In Which We Announce Treasure Hunt Winners and Thank Those Who Made The Hunt Possible

The 2022 Democracy Rocks Treasure Hunt was held from July 1 – August 12 and featured seventeen inspiring Kittitas women, past and present, who have made a positive impact on their communities. In addition to sharing information about the little-known seventeen women, we wanted to drive traffic into the fifteen amazing partner organizations and businesses who hosted their stories.

Please join us in thanking those who helped make this treasure hunt a success!

First up, please help us thank the wonderful organizations and businesses who graciously permitted us to place our treasures in their spaces for you to find:

    • Brick Road Books, Ellensburg
    • Carpenter House Museum & Gallery, Cle Elum
    • Carpenter Memorial Library, Cle Elum
    • Cle Elum Downtown Association, Cle Elum
    • Cle Elum Telephone Museum, Cle Elum
    • Ellensburg Daily Record Newspaper, Ellensburg
    • Ellensburg Public Library, Ellensburg
    • Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg
    • James Brooks Library, CWU, Ellensburg
    • Jerrols, Ellensburg
    • Kittitas County Historical Museum, Ellensburg
    • Northern Kittitas County Tribune Newspapers, Cle Elum
    • Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, Cle Elum
    • Pearl Street Books, Ellensburg
    • Roslyn Museum, Roslyn
    • Roslyn Public Library, Roslyn

    Secondly, huge shout out to our rock painters, hunt committee members, and LWV members who purchased gift certificates in support of local businesses and donated them for prizes:

    • Nancy Wieking
    • Gretchen Chambers
    • Susan Kelleher
    • Karen Raymond
    • Jean Kaspari
    • Jean Putnam
    • Rosemary Meyer
    • Sam Bicchieri
    • Delores Irwin
    • Charli Sorenson
    • Lindsey Quitmeier
    • Jo Green
    • Wilma Dlouhy
    • Tish Eaton

    Enough already! Who won?!

    Since only four treasure hunters submitted log entries for prizes this year, the Democracy Rocks Treasure Hunt committee voted to scrap the prize categories and award prizes to all four: Team Lien (Jim & Lynda), Team Reasoner (Amelie & Mila), Michelle Secrist, Emily Malella. Emily Malella and the Liens were prize winners in our inaugural 2020 treasure hunt as well!

    “We loved the hunt, especially the clues!”

    Jim Lien, half of Team Lien

    “This hunt was a great deal of fun. I learned so much about the area and the history these women played in it.”

    Michelle Secrist

    Congratulations to all treasure hunters who participated in this event! In celebration of this Kittitas Women Rock treasure hunt, the LWV Kittitas County donated booklet versions of the display posters featuring 17 amazing women to each public library that participated as a host site as well as to each high school library in the county. We’d also like to thank the League of Women Voters Washington State for the civics education fund grant underwriting the costs of this hunt.

    We hope you are registered to vote (if you are eligible) and plan to cast a ballot in the November Election. Not registered? You still have time! Go to VoteWA and register to vote today