ideas were then discussed.

There was an acknowledgment that Reed Gardner had retired and moved to Spokane, and no attorney was providing services to ASPEN. Some sources for potential money for this service was generally discussed along with some other general related issues. The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,
John Ufkes

Minutes from September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017 in Minutes

Present: Judge Hurson, Dovie Sigle, Jeff Winter, John Ufkes, Jim Pidduck, Ken Beckley, Tony Swartz, Ken Blanford, Theresa Petrey

August 2017 minutes approved.

No golf/dinner planned for September. Next event will be December party. Details will be announced at a later date.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017 in Minutes

Judges present: Hon. Scott Sparks, Hon. Candace Hooper. Members present: Eileen Murphy, Dovie Sigle, John Ufkes, Terry Weiner, CK Powers, Jon Ferguson, Margie Alumbaugh, Tony Swartz.

Discussed calendar for remainder of year. We will likely have one more CLE on legal technology (October?). December party date will be announced. September social will not be at golf course, but the location and date will be announced.

No other business. Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017 in Minutes

Members present: Theresa Petrey, James Kirkham, John Ufkes, Ken Beckley, Tony Swartz, Jim Pidduck, Terry Weiner

January and February minutes approved. May 11 CLE with Division III Judge Pennell confirmed – 12pm at Ellensburg Pasta Company. Topic will be on preserving appellate issues.

No other business to discuss. Meeting adjourned.

Minutes from February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 in Minutes

Members present: Judge Hurson, Ferguson, Nicholson, Weiner, Ufkes, Busha, Powers, Beckley, Swartz

March 9 at 4 PM recognition of Judge Ellis by WSBA was discussed. Will be hosted in jury room for reception and in Superior Court for presentation. RSVP to reception by emailing Carol Pidduck and CK Powers. Approved funds for reception food/drink.

First Responders will clinic was discussed. Swartz will get further details from 501(c)(3) organization about hosting.

Discussed how to increase attendance. With no new business to be addressed, meeting was adjourned.

Minutes from November 10, 2016

November 16, 2016 in Minutes

Members present: Eileen Murphy, Dovie Sigle, Jim Pidduck, Carol Pidduck, Ken Beckley, John Ufkes, Tony Swartz, Joyce Heritage. Also present was Val Barschaw.

October 2016 minutes approved: Pidduck motion, Beckley second

Holiday party: save the date of 12/21/16 at 5pm for the Bar’s annual holiday party. The event will be at the Starlight back room. Drinks and food will be paid for by each member as desired.

Barschaw report: Ms. Barschaw reported on the Clerk’s Office. Beta testing of electronic files will begin for type 8 cases (juvenile) with various technology being installed in the courtrooms. Odyssey is still scheduled for a May 2018 rollout in Kittitas County. The Office has also instituted a faulty document fee (see form with details at All filed faulty documents will result in the attorney receiving a fee of $15.

Treasurer report: $2909.09 in bank.

Scholarship discussion: letter sent withdrawing previous offer due to no enrollment.

Retirement gift: approved up to $400 for retirement gift.


Minutes from October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016 in Minutes

Members present: Terry Weiner, Dovie Sigle, Eileen Murphy, Joyce Heritage, Tony Swartz, John Ufkes, Ken Beckley, Jon Ferguson, Jim Pidduck

September 2016 minutes approved: Sigle motion, Pidduck second

Treasurer report: $2290 in bank

Scholarship discussion: recipient awarded in June not enrolled, thus $1000 will roll into next year’s scholarship fund. Prior award will be withdrawn.

Dues discussion: $600 estimated dues collected this year. Will place due increase on agenda for future meeting.

CLE discussion for 2017: state bar charges $50 per CLE and $1 per attendee to host. Jon Ferguson will research 2017 options for CLEs. Motion approved to charge non-members $25 or members of other local bars $10 per CLE – Beckley motion, Ferguson second.

Holiday party discussion: CK Powers and Carol Pidduck will organize.

Logo discussion: Terry Weiner showed new logo to be used on bar letterhead.

Link to video/slides from “Free and Low Cost Tech for Law Firms” CLE

September 19, 2016 in Minutes

A recorded video and/or slides from Greg McLawsen’s 09/08/16 CLE on legal technology is available at

Minutes from September 8, 2016

September 9, 2016 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 2 judges, 13 attorneys: The Honorable Fran Chmelewski, The Honorable James Hurson, John Ufkes, Jim Pidduck, Carol Pidduck, Zera Lowe, Mark Chmelewski, Ken Beckley, Jeff Winter, Tony Swartz, Paul McBride, Dovie Sigle, Eileen Murphy, Margie Allumbaugh, CLE presenting attorney—Greg McLawsen.

Meeting called to order at 12:06. The August 2016 meeting minutes were not reviewed because corrections are needed prior to the approval of the minutes. Given that a CLE was planned for this meeting, it was determined it was best not to delay to ensure full completion of the requisite time. The CLE was then presented by Greg McLawsen on the topic of Free and Low-Cost Technology for Law Firms. The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted, John Ufkes

Minutes from August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 in Minutes

Members/Persons present: 1 judge, 16 attorneys: The Honorable James Hurson, John Ufkes, Jim Pidduck, Carol Pidduck, Terry Weiner, Ken Beckley, Jeff Winter, Chris Herion, Mark Sprague, Paul Sander, Candace Hooper, Jon Ferguson, Theresa Petrey, Jim Denison, Tony Swartz, Zera Lowe, Eileen Murphy

Minutes from the July 2016 meeting were approved. Treasurer Paul Sander reported a balance of $2458.58. The remaining meeting was a CLE hosted by Candace Hooper and Paul Sander on criminal law legislative updates. The September 2016 meeting will be a law office technology/innovation CLE provided by Greg McLawsen of Tacoma (

The meeting was then adjourned as there was no further business.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony Swartz

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