The Association of Washington Generals


The Association of Washington Generals is a service organization initiated in 1970 by a group of Seattle area business people in alliance with Lt. Governor John Cherberg. Patterned after similar associations in other states, the founding purpose of the AWG was to provide a way to recognize outstanding service of individuals in the state of Washington, and to bring them together into a service organization.

Formally established by state legislation in 2005, the Generals act as official ambassadors of trade, tourism and goodwill for the state, with authorization to use the image of the state flag to promote its mission. The AWG is the only service organization to be so authorized. Ex-officio members include the Washington governor, the lieutenant governor and the secretary of state.


The AWG's  "Washingtonian of the Year"  is being awarded to Peggy LaPorte of Federal Way.

LaPorte is the founder and president of FUSION, an organization that temporarily houses and supports homeless in Federal Way and Northeast Tacoma and assists with employment.

The AWG is also recognizing Leslie Mayne of Gig Harbor as its recipient of the AWG Community Service Award. Mayne was selected for her work through The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation (PTSD) and Race for a Soldier, which organizes fun runs and other events to help soldiers affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

A planned banquet in Federal Way honoring the two has been cancelled. Details about a reception/awards ceremony in Olympia will be published in this space as details are available.

Meeting information and latest updates available on our blog.

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen's web site

John Cherberg, Lieutenant Governor, 1970
"This is Washington state. This is the jewel in the crown of the sisterhood of states. This is the product which Washington Generals wish to extol. Let us be on this happy task."
John Cherberg
Lieutenant Governor, 1970

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