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Maryhill Winery vineyards near the Columbia River

Maryhill Winery vineyards by the Columbia River (left). Mount Rainier (right). Photography: Washington State Senate

About AWG

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.

Monthly Board of Directors meetings, an annual meeting in February to elect leadership, and social events for all membership support the organization's civic projects and recognition events for outstanding service to the state of Washington.

Accomplishments of the AWG include civic projects, often historical in nature, as well as a Washingtonian of the Year Award.

Further reading and viewing:

One Man's Opinion: "Three Kinds of Generals" - an article by Chuck Hardaway about the Association of Washington Generals (PDF)

History of the Association of Washington Generals (PDF)


Are you interested in becoming a Washington General or know somebody who might be a good candidate for this organization? Click here to send an email describing the candidate's qualifying background information and why he or she would make a good General. Information will go before the organization's nomination committee for consideration.


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